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December 2015

Contractors Evening results!

Posted by Doctacosa on 20 December 2015 at 21:22 [Link]

Last night's event took a bit of time to get started, but once things went underway, lots of fun and deaths happened... as we were hoping! Details below from Link, plus a Miranda-related PSA!

Several players attended and died for their love of... I dunno, I told them to kill each other! Seven players paid their admissions and fought bravely in PvP and Spleef until victors were chosen. Our brave fighters were; DrCossack, Toad_, MurderMerls, axe_y, Beetledoze, Primagen102, and Coneva... Our victors, however...


3rd: DrCossack
2nd: Beetledoze
1st: axe_y


3rd: Toad_
2nd: Coneva
1st: axe_y

axe_y chose the wither fight after spleef and came out victorious, the other winners gained prizes in the previous post.

I thank everyone who played and hope you all had fun, hope to see you at future events and just around the server.

As a side note, for those of you playing on Miranda, a segment has been opened on the message board for all Miranda related materials. You can post ideas, events, etc there.

- Masterlink

Special Miranda PSA!

Posted by Masterlink on 17 December 2015 at 9:19 [Link]

Greetings and Salutations to the Netizens of Miranda,

I know all of you are fond players of our affiliate, Creeper's Lab, infact you're required to be trusted there to even gain access. As such, you're all familiar with the weekly awesome that is Event Night on Saturdays. In light of the offerings of Event Night on Creeper's Lab, I thought to offer a similar, but completely different approach in Miranda to add a bit of change to the gameplay.

As most players know, and those who don't, that since Miranda is moreso focused on building and providing blocks, that KeepInventory is always on. Nobody likes trying to build something and getting blown off the scaffolding, or accidentally letting go of shift to plummet to your doom and thus losing everything. Players are accustomed to this being a specialty of Event Night on Creeper's Lab, so what could possibly be an offering to players of Miranda to give them something to look forward to?

Contractor's Evening.

This special evening is held on Wednesdays, 6PM EST (5PM CST). Giving players the weekend events on Creeper's Lab (Event Night 9PM EST Saturday), and the chance to join in on anything happening on Miranda mid-week. It also opens up things for players unable to make it on the weekends.

But KeepInventory is always on, what could possibly happen? Well, since Miranda IS focused on building (but not limited to!) during Contractor's Evening, a special shrine has been built that contains a single button. A button! Glorious! What could this button possibly do? To aide in the building of larger/taller structures with many hard to reach areas, this button will give the players the magic abilities of FLIGHT. The shrine can be found near spawn between the nether portal and Wayward Oak Condominiums. Flight is NOT automatically given to players, as they may not choose to use it, so you must visit the shrine to gain the ability and it will last until the end of the evening. Do note, if you disconnect, the ability will be turned off, so you must revisit the shrine.

I do hope this newfound ability will give players the ability to reach higher skies for building and new ideas for events, PvP, and other such goodies.

In light of Contractor's Evening, to get some imaginations going on what can be done... I'd like to run an event this Saturday, December 19, on Creeper's Lab.

We'll all gather at The Wither Pleasure Lounge in Lurking Skree Nether Fortress. To get there, take the End of Time from the nearest TARDIS or TIMEGATE > PVP & Arenas > Wither Lounge. You may bring equipment as you see fit for PvP, players who do not have the equipment such as armor, will be provided a suit of armor and a sword as to help even the events out.

During this PvP tournament, before the round, participants will be given the ability to fly, giving more maneuverability than just standard ground PvP. Do be warned, as this IS in the wither lounge, mobs might just appear to give you trouble so be on guard! There is an entrance fee of 1 diamond, but you may participate in the PvP even if you do not pay the diamond.

Winners of the PvP will gain as follows:

3rd: 5 Iron Blocks and 5 Gold Blocks
2nd: 10 Iron Blocks, 10 Gold blocks, and 5 Emerald blocks
1st: 15 Iron Blocks, 15 Gold Blocks, 5 Emerald blocks, and a special Wither hunting sword

Players who payed the admission fee of 1 diamond will all receive an iron block for participation, then those who paid will move to ColdStone Crematorium adjacent of the Lounge. There they will play Nether Spleef until one victor comes out on top. The winner will get the choice of: Take all the diamonds from the admission, OR take a chance at facing and defeating a wither for the precious Nether Star to make the elusive Beacon.

The player ranked second in Spleef will obtain what the first did not choose, either the diamonds or a wither fight. Third place will get two diamonds.

I hope players of Miranda will enjoy the new addition and possibly entice new players to give Miranda a try. I would like to make a note of thanks to Dr. Cossack for allowing me to become an affiliate of Creeper's Lab and the community that made the Lab what it is. As I am also a member of Creeper's Lab, I enjoy playing with all of you on either server, so feel free to drop ideas for events, builds, and other server related guff for Miranda or if you have event ideas for Creeper's Lab, forward those to Dr. Cossack and I'll see you there!

- Masterlink (Skreelink)

Mid-contest update!

Posted by Doctacosa on 16 December 2015 at 23:10 [Link]

The middle of December has come and gone, which means that it's getting late for your Christmas shopping! Ha ha ha ha!!

... Wait, wrong line.

The middle of December has come and gone, which also means that half the building time alloted for the Christmas village contest is now behind us. Worry not, though, for there is plenty of time to jump in even if you haven't started yet! Spruce Hills has been expanded a few times already due to the popularity of this event, and more plots have been added to be built on. Don't hesitate if you've been thinking about jumping in! All participants will win some Merit Points, giving them a chance at winning some prizes!

Prizes to be won!

Speaking of Merit Points, here's an update on how that's progressing along with a preview of potential prizes.

As I've indicated previously, Merit Points are being assigned to each participant in the various seasonal events through the year. So far, this includes the Sand Castles contest, the Halloween event, and the Christmas village building contest. As always, you can track your progress in your profile by entering your player name at the top of any page of the Creeper's Lab. You can also view the leaderboard on the forums. The more points you have, the better chance you have at winning prizes!

The current plan calls for a full year of events before winners are drawn, so that will happen in July 2016. Until then, there are plenty of upcoming events to gather points!

Once that year is over, a set number of winners (at least 3) will be determined. Each person will then get to choose a prize from the pile, making sure that they get something that they want! But what's in the pile, you say? What am I earning these points for? Surely it can't be worth the effort (and fun) I'm putting into this! Here's a preview of some of the prizes that will be available...

- $20 gift card - Buy what you want!

- Plush squid - I have one at home, and now so can you!

- A selection of Steam games - For some single or multiplayer fun!

- Lego Minecraft #21119 - The Dungeon - For real-life block handling!

More will be added over time, so stay tuned for the full list... and keep on participating!

Holidays updates!

Posted by Doctacosa on 5 December 2015 at 0:11 [Link]

Now that we've reached December, it's time to roll a few updates!

New Christmas cards!

The Christmas cards are back for a third year!

For those who don't know, I'm sending for the holidays a real, custom Christmas card in the mail to whoever wants one, anywhere in the world. All you need to do is submit your name and full postal address, including country!

You can two ways to claim yours. Go to Laurasia and visit the seasonal park in the Residential District (north from the Community Center). You'll find a giant mailbox in said park. Get a book from it, write your address, then submit it! Alternatively, if you're unable to come on the server, you can enter your mailing address on this special page.

I empty the list of addresses after each year, so be sure to submit your name and address again even if you did so in the past! I also have a limited quantity of cards left over from 2014; please include a note if you'd like to receive one of these as well. All cards will be shipped later this month.

Resource pack update

The Christmas resource pack has been updated by Sphenicus! This latest update includes the recent changes of the standard resource pack (new paintings and sounds), plus some new music tracks to help you enjoy the holidays. You can download it, along with all available addons, on the
resource pack page.

It's getting cold...

It's getting cold out there, and reports have surfaced about frozen sidewalks and rivers. Watch your step!

Seasonal event: building a Christmas village!

Posted by Doctacosa on 1 December 2015 at 21:37 [Link]

December is upon us, and so is the next seasonal event! This time, we're building a Christmas / winter village to celebrate the upcoming holidays!

Many people, kids and adults alike, love seeing these tiny, temporary villages that are placed underneath Christmas trees, in living rooms and in store displays. How about we build a larger version that we can walk through or even inhabit? :-)


Your goal is to create a new building or appropriate location for a new town modeled after one you might find under a Christmas tree or in a diorama. Think of what a stereotypical Christmas village includes: a bakery, a toy store, a church, a school, other stores, and of course, several houses. Your creation doesn't have to strictly be about the holidays, either: plenty of buildings in Victorian architecture or 19th century designs would be appropriate for this location. Use your imagination!

You have to select one lot, sized 25x25, and place your name on it somewhere. Please note that the lots aren't perfectly flat: some are, while others follow the terrain in a more natural manner. Try and make the best use of each location! Fence markers have been set in the corner of each lot with signs identifying each location. You can use the 25x25 space of each lot plus its borders, when applicable. Lots will be added as needed.

The contest begins now and will end on December 31st at 23:59, Eastern time. This gives you an entire month to design and build your entry!


Unlike the previous seasonal events so far, this one is located within Laurasia. A new development called Spruce Hills was created as a sister town to Oak Hills. To get there, from Central, ride the Northern Peripheral (east) to its second stop. Alternatively, from Oak Hills, simply walk east or jump in a minecart for a short trip.

This taking place in Laurasia, bring and mine your own materials, as usual!


The first place winner will get a kit to help them go through the long winter nights: 10 torches, 10 glowstone blocks, 10 redstone lamps, 10 sea lanterns, 10 jack-o-lanterns and 1 beacon!

Additionally, the first, second and third place winners will win 50, 30 and 15 Merit Points each, giving them a chance to win big prizes down the line! As a bonus, a single Merit Point will be going to each person who has claimed a lot and did some work (finished or not). You can get more information about the points by reading my previous news post on them.

Good luck to everyone who decides to enter!!

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