March 2015 GSM and other things

Hey folks! The March GSM will be this Saturday, March 7 at 10:30pm UTC, so if you haven’t already requested a town review, now is the time! Staff will be checking out your towns this week so be sure to get your requests in soon. As of right now we have 6 candidates for promotion to Senator, and 5 candidates for promotion to Governor. We will not be accepting requests for Premier just yet.

The form is located here. Please fill it out as soon as you’re ready!

A couple other updates:

Mumble security: We are now lifting the Mumble password embargo (hooray!), so now you can join the server at any time. Just PM a mod or admin and we can give you the current password. Please keep the following important points in mind:

  • Guests are not allowed to join Mumble at all. Sorry! Please apply for membership, and you’ll be welcome to join once you’ve been approved.
  • Members are not allowed to give the password out. Only staff members may do this, as members might not have the most current password.
  • As soon as you have connected to the server, right-click your name and choose “Self-Register”. This will allow you to connect if and when the password changes.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation while the embargo was in place the last two months.

Screenshot contest: The admins are now naming our finalists. The list will be announced here in the next couple of days. Please remember to check them out (imagesspreadsheet) and vote for your favorites. All entries will receive $20 in-game cash, with finalists, first through fifth place, and People’s Choice Award winners receiving more. We will hand out prizes following the GSM. Prizes will be as follows:

  • First prize: $5,000
  • Second prize: $3,000
  • Third prize: $2,000
  • Fourth prize: $1,000
  • Fifth prize: $500
  • Finalist: $100
  • Non-Finalist: $20

In addition, the two top screenshots (as voted by you in the poll) get an extra $500 in addition to their prize above. So if a screenshot gets a People’s Choice Award, but isn’t a finalist, the prize will be $520.

Eastern line: The Eastern-Central section has been open for a little while, but in case you haven’t seen it, it is ready to go! You can now ride one train from P29 to C20-XE22, passing through flourishing cities including Lakeview, Easest, Airchester and Sesby. It has also been marked out on Dynmap. The stations are currently operating with temporary station codes starting with EC, and the northern section should be opening within the next few weeks.

That’s all for now!

Thanks,
Chief


Screenshot Contest Voting Begins

Hello all,

Many thanks to the 30 players who submitted entries into our first ever Screenshot Contest! The admins are now conducting the first round of voting where they will each select 5 finalists. When the first round is done, a maximum of 20 finalists will be announced, and will move on to the final round of voting where the top 5 winners will be selected.

All submissions can be easily viewed in this Google Doc folder. A list of all submissions is also available in this Google Sheet doc. Final results will be posted to this document

Due to the low and unreliable number of votes on the subreddit, voting for the People’s Choice awards will done through this Strawpoll. Please visit this poll and vote your favorite submissions. You may multiple submissions in your vote. The top 2 voted submissions will win an extra $500 in-game dollars in addition to their base prize. You have until this Friday, March 6 at 11:59 PM PST to vote for the People’s Choice Award, so be sure to get your votes in soon.

The finalists should be announced within the next few days, and the final winners will be announced at the upcoming GSM on Saturday, March 7th.

Thanks,
Frumple


Some Assorted Updates

Hi all,

Some assorted news updates to report:

The Buycraft Portal is now re-opened, and we are accepting supporter contributions once again. As we mentioned before, we have switched our payment gateway from Google Wallet to Stripe. Also as a bonus, thanks to a coupon code provided by Chief, we will not pay any transaction fees on our first $1000 dollars collected. So if you are planning on purchasing supporter benefits in the near future, know that 100% of your contribution will go towards offsetting our server costs.

On a related note, I’ve renewed our lease on the server and we should be up and running until at least April 15th, 2016. You can view a breakdown of all the server’s finances on the Server Finances Google doc.

Automated full dynmap renders have now been setup. Each world will be rendered separately on weekly basis on the following schedule:

  • Monday: ‘space‘ world from 5:55 am to 6:25 am UTC
  • Tuesday: ‘old‘ world from 5:55 am to 7:25 am UTC
  • Wednesday: ‘new‘ world from 5:55 am to 5:55 pm UTC
  • Thursday: ‘lab‘ world from 5:55 am to 6:25 am UTC
  • Friday: ‘games‘ world from 5:55 am to 6:25 am UTC

Also, warps from the spawn in the old world have now been finally restored. We’ve also brought back the emerald warp booths, and used the first booth to put in a warp to Arisa.

Finally, once again a reminder that you now only have 1 week to enter your submission for the Screenshot Contest. Rules and details for the contest can be found here. We currently only have 13 valid submissions, so please get them on to the subreddit before the cut-off date on February 28th!

Thanks,
Frumple


Next GSM Date, and Screenshot Contest Reminder

Hey folks,

The next GSM will be held on March 7, 2015. The same schedule from last meeting will apply – private at 9pm, public at 10:30. We will only be accepting Senator and Governor promotion requests – sorry Premiers, not yet! Click here to request a promotion.

Additionally, please submit your screenshots for the Screenshot Contest! We’ve had some great submissions so far, but it would be awesome if there were more. Rules and instructions are here. Also, don’t forget to vote on your favorites with the upvote and downvote buttons – these are used to determine the People’s Choice Awards.

Finally, IVY Airport will be opening to passenger traffic soon. If you scored gates, please talk to mikefishr or me and we can help you get planes pasted in and warps set up.

Thanks,

Chief