Latest News & Announcements seems like such a dead forum nowadays, even though we always have a lot going on. I'd like to start a once of a month thing where I take the time, relax, and write up some updates for everything and talk/discuss with you guys. How will this work? My post will be a discussion of things, you guys can respond with questions, suggestions, issues, etc. It's really a post for you guys to talk to me, and the staff about anything. So let's get started. . First and foremost, I'm hoping everyone is having a great Halloween and a good fall, and school is working out for you. In this post I'd like to lay out some goals I want to push for CraftBlock, what we're doing now and in the future. Some of these plans won't happen till new years, or could happen at any time. This is what we're working on to build CraftBlock into a better, amazing server and community. Feel free to suggest or discuss any of these topics! Maps Spawn: Forge is currently working on a new spawn for us. Hopefully bringing better clarity and organization into how we set up our warps, shops, and other important server features. The current spawn has withered into being something that's been negative for us, especially when it comes to new players joining, The newbie spawn has just too much to read and as I have surveyed a lot of the new players throughout the year, a lot of them hated how long it took to get started. Our goal is to get new players from newbie spawn to the wild/in a town in the matter of 5 minutes or less. Hopefully we can meet that goal. For the spawn itself, it's becoming a beautiful masterpiece. I can't wait to show you guys when we're done. Survival/Wild Map: For the first time ever, we're not going to reset the map this year. We usually reset at new years, but we decided that it'll be less work for us, and less annoyance to the players if we just keep it. So don't worry if you will lose your stuff again. However, there will still be changes, so keep reading! Ranks: We really want to do away with our 4 year old rank system, that was copied over before the server before CB, died. The current system isn't bad but it' doesn't promote what we really want the server to be about. A rank structure that promotes being in the wild, survival, PvE, and building would be a nice system to have. Our current system relies on you being active, and that's all. That's great and all, but we can do better. Plugins: A lot will be changing plugin wise. A lot will be resetting. You'll keep your towns, but PStones, the Economy, and other data will be resetting. We want to make a simpler system for you guys to enjoy. A long with that, we're going to introduce new plugins that I think you guys will enjoy. I'm excited for that. Servers We now have implemented a new system for our servers called Bungee. This is a proxy server that bridges the gaps between two or more Minecraft servers. This means you can access one server from another using a command or a portal, and also have cross server chat. For our future servers, you'll be able to access them via a command or a portal after connecting to CraftBlock. Our Vanilla server, ChocoBlock is actually the first server connected to Bungee. If you're whitelisted, you can access it by doing /server chocoblock Unfortunately, connected to Bungee means servers won't have their dedicated IPs anymore. You'll have to connect to CB then to our other servers. Just one extra step! Mini-games/Survival Games : SG and more future mini-games will be installed as servers connected to bungee. This gives the mini-games more control, and less resources use for CraftBlock. For example, we can allow breaking blocks in SG and less hacks (or accidentally being in god mode), and allows us to add a ton more games to the community. Future Official Servers: Some of you may have noticed Nicole had a surprise for everyone but unfortunately she lost time to set that surprise up. The surprise was a new Minecraft server. Hopefully we'll have this server up soon as it's highly popular game-type we want to bring to the community. NanoBlock: Rebooting Nano is so far going great. I've got together three players that will administrate it. I have a really good feeling NanoBlock will have an amazing future with these three Admins. You won't know who till Nano is ready > I don't want to say much about the server yet, but that we will be using a FTB Modpack, the server will be on 1.7.10, and it [probably] won't be connected to Bungee. Private Modpack Server : This is a special server for those who gets on Teamspeak. It's a Natural Magic server you can connect via the ATLauncher. You can get the IP by asking around on TS . ts.craftblock.me, if you're interested! The server has a few basic commands like /tp and /sethome, but that's about it. It's a semi-vanilla modded server with essential commands, only for those who gets on Teamspeak! Teamspeeeek. Speaking of Teamspeak, it was just reset last week. Nothing much has changed but I'd like for us to be strict on personal rooms and those who get it. Only supporters, VIPs and staff. I also set up an option in our Buycraft where you can buy your own room without donating for a CB Rank, or even, buy your own custom TS Group. Custom/Fun groups are TS groups that aren't official groups, and is prefixed with a # and has a leader. The leader can choose who to give these groups out by asking staff on TS. Oh, and to control the amount of groups someone can get, we're limiting 4 groups per user on Teamspeak. Exotros Crusade It's up, and still around. Starting a PVP server and trying to make it unique, and competing with a million of other PVP servers is hard, but it's growing slowly. It's not going anywhere. If you don't know what Exotros Crusade is, it's a PVP/Factions server. A project I started in March, and where the new Forge team built the spawn for (In only a month!). With many plugins to enhance PVP and RPG, and ran by a dedicated, amazing Owner (TheStinkyBeaver), it's something I had a lot of fun working on. We was slowed down into updating the server due to some system updates and organization, but Beaver is back working on it. Expect new updates coming soon. 1.9 coming soon. Minecraft 1.9 will be a huge update for us. Our goal is to get our new spawn, new ranks, new plugins, and everything out when 1.9 is server-plugin ready. The update may happen at the end of November, but we probably won't be seeing an update till end of December to January. We'll probably have a plugin enabled to allow 1.9 clients though ChocoBlock will be open and unwhitelisted, as well as a temporary new map so you guys can play on 1.9 with the community. (I'm not sure if we'll have it connected to Bungee though). Huge update! But I'm pretty excited about it. Especially for Crusade since the whole PVP mechanics has been revamped. Other notes Here are some thoughts. While we could always use more moderators, the current team has been doing amazing work. As staff we're a bit too laid back when there is cursing on the server (A discussion for later) other then that, the team has never been better. I'm a designer, as in that's my career - I make websites and I make them look pretty, and I must say, I am really happy with the new forum design. It's perfect. ChipLover has been doing amazing work with the weekly's. Far above my expectations. Super happy with how shes running it. The server has been crazy laggy lately. Probably going disable more plugins to help. I'M SUPER EXCITED FOR THE UPDATE. Reply here guys! Tell me your thoughts, talk to me! How do you feel about the server lately? Also, I won't be doing these a lot, probably once a month Chip posts are better QUESTION FOR EVERYONE If you had to choose one plugin that you could add to CraftBlock, or one feature, what would it be?