had a world still on day one so I join and find a nice little island to do my own thing
I really think you got out of the game what you put in to it.
The game's "like Minecraft" way down underneath but that's not really part of it, the benefits from cooperation and specialization and social structure are so dramatic the Minecraft-y parts are subsumed, they're not the interesting bits, they don't factor in to the gameplay as more than diversions while you get to know the neighbors and figure out a plan.
Especially with r8 you retreading the same paths others on the server are already mastering is just pointless waste and pollution. You divvy up the skills and figure out transport. One takes carpentry one takes fishing one takes basic engineering one takes mining one takes hunting one takes etc.
Fire up an SP world or a localhost server (the server works as well on Linux as anywhere now afaict, I just mono EcoServer.exe now with an up-to-date mono and ta-daa) set on "No Cooperation" to experiment with the skills if you haven't got anybody you already know into the game yet and you don't want to go through all the embarrassing noob clumsiness in public.
The signs on my house and carts were changed, no one had permissions on them so only an admin could change them don't play Mr innocent
"you were basically complaining about not helping you to speed run the whole thing" no, I mined myself to get more iron ore to get an assembly line so I could craft a blast furnace because I didn't fancy digging another huge tailings area when it could be prevented and then I would be fine selling all the iron you guys needed. I spent a good 8 hours just mining to create the area for tailings and getting iron to get the machines. but I guess you guys couldn't wait 1 day to save more time, plus if you needed iron so bad why didn't someone else just become a smith?
"We actually helped you alot to start up", no not really giving someone some chared papaya isn't "alot of help" so you cant act as I owe you my left leg over some food.
"endured your condescending comments" please give me some examples I actually want to know what I said that was condescending, I wrote the quick to turn part because of you taking all my machines and changing the signs on my base.
"So yeah thanks to ruins the fun here buddy, you must be proud." how did I ruin the fun? you have shiny brand new machines you didn't have to work for :)
I'll be honest, I haven't seen the Giant Tortoise server since 8.0. I've checked my filters. They should not be filtering out any servers. I've refreshed again and again and waited for many minutes for the server to come up. I can see Sea Otter and many other servers, both US and EU based.
There is definitely something fishy going on.