For various reasons, some large regions have been claimed over time: big cities, natural reserves, large building projects, etc. To help new and old players alike to identify these regions and avoid trying to build when it's not possible, they have now been flagged on the map. You can hide these markers by using the layers button at the left and unchecking the "Regions" option if you so wish.
If you can think of other areas that should be identified, please reply to this news post or contact me directly and I'll take care of it.
I've also taken this opportunity to clearly identify the main rail lines of the overworld, especially the four cardinal ones. You can make them appear by checking the "Rails" layer option.
On an unrelated note, I've made some changes yesterday to the players list seen in-game, which you usually bring up by holding the Tab key. That list will now display the players across the network instead of only being focused on the location you are on. Players marked in white are on the same server as you, while those in grey are somewhere else!
It's been awhile, so I figure it's time to see if I can kill.... Er... Entertain the lot of you.
This Saturday, April 21st, at 10pm est, I am inviting everyone to Skelebrony Nether Fortress. This has been my private hunting grounds for a long time, and for one night only, I'm letting people in. However, it costs a diamond at the door.
For the event, there's a few rule changes. I'm sure you'll notice it right away, so we'll keep it mum. Some stated rules will be, no looting swords, no unfair advantages. The aim is to collect wither skulls, whoever manages the most in the time, gets the stash of payment diamonds. Then everyone can take a turn in the Wither Lounge "cashing" in your skulls for precious stars. You will be directed where to go before the event.
Afterwards, if there's still participants that want to, some nether spleef at the Coldstone Crematorium can take place, or other activities in the area.
At long last, here are the results for last year's Lemuria building contest!
Each entry in Minetropolis, Halfway and West Halfway has been judged according to the initial set of criterias. Then, each player's scores were totalled to know how many points they earned in total. Visibly unfinished entries weren't counted. From there, we know who came out on top!
Without further wait, the final scores!!
Congratulations to all! This means that Primagen, axe_y and Coneva have each earned a prize. Here's what they win, from the original news post:
Each person in the top 3 can choose either a $50 amazon giftcard, a 3D printed statue of their minecraft skin, or an additional minecraft account, in addition to the below merit points:
--1st Place: Choice of one of the above prizes, and 50 merit points
--2nd Place: Choice of one of the above prizes, and 30 merit points
--3rd Place: Choice of one of the above prizes, and 15 merit points
The fourth place, held by Lacar, also wins a little something in-game! Sora will get in touch for you to claim your prize. The full list of entries and comments can be viewed on their individual pages: Minetropolis, Halfway and West Halfway.
And that's not all!
Three of the judges have also made entries set to be ranked separately. Please vote for your favorite! These final results will be published in a week or so.
All three locations have several building lots available still, and you're welcomed to claim one or several to create something of your own. The goal is to eventually fill in all available spots!
We hope that you enjoyed this large-scaled event and will join us on the next ones!
The April challenge is now live! This time around, I've pulled something from the archives: you get to explore a world that was only available for a single day, two years ago, but this time with a full month ahead of you to dive in deeper... or get higher?
This is a free month: you don't need to hit any specific targets, just entering the world will be enough to score 5 Merit Points. That gives you all the latitude to have fun exploring this world and make what you can of it. You'll find it in the lobby, as usual.
The points for last month's parkour challenge have also been attributed. Congratulations to axe_y, who was the only one to actually make it all the way through!
Looking for the long-awaited results of the Minetropolis contest, or to be on the receiving end of some SCIENCE? Well, you're in luck, as Sora's got news on both fronts!
It's just about time for another -WTF is Sora doing now-.
"Hey Sora where's the contest resuuuuuuults?"
Hush your facessssss, judging just completed. Point compiling is nearly done, and we'll have results and winners posted on April 4th, so tune in Wednesday ya vultures.
But that's not why we're heeeeere.
I'm inviting everyone to a special 'Science' edition of Spider Dome, and you're all my guinea pigs.
Yes, you should be afraid.
There's a few new events in the works, and a couple of them involve... well, science.
And what better way to test science than on all of you!
It's not just all for my amusement, however, and there will be rewards to be gained from what you can.. collect.
Stop on by Spiderdome this Saturday at 10pm EST for a... Party? Party.
Need a break from trying to conquer this month's Kenorland challenge? Maybe that gave you a taste for more parkour?
Well, you're in luck! We now have two extra courses thanks to Coneva and SorathePumpking. Both have been tested and are awaiting your presence! You'll find these in the Games section of the lobby, under Parkour. We now have a total of 8 courses for you to enjoy.
You'd like to design a course of our own? Make your way to Central, enter the "Game Dev" teleporter in the TransHub, and claim an available area! You are free to build what you want in creative mode to be potentially included in the lobby later on.
Let's try this again.
It turns out that too many people were busy dancing in green tutus while holding shamrocks last weekend, and our special event for St. Patrick's Day couldn't take place as scheduled. Worry not, though, for we're going to try and make that happen NEXT weekend! You can look at the previous news post to get an idea on what's in store.
As such, you're cordially invited once again for our green-themed SpiderDome event this Saturday, the 24th, at 10pm Eastern time. Bring your courage and earn some precious gems for your efforts!
Are you game for a gathering to gain gems from green ghouls?
At MineshaftBob's calling, you are formally invited to join us on this St. Patrick's Day, Saturday the 17th, for a special themed SpiderDome battle! You will be tasked to fight waves of zombies and attempt to gather their rotting meat... or fall in the attempt! You'll then be able to trade said meat for some precious gems. As always, a few surprises are likely, so you won't want to miss this!
The event will start at around 10pm Eastern time, during Events Night. Don't be late!
Laurasia's End has been cleared tonight to open the way for new explorations. Everything has been reset save for the initial platform: Sora built an arena of sorts to improve on the scenery and change from the usual battle. This also saves you from random dragon attacks that could send you down the void before you could even realize what's going on! To compensate on this making things slightly easier, I've removed the End from DynMap's display: you're on your own while you explore this final frontier!
For those of you who might not be aware, I periodically reset Laurasia's end to make it easier for everyone to explore the place and find new End cities to loot and supplies to gather. To fight a new dragon, you'll need to place four Ender crystal around the exit portal. If you want to build more permanent structures instead, please make your way to Rodinia's End, which is permanent and even has a few rail lines for your convenience.
In related Laurasia news, this is a reminder that the scheduled map trim will happen in less than two weeks. I've redrawn some regions to account for the feedback I've received so far. If there are still areas marked in red that you want to keep, please contact me before this happens!
Another month, another challenge!
This time, it won't be your survival skills that are put to the test, nor your fighting abilities. This is all about precision movement, as you'll be facing the toughest parkour course available on the Creeper's Lab: MountainB0y's Cobalt Mines! Your goal is simple: make it to the end. The details are left up to you!
Each player can earn up to 20 Merit Points for completing the challenge. The farther in you get, the greater amount of points you'll gather, so don't hesitate to give it a shot even if you think it's impossible. While this course is already available in the Parkour section of the lobby, please use the copy available in the Challenges section to ensure that you benefit from the extra tracking I've setup. Hunger doesn't decrease while in there, so you won't have to worry about that. Just make it to the end!
To keep the file size of Laurasia, our largest server, manageable, I sometimes delete old and unused areas. It makes things likes backups easier to manage, and it ensures that some areas are clean when people decide to explore the unknown. It's been a while since this last happened, and it's time for some housecleaning!
I've marked in red a set of regions on Laurasia's map. These are set to be deleted unless someone tells me that its worth keeping. At such, please look at the map closely to ensure that everything that belongs to you and that you want to keep is outside of the red areas. If something isn't right, please reply to this news post or contact me directly with coordinates and we can look into redrawing the borders or moving your buildings to a new location.
The trim will happen sometime on or after the 24 March, so you still have weeks to check through everything. Still, I suggest you do it early to make sure that you don't forget!
February's challenge is now live! This time, we're going back to UHC (Ultra Hardcore), where survival is paramount! The world is locked to hard difficulty, and your health doesn't regenerate on its own, so you need to be very careful not to take in much damage. Also, if you die for any reason, you'll be thrown out of the world for a week, so be careful!
There are four individual targets to reach during the month. Each completed one will earn out 5 Merit Points:
- Crafting a bookshelf
- Crafting an enchantment table
- Access the Nether
- Pick up a blaze rod
PvP is enabled, so thread carefully.
This, like other challenges, is available right from the lobby. Good luck!
They ran, they ran, or at least they tried. The (probably too) large amount of mobs in this perpetual night setting definitely challenged people, and deaths were plentiful. Still, several tried, and two ranked especially high. Here's the list of runners along with their highest distance covered during the last month!
Congrats to everyone! The promised amount of Merit Points have been handed around. A new event in Kenorland will follow shortly!
Some of you ask once in a while how you can help the Creeper's Lab. We've got some ways, like the Patreon campaign for monthly contributions, but that's not an option for everyone. I now have another alternative for you!
The Creeper's Lab is listed on various Minecraft servers lists so that new potential players can find us. It's possible to vote for us on these lists, daily, to help improve our rankings and visibility. I've created a new, convenient way for you to find these voting pages: typing /vote in-game will display clickable links, so you can easily go and access each page. It takes only a few seconds to fill-in each one! Typing /vote again afterwards will then grey out the sites that you've already used for the day.
Want to do that, but not log in-game? That's easy too: access the Servers > Help & contributions page, and you'll find the available voting links there as well.
To thank you for taking the time to vote, you'll earn a Merit Point every day that you vote on at least half the available options. That's up to 31 points that you can win every month by helping us, and you don't even need to get in-game to do so! Type /vote in-game, or bookmark the Help page, and you're on your way!
This is part one of two updates. A later addition will give you more opportunities to use your Merit Points in new and fun ways, so you might want to start earning as many of them as possible starting today!
A new FTB Server has been opened! We have started a new server for SkyFactory. Upon initial spawn a tiny island will generate for you and your goal is to build from that! you start with 1 block of dirt and a single tree. Can you create a vast base and discover the secret to branching out? You can launch the game from the Feed The Beast Launcher the same as Altera! Simply select SkyFactory 3. Server address altera.zonexus.net
The bulk of the holidays are over, and some of you probably ate a bit too much food. It's time to get back into shape with some running exercises! Race Away is back!
For those that don't know, the goal of Race Away is simple: run east on the X axis, as far as you can, and cover more distance than the others. The higher your ranking, the more points you earn! If you die, you get sent back ALL the way to the beginning, so slow and steady might be a better strategy than fast and furious.
Get to the highest X coordinate that you can on Kenorland. That's it! If you die or backtrack, your highest position overall will be saved and used as the final result. The inventory in Kenorland is separate, as always, so you can't bring anything: you'll have to craft your materials right on site.
This event will last for the full month of January.
To keep the file size of this manageable, the world is limited to -300 to 300 on the Z axis. Any attempt to move further out than that will bounce you back inside. PvP is disabled. A small area around spawn is mob-proofed to give you a chance at gathering a few basic supplies before starting your run.
All runners will earn Merit Points based on the amount of participants, plus a bonus. Let's say that 10 people enter this month: whoever comes up first will earn 10 points, the second place 9, the third place 8, and so on. If there are 15 entrants, the first place will get 15 points, second 14, etc. On top of that, a bonus of 10, 5 and 2 points respectively will be handed to the top three runners. This way, everyone gets something, but the best results are rewarded too!
Fancy new header images provided by xray!
I'm replacing the monthly UHC world in Kenorland with a larger rotation of events, called Challenges. This will ensure that things don't grow stale due to the repetition. Events similar to this month's Race Away and last month's Grindatron will be part of this new rotation, while UHC and special worlds with specific targets will be included as well.
If you have comments on this or suggestions to offer for future challenges, don't hesitate to comment on this news post!
About 170 cycles later, the Grindatron has finished offering targets at our players! Everyone who participated earned their own score as Merit Points. Here's the final list of results for all entrants:
The points have been added to each player, and the leaderboard now reflects that.
Everyone who tried it seems to have enjoyed the Grindatron, so it's likely to make an encore at some point. For now, something else will take over either tonight or tomorrow to keep you busy and active, so be on the lookout for that!