Just another blog post to handle three minor things on the server. I'll deal with these in order or ease:
Downtime earlier today
I apologize for the server downtime. The server crapped out on me because the console hung up. While the server itself was running fine with the console hung, it caused the reboot to not happen properly. So, after the reboot, the server went down completely.
Anyway, I don't suspect it to happen again, especially after I update Craftbukkit to the latest recommended build. The Bukkit team has a new build ready, I just have to test it before deployment.
Global Shop Update
Well, I finally got around to it...the Global Shop has been updated to add three new items: Red Mushrooms, Brown Mushrooms, and Slime Balls. Prices can be found on the Global Shop page as usual.
And, finally, the fun stuff: Promotions!
Unlike last promotion, which was all about the builders, this one's all about the higher-ups:
Builder to Architect:
Architect to Artisan:
Artisan to VIP:
VIP to Moderator:
And, that's all she wrote, folks! Again, as usual, there are few active members that are not getting promoted. If you are active and not promoted, you just need a bit more time, that's all.
I finally managed to get the Help Page updated to reflect the latest changes in the server commands. There are a bunch of new commands out there and an adjustment of permissions across the board, so be sure to look at the commands for your rank and the ones below you to see what you now have the ability to do.
Just one note: The Mods have two commands listed that are not yet in the version of Essentials on Eagleworld: /nuke and /fireball. These will be implemented in the 2.5 version of Essentials, which is not stable yet. Once it is stable, I will be rolling it out to Eagleworld, and these commands will be available.
The next step on the server overhaul is redoing the global shop. I know there are items missing from the shop (most notably slime), but I have to go over the whole list of items and balance out the prices.
This is just a quick note that Eagleworld is now on version 1.7.3 of Minecraft. Feel free to update and join! Thankfully, the update went through without any averse regressions or bugs that I can see. Here's a quick synopsis of what I did:
- Minecraft SMP is now on 1.7.3 and up-to-date.
- The Piston Bugs (and the resulting dupe bugs) should be resolved.
- Craftbukkit is temporarily on a non-canon version put out by Dinnerbone, one of the head developers. Once the Bukkit Team fixes all of the dev cycle problems they had due to the delay of the 1.7.3 update, they will release a recommended build and I will update accordingly.
- Essentials has been updated to the latest version and appears stable. New commands, too!
- LWC is an all-new version, but the functionality appears to be the same, so no new commands to learn.
- CreativeStick is updated as well. Functionality is pretty much the same.
- BigBrother is updated and caught up to the latest MC functionality. Server protection is the same as it always was
- Dynmap is a new version! Also, I've installed the Landmarks plugin to allow us to label things on the server. I'm working out the details more, but you can see two examples at the spawn point and The Capitol.
- iConomy, LocalShops, Townymod, and FlatEarth are unchanged. No new version, still work 100%.
I still need to update the help page so you can get a view of all the latest commands. It's going to take me a while to parse through the whole thing and update it. Honestly, I'm really tired and can't do it right now. If you're that desperate to find out (which I suspect), go to the Essentials Command Guide and figure it out yourself for now.
And for those of you that thinks this is easy, it's not. If you're bitching about why I don't have any new mods or that it took longer than you wanted, take a small look at some of the stuff I have to configure every time we update:
|Spoiler Inside: Permissions Config File for Eagleworld|
|Spoiler Inside: Essentials Config File for Eagleworld|
And these are just two configs out of the whole list I have. Just two. These are also in YAML format, which makes it more difficult. While YAML is not difficult syntax, if you accidentally put one thing out of order (e.g. one of the subitems in a group is just ONE SPACE OFF, or if I use a tab instead of 4 spaces), the whole plugin will crash and cause the server to crash. If that happens, I get to scour the logs to figure out which plugin crashed, then I get to scour through this entire file to find the one damn thing that's off. It doesn't help that sometimes a tab can be disguised as spaces if they line up in my text editor.
Also, when it comes to configuring each plugin, I have to scour through the whole list of permissions (This is iConomy's for example, and this is a small one) for every updated plugin. If any permissions have changed at all, I have to go through and revalidate all of the permissions for that plugin to make sure functionality won't break when I update. It's tedious and slow. And this is all AFTER I manage to get all of the plugins to work on the latest Minecraft SMP and Bukkit build.
Now, I get the fun of translating that permissions file you saw above into something you can use on the Help Page. Otherwise, I'll get nothing but complaints that you can't do what you want to do. So even after I'm done, I still get 5-10 hours of work scouring through this crap making sure the blog is updated.
This latest update took roughly 10 hours to do so far. And no, this is not fun. It's tedious, boring, mind-numbing, and painful. Testing new plugins and actually playing the game is fun. Unfortunately, both of those activities as of late tend to give me more work to do on the server...
One last thing: You can expect some more promotions this weekend, so stay tuned!
Just a quick update to keep everyone abreast of the situation: Right now, Bukkit doesn't have an official release for 1.7.3, but Dinnerbone, one of the Bukkit team developers, has given a link to an unofficial build that is stable on 1.7.3. He stated that it is not formally part of their code repository, but it will be soon. I think it is safe to start working with that build.
Unfortunately, time for me lately has been extremely scarce for personal reasons. Therefore, it might take me a little while to roll this one out. I'm shooting for Monday/Tuesday, but that isn't guaranteed. Either way, it'll involve playing the plugin version game and scraping together a stable environment.
So, hopefully you should only have to wait another day or two, then it's time for pistons!
Well, Chris (bigx2021) and I had some fun celebrating the 4th of July, so I figured we might as well share it with the rest of the server! Chris went over to Pennsylvania and grabbed a bunch of fireworks, and we proceeded to set a bunch of them off at his house in his backyard. The dialogue is rather stupid, and yes, we probably weren't as safe as we should have been, but hell, we had fun. A bunch of you have recommended I put more videos on the blog than not, so here's another fun one to enjoy! I had over half an hour of footage that I used, so I broke it up into four parts. Just watch them one after the other. Enjoy!
Oh, by the way, even though you've heard this a billion times before, don't try this at home. Despite how stupid we made ourselves look, we HAVE done this before and know how to be safe with them.
Here's a quadruple-whammy post for y'all tonight. I have four major things to cover, but I'll try to keep it as succinct as possible:
1.7 Update News
Just so you are in the loop, yes, Craftbukkit does have a recommended build for Minecraft 1.7.2, and I can update at this point. However, there are major bugs in the server app itself (not Bukkit) that cause dupe bugs and piston bugs. The Bukkit team is strongly recommending not to update until this is fixed, and I tend to agree. Here is the Bukkit team's blog post regarding the matter: link here.
So, the long story short is hold tight until this is resolved. The good news is I can temporarily start working towards updating the server to get a head-start once the update is finished.
Independence Day Promotions
Well, I promised more promotions, so here they come! This batch involves the newest string of members and an embellishment of the server staff:
Builder to Architect:
Artisan to VIP
VIP to Moderator
Moderator to Administrator
I chose to promote Nephy and Melany to mods because they are both dependable and trustworthy members of the server, and they have experience modding Minecraft servers in the past. Also, the times they are online will fill the gaps of when mods/admins are actually online to ensure greater coverage of the server at all times.
I chose Openminded as the latest admin because Nick (Runninghobo) has been quite busy lately and he hasn't been able to back up me as much as he was in the past. Therefore, the need for additional admins is in order. Open has consistently proven to provide great assistance to helping me deal with the server, not just in building things (such as the subway system), but also in dealing with new members. He's proven as a mod that he will be able to serve as a quality admin on this server.
So, I hope you all congratulate the new promotions and welcome the new server staff! And if you were expecting a promotion, don't get upset. There are three major reason that people don't get promoted at any given time on this server:
- Hasn't been on the server long enough to demonstrate the worthiness of a promotion
- Has demonstrated trustworthiness, but has been inactive on the server
- Has given me a reason to question whether or not to promote them.
The majority of the lack of promotions in the list are due to 1 and 2. Honestly, I have 10-12 people I'd be willing to promote right now, but they either don't play anymore or have played very sporadically. So, don't fret if you don't see your name on the list today.
Well, it's that time of the month again! July salaries are ready to be given out, so make sure to claim them! And, since the server is not on 1.7 yet, I'll be giving out another "SNS-Free Bonus" this month for those of you that were willing to either not update or willing to back-up their 1.6 install: If you claim your salary before I update the server, you will get a 500 Talon bonus! So, make sure to claim them soon!
Quick update on Playing Admin
I've received a LOT of questions regarding Runninghobo's post on Playing Admin on the server. While I posted a response to his post in the comments and clarified some stuff, I still see people unclear about this. For example, someone was concerned because they saw a moderator asking questions and accused them of playing admin. Note that while mods cannot actually promote members, they can do all the preliminary questioning and prep them for membership.
So, to the members, if you see a mod asking questions, it's okay. And if you are a moderator, and want to know what you need to do to question a member, please ask me!
I'll be redoing the Server Info and Help Pages soon, so I'll make sure to add all this info in to clarify it for good.
And in closing...
It's a lot of crap to read, I know, but there's a lot going on in Eagleworld right now. Any questions about the post (I'm sure there will be a lot), please comment below and ask away! I will be sure to answer them as best as I can!