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 Please note that since Daylight Savings is no longer in effect for North America, the time for the GSM will now be 11 am PST and 2 pm EST.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


October 2015 GSM Results

Hi all,

The October GSM has concluded. As always, the recording for the public portion is available. Here are this month’s announcements:

Server Performance Issues and 1.8.8 Update

For the past month or so, we’ve noticed significantly reduced performance and increased memory usage on the server, especially during peak times. I am unsure of what the cause could be, so over the next couple of weeks I’ll be trying a few things to investigate and possibly solve the issue. I will also be getting the long-promised update to Minecraft 1.8.8 and various plugins on to the server sometime soon, which may possibly help in improving performance.

Please note that in an effort to help prevent server crashes, we have reduced the maximum player count on the server to 40. In the future, we may also consider reducing this limit further, re-instating AFK kicks, and/or increasing the number of server restarts per day. None of these changes have been implemented so far, but we will announce on the website if we do decide to go ahead with these policies.

New Rules and Clarifications regarding A-Roads and B-Roads

The admods had a productive discussion regarding the guidelines for A-Roads and B-Roads, and some concerns were brought up where some members were building B-Roads like A-Roads. To help clear up the confusion, _frozen has started writing up a concrete set of road-building guidelines on the MRT Road Standards wiki page. Note that the wiki page is still a work-in-progress, but even if you have the slightest inclination in building any sort of A-Road or B-Road, it is strongly recommended that you read this page thoroughly.

I would also like to re-emphasize the main distinction between the purpose of A-Roads and B-Roads, and that is summed up as follows:

  • A-Roads are the major arterial highways that connect large regions on the server.
  • B-Roads are minor highways that connect with cities and towns directly. They typically provide a connection between an A-Road to a city or town.

In addition to this, the “C-Road” designation will be officially discontinued. A-Roads and B-Roads will be the only types of intercity highways allowed on the server. However, note that towns and cities that are close enough to each other are still allowed to connect their own local roads together.

Finally, there are new rules for roads, in effect immediately:

  • If you are building a B-Road connecting to an A-Road, you do not need prior permission from staff to build the road. However, if you are building a standalone B-Road between two cities or towns, you must e-mail staff about your plan and obtain approval at the next GSM.
  • B-Roads can only have ramps if they are within the limits of a town or city, or if they are connecting to an A-Road. Otherwise, build an intersection instead.
  • Toll booths and gates are officially allowed on any road, with the condition that the toll gate must provide some sort of “fast lane” or “side lane” that provides unimpeded access through the gate. This is to allow uCars through in case the toll gate breaks down.
  • Road tunnels do not require permission from staff before being built.

Upcoming Projects

The only A-Road project that was approved in principle at this meeting was the A7 Highway from Central City to Vermillion/Ilirea via Kenthurst, proposed by mikefishr. There is currently a slight issue with this proposal going close to XW7, which is owned by a somewhat inactive player. However, in the meantime, construction on the western portion from Vermillion to Kenthurst can begin. Below is an image of the proposed alignment of the A7. Orange indicates an elevated or ground level portion, yellow indicates underground, and green is a suspension bridge:


The other project that was discussed was Just_robinho’s proposed extension of the Eastern Line south. There are still some details yet to be decided regarding the “hub” station where the Valley/Southern Lines meet up with Plains/Eastern lines, but approval has been given for extending the Eastern Line southern to that hub. Here’s an image illustrating this. Blue indicates elevated, yellow indicated ground-level, and red indicates underground. Also, please ignore the circles.

PE extension

Town Auctions

For this GSM, the following towns have been successfully auctioned off to new ownership:

  • Steve_Bob’s Town at XW6 has been granted to camelfantasy.
  • Maldita at C70/M24 has been granted to HanSangYoon.

Also, there are a couple of inactive towns up for auction at the next GSM in November. If you are interested in taking ownership of these towns, please e-mail staff:

  • Maliwan at P14, owned by sean1240
  • Phos City at C33/F20 and F21, owned by stringle55
  • Bandaraya at T11 and T12, owned by TakenName

City Rank Promotion Batch #3 is now open

The next batch of City Rank Promotions is now open for candidates. Submit your request to be promoted to Senator, Governor, or Premier using the City Rank Promotion Request Form. We will continue using the scheme of approximately 2 weeks time for submitting an application, and 1 week for staff to review all candidates. Therefore, please take note of the following dates:

  • Submissions for City Rank Promotion Batch #3 will be open from now until October 31st, 11:59 UTC.
  • Candidates will considered during the following week, and the final promotions will be announced on November 7th.

Finally, the November GSM will also be held a little earlier as usual, also on November 7th, 7pm UTC.


City Rank Promotions – Batch #2

Hi all,

The second batch of City Rank promotions has been completed. No Premier candidates were submitted again this time around, but please welcome our newest Senators and Governors!

New [Senators]:

  • TonyTajiri
  • Ardyan
  • sesese9

New [Governors]:

  • mine_man_
  • RLcrafters

Feedback e-mails were sent to all candidates, regardless of whether they were promoted or not, so please check your inboxes for those e-mail if you have not yet done so.

Also, a reminder that the next GSM is tentatively scheduled for October 17th. The next batch of City Rank candidates will likely start right after the GSM.

Finally, kekkomatic will be holding a tour of his completed city of Arisa tomorrow on October 8th at 8PM GMT, and you are all invited. More details can be found here.


September 2015 GSM Results

Hi all,

After a long summer, we’ve finally held a GSM after a hiatus of a couple months. Recordings for the public portion of the meeting are broken up into three parts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Here are the relevant announcements:

A reminder about WorldEdit requests

Over the summer, we’ve had a influx of new members, while a lot of the admods were away or on vacation. This has resulted in the admods that do come online becoming overwhelmed with WorldEdit requests, with some of those requests being questionable in their validity.

To help alleviate the workload on our admods, I’d would like to remind all members of the following:

  • Please familiarize yourself with how WorldEdit works before asking for one. That is, ensure that you have points set up for your WorldEdit so that you do not waste the admod’s valuable time.
  • If you can do the WorldEdit yourself by hand in 10 minutes or less, then you do not need a WorldEdit. Admods reserve the right to refuse WorldEdit requests that are deemed too trivial.
  • Don’t ask for a WorldEdit right after an admod joins. Please respect the admod’s time and wait at least 10 minutes before asking for a WorldEdit.
  • Don’t ask for too many WorldEdits. Admods also want to come here to have fun and work on their projects, so please respect that.

For now, we haven’t given any recent warnings with regards to WorldEdit requests, but if we find that players are not heeding the above reminders, then we may have no choice but to do so. We are also looking to hiring additional active moderators to help with workload, but we will only hire people who are a good fit for the moderator position, first and foremost.

Helipads are now allowed in a restricted fashion for Senators

At the June GSM, we banned airfields and heliports altogether for the Senator rank due to players abusing the privilege and building unrealistic airfields. Some players have asked about the status of heliports, so we are allowing helipads on highly limited basis for Senators. Effective immediately, Senators may:

  • Build up to a maximum of 2 functional helipads (that is, with helicopters) per city.
  • Each helipad and helicopter must be realistic, and the helipad must built properly on top of a building.
  • Decorative helipads on top of buildings (“H” pads) are not restricted by this rule.
  • Existing helipads with helicopters are grandfathered in and do not have to be removed.


The admods approved some road proposals for this meeting. A proper map of these proposals may be made in the future, but for now, they are as follows:

  • A89/A892/A942 modifications from Whitechapel and Arctic Plains SMP north to Armada (proposed by _frozen)
  • A8/A850 extension from Whitechapel west to Ilirea along the coast (proposed by _frozen)
  • A5 from Central City south to Utopia (proposed by Narnia17)
  • A35 from Appleton east to Wampanaog and Airchester (proposed by hntredtie)

For others who submitted road proposals, either an admin has contacted you providing you the reasons why your proposal was rejected. If this has not happened yet, please e-mail the admins.

Town Auctions

The following inactive towns were granted to new owners:

  • F3/I3, formerly owned by Creeperwillie, has been given to MIKE24DUDE.
  • XW12, formerly owned by echominer99, has been given to ezzocraft.

New Moderator

After much discussion, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve promoted CortesiRaccoon to Moderator. Congratulations!

City Rank Promotion Requests are now open

We’re opening another batch of promotion request for Senator, Governor, and Premier ranks. You can submit your request using the City Rank Promotion Request Form. For this batch, we will be trying a different scheme where you will be given 2 weeks to submit an application, then 1 week will be given to the admods to properly evaluate all candidates. Therefore, please take note of the following deadlines:

  • Submissions for City Rank Promotion Batch #2 will be open from now until September 30th, 11:59pm UTC.
  • Candidates will be considered during the following week, and the final promotions will be announced on October 7th.

That’s all for now. As a heads up, the next General Staff Meeting is currently tentatively scheduled for October 17th, 2015 at 7pm UTC. Until then, take care.


Thank you for everything.

Hey folks,

As some of you have noticed, over the last few months I have been online less and less. I’ve been traveling, working, trying not to scream too much, and putting things into boxes. Through all of these things it’s becoming harder for me to come on and build Vermilion (XW15-XW16) or Ashwick (V23), play all the mini games, or just hang out. And it’s about to get harder, because tomorrow morning (September 8th) I am leaving for college.

Along with leaving for college, effective tomorrow, I am resigning as administrator of the MRT.

It’s been amazing working with you guys for the past three years, and I’m excited to see where the server and community go in the future!

I’ve written up a sort of pre-FAQ of things I’m sure you want to know, so please expand the post for all the details, but here’s the essentials:

  • Tomorrow (September 8th) I’m handing off all of my administrative responsibilities. Tom_Pairs has been doing a fantastic job of running the server, and he and the other admins (CG and Thomas) will continue to do so. At that point, my rank will be adjusted to [Governor] on the server.
  • I will do my best to be at the GSM this Saturday to tie up loose ends, field questions, and all that, but because of freshman orientation events during that time, my attendance is not guaranteed. I am planning on coming online on Sunday the 13th.
  • My MRT email address will remain active until at least next Tuesday, September 15th. Beyond that, please email me at metaoctothorpe { at } icloud { dot } com. (Twitter will remain active @chiefbozx.)

Thank you so much for everything, guys – DFTBA.