Monday, January 17, 2011


     Well, Server was down for a bit due to unmodifications.  It seems that Hey0 will no longer be making releases, thus our fancy stuff is now out of the question.  In part this is a good thing because I noticed Hey0 (at least the newest release) was doing really funky stuff, and the server is quite running better without it.  You will notice the lack of commands immediately however, there is no /home nor /spawn command so you'll have to be careful and take precaution to not destroy spawn!  This makes me a little weary about newcomers at the moment since my moderation tools aren't in place, but things should be dandy for now.  

     This isn't to say that it's all bad, a new mod is on it's way that looks quite promising, however it would be nice if Notch just added a few things to the vanilla minecraft server that EVERY server should have the option of using.  For starters a ranking system, with colored names, mostly cosmetic. The ranks should give simple permissions like the ability to edit blocks, or the removal of usage to certain items (flint'n'steel/TnT) nothing too complex.  And to top it off, a whitelist and/or reservelist to help insure certain players access and to keep greifing at a low. I do admit having /home and /sethome for players was pretty nice, having the ranks(permission to edit) and whitelist is crucial for a good server, and many players would be good with just a vanilla server in that case.  Until that happens, I'll be awaiting Bukkit the new community mod that looks very promising.

     In light of all this, I'm not setting the server back like I was going to previous, we'll see how fixed everything is.  It seems that there was a redstone randomizer that I was using that was causing heavy lag on the minecarts.  I have fixed this and they should run much better now.  I put a little music box in the disco to keep things real, and the bank is getting a huge update.  But some people my ask, why a bank?  Well this server was started during the alpha times, and there are many new blocks and such, so I'm assuming that those things will begin to render as the map grows, but for the region that we're currently using there will be no lapiz stone and such.  There is also no Nether in this server, so in order to get those special blocks that you wouldn't normally be able to get because of these setbacks, you must go to the bank.  Where else can you get sponge?!  Still want people to be creative...

     I'm currently updating week 8's map, and perhaps I'll put every other week in a new perspective, since the players know where north is, this shouldn't be too confusing.  In celebration of the new items, I've tried to put cake in everyone's home!  Seeing the way things are going, perhaps in the future we'll make a new server map with all the new features, but while we're in beta, we'll try to patch our old map with the new stuff as much as possible to keep this map going as long as we can.  Happy Mining!

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