Edit March 15th 2017:
Thanks to mainly user kaelanstorm, as well as some DP purchases, we've been able to remain open. We're still going on a month by month basis, however - so we don't have a guarantee how long we'll be able to survive.January server costs:
coveredFebruary server costs:
Server payments are due on the 2nd every month (U$264) and on the 9th every month (an additional $35).
This means we're guaranteed to stay open until February 2nd, but after that it's uncertain.
I can keep the site open as long as our server costs are covered. I'll keep this post updated with information.
This is a post that’s been coming for a while, and one I’ve been dreading to write, but… it’s reached a point where it’s inevitable, unfortunately.
As you all know, VDex has been steadily declining over the past few years. What you may not know is that at the beginning of this year, it started earning less money than what it costs to keep the server running.
This inevitably dooms the site to closing, since I don’t have the means to pay for server upkeep out of pocket.
In addition to that, I’m finally slowly coming out of a very, very long period of depression (at least ten years), which means I have to get my own life back in order - I need to get my professional life back on track, and I need to take care of myself so I don’t relapse. I’m also trying to start fresh, which is pretty scary at my age (for those who don’t know, I turned 32 this year), and I haven’t really been able to give VDex the attention it deserves, so…
It’s not easy for me to admit, but I’m no longer able to keep this site running, financially and mentally. It’s been a really great time - almost 7 years now - and this site has led me to many great things. But, unfortunately, I have to bring this chapter of my life (and of the lives of everyone who is still here, playing) to a close.
I know it’s selfish of me, but I’d rather not pass ownership to someone else. I have my own reasons for this, and I know it’s not exactly easy to understand (especially when I'm not saying what they are), but I hope you guys can forgive me.
Right now, the plan is to keep the site running until December, so people have time to tie as many loose ends as possible and finish their collections as much as possible, if they want to. After that, it’ll be shut down for good once the server's payment cycle ends.
In light of this, I will no longer be releasing new parcels starting September. I’m sorry to everyone who was waiting for more Mega Pokémon, or for the type-swapped starter line to finish.
If people wish for refunds for their recent DP purchases, please let me know over PM. Please do keep in mind that if too many refunds are requested, we may not be able to stay open until December. Please don’t issue a chargeback with your credit card provider - that costs more money than a refund to resolve, and it can compromise my PayPal account and yours.
If anyone would still like to purchase DP in spite of this to keep the site running as long as possible, please feel free to do so, but be aware that shutting down, at this point, is inevitable.
The following changes will be made starting September:
- Parcels will no longer be available for purchase.
- Shiny rate will be greatly increased.
- Retro rate will be greatly increased.
- All legendaries and once-only catches will be available on the map.
The following changes will be made starting October:
- Everstone/BP/ShP breeding will always succeed and the fee for withdrawing the egg will be reduced.
Additionally, if you still have any DP left over you’d like to spend (or if you decide to purchase more), you can PM me to exchange 4 DP for any old parcel of your choice
starting right now.
If you can think of any other restrictions you’d like to see lifted to help you finish your collections before we shut down for good, please let me know.
Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help make this an easier experience for everyone.
This site has been a huge part of my life for a very long time, and I’m grateful to every single one of you who helped make it happen.
Thank you for everything. And I’m really, really sorry.Edit:
Ardonye set up a topic for people to post their contact info to stay in touch here