Edit: Some additional information has been added to these results on January 23rd. These additions are marked in pink.
The first General Staff Meeting of the new year has concluded, and here are the results. As always, you can listen to the public portion of the meeting here.
Future of the Server
First off, the server will NOT be closing anytime soon. Our current lease for the Gamma Server expires in April, but I (Frumple) should be able to continue paying for the server past that date.
However, the Gamma Server is starting to run out of disk space, mainly because of increasing disk usage from the wiki. This has made it increasingly difficult to produce backups of the server, and host the beta server on the same machine. The Gamma Server currently runs off an SSD, but I am considering options to set up a new server with a traditional hard drive instead. This will give us much more disk space that should fit our needs for the foreseeable future, but comes with the cost of longer times for in-game world saves. Hopefully in the next months, I will come to a decision on this and possibly start setting up the new server. Stay tuned on here for updates.
Future of MRT Mail
More details about the MRT Mail Hub can be heard in the public portion recording from thomasfyfe, but basically the huv will be reconstructed in the next few months to reflect the decreasing the usage of the hub for personal mail, and to reduce the amount of maintenance work required for the Mail Hub staff.
Thomas has made available a Google Doc that outlines these plans, which can be viewed here. You may also leave any comments on the document, as your feedback is appreciated.
Two towns were considered for auction for this meeting:
- Panther Town (P9), originally owned by mrpanther85, has been given to _Kastle.
- VoltsSphere (T24/A19), originally owned by David_Pat21, will remain unclaimed and put on the auction for next month’s GSM. If you are interested in claiming ownership of this town, please e-mail staff.
Three road projects were considered for this meeting:
Ownership of the A50 “Great Southern” highway, previously built by mine_man_, has been granted to MRTKeikoku (formerly known as KaizoWarning, MRTWarning). MRTKeikoku will be responsible for completing the highway according to the original specifications.
B72 Kenthurst to Ezzo City
A short B-Road connecting Kenthurst (XW10) east with Ezzo City (XW12) has been approved.
A28 from Armada to Ellesume
A proposal to build an A-Road from Armada to Ellesume has been rejected. The project proposer has been notified by e-mail as to the reasons for the rejection.
Three other projects were considered for this meeting:
This small canal project has been approved.
Vermillion Gateway Airport Expansion
The expansion of this airport has been approved.
Laclede “Harry S. Truman” Airport
The construction of this airport has been approved, with the addition that the area of the airport can be further expanded south to reach the river.
/pweather command is now enabled
The /pweather command is now enabled for all players! Similar to /ptime, /pweather allows players to set their in-game weather within their Minecraft client without affecting anything server-side. Type in /pweather help in-game. for more info.
City Rank Candidate Batch #5 is now open
The next City Rank Candidate Batch is now open for submissions. The relevant dates for this batch are as follows:
- Submissions close by: February 5th, 2016 by 11:59 PM PST
- Admod voting begins on: February 6th, 2016
- Admod voting ends on: February 12th, 2016 by 11:59 PST
- Promotions are granted on February 13th, 2016.
That’s all for now.
Welcome to 2016! I hope you all have had a relaxing and fulfilling holiday season. Now here’s some usual news tidbits:
City Rank Candidate Batch #4 Results
City Rank Candidate Batch #4 has now concluded. Thanks to all who submitted applications, every candidate should now have received a feedback e-mail in their inboxes. Congratulations to those who were promoted, and they are as follows:
- camelfantasy for his city of Formosa
- BaronThamesBank for his city of Daneburg
- Baseball02 for his city of Wythern
- MishkaMan for his city of Kolpino
- jphgolf4321 for his city of Laclede
- autobus22 for his city of Wazamawazi
- MinecraftYoshi26 for his city of Hummingbird Islands
- _frozen for his city of Whitechapel
As per tradition with Premier promotions, _frozen has prepared the following speech:
I cannot take the credit for Whitechapel entirely to myself. I have been exceedingly lucky and blessed with people helping with this city, with a lot of help from people that are still here and people that are long gone. Without their work, Whitechapel would be a poorer town.
Now that Whitechapel is endorsed as one of the Premier Cities, I would like to take the time to thank people.
Thank you to everyone that contributed to the city, from those that helped with the start of the road system with radioactive center lines (To date, no one has reported they have had terminal cancer from those, so that s good!), to those that put down dirt blocks after dirt blocks with no clue what the insane mod was planning, to those that installed major puzzle parts of Whitechapel (especially the Airport, the Canals, Sheepshead, Sports District, the Rail Yards, to name a few puzzle pieces).
Thank you to everyone who willingly let me create a large rail hub out of Whitechapel using totally unproven technology, and to allow Whitechapel come closer to your town. My hope is to make CitiRail actually working and functional by the end of the holidays!
Thank you to the staff for the honor of adding Whitechapel to a prestigious list of premier cities such as Arisa, Achowalogen Takachsin, and Airchester. It is a list I am honored to be part of.
Thank you to Frumple, for running the server (if it wasn’t this type of server I wouldn’t even consider building this city. Imagine Whitechapel in a survival server…). Also, without you, we wouldn’t have this special community to be part of.
As for the future: Whitechapel is not done as is. It is far from being done, really. Look for more development, major events, and surprises hidden in Whitechapel. It is the least I can do for you all.
Again, Whitechapel is but a collection of dirt huts without all your help. Thank you all.
The date of January GSM has been tentatively set for January 16th, at the usual time of 7pm UTC. The agenda for this meeting is still being formulated, but be sure to watch this post for updates. At this time, we have the following items that are open for claiming:
- Panther Town (P9)
- A50 Great Southern
If you have any requests for ownership for any other towns and projects, please e-mail staff and in most cases, they will be added to the agenda.
That’s all for now.