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!
Today, Mojang has released Minecraft 1.13, the Update Aquatic! I know some of you might be anxious to try it, but you'll need to stay on 1.12.2 to connect to the Creeper's Lab for the time being.
Some of you are aware already that this new game version includes a lot of technical upgrades, many of which break internal compatibility. The Spigot team estimates that the amount of changes is about the equivalent of 1.9 to 1.12, combined. This means that a lot of server plugins will need a review and updates before we can safely look forward. We have to wait for some plugin developers to refresh their code, while I'll have to take care of some changes of my own. As such, it's likely that this will need some time. Your patience is appreciated!
Keep an eye on this space for later updates!
I've expanded today the list of destinations where the news are propagated to include some of our social network channels. Most notably, you'll now get updates the moment they get posted on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter as well! This is meant to complement the content that these pages contain, and not replace it. You can still look forward to fun images, videos and community updates as they come!
This enhancement means that you can now follow the news of the Creeper's Lab in seven different locations:
- The website
- The forums
- Using the RSS news feed
- In the #news channel on Discord
- On Facebook
- On Twitter
- On Tumblr
Additionally, we'll now make an effort to register the dates of all events in our Steam group. That way, if you're logged in to Steam, you'll automatically get a notification the moment that an event is starting!
To benefit from this, follow us on any and all of the platforms above!
On a related note, we're still in the planning stages for a Creeper's Lab newsletter, to be sent out by e-mail once a month or so. If you're interested in receiving that, please subscribe using the box at the top of the news on the website!
Rumors have been filtering through the forest for a while now, and it's time to pull the curtain: the Lost Woods are awaiting heroes to free them from evil!
Sora has prepared a large playable area named the Lost Woods. Strongly inspired by the Legend of Zelda series, this new game situated on Laurasia's overworld involves an adventure through its namesake forest, on a quest to gather items and eventually earn the Master Sword. What will you encounter along the way? New monsters! Treasures! Dungeons! Challenges! And more! Additionally, the completionists will want to search and find the 100 Gold Skulltulas that have been scattered all over the place.
It is highly recommended that you bring in plenty of food along with a few shulker boxes to store the various drops that you can earn while exploring. Armors and weapons are left at your discretion: many enemies will drop valuables, and there are a lot of treasure chests to be found to help you along the way.
Please note that, due to its nature, only one person may enter and move through the Great Deku tree at a time.
You are invited to come discover this next weekend, starting on Saturday July 14. To get there, visit the End of Time in the Assorted Attractions category, and go up a floor to the Halloween Town door. Exit the plaza to the East and follow the path heading North until you reach the limit of the woods.
As this place is massive and a single playthrough will require several hours, Events Night will be running all weekend. We'll open the doors at noon on Saturday and keep things running until the end of Sunday. This means that you won't lose your precious inventory upon dying, which is something that you might very well need to rely on! Additional play windows might be added later on based on your feedback.
Who's ready to stand as the Hero of Time?
After (re-)discovering the limitations from the old Minecraft Classic game mode, several people followed their inspiration to create various builds and pixel arts. In total, nine entries were judged and ranked to obtain the top three winners:
First place: IncognitoLens
Second place: Coneva
Third place: Castoh
They have earned respectively 50, 30 and 15 Merit Points. Congrats! You can now view the full list of entries on this page.
As a reminder, the Minecraft Classic simulation is still available a free build area until the end of the month, so don't hesitate to drop by for a bit of creative output!
A full year of contests and events has wrapped up, with everyone getting the chance to gather points, and it's time to announce the results! Without further delay:
First place: axe_y, with 205 points!
Second place: Raegal, 123 points!
Third place: Doctacosa, 117 points!
I'll remove myself from the running, which puts Coneva in third place with 99 points. Congratulations to everyone, and I hope you had fun along the way!
As a reminder, here are the prizes that were eligible to be won:
- $20 USD / $25 CAD Amazon.com gift card - Buy what you want!
- Any Steam game of your choice up to $20 USD / $25 CAD - More gaming!
- Lego Minecraft #21119 - The Dungeon - For real-life block handling!
- A MineToys figure - Get your Minecraft character to stand on your desk!
I'll be sending all the winners a private forum message explaining the steps to claim their prizes.
I'll be reorganizing the Merit Points system a bit, including how to earn and spend them. Between this and the upcoming work related to the update to Minecraft 1.13, I'll skip running a challenge for this month. Not to leave you empty-handed, I have set up our Minecraft Classic simulation for a free building period. You can access it right now straight from the lobby, in the Challenge section. You're welcome to build whatever you want, as much as you want, in creative mode - just keep in mind that there is no specific reward attached to this!
Being a public Minecraft network comes with some challenges, especially when it comes to managing new players. Not everyone works out, and some actually need to be forcibly removed for the best of the community.
In order to make the list of bans more available to everyone, as well as warn others of potential issues, we've compiled a public Wall of Shame. This lists every single ban that happened on the Creeper's Lab history, along with an explanation if available, and gets automatically updated the moment someone new gets kicked out.
This will mostly replace the forum topic that some of you might already be familiar with. This new page is more complete and precise thanks to it including both usernames and player UUIDs.
Ahh, Minecraft Classic. Many of you never experienced it, but it's the point in Minecraft's lifetime where the game really started to get noticed and reported on. The game received a lot of improvements since then and is quite different, but how about we look back at what used to be the hottest game to try?
Introducing the June 2018 seasonal contest: Minecraft Classic! I've created a simulated copy of the old mode within the seasonal server. This includes the following limitations:
- The world is limited to 256 x 256 x 64 blocks only
- Playable in creative mode
- A limited list of materials is available
What you build is up to you! Pixel art was especially popular in that era, but any type of build is accepted, at any size, as long as it uses a reasonable amount of room so that other players also have room to grow.
This is the last event of the current cycle of Merit Points, along with the June UHC challenge. Score points now; the winners of the past year will be announced after this, along with an updated points system!
A map is available for your convenience.
As indicated above, you'll be building in creative mode, with the full ability of flight. You can only build up to y=63, so be sure not to cross that threshold. You can pick your materials from the creative menu, but keep in mind that only the following will be available:
- Wooden Planks
- Leaves (Oak)
- Stone Slabs
- Moss Stone
- Saplings (Oak)
- Flowers (Red and Yellow)
- Mushrooms (Brown and Red)
- Wool (all 16 colors)
- Ores (Iron, Coal and Gold)
- Iron block
- Gold block
The space is limited, so you might need to get close to other players. Still, please leave at least 3 blocks between entries. Also, place a sign on your entry so we know it's yours. You can make multiple builds, but only one will be judged - please mark it as your selected one on a sign if you've got multiples.
This contest takes place on the Seasonal server, which is accessible through Laurasia's TransHub in Central. There is no exit portal (buttons didn't exist in Classic!), so remember that you can /lobby out at any time to head back to a different world.
The top three entries as selected by the contest judges will consist of the following amount of Merit Points:
- First place: 50
- Second place: 30
- Third place: 15
This is your last chance to score points before winners are announced, and there are multiple prizes on the line, so be sure to participate! There are physical and digital goodies to be won! As this happens in creative mode, you don't even need to gather any supplies. As always, you can see your current position on the leaderboard.
Interested in judging for this? Please get in touch with me!
This contest will end on the 30 June, at 23:59 Eastern Time. That gives you three weeks to realize your best ideas!
A few weeks ago, you were asked to vote on the Lemuria contest entries that were built by the judges of said contest. Three entries were eligible, with these final results...
Doctacosa (hi!) got the first place, while both MediaKlepto and MineshaftBob ended up tied for second place. The Bobs each won an increase of $5 on their Patreon pledging values, provided by Sora, while my own prize is still being worked on. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote, and congrats to everyone involved!
If you're looking forward to a new building contest, I might have some news for you very soon, so keep an eye on this space!
I'm going to take some time next Sunday, the 27th, to upgrade the dedicated server's operating system to the latest version. I'm planning to start the process in the morning. This is something that'll take a few hours if everything goes right, or a day or two if problems happen (hopefully not!). During that time, many items will be offline, including but not limited to:
- The Minecraft servers
- The Starbound server
- The Discord - IRC chat bridge
- Some of the subdomains (like the server maps)
The Discord server will remain available during this operation and I'll be around to keep you informed. I'll also use this opportunity to perform more in-depth backups than usual to ensure that we can quickly get back on our feet if anything goes wrong down the line!
The points for last month's challenge map have been awarded to everyone who visited it. I hope you had enjoyed your visit!
This month, we are going back to UHC. A new world has been introduced, low in size but high in challenge! As always, PvP is enabled, and you can earn 5 Merit Points for reaching each of these targets:
- Crafting a bookshelf
- Crafting an enchantment table
- Access the Nether
- Pick up a blaze rod
If you attempt this or not is up to you, but a visit should at least be in order!