Hello DarkCrafters! It's been quite a while since I've posted here. I wanted to give everyone a heads up on what to expect when we update to 1.7, as it's going to have a rather large impact on the way we run things.
A large impact you say?
Minecraft 1.7 itself is a fairly small update feature wise. We have brand new land generation that doubles the amount of biomes there are to look forward too. Also, some new achievements, new chat features, and a plethora of internal changes and bug fixes.
Currently, every world that we use on DarkCraft (about 10) is hosted on the same Minecraft Server instance. Because of that, all of the plugins we want exclusive to a certain world (PVP for example) are sharing the same resources that every other plugin for every other world uses. Since Minecraft updates the logic for all of its worlds (and plugins) with only one CPU thread, we're having occasional lag spikes when that thread is struggling to keep up with our many plugins....
I'm sure many of you are wondering what the current plan is about the update, when it will happen, etc. I am going to try and remedy that right now.
With every update there is always rumour of a reset, but let me assure you: you builds and items WILL be safe this update, and a complete reset is not planned in any way. This leaves us wondering "how will we get the full 1.7 features?" We will be adding an additional, brand-new Survival map to the world that has the full 1.7 generation; this world will be reachable (soon after we update) in the portal room, near the main survival portal. This new world will share inventories with the main Survival worlds, and if we ever end up doing a reset, the new, 1.7 world will become our primary survival world. This new world is aimed to offer all the perks of a reset, but without the sadness of losing everything.
We will be updating directly to 1.7.2 instead of 1.7.
We're trying to get all the plugins we use updated as soon as possible, and...
This time of year is pretty hectic for many of us, and it leaves little time for Minecraft and Video Games in general. One person who has been affected by this is Chriz; he has been forced to take a leave/quit his position by real life (school, work, etc. and by no means is he leaving on bad terms), and with the coming of his departure, comes a void that needs to be filled.
For those of you that don't know, Chriz has been in charge of updating our plugins, designing new plugins, and modifying existing ones; these are the abilities that we are looking for in our new Server Developer. Many of us have existing knowledge on the subject, but it is very helpful to have someone who specializes in Bukkit on-hand. With the coming of 1.7, it is pretty important that we find someone who is able to do these tasks well and in a timely manner. The position is commonly referred to as "Code Monkey," but the official title is still "Server Developer."
So we are now updating to 1.6.4, so you won't be able to log in for a little while, but after the server comes back on, we will be 1.6.4 If all goes as planned, we should be down less than half an hour, at worst, an hour. See you on the other side!
As some of you might (not) know is that we do have social media pages however they are more the likely dead or inactive. And I want to break that for good and request YOU to follow @DarkCraftians on Twitter.
Who is going to do it?
I will provide along my own advertisements for social media provide followers fully on my cost. This Twitter account is under control 24 hours a day and 7 days per week and will spit at least 1 tweet out every 30 minutes. And will tweet Darkcraft news for our community and will speak forward to new members if the message get shared or when someone mentions it. I highly believe in social media since it is one of the best methods to promote yourself or someone else. Since I'm a human, hopefully.. I can't tweet every 30 minutes of my life for Darkcraft so how does this works? Well I...