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


We have updated to Spigot 1.8.6!

Yay!

Update (May 30): Some players have reported that their money and home locations have been lost. This was caused by a bug in Essentials. Basically before 1.8, Essentials would store a separate player data file for every username. This means that players who changed their name before the 1.8 update would end up having multiple data files for their usernames. After 1.8, Essentials then tried to convert and merge these player data files so that there would be only one file for every UUID, instead of username. However, Essentials would more likely than not, choose an old username that was no longer in use, and thus players who logged in after conversion would end up losing their money and home data.

27 players in total were affected by this bug, but I have restored all of the money and homes for these players. It’s possible that I may have missed some other players, so if you find that you are missing your money or homes, please e-mail me.

Thanks,
Frumple