We are now on Minecraft 1.13.2!

Hi all,

This is a quick post to inform you guys that the main server has been successfully updated to Minecraft 1.13.2!

In addition, PVPArena is now back on the server and working with 1.13.2!

However, please be aware of the following known issues when playing on the server:

  • We have been experiencing occasional random restarts of the server of which we do not know the exact cause. These restarts happen without warning, but fortunately they appear to save all server data gracefully, so you shouldn’t have to worry about losing any recent changes. Staff are currently investigating this issue, so if you do encounter a sudden restart, please let us know immediately.
  • WorldEdit is working nominally, except in cases where schematics that were made with Minecraft versions older than 1.13 are causing significant lag when being pasted into the server. Please keep this in mind when asking for a schematic paste, and the staff member may postpone your paste if the TPS becomes too low.
  • Please note that several 3rd-party client tools and mods do not yet have versions that are compatible with 1.13.2. These include, amongst others: Schematica, Optifine for Forge, Replay Mod, and WorldEditCUI.

We have also opened the new map world! You can visit it by going through the portal at spawn. With the introduction of this world, the weekly dynmap render schedule has been changed to one world per weekday, with all renders starting at 1:05 am Eastern Time:

  • Mondays: Map World
  • Tuesdays: Lab World
  • Wednesdays: Old World
  • Thursdays: Games World
  • Fridays: Space World

The New World will continue to be rendered only twice per year in full, in addition to more frequent local renders upon request.

If you have any questions about the update, or would like to report an issue that we may have missed, please do let us know. Thank you all for your patience during this update, and we hope to see you on the server.

Thanks,
Frumple


April 2019 GSM Results

Hello everyone! We’re excited to finally be bringing Minecraft 1.13 to the main server, so we have some reminders related to that – and also the results of a staff meeting.

Minecraft 1.13 is happening now!

The Minecraft 1.13 update process is expected to take some time, as we need to migrate our (large!) CoreProtect database over to a new structure. The update will begin at 6:00 am UTC on Monday, April 15, and we are currently estimating it will take 48 hours to complete.

We will keep you updated via Discord as the upgrade progresses. The beta server will remain open throughout the process, as will Mumble.

See Frumple’s post for more information. Remember that EElevator and PVPArena are being removed as of this update, so get in your elevator rides and PA fights while you can!

Staffing changes

We are sad to announce that lalaboy has stepped down from the Moderator position as of today’s GSM, due to his inactivity and upcoming real-life obligations. We are grateful to lalaboy for all of his contributions to the server and community during his 4 years, 9 months, and 2 days of service as a moderator, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. Lala will retain ownership of his Premier-ranked city Kessler.

Taking lalaboy’s place on the staff team is our newest trial moderator, Vickiposa! We think Vickiposa has a lot of potential in a leadership role and we are thrilled to have her join the staff team. She’ll be learning the ropes over the coming months, but please give her a warm welcome.

Premier cities

We reviewed three cities for Premier and promoted two. Congratulations to time2makemymove of Venceslo (ZS20) and Narnia17 of Utopia (D14)!

time2 was present to give a very long acceptance speech, which reads as follows:

Wow, Premier! A year ago I would have laughed it off if someone said I was to get Premier for Venceslo. For those who haven’t read my wiki user page, I joined the server in late May of 2017, for the sole purpose of being able to build a city in a place where other people could actually see it.

I’ve built plenty of giant cities on Minecraft PE single-player before this, but Venceslo is a completely different animal: it’s the first city I’ve ever built with furnished buildings. My building skills have improved so much over the year and change that I’ve been here, both in Minecraft and architecturally in general, and I am truly proud of every single building in Venceslo – because I hold the distinction of having built some aspect of every single building in this city, which I feel has made it feel very cohesive, unique, and truly my own.

HOWEVER! All this couldn’t have been possible without the help of all of you. And for that, I have my utmost thanks: for those who helped me expand my city, for those who just toured it out of interest, and for those who simply gave me a compliment in passing: all of that helped me be able to push through and make this passion project my proudest achievement across all my Minecraft mediums.

I would like to thank all of the residents of Venceslo for their residency, all whom furnished their own house. Thank you for making the city feel that much more unique and lived in. This would not be possible without your help.

And a very, very special thanks to these people: Chiefbozx and AP_Red for so nicely admitting me to the Southwold region and allowing me to associate with their great cities; _Dulles for allowing me to build a city that was admittedly very close to Downsview (and then letting me take it over from him); mjpwwf, Frosty_Creeper10, and knowmads7 for giving so much help and advice to me even though they don’t hold an executive position in the city; and of course, JTrain77, for being my trusted Deputy Mayor – even if you aren’t online that often, I really appreciate your honest interest in this city, and your constant help with its expansion through the first couple months of its existence.

Now what? Will I keep expanding Venceslo, or go try something completely different? I don’t honestly know yet, but I’m sure we’ll all find out soon. In the meantime, it’s an absolute honor and a privilege for Venceslo to get to hold the highest rank of city on this server, along some of the truly great cities who I have looked up to for so long, and it warms my heart to know that everyone on the server loves and appreciates my passion project as much as I do. Thanks a ton, and as always, Go Padres, Visit Venceslo, and Find the Red Plane.

time2makemymove

Narnia17 was not online to give his speech, but we’ll post it once we get it.

Small community & technical enhancements

We discussed a few smaller technical enhancements that we’ll be rolling out over the coming weeks.

  • A revised member application is in the works that takes our new rules into account. (We’re also working on getting the rules page updated, instead of just having it have a link to the Google Doc. WordPress is hard.)
  • We’ll be experimenting with some dynmap rendering options on beta. We’re considering rolling out two enhancements: changing the 3D rendering angle to be more horizontal (30 degrees of tilt versus the current 60; 90 degrees means completely vertical) and enabling a night mode in addition to the day-based render. We need to do some performance testing before making a final decision, and we hope to do so before our next full-world dynmap render in May.
  • We’ll be adding a #notifications channel in Discord to post day-to-day server news. Staff will be using this channel (and not pinging anyone) to post about promotions, demotions, bans, asset transfers, and other transactions that need to be shared.

New MRT lines

We redacted this section just to mess with you all. 🙂

The Expo East Extension (XEX) and Zephyr South Extension 2 (ZSX2) have now officially opened. The following stations have been awarded from advance applications:

  • Expo East: XE27 (_Kastle), XE33 (lil_shadow59), XE34 (EliteNeon), XE38 (imperial_block), XE40 (Johngi), XE41 (FooteChicken), XE42 (FooteChicken)
  • Zephyr South: ZS32 (FredTheTimeLord), ZS33 (FredTheTimeLord), ZS41 (EliteNeon), ZS47 (Conric005)

All other stations have been released first-come, first-serve (remember that you need to have significant development within two weeks to keep your claim).

Roads

We reviewed and approved two roads:

  • The B96, proposed by dragonbloon419 to run from Furling to PMW City, has been approved.
  • An extension to the A746, proposed by LithiumMirnuriX to run from Janghwa to Birdhall, has been approved under supervision. _Kastle has volunteered to oversee the project and will ensure it is done in compliance with construction guidelines.

Projects and funding requests

  • The MRT Spring Olympics, an event organized by airplane320, has been funded in full. We waived the retroactive rule in this example because the event was submitted with intention to be discussed at the March GSM, but because it was submitted after the deadline it couldn’t be included then. As a reminder, we generally require events to have funding approved at a GSM before they happen, so plan ahead and submit events well in advance of the GSM deadline.
  • autobus22 and Frosty_Creeper10 have requested permission to build tracks under Capsville, a town on the Seneca Canal near Laclede, as well as some other towns in the area. This has been approved. We also pre-approved a town transfer of Capsville; if Auto and/or Frosty would like to build a station at Capsville, they will need to email staff requesting the transfer and it will be processed immediately.
  • autobus22 also requested permission to build RaiLinQ tracks near an inactive town named either Pinewood or Firewood, depending on which sign you read. This has been approved.
  • hvt2011 has requested permission to build BluRail tracks near an inactive town that we have no idea what its name is. This has been approved.
  • CodyHM requested funding for an upcoming expo, IndiEast. We have approved the participation incentives ($20 per person), but have questions regarding sponsorships. Once the sponsorships are clarified, we will make a decision on the remainder of Cody’s funding request.

Inactive asset transfers

We only considered one asset transfer request. 0x10 wanted to take over a small town in the southwest area of the server, but we discovered it’s owned by godzilltrain, who is very active. godz and 0x can handle the transfer privately if it’s still of interest.

Future GSMs

We did discuss the viability of the GSM schedule that we’ve been using thus far, and so far we’re happy with the results. We will maintain the 2nd weekend of the month, alternating between Saturdays and Sundays, 7pm UTC schedule for the next few months.

Our next three GSMs have therefore been scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 (topics due 7pm UTC Thursday, May 9)
  • Sunday, June 9, 2019 (topics due 7pm UTC Friday, June 7)
  • Sunday, August 11, 2019 (topics due 7pm UTC Friday, August 9)

You will notice that there is no GSM scheduled for July. It turns out the GSM schedule would have put a meeting on July 13, our 7th anniversary. Because we’re anticipating lots of anniversary events, and the week before is full of national holidays and staff traveling, for now we’ve decided to cancel that date. We may add a meeting back in if it’s desperately needed.

Please note that this means if you are planning an anniversary event and would like server funding, you need to email your Event Funding Request to staff by 7pm UTC on Friday, June 7. We recognize that’s a full five weeks before the anniversary, but we think having the month of preparations will be useful for advertising and building whatever physical space you need for your events. Retroactive events won’t be funded.

That’s all for now – enjoy 1.13 once we’re back up!

-chief


We are updating to Minecraft 1.13.2!

Hi all,

After many months of waiting and testing, we are finally going to update the main Minecraft server to 1.13.2!

The update will begin at approximately 5:00 AM UTC (10 PM PDT / 1 AM EDT) on Monday, April 15th, about one hour after the server’s daily restart, and several hours after the end of the April GSM on April 14th. The update is expected to take at least a whole day or two in order for us to migrate our very large CoreProtect database and to ensure that there are no issues afterwards, so please expect the server to be closed on April 15th and 16th.

Be sure to keep an eye on Discord for announcements as the update is progressing. If the update ends up taking far more time or far less time than expected, then we will let you know. Beta server will remain open during the update, so feel free to hang out on there.

Also, be aware of the following plugin changes when we update:

  • EasyElevator has been removed as it is not compatible with 1.13. All EElevators will cease to work, and should be replaced with a Lift.
  • PVPArena has been removed as it is not compatible with 1.13. PVP matches will have to be run manually until PVPArena is updated or if we find a suitable replacement plugin.
  • VentureChat requires a reset of all player chat preferences in order to update. Players will need to restore some minor settings such as which chat channels they have joined.
  • BetterChairs has been replaced with Rifle’s Chairs, which has better 1.13 support. Functionality between the two plugins is roughly equivalent.
  • uCars seems to be working fine with 1.13, so no issues or changes are expected with this plugin.

Finally along with the update, we will be introducing a new “map” world to allow players to build map item layouts in-game. The world will be divided for each map in separate square plots, available on a first-come first-serve basis. The map world spawn will also have an archive of maps in item frames for easy retrieval and use. We would still prefer that players send map files to admins for upload, as that ensures that map will be stored in a more permanent manner on the server, but the ability to make your own maps in-game on the map world will be available as an alternate option.

If you have any questions about the update, feel free to email staff or ask them in Discord.

Thanks,
Frumple


March 2019 GSM Results

Hello everyone! It’s time for the March 2019 GSM results. You can watch the video recap on Frumple’s YouTube channel here, or from MBS here. Not many staff or members were online (it is senior thesis defense season, after all), but we do have some announcements to share.

Rules Revamp is now in effect

The rules we announced in February have been approved and are now in effect. We are working on preparing an updated version of the rules page, so for now, please check the MRT Rules Revamp Google Doc to see what’s new.

We did receive some much-appreciated feedback from members about the rules, and after further consideration have decided not to make any changes. Therefore, all rules are in effect as they were published in February. Let the seaplane base and helipad construction begin!

Minecraft 1.13 preparations

We are continuing to prepare for the Minecraft 1.13 update and have made some decisions:

  • The Lab World will be preserved in full for 1.13. We were originally contemplating a lab world reset, as the lab world was causing crashes in the 1.13 environment. These crashes have now been fixed and the lab world can be migrated over safely.
  • We will be adding a “maps” world to support dynamic maps once we update to 1.13.
  • The PVP Arena rules will be maintained, even though the plugin won’t transition to 1.13 with us. This does mean that arenas will lose automatic protection and automatic game management. Once we update, we’ll start looking for potential replacements.
  • A reminder that a moratorium is still in place on new plugin suggestions until the migration is complete. We’re getting there!

We will let you know when the beta server is ready for everyone to visit and test out the 1.13 setup. It’s still whitelisted to staff only for the time being.

We are currently estimating an April update for the main server, but the server will be whitelisted to staff for a day or two to allow CoreProtect to migrate the database. More information will be forthcoming.

Savannah Line is now open

_HeavenAngel_ has completed construction of the MRT Savannah Line, and it is now in service. Initial station allocations are as follows and all remaining stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • H1: FiorkG
  • H9: jamess_
  • H10: MgWn
  • H11: Vickiposa
  • H12: hvt2011
  • H14: Cact0

Please remember the proximity restrictions: you need permission to build within 300 blocks of another town, and if you’re within 500 blocks of a town with an active mayor, you need to be in touch with them and they need to accommodate you in a reasonable manner.

Next MRT Lines

We have approved two extensions to the MRT network:

  • godzilltrain proposed an extension of the Expo East Line from its current terminus in XE26 (Farwater) to the Jungle Line. This extension (XEX) has been approved for immediate construction.
  • Vennefly and Red_Ray proposed an extension of the Plains Line to Richville International. This extension (PLX3) has been sponsored by hvt2011 and approved for immediate construction.

These lines are now restricted, and claiming of stations or building along the lines are prohibited until the lines open.

Roads!

We reviewed two road proposals:

  • Vickiposa proposed the A92 Larkspur Express, connecting Carnoustie, Larkspur, PMW City, Nippia, and multiple other cities, has been approved in full.
  • FiorkG proposed the B755 Trans-Pine Highway in Southburg. This has been approved.

Projects and Funding Proposals

  • Funding for the MRTVision Screenshot Contest 3 has been approved.
  • Construction of the Souslow Heliport has been approved.

Premier City Reviews

We reviewed the city of New Acreadium by DevvySky for Premier consideration, but did not approve it.

Inactive Asset Transfers

First: please stop calling them auctions! They’re called asset transfers now. We reviewed three of them:

  • hvt2011 requested the town of Silent Plains to connect metro lines through. The metro connections have been approved, and hvt will need to leave everything else as-is.
  • Vulpicula requested the town at T50, though this has been denied as the town at T49 needs to expand towards T50 first.
  • dragonbloon419 requested the town northwest of PMW City, but this was also denied due to proximity issues. Gaps in PMW City should be filled in before dragonbloon419 requests the town again.

The end!

Thanks everyone – best of luck to MRTVision Screenshot Contest participants, and we’re excited to be bringing you the 1.13 update shortly.

<3, Chief


February 2019 GSM Results

Hey all! Last week we started talking about some upcoming changes to the rules, and this week we finished that conversation while also reviewing the other projects you all want to get done. The public portion recording is now available here. Here are the results from the February 2019 GSM.

Rules Revamp document released

It’s been a long time coming! Today we released our proposal of the new rules page, which we will vote on at the March GSM and hope to have in effect then. We’ve attempted to write this manifest of rules to help clarify our expectations, provide examples, and overall reduce ambiguity in the rules. To be clear, the new rules are not in effect yet, and there are still some topics we will be updating or adding information to. You can read the new proposal here: http://bit.ly/MRTRulesRevamp.

Some of the highlights of the proposed rules are:

  • See last week’s post for the rules regarding airfields, seaplanes, and helicopters – all of these have been carried forward.
  • Rail lines need to have stations 2,000 blocks or closer together (measuring from closest ends of platforms using “local” trains). Staff can waive this requirement via email.
  • MRT stations are staff property, but you can make some changes without needing to contact us. If your town is below the Mayor rank you can change the entrances, and once it reaches Mayor you can make cosmetic improvements elsewhere in the station. Any modifications to MRT tracks need to be run by staff first.
  • We are renaming “Asset Auctions” to “Asset Transfers” and have clarified the rules surrounding this process.
  • We are removing the $10,000 funding limit for large events. Events requesting funding still need to keep requests in line with their size and scope, but we will now accept larger requests. Events requesting review at the March 2019 GSM will still be subject to the limit.

We’ve posted this document publicly to get your feedback before we vote to adopt these rules at the next GSM, which will occur on March 9, 2019. As you read through the rules proposal please send questions, concerns, or other feedback to the staff via email.

Smaller community issues

  • The lake near Sunshine Coast has been officially named Lake Thanos and numbered Lake 30.
  • The staff have approved a new titled position, and as of now I (chiefbozx) am Administrator and Staff Meetings Coordinator.
  • While not an official title, we designated Tom_Pairs the “Minester of Forin Afers” at some point during the meeting.
  • We also had to send in the Spawn City Fire Brigade to extinguish some fires in Spawn Station on the old world.

1.13 update

We’re continuing to monitor the Minecraft 1.13 update and its breaking changes, and we’ve been using the beta server to test some plugins and verify compatibility. As of now the beta server is still whitelisted to staff only, but we are making progress.

Right now we are waiting on Multiverse and CoreProtect to become 1.13 compatible before we begin public testing. Additionally, there will be migration issues with EasyElevator and PVPArena:

  • EasyElevator (EElevator) has been deprecated for a while and it’s honestly still amazing that it even works on 1.12. The 1.13 update breaks it entirely and we will not be carrying it forward. Buildings using elevators will need to replace them with Lifts.
  • The PVPArena plugin has been causing issues and we suspect isn’t compatible with 1.13. We’re looking for alternatives, but for now don’t expect all of the PVP arenas to migrate in a fully-functioning state.

We’ll let you know of the update progress if we’re able to make any headway. For now, note that there is a moratorium on new plugin suggestions until the 1.13 update is installed and stabilized on the main server.

New Premiers

We reviewed six candidates for Premier and approved two: congratulations to Cact0 of Sunshine Coast, and Earack of Lanark! Cact0’s acceptance speech was as follows:

Thanks to everyone who’s built Sunshine Coast. It’s been great being with this community for the short time I’ve been here over the last months I’ve worked on the city, and I think it’s really paid off. Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way.

Cact0, Mayor of Sunshine Coast

It has been a great three years on the server. I never would have expected that I would reach the top rank (other than staff) back when I joined in late 2015. This is a great community full of very nice people and incredible cities, and I am glad to have been a part of it!

Earack, Mayor of Lanark

Roads, Projects, and Transfers, Oh My!

Premier city reviews and the conclusion of the Rules Revamp discussion took most of the meeting, so the rest were relatively quick. Here’s what happened!

  • The A246, proposed by FooteChicken to run from Farwater to Bawktown, has been approved.
  • The A12, proposed by Frosty_Creeper10 and frogggggg to run from Takasaki to Titsensaki, has been approved.
  • The A6 (originally the A746), proposed by LithiumMirnuriX to run from Janghwa to Birdhall, has been denied. We still have concerns over Lithium’s road quality and don’t want the mesa biome getting cut in half.
  • The B355, proposed by Majatho3 and imperial_block to run from Jungleville to Midjungle, has been approved under supervision: due to the sensitive terrain in the jungle biome we don’t want the road to be built in a way that creates massive land scars. Some staff will be on hand to supervise the construction as it progresses.
  • IsoMclaren proposed the B408-P, however this was denied as we need more information on the interchange with the A8 (specifically what kind of interchange will be used). Additionally, the road needs to be re-numbered in a way that starts with “8” and does not end in a letter. IsoMclaren can receive approval via email once these two issues are addressed.
  • hvt2011 proposed three service expansions to BluRail. We approved the expansion through Dabecco, but denied expansions to Xiiona (as there is currently no need to have service there or tracks beyond) and Birchwood (as there are alternative routings that can put tracks in other locations in the area).
  • KittyCat11231 proposed several expansions to IntraRail, and we approved all of the expansions and track permits that required staff attention, including a station at MRT Marina. We also applaud Kitty for sending an elaborate and clear proposal that was very easy for us to make a decision on.
  • The towns at C31 have been transferred to Hightech_TR.
  • The town of Voltsphere (A19/T24) has been transferred to ModernArt.
  • There’s a weird structure southwest of Thunderbird that tell276 supposedly owns. We have no idea what it is, but it’s decorminecraft’s problem now.

That’s all for now, we’ll see you in March!

<3,
chiefbozx
Administrator and Staff Meetings Coordinator / Minister of Propaganda