June 2021 GSM

New Mods!

We’ve promoted both candidates from this GSM. Congrats to Needn_NL and Missa_Solemnis. The votes were as follows:

NameForNeutralAgainstDid Not Vote

Rule Changes

We had a discussion over items with enchantments. We considered different proposals from Frumple and Chief on setting an official policy over enchanted items. Staff settled on a proposal from Frumple that modifies General Rule #6 to change “malicious” with “harmful”. The intent was to keep it simple and enforceable.

6. Do not use harmful client mods, hacks, or items.

“Harmful” is defined as anything that is detrimental to the experience of other players. This can include:

* Causing lag or crashes to other players or the server.

* Gaining an unfair advantage over other players.

* Causing damage to the worlds or server.

Schematica, Optifine, and Minimaps are allowed on the server.

New Rule proposal from Frumple

We’ve scheduled the rest of our meetings for the rest of the year. We are having a GSM in July this year to try to give more opportunities for moderator nominations and allow more chances for event fundings for anniversary events.

July 2021 GSMJuly 10
July 2021 ISMJuly 24
August 2021 GSMAugust 8
August 2021 ISMAugust 29
September 2021 GSMSeptember 11
September 2021 ISMSeptember 25
October 2021 GSMOctober 10
October 2021 ISMOctober 31
November 2021 GSMNovember 13
November 2021 ISMNovember 27
December 2021 GSMDecember 12
December 2021 ISMCancelled
2021 Staff Meeting

Road road road road

B989, proposed by HarborRandom852, was approved. The yellow line below on the map is the proposed route.

Given VickTori‘s resignation from staff, the responsibility of finishing the A8 was brought up at the GSM. AP_Red volunteered to lead the effort.

Coming to the Airwaves

We had a few events proposed this GSM and we approved all of them. We can’t wait to see all the fun that’s coming up!

Event NameEvent Date
XXI TacoBurritoAThonJune 25th
XXII TacoBurritoAThonJuly 18th
Deadbush Games 1June 27th – 28th
MGA Anniversary TournamentJuly 11th
London’s Pub Quiz 5: Anniversary SpecialJuly 24th

Changing Hands

We had two IAT’s this GSM and we approved both of them!

  • A Ski Resort near Miu Wan (owner unknown) was transferred to HarborRandom852.
  • Comet and Ariadne Ships in MRT Marina were transferred to AirplaneNiner.

That’s all folks! I’ll see ya at the next one.


May 2021 ISM Results

30 minutes. In and out. Let’s get right to it.

Moving on Up

Kingsnake proposed a reroute of the B58 which was approved. This reroute would make the spur from B58 to Veldburg renumber as B588 while the other part of the split would continue as B54. The part in red below will be signed as B58.

Kingsnake proposed an extension of A54 from Victoria to Rattlerville. This was partially approved from Victoria to B545 (new road that was approved with this). Staff wanted kingsnake to clarify their plans with the terrain (specifically a mountain near Rattlerville). Once that is cleared up, they can continue the rest of the road to Rattlerville.

Rattlerville continues to have more work with a river widening that was also approved to allow kingsnake to operate riverboats down the river.

CodyHM proposed an extension of their A892 project that will follow the Lakeshore Line. This was approved up to the split south of L5. Staff wanted a few more details on the need for it so Cody just needs to send an email to staff.

AlphaDS proposed an addition to their A245 project to include the B230 and upgrade it to A class standards to allow the A245 to connect to the A30. Red part being the current B230 that will be upgraded and signed as A245. This was approved.

B989 from HarborRandom852 was denied because they did not send a map of their route.

Inactive Things

autobus22 was approved to bypass an unnamed town by Yellowitcher near East Mesa and cgc747‘s town of Alki near L9.

sesese9 was approved to transfer Fort Yaxier from camelfantasy.

Miles of Rail

Skelezomperman has proposed to extend the Plains line from Hannibal to Caravaca. This was approved and construction has been started. As with all MRT extensions, stations aren’t available to claim until the line is completed.

And that’s it! I’ll see ya at the June 2021 GSM on June 13th.


May 2021 GSM Results

Time wise, we clocked in at roughly an hour, according to LondonThameslink. However, we covered quite a few changes and events at this GSM.

Rules be a Changing

Staff accepted a proposal from Frumple to change The Most Important Rule #3 to the following:

Staff reserve the right to take appropriate action for behavior or actions deemed unacceptable for the server and community, even if such behavior is not explicitly in violation of the server rules as written.

New text for the rule from Frumple’s proposal

Staff accepted a proposal from Frumple to reword our local vehicle exemption to the following:

Local train lines (including but not limited to: metros, trams, and monorails) that exist only within a city or other localized area are exempt from this requirement.

Written by Frumple and amended by autobus22

Following from the ferry exemption that was granted to autobus22 last ISM, Frumple has formalized that rule and it was approved by staff at the GSM. The rule reads will be added Transportation Rules – Boats and Ferries and reads:

4. Ferry lines that transport warp buses and warp trains can only be established with prior email approval from staff.

Written by Frumple

Mod Voting System Changes

From a member petition/proposal, staff accepted some new changes to how staff will vote on moderator candidates. The following are now in effect:

  • Supermajority (67%) has been lowered to simple majority (51%) approval for promotion.
  • Denying a candidate requires either 3 votes or 21% against, whichever is higher.

The proposal pulls in requirements that our older voting system (before October 2020) used to have with requiring a simple majority and trying to offset the power of a neutral vote. With the current system, a neutral vote can still be used to “deny” since it’s not counted in the majority. Effectively, counting the same way as an “Against” vote just like the actual Against vote. However, with lowering the rate to simple majority and changing the denial requirements, this can “neuter” that power and still be used as an actual neutral vote and not impact the outcome.

Hello, Freeway

Not really a freeway but Kingsnake has been approved to finish the B20 from Ellesume to AT.

Rolling in the Dough

Multiple events have been fully funded this GSM. Be on the lookout for them!

2021 MRT Summer GamesCape CambridgeJuly 4th – August 1st
Miu Wan Grand PrixMiu WanLate June – Mid July
MGA Bank Holiday TournamentWintersideWeekend of May 31st

And that’s all, folks. Make sure to send in your stuff for the May 29th ISM! I’ll see ya on the server!


April 2021 ISM Results

We had a fairly short ISM so I’m gonna hit ya with the details…


autobus22 requested for a rules exception to run a rail ferry between Risima and Niwen. With his detailed proposal, it was approved. A more general rule has been proposed at the May GSM to allow other people to do similar things. Be sure to check it out!

Hit the Lights

  • Skelezomperman was approved for their event funding for the 5th season of MLS Shoveler’s Cup in July/August.
  • frogggggg was denied their event funding for the 2021 Summer Games due to lack of event interest polling.

And that was all! See ya at the May GSM!


April 2021 GSM Results

Da Rules

The meeting had quite a few rule changes/additions. This led to a lot of discussion around wording and handling of certain cases.

300/500 Block Rules

Staff approved a proposal from Frumple to rewrite of the 300/500 block rules to revise the wording and clarify that you must contact the mayor when building near a town. Here is the updated text:

300-block proximity rule: If you want to build within 300 blocks of any town or structure belonging to another player, you must obtain explicit permission from them before you start building. The town/structure owner has the right to deny permission for any reason.

One exception is that if you want to build a road or railway that is near or through an inactive town/structure (where the owner hasn’t been on the server for at least 3 months), you can submit an Inactive Town Bypass request to staff, which will be considered at the next staff meeting.

Revised 300 Block Rule from Frumple

500-block communication rule: If you want to build within 300 to 500 blocks of any town or structure belonging to another player, you must make a reasonable effort to notify that player before you start building. The town/structure owner must accommodate you in a reasonable manner. If no response is given within a week, you may proceed with building.

The 500-block rule does not apply for inactive towns/structures.

Revised 500 Block Rule from Frumple

Plagiarism Rule

One major topic of the meeting was about clearing up the declaration of builds that are copied or taken from other places. Staff agreed on Frumple‘s wording (with an amendment from yours truly) that will be updated on the site.

Plagiarism (that is, presenting builds or creations of another person as your own) will not be tolerated. Give credit where credit is due.

When submitting a town review or when requested by staff, you are responsible for truthfully declaring the origin of all buildings in their town. Failure to be truthful in this declaration may result in warnings. Any buildings that are not declared will be assumed by staff to be primarily built by the town mayor. Franchises are exempt from this requirement and do not need to be declared.  As a rule of thumb, you should declare builds if you contributed less than 50% of the effort towards the construction of the build. If you are unsure of the percentage of your own effort or if it’s close to 50%, it is recommended that you err on the side of caution and declare it anyway.

If you are copying a build from another source (such as another player or an external website), you must first ensure that you have the appropriate rights or permissions to copy that build. Franchises are exempt from these requirements. Town Mayors must keep a public record of copied builds that describe the original source/builder and location of build.

These public records can be in the form of:

– List of builds on the MRT Wiki

– Public spreadsheet (i.e: Google sheets)

– In-game sign placed in an easily visible location on the copied build

Requiring IAT Requestor to contact Owners

Staff approved a proposal from sesese9 (me!) to require any person seeking to IAT any asset have to attempt to contact the original owner. The final wording that was settled on was:

Before submitting an IAT, you must contact the owner and ask them to transfer the asset to you, also stating your intent to submit an IAT. If they do not respond within a week, you may submit the IAT request. If the owner declines to transfer the asset and you believe there are extenuating circumstances, you may also submit the IAT.

There was also talk about whether we should apply this to Inactive Bypasses too. Staff agreed that it should so the site will be updated with the wording for both IAT’s and Inactive Bypasses (abbreviation TBD, blame chief).

Event Polling

Staff approved a proposal from Frumple that requires anyone seeking event funding to poll interest in the future event before requesting for funding. This will help the planner have a good idea of who will participate and also affirm to staff that an event will go through and not be cancelled due to low interest/turnout.

Fish Spawning

Staff denied a proposal from Sasha9076 to disable fish spawning on the server. In our current setup on the server, it’s not possible to only disable fish on the server. Frumple did find a plugin called MobsManager that can allow for specific disabling of spawning animals however worries of overhead and bugs that can arise from installing it.

Miles of Asphalt

We had a lot of transport projects this GSM! Love to see more infrastructure and transit connections through the server. All of them were approved! Here’s the list:

  • A8 Extension: VickiTori_
  • Inactive Town Bypass: hvt2011
  • A980 Reroute: Sasha9076
  • 2 Canals in NW Server: Noahrebl_ (with staff supervision)
  • B417 reroute: Avaneesh2008
  • B34: Freskooo
  • B354: Jonathan0930
  • B38 Extension: Racer395
  • A892 Phase 1.5: CodyHM (Former stub from main A8 to Vegeta will be folded into the road too)

Musical Transfers

Misss_Solemnis was approved to take over Tirivio. This was proposed last ISM but was re-proposed after staff asked Missa to check with ModernArt given the close proximity. Since they were good with it, everything was cleared.

Sasha9076 was approved to take over an unfinished plot in Central City.

CodyHM was approved to take over the remaining 10% of Oceanic Langus Airways from MaxStewartS.

And that’s a wrap from me. The lateness is a total “Blame Sese” moment so yeah. Otherwise, see ya next ISM on April 25th.