July and August 2017 GSM Results

Hi all,

Apologies for the delay regarding these GSM results. For the ease of writing this post, the results will be combined together. As always, the recordings for the public portions of these meetings are available here:

Community Events

MRT 5th Anniversary: Old World Tour and MRT Theme Park

The 5th birthday of the MRT Server has come and gone. Be sure to check out the following attractions from this year’s celebrations:

  • Feeling nostalgic about the old world and the server’s ancient builds? Check out the Old World Tour by heading to Spawn Station on the Old World and going to any Emerald Warp Booth.
  • MRT Land, a new community-built amusement park east of Central City, is now officially open! Check it out by flying east of F0 station or taking the new Central City Metro.

Moderators

At the August GSM, the staff considered several candidates for the trial moderator position. In the end, staff decided to offer the position to two members:

Congratulations to hvt2011 and unjinz for becoming our newest trial moderators! As with all trial moderators, they will be given a 3-month probation period to learn the ropes and become effective moderators. At the end of the probation, a decision will be made on whether the trial moderators will be promoted to full moderator or not.

Roads

Approved Roads

  • An extension to B40 proposed by tomtomy8 has been approved.
  • A proposal by jphgolf4321 to upgrade various roads (A270/A270-R/B12) in the vicinity of Ravenna has been approved.

Denied Roads

  • An unnamed road proposed by I-90 into the western desert and mesa biomes has been denied due to being too long and not connecting to any significant towns in that region.

Projects and Proposals

Approved Projects and Proposals

  • A proposal by mervynang to create a warp rail line as an alternative to a traditional minecart rail line has been approved on the condition that the warp signs only warp to the adjacent stations on the line. Specifically, the creation of a “warp hub” that connects to all stations on the line is not allowed in accordance with the rules.
  • A proposal by SilverBubble for adding airbuses to the town of Coruscant has been approved.
  • A proposal by autobus22 to allow stone and stone derivative blocks to be driven upon with uCars has been partially approved. Regular stone will not be allowed as it is naturally abundant in the world terrain, but other stone derivatives such as granite, diorite, andesite, and their polished forms are now drivable.
  • A proposal by AP_Red to extend the Eastern Line to Verdantium has been approved.
  • A proposal by mikefishr to expand the Ilirea Airport to match the city’s current size has been approved.

Denied Projects and Proposals

  • A proposal by SoSo123 for adding airbuses to the town of Chalxior has been denied.
  • A proposal by _HeavenAngel_ to construct a space research facility (not a spaceport) in the city of Quiris (at Senator rank) has been denied citing existing airfield/airport rules that are intended to prevent any such “ambiguous” builds from taking too much space on the server. However, the staff would like to clarify that large airport or spaceport facilities built at the Governor rank can be split up between multiple tracts of unconnected land. This means that you may have multiple airport, spaceport, or space research facilities in your Governor city, as long as the total size of all facilities is less than 50% the size of the city.
  • A proposal by MikeRoma to construct a ski resort for the city of Copperport has been denied. The proposal called for the creation of an artificial mountain in the middle of the ocean, which is not conducive to respecting the landscape. The staff recommend that the ski resort be built in a nearby existing mountain biome instead.
  • A proposal by autobus22 to construct the RaillinQ line over the Desert Line portion between Bexley to Paixton has been denied at this time due to heavy disagreements of how the line should interact with the MRT. Staff are also waiting for BaronThamesBank to return for clarification on how the original line was approved without sufficient notification to other staff.
  • A proposal by autobus22 to construct a RaillinQ station in the west side of Central City has been denied. However, staff have designated and Worldguarded an area west of Central City for the purpose of building a shared rail junction for 3rd-party rail lines and companies in the future. More details about this project may come to light in future GSMs.
  • A proposal by EliteNeon to allow the construction of Elytraports has been denied, as it presents itself as an exception to the existing airfield and airport rules, and would be difficult to enforce.
  • A proposal by BernCow to allow the construction of helipads at the Mayor rank has been denied due to similar reasons as above.

Auctions

Approved Auctions

  • A request by ryanfr to own C61/ZS18 has been approved.
  • A request by TheSubway to own T40 has been approved on the condition that he works with XtremeF, a neighbouring town mayor, on planning the integration of T40.
  • A request by SubmergedSubway to own F6 has been approved.
  • A request by FredTheTimeLord to own the town of Numark as well as the company Met Rail (which has many assets and buildings in Numark) has been approved.
  • A request by time2makemymove to own ZS19 has been approved.
  • Two separate requests by mervynang and SubmergedSubway to own portions of ZS4 has been approved. mervynang will own and operate the rail lines in the town, while SubmergedSubway will be the new mayor of the town itself.
  • A request by mine_man_ to own Kelvinside (I20/C51) has been approved.
  • A request by tarheelscouse to own Pelham (M19) has been approved on the condition that MishkaMan, the nearby mayor of Kolpino, is consulted beforehand.
  • A request by nicbrats to own C30 has been approved.

Denied Auctions

  • A request by CyAmethyst to own P22/P23 has been denied as the town owner is still active.
  • A request by Purrcat2010 to own the town of Wolf Peak has been denied as the town is too far away from Purrcat’s current town.

City Rank Candidate Batch #15 and #16 Results

Feedback documents for these batches are now available. Links are below:

Congratulations to FredTheTimeLord for his promotion to [Senator] for his city of Bakersville!

Voting for City Rank Candidate Batch #17 has begun and voting is scheduled to conclude by September 14th with promotions by September 15th, assuming that we have sufficient votes from staff. If there are not enough votes by this date, an announcement will be posted to Discord with the new voting end date. The following cities are in Batch #17:

[Senator] Candidates

  • Waterville (PtldKnight)
  • Welsbury (dragonbloon419)
  • Chalxior (SoSo123)
  • Coruscant (SilverBubble)

[Governor] Candidates

  • Heampstead (MikeRoma)
  • Dabecco (Sirots)
  • Whiteley (AP_Red)

[Premier] Candidates

  • City of Evella (LDShadowLord)
  • Segville (godzilltrain)

City Rank Candidate Batch #18 is currently open for submissions and voting will begin October 1st. As always, submit your town for consideration using the City Rank Promotion Request Form.

Those are all the announcements for now.

Thanks,
Frumple


Events Happening This Week

Hi all,

No results from the July GSM are available yet, but they will be coming soon. Until then, here are some server events that are happening this week:

MRT Land Community Build

MRT Land is a community-built theme park project hosted by thomasfyfe and officially endorsed by the server. The event will run from July 22nd to August 5th, and all members are encouraged to contribute rides, franchises, and other details to this project. Please be sure to read the rules on the wiki page before you jump in. You can visit MRT Land by using the special warp sign available at spawn.

Evella Expo

The Evella Expo is one of the first major exhibition events on the server, organized and run by LDShadowLord. The expo will run from July 26th to July 30th, and features many creations, businesses, and franchises from various members of the server. You can visit the Evella Expo by using another special warp sign available at spawn.

Big Brother 2

The second installment of Big Brother 2 is now underway, Organized by notorious gamemaster MinecraftYoshi26, this server-run reality series will feature competitions, collusion, backstabbing, and drama (hopefully the good kind, not the bad kind).

That’s all for now.

Thanks,
Frumple


We have updated to Minecraft 1.12!

Hi all,

UPDATE: We have successfully updated to Minecraft 1.12! Thank you all for your patience.

Tomorrow, on Monday, July 10th from 4 pm to 7 pm UTC (9 am to 12 pm PDT), the server will be down for upgrades to Minecraft 1.12. The beta server will be up during this time, so feel free to hang out there while the update is in progress. All other services including the wiki and Discord will remain up during this time. Check Discord or Twitter for the latest updates.

Please note the following about this update:

General Changes

  • Elytra wings will initially be enabled on the server for now. Testing on the beta server seems to indicate that elytra do have an impact on server performance, but not as much when we first updated to 1.11. If on the main server we find that elytra are causing too much lag, then they will be banned once again.
  • Players will no longer be kicked after 10 minutes of inactivity.

New Plugins

  • The Lift plugin will be installed as an eventual replacement for EasyElevator. EasyElevator still works with 1.12 and will remain installed until it no longer works in a future update. Since there is no telling when that will happen, it is highly recommended that members start converting their EasyElevators into Lifts as soon as they are able.
    • To see Lifts in action, go to spawn and take the warp to the Lift demonstration area on the lab world.
    • The bottom of all Lifts can be constructed with one of six different base blocks. Each base block allows for different lift speeds:
      • Coal Block: 0.2x Fly Speed – “Freight Elevator Speed”
      • Lapis Lazuli Block: 0.5x Fly Speed – “EasyElevator Speed”
      • Iron Block: 1.0x Fly Speed – “Lift Default Speed”
      • Gold Block: 2.0x Fly Speed – “Light Speed”
      • Diamond Block: 3.0x Fly Speed – “Ridiculous Speed”
      • Emerald Block: 4.0x Fly Speed – “Ludicrous Speed”
  • The ArmorStandTools plugin will also be installed. This plugin allows for highly granular manipulation of armor stands within the world. The use of these tools is restricted to [Trustees] and above. You can toggle the armor stand tools in your inventory by running the /ast or /astools commands.
  • We will not be installing the EditableSign plugin on the main server due to the fact that CoreProtect, our block logging plugin, does not recognize sign edits done by this plugin. Enabling this plugin would allow players to edit and vandalize signs without any trace.

Known Issues

  • /warp info causes an internal error when done for certain warps. This does not affect actual warp functionality, and will be fixed when the appropriate update for MyWarp is available.
  • Concrete and concrete powder block currently do not render properly on dynmap. A future dynmap plugin update is expected to fix this issue.

Thanks,
Frumple


Early July 2017 Announcements

Hi all,

Some quick announcements to start this month:

City Rank Candidate Batch #14 Results

The latest batch has concluded. 2 new [Senator] cities have been promoted:

  • Itomori (yoko_Mitsuha)
  • Paixton (CaptLincoln)

Feedback for all candidates in this batch is available in this document.

Staff voting for City Rank Candidate Batch #15 has now begun and will continue until Friday, July 14th, with promotions expected on Saturday, July 15th.

July GSM Date

The July GSM is actually happening very soon. It will be held on Sunday, July 9th at 7:00pm UTC (12:00 PDT / 3:00 EDT). This GSM is expected to not be as heavy or time-consuming as other GSMs, and will mainly focus on pending requests for roads, projects, and town auctions. Please make sure to submit your requests for the GSM by Friday, July 7th.

That is all for now.

Thanks,
Frumple


June 2017 GSM Results

Hi all,

The June 2017 GSM has concluded and the results are in. Also included are the final results for City Rank Candidate Batch #13 and the MRT Screenshot Contest 2017. As always, the recording for the public portion can be listened to here.

United Cities and Mod Demotion

It has come to the staff’s attention that recently there has been several incidents of disrespect and needless drama within the in-game political organization known as the United Cities. Up to this point, the staff has taken a largely hands-off approach towards these kinds of member-run organizations, because we believe a high amount of autonomy and freedom for players allows them to effectively roleplay, self-organize, and ultimately have a lot of fun. However, when players take these organizations too seriously by shutting out other players from participating or making personal attacks against them, then that crosses the line and violates server rules. We would like everyone of the Most Important Rule #4:

  • Remember that this is just a game. Chill out and have fun. 🙂

For the time being, the United Cities will be allowed to continue to operate normally. However, if the staff hear about any further incidents of disrespect or exclusion resulting from the UC, we will intervene with possible actions including anything from warnings to the total dissolution of the UC.

Finally, due to his direct involvement with these latest incidents in the UC, I have decided to demote jphgolf4321 to [Trial Mod]. Up to this point, the [Trial Mod] rank has been used for new moderators who must go through a 3-month probation period before becoming full moderators. In the past, I have given existing mods warnings for undesired behaviour, but these warnings are usually not public information. Starting from now, I have decided that when a mod is warned, they will be demoted to [Trial Mod] to indicate their warning to all players. They will also go through a 3-month probation period, at the end of which, the admins and myself will make a determination whether they should re-promoted back to full moderator or not.

Summer 2017 Events Incentive

To encourage more member-organized events during the busy summer, we will be allowing members to ask for grants of in-game money from staff. The amount that can be asked for the event will depend on its size and attendance, but for reference the largest events (i.e. The Amazing Race) can be granted a maximum of $10,000. For competitions, sports events, game shows, and award shows, the grant money must be used primarily for prizes, and the money must be distributed in a fair manner (i.e. no rigged voting or awarding prizes to friends). For other events including expos, conventions, etc., the grant money can be used to facilitate the operation of the event.

To apply for a grant for your event, please e-mail staff [at] minecartrapidtransit.net with your proposal. Staff will provide feedback about your proposal within a few days. Your event must satisfy all the conditions of events added to the Events Calendar, which are re-iterated here:

  • 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.

MRT Server 5th Anniversary

The server’s 5th anniversary is coming up on July 13th. While no concrete plans for events have been made by staff, some ideas that we are floating include a community build such as a new town or amusement park, or events on the Old World such as a tournament at the old spleef arenas, or games such as Connect 4 at the Redstone Gaming Centre, or Deal or No Deal at the studios in the Industrial District of Spawn City. More details will be posted soon!

Air-based Town Transit

Recently, there have been a few new towns that are being built in terrain where conventional ground-based transport such as roads and rails is not feasible. For these towns, we will be allowing the construction of local air-based warp sign transit such as air balloons, air cars, etc. If you think your town falls under this criteria and would like to build a form of local air-based transit, please contact a staff member for confirmation.

Roads

Only one road proposal was considered in this month’s GSM. The A50/B515, proposed by VernCow, has been approved as a B-road only. VernCow may resubmit a proposal to make it an A-road at the next GSM.

Projects

The following projects have been approved:

  • Stoneedge Orcus Heliport (proposed by SoSo123), with the condition that it is not expanded in the future, and that is kept realistic.
  • Central City Amusement Park (proposed by JTrain77), with the condition that is is built on an empty plot on the outskirts of Central City.

Town Auctions

The following auctions have been approved:

  • Unnamed Town at 9662, 68, 5060 has been granted to tomtomy8 on the condition that he not only builds a rail line there, but he actually develops the town as well.
  • D13 has been granted to Narnia17.
  • C82 has been granted to _InDev_, with permission from MinecraftYoshi26 who was the former deputy mayor.

The following auctions have been denied or deferred:

  • F4/I4 will not be granted to MIKE24DUDE. We require more development and connectivity of Royal Ferry in F2 and F3 before considering accepting this request.
  • P22 and P23 will not be granted to ModernArt. Modern has asked for too many towns and needs to develop the towns he already has. P22 and P23 will be put up for general auction at the next GSM. Please e-mail staff if you are interested.
  • C46 will not be granted to mervynang yet, until we contact the mayor of V28, which is very close by.
  • ZS25 will not be granted to BernCow, he many reapply once he has developed his nearby town further.

City Rank Candidate Batch #13 Results

The latest candidate batch has concluded. The feedback document with votes from staff can be viewed here. In this batch, we welcome 3 new senators, with no new governor or premier promotions:

  • Woodsdale (Hightech_TR)
  • Dabecco (Sirots)
  • Verdantium (Mossie_1810)

Congratulations to all of you who were promoted!

City Rank Candidate Batch #14

Due to the accidental omission of several candidates in Batch #13, we will be starting staff voting Batch #14 early. This batch includes 5 senator candidates that were missed in the previous batch, as well as 2 additional senator candidates submitted afterwards. Staff voting is expected to conclude on June 30th, with promotions to be done on July 1st. 

MRT Screenshot Contest 2017

The voting for the MRT Screenshot Contest 2017 has concluded. Thank you to everyone who submitted their screenshots and their votes to make this contest a great success. The final average scores can be viewed here, but the top 5 winners are:

  • 1st Place: MikeRoma – Copperport
  • 2nd Place: Mossie_1810 – Rainy Night in Verdantium
  • 3rd Place: MC_Protocol – A Refreshing Day in Victoria
  • 4th Place: camelfantasy – Fort Yaxier Central Station
  • 5th Place: godzilltrain – Central Park in the morning

All prize moneys have been given out to all participants. The top 16 screenshots are now displayed in the revolving banner on the front page of this website, replacing the old submission from the last screenshot contest. If for any reason you do not want your screenshot to be displayed here, please let me (Frumple) know.

That is all for now. Once again, if you have any events that you would like run during this summer, please consider applying for your new incentive for in-game money and to submit your event on to the official MRT Events Calendar. We look forward to seeing many successful events happen in the coming months!

Thanks,
Frumple