Welcome to the Creeper's Lab! We have multiple Minecraft servers and an active community, mostly focused on playing Survival mode. We also have special games, events and contests! If you're not already playing with us, please don't hesitate to join. Newcomers welcome!
You don't need to register to quickly join and look around our main survival server, but you will need to in order to play. Register today!
My Patreon campaign launched a year ago today, and I thought now would be a good time for an update along with a refresher for those who don't know about it!
Basically, I'm running a Patreon campaign to help cover the ongoing costs of my online gaming community projects and raise funds to go even further. The most visible and most time-consuming aspects of this are the multiple Minecraft servers, of course, but this goes beyond that: it also applies to things like the Starbound server, the Interordi.com forums, and more. In exchange for a monthly payment of your choosing, depending of the amount, you get rewards like an orange star in Minecraft, shiny trails that follow you, postcards, and so on!
I've prepared a new video to explain what this is about. If you've seen the previous one, it's the same content, but now with a much better audio quality thanks to a new microphone!
You'll find more details on the Patreon page itself.
There is also a new perk being prepared for patrons. What is it? You'll see once it's ready! ... Note that current patrons can already learn about it in my latest post over there. ;-) Thanks for reading, and especially to everyone who's already on board!
I'm happy to launch tonight a new version of the chat bridge that links the various Minecraft servers along with our IRC channel! This is a major upgrade on several fronts; the most obvious change from the get-go is that there will be a single bot in the IRC channel, CreeperBot, relaying all the messages. You'll notice that the text output in IRC is now a bit different as it includes the location of each chatter. Things in-game mostly look the same.
Most notably, this revision allows me to add something that some of you have asked for: Discord integration! Much like the current integration with IRC, you can jump in our new Discord server to chat with the players that are there, in-game or on IRC all the same time! If you're already familiar with that, here's the channel invitation link: https://discord.gg/RAHmKyF
For those of you not familiar with Discord, it's a chat client growing in popularity in several gaming communities. Much like IRC, you can connect to various servers, chat in global rooms, private message people, and more. On top of that, you can also voice chat with others, making it a simple-to-use option for those looking to talk out loud. You can download the computer client, mobile apps, or simply learn more on the Discord website. Once you have it installed, hit the big + button at the left to add a server, select join, and enter the following address: https://discord.gg/RAHmKyF
Since Discord makes it easier for players to chat to each other, either by typing or by talking, I'll be retiring the Mumble server. It wasn't as intuitive to use for some people, and I believe this new option is the better one.
This revision to the chat system is only the first step: this new core will allow me to pull off some new tricks that were impossible before, including a few features that were requested previously. Stay tuned for more updates!
Ever since gates were introduced for the Nether rail network, the former Nether hub, Nether Central Station, is receiving a lot less traffic. This made the post office far less convenient to reach, since you'd need to backtrack through the Nether only to check your mail. To improve on this, we've decided to move the post office to the natural trading location of many players: Point Zero, in Rodinia, right next to the spawn point.
For those not familiar with the post office, it's a building full of mailboxes taking the shape of chests. Each player is allowed to claim a single chest by placing a sign with their name on it, and using the /cdonation command on the chest itself. That way, you get a mailbox that anyone can drop items in, but that only you can take anything out. Perfect for sharing items with other players, and they don't even need to be online at the time!
To make players easier to find in the new structure, players have been split in four groups based on the first character of their username: names starting with a number, an underscore or the letters A to D go at the bottom left, E to K to the bottom right, L to Q at the top left, and R to Z at the top right.
Anyone who currently has a mailbox, please clear the one in Laurasia's Nether and claim one in the new Rodinia location. The old post office will eventually be closed off.
Thanks to Sora for the new building!
The boat building contest has been running for quite some time now and is about to draw to a close. It definitely seems like everyone had a lot of fun with this one, and I'm pleased with the turnout!
Though the closing was scheduled for tonight (March 31st) at midnight, given that we're coming up on the weekend, we've decided to extend the contest to cover Saturday and Sunday. The building phase will now end and the boats will be open for our judging at 11:59:59PM EST April 2nd 2017.
This minor extension is being provided for the contestants who work or are otherwise involved during the weekdays to have that last bit of time to finish up on detail work or cleanup, so use the time wisely! Good luck to all the contestants!
Thanks to Sphenicus, we have a new version of the standard resource pack!
This time, for your entertainment, we have changes to some music tracks, updated paintings and new sounds! As usual, the block textures themselves are preserved, so you're able to keep Minecraft's standard look or mix-and-match with your favorite pack.
You can read the details on the pack along with the possible add-ons on the resource pack page. If you just want to download and install it, here's a direct link. Enjoy!
A few updates ago, Minecraft received the Combat Update, rebalancing the game's attacks and defense, creating a whole new style of play. Some have embraced the change, others have disliked it, but many haven't really done any PvP since then. How about changing that? :-)
I'm inviting everyone to show up this Saturday, at 10pm Eastern time, during Events Night for a small PvP tournament! Contestants will be put in brackets, fighting 1 vs 1, until only one is left standing!
To showcase the best fighters, two brackets will be done: one for unarmored players equipped only with stone swords, and the other allowing everyone to show up with the best weapons and armors. Players can participate in both, of course. That way, everyone will get a chance to fight on equal grounds while also offering the possibility of those with solid equipment to use them!
Not skilled in PvP? It doesn't matter, we're in this to have fun anyway! Prizes will be handed out if enough show up, so pass the word around!
The latest UHC round is now available and awaiting your blood successes! The land looks simple enough at first glance, but as it happens, there's an extra layer or two hiding...
As a reminder, there are now four specific targets to reach, each one being worth 5 Merit Points:
- Crafting a bookshelf
- Crafting an enchantment table
- Access the Nether
- Pick up a blaze rod
Several players made it to the Nether last time, but only one hit all four targets! The appropriate Merit Points have been awarded; you can view the current rankings on the forums. How will you do this time around?
On an extra note, I'd like to get some feedback on how you're enjoying the way that UHC currently works on the sLab!
* Take the survey! *
I'd appreciate it if you took a minute to answer the survey even if you've never participated in UHC and aren't interested in it. Thank you!
Multiple attractions and mini-games have been built by our players over the years! Some are neat places to visit, several are PvP arenas with different quirks, while others are full blown mini-games built within Minecraft.
To give yourself an idea of what's available, you can check the Attractions page at any time! The list includes a mention on how many players are required to enjoy each option. The page has just been updated to include the additions of the past several months.
These are easily reached during any Events Night, of course (starting at 9pm Eastern time every Saturday), but many also have Nether or overworld connections. Ask around how to get there, and another fellow player is sure to help!
And not of the rich man variety.
Many of you are aware that I've been working on a redesign of Grand Central Station for a while. Part of that was to create a better looking building, with an improved layout for travellers to find their way around. This also had an extra goal, which I'm ready to unveil today!
Many of us have wanted for the longest time the ability to ride rails through Nether portals, so you could easily travel from point A to point B without going through the tedious steps of stopping on a rail, breaking and picking up your cart, going through a portal, placing the cart, and resuming your trip. Going straight through is now possible thanks to a new plugin! Here's how this looks in action:
Gates look identical to Nether portal, but work with a few key differences:
- Entities can ride through, including players in minecarts.
- They don't interact with portals at all; they're independent.
- They don't pair up with one another; positions can be shifted as needed.
- Only ops can create and manage them.
The new Grand Central Station has gates setup for Laurasia's four main Nether lines, so you can start your journey straight from the overworld while still benefitting from the Nether's faster travel speed! The new starting points are located on the upper floor of the station, next to the matching overworld line. The rails are now also facing the wall of the main destination; that is, the Southern Expressway is on the South wall, the Transoceanic (heading East) is on the East wall, and so on.
Some of the main rail endpoints will be updated in the coming days and weeks to use gates instead of stopping in the Nether. Port Townshend, as illustrated in the video clip above, was already taken care of. A new visual signature, seen below, will also be included at several key locations to indicate the proximity of the main Nether and overworld lines. If you currently have a private line that ends at a Nether portal, and you'd rather have a gate so that your rail goes straight to your overworld base, please contact an op and we'll do the change for you.
Nether Central Station will remain available as a back-up option as well as to include the post office and the network map. I hope you enjoy this new addition!
On a side note, I updated the servers earlier today, and the annoying bug where you couldn't right-click on iron doors and some trapdoors has been fixed through a plugin update!
Carrying on from my previous announcement, the build phase for the Boats Contest has now begun.
To reach the build site
From Nether Central, take the Eastern Mainline to Super Shroom (the 3rd stop), and from there to the Hub of Divine Transportation. From there head down 2 flights of stairs and across the room in the northeast corner to the Scythe Islands line. On the other side of the portal you'll find yourself a button press away from the build site. There are currently 10 plots available, though more can be added as needed.
As a quick recap
The contest will run until 11:59:59PM EST March 31st 2017. All entrants are supplied with a 100x45 dry dock on which to build any seaworthy vessel they choose, of any style or origin, to be judged on their creativity, use of materials, and general design. Plots are designed with a black and yellow border outside the building area for easier measuring.
Once building has closed, any unfinished entries will be scuttled, and sunken to the bottom of the vast ocean surrounding the islands. Keep this in mind, as all materials will be forfeited in this case!
A full rundown of details can be found through the previous news post, or here on the forums.
And now for prizes
The first place winner will be awarded 30 Merit Points and a copy of the armor I've been using to tame the wilds of the Scythe Islands. This includes a Pumpkin enchanted with Aqua Affinity/Depth Strider III/Protection IV, a Diamond Chestplate, Leggings, and Boots enchanted with Protection IV/Unbreaking III/Mending, plus Feather Falling IV on the boots.
Second place will receive 20 Merit Points and a weapon designed for Shulker hunting; a bow enchanted with Looting III/Unbreaking III/Infinity/Mending.
And finally third place will receive 10 Merit Points along with a tool that's been a staple for many; a Diamond Pick enchanted with Efficiency V/Unbreaking III/Mending, plus Fortune III and Silk Touch books.
As a special bonus, all prizes will be awarded in Shulker Boxes, to make carrying it home that much easier.
Good luck to everyone, and happy building!