Hey everyone! You may have heard rumors about MineCove Wristbands - I'd like to clarify that these rumors are absolutely true! Currently we are designing wristbands to be sent to anyone who wants them for free! That's right! Real life wrist bands that, if a player wants one, can receive one at zero cost for the band or for shipping. These wristbands would be similar to those silicon wristbands that you may see others wearing to support a charity or cause. Or - Perhaps you already have some of your own. If you're unsure what I'm talking about, click here for an example. Design Our wristbands would come in six different forms. However all of the wristbands will follow this format: They will all be debossed (Text is set into the bracelet instead of being flat or sticking out) They will all contain the server IP on the front They will all contain the server's motto "Join a Community, Not a Server" on the inside Now the differences would be as follows: Default band The top rectangle would be the outside of the band with our server IP and a small Kermit insignia on the opposite side. The bottom rectangle would be the inside of the band, this would contain our slogan. 500 Default bands would be ordered (250 adult/250 child) Iron band Instead of the Kermit insignia, this band has the Iron tag on the back side This band will glow in the dark 100 Iron bands would be ordered (50 adult/50 child) Gold band This gold band would, similar to the iron band, have the Gold tag on the back side This band will glow in the dark 100 Gold bands would be ordered (50 adult/50 child) Emerald band This emerald band would, similar to the iron/gold band, have the Emerald tag on the back side This band will glow in the dark 100 Emerald bands would be ordered (50 adult/50 child) Diamond band The diamond band would, similar to the others, have the Diamond tag on the back side This band would glow in the dark 100 Diamond bands would be ordered (50 adult/50 child) Staff band The staff band would, similar to the others, have a Staff tag on the back side This band would glow in the dark 100 Staff bands would be ordered (50 adult/50 child) Additional information about the bands: They would be ordered slightly thicker so that they are more robust They are the standard 1/2" (1.27cm) thick 50% of the bands will be ordered in an 'Adult' size and the other 50% in a 'Child' size Only the default band will not glow in the dark These bands are made out of silicon Eligibility All of MineCove's players will be eligible to receive a band if they so wish, free of charge. However, there will be a limited supply as listed above. As such, a limit of two bands per player, per address, will be given. Different bands can be obtained based upon the highest rank you have achieved. For example - If you are emerald rank, you can choose a emerald band, gold band, iron band, or default band. If however you are iron rank, you could only pick the iron band or default band. Here's the full list to determine which bands a person would be eligible for choosing: Is default rank: Only the default band Is Iron rank: Either the Iron or default band Is Gold rank: Either the Gold, Iron, or default band Is Emerald rank: Either the Emerald, Gold, Iron, or default band Is Diamond rank: Either the Diamond, Emerald, Gold, Iron, or default band In order to be eligible to choose the Staff band, an individual would have had to have been on the Staff team at some point in time and left the team on good terms. This means that if you were on the staff team back in 2012 and left the team in a positive manner, you would be eligible for the staff band. Since there is a finite supply of bands (1,000 bands total), it is at a first come, first serve basis. Those who make their requests first when the request section is opened will have first choice. If a certain band is out of stock that you are eligible for, unfortunately, you will be out of luck to obtain it. Bands will be offered as long as they are available. As we run out of certain types, warnings will set up that we are low. Distribution plan: If a default player, one who never held a rank, wanted a band, they would receive two default bands in either adult or child sizes of their choosing If a ranked player, or a default who held a staff rank at some point, wanted a band, they would receive one default band in either adult or child sizes of their choosing AND a second band for any rank that they were eligible for Now to reiterate - No matter what band combination one chooses, they would be absolutely free. No charge for shipping nor the band itself. Shipping: Once an individual decided on a band combination that they wanted, they would need to make the appropriate post in band request forum. This is not set up yet. Once the player made their request, I would contact them for a shipping address or a PO box to send the bands to. Once again - Shipping would be absolutely free and the band would come at no charge. Likely, shipping would begin starting December. Everyone who wanted one at that time would hopefully receive their band by the holidays. The Cost: Now this part is very important which is why I put the header in red. In total, 1,000 bands will be ordered. Typically the price to order these bands would go down as you purchase more in a bulk order. However, since there will be six different types of bands, there will need to be six different orders and we will not be able to have much of a bulk order savings. In total, the price to order all of these bands will amount to approximately $1,260. Further, shipping rates would go average to about $1.50 per request within the United States. This would increase significantly when sent to other countries due to customs. Shipping approximately 500 orders if we assume 1,000 bands total at 2 bands per order, shipping would cost approximately $750. This does not include the additional fees when shipped outside of the United States. So in total, at a bare minimum, the price would be: $1,260+750 = Total Price $2,010 (Again, at a bare minimum) In order to pay for the production and shipment of these bands, we would use some of the reserved donation funds that have been saved up. Donation funds have been used exclusively for keeping MineCove's servers online, TeamSpeak, website, domains, plugin development, and advertising. That is why I am asking for the permission from the community to use these reserved donor funds to purchase these bracelets for the community. The Why You may have managed to read through this entire post (and thank you if you did!) and are fumbling with the question: ...What's the point of this? Why are we doing this? I'll answer that as best I can - MineCove is, to some, more than just another Minecraft server. It's a community. A real community. A community with friends, role models, and a place to retreat to. A great portion of our players aren't here to play Minecraft anymore - They're here to be a part of our community. Genuine friendships would have never been made had MineCove not existed as the friendly community to facilitate them. Consider this for a moment - If you've hung around the server for long enough, you'll notice that there are some players who have forged true, authentic friendships with others. At first glance, it seems that these individuals must know each other in 'real life'. But you will find these friendships were made entirely on MineCove. Further, they endure long after these players have left the game. I've found they're permanent friendships that last for years. So why are we doing this? We are doing this because MineCove's community is outstanding. Everyone who is or who has been a MineCovian deserves the option to take away a real, tangible object for being a part of our community. Now that I've said my piece, please vote if you believe this is an appropriate use of donor funds. To restate the above: Donation funds have been used exclusively for keeping MineCove's servers online, TeamSpeak, website, domains, plugin development, and advertising. That is why I am asking for the permission from the community to use these reserved donor funds to purchase these bracelets for the community. Please vote in the poll and let us know. If more than 10% of the player base votes no, we will not be doing the MineCove bracelets. Thank you!