April 2017 Announcements

Hi everyone,

Here is an assorted list of announcements for the month of April:

April 2017 GSM

The next General Staff Meeting will be held next Sunday, April 9th at 7pm UTC (12pm PDT, 3pm EDT). Topics for this meeting can include, but are not exhaustive to the following:

  • Finalize the Rank Revamp and SMP Abolishment Proposals from last meeting
  • Consideration of other rule and rank suggestions submitted by members
  • Boring road proposals
  • Yet another set of canal proposals
  • Even more town auctions

Server Upgrades

The Minecraft server will be whitelisted for several hours this Wednesday, April 5th starting at 4pm UTC (9am PDT, 12pm EDT). During this time, the server will be upgraded with new and updated plugins. The biggest changes include:

  • The server software we use, called Spigot, will be replaced with a faster, more optimized fork called PaperSpigot. PaperSpigot does make some changes to how ticks in Minecraft operate, but it is not expect to cause any major problems with minecart or redstone systems.
  • Our chat plugin darmok does not work with PaperSpigot, so we will be replacing it with a more modern plugin called VentureChat.

VentureChat supports various chat channels similar to darmok, but also supports party chat, which can be useful for private in-game conversations between 3 or more players without resorting to PMs.

VentureChat Commands:

  • /chlist – List all channels available to player
  • /chatinfo – See player’s own chat information
  • /join [channelname] or /channel [channelname] – Set the current channel
  • /listen [channelname] – Listen to a channel without changing the current channel
  • /leave [channelname] – Leave a channel.

/party or /p Commands:

  • /party help – Lists all party commands.
  • /party host – Starts your own party.
  • /party join [playername] – Join a player’s party.
  • /party leave – Leave the current party.
  • /party kick [playername] – Kick a player from your party.
  • /party ban [playername] – Ban a player from your party.
  • /party info [playername] – Show whether you are hosting a party, joined a party, and if party chat is enabled.
  • /party chat – Toggles party chat.
  • /party members [playername] – Shows the list of members in the player’s party.

City Rank Candidate Batch #11 Results

Promotions for this Candidate Batch were announced in-game back in February, but here are the official results of that batch:

New Senator Cities:

  • Freedon (SoSo123)
  • Spring Valley (Architect_21)
  • Waverly (cal76)
  • Camino (Omricon)

New Governor Cities:

  • Lanark (Earack)

Feedback for all candidates has been sent to their respective e-mail addresses. Thank you to all who submitted and congratulations to the new Senators and Governor!

City Rank Candidate Batch #12

The next candidate batch is now open for submissions. We would like to ask any candidates from previous batches who did not get promoted to consider the feedback sent to them very carefully and to make a significant effort on their town before submitting again. This will help save time for staff and help them avoid re-evaluating a town that hasn’t changed very much since it was last submitted. As always, you can submit your town for consideration for the Senator, Governor, or Premier ranks using the City Rank Promotion Request Form. Here are the relevant dates for this batch.

  • Submissions closed: Friday, April 14th at 11:59 PM PDT
  • Voting begins: Saturday, April 15th
  • Voting ends: Friday, April 28th at 11:59 PM PDT
  • Promotions given: Saturday, April 29th

That is all for now.

Thanks,
Frumple


February GSM

Hello All,

Just some news regarding the last GSM.

Ranks update

As many of you probably know the ranks  will be updated as a late Epsilon update. One of the aims with the updated ranks is to simplify the system for both members and staff. Also, to make building and playing on the server easier and more free within reason. Nothing is yet final but some of the updates that are almost certain are considerably more homes to players of most ranks. It will also be easier for members to set up warps for connections free of staff but with a fee.

This will also very likely lead to finally eliminating the SMP concept since we believe it is complex and no longer needed if towns can better connect to each other.

Expect to hear more about this in the near future.

Roads

The B911 proposed by FredTheTimeLord has been approved.

Canals

With the map expansion it is obviously interesting with many new useful water connections on the map, hence all the canal proposals at this GSM. The amount of canals did lead to slight confusion but it will still be possible to propose canals at further GSMs. This also means that not all canals will have to be built at once.

-The Northern Isthmus Canal proposed by CaptainChimpy has been approved. This canal has recently been built as a more natural looking river and can be seen on dynmap and used to connect towns.

-A proposal by camelfantasy has also been approved.

Epsilon MRT Lines

We received a lot of proposals from players. Different layouts have been discussed with Just_robinho a frumple finalising proposals for next GSM.

Town Auctions

-ZS26 has been given to SilverBubble

-Hinkley has been given to AP_red

-ZN8 has been given to FredTheTimeLord

-Phos City now belongs to Soso123 and is being be refurbished

-C88 has been given to Purrcat2010 with the condition that expansions will have to be discussed with neighbours.

-I27 has been given to camelfantasy

-Whitechappel’s new mayor is hnt who will mainly act as a caretaker for the Premier city.

-RegionalConnect has been given back to its original owner RLcrafters

The “New” Mods

All staff agree that both Narnia17 and AP_red have been a great addition to the staff team and we’re happy to continue working with them and seeing them around helping out on the server!

Last but not least..

We received a late but proud Premier speech from AlikSong:

Dear everyone,

I came to the MRT server on 1 January 2015. On that same day I started building up the area around MRT station XW10, hoping that one day my city would expand to the coastline and have a port. Since that first day I have come back to this server again and again to work on this one city for over 2 years. I thought I’d give everyone a brief snapshot of the history of Kenthurst.
The central part of Kenthurst surrounding XW10 MRT station is the oldest part of the city, and all the builds there are the original builds that I constructed in the first month of being on the server. I also built an inner ring road to set up the skeleton for my city expansion.
About 5 months in, I decided to construct a large ring road around my city to establish its new boundaries (now the B79 outer ring road). This was a big challenge as it meant that I had to fill in most of the empty space between the inner and outer ring roads. Slowly but surely I created district after district, including the New Commercial District (supertall skyscrapers), residential district, estates district, sporting district, Kenthurst beach/port district, Kenthurst Fort, and an airport. I decided to also build a canal system within my city, and this required a fair bit of planning especially since I had to retrofit the canals into some of the existing areas of the city. In about August 2015, Mississa Bay (around XW11) was also given to me by hnt and decorminecraft. I have expanded the original township and integrated it into greater Kenthurst. In mid 2016, Central Park north of XW9 was established as an exhibition of the best terrace buildings on the MRT. More recently I have been putting more detail into the buildings throughout Kenthurst, building parks, constructing roads to other cities and building general infrastructure within Kenthurst.
Throughout my time on the MRT I have been supported by many generous players who have contributed large and small to the development of Kenthurst. Ideas for what to build next were sourced from other players, my own imagination, and Google Images (honourable mention). I have invested much time to create a city that tries to have a healthy mix of high and low density districts, with a futuristic theme, while being in harmony with the natural landscape. I spent much time planning to ensure that the city would look realistic and well organised to visitors and locals alike. 
Thank you everyone for your support in attaining the Premier rank. I especially thank Frumple for creating such a wonderful server and for facilitating a close knit community. All the best for 2017 and beyond.
Love from Alik
With that, happy building and remember spring is coming (at least here in Europe)!
-BaronThamesBank

Some Post-Epsilon Announcements

Hi all,

Hope you are all enjoying the new Epsilon server. Here are some announcements for the month of February 2017.

The next General Staff Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 12th, at 7pm UTC. As of the time this post was created, topics that will be covered include:

  • Continued discussion on revamping the rules and ranks
  • Continued discussion on overhauling the City Rank Promotion process
  • Finalize the proposal on abolishing SMPs
  • Road Proposals
  • Canal Proposals

City Rank Candidate Batch #11 is now open for submissions! Submit your town for consideration for the Senator, Governor, or Premier ranks using the City Rank Promotion Request Form. Please note the following important dates:

  • Submissions closed: Saturday, February 11th at 11:59 PM PST
  • Voting begins: Sunday, February 12th
  • Voting ends: Saturday, February 25th at 11:59 PM PST
  • Promotions given: Sunday, February 26th

PayPal and Coinbase have been added as new payment methods to the MRT Buycraft Portal! This means that you can now use your PayPal account or use Bitcoin to purchase supporter benefits.

Finally, over the next couple of weeks, I will be doing some post-Epsilon maintenance tasks to fix some existing bugs and render the dynmaps. More announcements about this maintenance will be made later.

Edit: Due to an issue with the Coinbase integration with our Buycraft Portal, Coinbase payments are now disabled until further notice. If you have made a supporter contribution using Coinbase in the last few days, please e-mail Frumple for assistance as soon as possible.

Thanks,
Frumple


Epsilon Migration Status

Status of all MRT Services as of:
Friday, December 30, 10:00 AM PST


Epsilon Minecraft Server:

  • ONLINE – SERVER OPEN, GO GO GO!

 

Dynmap: ONLINE – 95% COMPLETE, CLOSE ENOUGH
Wiki: ONLINE
Website: ONLINE
Discord: ONLINE
Mumble: ONLINE – ASK FOR NEW ADDRESS FROM STAFF
File Server: ONLINE – DETAILS IN DISCORD


Epsilon Migration – PLEASE READ

Hi all,

As promised, this post will outline the plan to migrate our Minecraft server, website, and wiki from our old machine named “Gamma” to our new machine named “Epsilon”. The migration is happening this week, so please read the entirety of this post carefully.

The Important Parts

The Minecraft Server on Gamma will be shutting down at approximately 10:00 AM PST on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. After the last backup is downloaded from Gamma, Gamma will be brought back online with all protection plugins disabled. No further world saves or backups will be done to Gamma from this point forward. Players will be free to grief and reign destruction on Gamma, but if Gamma crashes or is unrecoverable, there will no attempts to restore the server.

The Minecraft Server on Epsilon will be brought online at approximately 12:00 PM PST on Thursday, December 29, 2016 9:00 AM PST on Friday, December 30, 2016. Epsilon will be upgraded to Minecraft 1.11.2 with updated plugins, and the new world map will be expanded from a radius of 10000 blocks to 18000 blocks. This effectively increases the new world size by almost 3.3 times the old size. Also, the lab world will be quadrupled in size from a radius of 2000 blocks to 4000 blocks.

Please also note that the Mumble Server on Gamma will be shutdown permanently shortly before the migration starts. For your voice-chat needs, please move over to our Discord server. If you are not on the Discord server, please ask a staff member for an invite.

Schedule

Here is a rough schedule of how things will go down over the next few days:

December 27

  • Before 10 AM PST, the Mumble Server will be shutdown.
  • At 10 AM PST, the server will be whitelisted and restarted to prepare for the backup. The wiki will also be set to read-only mode at this time.
  • Backups of the Minecraft server, website, and wiki will be transferred from Gamma to Epsilon. This transfer is expected to take a few hours.
  • Once the backup has started downloading, Gamma will come back online with protection plugins and world saves disabled. Mayhem and destruction will ensue.
  • Once the backup is uploaded to Epsilon, the new Minecraft server will be setup and will begin generating chunks for the new world expansion. This is expected to take at least 24 hours to complete.
  • While chunk generation is running, the Epsilon website and wiki will be setup.

December 28

  • Once chunk generation is complete on the Epsilon Minecraft server, the server and plugins will be updated to Minecraft 1.11.2. Some final testing will be done to ensure things are working.
  • If the Epsilon Minecraft server, dynmap, website, and wiki are all working by this date, the minecartrapidtransit.net domain will be changed to point from the Gamma machine to the Epsilon machine. The wiki may be opened for editing again at this time.
  • A flat dynmap render of the New World will be made to allow players to be able to navigate the expanded world.

December 29

  • Dynmap render continues.

December 30

  • At 9 AM PST, the new Minecraft server on Epsilon will be opened to the public. More chaos and landgrabbing will ensue.

Joining the Epsilon Minecraft Server

Please note the following on while on the Epsilon Minecraft server:

  • Remember to login to Epsilon using a Minecraft 1.11.2 client. You will use the same minecartrapidtransit.net URL to connect to the server when it opens.
  • The render distance on Epsilon will be temporarily set to 10 chunks instead of 15. This is to help accommodate the expected surge of players rushing to claim new land in the expanded new world. If necessary, this distance may be reduced further if the lag becomes too unelevbearable. The player limit for Epsilon will remain at 40 for the time being.
  • Elytra wings are currently banned. In beta testing, we found that their speed ends up loading too many chunks at one time. This ban will be re-considered at a future date.
  • The Lottery plugin has been disabled. It does not work at all with Minecraft 1.11. We will be looking for a replacement for this plugin in the future.
  • The new FastAsyncWorldEdit plugin that we were testing has been disabled. We found that it was causing issues with pasting or rotating schematics, so we will try to find an alternative later. For now, WorldEdits will continue to cause server-wide lag when executed.
  • The EElevator plugin is working, but the “ding” sound when an EElevator arrives at a floor has been disabled since it causes the EElevator to not work.
  • The uCars plugin is working with no immediate bugs. Previously reported bugs such as the double placement of uCars or the speed boosts not working have now been fixed.

When the migration begins on Tuesday, another website post will be made with the latest status of all MRT services. Be sure to also follow the official MRT Twitter account to get the latest updates.

Thanks,
Frumple