Skyblock Spawn Changes

In the past days I’ve been working on a little plugin that will help especially new players find out about the minigames we have running on Skyblock. Check it in-game and let me know what you think.

Here is a small teaser of how it looks:

New Skyblock Spawn WIP

There’s a lot more that will be changed at spawn in the next few days.

Survival Server Balancing Tweaks

Over the last few days based on player feedback I’ve applied the following changes:

  • All teleport delays (/home, /spawn, /tpa, etc.) reduced to 5 seconds down from 10 seconds.
  • The spawning platform in the End as well as a small area around it have been protected against changes and marked as safe area (PvP OFF). This is to prevent blocking access to the End. There is another planned tweak related to the End that will be applied at next End reset in a few days.
  • The enderchests at spawn are now usable by anyone to deposit their most valuable items. Obsidian rank donators also have access to their enderchest anywhere by doing /enderchest.
  • Trolly command /away that could’ve been abused to spam chat has been removed from all servers.
  • /siege command that could’ve been abused to grief inside claims has been removed.
  • Animal breeding is now allowed outside claims (will become active at next server restart).
  • Added command /sethome to allow you to set your home without sleeping in a bed. Warning: It doesn’t set your home if you’re in or near someone else’s claim, or on half slabs.

Thanks everyone that submitted suggestions and bug reports.

Survival Server Opened

A new server has been added to the MCSpaceCraft network! It’s an adventure / survival / PvP type of server with emphasis on surviving as over 500 players have already found out the hard way :)

Main rules:
PvP is on in Nether and in the End and off in Overworld. However it is still possible and allowed to kill other players in Overworld with traps. Griefing and stealing is allowed everywhere on the server except in protected claims.

TNT is allowed. It damages players and mobs but block damage is turned off. Mob griefing is off so endermen, creepers and withers don’t damage blocks. Crop trampling and fire spread is also off.

For a complete list of rules please do /rules in game and read the game rules at spawn.

It was opened in Beta a week ago and almost all reported bugs have been fixed. Thanks everyone that submitted bug reports.

World border is currently set at approximately +/- 5000 centered on spawn and will be increased in future when needed.

There are still a lot of things planned to be added during next week to make your adventures exciting. Some of the planned features: player shops in a village next to spawn, timed quests you have to complete in the given time to earn rewards, and many more that I will announce at a later time.

To reach the server do /server survival or take the portal from Skyblock.
Do you have what it takes to survive?

Cross Server Chat and Private Messages

As promised, you can now talk cross server with your friends. This is enabled by default, and looks like this:

Cross Server Chat

The yellow prefix is the server code so you know where your friends are actually playing.

You can also private message them with /msg, and they can reply with /r. It works no matter the server they’re on. So you can play Skyblock and they can play Survival, and you can talk both in global chat and in private messages as if you were actually playing on the same server.

Finally, if you want to know if your friend is actually online but on a different server in our network than you, do /glist. It will show players grouped by server.

Because of the cross server messaging, your old ignore lists no longer work. So if you want to ignore someone, you have to re-ignore them with /ignore playerName. To see your current ignore list, do /ignorelist.

There will be many more changes regarding cross server functionality in the near future.

Survival Games and DeathSwap reopened

After yesterday’s incident, I took on the opportunity and worked a bit on the Survival Games and DeathSwap servers.

SG got a lot of bugfixes, and the existing maps have been slightly fixed too.

DeathSwap got a brand new spawn. Check it out:

DeathSwap Lobby

They’re both open to the players now.

To go on any of these servers, from Skyblock type either /server sg or /server deathswap.

Skyblock Server Connectivity Issues

I am aware of the server connectivity issues and have already opened a ticket with our datacenter. It appears the issue is non-Minecraft related, and doesn’t seem to be the server itself causing the problem.

I’ll keep everyone posted when I get more information.

Update: It appears there is a hardware fault with the server. Working together with the datacenter to identify, isolate and fix the issue. I’ll update when I get more information.

Update: The server is running several SSD drives. It appears the one that had the operating system on it has failed and will be replaced by the datacenter. The ones that have the skyblock server look okay, so your islands should be safe.

Update: The datacenter gave me an ETA of about 1 hour to have the faulty disk drive replaced and the operating system installed on it. In addition to that, add say about 1 more hour for me to restore the configurations. So right now the ETA to bring skyblock back up is about 2 hours.

Update: The new hard drive is installed and operational. I have confirmed that all skyblock data is okay. We should be up and running in about an hour or less.

Update: Skyblock is back online and fully functional. The other servers in the network will be brought up soon.

Server in Maintenance mode due to Mojang

Hey guys,

Just a short heads up I’m aware of the server issues. The root of the problem isn’t our server, but Mojang.

Due to a Mojang update with realms, ALL servers running certain versions of Spigot have issues. Details are here:

https://twitter.com/MojangSupport/status/448924619773186048

The short version is this:

About 15 mins ago, an issue with Spigot caused all servers running Spigot to crash. Mojang servers are all still up

I already have a fix going, the server is now back up however placed in Maintenance only mode until I can verify that all plugins are working properly. We should be fully open to everyone as soon as possible.

Will update when I have a solid ETA.

We’re back up and running with all plugins and full functionality. Server has been taken out of maintenance mode. Welcome back :)