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Changes in automatic kick timeout

Hey everyone,

With traffic expected to increase over the coming weeks and Minecraft 1.15 still being a basket case with regards to performance, we are making a small change to our Essentials plugin configuration:

All players below the rank of Administrator will be automatically kicked after being marked as AFK for 15 minutes.

We are leaving the automatic AFK marker in place after 5 minutes of inactivity. This policy will remain in place until traffic lightens and performance improves. Please don’t ask us when that will be; admins will make the decision to revert back to a 60-minute kick when we believe we are ready to do so.

This means:

  • Players who are idle for five minutes are automatically marked as AFK. You can manually mark yourself as AFK with the /afk command. To remove your AFK marker, simply move around, say something in chat, or run a command other than /afk (the /ping command works well).
  • Players who are idle for 20 minutes will be kicked.
  • Administrators are exempt from automatic kicks, though should still disconnect themselves if they will be away from the server for more than a few minutes.
  • Remember that kicks do not count against you in terms of our warning and ban policy. This is simply being adjusted to better manage performance and traffic.

We hope that this change will help keep server resources available for longer and provide a better player experience. As always, please let an admin know if you have questions.

<3, Chief


March 2020 GSM Results

Hello everyone! Our first GSM of the Zeta server series has concluded, and we have quite a bit to share. Thanks as always to MBS for broadcasting the live stream (which you can find here) and to everyone who was online to take part in the discussions.

COVID-19

We first would like to acknowledge the real-world, worldwide COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and the real-world impact it is beginning to have on MRT members and guests. As countries around the world continue to change their health recommendations, travel restrictions, and closures of schools and workplaces, we recognize that this can be an incredibly stressful time for many of you.

We are not making any changes to policies, events, or rules in response to COVID-19, however we would like to request the following of all MRT members:

  • Please be respectful and considerate of other members, who may be experiencing much more stressful situations than you.
  • If you choose to create a COVID response in your own town, please log it on this wiki page, and be considerate of how such a response will be perceived by others visiting your town. While we currently have no plans to do so, we may need to intervene if we find that COVID-19 is being used as an excuse for personal or targeted attacks.
  • Please be patient when requesting assistance from staff. With traffic expected to increase over the coming weeks, staff may need additional time to serve everyone asking for help.
  • Many of you have been asked or mandated to work or continue coursework from home as a result of COVID-19. Your real-life obligations are a priority, so if you believe that a short-term ban would help you maintain focus, please contact the admins by email. Note that if you choose to pursue this option:
    • You will need to tell us how long you want the temporary ban to be in effect for. We generally will accept requests for temporary bans between 7 and 30 days in length.
    • We will aim to process bans within 24 hours. As such, you may not request a delay for when the ban will start.
    • Your Discord and Mumble accounts will temporarily have all permissions removed. You will be able to connect, but you will not be able to do anything.
    • You may not flip-flop between banned and unbanned status. Once a temporary ban is accepted and issued, we will not remove it from your account for any reason.
  • If you know that you will be away from the server for an extended period of time for any reason (including if you need to care for yourself or others in your real-world community), please contact the admins by email to request an asset transfer hold.

With that being said, let’s go through the GSM results!

Rule changes and clarifications

The following rule changes have been approved, and unless noted otherwise take effect immediately:

  • The franchise rules will apply to ALL franchises following the GSM on May 9, 2020. Currently, there are some rules that franchises do not have to follow if they were built on or before February 9, 2020, but for simplicity we will apply the rules to all franchises beginning on May 9. This means that, starting on that date, franchisors (the people or companies who design and own a franchise) are the only ones who can modify the interior of a franchise. This rule may be waived by mutual agreement between the franchisor and franchisee (the town mayor or third party who controls the building a franchise is located in).
  • We have clarified that the 300- and 500-block rules are measured and enforced using chessboard distance (also known as Chebyshev distance). You can learn what this means here or here.
  • Two Senator-ranked cities in close proximity to each other may elect to combine their airfield allocations. Such an airfield must be approved by staff by email prior to construction.
  • Ownership breakdowns must be declared to staff as a part of airport proposals. You must include the list of players and companies that own the airport and what percentage of ownership each entity holds in the airport. Remember that proposals are required for:
    • New airports over 7,500 blocks in size,
    • New airports or airfields of any size with multiple owners, and
    • Expansions of airports and airfields, if such expansion would cause the town’s airports to use a combined total of more than 7,500 blocks worth of space.
  • Staff will be asked to enforce General Rule 13 (“Speak English in public chat”) with more frequency and consistency. While we value the backgrounds everyone brings to our community, including your first language, we ask that everyone speak English in all public channels so that everyone can understand the conversation and be able to participate. Conversations in other languages should occur in private messages, party chats, or other Discord servers.

We also discussed and approved a few smaller policy and technical changes:

  • Policy change: Staff are asked to not run biome changes or regenerations for the time being as they can cause severe enough server lag that players can lose connections. Please do not ask staff for these as they will be refused.
  • Zeta postmortem: Dynmap 3D is on hold. Due to the increases of traffic and occasional drops in TPS, we are holding off on a full-world 3D Dynmap render for the time being. 3D renders will occur in local areas when staff do a local render. We are asking staff to limit the radius of local renders to 300 blocks.
  • uCars: Cyan blocks are now drivable. You can now drive on cyan terracotta, wool, concrete, and concrete powder.

Survival world

We first would like to thank LDShadowLord and Vulpicula for all of the time, energy, and resources they invested in running a trial survival server. We spent the entirety of the private portion discussing the feedback and data we’ve received from participants and our own observations, as we know a survival server has gained varying amounts of interest among members over the years.

We did make some decisions related to survival mode:

  • We will not be implementing a survival world in the immediate future. Our top priority is to maintain the creative experience, hopefully with performance improvements brought by future Minecraft updates. If and when resources allow and community demand warrants it, we may add Survival at a later date.
  • Surveys will be sent out regarding your experience on Survival. Whether you participated in Survival or not, please let us know what your thoughts are, as these will help inform our decision on when and how Survival can be brought to the MRT in a more official capacity.
  • We will be investigating some tweaks to the experience based on player feedback and our experience. Notably, we will continue to try to determine what an optimal mob spawn rate would look like, and we are considering a number of changes to how the economy system would work.

Please continue to share your feedback with any staff member of either server. We appreciate it and we will do our best to take it into account if and when Survival becomes an official component of the MRT.

Roads, Rails, Seaplanes, and Canals, Oh My!

  • The second extension of the Eastern South Line (ESX2) from Pearl Coast to Arcadia via Juhwa, organized by Vulpicula, has been approved in full. Stations will be built in the following locations, and as such new towns can’t be started here:
Phase One of ESX2. Yes, Frumple gets a private MRT station.
Phase Two of ESX2
  • The B970, running from Holtville to Thurso and built by TechsMinecraft54, has been approved. Update: this road has since been re-numbered B870 to account for the wards it passes through.
  • Carnoustie has been conditionally granted a seaplane base exemption, provided that:
    • The terminal for the seaplane base is relocated west, closer to the proposed runway, and
    • The lake is dredged deeper than it is now.
  • We have approved three canals:
    • A very short canal from Lake 33 to the Northern Ocean, to be built by VickiTori_.
    • Canals from Lake 53 to Lakes 52 and 54, both built by RacCort.

Miscellaneous

  • Funding for Survivor: Vakayawa, organized by daltdisneyland, has been approved in full. Best of luck to this season’s participants!
  • Echohue has been granted permission to remove icebergs in the Coral Sea, between the Bay of Thanos and the nearby mesa.
  • The town of Otakiri has been transferred to EspiDev, on the condition that it remains a separate town and does not become integrated into Espil (we generally aren’t fans of exclaves).
  • The MRT stations of F15-P17 and P18 have been transferred to decorminecraft.
  • We reviewed a transfer request for the town of Glenbrook (M14). This request was denied because callumjk has been active enough to preserve ownership. We will be asking Kenoi to attempt contact with callum, either via /mail or by asking the admins for assistance, before re-submitting.
  • MRT members are now encouraged to vote us up on server lists! There are no in-game reminders or incentives to do so, but we hope that with increased visibility, additional people can find and join our community.

That’s all this time around (though if I missed something, please yell at me in Discord). Stay healthy and safe, and we’ll see you around!

<3, Chief


February 2020 GSM Results

Hello everyone! The February 2020 GSM has concluded, and with it the GSM series for Epsilon. We will be posting information about our Zeta migration in the next few days, so please continue to check back for updated information on that migration. If you missed the meeting’s public portion, MBS covered it live.

In the meantime, let’s talk about the staff meeting!

City rank updates

We reviewed the town of Radiance Square for promotion to Premier, and while many staff members were happy to vote it onwards, it didn’t quite meet our 80% majority threshold. Feedback and voting details will be posted in the usual feedback folder. Overall we noticed a lot of progress within Radiance Square since our last review, and we look forward to our next chance to review it at the April GSM or later.

All new Senator, Governor, and Premier submissions are temporarily suspended due to the Zeta migration. We will re-open submissions when Zeta opens, and any city candidates currently under review will be automatically extended by two weeks to account for the downtime.

Some staff docs will be published

We are happy to announce that some of our “top-level” staff documents and spreadsheets will be published in the coming weeks (these are called “top level” because they live within the top level of the staff docs folder hierarchy). Links to the following items will soon be provided:

  • Town List: Our master record of ranked (and a few unranked) towns, their locations, current mayors, ranks, and their list of prior mayors.
  • Event Funding List: All events that have been issued server funding grants, and how much has been paid out.
  • Plugin List: Which plugins (and which versions) are installed on which server, and which new plugins are officially under consideration (please note, due to the upcoming migration, we have a moratorium in place on new plugin suggestions until the migration finishes)
  • Road List (once it gets updated) – the list of road numbers and what roads they correspond to. This one will take a while to get updated.

Additionally, we are researching our options regarding the master membership list, and we hope to publish it soon.

Members who have questions about prior decisions or want to know other information that’s not included in these documents should first contact the staff members who were involved with the appropriate decision, or for general questions, any available staff members. If this informal conversation doesn’t help, members may email the ADMINS their question, and we can potentially provide more details if required. We will ask that formal information requests to the admins be used as a last resort.

We will apply similar standards to Freedom of Information type requests. This means:

  • Your request needs to be specific, you can’t just ask for a copy of the entire staff documents archive.
  • We can deny releasing information if we deem it confidential (for instance, decisions made regarding specific players – we will not release complete information on warning or ban histories, nor will we ever release email addresses or other identifying information) or related to security (for instance, we won’t release our exact VPNGuard or Docker configurations).
  • Audio recordings of GSMs, and transcripts thereof, are out of bounds and can’t be asked for.

We hope that we have been transparent enough with our decisions in the past so that you all can understand how we’ve made them, however we are always happy to have conversations if you have further questions.

Zeta migration prep

We approved the following definitions of lake numbering and ward boundaries, which will take effect at the Zeta migration. (Note: The boundary between Wards 3 and 4 in the southeast will be adjusted slightly to better handle all of the islands; a final map will be published by Vickiposa once the exact placement is all set. All other ward boundaries are approved.)

The Zeta Lakes as approved (some numbers have changed since the original proposal)
The Zeta Wards (though the boundary between Wards 3 and 4 in the southeast corner will be updated).

Three lakes have had their official names assigned or changed:

  • Lake 15 is now known as Lake Lumeva
  • The South Sea (Lake 23) is now known as the Coral Sea
  • Lake Thanos (Lake 30) is now known as Bay of Thanos

Seaplanes are officially permitted on Lakes 31 through 52, as well as the appropriate extensions of lakes from the existing system. Additional lakes may be added, or names submitted, by member proposals once Zeta opens.

Finally, we made some decisions regarding random boats in the middle of lakes:

  • We have instated a temporary ban on random boats in the middle of lakes until at least the end of May 2020. This means that any boats built in a lake must be a part of something that’s based on the shore, and have a good reason to be there. This moratorium must be lifted by a GSM proposal.
  • Boats built in lakes must observe, but do not constitute claims for, the 300- and 500-block sovereignty rules. This means that boat owners must respect existing claims when building boats, but there are no exclusion zones around boats.
  • Boats that are built in a lake before a town is added to its shores may stay there, even if the town later grows to the point where the boat is within the sovereignty rules. This is similar to the road and rail right of way rules.

Franchise modification and relocation

We argued about this one for half an hour. It was… a lot.

Effective immediately:

  • Mayors may decide to remove franchises within their town, or relocate franchises within their town, and may do so without permission from the franchisor.
    • For franchises located within transit stations, malls, or other buildings controlled by a third party, this permission is extended to that third-party controller, but only within the context of the controlled building.
    • Exception: Franchises may not be moved from one town to another unless authorized by the franchisor.
  • Mayors wishing to modify any new franchises built on or after Sunday, February 9, 2020 must obtain permission from the franchisor to do so.
    • This rule includes all modifications of interiors and exteriors.
    • This rule may be waived by mutual agreement between the mayor and the franchisor.
  • Mayors and individuals who control and sublease buildings (for example, transit station owners who lease out franchise space) may define restrictions that must be honored at the time of franchise construction. These restrictions generally include space restrictions or which blocks may be modified, but may also include agreements on future modification permissions, or any other reasonable restrictions or conditions of construction. Franchises that are built in areas with these restrictions are assumed to have accepted the restrictions.
  • Mayors may not claim ownership of franchises built by others within their town borders.

Please note that we have decided to defer a decision on what happens to previously built franchises within a town. There is one exception that has been decided – squatter’s rights or adverse possession:

  • In the event that a town contains a franchise, for which neither an owner nor a company can be identified by any means (including signage and CoreProtect logs) the mayor may make any modifications they wish. Franchisors are strongly encouraged to place identifying signs in conspicuous places on their property to prevent this from happening.

Blimps!

We decided that, for the purposes of the rules, airships and blimps are very weirdly shaped giant helicopters. This means that airships and blimps are allowed and may be built in accordance with the helicopter rules.

  • One slot is available to towns at the Councillor rank, which may be used by an airship, blimp, or helicopter.
  • Two slots are available to towns at the Mayor rank, which may be used by any combination of airships, blimps, and helicopters.
  • There is no limit on slots to cities at or above the Senator rank, however any such slots above the first two count against airfield and airport size allocations. These slots may be used by any combination of airships, blimps, and helicopters.
  • Just like helicopters, there is no limit on the number of decorative airships or blimps that may be built within a town. This means airships and blimps may be built in the air, or on the ground without functioning warps, without restriction.

Homes increase with Zeta

We’ll be increasing the number of homes available for all ranks at or above Councillor. This means that your number of available homes have increased as follows (these numbers are all in addition to your bed spawn, which can be accessed with /home bed):

  • Member: 0 (no change)
  • Citizen: 1 (no change)
  • Trustee: 3 (no change)
  • Councillor: 6 (+1)
  • Mayor: 10 (+2)
  • Senator: 15 (+3)
  • Governor: 20 (+4)
  • Premier: 25 (+5)

The increase in available homes have taken effect immediately.

Formalizing no retroactive funding

Somehow this isn’t on the rules page? Who wrote that??? (Wait, that was me.)

Anyway, we have long held the precedent that events can’t receive funding grants retroactively. As such, the following rule has been officially approved and will be added to the rules page:

Events seeking grant funding must receive GSM approval in advance. Funding requests will be denied if submitted after events begin. Retroactive funding requests will not be accepted for consideration.

This decision affects the MRT Winter Games 2020, which was organized by frogggggg and Frosty_Creeper10. This means that any prizes awarded from this event must be paid for by the event organizers.

MRT Jungle Line South Extension (JSX-1)

Watch someone make a React joke. Or is that too niche?

AP_Red will be extending the Jungle Line south to Sunshine Coast. The approved map is as follows, and as with any MRT extension, new construction along this line is now prohibited until the line is officially opened:

The approved path of the Jungle Line South Extension 1 (JSX-1).

Roads and rail bypasses

  • The B76 from Chan Bay to Tembok has been approved.
  • An extension of the B58 from San Vantino to Redwood has been approved.
  • i____7d has been granted permission to build railway tracks under an inactive town at SW36.
  • autobus22 has been granted permission to build RaiLinQ tracks under Villedyn and two unnamed inactive towns.

IATs

  • The town of Armada (A26-C107) has been transferred to PtldKnight, on the condition that it must remain independent and can’t be integrated into or annexed by Waterville.
  • XenRail and all Xenive holdings have been transferred to FredTheTimeLord.
  • The town of Insula Montes has been transferred to daltdisneyland.

Projects

  • Some members have set up a survival server that we’ll be linking to in our Zeta announcements. Please note that, while this server is run by MRT members, it is not an official affiliate of the MRT. More details will be coming soon.
  • The 6th MRTvision Screenshot Contest has been funded in full. There is a crab emoji in the minutes and I don’t know why.
  • “Operation: Airlift Monte Isola” has been denied.
  • A spleef (not spleen, AutoCorrect) tournament in Crystal City, organized by Skelezomperman, has been approved.
  • The Winter Olympics 2020 has been conditionally approved with reduced prizes, based on event attendance and quality.

That’s all for now – stay tuned for the Zeta migration updates!

<3, Chief


January 2020 GSM and ASM Results

Hello everyone and happy new year! The January 2020 GSM has concluded, and we have announcements from it and the ASM that followed.

New Trial Moderator

We are pleased to announce that Vulpicula has accepted an offer to join the ranks of staff as a Trial Moderator. He will be learning the ropes over the next three months, with evaluation for promotion to full Moderator being considered by admins at the April GSM. Please give him a warm welcome to the staff ranks the next time you see him online!

Premier cities

We reviewed two cities for the Premier rank: Radiance Square by MindBender15, and Larkspur by Vickiposa. We are pleased to announce that Larkspur received a unanimous vote and has been promoted! Vickiposa’s acceptance speech was as follows.

On the very first day I was promoted to member–September 11th, 2018–I decided to be a bit corny and build a bell in a plot of land by the NW22 MRT Station and dedicate it to giving thanks for both the sheer luck I had just stumbling upon this server and to the staff for promoting me. See, I have been looking for a server like this for years–none of my personal friends at the time were interested in playing in a creative city-building world which I have always had a bizarre fascination with. I had given up hope in finding a server like this, but while looking to automate a minecart transport system in singleplayer I somehow stumbled upon this place. I suppose it was simply a some kind of catharsis or whatever that caused me to build the bell, but to this day it still stands as the center of the town I decided to found at that site. At the time, I had heard about the then 11 premier cities. I admired the effort of their creators but I never thought my town would join their ranks but, 16 months and 7 premier promotions later, here we are as I deliver this speech. While I have my regrets about how I went about Larkspur’s growth and recognize its many flaws, Larkspur is my city and I cherish it and the many experiences I had building it.

Thus, in the spirit of the first structure I built in what would become the city of Larkspur we know and love today, I extend my deepest thanks to everyone who has in any way contributed land, effort, criticism, transport links, or the time in promoting and publicizing this town, including people who have hosted all or part of their event here. Your contributions have very much made Larkspur into what it is today. While I wish I could thank each and every one of you, this speech is extremely wordy as-is so I will refrain from doing so. Anyway, thank you to my fellow staff members for promoting my town to Premier, as well as the audience for listening.

Vickiposa, Moderator and Mayor of Larkspur (LA8, Premier)

As always, feedback for both (and all previous) Premier city promotions can be found here.

Zeta server migration

In case you haven’t heard about the upcoming migration to our new Zeta server: we are in the final stages of preparation and will be migrating shortly. There are currently two critical issues preventing migration (one with WorldEdit and CoreProtect, and one with Citizens); we are waiting on more information from plugin developers and will provide updates once we have a final schedule in place. Frumple will post here and in Discord with migration information once it is finalized.

We are currently estimating that the migration will take 10 to 11 days to complete, with the bulk of the time being spent on chunk generation and Dynmap rendering. We are tentatively scheduling the migration to start on Tuesday, January 21, and finishing on or around Friday, January 31, though this may change depending on plugins. Update: Based on further testing, our new estimate is February 18 to 28. Apologies for the delay and we will keep you posted if this changes again.

Some notes about the migration process:

  • When the migration is complete, you will need to use Minecraft 1.15 to connect to the Zeta server.
  • There will be brief periods when various services are inaccessible. In particular, OpenTTD, Minecraft, and Mumble will be offline for several hours or days at a time while we move through various stages of the migration. Please watch the #announcements channel in Discord for updates.
  • We are planning to have a “purge” period once files have been safely migrated over to Zeta. During this period, we will disable CoreProtect and WorldGuard on the Epsilon server.
  • Please do not bug Frumple and the admins about migration status updates; we will post in #announcements as soon as we have news to share.

Zeta server rules updates

In preparation for migration to the Zeta server and the accompanying world expansion (by the way, we’re going from an 18,000 block radius to a 30,000 block radius – which means we’re nearly tripling the size of the world!), we will be instating temporary rules shortly after the migration. These are in place to help ensure that everyone has an equal shot at claiming land throughout the expansion.

  • No seaplanes on Zeta lakes until lake numbers are assigned at a GSM (this will be an agenda item on the first GSM after the migration finishes).
  • No boats in the middle of Zeta lakes until we can come to a decision on rules regarding boat fleets in lakes that don’t relate to the surrounding civilization. This will likely be an agenda item at one of the first couple of GSMs after the migration.
  • If you’re proposing an A- or B-road in Zeta territory, hold off on numbering it until we finalize wards. We hope to finalize wards at the February 2020 GSM, and we will number roads accordingly at that GSM once ward boundaries are determined.

Other rules updates

The following rule changes were approved at the GSM and are in effect immediately.

  • Rules and scheduling details of our OpenTTD server have been formalized as follows:
    • OpenTTD access is provided to MRT players at or above the Member rank; this service is not provided to Guests. Please ask a member of staff for connection details if you’d like to join.
    • You must join the server with a recognizable username.
    • Do not block the construction or routes of other players.
    • Do not block off industries from other players.
    • Do not steal companies from other players, even if the company does not have a password.
    • The OpenTTD map is reset every Friday at around 5 am UTC. Announcements for the settings of the next map will be made in Discord on the #openttd channel and to anyone that has the OpenTTD role.
    • There is a “purge” period starting from 6 hours before the reset from 11 pm Thursday to 5 am Friday UTC where chaos, shenanigans, and any sort of trashing of the map is allowed.
    • If you would like to save the current map to your own computer, you should do so before the purge period starts.
    • Companies that do not have any vehicles are automatically deleted by the server after 12 in-game months. Please take advantage of this if you decide to start your company over instead of asking an admin to delete your company for you.
  • We are adding an exception to Economy Rule #4, which currently states that companies that facilitate gambling and betting are not allowed. In addition to private arrangements between two players (which are always allowed at your own risk), we are now allowing you to use your in-game money for these types of activities in the following circumstances:
    • When the process is completely managed by an automated system, for example the daily lottery plugin, OR
    • When an administrator is actively controlling and managing all monetary transactions, or monitoring their activity through the Minecraft server console.
  • We have clarified that the 300- and 500-block “sovereignty” rules for towns do apply in lakes and other bodies of water. This means that building boats within 300 blocks of an existing town requires permission. Existing boats can stay where they are for now until we sort out more detailed boat rules at an upcoming GSM.
  • We have formalized a previously implied exception to the town modification rules. Event organizers are now officially authorized to make minimal additions or changes to another person’s build/town for an event as long as they ensure that the build/town is restored to its original condition after the event.
    • “Minimal additions or changes” mean only what is necessary for the event. This may include decorations, banners, signs, and temporary buildings, vehicles, tents, or the like.
    • Temporary items may not occupy a town or build for more than 24 hours without approval of the town’s mayor or build’s owner.
    • If a build/town owner indicates that they do not want an event held at their creation, the event organizer must respect that wish. It is recommended that event organizers get permission from build/town owners beforehand whenever possible.

Roads, rails, and projects

We approved all of the road, rail, and project submissions:

  • The B63 from Deadbush to Heampstead
  • The A53 and B531 in the vicinity of Southoak, Devon, and New Izumo
  • The B600 between Whiteley and Numark
  • A high-speed rail line from Vegeta/Willow to Skogheim
  • The “B89” (which needs a new number; may I suggest B889?) which connects to the end of the B88 and goes east
  • A project to modernize R2 Pig Racing on the old world
  • The City of Monoliths has been officially granted an exemption to the seaplane placement rules, and LDShadowLord is permitted to create a seaplane base on the city’s canal system.

ASM

We had a short ASM to discuss some of the technical aspects of the migration. I went off on a rant about SSH key pairs. It was awesome.

In the process, we accepted one ban appeal, thus clearing our backlog of administrative emails.

THE END

Our next GSM is on Sunday, February 9, with proposals due at 7pm UTC on Friday, February 7. See you then!

<3, Chief


December 2019 GSM Results

Ho Ho Ho! We had our final GSM of the year, and we have some things to share.

Results of the very small private portion

One player received at least two moderator nominations, but we decided not to offer the position. We had a further two players with one nomination each.

We also discussed a few things about the GSM Town community build. To prevent the project from getting out of hand, a few changes have been implemented:

  • The train line from the main island to Train Island will be removed.
  • Construction on Train Island and Freeburg (the island just to the north of Train Island) will remain allowed.
  • Expansion beyond the main island, Train Island, and Freeburg will be handled by staff, and only once the town has developed the entirety of its existing islands. This policy will continue as further islands are added to the project.
  • The town will not rank up through the traditional rank ladder, and is instead designated a special administrative zone. Any large-scale transport projects such as an airport or seaplane base will need to be cleared at a GSM.

Please contact me (Chief) if you have any questions about the project.

Planning for next year

We have been in the planning process for 2020 and are excited to announce a few changes you can expect, coming soon. The biggest changes have to do with an upgrade in our server hardware.

  • The Zeta Server has been purchased, and Frumple is in the process of setting everything up. Some admins may also be helping out with the project, and we may experiment with a few things as we build the new server.
  • We will skip directly to Minecraft 1.15 on Zeta once everything has stabilized. This means we will remain on our current hardware until 1.15 is ready for us to use. Please note that we currently do not have a timeline in place for the migration, but will provide updates as we determine and receive more information.
  • The New World will be expanded to a 30,000 block radius (up from 18,000). This will bring an incredible amount of new land online for you to build in. We may consider expansions to the Lab and Map worlds, depending on available disk space, once we finish our migration to 1.15. Stay tuned for details on the migration, including land claiming rules and Purge™ schedules.
  • We will attempt to bring uCars back on the main server with the 1.15 update, but this is not guaranteed.
  • We will also host an OpenTTD server on our new machine. This has been on a back burner for quite some time, and with new hardware we’re able to actually go ahead with the installation.

We will also be undertaking some community initiatives in 2020:

  • We want to host more recurring events, community builds (akin to GSM Town), and chances for community interaction. Staff will organize these as their schedules allow, but we want to remind everyone that any member can run a server event! GSM proposals are only required if you want to give away in-game money and have it funded by The Server™. Otherwise, you can email the admins if you have an event you’d like us to add to the events calendar.
  • We’ll be writing up some guides for how to submit an effective GSM proposal, among other things.
  • The MRT Video Contest will be held in the near future, once we update to Minecraft 1.15 and the Replay Mod becomes available.

Rules and Discord channel changes

We have made some small tweaks to the rules and the purposes of some of our Discord channels. Effective immediately:

  • General Rule #3 (No advertising) has been expanded to include all gaming servers not affiliated with the MRT. As a reminder, casual discussion about other servers is allowed, as is providing links upon request or within context. Blatant advertising is something that we hope you all can recognize when you see it.
  • The #general Discord channel is now the catch-all for conversations that don’t belong anywhere else. Please check the channel list and post in the appropriate channel if you want to discuss something that’s covered by a named channel (for example, sports or politics). Frumple has requested that memes be kept in #random. If you don’t want to see memes, you can mute the #random channel.
  • The #creative channel is no longer restricted to your own work. You are welcome to post and discuss other works, including sources of inspiration, examples of works you’ve found around the internet, and helping others with their work – in addition to showcasing your own material. We would kindly ask that you focus the channel on your own creative endeavors as much as possible.

Projects, Events, and IATs

  • The A551, proposed by minecrafts000 to connect the A5 to the A51 via Urbisan, has been approved.
  • IntraRail has been granted permission to pass underneath inactive towns at V22 and V26.
  • The 12 Days of Christmas event, proposed by wipeout111, has been funded in full, with some logistical adjustments to ensure fairness.
  • The town of 42 at XW7 has been transferred to AlikSong.
  • The town of Royalston has been transferred to ondist.
  • The town of Barken has NOT been transferred to Aldranster50, as it’s quite far from the town he wants to integrate it into.

2020 GSM Schedule

Here is the full schedule of GSMs for all of 2020 (don’t worry, we’ll remind you of each as they approach). There may be some adjustments that we make to the meetings scheduled later in the year, but we will make those adjustments well in advance of the affected meeting(s) if they’re needed.

  • Sunday, January 12 — note date change from the usual pattern
  • Sunday, February 9
  • Saturday, March 14
  • Sunday, April 12
  • Saturday, May 9 — will be run by someone other than Chief
  • Sunday, June 14
  • Saturday, July 11 — Anniversary Weekend; meeting is scheduled for this date but may be cancelled depending on community needs
  • Sunday, August 9
  • Saturday, September 12
  • Sunday, October 11
  • Saturday, November 14
  • Sunday, December 13

That’s all for now! Have a safe and happy holiday season.

<3, Chief