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What are you doing here?
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Trust us, it looks and feels better there!
MCDen @ Mine-Craft-Den.com

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.

Join us on our server either by the game itself, or in Dynmap. We are running MineCraft 1.4.7 with Craftbukkit/Spigot and Spout. Spout Craft is Optional, But Preferred.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Did you update?

With the great decrease in population on the server, I've been trying to find a legal way for people to downgrade if they updated by mistake.


The link is the 1.3.2 file from minecraft.net directly. Download and drop it into your %appdata%/.minecraft/bin directory. If you do not understand that...
On windows (look up for your own os type, sorry guys).
Open any folder that shows an address bar at the top (not a webbrowser!).
Click in and clear out what is shown there. Type %appdata% and hit enter.
Open .minecraft, then open bin.
Move the downloaded minecraft.jar file into that directory. Done.
Start your client, tell it not to update. Join a server. Have fun!

Note: If you opened/created any SSP worlds after you updated to MC 1.4.x, don't open them after the downgrade, until you update again. Most cases, your client will crash if you attempt.

Please read the post beneath this for other important information.

Happy Halloween!

Some people are having issues connecting to any server on either 1.3.x or 1.4.x. I looked around and some people are finding this topic useful.  If you or someone else edited a hosts file on your computer at some, take a look at the following.

For windows (google how to on Mac or Linux).
Go to C:\Windows\System 32\drivers\etc
There is a file called hosts. Open it in notepad. You may need administrator permissions to do this.
If there is any lines of text, remove any line of text stating minecraft.
Save the file. Restart your browser if you have it open.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Can you do /ireadblog ?

With the nice increase of players, and the recent MC 1.4.x updates, we lost a good number of people. I should really remember to put a 10 minute news up about not updating one's client until server is updated.
If you updated and wish to play on the server, either find a way to downgrade your vanilla client, or get the SpoutCraft MC client from Spout.org.

Thanks to all that vote for the server, though I'm sure many of you do it just for the money. If we can get enough votes per day, per server listing, we can concentrate the donation money towards improvements to the server. Extra memory, for more plugins and increasing chunk distance viewing, and up our slots to 20 (not going higher than that, I promise!).
Why worry about the donations? I spent $120 for a sponsored spot on mcserver.org for 4 weeks. That's a good chunk of money that could have gone toward upgrading the server or keeping it up for 2-3 months. If we get enough votes, the server ranking will improve, if the rankings improve, we won't have to waste money on getting traffic into the server. From what I can tell, everyone likes the server, well, almost everyone. The people who are not of age or don't like how 'mature' we try to keep the server, think we are, well, you get the idea.

This weekend we will be talking to a couple possible new DenPatrol people to see if they are willing to help with the server. The only thing that bothers me is, lack of staff for the mornings, which I can understand. People are either working, classes, or might be asleep still, or other stuff I can't think of.
Please note, for those wanting to be staff on the server, the best way to improve your chances is not to ask, but show. Show us that you are mature without stating how good you are. Show us how helpful you are without trying to kiss up to the staff. Show us how active you are without stating how much you do in time. We are looking for people who are themselves.

I plan to go through and re-arrange the supercapes permissions per TierDonation and member groups. As some capes stopped working, or partially working at all. All capes will remain on the server, but the ones with removed permissions will remain as collectables.

I plan for this week an event raid, as a community, to go into the depths of OffWorld and raid the dungeon underground before the world is regenerated for MC 1.4.x. Meet up around 12 server time this Saturday.

Lastly, we are looking for coders. We are not wanting a plugin made from scratch, but to resurrect a couple old, but fun, plugins. For starters, the SuperCapes plugin is going down hill, every day I hear about this or that cape has stopped working. Another plugin I wish to return is RandomMobs. It's basic functionality is have random skins for the mobs. Last I knew, RandomMobs stopped working. If it's still working, let me know, I haven't attempted to run it for a while.
What do you get for helping with wanted-but-dead plugins? If you're an active player on the server, you'll get Tier3 or Tier4 donation spots for your work. If you're not very active, we can send you the respective money via PayPal.

Monday, October 22, 2012

New Members Galore and Bug Fixes!

Since we got the 4 week advertisement, we have had a great increase of new people joining. Thanks to the listing on Mcservers.org. We have had an increase in donations as well. Two as far as I can tell, will look later.
I have been told about many bugs on the server, few I have fixed, some features I'll have to remove. There was a bug with ladders, and related to fences. Both have been fixed. Users couldn't use ladders for a while, and people could jump on and over fences. Both related to a same bug. If you find yourself being pushed for getting too close to something, let LigerXT5 or another admin know. If none are on, this is a good example for /calladmin. I have tested Paintings yet, if you would like to check, go ahead.

Lastly, anyone joining the server stating they want OP or from an organization, such as PlanetMineCraft for an example, do not believe them. Just treat them as another player. If any server staff are online, and the player is requesting OP, the staff will deal with them with /oprequest PlayerName. Then be entertained.

Some Supercapes (spoutcraft user feature) will be removed due to either bugs or loss of functionality. Capes such as Invisibility no longer work. I may leave these in as collector items. Comment below if they should be kept.

I plan on restructuring the donation groups and permissions some for donators. Let the donators choose what they want. Example: A non-spout user wants to donate, but doesn't want to pay for the use of Guns+. There would be a different pricing for that. I'm still thinking of how the layout will be done.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Splurged on advertising

MCServers.org tweeted today they had one slot left, I decided I'd give it a try and put us in for 4 weeks at $120. This was my own money in hopes to populate the server and keep things active. I have also put in $22 for this next month's time for Spout server list. We should be around rank 3-5 for a while.

In other news, there has been reports of odd chunks not loading, mostly around MCDen when teleporting. I'm assuming this has to do with spout's re-enabled chunk cache system. I'm not putting my finger on it just yet. If you have this issue, just log out and back in. If you try to teleport with tp, home, warp, etc. the warmup timer would reset due to movement.

One of our players, Asian, has been having issues with random teleporting to coordinates 0,0,1. I have absolutely no idea why this has been happening, hasn't happened to anyone else yet. If this keeps up, I'll set up a one way Multiverse portal there to teleport people back to MCden.

OffWorld is now open to the public to visit and adventure through. As you enter, you will appear in a spawn room, guarded by Worldguard, with three rooms. Main, beds and stores, and the last room is slightly hidden.

Lastly, I am keeping an eye out for 5 more DenPatrol people to add. These players, as mentioned before, must be mature, helpful, and has been fairly active for a couple or so weeks.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

While I wait to begin

At this time, the server is awaiting it's usual emptiness so I may update CB--/Spigot, SpoutPlugin, and add in the last Halloween treat plugin I have had in mind.

Normal update for spigot, nothing out of the normal at a glance. I will later do some changes the weather features so it doesn't rain/thunder so much.

SpoutPlugin RB release fixed the mouse button binding issues that caused issues with Guns+ and Grenades+. Once the server is updated and restarted, we'll see if they work again.

The last halloween addition has to do with OffWorld, which it will be open to the public for a while for this change. Join the world well armed as you'll be adventuring for a while and fighting many monsters.

Stats is still spamming the server log with many errors, I'll attempt to fix this shortly, otherwise I'll have to disable it again.

InfoGuide has been updated with a few useful features I've been waiting for. Now I can disable viewing of certain guides to players who don't need to see them, such as the Staff guides shouldn't be need seen to new members.

Best for last. I have added DeathTrain as a new DenPatrol member. She has been fairly active on the server and has been very helpful to new players and staying mature. She, as any other new DP member, will be watched to make she doesn't get out of hand and make suggestions as they are needed.
We are still looking for new members to add to DP to help new players join and be accepted. We are needing more active players to keep the server active throughout the day.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

URL went offline, now back.

Just got an e-mail saying our url for our server has been "deleted." I've readded it and should be back up very shortly. I do apologize for the inconvenience, but I usually get an e-mail stating it is getting close to expiring. I will begin doing a little bit of work on a temp webpage of the server if you go to mcden.zapto.org without the MC client or Spout client. I haven't decided if it will just be a page with random, yet useful, info of the server, or just a redirect to the blog here. Possibly our own website. Still undecided as of yet, mainly because of college, work, and life has been keeping me busy, especially after Saturday.

We are looking for new server staff, Den Patrol members, to help maintain the basics of the server and help new players. Quickly going down what Den Patrol does, Accept new Members as Full members. Kick, jail, or ban players if exceeding rule guidelines. And helping users if they need it. DP do not have to, up to them, if they want to help players at every turn. Ex. If a player first joins the server and complains of not being able to do anything, DP can suggest reading the rules and agreeing. If the player persists with more issues, the DP can decide on their own to keep trying to help.
The only requirements I'm looking for is: Active, mature, and helping players on the server. If you meet the requirements and most of the other server staff approve of you, we will add you put you on a short trial period and see how you do. Mostly we would make suggestions on how to do something, but if you over use your powers, by means of personal gain or over doing something such as banning a player for being simply annoying, we may revoke them.

Update on what is keeping me busy. My father's car that I have been driving since he passed away, has finally put in it's last few miles. It used to randomly shut down for the last two years, as if someone just turned the key off while mid driving. Last saturday, while driving through town to help take care of the dogs for a wildlife concern organization, Creature Concerns, it shut off right before I made it into an intersection. I had enough momentum to get it out of the road into a safe area. Got it towed back home and had it looked at by some friends and my room mate's father. After trouble shooting this and that, it seems to be the ECM, Electronic Control Module; 1992 Regency Oldsmobile 98. IF it's not the ECM, it's the control chain. I've spent far more than I needed to for the car in the last year that the car is now a vacuum for money. I've decided to trade in the car for what I can and get a new, used, car. I'll be relying more on my friends and family as I do not know a lot about vehicles, compared to computers.

The money I'll be using will by my own, not the server's. I do have some savings left over from getting my apartment and supplies. All donations are still safe in the paypal account, we have about an estimated year's worth or more in the account to keep the server running as it is with 16 slots and 1800MB ram. If you would like to donate a few dollars towards helping me get a new car, that is fine and all, I'll even put you in a respective donator group depending on the amount. As long as you tell me it's money to help me and not the server, there shouldn't be any issues. Again, I'm not asking for donations, but it is welcomed if anyone wishes to help.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Changes and Updates

Edit 10-9-2012: Thanks to Mike Primm on the CB forums,  SuperCapes and Screenshot Functions are working. I've tested with the Invisbility cape by right clicking, like any other cape, and it worked. The /screenshot command also works as well. That is all I've tested so far as I have class in less than 30 minutes.

Also, look forward to the new holiday plugin I'll be adding in sometime in the next 3 days. Why not today or tomorrow? Well, it's Halloween coming up soon, right? well...

Back to the original post below...

Due to my car taking an extended vacation, I will not be on as much as I had planned for the next week or so. I had planned on rebuilding MCDen, making the buildings bigger and more spacious, with a fair bit of Spout features added. Not too much, otherwise vanilla users would join and see weird buildings with stone and glass. Not a pretty site. A good example is the Black Smith and Minery.

As requested by a few, I have added the Ships plugin. It was recently updated and they plan to add cannons. Please read the author's page about it's limits and such. The plugin will be working October 9 (After the 2am cst restart). Everyone can use and make normal ships. Only Admins can make Airships, everyone else can use them. This is not a donator feature. You have to be an accepted member at least.

We have been discussing a few issues that have risen up with LWC. Simply put, if a player has not been around for 30 day (or longer depending on how well we know them, such as RL friends), and there is no town surrounding the area, the player who is wanting to raid the chests may. But, the only way to do this, an admin has to tp to the raider, check to see who owns the chest, check to see how long ago the player was logged on, then decide if the chest may be unlocked or not. What we would like to do is this: Set the chests to auto unlock after 30 days of non-use. I haven't looked at what possible features LWC has yet. As mentioned, we are talking about it.