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!
To the Netizens of Miranda,
I wanted to get Ouroboros back up for those who use it, so I'm hosting it on another machine at this moment. The main machine, Tartarus, still needs a harddrive, but for the end-user, you won't notice any difference.
My problems aside: Ouroboros is ONLINE.
I'm sorry for the inconvenience this has caused any builders of Miranda. Although thanks to DrCossack for conveniently having a contest that kept everyone busy during the downtime. If you experience any issues or if Ouroboros is down, please feel free to contact me on IRC or on the forums and I'll see about resolving any issues as soon as I can.
Also a fun note! Today Tartarus decided to somehow revive itself while I was at work. Glanced at the IRC and suddenly Tartarus connects.
1: The machine had stopped recognizing several DLLs.
2: It got bad enough to stop recognizing the OS.
3: The HDD when trying to access it would go offline after ten minutes of accessing/copying things off it while booted from USB.
4: I wasn't even home to turn on the power. It somehow turned itself on, uncorrupted the OS enough to boot and launch IRC.
Even though it somehow revived itself, still aiming to replace the HDD and am not running Ouroboros on the machine until I do. This is just a strange creepiness of the day to share!
A full year has passed since the seasonal events started, which means that the entire cycle is complete! People participated in multiple events, gathered Merit Points, had fun (hopefully!) and won a chance to win one of the following hot prizes!
- $20 Amazon.com gift card - Buy what you want!
- Any Steam game of your choice up to $20 - More gaming!
- Plush squid - To guard your cookie jar, or whatever else!
- Lego Minecraft #21119 - The Dungeon - For real-life block handling!
- A MineToys figure - Get your Minecraft character to stand on your desk!
As a reminder, these winners were determined by a random weighted draw: the more Merit Points gathered in the past year, the better odds your name would be picked up... although it wasn't guaranteed! That gave everyone a chance to win, even those with one point, yet increased the odds for people who managed to win a few points.
And, at long last, our winners:
First place - AshaLina
Second place - Primagen
Third place - SorathePumpking
Additionally, I've decided to hand over a prize to the top scorer of the entire cycle - MountainB0y! Congratulations to all! I'll be sending you a forum PM shortly with the details on how to select and get your prize from the lot.
Survey for feedback!
With that behind us, I've put together a short survey to gather some feedback about the structure of the seasonal events, along with a few key questions about the future of the Creeper's Lab. Please answer it even if you didn't participate in any seasonal events or aren't playing Minecraft currently, all feedback is valuable! It's a short 10 questions, so you'll be done within a minute or two.
Thank you for taking the time to fill this in!
All were summoned to an island, and 16 of you answered the call. Taking control of an island, the goal was to take it then turn it into something else - with no given theme! This gave many a chance to put their own ideas into place instead of being limited to a few options.
Craftmen0, Raegal and myself have visited each entry and gave them a note from 1 to 10 based on the originality of the ideas featured and the resulting amount of details packed into each entry. This gives us the following three winners:
First place - MountainB0y
Second place - axe_y
Third place - SoraThePumpking
Congratulations to everyone who won and thanks to all who decided to participate! Once again, the top three winners have earned 50, 30 and 15 Merit Points respectively, while everyone else who at least began an entry earned 1 point. The entries along with judges comments are available on their own page, as always. Note that I only listed entries that had a minimal amount of changes to them.
This wraps up the initial round of the seasonal events! You can view the current rankings on the forums. The winners of that will be announced very shortly, along with the final list of prizes available to be picked from. Stay tuned!
I've upgraded the stats tracking plugin to the newest version yesterday, which involved rewriting a significant part of my own tracking code. As a side effect, it appears to have fixed some achievements targets that were broken while I wasn't aware. As such, the next time you go in-game, you might get a few surprise notifications. It's normal!
Likewise, if you believe that you should have earned a specific achievement yet it didn't trigger, please get in touch with me so I can double check. Some corrections are needed once in a while.
Minecraft 1.10.1 has been released to fix some minor bugs, and a 1.10.2 is expected later today to fix the obligatory bugs introduced in 1.10.1. Both versions are compatible with the base 1.10 version, so you're free to upgrade as you want... or not!
UPDATE: Some players have reported crashes using 1.10.1, so it's recommended that you jump over to 1.10.2 whenever possible.
New message, straight from Master of the Withers Skreelink:
As the final brick was laid in the Mausoleum of Theoderic... A rumbling was felt from the bowels of the stone. The digging... The building... The ravaging of contestants before completion... All of these have awoken something terrible.
Now the Mausoleum is under seige and threatens to be torn down, returned to the ground upon the structure was torn! We're calling all heros to aid in the defense of this glorious building! All fighters, rangers, sailors.. Anyone who can take up arms to fight this battle, we're in need of assistance.
The dangerous flooded halls are perilous to all those who heed our call, and the risen, boiling, blood of the earth remains under the tears of the skies. If ye shall fall, surely thou will burn. But fear not! In this land, even the fallen may rise back up to again take on the beast! We require all hands, all willing and able. You must fight together to bring down the creature that has been awoken from the depths...
Archers take your bows, tear the creature from the skies so our able sailors can meet our foe in the waters to get close enough to end the scourge... Sending it back to the flames that forged it!
Please, we beg of you! Lay down your picks and shovels, grab your swords and bows... Help us save this precious structure and together earn victory! We either win together or fail together! We all must act as one.
Be quick, the earth shakes in anger, we never know what else may come. Please remember to aim carefully as well, else you may harm the very friends you fight beside!
To commemorate the completion of the Mausoleum of Theoderic, I'm inviting everyone to work together by land and sea to fight a wither (...heh "a wither") in the new arena. In this event, there are no winners, there are no losers. Everyone must work together and either earn the prize for all, or nobody.
Everyone must choose to split between archers on the sides and fighters in boats with swords. Too little of one could spell doom for all. We'll need equal parts if we plan to bring them down, but try not to hit those beside you! PvP is enabled, so you might strike down your friends.
But, with no winners or losers, who gets what? If you succeed, every participant earns a full set of diamond armor, diamond sword, 5 lapis, and 50 levels to enchant everything with.
If you fail, participation nets you twenty levels, and ten iron blocks for at least answering the call of help.
Remember; in this event, everyone works together... Win together... fail together... Work as a team. There is a lot to lose if you fail!
As you know, there is lava under the water, so if the wither falls, it's likely the star is lost, BUT to the brave hero who is close enough might CATCH the star, they may keep it!
The event lasts an hour, if you fall, change positions. If you're an archer and you're killed, grab a boat and pull out your sword. You have any number of chances to do this, however. But please, try to remember to swap between deaths!
This event will take place during a special instance of Events Night, this Wednesday the 22th at 9pm Eastern time. Steel yourself for the upcoming challenge, and we'll see you there!
Less than a week after Mojang's surprise release of 1.10, we're now fully up to date to the latest version! Update your game version in your launcher, and join us on our ongoing adventures!
All features are in for the new version, with the notable exception of the trails for Patreon contributors. That specific plugin hasn't been updated yet, and I figured that upgrading now and reintroducing this a bit later was a better option than keep everyone back on 1.9.
I didn't attempt to retrogen magma blocks in the existing Nether. I couldn't find a solution that I liked, and randomly spreading those blocks everywhere might have turned some of the existing tunnels and platforms in something way too dangerous. Instead, I've added the magma blocks to the Creeper Bazaar in Central, where you can trade for them. 1 netherrack unit provides you with 1 magma block!
To note, the VBO video option is now enabled by default, and has been forcibly reset to all players. If you're part of those who wanted it off, you'll need to go toggle it within your settings once again.
As a last change for tonight, I used this opportunity to update FastCraft to its latest version. This brings back the much awaited option to craft multiple of an item at the same time.
If you notice anything off, don't hesitate to reply to this message or reach out to me in-game!
I'm sorry to report to the players of Miranda with the Contractor rank...
Ouroboros is offline.
Most regular players on Miranda will be unaffected by this, but this means the creative test-build world is currently down. Tartarus, the machine running Ouroboros, has decided to corrupt itself and refuses to boot or repair in any shape or fashion.
I managed to backup all the files and whatnot so Tartarus will be down until I can afford a new HDD. As soon as I can, and install it, I will bring Tartarus back online, and restore Ouroboros from backups. This follows a network outage as well, just adding fuel to the fire I suppose.
Again, I'm sorry for any problems this causes for those who have temporary builds in Ouroboros and I hope to get it back online soon. If you need access to any temporary builds to migrate them to Miranda, please do not hesitate to contact me on IRC/Forums (Masterlink), or in-game (Skreelink). If I'm available, I can see about launching the backup temporarily on another machine so you can see your build, but this will not remain up constantly. You are also free to ask any other questions you have regarding this downtime.
As such, when I bring Tartarus back online, Ouroboros will forgo the next scheduled wipe, so you have longer to access your builds after it returns. As a reminder, Ouroboros normally wipes the beginning of the month.
Please note this does NOT affect Miranda, which is still fully ONLINE.
There are two new tools now available in-game to assist people.
Notifications and reminders
Random notifications will now be visible to everyone on the servers from time to time, offering links to useful pages from the website, remind players of contest deadlines, lead people to our various social network pages, and more. This is not a replacement for following these news and updates; it's a supplement to make sure that people know everything that is available.
Some of the notifications are always part of the rotation, while others are temporary and based on ongoing and upcoming events. The rate at which they're displayed might be adapted after a test run.
New /help commands
To help both new and old players alike, a new /help command has been introduced this week. It includes notes on how to register, common server pratices on rails and protections, and more. It also lists the most commonly asked about commands.
In a bit of a shocking move, Mojang released Minecraft 1.10 less than four months after 1.9. As always, the servers aren't ready for it yet, so be sure to stay on 1.9.4 for now to play with us.
Considering that this is a much smaller update with fewer breaking changes, the upgrade process should be faster. There are still some issues to handle properly, most notably the availability of the new Nether blocks. I don't have any insights on this as of yet; more news will follow when available!