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!
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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!