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!
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: hawksfan1010, jphgolf4321, 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!
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:
We have also promoted five players to the Trusted rank! Congratulations to:
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:
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)
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!
The June GSM has concluded. A recording of the public portion and Q&A can be found here.
I discussed a bit about Mojang’s recent post about server monetization. I’ve summarized my talk into a separate news post, which you can find here.
The new server (codenamed “Gamma Server”) is up and running, but only accessible to staff as we test out new plugins. Since we still have to test out things, choose a new world, and then build the initial roads and MRT lines on the new world, it is unlikely that the new server will be ready by the upcoming server anniversary in July. The earliest estimate I can give you right now would be September, but again, it will be ready when it’s ready.
Speaking of choosing a new world, you can have a look at some of the Candidate Seeds that we’re considering. Right now, Candidate Seed 2 and 14 are what we consider the best candidates so far. For a seed to be considered “good”, we’re looking for the following criteria:
- Large Biomes, structures turned off
- Spawn is in Plains biome or near Plains biome
- Some ocean biomes with interesting coastlines or lakes, islands would be a bonus
- Some desert and savannah biomes
- Has a significantly-sized Arctic biome somewhere on map
- Has a significantly-sized Mesa biome somewhere on map
- Has a minimum amount of undesirable biomes such as swamp or jungle.
Only one Trusted promotion this time around, and that goes to Cortesi. Congratulations!
The May Build Auction has concluded and the results can be found here. The staff have also decided to discontinue holding these build auctions for the time being. If you would like to gain ownership of an inactive build, please instead e-mail the admins and we will consider each proposal on a case-by-case basis at future GSMs.
That’s all for now, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us by e-mail.
As some of you may be aware, Mojang has made a post about server monetization with some rules of what is allowed and not allowed. The gist of it is that Mojang is targeting many of the larger “pay-to-win” servers that allow players to pay money to gain a gameplay advantage, such as gaining diamonds, weapons, currency, powerful commands, etc. However, Mojang is okay with players paying for “purely cosmetic” items such as pets and hats. I would assume that things that we have for our supporter benefits, such as chat prefixes, and the use of color on chat and signs would also fall under the category of being “purely cosmetic.”
With the supporter ranks, I’ve always run with the philosophy that we should recognize people who have made a supporter contribution, but they should not have any significant gameplay advantages over non-supporters. Many players have suggested that we give supporters more perks such as additional warps, special building privileges, or more in-game currency (when we get to it), but I’ve always been reluctant to implement these suggestions for the reasons above. Now that Mojang has made it quite clear that paying for gameplay advantages is not allowed, these suggestions will no longer be considered. This doesn’t mean that we won’t ever add new supporter perks in the future, but they must fall within the definition of being “purely cosmetic” and not provide any unfair gameplay advantages.
TL;DR: The supporter benefits we have will remain unchanged, since they are “purely cosmetic” and allowed by Mojang.
If you have any further questions about this topic, feel free to e-mail the admins at admin [at] minecartrapidtransit.net.
I wish to inform you all that BossOfGames has been demoted from Moderator position for inactivity. Please note the MRT International Airport will still be owned and organized by BossOfGames, as well as any other projects owned by him. If you have any questions or concerns about this, feel free to talk with myself or the admins.
In other news, the next General Staff Meeting will be held this upcoming Saturday, June 14th at 10PM GMT. Staff will have a private discussion beforehand starting at 9PM GMT, followed by public announcements at 10PM, and then a Open Floor / Q & A at the end of the meeting.
An announcement and a question for you all.
First, a question. As you have no doubt seen on the Rules page, the Road Construction Guidelines and Rail Construction Guidelines are up for rewrite. Yep, it’s that time of year. My question to you all is: what thoughts do you have on these policies? Is there something that you think we should change? Anything unclear or missing? Please send us your thoughts to admin [at] minecartrapidtransit.net. All ideas are welcome and appreciated, and we try to incorporate as many ideas as we can into our policies. After all, it is your community, so you might as well have a say in it.
Also, if you have any feedback on the new rules or ranks, please send that to us so that we can make changes. So far in the two months of the ranks proposal being available we have received only 1 email. Again: admin [at] minecartrapidtransit.net. We promise, if you email us your suggestions or comments (even comments of praise), we won’t bite.
Ok, now the announcement: The Spawn City Link A Line is now complete. This is a circular line traveling throughout Spawn City and stopping at the major points of interest. You can get on the line from the southwest corner of Spawn Station – that’s the corner with the elevator. From the line you can access, in order (on the Inner Rail):
- Civic Services – the mail center and national archives
- Northern Trail – a walking path that goes all the way up to Robin’s Hill
- Minecart Avenue – a little-developed neighborhood of Spawn City
- Spawn City Park – right on the eastern edge of the city
- Admod – the basement of the Admod Building
- Theatre – home of the theater district
- Industrial – home of the slightly-less-developed industrial district
- Braun Llama – the basement of the Braun Llama Dome, which Frumple made a while back and kindly gave us a schematic for
- SCTC – Spawn City Transit Centre, platforms A and B
- Finance – the stock exchange and an area wide open for development
- Greater West – home of Trusted Tower
You can also take the Outer Rail, which serves the above stops but in reverse order. Spawn City Link will eventually become the metro network of Spawn City. If you’re interested in building within Spawn City but have no idea where – just find a Link station, get an OK from any staff member, and start building.
Many of you have just finished (or are finishing) several weeks of AP / IB / A-level exams or other finals, so when you’re all finished, hop on (remember, we’re still on 1.7.5) and see what else is new.
If you live in the US, it’s National Train Day on Saturday, May 10, 2014 – that’s tomorrow or today, depending on your time zone! So, if you can, go to your closest Amtrak station and check out the trains, or ride your local light rail if you have it.
More details of Train Day and event details are at nationaltrainday.com or this Wikipedia article: wp:National Train Day.
In case you’re wondering, this isn’t an official MRT event or anything, it’s actually sponsored by Amtrak.
Have fun, and always look both ways before crossing the train tracks!
(Serious note though, there are some pretty important announcements in below posts, so if you haven’t read them yet you probably should.)