No, the servers will not go away. It's been requested on more than one occasion that we make a goal bar, or notify folks when the funds are low for the server costs. So we've done so. No need to worry. And Armon, don't feel bad at all!
It'd be neat to have a world border around each island. I don't think it's possible to have more than one border per world, though, and I'd imagine having that many would cause FPS issues for those with less powerful computers.
You can connect via the 1.8 client, though, if you'd like to. Be warned, though, that there are some bugs with connecting with a 1.8 client to a <1.8 server, such as having Echopets cause you to crash.
Heya everyone, I thought I would give everyone some updates on what has been happening this month and what our plans are for the future and beyond! I'll try and keep it brief :P
So we are quite aware of what has happened with Bukkit, and we are aware that Microsoft has bought Mojang/Minecraft. What does this mean for AWNW? Currently it just means there is a big delay in when we can updated to 1.8 and that means a delay in when Survival will reset for v5.0. Which is rather a big bummer as we had lots of plans for 1.8 and beyond. There is a new bukkit-replacement project in the works though called Sponge, so feel free to check it out and give it support. It could be our gateway into getting 1.8 with plugins, etc.
So what are currently working on? Pixelmon!!! We had a speed bump in our building of spawn, but we are back on track and getting done as fast as we can. Once we are done building, we should have a grand opening date of the Pixelmon server for everyone at AWNW! We know the main servers have been low population for a bit now, but that's because everyone was really waiting for 1.8 and a new map, so we hope Pixelmon will be a big fun release while we wait for all that.
AWNW will not be going anywhere, and we will keep going and going! So keep an eye out for updates on the Pixelmon release, and hopefully some updates on when we can update to 1.8 as well! We love you guys!