Over the past week or so I have been developing software for all of our servers (including the TeamSpeak) with the goal of automatically filtering out a large majority of VPN/proxy connections. I would like to thank Grant and Marx for supporting this project. For those of you who use VPNs responsibly, please understand that this is not directed at you. Unfortunately, some of our players have been using these types of connections to bypass their bans and we simply can't allow this to continue. All of our staff members are welcome to use a VPN and I have taken precautions to ensure that they will not be punished for doing so. However, when a normal player connects to one of our servers, their IP address will be checked automatically to determine if they might be using a VPN. All IP addresses are innocent until proven guilty and the "bad" ones will be globally banned. Please note that only IP addresses will be banned, not Minecraft accounts. If you get banned for using a VPN, you should be able to turn it off and join the server normally (assuming you weren't already banned). If one of our players is banned and claims that they were not using a VPN, we will look into the situation and make sure they get whitelisted if they are found to be telling the truth. You won't get in trouble for using a VPN, but normal players will not be allowed to use them for the time being. That being said, if you are found to be using one, we'll just block it and your Minecraft account shouldn't be banned. If you don't use any of these types of connections, you have nothing to worry about. We've been testing everything out quite a bit and we haven't had a single case where someone was banned and wasn't actually using a VPN. There were a couple minor problems in the beginning, but all of that has been sorted out. If you stuck around long enough to read this ugly thing, I'd like to thank you for reading! Let me (or any other Engineer) know if you have any suggestions or concerns. We'll do our best to address any problems that come up.