Heartbleed and 1.7.6

Minecraft 1.7.6 has hit your launchers. This version of the game brings network and server support for name changes – a much-requested feature – which will become fully available through Mojang in the near future.

As the network protocol has changed, we advise you to not update to 1.7.6 yet, as 1.7.6 will not be able to communicate with our server. As usual, we are actively watching Bukkit and our plugin pages for updates, and we will let you know when we are ready to go to 1.7.6. (For newer players, generally we wait to update until we have stable versions of Bukkit and our plugins. We’ll usually update Beta first, and if all goes well, the main server will quickly follow.)

To retain 1.7.5 and connect to the main server:

  1. In the lower left corner of your launcher, click “New Profile”.
  2. Name it “MRT”, “1.7.5″, or whatever you want in the window that pops up.
  3. Under “Game Version”, change it to “release 1.7.5″.
  4. Click “Save Profile”.
  5. Make sure that your new profile is selected in the bottom left (by the New Profile button). In the bottom right it should say “Ready to play Minecraft 1.7.5″. Click Play.
  6. You can now connect to the main server.

I will be publishing a Name Changes FAQ to the FAQ page later today.

On a security note, please change your passwords on the websites you care about. Because of a security issue that was recently found to have affected over 60% of The Internet, your passwords could have been stolen over the last couple of days. While there is no way to target a specific user, Minecart Rapid Transit cannot guarantee that your passwords for our services are safe. Please click here to change your password for the wiki. Mojang also recommends that you change your password for Minecraft, which can be done here.

For more information on Heartbleed (the security bug), head to heartbleed.com. Mojang also wrote a blog post, which can be viewed on mojang.com.

Thanks,
Chief

General Staff Meeting Agenda and Results

Hi all,

Here is the agenda for the public portion of today’s GSM. The results of the meeting will be posted later at the bottom of this post:

  1. Frumple’s Message to the Server
  2. Proposals to Revamp Rules, Ranks, and Warning/Ban Policy
  3. Adding an Economy to the MRT (presented by computerghost and LDShadowLord) 
  4. Waiting for Minecraft 1.8
  5. Candidate Seeds for the New World
  6. Wiki Ratings
  7. Open Floor and Q & A

Here are my proposals for revamping the rules and ranks on the server. For the most part, these are planned to come into effect when the new world is open to the public:

Frumple’s Rules Proposal – Public Draft
Frumple’s Ranks Proposal – Public Draft

Please note that discussions for the road/rail rules, and the details of the [Premier] rank are still ongoing amongst staff.

Computerghost and LDShadowLord will also be presenting a proposal to introduce an economy to the MRT. Please see the proposal document they have created here.

Results of the GSM are as follows:

Audio recordings for the public portions of the GSM are now available:

This new rule that will come into effect immediately:

Remember that this is just a game. Chill out and have fun. :)

The Open Floor and Q&A with members seemed fairly successful, with no major objections to both the proposals put forward for the rules and ranks and the economy. If you have any further questions or concerns about these proposals, please e-mail us at mod [at] minecartrapidtransit.net.

New Trusted Promotions:

  • DasNexus
  • jphgolf4321
  • minecrafter0505

The moderator Miner_Tod has been demoted to Trusted due to inactivity.

The April Build Auction has now officially started. Please see this Google Doc spreadsheet for a listing of the towns up for auction. If you would like to put your name up for ownership of any of these towns, please send a detailed proposal to mod+auction [at] minecartrapidtransit.net. In the proposal, please explain why we should choose you as the new owner of the town, what kind of plans you have for the town, and what you will do to preserve the original architecture and buildings of the town.

The staff will consider all proposals for the build auction at the next GSM, which will likely be at the end of April.

Thanks,
Frumple

Next GSM

Hey everyone,

The next General Staff Meeting will be held this coming Saturday, March 29th at 9pm GMT. At this meeting, I will be proposing a new set of rules and ranks that will take effect when we open up the new world on the server. I’m still finalizing the details at the moment, but I can assure everyone that there will not be a “reset” of ranks for all non-staff players. Instead, new “mayor” ranks will be added on top of the ranks we have now. Again, the details of this plan will be revealed at the meeting, so be sure to attend!

As usual, we will also be promoting players to the Trusted rank. Please post your nominations in the usual place, dft.ba/-MRTNominate, by Friday, March 28.

Please note that we are still a long way off until the new world comes online. If you haven’t noticed, we are currently generating new seeds on the beta server and trying to select one that we think will provide enough interesting landscapes to build on. Once we’ve chosen a seed, the plan is to have staff build some initial MRT lines using the MRT v5.0 schematics.

Recently, I’ve finished some new prototypes for MRT v5.0 alpha 4, which is a much smaller version of alpha 3. You can visit these prototypes at the MRT v5 labs, accessible via a warp at spawn. However, there have been some drastic changes to how minecarts operate in the latest 1.8 snapshots, and there is uncertainty of whether these will make into the final Minecraft 1.8 release. So until that’s resolved, we will likely not even begin construction of the lines on the new world until 1.8 is released and MRT v5 has been verified to work with that version.

We are still aiming for getting the new world out in the next few months, hopefully before the 2nd anniversary of the server. However, with Minecraft 1.8 in the way, plus waiting for Bukkit and various plugins to update, the wait might be even longer. Therefore, the best we can do is plan out things like the rules and ranks well in advance, so that everyone will be better prepared for the changes. All I can ask from you guys is to please be patient with us, and we’ll bring you the very latest information as soon as we have it.

Thanks,
Frumple

Bring on the pictures of trains!

And other things, but I like train pictures.

Hey guys, Chief here with a very cool announcement! I have created a Google Group for us to use – to share documents, photos, videos, and carry out discussions on pretty much all of the things. You need a Google account to get set up, and Trusted members will be able to see your email address, but not your real name.

To get started, head on over to http://dft.ba/-MRTForum and click the blue “Apply to join group” button. Please fill out the question at the bottom, it’s rather easy, I promise :)

I’ll clear you out as soon as I can, I get emailed whenever there’s a new member, so unless I’m asleep it shouldn’t take me much more than an hour to approve you. Once you’re in, push the red button to make a post, and that’s it.

Nominations will still be handled on -MRTNominate, until I start writing more code. *heehee*

Please get in touch if you have any questions or issues with the new Group.

Thanks,
Chief

New Administrator and scheduled downtime this Friday

Correction: Due to a mix up, the update will be performed on Saturday, March 7th at around 3am GMT. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Hi everyone,

I’m pleased to announce that we now have a new administrator! Please give your congratulations to Tom_Pairs!

In other news, just a heads up to you all, I plan to perform some updates to the server this Friday, March 7th at around 4am GMT. The server may be down for a couple hours while I perform these updates.

Thanks,
Frumple

March GSM Results

Hello all,

I’m now back from my trip from Europe, and I now have the results of our latest General Staff Meeting from March 1st, 2014. The recording for the public portion of the meeting is available here.

First off, we had to make some difficult decisions regarding the construction of new High Speed Lines (aka: Bullet Trains propelled diagonally using pistons), and Arenas and Stadiums on the server.

Effective immediately:

  • The creation of any new high speed lines is now banned. Existing lines may remain.
  • The creation of any new arenas and stadiums is now banned. Existing stadiums can be finished to completion.

We have banned high speed lines because of the potential lag and maintenance issues that they cause. We have banned any new arenas and stadiums because the current map is running out of space, and we will instead turn the privilege of constructing a stadium into a perk for one of the ranks in the new rank system. We are still finalizing the details of the new rank system, but basically players will be able to build a stadium on the new world once their city has reached a certain size and criteria.

If you have any questions regarding these bans, please let us know at admin [at] minecartrapidtransit.net.

Further work and discussions about preparing for Multiverse are continuing. I will try to set up the beta server again for not only more Multiverse testing, but also to test out plugins for keeping track of warnings.

Finally, we have promoted the following members to the [Trusted] rank:

  • MushroomBob
  • Hunter_X
  • megascatterbomb
  • tauqua
  • logiblocs

Congratulations to all five of you!

Thanks,
Frumple

Stadiums/Olympic Parks projects at a temporarily halt

If you’ve seen the “message of the day” on the server you may notice that players have been instructed to temporarily halt construction on current and new Stadiums and Olympic Parks.

This is due to the vast increase in the number of these builds within the past few weeks. The total number of stadiums on the server has approximately quadruped in just this short time.

To allow server staff to discuss how we should approach this increase, we’ve asked players to stop working on their stadium projects until this is resolved. We expect to announce our results before or during the scheduled general staff meeting due to be held this Saturday, March 1st at 9pm GMT. As with recent staff meetings, there will be a chance to listen in to our discussion.

The stadiums are an issue because like airports, stadiums take up a lot of space, and you may have noticed that free building space is beginning to dwindle and until we install a new world there’s not much we can do. We’re also seeing a large number of Olympic Parks being built. The MRT Olympics is an event organised by members but players need to bid in order to host the games. Building the parks before being a confirmed host has been seen as unfair to other bidders who may have the city capable of hosting, but by that point Olympic stadiums may be so common there may not be the space to build one, or worst case scenario we’d have to prohibit them. But we don’t want to do that, hence why we’re enforcing this temporary construction block until we can work out a better alternative for everyone.

But don’t worry, regardless of the outcome you will not lose your build and will 99% be able to finish it in some way or another. We thank you for your patience and you’ll hear back within the next few days.

Thanks,

Thomas

Supporter Center is back!

We are pleased to announce that, with the return of Frumple, the supporter center has been re-opened! If you wanted to contribute over the past month, but couldn’t, now you can do so! Please take a moment to read our Supporter Policy, then follow the link there to our Buycraft portal. Supporters get a couple neat benefits, plus the warm inner glow of awesomeness knowing that you helped create this wonderful corner of the internet.

You can review our server finances spreadsheet here. Thanks to your generosity, we have offset 25% of our operating costs to date. That is just awesome.

In other news, we have our next GSM on Saturday, March 1. This meeting will be a bit different than usual, being composed of three parts:

  1. A Pre-Meeting, for administrators only, starting at 8:30 pm UTC.
  2. The public meeting, starting at 9:00 pm UTC and likely running until 9:45 or 10:00.
  3. The private meeting for moderators and administrators, starting at the conclusion of the public meeting and likely running until 11:00 or 11:30.

If you would like to nominate other players for the Trusted or Moderator ranks, please do so at http://dft.ba/-MRTNominate by this Friday.

Thanks,
Chief

March GSM, New Admod Building, Spawnpartments, and Infinite Things!

Hey guys! A few fun announcements to begin your week.

First, our next General Staff Meeting will occur on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 9:00 PM GMT (learn what time that is for you at http://dft.ba/-MRTGSM). We are accepting Trusted nominations at the usual place, http://dft.ba/-MRTNominate, and we are also accepting Moderator nominations there (though we might not actually promote anyone). Under the new Warning Policy, members who have one minor warning against them (see my latest post for examples) may be nominated and promoted up. We will be doing our next Inactive Build Auction in April.

Second, if you haven’t seen the latest Dynmap renders or been on the server, we’ve completely redone the Admod Building! We’ve redesigned it to be more aesthetically appealing (to some), give the staff more open office space, and have our meetings on the ground floor. We’ve also added more offices to reflect our growing player base, and hopefully this will be one of many steps to reduce the lag in the Spawn City area.

Third, along the lines of “redo all the things”, Spawnpartments has been redone as well. Now with a 158% increase in capacity, Members and up can claim and build in any one apartment while they get settled into the rest of the server. Please observe the rules and guidelines posted on the red boards as you enter the building.

Finally, inside Spawn Station itself, we have started the process of reducing the lag. One of the new things that has been added is an infinite item dispenser system made out of command blocks, which gives out infinite stacks of useful items like minecarts, night vision potions, Notch apples, and of course tacos. Push the button and you will receive an infinite stack of the item you selected. How convenient!

Frumple will be back in just two short weeks, but until then, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the admins with any questions or concerns.

Have a good day! As they say in my hometown, don’t forget to be awesome.
- Chief

(P.S. Yes, nerdfighters, you heard that right. :P )

February 1 ASM Results

Hey all! Sorry for the delayed post, I’ve been busy doing physics and building the Spawn City Link (among other things).

We have officially adopted the following policy changes, with regards to warnings:

  • Within the near future we will install a new plugin – SimpleWarnings (or similar) – to track player warnings. You will be able to check your own warnings in-game.
  • Most warnings will clear around 2 months (60 days) after being issued. There are a couple of exceptions, which will take longer to clear.
  • If you have one (1) active warning for a minor violation of the rules, you will not lose your [Mayor] or [Trusted] rank (however you will lose it if you accumulate two (2) active warnings). Minor rule violations include, but are not limited to:
    • Excessively asking for teleports, WorldEdits, protections, or other favors or tasks from staff.
    • Asking to become a staff member.
    • Chat or Mumble spam that’s annoying, but doesn’t violate other rules.
    • Ask admins to look at your member application (we will get to it when we have time!)
    • Building in other players’ towns without permission.
    • Building unrealistic roads or railways.
  • Major warnings clear after a minimum of 3 months, if you show improvement. Major warnings will result in you losing your [Mayor] or [Trusted] rank, even if you only have one warning against you. Examples of major rule violations include:
    • Repeat violations of minor rules (such as repeatedly asking to become a staff member), especially after having a warning for them.
    • Griefing.
    • Being disrespectful to other players, their creations, or both.
    • Asking for or revealing personally identifiable information about others, such as real name, school, or personal contact information without permission.
  • Staff members will be more consistent and clear when issuing warnings. If you have questions about any active warnings, please ask the staff member who issued them, or an [Admin].

Three players were promoted to the [Trusted] rank. Congratulations to lalaboy67, gogojakeo and jakd2000!

We have tentatively scheduled our next GSM (the kind you get to listen in to) for Saturday, March 1, 2014 at our usual time, which is 9:00 PM UTC. You can learn what time that is for you by clicking this conveniently placed Wolfram|Alpha.com link. This time is still subject to change, however this is our “99% safe” time, unless something comes up between now and then.

Thanks,
Chief