Nostalrius was a famous World of Warcraft private server, running one of the first version of the game named Vanilla.
You can find alot of statistics and informations at the following link : https://www.docdroid.net/flUbn6G/nostalrius-post-mortem.pdf.html
Here is the story :
For over a year, you have been part of an extraordinary journey. A journey back in the early days of our beloved game. A journey in which hundreds of thousands of people took part in together. Something that we had never seen before, either on retail or private servers. Together, we built a strong community, sharing values and a common genuine interest for this wonderful game created by Blizzard. Yesterday, we received a letter of formal notice from US and french lawyers, acting on behalf of Blizzard Entertainment, preparing to stand trial against our hosting company OVH and ourselves in less than a week now. This means the de facto end of Nostalrius under its current form. As soon as we received this letter, we decided to inform the team and players about the future of Nostalrius, where we have all passionately committed our time and energy as volunteers. Nostalrius Begins PvP, Nostalrius Begins PvE & Nostalrius TBC and all related servers will be definitively shutdown at 23:00 server time on the 10th of April 2016, if our hosting company keeps the server online for that long. It feels kind of unreal, but we want to continue to serve our players as we did, and the best we can in the remaining time. What will happen next? This time, we have no plan for the future, and will have to rely entirely on our community and/or the private server scene. We know the time you spent here, the guilds you were part of, and these people with whom you have shared experiences with. We know the strength of these links, and we also know that they do not need a special WoW realm to survive. However, we will still be publicly providing everything needed in order to setup your own “Nostalrius” if you are willing to. Today is also the day where Nostalrius will start being community-driven in the truest sense of the word, as we will be releasing the source code, and anonymized players data (encrypting personal account data), so the community as a whole will decide the form of the future of Nostalrius. We will still be there in the background if you want us to, but will no longer take the lead. We also initiated an open letter addressed to Blizzard, that you can READ AND FORWARD if you want. It won’t bring Nostalrius back, but it is a way to express ourselves as a community. Nostalrius was all about the nostalgia and memories of the glorious vanilla days. We don’t know if you truly felt like it was the glory days while playing here, but we hope that you will keep good memories of the time spent here. Once again, we can all be proud to have been part of the Nostalrius journey, no matter how much time was actually spent “in-game”. With our best regards, The whole Nostalrius team. Administrators, Daemon & Viper. Developers, Joan, Chakor, Etiakor & Cursive GM Team, Tyrael, Abuthar, Akasso, Benevael, Cabotage, Eragon, Ithlien, Nalorious, Nathrizyr, Pottu, Quietist, Roffeal, Same, Seshinriyu, Vaelanor & Voltog. Testing team, Nano, Fenrir, Link, Stryg, Shahkar, Clank Syrah in the communication team and all the other contributors who helped us during all this time, officially or unofficially. Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Albert Einstein.
Now here is the new annoncement :
Dear community, we want to start by thanking you all for your patience. We know it has not been easy for you to wait amidst all of the rumors and hype. We too have been very excited and have struggled to keep the secret! So without further delay, let's get to it! It continues As you may have already read in the latest Nostalrius announcement, Elysium will now proudly revive and continue what began a year and half ago. We will be gratefully accepting the core and player database of Nostalrius. This means that Nostalrius, exactly as you know it, will be returning. The core has not yet been transferred, but will be shortly after this announcement. Additionally, as many of you know, we have a very large percentage of the Nostalrius staff that has been part of Elysium. Their positions in the staff reach all possible areas such as Administration, Development, Game Masters and Quality Assurance. As of now we have a total of 16 Nostalrius team members (excluding Nostalrius’ administration whom will remain off of the project) and the number is growing. Together we will bring true Legacy servers to the private server community until Blizzard does! Respecting core values You may be wondering why Nostalrius chose Elysium to have the first priority with the software. This has largely been answered in the announcement from Nostalrius (http://forum.nostalrius.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=44550). To re-hash their points, both of our servers have many of the same moral values: Provide the players with the best server possible, Project born purely from a love of the game, An absolute refusal to profit from it. On behalf of the Elysium team, we cannot hope to fully express our gratitude for this opportunity. We promise the Nostalrius team and the community, that we will not let you down. Elysium’s next steps We made a promise to the players on Elysium. That promise was a simple one: you will always have a home. We will not retract on that promise. The Elysium database is being frozen while work on the Nostalrius core progresses. As of the time of this announcement, all characters on Elysium have been saved and frozen to be loaded into the new core once it's complete. Elysium, as a server, will remain up for your enjoyment until the new server is complete, but any changes to your character after this announcement will not carry over. Furthermore, all items from Elysium will be downgraded to match the 1.9 Patch itemization of Nostalrius. Expectations First and foremost, we will hold a stress test for both PvP and PvE realms to help us gauge the amount of players to expect. We understand that players that did not experience Nostalrius will want a fresh start. Therefore, we will also hold a stress test for a fresh start. More information about this will be given in the next announcement. Depending on the community’s response, we will decide on how many realms will be open at re-launch using the Nostalrius’ core. PvP, PvE & fresh start You will be able to choose which realm (in case of multiple realms) that you will be able to transfer your character to and resume playing as if Nostalrius never left. You will not be able to transfer from PvP to PvE, and so Elysium characters will only be able to join a PvP realm and Nostalrius PvE characters will only join a PvE realm. Additionally, we wish to assure you that all personal information linked to accounts will be protected at all costs. Therefore, a very secure process will be implement to transfer your character data from Nostalrius to the new realms hosted by Elysium. Timeline The timeline that Nostalrius created will be followed and items will follow a progression through patches. We will provide a new timeline with the launch date announcement. Let’s get this party started! As for the dates of these servers coming to life, we cannot provide you an answer on that just yet. There is a lot of work that still needs to be done! But rest assured, the team will work tirelessly day and night until everything is ready. The next announcement will be this coming weekend, as well as an AMA on Sunday November 13th on /r/wowservers at 9 PM server time. We're sure you will have many more questions for us, and we will try to answer as many of them as we can. The entire staff are super excited, and could not have asked for a better community to work with. Together, we will shape our own Legacy.
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