Introducing the MRT Events Calendar

Hi all,

This is just a quick announcement introducing the new official MRT Events Calendar to the website. View the calendar at https://www.minecartrapidtransit.net/events. This admin-curated calendar will not only show important dates such as General Staff Meetings and City Rank Candidate Batch deadlines, but it can also include member-organized events such as game shows, award shows, competitions, etc.

For a member-organized event to be eligible for addition to the calendar, the event must satisfy the following criteria:

  • The event must be open to all MRT members, for either watching the event or actively participating in the event.
  • The event must be major and significant in nature.
    • Examples of what is allowed: Entertainment shows, game shows, award shows, sport events, expos and conventions, contests.
    • Examples of what is NOT allowed: Grand openings of any franchise, business, station, road, or transport facility.
    • If you have an event that does not fall into any of the above categories, please ask an admin to see if the event would be okay to be added.
  • The event must have a detailed wiki page that describes the nature of the event, date(s) and time(s) for the event, and any prizes or voting schemes if any.

To submit a member-organized event for consideration, please send an e-mail to admin [at] minecartrapidtransit.net (not staff) with a link to your wiki page.

It is my hope that this calendar will help bring more visibility into events happening on the server, especially with the busy summer approaching. In addition, the staff and I will be considering some proposals at the next GSM to possibly introduce in-game money grants / incentives to encourage more member-organized events, or allowing such events to advertised on official channels, such as the MRT Twitter. More details will be posted after the GSM, which itself will be scheduled and added to the calendar within the next few weeks.

Also a reminder that submissions for the MRT Screenshot Contest 2017 close this Saturday June 3rd at 11:59 pm UTC! To submit, please read the full contest rules on the subreddit.

Thanks,
Frumple


May 2017 GSM Results

Hi all,

The May 2017 GSM has concluded and here are the results. As always, the recording for the public portion is available here.

Rule Changes

We are loosening some restrictions for the benefit of most members:

Citizens and above may now build in Central City

We have changed the build permissions around Central City such that [Citizens] and above may build there. This permission was previously restricted to [Councillors] and above. We hope this change will help encourage more activity and construction in CC, as well as allow for us to hold a possible skyscraper building contest there in the future.

Large stadiums, sports arenas, and Olympic venues are now no longer restricted

We have decided to lift the restriction around large stadiums and arenas at [Governor] rank, and allow them for all ranks. This restriction was originally put in place to prevent the overuse of land on the Old World, but with the abundance of land on the New World, this restriction no longer makes sense.

MRT Screenshot Contest 2017

It’s time for the MRT Server’s second official screenshot contest! To participate, please carefully read all of the rules below, or read them on our subreddit:

Submission Rules

  • Screenshots are to be submitted using the Submission Instructions below.
  • Submissions can be made by any players who are of at least [Member] rank and at most [Admin] rank. The [Owner] will be facilitating the contest and will not make their own submission or vote on any submissions.
  • Each player can make ONLY ONE (1) screenshot submission to the contest. Any further submissions after the first submission will not be accepted. No exceptions.
  • Submissions will be accepted starting from Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at 12:00 am UTC, and until Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 11:59 pm UTC.

Voting Rules

  • Votes are to be submitted using the MRT Screenshot Contest 2017 Voting Form (to be created later).
  • Voting is open to any players who are of at least [Member] rank and at most [Admin] rank.
  • Each voting player must score each screenshot submission from 1 to 10.
  • Each submission will be then be ranked by their average score tallied out of all votes.
  • Voting for submissions is open on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 12:00 am UTC, and until Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at 11:59 UTC.

Screenshot Rules

  • The screenshot may contain any subjects (including structures, towns, cities, landscapes, players, mobs, etc.), as along as it is within the server rules.
  • Minimum resolution for screenshots is 1024 x 768. Higher resolutions are strongly recommended.
  • The Heads-Up Display (HUD) must be hidden in your screenshot. Press F1 to show/hide it.
  • If you are using OptiFine, you are encouraged to enable connected textures and grass sides.
  • You may use any texture packs.
  • You may use any shaders or renderers.
  • You may crop or rotate your screenshots to your liking, but any further edits or “photoshopping” of your screenshots is prohibited and may result in disqualification.

Submission Instructions

  • Upload your screenshot to an image hosting service. We strongly recommend imgur.com.
  • Navigate to the MRT subreddit at http://www.reddit.com/r/MRTServer/. If you already have your own Reddit account, please log in to it. Otherwise, please create a new Reddit account.
  • Once you are logged in, click “Submit a new link” on the right-hand side of the MRT subreddit.
  • Your post title can be anything you wish, but it MUST begin with the text “[Screenshot Contest]”.
  • Your post URL should be a link to the screenshot you uploaded.
  • Click “Post”. Don’t panic if your post doesn’t show up immediately on the subreddit. Some posts get caught in the spam filter, and the subreddit moderators will periodically check and approve of such posts so that they will appear.

Prizes

All prize amounts are in-game money and may change without prior notice.

  • 1st place: $10000
  • 2nd place: $5000
  • 3rd place: $3000
  • 4th place: $2000
  • 5th place: $1000
  • All other qualified submissions: $100

Good luck to all participants!

City Rank Candidate Batch #13 is open for submissions

The next candidate batch is now open for submissions. As always, please submit your town for consideration using the City Rank Promotion Request Form. Also starting from this batch, we will be trying to run these batches on a monthly basis to make it more consistent for players to plan for their next promotion.

Relevant dates for this batch:

  • Submissions closed: Wednesday, May 31st at 11:59 PM UTC
  • Voting begins: Thursday, June 1st
  • Voting ends: Wednesday, June 14th at 11:59 PM UTC
  • Promotions given: Thursday, June 15th

 _frozen and _MajorMagpie_ demoted for inactivity

Due to many months of inactivity and lack of communication, we have decided to demote _frozen from the administrator position, and _MajorMagpie_ from the moderator position. We have notified both by e-mail about the demotion, and thank them for their many contributions to the server. If they do decide to return and become more active, we will reconsider reinstating at that time.

Other Stuff

  • The next update to Minecraft is coming soon, but there are already reports that it is going to break a lot of plugins this time around. Based on this information, we will no longer be accepting any suggestions for new plugins until after the update, as we will likely be too busy fixing existing plugins or finding replacements.
  • A link to our dynmap is now shown when doing /info or /map in-game. Please show this command to new players who ask about our dynmap.

Roads

  • B12 (proposed by HammerOnTrains) from Lavender to Titsensaki and Xilona has been approved.
  • B13 (proposed by CaptainChimpy) from St. Anna (NE9) north to Enspington via Banana has been approved.
  • A50 (proposed by Narnia17) extension eastward past Schusterlans (C44) and Whiteley (C41) and the A30 has been approved.
  • B141 (proposed by cardinalland) from Grayzen (XE3) north to Alienor has been approved.
  • Unnumbered B-road (proposed by tomtomy8) from Dulwich (P40) east to Silent Valley has been approved.

Projects

  • A proposal by AP_Red to build a metro network in Central City has been approved.
  • Similarly, a proposal by mine_man_ to build a bus network in Central City has been approved. A map of both the combine metro and bus systems is displayed below:
  • A proposal by Ben6331 to build a series of several canal in Benion has been approved.
  • A proposal by camelfantasy to build the Fort Yaxier International Airport south of the city across the canal has been approved.
  • A proposal by _HeavenAngel_ to build a canal connecting Quiris to the nearby sea has been approved.

MRT Line Expansion Plans

In addition to all project proposals, both Just_robinho and myself (Frumple) submitted proposals for expanding the MRT system into the rest of the New World. Both proposals can be viewed here:

After some consideration, it was decided by staff to go with Frumple’s plan. Some staff members in the coming months may take the initiative and spearhead some of the proposed line expansions. We will be focusing on completing the rest of the perimeter lines, including finishing the Eastern Line and starting construction on the Western and Southern lines.

Town Auctions

  • F8 has been granted to Sirots.
  • Avant Heim (the small island northeast of Camino), originally built by computerghost and angelzer0, will not be put for auction ever.
  • XE4 has been granted to cardinalland.
  • A request by Toaro to gain ownership of C117 has been denied. We request that Toaro continue to build and connect his city up to C118 (granted to him at a previous auction) first before asking for C117.

Next Web Service Maintenance

Finally, the first of several maintenance windows for our web services was completed last Thursday. Work on these services will be continuing this week on Tuesday, May 23rd from 4 pm to 12 am UTC (9 am to 5 pm PDT). Once again, the website, wiki, dynmap, and files server will be down during this time. The Minecraft server, Mumble, Discord, and subreddit will not be affected. For the latest updates on this maintenance, please keep an eye on announcements posted on our Discord sever, or on our Twitter account.

That’s all for now.

Thanks,
Frumple


May 2017 Announcements

Hello all,

Here are this month’s series of announcements, including the results from the last General Staff Meeting and City Rank Candidate Batch.

April 2017 GSM Results

Recordings for the February 2017 and April 2017 GSM public portions are now available:

Rule and Rank Changes

A major proposal for revamping various rules and ranks has been approved. The original proposal can be viewed here, and the official Rules and Ranks pages on the website have been updated. A summary of these changes are as follows:

  • SMPs are now abolished. Players may no longer share perks from higher ranks as part of the SMP arrangement.
    • One exception: Multiple players and cities may elect to work together on a single large airport. Players may be of any rank to work on the airport, as long as one of the players is of [Governor] rank or higher. The maximum size of the airport is 50% the size of the participating cities combined.
  • Road, bus, and rail connections are now allowed for all ranks, subject to new Road and Rail rules available on the Rules page.
  • [Councillors] and above are now allowed to build any form of transit hub or transit centre.
  • [Councillors] and above can now create unlimited public and private warps.
    • IMPORTANT: Warps must only be used for bus, airplane, or warp train transportation purposes. Creating warps or warp hubs for your own personal use is against the rules and is subject to warnings and/or bans.
    • The price for creating warp signs now costs $0.50, while the price for using warp signs has been reduced from $0.25 to $0.10. Creating warps, or publicizing or privatizing warps is free.
  • Residences and businesses built by other players are no longer required for [Councillor], [Mayor], and [Senator] ranks.
  • The number of maximum /homes has been increased for most ranks:
    • [Citizen] – 1
    • [Trustee] – 3
    • [Councillor] – 5
    • [Mayor] – 8
    • [Senator] – 12
    • [Governor] – 16
    • [Premier] – 20

New Trial Moderators

We are introducing a new staff rank called Trial Moderator. Trial moderators are new moderators on probation for three months. and have the [Trial Mod] tag. They have all of the same permissions as full moderators, except that full mods have the ability to temporarily ban trial moderators if necessary. Once the probation for a trial moderator is up, Frumple and the admins will make a decision as to promote them to a full moderator or not.

For our first batch of Trial Moderators, we have promoted godzilltrain and _Kastle to this new position. Congratulations to both of them!

Roads

  • A30 extension via XE22, Ravenna, St. Anna, and Nippia has been approved.
  • B80 Risima Ringroad has been approved.
  • B813 from Spruce Valley (T41) to Vegeta (T44) has been approved.
  • First phase of B91 from Freshney to Xilia has been approved.

Town Auctions

  • Gold City is now owned by Toaro.
  • ZN7 is now owned by FredTheTimeLord.
  • C6 is now owned by EliteNeon.

City Rank Candidate Batch #12 Results

The latest candidate batch has concluded. Starting from this batch, we will be making all feedback given to all candidates public on this Google Doc. Please view this document if you were a candidate.

The following promotions have been approved:

New [Senator] Cities:

  • Titsensaki (frogggggg)
  • Stoneedge (SoSo123)

New [Governor] Cities:

  • Quiris (_HeavenAngel_)
  • Freedon (SoSo123)
  • Fort Yaxier (camelfantasy)
  • Pearl Coast (knowmads7)
  • Radiance Square (MindBender15)
  • Xilia (Yellowitcher)

Congratulations to all who were promoted and thanks to all who submitted.

Next GSM Date

The next General Staff Meeting will be held this coming Saturday, May 20th at 7pm UTC.

The agenda for this meeting will mostly include roads, projects, and town auctions, with no major rule or policy changes expected. Some noteworthy projects include the introduction of metro and bus networks in Central City.

Upcoming Website and Wiki Maintenance

Over the next couple weeks, I will be performing some maintenance on all web-based services of the MRT, which includes the website, wiki, dynmap, and files server. The Minecraft server, Mumble, Discord, and subreddit will not be affected by this maintenance. There will be some major downtime for some or all of these services, of which will be announced mainly in-game, on our Discord server, or via our Twitter account. No dates or times have been concretely set, but please keep an eye out for these announcements as they will be made in the coming days. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

That is all for now. Until next time.

Thanks,
Frumple


April 2017 Announcements

Hi everyone,

Here is an assorted list of announcements for the month of April:

April 2017 GSM

The next General Staff Meeting will be held next Sunday, April 9th at 7pm UTC (12pm PDT, 3pm EDT). Topics for this meeting can include, but are not exhaustive to the following:

  • Finalize the Rank Revamp and SMP Abolishment Proposals from last meeting
  • Consideration of other rule and rank suggestions submitted by members
  • Boring road proposals
  • Yet another set of canal proposals
  • Even more town auctions

Server Upgrades

The Minecraft server will be whitelisted for several hours this Wednesday, April 5th starting at 4pm UTC (9am PDT, 12pm EDT). During this time, the server will be upgraded with new and updated plugins. The biggest changes include:

  • The server software we use, called Spigot, will be replaced with a faster, more optimized fork called PaperSpigot. PaperSpigot does make some changes to how ticks in Minecraft operate, but it is not expect to cause any major problems with minecart or redstone systems.
  • Our chat plugin darmok does not work with PaperSpigot, so we will be replacing it with a more modern plugin called VentureChat.

VentureChat supports various chat channels similar to darmok, but also supports party chat, which can be useful for private in-game conversations between 3 or more players without resorting to PMs.

VentureChat Commands:

  • /chlist – List all channels available to player
  • /chatinfo – See player’s own chat information
  • /join [channelname] or /channel [channelname] – Set the current channel
  • /listen [channelname] – Listen to a channel without changing the current channel
  • /leave [channelname] – Leave a channel.

/party or /p Commands:

  • /party help – Lists all party commands.
  • /party host – Starts your own party.
  • /party join [playername] – Join a player’s party.
  • /party leave – Leave the current party.
  • /party kick [playername] – Kick a player from your party.
  • /party ban [playername] – Ban a player from your party.
  • /party info [playername] – Show whether you are hosting a party, joined a party, and if party chat is enabled.
  • /party chat – Toggles party chat.
  • /party members [playername] – Shows the list of members in the player’s party.

City Rank Candidate Batch #11 Results

Promotions for this Candidate Batch were announced in-game back in February, but here are the official results of that batch:

New Senator Cities:

  • Freedon (SoSo123)
  • Spring Valley (Architect_21)
  • Waverly (cal76)
  • Camino (Omricon)

New Governor Cities:

  • Lanark (Earack)

Feedback for all candidates has been sent to their respective e-mail addresses. Thank you to all who submitted and congratulations to the new Senators and Governor!

City Rank Candidate Batch #12

The next candidate batch is now open for submissions. We would like to ask any candidates from previous batches who did not get promoted to consider the feedback sent to them very carefully and to make a significant effort on their town before submitting again. This will help save time for staff and help them avoid re-evaluating a town that hasn’t changed very much since it was last submitted. As always, you can submit your town for consideration for the Senator, Governor, or Premier ranks using the City Rank Promotion Request Form. Here are the relevant dates for this batch.

  • Submissions closed: Friday, April 14th at 11:59 PM PDT
  • Voting begins: Saturday, April 15th
  • Voting ends: Friday, April 28th at 11:59 PM PDT
  • Promotions given: Saturday, April 29th

That is all for now.

Thanks,
Frumple


February GSM

Hello All,

Just some news regarding the last GSM.

Ranks update

As many of you probably know the ranks  will be updated as a late Epsilon update. One of the aims with the updated ranks is to simplify the system for both members and staff. Also, to make building and playing on the server easier and more free within reason. Nothing is yet final but some of the updates that are almost certain are considerably more homes to players of most ranks. It will also be easier for members to set up warps for connections free of staff but with a fee.

This will also very likely lead to finally eliminating the SMP concept since we believe it is complex and no longer needed if towns can better connect to each other.

Expect to hear more about this in the near future.

Roads

The B911 proposed by FredTheTimeLord has been approved.

Canals

With the map expansion it is obviously interesting with many new useful water connections on the map, hence all the canal proposals at this GSM. The amount of canals did lead to slight confusion but it will still be possible to propose canals at further GSMs. This also means that not all canals will have to be built at once.

-The Northern Isthmus Canal proposed by CaptainChimpy has been approved. This canal has recently been built as a more natural looking river and can be seen on dynmap and used to connect towns.

-A proposal by camelfantasy has also been approved.

Epsilon MRT Lines

We received a lot of proposals from players. Different layouts have been discussed with Just_robinho a frumple finalising proposals for next GSM.

Town Auctions

-ZS26 has been given to SilverBubble

-Hinkley has been given to AP_red

-ZN8 has been given to FredTheTimeLord

-Phos City now belongs to Soso123 and is being be refurbished

-C88 has been given to Purrcat2010 with the condition that expansions will have to be discussed with neighbours.

-I27 has been given to camelfantasy

-Whitechappel’s new mayor is hnt who will mainly act as a caretaker for the Premier city.

-RegionalConnect has been given back to its original owner RLcrafters

The “New” Mods

All staff agree that both Narnia17 and AP_red have been a great addition to the staff team and we’re happy to continue working with them and seeing them around helping out on the server!

Last but not least..

We received a late but proud Premier speech from AlikSong:

Dear everyone,

I came to the MRT server on 1 January 2015. On that same day I started building up the area around MRT station XW10, hoping that one day my city would expand to the coastline and have a port. Since that first day I have come back to this server again and again to work on this one city for over 2 years. I thought I’d give everyone a brief snapshot of the history of Kenthurst.
The central part of Kenthurst surrounding XW10 MRT station is the oldest part of the city, and all the builds there are the original builds that I constructed in the first month of being on the server. I also built an inner ring road to set up the skeleton for my city expansion.
About 5 months in, I decided to construct a large ring road around my city to establish its new boundaries (now the B79 outer ring road). This was a big challenge as it meant that I had to fill in most of the empty space between the inner and outer ring roads. Slowly but surely I created district after district, including the New Commercial District (supertall skyscrapers), residential district, estates district, sporting district, Kenthurst beach/port district, Kenthurst Fort, and an airport. I decided to also build a canal system within my city, and this required a fair bit of planning especially since I had to retrofit the canals into some of the existing areas of the city. In about August 2015, Mississa Bay (around XW11) was also given to me by hnt and decorminecraft. I have expanded the original township and integrated it into greater Kenthurst. In mid 2016, Central Park north of XW9 was established as an exhibition of the best terrace buildings on the MRT. More recently I have been putting more detail into the buildings throughout Kenthurst, building parks, constructing roads to other cities and building general infrastructure within Kenthurst.
Throughout my time on the MRT I have been supported by many generous players who have contributed large and small to the development of Kenthurst. Ideas for what to build next were sourced from other players, my own imagination, and Google Images (honourable mention). I have invested much time to create a city that tries to have a healthy mix of high and low density districts, with a futuristic theme, while being in harmony with the natural landscape. I spent much time planning to ensure that the city would look realistic and well organised to visitors and locals alike. 
Thank you everyone for your support in attaining the Premier rank. I especially thank Frumple for creating such a wonderful server and for facilitating a close knit community. All the best for 2017 and beyond.
Love from Alik
With that, happy building and remember spring is coming (at least here in Europe)!
-BaronThamesBank