New Server Opening Date Announced!

Hey everyone,

The August 30th GSM has concluded, and we have some important announcements regarding the new (Gamma) server.

First, we have set the opening date for the new server for Saturday, October 4th! Here’s a desktop wallpaper if you want that (though the time is still subject to change).

New Server Launch Date

There will be another GSM held a week before launch on Saturday, September 27th.

Second, you can now view a dynmap of the new server by navigating to http://dynmap.minecartrapidtransit.net. From here, you can watch the staff as they finish construction on Central City and the 11 initial MRT lines.

Third, here are some details about the new server that many people have been asking about:

Economy on the New Server

  • All players will be given $0.05 per minute they are on the server and not AFK. All players are automatically set to AFK after 5 minutes of inactivity, and all non-staff players are kicked after 15 minutes of inactivity.
  • Players will have access to personal /homes, private warps, and the /tpa command (same as /call). The difference between personal /homes and private warps is that /homes can only be used by yourself, while private warps can be shared with others, either as a command or as a warp sign. Players will be able to create warp signs for their own private warps, without the help of any staff member. Personal /homes will be free to use, but warps and /tpa will cost $0.25 per use.
  • We’ll only be using the basic Essentials Economy functionality for now. We looked at various other plugins for companies, corporations, stock markets, shops, ticket booths, and turnstiles, but we decided to consider them at a later date.
  • There will be a lottery plugin installed, which allows you to buy tickets for draws that take place every 12 hours.

uCars Plugin

  • The uCars plugin will be installed on the new server, allowing players to place and drive minecarts on designated roads, like an automobile. It does not affect the functionality of regular minecarts on rails, except when a uCar drives on to a rail, the uCar attaches itself to the rail like a regular minecart.
  • Any player can drive a uCar, but only members and up and place a uCar. This is to prevent guests from spamming uCars on roads.
  • uCars require fuel to operate. You will be able buy fuel at designated gas stations with special [uFuel] Buy signs. Fuel costs $0.25 per litre, and 1 litre gives you about 2-3 minutes of driving time.

uCars can only be placed and driven on the following blocks:

  • Wool: Black, White, Yellow, Light Grey, and Dark Grey only
  • Stained Clay: Black, White, Yellow, Light Grey, Dark Grey, and Cyan only
  • Quartz: All block types
  • Slabs: Quartz, Nether Brick, and Stone only
  • Gravel, but carts drive at half speed

 What will happen to the old world?

A day before the launch of the new server, the old server will be shut down, and the old world transferred over  Before the transfer occurs, please note the following:

  • If you have any valuable items like books or maps that you want to keep, please place them in regular chests in the old world before the transfer. Don’t leave them in your inventory or enderchest, as they may get lost in the migration.
  • Custom map images may also break in the migration. If this occurs, we will be re-uploading these custom maps with new numbers, and you will then be able to replace the old maps with the new ones.
  • All warps on the old world will no longer work after migration. Personal homes and warps will need to be recreated by the player. Please be patient as staff recreate the warps for warp booths, buses, and airplanes.
  • We will not be copying large builds from the old world to the new world. You may ask a staff member to copy one or two small structures at the staff’s discretion, but we would rather encourage players to build new and original structures on the new world.

Other GSM Announcements

The recording for the public portion of the GSM can be found here.

The following players have been promoted to Trusted. Congratulations!

  • Baseball02a
  • KittyCat11231
  • Robang592
  • godzilltrain
  • Duechaypol
  • SqueakyBubbleGum

That’s all for now.

Thanks,
Frumple

Next GSM

Hi all,

The next General Staff Meeting will be held this Saturday, August 30th at 10pm GMT. The staff-only portion will start as usual an hour earlier at 9pm GMT.

At this meeting, expect some major announcements regarding the new server, and that may include a possible launch date.

Moderator and Trusted nominations are now open at dft.ba/-MRTNominate. Please note that this will be the last opportunity for you to make these nominations before the upcoming launch of the new server, so please send in your nominations now.

Thanks and see you then,
Frumple

New World MRT Updates

Hey guys! We’ve been super busy building the MRT network on the new world and streaming it over the last week, so here’s some updates of what you can expect in the MRT system when the new world opens soon!

I’ve drawn up an updated map of the system as we currently have it planned.

New World MRT Map

The current map - click for full size.

Some line names and letters have changed. These changes are:

  • The black line has been renamed to “Expo” and re-lettered to “X”.
  • The white line has been renamed to “Zephyr” and re-lettered to “Z”.
  • The pink line has been renamed to “Valley” and re-lettered to “V”.
  • The green line has been renamed to “Plains” and re-lettered to “P”.

A new line has been added. Known as the L-Lakeshore line or MRT Marina Express, it’s a two-stop shuttle from the eastern Expo line to the main marina. Transfer to the Lakeshore line will be available at XE8-L1 station. It’s hard to see in the map, so click on it to see the full version and zoom in near the MRT Marina star.

The Arctic, Mesa, Forest and Plains lines are extended through Central City. The extensions are as follows:

  • The Arctic Line has been extended from Central NW to Central SW.
  • The Mesa Line has been extended from Central SW to Central SE.
  • The Forest Line has been extended from Central SE to Central NE.
  • The Plains Line has been extended from Central NE to Central NW.

Be sure to check out our streams on Twitch, there’s a lot going on there!

Thanks,
Chief

Gamma Streaming!

The new world is now under construction! Staff are beginning to get MRT lines and stations installed, and Central City is starting to take shape.

If you want to get a sneak peek at the new world, check out some of the staff members’ streams! We’re streaming our construction over on Twitch, so be sure to check us out. Most of us have our Twitch names the same as Minecraft. Click on the links below to go to our streams!

Admins

Mods

Everyone at once: click this link to see all of the streams at once!

I will add more links as soon as I find the other staff on Twitch. If you see them, let me know. See you on the streams!

-Chief

Some plans for Gamma

Frumple’s Update: The recording for the public portion and Q&A of the GSM is now available here. Please note that we have decided to not promote any members to the Trusted rank at this meeting.

Chief’s Update: I punched a wall during the private staff meeting. A recording of that is available here.

Here are some of the maps we’re going to be using to build the initial MRT lines and Central City. Of course, things might change slightly before the server opens.

Here’s our plan for the MRT lines:

The original map is shown here as an approximate size comparison between the two worlds:

And the plans for Central City, although it is slightly outdated:

Please continue, as always, to send us feedback. More GSM results will be posted shortly!

Thanks,

Chief

August GSM Date

Our next General Staff Meeting will happen on August 9, 2014 at 10:00 PM GMT (preceded by a private discussion at 9 PM GMT). We’re getting closer to Multiverse with each GSM, and this one will discuss two big topics:

  • Final decision of new map seed
  • Final decision regarding TrainCarts

There may be additional details that get added to the agenda between now and then, so if you have anything you want admins to know or discuss, please send it to us at admin [at] minecartrapidtransit.net. You can also email us build transfer requests or ban appeals and we’ll discuss them at the meeting. All requests should go to the admin address, please don’t send them to a direct address or the mod address.

Also, as usual, we’ll take Trusted nominations (although we are phasing out the nomination system). Send those in to dft.ba/-MRTNominate.

See you then!

-Chief

Congratulations… we’re 2 years old!

A quick announcement: Happy birthday, MRT.

For those feeling nostalgic, have an old news post. For those looking onward, see last GSM’s results and vote on our candidate seed. So far we’ve received quite a few votes, so keep them coming!

Also, we have announced the names of all five of our new mods in the GSM results, and the recordings of the public portion have been posted. Congratulations to all five of our new moderators: hawksfan1010jphgolf4321, lalaboy67, mfish125 and Music3_0!

Stay tuned to my YouTube channel for a second-anniversary Snapshot, it will be coming soon as I’ve gotten distracted with FRC things and SimCity, as usual.

See you around!

-Chief

July GSM results

The July GSM has concluded! We have a lot of exciting results to announce.

We have promoted five players to the Moderator rank! Congratulations to:

  • jphgolf4321
  • Music3_0
  • hawksfan1010
  • lalaboy67
  • mfish125

We have also promoted five players to the Trusted rank! Congratulations to:

  • Puffball5672
  • Skelezomperman
  • mustang_guy
  • Soleurs
  • MC_Protocol

We have also compiled our poll for the Final Candidate Seed for the new world. You can take a look at our favorite candidate seeds here, and vote in the poll here. Please note: the results of the poll are not binding; the final decision rests with the staff. The poll will remain open until our next GSM (which is tentatively scheduled for August).

Recordings for the public and Q&A portions of the GSM are now available below. Unfortunately, the Mumble server crashed in the middle of the public portion, so the recording has been split into two parts:

Thanks,
Chief

July GSM

Hi all,

The next General Staff Meeting will be held this coming Saturday, July 12th at 10pm GMT.

We are actively looking for new moderators at this meeting, so if you have any nominations for people who you think would be a good Trusted member or Moderator, please fill out a form at: dft.ba/-MRTNominate.

Also in the agenda for this meeting:

  • More updates about the Gamma Server and the Candidate Seeds
  • Discussion on whether to use TrainCarts on the new server
  • 2nd Anniversary Plans (if there are any)

Thanks,
Frumple

Multiverse Candidate Seeds!

Over the past few months, Frumple has been generating new random seeds on the Gamma server to find good candidates for our final “new” map. While we’re not quite ready to vote on a finalist yet, we are beginning to compile a lot of seeds that are looking quite favorable.

Our criteria for a “good” seed is that the world:

  • Has the spawn point, (0,0), in or adjacent to a Plains biome.
  • Has a significantly sized Mesa biome somewhere on the map.
  • Has a significantly sized snowy biome somewhere on the map with 1.7 biomes, like Ice Mountains, Ice Plains, Ice Plains Spikes, Cold Taiga or Cold Taiga M.
  • Has interesting water features like oceans, rivers and lakes. Bonus points if there are good-sized islands in the middle of the ocean.
  • Has some desert, savannah, forest and extreme hills biomes. Bonus points if it includes the variants like Sunflower Plains.
  • Has a minimal amount of biomes that most people avoid – these are the jungle and swamp biomes, as they’re often times crowded over by shrubbery and vines. These biomes are OK but in small quantities.

Our world settings for generation are:

  • Minecraft 1.7.9
  • Large Biomes
  • Random seeds (though we are keeping track of them)
  • Structures turned off
  • The world radius will be doubled to 6400 blocks in each direction from spawn (-6400 to +6400), however just like the current world you will be able to see outside of that.

We’ve been posting Dynmap renders of each seed to this imgur album. Our current favorites are seeds 2 and 14. We’re currently generating seed 54!

If you’re interested in helping us out, you can download AMIDST v3.6 from the Minecraft Forums here. This tool will let you view the biomes of a seed without generating it, in a map like Dynmap. For best results, turn off all of the layers, and keep pressing Control-R (same on Mac) until you find a good seed, then copy it to your clipboard and send us an email at admin [at] minecartrapidtransit.net. Who knows, it might become a Candidate Seed or even the final seed!

(Note: We can’t generate every seed and turn it into a candidate seed, but we will look at all seeds you send us with AMIDST and generate the ones that look awesome).

You can discuss these seeds on our subreddit, /r/mrtserver.

Thanks, and good luck with seed-searching!
Chief