January 2016 GSM Results

Edit: Some additional information has been added to these results on January 23rd. These additions are marked in pink.

Hi everyone,

The first General Staff Meeting of the new year has concluded, and here are the results. As always, you can listen to the public portion of the meeting here.

Future of the Server

First off, the server will NOT be closing anytime soon. Our current lease for the Gamma Server expires in April, but I (Frumple) should be able to continue paying for the server past that date.

However, the Gamma Server is starting to run out of disk space, mainly because of increasing disk usage from the wiki. This has made it increasingly difficult to produce backups of the server, and host the beta server on the same machine. The Gamma Server currently runs off an SSD, but I am considering options to set up a new server with a traditional hard drive instead. This will give us much more disk space that should fit our needs for the foreseeable future, but comes with the cost of longer times for in-game world saves. Hopefully in the next months, I will come to a decision on this and possibly start setting up the new server. Stay tuned on here for updates.

Future of MRT Mail

More details about the MRT Mail Hub can be heard in the public portion recording from thomasfyfe, but basically the huv will be reconstructed in the next few months to reflect the decreasing the usage of the hub for personal mail, and to reduce the amount of maintenance work required for the Mail Hub staff.

Thomas has made available a Google Doc that outlines these plans, which can be viewed here. You may also leave any comments on the document, as your feedback is appreciated.

Town Auctions

Two towns were considered for auction for this meeting:

  • Panther Town (P9), originally owned by mrpanther85, has been given to _Kastle.
  • VoltsSphere (T24/A19), originally owned by David_Pat21, will remain unclaimed and put on the auction for next month’s GSM. If you are interested in claiming ownership of this town, please e-mail staff.

Roads

Three road projects were considered for this meeting:

A50 Ownership

Ownership of the A50 “Great Southern” highway, previously built by mine_man_, has been granted to MRTKeikoku (formerly known as KaizoWarning, MRTWarning). MRTKeikoku will be responsible for completing the highway according to the original specifications.

B72 Kenthurst to Ezzo City

A short B-Road connecting Kenthurst (XW10) east with Ezzo City (XW12) has been approved.

A28 from Armada to Ellesume

A proposal to build an A-Road from Armada to Ellesume has been rejected. The project proposer has been notified by e-mail as to the reasons for the rejection.

Other Projects

Three other projects were considered for this meeting:

Kenthurst-Formosa-Sealane Canal

This small canal project has been approved.

Vermillion Gateway Airport Expansion

The expansion of this airport has been approved.

Laclede “Harry S. Truman” Airport

The construction of this airport has been approved, with the addition that the area of the airport can be further expanded south to reach the river.

Miscellaneous

/pweather command is now enabled

The /pweather command is now enabled for all players! Similar to /ptime, /pweather allows players to set their in-game weather within their Minecraft client without affecting anything server-side. Type in /pweather help in-game. for more info.

City Rank Candidate Batch #5 is now open

The next City Rank Candidate Batch is now open for submissions. The relevant dates for this batch are as follows:

  • Submissions close by: February 5th, 2016 by 11:59 PM PST
  • Admod voting begins on: February 6th, 2016
  • Admod voting ends on: February 12th, 2016 by 11:59 PST
  • Promotions are granted on February 13th, 2016.

That’s all for now.

Thanks,
Frumple


Happy New Year!

Hey everyone,

Welcome to 2016! I hope you all have had a relaxing and fulfilling holiday season. Now here’s some usual news tidbits:

City Rank Candidate Batch #4 Results

City Rank Candidate Batch #4 has now concluded. Thanks to all who submitted applications, every candidate should now have received a feedback e-mail in their inboxes. Congratulations to those who were promoted, and they are as follows:

Senators:

  • camelfantasy for his city of Formosa
  • BaronThamesBank for his city of Daneburg
  • Baseball02 for his city of Wythern
  • MishkaMan for his city of Kolpino

Governors:

  • jphgolf4321 for his city of Laclede
  • autobus22 for his city of Wazamawazi
  • MinecraftYoshi26 for his city of Hummingbird Islands

Premier:

  • _frozen for his city of Whitechapel

As per tradition with Premier promotions, _frozen has prepared the following speech:

I cannot take the credit for Whitechapel entirely to myself. I have been exceedingly lucky and blessed with people helping with this city, with a lot of help from people that are still here and people that are long gone. Without their work, Whitechapel would be a poorer town.

Now that Whitechapel is endorsed as one of the Premier Cities, I would like to take the time to thank people.

Thank you to everyone that contributed to the city, from those that helped with the start of the road system with radioactive center lines (To date, no one has reported they have had terminal cancer from those, so that s good!), to those that put down dirt blocks after dirt blocks with no clue what the insane mod was planning, to those that installed major puzzle parts of Whitechapel (especially the Airport, the Canals, Sheepshead, Sports District, the Rail Yards, to name a few puzzle pieces).

Thank you to everyone who willingly let me create a large rail hub out of Whitechapel using totally unproven technology, and to allow Whitechapel come closer to your town.  My hope is to make CitiRail actually working and functional by the end of the holidays!

Thank you to the staff for the honor of adding Whitechapel to a prestigious list of premier cities such as Arisa, Achowalogen Takachsin, and Airchester.  It is a list I am honored to be part of.

Thank you to Frumple, for running the server (if it wasn’t this type of server I wouldn’t even consider building this city. Imagine Whitechapel in a survival server…).  Also, without you, we wouldn’t have this special community to be part of.

As for the future: Whitechapel is not done as is. It is far from being done, really. Look for more development, major events, and surprises hidden in Whitechapel. It is the least I can do for you all.

Again, Whitechapel is but a collection of dirt huts without all your help. Thank you all.

_Frozen

January GSM

The date of January GSM has been tentatively set for January 16th, at the usual time of 7pm UTC. The agenda for this meeting is still being formulated, but be sure to watch this post for updates. At this time, we have the following items that are open for claiming:

Town Auctions:

  • Panther Town (P9)

Road Projects:

  • A50 Great Southern

If you have any requests for ownership for any other towns and projects, please e-mail staff and in most cases, they will be added to the agenda.

That’s all for now.

Thanks,
Frumple


December 2015 GSM Results

Hi all,

The last GSM of the year has concluded and here are the results. As usual, the recording for the public portion can be downloaded here.

Transit hub exterior “shells” are now banned

Until now, players below the [Senator] rank have been allowed to built an exterior “shell” for their planned transit hub, in which the hub has no transit connections or interior decorations. However, recently this has proved to be a “grey area” in terms of enforcement, with players constructing very large shells that could be considered fully functional hubs depending on perspective. To simplify this rule, effective immediately, we have decided to ban all new exterior “shells” for transit hubs. Existing “shells” can still remain, and be completed when the player has reached [Senator] rank.

Large battle scenes with armor stands are now officially discouraged

It’s come to our attention that some players have built large battle scenes using numerous armor stands. We have several reports that such concentrations of armor stands is causing significant client-side lag for players, and they may be contributing to server-side lag as well. While we will not be outright banning armor stands at this time, we would like to ask these players to consider removing these battle scenes or minimize the use of armor stands such that all players can enjoy the server in a more lag-free manner. Thank you for your co-operation.

Moderators can now tempban players up to 24 hours

We are still in the process of finding a new administrator for the server, and a decision for this will likely come in January. In the meantime, to help moderators deal with disruptive guests, we’ve decided to grant moderators the ability to perform temporary bans up to 24 hours. This is meant to be a more effective tool for immediately removing such guests, instead of the usual muting/kicking/jailing scheme.  In most cases, admins will then convert the temporary ban into a permanent ban shortly afterward.

Do note that for disruptive members or members who have accumulated enough warnings, the moderators have been instructed to not use their tempban powers except in extreme circumstances. In such situations, administrators will continue to issue 1 week temporary bans, or permanent bans as needed.

Wiki account registration is now open again

Due to vandalism on the wiki a while back, we had to shut off the creation of accounts. We’ve now decided to re-open account registration once again. Do note that while anyone will be able to create a new account, the creation and editing of page will still be restricted to [Trustees] and above.

Town Auctions

  • A22 has been granted to _Ptld.
  • C3 may be put up for auction at the next GSM, pending a notification to the current owner who is still active.
  • Tetrapolis (T15) will be put up for auction at the next GSM.
  • Khan (F4/I4) will be put up for auction at the next GSM.
  • Solarion (XE18/C16, XE19/C17) has been granted to Tom_Pairs.

Roads

  • The construction of the A50 “Great Southern Highway”, running from ZS21 to V28 via Zaquar and Elecna Bay, has been recently abandoned by mine_man. This highway will be open to proposals from other players to take over and finish construction.
  • The A1 highway, running from Central City north to Nippia/Liten via the Ionian Conurbation SMP, will be allowed to continue construction for the time being. If no significant progress has been made by the next GSM, ownership of the highway may be auctioned off to another player who can finish the highway.
  • A proposal from RedBear47 for a winding, mountainous B-Road from Birchwood to St. Anna has been approved.

Finally, a reminder to get your submissions in for City Rank Candidate Batch #4 by this Thursday, December 17th. Submit your requests using the City Rank Promotion Request Form. Voting will take place over the next week, resulting in promotions being issued on December 25th.

That’s all for now.

Thanks,
Frumple


November 2015 GSM Results

Hey everyone,

First off, apologies for the delay in getting these results out on to the website. I’ve been super busy with real life and haven’t had the energy to deal with server stuff for quite some time. Things may wind down as the holidays approach, so I’ll try to catch up in the coming weeks. As always, the recording for the public portion of the GSM is available and can be downloaded here.

Staff Update

After getting in contact with them after a long bout of inactivity, computerghost and thomasfyfe will be stepping down from the Administrator positions on the server, effective immediately. CG will be continuing as a regular member on the server, while Thomas will be staying on as a moderator. Both CG and Thomas have been instrumental in shaping the server that you see today, and we thank them for their amazing contributions as admins.

As of the November GSM, we’re happy to announce that Ortem and AlikSong are our newest moderators on the staff. Congratulations to them both! At the GSM, we also announced that we would be bringing one more administrator. However, the admin candidate has passed on the promotion citing that they are too busy in real life. Therefore for the time being, we will continue assessing other administrator candidates for an eventual promotion later.

New Rules regarding Intercity Fibre Cables and Power Lines

A proposal was brought to the staff’s attention which asked for permission to build fibre cable systems across the new world. These systems would be compact and built with redstone, but would not serve an in-game functional purpose and would be inert (redstone would not be switched constantly switched on or off, causing lag).

To ensure that these constructions not become too dominant on the server, the staff have decided to impose rules on these builds, similar to that of roads. Effective immediately, players may only build intercity fibre cables and power lines if they are of [Councillor] rank or higher. As always, you must have permission from the other town’s mayor beforehand. In addition to these rules, if a situation arises where a fibre or cable crosses a rail or road, the rail or road takes priority and the fibre or cable must work around it.

Town Auctions

  • Maliwan (P14) – Owned by sean1240, will be contacted by e-mail, if no response within a week, town will be destroyed.
  • Bandaraya (T11 and T12) – Owned by TakenName, new ownership granted to jphgolf4321.
  • Spruce Mountain (D10) – Owned by bnsfninja, new ownership granted to Missa_Solemnis.
  • Khan (F4/14) – Owned by HurricaneNathan, no new ownership granted.
  • Redloch (XE18, XE19, C16, C17) – Owned by _hnt, no requests for ownership, still open for next GSM.
  • XW13 – Owned by ezzocraft, town can now be openly claimed on first-come, first-serve basis.

City Rank Candidate Batch #4

The last candidate batch of the year for promotions to [Senator], [Governor], and [Premier] is now open. Submit your requests using the City Rank Promotion Request Form by December 17th, 2015. The full list of relevant dates for this batch are as follows:

  • Submissions open on: December 6th, 2015
  • Submissions close by: December 17th, 2015 (by 11:59 PM PST)
  • Admod voting begins on: December 18th, 2015
  • Admod voting ends by: December 24th, 2015 (by 11:59 PM PST)
  • Promotions are granted on: December 25th, 2015 (Ho Ho Ho)

December GSM

The last GSM of the year will be held this coming Saturday, December 12th at 7pm GMT. More details about the agenda of this meeting will be updated on to this post as it becomes available.

That’s all for now.

Thanks,
Frumple


November 2015 GSM Preamble

Hi all,

Just a reminder that the next General Staff Meeting will be held this coming Saturday, November 7th at 7pm UTC. Please note that since Daylight Savings is no longer in effect for North America, the time for the GSM will now be 11 am PST and 2 pm EST.

One of the focuses for this GSM will be the consideration of adding new moderators to the staff. We are open to moderator nominations from the public, so if you would like to put a name forward, please send an e-mail to the staff mailing list.

Finally, we have a large number of inactive towns up for auction this time around, some of which currently do not have any claimants. If you are interested in gaining ownership of any of these towns, please send a request to the staff mailing list. The towns are as follows:

  • Maliwan (P14)
  • Phos City (C33/F20 and F21) (Removed from auction at owner’s request)
  • Bandaraya (T11 and T12)
  • Heights City (ZN14) (Removed from auction at owner’s request)
  • Spruce Mountain (D10)
  • Khan (F4/14)
  • Redloch (XE18, XE19, C16, and C17)
  • Florensia (XE22, C20, and EC1) (Removed from auction at owner’s request)
  • XW13

Thanks,
Frumple