Monthly archives: March 2014

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]

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] 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.


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,, 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.


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 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.


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.


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]

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!