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June 2014

Resource pack update!

Posted by Doctacosa on 21 June 2014 at 21:28 [Link]

To go with yesterday's staff changes, Sphenicus has updated the server's resource pack to update the staff portraits and include a few surprises. If you disabled the automatic download option, grab it now!

If you're having trouble getting the add-ons to work, please note that Minecraft 1.7.9 changed how those are managed. This new FAQ entry will explain how to manage this:

Q: The glorious add-ons you provided aren't working! WHAT DO?

A: Make sure you have both packs active and that the add-on is listed ABOVE the main pack on the active list. If it's still not working then it's Mojang's fault like everything else. To fix this all ya gotta do is go to your server list and click "Edit" for the Creeper's Lab server. Then disable the server resource pack option. From there you might have to redownload the base pack, but after that you should be good.

New staff members!

Posted by Doctacosa on 20 June 2014 at 22:17 [Link]

As I've posted last week, the time has come to name new people to assist as part of the staff. Many applied, a few were picked; thank you everyone for your interest in helping others!

Without further delay, I'm happy to announce that UnknownEntity634 has been promoted to Op status, while both Septina and Skreelink have obtained Helper status. Congratulations to the three of you! You will all be receiving a forum PM shortly with the details of your new positions.

I'd also like to take a moment to thank everyone, including regular players, who's been helping the new players since the whitelist procedure change. Many of the new faces have had questions about the process and many of you stepped forward to offer help. I very much appreciate how the community responded to this change!

Help wanted!

Posted by Doctacosa on 12 June 2014 at 10:21 [Link]

The server is doing well overall, with more people getting involved and events happening on a regular basis. The new whitelist procedure, recently introduced, means that many new visitors need some guidance in getting registered to join us properly. As it happens, some among the current staff are also being kept busy by various things outside of the game. As such, I'm now looking to add a few people to the roster. This includes at least 1 op, 1 helper, and 1 YouTube/Twitch creator.

As a reminder, the tasks of a helper are focused mostly on helping the community by answering questions, with a much smaller focus on special commands than ops. This includes:

  • Greeting the new players and answering any questions they might have
  • Checking on those players to make sure they understand and follow the rules
  • Getting players unstuck due to server bugs (it happens!)
  • As a last resort, kicking and/or banning troublesome players

Being an op involves the above plus the following:

  • Fix broken permissions
  • Protect the player's creations as requested
  • Investigate ongoing issues
  • Promote players to the trusted status

The focus of the YouTube/Twitch creator is two-fold. Such a person could produce new videos showcasing the server itself, our builds and ongoing events, then post them on our YouTube channel for the world to see. While others might contribute episodes once in a while, whoever applies to this position should expect to be the primary content creator. Alternatively, such a person could also use our official channel to stream and create highlights of their ongoing play sessions and events on the server. You're free to apply to one side or both of the video aspect. If you've already done videos before, don't hesitate to send a sample link our way!

As usual, only registered and active players will be considered. If you haven't been around much in the past months and "promise to be online this time, for realz", you won't be considered. If you're interested and want to apply to a position (or two!), please send me (Dr. Cossack) a private message through the forums. People will be chosen about a week from now.

Please note that Krodane, inflammo and itsthesherf has been returned to trusted status due to inactivity. I appreciate the help that you gave while you could. Thank you!

Server updated to 1.7.9!

Posted by Doctacosa on 8 June 2014 at 17:51 [Link]

The server has been updated to MC 1.7.9 today. Be sure to select the appropriate version in the Minecraft launcher ("Edit profile" -> "Use version: release 1.7.9") to be able to continue playing with us! This update brings bug fixes but no new gameplay features.

Notable is the fact that the server resource pack, if enabled, overwrites your current settings (including the add-ons we provide). Those who do want to install some add-ons, like Notato or the classic rock pack, might want to turn that off. To do so, in your servers select screen, select the "Creeper's Lab" option, hit the "Edit" button, and switch the "Server Resource Packs" option to "Disabled". You'll then need to manually install the base pack and all options.

Minecraft 1.7.10 coming soon
The next version, 1.7.10, is scheduled to be released this week. It is compatible with our current one, so you're free to update at your convenience.

Spleef tournament results!

Posted by Doctacosa on 8 June 2014 at 12:31 [Link]

8 contestants stepped into the arena, but only 1 could come out as victorious. The big question was: who?

In rounds featuring 2, 3 or 4 contestants at a time, the matches followed a tournament-style system featuring gradual elimination until one person stood at the top. The grand finale was a tight battle between iKatze and tranxalive, who had to win 2 out of the 3 matches. After a tie and some lenghty face-offs, tranxalive came on top to win the pot of 18 diamonds! Congratulations!

Thank you to all the participants and those who came to watch, either in-game or over someone else's shoulder!

Spleef tournament, this Saturday!

Posted by Doctacosa on 5 June 2014 at 23:30 [Link]

Calling all players for a spleef tournament this Saturday!

This competition will see all entrants fight to see who has the best footing and precise shovel strikes! Players of all levels are welcomed, even if you have never played a spleef match before. In case you don't even know what "spleef" is, it will be explained to you in-game. It's very simple, so don't hesitate to come!

To enter the tournament, each participant will have to pay the entrance fee of two diamonds. Groups will then be made to go through quarter-finals, semi-finals and a big finale. The winner of the competition, the last person standing, will win all the diamonds provided by the participants!

The event will be hosted at Love Train Stadium, in Port Townshend. There is a timegate available right next to it, so you can easily make your way through the End of Time network. All required equipment will be provided, so the only elements needed are your presence and the entrance fee of two diamonds.

This will take place this Saturday, during Events Night. Make your way to the stadium at 9:45pm, Eastern time! Non-entrants are more than welcomed to come sit in the stands and root for their favorite contestants and grab a souvenir along the way.

Meet you there!

Love Train Stadium

Whitelist changes - now with preview mode!

Posted by Doctacosa on 1 June 2014 at 16:56 [Link]

I've pushed today some changes on how the server's whitelist works. The basic procedure remains the same: all players need to register on the forums, confirm their e-mail address, then add their Minecraft username to be able to play with us.

However, it is now possible for new players to immediately connect to the server and walk around. Those people, tagged with 'Visitor', are not able to break or place blocks, open chests, use the TransHub, or do much of anything. However, it gives them a chance to look around, get a preview of the server, and possibly ask for help with the registration process if they're having trouble. As such, you can expect to see many new faces try the server from now on. Let's be nice to them and invite them to register!

The new registration process is now fully compatible with UUIDs. This is one more step completed before the server is upgraded to 1.7.9 and eventually 1.8.

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