New Features for 1.7

Over the past months, Jon and I have been discussing (however briefly) how we could liven up Livecraft a bit with more things to do. So, when 1.7 is released, we’ve decided to re-introduce Mob Arenas, PvP arenas, and a special surprise: player-submitted arenas.

We’ll be constructing a few official arenas, all of which will be publicly accessible, and there will be a section in the forums to submit your own arenas. I’ll be posting guidelines and tips there to make getting started simpler.

Another new feature, which may or may not be completed by 1.7’s release, is dungeons! The way it will work is similar to mob arena. Players choose their class (i.e. Warrior, Ranger, Mage, etc.) and are thrust into a pre-built dungeon in which mobs, of increasing difficulty, are spawned throughout. As you progress, your dungeon level will increase. It’ll essentially be a dungeon crawler mini-game. More news on that as I complete the plugin.

In addition to these new features, we’d also like to take the time between now and 1.7’s release for suggestions from you all for additional features. What do you think would make Livecraft more fun? Is there a mini-game you’d love to play on LC? Post a comment below with your idea! But, please be reasonable with your suggestions.

Have a fantastic rest of the week,

— David (Drak1234)

Note: Mob arenas, PvP arenas, and dungeons are all eligible for player-submissions. I’ll be posting guidelines/tips on constructing dungeons, too.

Accepted mini-games:

  • Spleef

Unaccepted mini-games:

  • Hunger Games
  • Dwarves vs. Zombies

Changes to Registration

I will be making changes to how the registration system works. Already registered accounts will not be affected by any of these changes. The goal of the changes I am making is to have an account-to-website verification system along with support for users with underscores within their usernames (shadow_painter, etc.)

Regards, Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)

[IMPORTANT] Information regarding server stability

Hi, I would like to inform you about a major issue which happened recently. Livecraft used to use developer-build plugins, which are reportedly unstable and buggy. Although no major issues have occurred because of this, I figured it was better safe than sorry to downgrade.

How wrong I was.

Now, there seems to be considerable lag and memory usage coming from virtually nowhere, and I can’t find out why. Furthermore, Multiverse Inventories had a configuration change which resulted in each world having an individual inventory setup. In order to fix this, I had to reset Multiverse Inventories. As this plugin controls inventories, you may have noticed that your survival inventory is now empty once you join the main world from either the flatlands, end, or nether. This issue can be resolved by restoring your inventory from a backup.

If your inventory is missing, please email alfonsojon1997@gmail.com with your Minecraft user name so I can restore your inventory.

Regards,

Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)

[IMPORTANT] First post of August.

Staff Reform

Well, a staff reform is finally happening. I have been tired of the immaturity, sexual abuse, dirty language, and just how disgustingly our staff has been acting recently. I have reset all staff permissions to Trusted. There will be no questions about this change, and there will be no backtalk. I do not want anyone to take this personally, but this is a very important issue that not only makes Livecraft look bad, but it makes me look bad as a server owner.

Onto things of lighter weight

Do not worry, however, because you can reacquire your rank through work and diligence. I will be making a web-based system for applying for ranks. Each rank will have a list of requirements which need to be fulfilled before your application will be considered. Once we have a new team of staff, every new staff member will need to pass a vote in order to become staff. Livecraft will hopefully put more power in the hands of other staff to determine their staff, rather than just me picking who I think would be best. There will now be a cap of users per rank. There will only be at most four admins and six moderators. I will reimplement the assistant rank for users who are being voted on for staff. If the vote is passed, the user will be promoted to moderator. If the vote does not pass, then the user will stay on Assistant for a period of one month, or until they are deemed eligible for a re-vote.

Until then, Me (alfonsojon), Drak1234, and Imperialelite will be taking full responsiblity of server operation and administrative duties. EviLxXLoLLiEsXx will be taking care of user requests, griefing rollbacks, and chat monitoring.

 

Livecraft’s Powerful Plugins (And how to use them!)

Livecraft has a few plugins which can be extremely useful, but they require extensive knowledge on how to use said plugins. Our most handy plugin for builders and architects is called “Craftbook”. It contains a wide array of building and redstone features.

Knowing how to use this plugin can help you greatly. Here’s a link to the Craftbook wiki.

http://wiki.sk89q.com/wiki/CraftBook/Usage

Another very useful plugin: Essentials. This plugin is one that pretty much everyone has heard of, but probably hasn’t noticed it. Essentials is what makes Bukkit and Spigot servers seem “better” than Vanilla servers. Essentials provides the new commands, utilities, and functions expected from a more professional server.

Because Essentials adds hundreds of commands more than what Vanilla has to offer, there is quite a bit to memorize. Here is the official Essentials Command Guide:

http://wiki.ess3.net/wiki/Command_Reference

 

Enjoy!

– Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)

[IMPORTANT] Permissions reset.

Me, being the genius I am, forgot to back up permissions. Not only that, I managed to accidentally delete all of our plugins. This includes Essentials and GroupManager. Your items are fine, but it’ll say “Welcome, blah to Livecraft!”, and permissions are currently not implemented. I’m working on fixing this asap, and I will have the whitelist off ASAP

Apologies, Jonathan Alfonso (Alfonsojon)

My personal blog is now up!

Hey guys, as you may know by now, I’m a tech guy. I do tech as a living, and I’m planning on keeping it that way. In order to just have a place to put my tech babbles and rantings, I’ve made a separate blog in case any of your are interested. My blog is at alfonsojon.wordpress.com, and it’s titled “{musings of alfonsojon}”. I hope you enjoy!

– Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)