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Other than just another random creative and survival server, we aim to do things differently than other servers dare: Allow and Do more than those pesky instructions say.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Oh the funnies, pt2

While one of our low-rep denier plugins were acting up, had a couple stooges join our server.

2012-07-30 12:58:59 Toxicstein [/] logged in with entity id 1092754 at ([MetaVerse] 5.5, 147.62000000476837, 3.5)
2012-07-30 12:58:59 [mcjobs] Unable to load Toxicstein.dat...  Creating file!
2012-07-30 12:59:25 Crippledbaboon [/] logged in with entity id 1096840 at ([MetaVerse] 9.5, 147.62000000476837, -9.5)
2012-07-30 12:59:25 [mcjobs] Unable to load Crippledbaboon.dat...  Creating file!
2012-07-30 12:59:27 [Spout] Successfully authenticated Crippledbaboon's Spoutcraft client. Running client version: 1548
2012-07-30 13:00:03 [GUEST] Toxicstein: Hey guise.
2012-07-30 13:00:08 [Zeus] RIky_516: Hello
2012-07-30 13:00:10 [GUEST] Toxicstein: You know, I'm fabulous.
2012-07-30 13:00:23 [Zeus] RIky_516: ok........
2012-07-30 13:00:26 [GUEST] Toxicstein: And you're not.
2012-07-30 13:00:43 [GUEST] Toxicstein: #Teamcolourful2012.
2012-07-30 13:00:45 [GUEST] Crippledbaboon: We're Fabulous.
2012-07-30 13:01:53 RIky_516 tried to use command /ping
2012-07-30 13:02:20 star700 [/] logged in with entity id 1128178 at ([MetaVerse] 59.63919340925068, 64.0, -85.49679743170148)
2012-07-30 13:02:20 [Spout] Successfully authenticated star700's Spoutcraft client. Running client version: 1548
2012-07-30 13:02:26 [MessageManager] [PlayerActivity] [EVENT] #SERVER;CraftBukkit;5# ?8LigerXT5?r?8 has been ?6idle?r?8 for 5 Minutes
2012-07-30 13:02:37 [WorldInventories] Player star700 quit from world: MetaVerse
2012-07-30 13:02:37 [WorldInventories] Saving inventory of star700
2012-07-30 13:03:02 [glizer] Heartbeat, Online Players: 4
2012-07-30 13:03:23 [MessageManager] [PlayerActivity] [EVENT] #SERVER;CraftBukkit;4# ?8LigerXT5?r?8 is ?eback?r?8 after being idle for 5m 57s
2012-07-30 13:03:23 [Admin]LigerXT5: ok, I'm back
2012-07-30 13:03:37 [Zeus] RIky_516: you left?
2012-07-30 13:03:37 [GUEST] Toxicstein: Welcome back. :)
2012-07-30 13:03:40 [Admin]LigerXT5: had a call from the landlord, I'll be seeing him around 5pm about the apartment
2012-07-30 13:03:44 [GUEST] Toxicstein: Fact; we're fabulous.
2012-07-30 13:03:49 [Zeus] RIky_516: cool
2012-07-30 13:04:00 [Admin]LigerXT5: ok...? and your point is?
2012-07-30 13:04:09 [GUEST] Toxicstein: That I'm fabulous?
2012-07-30 13:04:17 [Admin]LigerXT5: and how does that make you feel?
2012-07-30 13:04:17 [NoobResponse] -?a[FaQ Bot] : ?cCheck Hidden Store For Spout Recipes, Others Normal Items At Minecraftwiki.net
2012-07-30 13:04:19 [WorldInventories] Player RIky_516 moved from world Creative2 to MetaVerse
2012-07-30 13:04:21 [GUEST] Toxicstein: Good.
2012-07-30 13:04:30 [Admin]LigerXT5: and why is that?
2012-07-30 13:04:32 dantyboi [/] logged in with entity id 1155828 at ([MetaVerse] 5.5, 147.62000000476837, 0.5)
2012-07-30 13:04:32 [mcjobs] Unable to load dantyboi.dat...  Creating file!
2012-07-30 13:04:41 [GUEST] Toxicstein: Because I'm fabulous.
2012-07-30 13:04:48 [Admin]LigerXT5: and how is that?
2012-07-30 13:04:51 [Zeus] RIky_516: -_-
2012-07-30 13:04:53 [GUEST] Toxicstein: Fabulous.
2012-07-30 13:05:03 [Zeus] RIky_516: and I'm James Dean
2012-07-30 13:05:07 [Admin]LigerXT5: but how may I ask, how does that help?
2012-07-30 13:05:23 LigerXT5 tried to use command /tpo toxicstein
2012-07-30 13:06:12 RIky_516 tried to use command /weather sunny
2012-07-30 13:06:45 [Admin]LigerXT5: either way, if you want to play here, read the /howmember guide first
2012-07-30 13:06:45 [NoobResponse] -?a[FaQ Bot] : ?cRead /howmember
2012-07-30 13:06:58 Toxicstein tried to use command /howmember
2012-07-30 13:07:17 Crippledbaboon tried to use command /rules
2012-07-30 13:07:17 [GUEST] Crippledbaboon: Ok, So The 5 Basic Rules Are...
2012-07-30 13:07:17 * Crippledbaboon has discovered the rules!
2012-07-30 13:07:18 Crippledbaboon tried to use command /agree
2012-07-30 13:07:21 Toxicstein tried to use command /rules
2012-07-30 13:07:21 [GUEST] Toxicstein: Ok, So The 5 Basic Rules Are...
2012-07-30 13:07:21 * Toxicstein has discovered the rules!
2012-07-30 13:07:28 Toxicstein tried to use command /agree
2012-07-30 13:07:31 [Admin]LigerXT5: someone's a speed reader. good luck. :)
2012-07-30 13:07:38 RIky_516 tried to use command /pm liger that agree came awful fast..
2012-07-30 13:07:38 [CommandBook] (PM) RIky_516 -> LigerXT5: that agree came awful fast..
2012-07-30 13:07:46 LigerXT5 tried to use command /tpo toxicstein
2012-07-30 13:07:52 [GUEST] Toxicstein: The best in my fabulous class.
2012-07-30 13:08:03 [glizer] Heartbeat, Online Players: 5
2012-07-30 13:08:04 dantyboi tried to use command /howmember
2012-07-30 13:08:09 RIky_516 tried to use command /me sighs *
2012-07-30 13:08:09 * RIky_516 sighs *
2012-07-30 13:08:16 Toxicstein tried to use command /staff
2012-07-30 13:08:22 dantyboi tried to use command /rules
2012-07-30 13:08:22 [GUEST] dantyboi: Ok, So The 5 Basic Rules Are...
2012-07-30 13:08:22 * dantyboi has discovered the rules!
2012-07-30 13:08:39 [Admin]LigerXT5: yea, which will make you regret it for not really reading. Wrong answer on your first try :/
2012-07-30 13:08:41 Crippledbaboon tried to use command /agree
2012-07-30 13:09:22 dantyboi tried to use command /ruledetails
2012-07-30 13:09:28 Crippledbaboon tried to use command /agree
2012-07-30 13:09:31 RIky_516 tried to use command /pm liger watch toxic. mcbans has him for griefing
2012-07-30 13:09:31 [CommandBook] (PM) RIky_516 -> LigerXT5: watch toxic. mcbans has him for griefing
2012-07-30 13:09:34 Crippledbaboon tried to use command /money
2012-07-30 13:09:41 [Admin]LigerXT5: really guys, read...
2012-07-30 13:09:56 dantyboi tried to use command /agree
2012-07-30 13:10:02 Crippledbaboon tried to use command /agree
2012-07-30 13:10:04 [WorldInventories] Player Crippledbaboon quit from world: MetaVerse
2012-07-30 13:10:04 [WorldInventories] Saving inventory of Crippledbaboon
2012-07-30 13:10:09 LigerXT5 tried to use command /tell riky the only way they will do any real damage is if someone let's them join their town/plotme
2012-07-30 13:10:09 [CommandBook] (PM) LigerXT5 -> RIky_516: the only way they will do any real damage is if someone let's them join their town/plotme
2012-07-30 13:10:20 [WorldInventories] Player Toxicstein quit from world: MetaVerse
2012-07-30 13:10:20 [WorldInventories] Saving inventory of Toxicstein
2012-07-30 13:10:28 Toxicstein [/] logged in with entity id 1205400 at ([MetaVerse] -0.542370366443893, 141.0, -52.53039813512269)
2012-07-30 13:10:38 [GUEST] Toxicstein: Well fuck you people. c:
2012-07-30 13:10:40 [WorldInventories] Player Toxicstein quit from world: MetaVerse
2012-07-30 13:10:40 [WorldInventories] Saving inventory of Toxicstein
2012-07-30 13:10:44 RIky_516 tried to use command /pm liger had a guy earlier who wanted help with protections on his server
2012-07-30 13:10:44 [CommandBook] (PM) RIky_516 -> LigerXT5: had a guy earlier who wanted help with protections on his server
2012-07-30 13:10:44 [Admin]LigerXT5: lol
2012-07-30 13:10:47 [Zeus] RIky_516: rude much
2012-07-30 13:11:02 [Admin]LigerXT5: about time they left, don't need MC Bad Rep people on our server.
2012-07-30 13:11:17 LigerXT5 tried to use command /globalbanreasons
2012-07-30 13:11:53 LigerXT5 tried to use command /permgoodbye Toxicstein
2012-07-30 13:11:53 ?eBan enqueued
2012-07-30 13:11:55 Console locally banned player: Toxicstein
2012-07-30 13:11:55 ?eConsole locally banned player: ?6Toxicstein
2012-07-30 13:11:55 Reason: You Were Not Following The Rules. Have A Nice Day.
2012-07-30 13:11:55 ?eReason: ?6You Were Not Following The Rules. Have A Nice Day.
2012-07-30 13:12:20 LigerXT5 tried to use command /immatureban Crippledbaboon
2012-07-30 13:12:20 ?eBan enqueued
2012-07-30 13:12:20 Console locally banned player: Crippledbaboon
2012-07-30 13:12:20 ?eConsole locally banned player: ?6Crippledbaboon
2012-07-30 13:12:20 Reason: You are underage and plainly immature. Have A Nice Day.
2012-07-30 13:12:20 ?eReason: ?6You are underage and plainly immature. Have A Nice Day.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Here's what's going on

As everyone knows, with the increase of activity on the server, we've been having some major performance issues. As an admin and server owner, this is more than I have planned. For the last year and a half, our average, at most, was 4 or 5 people. Some days as high as 8. Over a year's time.
Now our average in a day has hit around 7.

Why does this seem to be related?
I've been tinkering around with plugins with the thought of around 4 or 5 people and 1 GB of ram with our host. We can get more ram for the server, but with building a new server here in a week, and the next pay-period for the server coming up, I'd rather just grit my teach and work with what we have.

Why am I not willing to shell out the money?
College is about to start up in a month, I'm trying to save up money so I don't have to touch loans. I've made it 3 years without loans. No I'm not using the server money to pay my way through college. Right now, the money I am making from the server is basically paying me back for the year and a half of host 'rent' and about half of the cost of the new server computer. After that, not sure what I'll do with the money once the server basically has paid for itself. I might put it towards paying someone to make custom plugins. Really don't know yet. Thoughts?

In other news. The computer just needs the harddrives. Why many harddrives? Going to do Raid with them. Not only will there be a performance boost loading and saving to them, but also as a security benefit, along with the external backups as well. I know that with the money being reset is a pain, but having to revert people's work on making stuff and collecting items is more of a pain.

Why are the staff so stingy when it comes down to reimbursing players for lost items/money?
 We can't tell if someone is lying or telling the truth about what they lost. Hence the reason it's one of the rules.

Why do donators get so many benefits if they're not getting a staff position? I never liked the idea of someone with money to throw out to by such powers. Something like that, I'd rather people earn. Hence the reason the creation of DenPatrol. Details of DenPatrol is listed under /dp (need a better command set for that), but basically DebPatrol has the power to Accept new players as Full Members once they passed the test. Kick/Jail(+mute) them if things get out of hand. They don't have the power to ban. This is left to Moderators and Admins. The only way Admins and Mods are told when someone is banned is if we look it up on MCBans or Glizer. So for now, Jail is good enough. If it comes down to needing to ban someone, most of the Mods and Admins have remote access to the server from their phones. We can be texted if things go wrong.
Other powers DenPatrol have is reporting who did what where. This is a little tricky for them. DenPatrol is not to report anyone who is Tier 3 or higher donator to anyone on the server other than to the server staff. If the DenPatrol person does so. They will be stripped of their status and be demoted back down to their last known rank. Either that be TierDonation or Member.

Why the heck is there a donation feature to be unbanned/unjailed? That just seems wrong.
If they are willing to shell out the money, that helps up. I didn't state that the DenPatrol or higher could ban/jail them again. Did I? Yes, that did just sound like we're getting free money. But if the people are stubborn enough or dumb enough to do so. That's their fault. I doubt we'll get much in the way of money through the unban/unjail either way. Though note this: No Refunds On This. It's stated here, on the donation page, and on BuyCraft. If someone turns around and says something, we'll just state the same thing as I did in this paragraph.

Why do warps, home, and spawn cost, have timers, etc.?
As you may not have noticed, tp to/from players is completely free. The others charge due to the fact they can be exploited in ways of ninja-fighting on the server. I have not liked the idea of players being able to run away from monsters or players once they see trouble. This is a hard-mode survival server. Once you leave the protection of Towny/Worldguard areas in the survival worlds, you are prone to being attacked. It's highly suggested to take friends, stock up on enchants for your gear, and take potions and food. I know this takes space. The staff and I have talked about a plugin, yes, another, to expand your inventory. The only concern I have, but haven't been tested to confirm, is when you move from one survival worlds to Creativity and back, if the extra space is separated.

Why are there so few staff?
As stated before, we haven't had a lot of players on the server in the past year and a half. So this hasn't been a problem. We will begin adding in new DenPatrol once the server is moved. Please, I Repeat, Please Don't Ask For DenPatrol Status. We choose who we can trust. We would prefer to choose the people who have been on more than just a few weeks. If you really want to up your chances, help players with common questions on the server, such as towny setups. I've tried to make menus and set in links to plugin pages on how to to this or that, but it's quite obvious. Seeing someone who is willing to read is few and far between. Do you have to help with every question every time? No, but just don't be rude.

Monday, July 16, 2012

And For iConomy took the last straw

Due to large issues with iConomy (will be moving to a new economy plugin soon), I am doing two things: 1. Currently setting up a server store to buy gold nuggets at a 1:1 price, so players can have a solid currency. The nuggets, if I can set it right, will not be mixable with other normal nuggets. I'm about to test this. 2. Towny Daily Taxes are now disabled to keep down the stress and frustration.

As soon as we are ready to move to a new economy plugin, I'll give everyone 2 weeks to buy as much physical currency (nuggets) before the move over. Anyone who hasn't bought any nuggets before the move by the time we move will loose their money. The current warp to the temp bank location is: /warp bank. Simple?

When MC 1.3 comes out, I'll have everyone sell their physical currency for the new gems that are being added. I'll also up the price on gold to make gold a valued item as it should be.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Iconomy database reset, Back Placed In

Had to put in a backup of iConomy's database from earlier this morning.
The odd reset happen around 6:30, as I've been able to find out from others. I could not reset the database for everyone as I was at work. Sorry, walmart doesn't have computers for associates to use freely, nor did my 15 minute break give me enough time to remote desktop into my computer, navigate my way and fix the issues. I've now fixed it, but anything changed from today has been lost money wise. Sorry

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Update 7-10

I have bought about half the needed hardware for the new server. After next week, I'll begin building the computer and installing the software needed.
I've been updating the rTriggers config a lot to fix a few issues that I was too lazy to make and be forced to restart the server to see if they are the way they need to be. All details of changes are listed in the /news ingame. Server staff members are asked to check /staffnews when the /news is updated for new additions, changes, etc. are made.
I've also added the tiered donation system. Not every single detail is set up, but when I add them, previous donators will received their donation upgrades as well.
I've added new furniture, can be found in the hidden store area, just recipes and displays.
I will no longer be upping our post on planetminecraft, as we have enough active players! Thanks Everyone!
I know I'm missing info, but I'll post about it when it comes around.
For now, Halo with friends. Have a great day guys!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Redoing Donation System

I am still working on the tiered system, I'm thinking of 5 tiers.
These tiers will not give players a superb increase in advantage over other players. I'm aiming in the idea of supporting the server while still getting something useful in return, without ruining the non-donator's fun in the end.

No Refunds if you are Banned from the server or stop playing all together.

Note: Not all features are accessible at this very moment. Some are known to be possible, but not implemented. Listed future additions are possible ideas, but can not be done yet.

Note2: Asked by many in the last month. Permissions stack from Tier to Tier, items do not. A lot of people are getting Tier 4 and expecting the items from Tier 1, 2, and 3, currently you do not. I'll set up something to help with that. In order for me to get these to stack, each item has to be ran as a separate command by BuyCraft. Permission commands only have one command, set user in specified group. If I could run the give commands as a macro in rtriggers from the console, this would be an easy fix, but I can't run the custom commands from rtriggers from the console, so if I can't, BuyCraft can't either.

Sometimes the Add To Cart buttons do not work.

Non-Tiered Donations:

Jailed? $10 Donation to be only unjailed. Repeating issues will result in rejailing.
Absolutely No Refunds!

Want some extra experience? How about 5 stacks O'perience on the wall~
For only $5. Good choice if you want to give us some extra funds.

Getting ready to raid or assassinate someone? Need gearing up?
Best used if Tier 3 or higher and buying Stacks of Experience for Enchanting. Up to you.
Note: Invisibility cape function: Wear it, crouch to be hidden. For full effect, don't wear armor and nothing in hand.
Silent Donation. No Announcement ingame. Enjoy your assassinations.
$10 at this time. Will go up later. Get them while you can, only a certain supply at this time!

If the server is whitelisted, that normally means we will require many restarts as the admins are working. If you would like to join during this time (whitelist mode is rare), you may donate a small amount. Note: Restarts will happen with Little to no warning prior to it.

Tier 1 : Get Me Started! $5
  • Grants 500 McDough
  • Kit Of Tools: Iron 2x Spade, Pickaxe, Axe, Diamond Sword
  • Cape Lexicon and MegaPhone For Capes - Must Use SpoutCraft!
  • Access To Server Store Room One.
  • Access To OffWorld
    • Note: This world's main idea is to pull in all MC update changes. Example: In MC update 1.3, there will be temples. Most of our main world is already generated passed the world borders.
  • Make and edit their own Turnstiles. Members and Up can use turnstiles. 
  • Use any gun in Survival Worlds. Everyone else can use them in Creative Worlds.
  • PlayerPlus Additions (Spout): Ears, Wings, Tail
    • All users have access to Bracelet, tophat, sunglasses, and capes
    • Texture additions are welcome. Send via e-mail under Contact Us

Tier 2 : Keep It Coming! $10
  • Grants 750McDough
  • Kit of Armor: Diamond Helm, Chest, Legs, Boots
  • Prevent Being Kicked While Server Is Full For Higher Tiered Donators.
  • Customize Your Chat Name And Message Colors To Your Liking. No rainbow message colors
  • Access To Server Store Room Two. 
  • Access To Power Capes (As of October, some capes have stopped working...)
    • Non-donators have access to some animal capes
    • No access to Monster Capes.
  • Right Click Death Chest to QuickLoot - Regain lost experience at 100%
  • PlayerPlus Addtions (Spout): Notch Hat. 
  • DFaarm: Cook above lit fires with dropped foods, auto replant and fertilize each farm block area with specified items in hand.
    • Non-donators can snoop their farm areas to see their growth status.

Tier 3 : Needs Name $15
  • 1500 McDough
  • 64 Bottles O' Enchanting
  • /slap Players - Deals No Damage
  • Auto-Kick Lower Tiered Players and non-donators if server is full to let you join.
  • Access To Server Store Room Three
  • Access to nearly ALL powercapes. Monster, animal, and power capes. (As of October, some capes have stopped working...)
    • Few capes will not be accessible as they can harm the server. We are still looking into this.
  • "Hidden" From grief/raid reports in survival worlds.
    • Basically, if you raid/grief another player's area, and they have server staff investigate, server staff can not tell anyone, besides server staff themselves, you did it. Besides, it's the player's responsibility to protect their area and stuff.
    • If the player has been offline for 30 days and their stuff is not protected by towny, but locked by LWC, server staff may unlock the chests and stuff for you.
  • Hide/Show yourself on Dynmap - Your icon no longer shows where you are if hidden.
  • Use of Large DeathChests Upon Death - Must Have 2 Chests In Your Inventory.
  • Possible FUTURE addition to server:
    • Mine, place and set your own mob spawner.

Tier 4 : Needs Name $25
  • 3000 McDough
  • Claim Your Own Towny Nation
  • Access To Server Store Room Four
  • /back To Last Death Point To Regain Lost DeathChest.
  • Have Server Staff Change The Biome Of The Are You Are In. 
    • Can be whole biome change, or just a selected area.
  • Control the weather. /weather sunny or stormy [duration] [world] 
  • Increase Max Private/Public/Global warps by 10

Tier 5 : Needs Name $50
  • 4500 McDough
  • Access To All Server Store Rooms
  • Possible FUTURE addition to the server:
    • Your Own World of a certain size of your own choice of SEED.
  • Decrease Warp warmup and cooldown to 2 seconds each.

Joining Other Player's Server By Request

Note To All users:
"There is no such thing as a force op hack. Well, to be fair, there isn't one that has been proven to work. The latest one, which has been known for a few months now, is a session stealer where the griefer will try to have someone log into a "trapped" server that will use the session ID to log into the target server.
There isn't any way to prevent this at this time, besides not trying to connect to unknown servers when asked by someone you do not know, it's a bug in the way Mojang handles authentication of accounts. Mojang is aware of the hole and, last I heard, it will be fixed in the next release of minecraft."

Monday, July 2, 2012

New Future For MCDen

I will have enough money saved up to get the parts for the server to order the parts Next week.
Building will begin when I have days off, and the OS for it installed and setup.
I will move a copy of the server to the new server and let players test it's setup and see how it performs. If all goes well, and hopefully better, I will lock the old server down.
When the old server is locked down, players joining it will get a notification stating we have moved to XYZ:12345

We have 24 more days until the next payment for the server. It has also racked up a couple months worth of referring. In this case, I will convert the old server, using less plugins and features, to begin a large, multiworld, adventure world system.
It's not as large or complex as it seems. There will be instances of worlds for players to play Adventure worlds. Once all the players have left that world, it will revert back to it's template and remove itself from memory.
I am looking for some adventure worlds that are SMP safe. As in two or three world folders. One normal, one nether, and/or the_end, or just one world where it all happens.
The basic plugins I think will be used is Dynmap, Pemissions, Multiverse+Portals+Adventure, and Bukkitlink.

As a teaser, a possibility for the new server, we may start up a system of individual player worlds by donation. But it will be a while before we decide on this.

Server up and Running.

MCDen is up and running, but new details on connecting.
Same url, different port: mc-den.zapto.org:25596
All other details, such as Dynmap, mobileadmin, and adminium, may also have issues. If I have to make any changes to these, I'll notify those who need to know.

As I have no details on when the server move will be complete, I'll check back in the morning to see if it's done. If so, I'll let everyone know.
I will also reset our server listings as well.