Summer Update

Hi everyone,

Long time no see. First off, I must apologize for not being around on the server over the past couple months. The reason for my absence is that I’ve been dealing with some personal issues in my life, and I am currently still in the process of resolving these issues. However, in the meantime, I’d like to give you an update on what’s going on with the server.

First off, the next General Staff Meeting will be held on September 12th at 7pm UTC (Public portion starting at 8:30pm UTC, hopefully). Unfortunately, in addition to myself, most of the admods have not been available for a GSM throughout July and August. We realize that this means some players have been missed out for any City Rank promotions for Senator, Governor, or Premier during this time, so we will be trying a new solution for this problem.

Starting from today and for two weeks until August 31st, the admods will be asked to review all City Rank candidates on their own time, and then record their votes and opinions in an internal document. The results will then be tallied, and promotions (if any) will be issued on September 1st. Also, for one time only for all Senator candidates, we will be considering promotions directly from Mayor to Governor, if the city meets the requirements. If you have already submitted a City Rank Promotion Request Form for a Senator promotion and you did NOT specify a landmark in your application, then please e-mail the staff with your landmark if you would like to be considered for a possible Governor promotion. Otherwise, if you did specify a landmark, then you do not need to do anything.

Here is the list of current candidates that will be considered for the Senator and Governor ranks (no Premier applications have been submitted so far):

Senator Candidates:

  • sesese9 for the city of West Calbar
  • TonyTajiri for the city of Astoria
  • camelfantasy for the city of Formosa
  • cardinalland for the city of Grayzen
  • knowmads7 for the city of Pearl Coast (can be considered for Governor)
  • nktrain for the city of Washingcube (can be considered for Governor)
  • godzilltrain for the city of Segville (can be considered for Governor)
  • MindBender15 for the city of Radiance Square (can be considered for Governor)
  • Detroit_Kitteh for the city of Matheson

Governor Candidates:

  • SuperLenn for the city of San Reinoldi
  • Narnia17 for the city of Utopia
  • AlikSong for the city of Kenthurst
  • jphgolf4321 for the city of Laclede
  • kiwirainbow for the city of Mason City
  • Just_robinho for the city of Marblegate
  • MinecraftYoshi26 for the city of Hummingbird Islands
  • autobus22 for the city of Wazamawazi

If you are not currently on this list, please submit a City Rank Promotion Request Form by August 24th in order to considered for this batch. This list will be updated as new applications come in.

This new system of handling City Rank promotions was suggested at the last GSM as a way to speed up the private portion of the GSM, as well as to allow the staff to focus on more important topics such as rule changes. It also better ensures that all staff will have a say in a promotion, since we’ve had some issues getting sufficient quorum for the last few GSMs. The plan is to consider these candidates in batches for periods of 2-3 weeks starting from now. This does mean that starting at the September GSM, we will be focusing the discussion on broader topics regarding the server, and will no longer consider City Rank promotions at the GSM.

That’s all for now, but I will try to be on the server for the next week or so to help answer questions and resolve issues. If you have any questions or comments about the above or anything else really, feel free to e-mail the staff or admins.

Thanks,
Frumple


Happy third birthday, MRT!

Just a quick post to say happy birthday, MRT, and thanks to everyone who has made this community so special.

Some interesting statistics about what has happened over the last three years:

  • We opened our doors on July 13, 2012, which is 1,095 days ago
  • There are well over 500 players at or above the Member rank
  • Over 1,000 unique players have visited the server over its lifetime
  • The MRT system has 17 lines in operation, with 3 more planned to be built in the future, and 2 more are proposed. Several have extensions planned as well.
  • There have been 33 comments to my AMA thread on the subreddit (which, by the way, is still going)
  • You (collectively) have contributed $1,085.16 towards server costs, which means we are 28.49% offset (as of April). If you (individually) would like to support us, you can purchase supporter benefits for as little as $10 on our Buycraft page.

Thanks for all you guys have contributed over the last three years – this community has really become something special. I hope you guys continue to have fun into the future!

Thanks,

Chief

(P.S. The backup Mumble server is about to expire. If you still have a configuration profile for it, please remove it, as that address will no longer work after Saturday. The main Mumble server will continue operating as normal.)


June GSM Results

Hi all,

The June General Staff Meeting has concluded. As always, the recording for the public portion can be downloaded here. Apologies for sounding like I’m in a fishbowl during the meeting, I had activated the wrong microphone on my computer. :(

IMPORTANT: Please make note of the following rule changes and clarifications, effective immediately:

  • The rule “Do not claim areas that infringe on other people’s builds.” has been re-written to “Do not claim areas that are within 300 blocks of another town, unless you have permission from the mayor of that town.” We have witnessed several cases where players establish new builds or towns that are way too close to other existing towns, or in areas where those existing towns planned to expand into.  This rule does NOT mean you can just build towns 301 blocks away from an existing town. Please use your common sense and consult with your neighbours before establishing a new town.
  • Airfields are now banned. Existing airfields may stay unless staff determine that your airfield is unrealistic.
  • Flying machines powered by redstone and slime blocks are banned. These contraptions cause undesirable amounts of lag and fall under the existing ban for any type of “lag machine”.
  • Warp Trains (train systems that use warps to simulate travel instead of classic minecarts and rails) are allowed on the server. However, staff will only grant warps to such systems if there is an actual physical connection that has been built on the world, and this includes any rails, tunnels, etc. This policy will also apply to bus routes: staff will only grant warps to bus routes that have an actual road connection.

There was a post-mortem on the server’s 1.8.6 update:

  • After the update, the server experienced some crashes during times of heavier load such as the weekend. These crashes were caused by the server running out of memory, possibly caused by Minecraft 1.8.6 or one of our updated plugins. To fix this, Frumple has shut down the beta server and increased the main server’s memory from 4GB to 8GB. These crashes seem to no longer occur, but we will still be investigating on determining the causes. Until a solution is found, please note that the beta server will remain shut down, and we will not be adding any new plugins such as BetterShops.
  • We have heard several reports of warps randomly disappearing. This is likely a bug with the MyWarp plugin and we are looking for a solution to implement as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause

There were also a few City Rank promotions:

  • mine_man_ has been promoted to [Senator] for his city of Elecna Bay.
  • SuperLenn has been promoted to [Senator] for his city of San Reinoldi.
  • creeperface_ has been promoted to [Governor] for his city of BirchView.

And a few roads have been approved to a certain extent:

  • A1 Northern Extension from BirchView to Nippia/Liten has been conditionally approved if the extension is re-routed to serve the towns of Heights City and Quiris at ZN14 and ZN15, respectively.
  • A88 from the Whitechapel Freeway to Kenthurst has NOT been approved as an A-road, but it can be built as a B-road with an offramp off the Whitechapel Freeway.
  • A9 from Laclede to Cornus has been approved. The remaining section from Cornus to Sealane has NOT been approved, pending a revised proposal to connect it to one of the existing highways, either the Whitechapel Freeway or the Central City Highway.
  • A942 from Laclede to Armada Quasar has been approved.

And a few inactive towns now have new owners:

  • Villedyn (F14) is now owned by Oj738heu.
  • Merrian (T14) is now owned by jphgolf4321.
  • South Oaksville (C46) is now owned by Vexpix.
  • Demonrise (T11) is now owned by TakenName (formerly known as Welcome99).
  • Vindex (A2-ZN2) is now owned by enjineer30302.
  • Los Doritos (XW4-D4-M4) is now owned by RLcrafters.
  • Unnamed Town (C18-XE20) is now owned by TonyTajiri.
  • Solarion (C16-XE18) is now owned by hntredtie.
  • Unnamed Town (C96) is now owned by autobus22.

Finally, some other news:

  • The transit rules proposal from the May GSM will be shelved for now due to mixed feedback from the members. To refresh everyone’s memory, the proposal called for a simplification of the rules where inter-city transit could only be built within an SMP before the Senator rank, and could only be built anywhere at Senator rank or above. Some amendments to the proposal, such as a suggestion from jphgolf to ensure that Senators can build to any towns Councillor or above, will be considered for the next GSM.
  • Additional surfaces for uCars have been added. They are blocks of coal, glowstone, double slabs for stone, cobblestone, netherbrick, and quartz. Unfortunately, I was unable to add the upper portion of netherbrick slabs to uCars, the plugin’s configuration doesn’t seem to support this.

Thanks,
Frumple


June GSM Agenda

Hi all,

Hope you all are enjoying the 1.8 update. The next General Staff Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 20th at 7pm UTC. The agenda for this meeting is as follows:

  • (1) 1.8.6 Update Post-Mortem – Discussion about crashes and other remaining issues.
  • (2) Rule Change Discussions
    • 2a) A proposed new transit-building policy from last GSM. Be sure to read the subreddit thread for details.
    • 2b) A member’s proposal for adding a rule around land usage.
    • 2c) A member’s concern regarding the rampant proliferation of airfields.
    • 2d) A member’s concern about redstone-powered flying machines in 1.8.
    • 2e) A staff member’s concern about Warp Trains.
  • (3) City Rank Promotions for Senator, Governor, and Premier. You can apply for these ranks on this formNote that we are NOT carrying forward City Rank applications from previous meetings, so if you applied last time, you MUST apply again for the June GSM in order to be considered.
  • (4) Moderator Candidates
  • (5) Road Proposals
    • 5a) A101 Northern Extension from BirchView to Nippia/Liten (proposed by Gopher and KittyCat11231)
      • Additional sub-proposal: Toaro and _HeavenAngel_ have proposed A101 be redirected and exits built to serve their towns of Heights City (ZN14) and Quiris (ZN15), respectively.
    • 5b) A35 (proposed by hntredtie) – Cancelled
    • 5c) A88: Branch of A8 Whitechapel Freeway to Kenthurst (proposed by AlikSong)
    • 5d) A9: Laclede to Sealane via Cornus (proposed by RLcrafters)
    • 5e) A942: Laclede to Armada Quasar (proposed by _Ardy)
  • (6) Canals
    • 6a) Key Canal (proposed by Gopher) – More details required…
  • (7) Projects
    • 7a) Northeast Terminus Station Project (proposed by Casey_Jones3) – This will be the terminus for the Eastern, Northern, and Zephyr Lines.
    • 7b) Eastern Line – Status report from Chief?
  • (8) Events
    • 8a) MRT SummerFest
      • Hntredtie and kiwirainbow have reported that they have received sufficient funding from sponsors such that they no longer require prize money from the server.
  • (9) Inactive Town Auctions – These towns are currently owned by inactive players and/or abandoned. If you are interested in becoming the owner of any of these towns, or know of any inactive towns not in the list that you would like ownership of, please send an e-mail proposal to staff [at] minecartrapidtransit.net.
    • 9a) Maliwan (P14)
      • Mayor: sean1240
      • Claimants: None so far.
    • 9b) Villedyn (F14)
      • Mayor: Puffball5642
      • Claimants: Oj738heu
    • 9c) Merrian (T14)
      • Mayor: gogojakeo
      • Claimants: jphgolf4321
    • 9d) South Oaksville (C46)
      • Mayor: allifarki
      • Claimants: Vexpix
    • 9e) Demonrise (T11)
      • Mayor: corpse5
      • Claimants: TakenName
    • 9f) Vindex (A2 / ZN2)
      • Mayor: Climax9
      • Claimants: enjineer30302
    • 9g) Los Doritos (XW4-D4-M4)
      • Mayor: cybershell12
      • Claimants: RLcrafters
    • 9h) Unnamed Town (C18-XE20)
      • Mayor: TumescentBarrel
      • Claimants: TonyTajiri
    • 9i) Solarion (C16-XE18)
      • Mayor: Baseball02a
      • Claimants: hntredtie
  • (10) More drivable surfaces for uCars – The following have been requested by players:
    • Coal blocks
    • Glowstone
    • Top-half of Netherbrick Slabs (might not be possible with uCars plugin)
  • (11) Ban Appeals

Please note that this agenda is subject to change as we get closer to the GSM date.

Thanks,
Frumple


/title messages are now being tested

Hey folks!

One of the great features of 1.8 is the /title command, which is restricted to administrators with operator permissions (which must be set manually by the console). We are testing out /title as a supplement to WorldGuard station messages, to notify players of what station is next as they approach it.

/title-based announcements have been installed in two locations:

  • the Expo Line, between XW15 (Vermilion) and XW16 (West Vermilion), in both directions
  • the Arctic Line, between AX (Central City – Southwest) and A0 (Central City – Inchmuir Street), in both directions
  • the Circle LIne, between C48 (Astoria) and C49 (Southlake), in both directions

More test sites will be installed across the system over the next week or so, with one or two on each line. This post will be updated as more sites are installed.

Installation across the entire MRT system will take a long while (there are well over 450 stations!), so this is just a preliminary test to see how well it works. Please ride the MRT in the segments above, and let us know what you think!

Thanks,

Chief