I just got an email from the Gen Con events staff saying it's OK to make the Minecraft server. What a relief! They had a couple of guidelines for me to follow around how to register events but I am now SUPER excited to keep moving this along.
Which... it has and hasn't been moving along. I've done a lot of work on the exterior build but am still not done which puts me behind schedule. Very disappointing but now that I've gotten the OK to move forward I may try to get the server up early and recruit some help. And I can finally contact the couple of people who have already offered which is awesome! So I'm going to focus on that instead of getting bummed out about the building progress.
To be fair, I've been really focusing on the little details so I don't have to come back to embellish. The north side is about 90% done and the east side doesn't have a huge length of "unique" build so I'm hoping just a few more hours will get the periphery done, even if the roof isn't 100% figured out just yet. Also I'm getting pretty good at WorldEdit so things have progressed faster as time has gone on.