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December 2019

Build more parkour courses!

Posted by Doctacosa on 30 December 2019 at 11:17 [Link]

Have you tried our parkour courses in the lobby? Thought about building one of your own? Maybe honey blocks unlocked new potential that you'd like to explore?

It's now possible for anyone to build additional courses! When you access the Parkour area, in the Games section of the lobby, you'll find a door at the left leading you to the build area. Use the buttons to switch your game mode to creative, claim a free area by putting your name on it, then get building! It's important that your course has clear start and end platforms; everything else is up to you. You'll have to ask a staff member to add you to the building area door's permission; after that, you'll be free to go in and out as you please.

As a reminder, players attempting the parkour courses do so in adventure mode, so they can't break or place blocks. Hunger has been disabled, but health is still enabled - fall damage is a real killer!

Once you've completed building a new course, get in touch with me. I'll review it to make sure it's doable, then add teleporters to link the entry and exit points to the public area.

Give it a shot!

Bee-come one of us with 1.15.1!

Posted by Doctacosa on 21 December 2019 at 20:03 [Link]

All servers have successfully been updated to Minecraft 1.15.1, the Bug Update. Hopefully, this means more bees and fewer technical issues! Update your game version in the launcher, and carry on! The lobby will still support 1.8+ to allow us to warn other players.

For those looking for bees, they'll be made available shortly at Moosemart for a fair price.

New staff nominations

Posted by Doctacosa on 11 December 2019 at 22:26 [Link]

Last week, I made a call for fresh blood to join the staff group. First things first, I'd like to thank everyone who applied: this got more attention than I was expecting, which is good sign that the community is healthy and that people want to get involved more!

With that said, this leaves us with a few nominations:

  • Both MineshaftBob and xLordItachix are being promoted to the op status!
  • To replace them, BiGsTiVo and Twixxi_ are joining the group as helpers!
  • JRandomizer will be taking over the Instagram account to repost the news, and maybe more!
  • Mikey_el16 will get busy preparing new content for our YouTube channel.

Congratulations to everyone! You'll be getting a private forum message from me soon with some more information.

Minecraft 1.15 released, don't update yet!

Posted by Doctacosa on 11 December 2019 at 1:06 [Link]

As expected, Mojang released on the 10th Minecraft 1.15, a new version full of BEES! As always, it will take some time to prepare the servers for the upgrade, but as this version doesn't have a lot of technical changes, this isn't expected to take as much time as was needed for either 1.13 or 1.14. For now, make sure that your client is using 1.14.4 to stay with us!

In the meantime, the lobby has been made compatible with 1.15 to give us a chance to communicate the latest news with all players.

Help wanted!

Posted by Doctacosa on 4 December 2019 at 22:18 [Link]

We've got an active month as far as visitors go thanks to a new ad slot, and we're planning to do this again in the coming months, so it's time to look at getting some more hands on deck!

I'm looking at adding new helpers and ops to the staff of the Creeper's Lab, the exact amount to be determined based on the level of interest.

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 these players to make sure they understand and follow the rules.
  • Getting players unstuck due to server bugs or protections (it happens!).
  • As a last resort, kicking and/or banning troublesome people.

Ops do much of the same as helpers, but also have access to extra abilities and commands. This can include:

  • Tracking down sources of griefing.
  • Reverting said griefing when located.
  • Supervise events and contests by providing assistance when needed.

Additionally, we're also looking for a YouTube and/or Twitch creator to add some liveliness to our channels on YouTube and Twitch. The video channels have proven to be popular in the past, for regulars and random viewers alike, and led quite a few players to join us. Ideally, you've got the skills, time and processing power to create some worthy content. If you've already done videos before, don't hesitate to send a sample link our way!

Only players that are registered and active at the time of this posting will be considered. To apply, please send me a private message on the forums. Nominations will be done in about a week.

Thank you for reading!

December update: Santa, cards and more!

Posted by Doctacosa on 1 December 2019 at 1:02 [Link]

New month, new goals and new surprises. We've got a lot for you, so read on for the details!

Advent calendar

MediaKlepto and Twixxi_, with the help of some others, have prepared an advent calendar for you! The concept is simple: go there, get a gift, and you can do so every day starting today up until Christmas! That's 25 potential days of gifts, including useful goodies and decorative items. They'll get rotated every day at around midnight, Eastern time, so don't miss out!

This is located in Central's Seasonal Park. From Grand Central Station, in the basement, use the Residential Line until you're next to the snowy park. Alternatively, walk West from the station, passing in front of the Community Centre then following that path to the North.

Christmas cards

The Christmas cards are back for a seventh year in a row! Visit the giant mailbox, submit your mail address, and get a signed Christmas card from me in the mail! I'm sending these worldwide. Please make sure to submit your address soon, as I have a limited amount of them available. You can also request an additional card from a past year, as I have limited stock of the issues 2014 to 2018 cards available. Include that mention with your address if you want it!

The giant mailbox is located right next to the advent calendar, once again in Central.

Alternatively, you can use this special page on the forums to submit your address. Why would you do that, though, and risk missing out on the advent content?

New challenge: snowy UHC!

After last month's randomizer, we're back with something a bit more typical in the form of a new UHC map. This time, the cold weather has swept through the place. Make sure you don't freeze!

Note that, since that game mode is different from how the other servers are managed (notably, griefing is allowed and PvP is often on), it's now accessible only to registered players.

Raid boss update: Santa is baaaaaack!

Santa isn't only busy preparing toys and handing out the goodies at the advent calendar, he's also all warmed up and ready to beat you up, with his elves in tow! To exchange politely with them (read here: beat them up), visit the Hunter's Lodge!

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