Status of all MRT Services as of:
Friday, December 30, 10:00 AM PST
Epsilon Minecraft Server:
ONLINE – SERVER OPEN, GO GO GO!
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 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.
Here is a rough schedule of how things will go down over the next few days:
Please note the following on while on the Epsilon Minecraft server:
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.
The December 2016 GSM has concluded. As always, the recording for the public portion is available here, however please note that since we held the meeting on Discord and I didn’t set up my audio properly, you’ll notice that I am talking verrry slowwwwly in this recording. This is because I had to listen to myself while the recording was happening, which made it hard to talk normally. In future GSMs, I hope to correct this so it doesn’t happen again.
Please note that information about the upcoming migration to the new Epsilon server will be made in a separate post following these results.
Please note that the following is ONLY A PROPOSAL for now, and is not yet officially in effect on the server. This proposal will be finalized by the next GSM.
The staff would like to propose removing most of the rules around SMPs, particularly around the sharing of perks between ranks. So far, staff have been unable to enforce SMP restrictions, and it’s too complicated to keep track of whether a player can build or not build something based on their SMP. Therefore, we would like to propose the following:
Once again, this proposal is not finalized and will be discussed at the next GSM.
There are no formal announcements about this process at this time, but staff are currently in discussions in changing or majorly overhauling how we promote Senators, Governors, and Premiers. Some ideas include making the promotions like Mayor or Trustee promotions, where a player must get a number of admods to endorse them, or staff will have a certain amount of time to veto a promotion. More discussion on this is expected at the next GSM.
We would like to clarify some confusion regarding enclaves and exclaves. Basically:
The following roads have been approved:
The following projects have been approved:
The following towns have now been granted to new owners:
Voting for the latest candidate batch has also concluded and the results are as follows:
New [Senator] Cities:
New [Governor] Cities:
New [Premier] City:
(No speech has been provided by Alik at the time of this website post, we mgiht get him to write one and put in a future website post.)
Feedback for the this batch of promotions, both for approval and rejection, is expected to be sent out within the next week or so. Thank you to everyone who submitted their city, and congratulations to all of the new Senators, Governors, and Premier!
That’s all the results for now.
Just letting you know that the next General Staff Meeting will be held this coming Saturday, December 17th, at the usual time of 7 PM UTC. The agenda is not yet set in stone, but will at least include the following:
More announcements regarding Epsilon will also be made at the meeting, including such topics as:
Also, please note that submissions for City Rank Candidate Batch #10 are now closed as of this morning, and voting has begun amongst the admods. Results and feedback will be posted on December 25th.
First off, I must apologize for not posting the results of the October GSM in a timely manner. In this post, I’ll be combining the results of both GSMs held on October 1st and November 26th, 2016. As always, the recordings for these GSM are available here:
First off, we forgot to mention this in the public portion announcements of the November GSM, but the staff have decided to remove the town limits for the [Mayor] and [Governor] ranks. Previously, members were limited to 1 town on the new world until they reached the [Mayor] rank where they could establish a second town. They could then establish a third town at the [Governor] rank.
On further discussion, the staff realized that the rule only limits the “establishment” of your own towns, and does not put any explicit limits on towns given to a player either voluntarily or from Deputy Mayor succession. Since it would be too difficult for us to determine if a town was originally created by the player, or given from another player, we have decided to simply abolish the rule for the time being. However, if we find players are abusing this privilege and founding many towns to hoard land, then the staff will step in and curb such behaviour.
In summary: There is no longer a limit on how many towns or cities a player may own.
Starting from October 1st, any new air facility construction on the Old World is now banned. By air facility, this includes airports, airfields, helipads, seaplane ports, spaceports, etc. There is simply no more space on the Old World to allow for the construction of these facilities.
However, if you were in the middle of constructing a facility before the ban was put in place, then you may finish construction. Also, players may continue making changes to any existing air facilities on the Old World, and that includes renovations, adding/removing planes, and changing warp destinations.
We have decided to change the rules regarding the construction of air facilities at the [Senator] rank. Before, Senators were only allowed to build a maximum of two helipads on top of buildings. This has now been changed to the following:
We hope that this rule change will actually provide more freedom for players to build whatever air facilities they want in a small area, while ensuring that such projects do not get out of hand and become overly large.
The 50% rule for large airports at the Governor rank remains unchanged. However, going forward if you are sending a proposal for a large airport, please only provide a screenshot marking the area of where your airport will reside. You do not need to provide details such as terminal buildings, number of runways, etc. However, you must still make your airport reasonably realistic and clean up any landscarring.
There has been some confusion with the rules regarding WorldGuard regions, specifically when can staff grant them to members. We would like to clarify that now:
At the November GSM, I revealed that I was working on a new server-hosting machine called Epsilon, and also showed an example dynmap of the new server with the new world expanded to a radius of 18000 blocks.
I still have lots of work to do to get Epsilon ready, but the plan for the next month is as follows:
I have no concrete ETA for when the official move will happen, but I’m aiming for before the end of the year. Note that all worlds will be unchanged as part of the move to Epsilon, but because of the 1.11 update, I am not sure at this time if homes, warps, balances, and WG regions will remain. This will wholly depend on the testing of plugins that will happen in the coming weeks.
You can hear all about this holy war on the November GSM recordings, but basically the official position of the server is this:
Staff at the November GSM have expressed interest in starting up some official server events in the coming months. In addition to the usual holiday-related events, there are some plans of spleef tournaments, other games, and contests that are being organized. More details on these will be posted to the website when they are ready.
During the November GSM, there was some discussion regarding the promotion process for the Senator, Governor, and Premier ranks. Discussions are still ongoing, but the conclusion we have come to is that the current process is broken and needs to overhauled in the near future. For the time being however, we will be running the usual candidate batch for the month of December, starting now. Once again, you may submit your request using the City Rank Promotion Request Form.
That’s all the news for now. Once again, there will be a GSM in December, but the date has not been finalized. Stay tuned here or on the official @MRTServer twitter account for the latest.