I apologize upfront for how dramatic this post is - but you all know how emotional I can get. I know to a lot of you this is just another Minecraft server - one of the thousands out there. But to me, for a significant part of the last 5 years, it's been more than that. During that time it has been a daily routine to monitor the server, check the forums, address any issues, approve new members, and stay aware of what was happening in the community. It's been a source of pride for me to operate this server. I am proud of what you all built on top of this basic infrastructure that I was glad to provide. I mean that both literally and figuratively. Recently, however, I have been unable to maintain that level of quality that I can be proud of. Because of that, I've decided now is the time to shut down the Mincraft server. Almost 5 years ago I started this Minecraft server having never played the game or even been a part of an online community like this. This experience of operating a server and community for thousands of members for so many years has been a very interesting, unexpected, and entertaining one. And it's not a stretch to say that it's been life-changing for me personally. I met Denise (@akicogg) on this server almost 4 years ago. Since then she has moved 1700 miles to Texas where we live happily with @Emma. Both of our lives are significantly changed because of this server. I know I'm not alone in saying that. When I think back on the 5 years of WoodenAxe, I am most fond of what I witnessed occurring irrespective of the blocky game we were all supposedly here for - it was all of the interactions that I'm grateful to have witnessed. Some of the most insightful, meaningful, and entertaining parts of this weird little experiment were the chats flowing past console in messages and chat parties. What I saw on a regular basis were people, strangers, connecting in a very real and meaningful way. I witnessed relationships starting, friendships developing, several marriages and engagements, more than a few divorces, and sadly a few deaths. I had a unique window onto thousands of interactions that undoubtedly gives me a different perspective on this game, and this server, than probably anyone reading this. But that also means I know how meaningful this community has been to a lot of you. It's difficult for me to end something that has been so significant in my life, but I think now is the right time. I truly am thankful and grateful to everyone that has spent their time here over the years. For all of the amazing builds, contraptions, and collaborations. The portal parties, micro builds, and guest hazings. The inside jokes and memes. This weird little community that we all feel a part of. Thank you for creating it and letting me witness it from my perch.