First of all I want to wish you a happy new year! For me the last year has been a bit of a rollercoaster as you probably know. The holidays have given me time to reflect on a few things. This has led to a change in the rules which will impact the current way of doing some things on the server. Some of you already have gotten some information of what this entails and that is:
We will NOT allow locked down bases anymore in the current state of the game.
This rule will be enforced on January 8.
There are multiple reasons for this and the first one is that I'm just not behind it anymore. I didn't like it when the first locked base happened and there were always complaints coming towards me because of locked down areas. I have always defended it because just like some of you, I saw it like the only way to protect and defend the bases.
I understand completely why everyone is doing it but at the moment we're supporting something that the developers themselves cannot support which is base building.
It is not very realistic when you look at the approach the Devs are probably going to take which is that all bases will be attackable and enterable with the right tools. The tents and our enforcement of the rules at the moment do not allow that.
This is also not what I set out to do initially which was to have an open Village which everyone could support. Having locked down bases is also not friendly towards new people who are joining the server and are expecting the Village experience.
It's also costing everyone a lot of frustration and time which we actually could be playing and having fun. Glitching etc. of course is still a bannable offence but it will be less of a problem when the locked down bases are not allowed anymore.
This does not mean that the people who have been reported for glitching will be unbanned or something as they did break the rules of the server.
How to proceed from here? One might ask.
Well, this is DayZ, we can proceed however we want. The Village Guards are regrouping to open the Village back up again and we can use all the help. I'm sure the Settlement and the Queens Guard will do the same.
Hopefully the first iteration of beta will support some form of base building (walls and such) so we can support it going forward.
I wish you all the best and I hope to see you guys in and around the Village again,