I have a little bit of sad news to share and that is DanZ is leaving us as a webhost and with this post I want to express my gratitude for his extreme dedication and enthusiasm he has given to this community as the webhost but also as a community moderator.
When DanZ first approached me I could hardly stop his enthusiasm and many, many ideas about and for the Village. He offered to make this website/community page and I am always super skeptical and careful about people reaching out to me who want something (I was also super tired on day 7 of the village). But I let my 'fears' go and DanZ created this whole website/community page in 2 days time. I was just blown away by it.
Dan, on behalf of the whole moderator team and the community, I hope we will still see you in Chernarus and in the Village in 0.63 and really… Thank you so much for your help on this awesome adventure which is called DayZ Village! I will shut up now because I have a few words from himself below:
When I read about the very first Village, the project Rene started back in 2017, I was so excited and had to join the experiment immediately. I remember searching for the holiday camp (the very first location) running into two survivors. We had a chat about the Village and its location and then they shot me. But it was too late. I was already hooked and since then had so many awesome, hilarious and exciting encounters and hours on this server and with this community.
Even though I didn’t even know Barely Infected back then, I became a fan of his vision and the concept of “The Village”. I offered to develop and administrate the community website - the page that you are currently on and that has attracted more than a quarter million visits since we launched in September 2017 and more than 2600 members, almost 800 threads and more than 8000 posts. Just wow! A big thanks to every single one of you who helped to push this project and community!
Within the recent months maintaining the website next to my “day job” as an executive producer for television became extremely time consuming. Time that I will not have in the future anymore as my wife and I are expecting our first kid in a few weeks.
And since I never wanted to be that “always absent never reacting web admin that doesn’t even play with the community anymore” (hell, I bet most recently joined members don’t even know DanZ anymore) I decided to step back from hosting and administrating the community website.
The website will soon be moved to Barely Infected’s own server and will be maintained and administrated by him - that guy the whole page was made for.
I’ve been developing communities for about 30 years - way before the world wide web was made public (direct connection bulletin board systems back then) and I can admit that I never had more fun running a community like this.
Keep that spirit that started it all alive and - like Rene would say - “Keep on surviving!”!