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Event: Spleef at Carnival Island!

Posted by Doctacosa on 23 September 2021 at 23:15 [Link]

For our next event, we're going with a Minecraft classic - spleef!

You're invited this Saturday to a Spleef Tournament at Carnival Island! This will begin right as Events Night starts, at 9pm Eastern time, so don't be late. You don't need to bring any special equipment. If you don't know how spleef works, don't worry - it's easy! Just show up, and someone will be happy to explain it to you.

The top three competitors will earn the following:

  • First Place: 25 Merit Points. 3 Merit Vouchers.
  • Second Place: 15 Merit Points. 2 Merit Vouchers.
  • Third Place: 5 Merit Points. 1 Merit Voucher.

This event will be run by Zoreau. Interested in running your own events such as this one? You can do that by yourself!

Read on for the full details, then reserve your event on the forums!

Event: PvP at Orist's!

Posted by Doctacosa on 16 September 2021 at 21:22 [Link]

Those itching for more battles have a new opportunity coming up!

You're invited this Saturday to a Battle Royale PvP Tournament, this time at Orist's Arena! This will begin right as Events Night starts, at 9pm Eastern time, so don't be late. For the sake of keeping the fight balanced for everyone, no science-grade equipment will be allowed. Bring your best vanilla gear!

The top three fighters will earn the following:

  • First Place: 25 Merit Points and 3 Merit Vouchers.
  • Second Place: 15 Merit Points and 2 Merit Vouchers.
  • Third Place: 5 Merit Points and 1 Merit Voucher.

This event will be run by DashieSquare17. Interested in running your own events such as this one? All throughout September, any event sponsor gets double the usual rewards!

Read on for the full details, then reserve your event on the forums!

Build contest: An underwater base!

Posted by Doctacosa on 13 September 2021 at 21:46 [Link]

It's time for a new building contest, with a fresh concept! StTheo invites you to build none other than an underwater base, made out of multiple interconnected modules.

The top three winners can win 50, 30 and 15 Merit Points respectively.

The contest starts today and will last three weeks, thus ending on Monday, 4 October. Get in early to showcase your creativity!

Here's StTheo with the full details and rules.


Background

The barely functional remains of an underwater base have been discovered near the town of Haven. In an effort to study it, researchers have decided to enlist builders to expand it into a functional research colony.

This is heavily inspired by the game "Subnautica".

Location

The town of Haven lies in the far north, accessible on both the overworld and nether sides from Sanctum. On the nether side, travel from the "StTheo" stop and use the door marked with a "Haven" sign.

The town is a work in progress and a literal shell of its former self, but does have a stocked general store (housing the nether portal) you are free to use with lots of supplies for building projects.

The contest area itself is south of Haven, out of Haven's rail station. I've set up armor stands guiding the way to the contest area and signs at the actual tracks.

Judging

Builds will be judged 50/50 on aesthetics vs functionality, but only if the module does not put the base at risk. Functionality will be judged leniently - a glass dome and a single chair has relaxation benefits, if that's what the module for.

Multiple modules per builder are allowed, but the builder must clearly mark whichever one they want judged.

No build will be judged if the "required" modules are not complete.

The Rules

Modules

The base will be made out of modules. Modules must fit in one or two of the pre-determined plots.

The base will start out with a few hallways to build off of, but afterwards it will be up to the colonists how to expand it.

  • You can (and may need to) build modules off of other modules.
  • When building modules, claim a plot immediately with a sign so that other builders aren't taken by surprise.

Required Modules

There must be at least one of each of these modules before the base can be considered complete and judging can begin.

  • Storeroom: Just needs 6 or more containers (double chest counts as 2) for storing building materials and tools.
  • Dormitory: At least 4 beds (in one dormitory or across several) for visitors and those living in the base without their own room.
  • Common Area: Just needs a few chairs and/or anything people might need for de-stressing.
  • Food Production: Needs food storage and a furnace or smoker.
  • Infirmary: Needs a source of water (without directly breaching the hull), a brewing stand, one or more chairs, and one or more beds.

Safety

Your module must not put the base in danger.

  • Hull must be made of sensible blocks: solid, non porous, non-organic.
    • I'll try to be lenient about this: cobblestone would be ok, wood and sponges would not.
    • You can have non-hull blocks on the inside or outside of the hull.
  • Glass is acceptable for the hull (and might look nice).
  • Doors between modules are recommended, iron or piston doors are required for module pressurization.
    • Modules with direct access to the ocean must be pressurized.
    • Piston doors are acceptable and look cooler. They also take up more space, and traditional redstone doesn't really handle well underwater.

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Event: Chicking!

Posted by Doctacosa on 9 September 2021 at 21:47 [Link]

Chickens, chickens everywhere! They're out of control! Can you help gathering and sorting them out?

Join us this Saturday, at 10pm Eastern time, for a few rounds of Chicking! In this game, chickens float down from the sky, and four competing players must use fishing poles to gather them on their side of the arena. This mayhem can get frantic very quickly!

The amount of rounds will be determined based on the amount of participants; the event should last around an hour. The top three winners will earn the following:

  • First Place: 10 Merit Points. 2 Merit Vouchers.
  • Second Place: 5 Merit Points. 1 Merit Vouchers.
  • Third Place: 3 Merit Points.

I hear a rumor that a surprise will also happen in the same night, so be sure to join us for some fun!

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This event will be run by myself. Interested in running your own events such as this one? All throughout September, any event sponsor gets double the usual rewards!

Read on for the full details, then reserve your event on the forums!

Event: PvP at Wildwood Arena!

Posted by Doctacosa on 2 September 2021 at 17:36 [Link]

If you've been thinking that we haven't had a good PvP battle in a while, the wait is almost over!

You're invited this Saturday to a Battle Royale PvP Tournament at Wildwood Arena! This will begin right as Events Night starts, at 9pm Eastern time. For the sake of keeping the fight balanced for everyone, no science-grade equipment will be allowed. Bring your best vanilla gear!

The top three fighters will earn the following:

  • First Place: 25 Merit Points and 3 Merit Vouchers.
  • Second Place: 15 Merit Points and 2 Merit Vouchers.
  • Third Place: 5 Merit Points and 1 Merit Voucher.

This event will be run by NicDaKermit. Interested in running your own events such as this one? All throughout September, any event sponsor gets double the usual rewards!

Read on for the full details, then reserve your event on the forums!

Monthly challenges update: September 2021

Posted by Doctacosa on 1 September 2021 at 22:26 [Link]

Kenorland: Breaking Bed, take 2!

After all that grinding last month, it would be nice to have a chance to rest, wouldn't it?

This month's challenge is a return of Breaking Bed, under a different formula, with the same goal: find and/or craft each bed color, then break it. Each differently colored bed broken is worth one Merit Point, for a possible total of 16.

To the opposite of the previous run, there are no bed superbosses, so that's one thing you don't need to worry about. There could be something else in all that dirt, though...

Science

Gothmog and his minions are trying to steal the Declaration of Independence so I must steal it first! Stop the Balrog and Nicolas Cage from stealing the Declaration of Independence! Beware of the BEEEEEES!

All Horsemen Quests have also been updated. See the Horseman Points Guide for an in-depth look at the quests, points, and how to cash them in!

Guilds

As with every new month, the guilds have new targets. You have until the end of this month to complete them and claim your tokens!

New apprentices, you start in Laurasia's Guild in Central, then gather points to work your way up to Rodinia, Superia, then Gondwana. Everyone else, all four guildhalls are now available to you, should you have unlocked the access.

Once you have been granted the rank of Master, you can obtain Council Tokens from the Master Guilds in Gondwana. These can be traded for special rewards back at the Council Chamber, at the Creeper Citadel. Each guild on each world also has its own range of rewards, so browse through to find what catches your eye!

If you need details on any of these, the wiki page about the Monthly Challenges is updated as soon as each of these is ready at the beginning of the month!

Sponsored events in September - run your own!

Posted by Doctacosa on 28 August 2021 at 15:37 [Link]

Some of you might not be aware that you can run your own events - you don't need to wait for one to be announced, you can take the initiative! These can be PvP, minigames, Carnival runs, races and more. And we've got something to sweeten the deal for you.

For all of September, anyone who chooses to run their own event will see the rewards doubled - that's free Merit Points and Vouchers for you! Plus, courtesy of the Horseman of Death, you will also receive bonus Horsemen Points! If you need a reminder on what these can be good for, I invite you to read the wiki's page on our virtual currencies.

But, "How do I run an event?", you might be asking yourself? It's easy, since we've got templates ready to go!

  1. Look through the set of templates and pick one that interests you.
  2. Go post on the forums with the date, time and event type that you want to run.
  3. Once confirmed, it will be posted on the website's calendar, in the news, plus in our Steam group to notify its followers.

That's it! There are four weekends in September, and you can pick any time of your choosing. Multiple events can happen during the same weekend if there's enough interest, as long as they don't overlap each other.

Note that building contests follow different guidelines.

Questions? Get in touch, we'll be happy to answer them!

Lobby refresh!

Posted by Doctacosa on 26 August 2021 at 19:24 [Link]

The familiar lobby that you use to move between worlds has received a full overhaul! Gone is the stone box of waterfalls, in is a more varied landscape waiting to be explored! All world entry points have remained in their locations, so you get the advantages of an updated scenery without the confusion of having to find your way around.

On first join, players will automatically get two books: one describing the various wings of the lobby, the other offering a summary of our Survival worlds. These will hopefully be useful to newcomers as they learn what we have to offer.

Have fun exploring!

Preview

Tasmantis shutting down in a week

Posted by Doctacosa on 23 August 2021 at 22:12 [Link]

I hope everyone enjoyed their experience of exploring and mining the new materials added in 1.17! With the interest level in Tasmantis calming down, it's time to retire it. This will happen on Monday next week; this gives you a full week left to go gather any materials you want from there!

Introducing The Sandbox!

Posted by Doctacosa on 22 August 2021 at 19:06 [Link]

A special message from Groovy!


Ever want a creative world where you can go to test a redstone contraption? Check out a block color palette? Build without worrying about gathering resources? That's what the Sandbox is for. The Sandbox is a new affiliate server hosted by GroovyBanana and can be found in the lobby in the affiliates section. This new server is available to members of trusted rank or higher and the same rules of Creeper's Lab apply there, the big ones being no griefing and keep your chat clean. With this server being restricted to trusted or above, I expect there will be no problems.

This world will be unlike other worlds here on Creeper's Lab, the big thing being that the world will most likely be reset at semi regular intervals. I really don't have any idea how often this will happen, it will depend greatly on how much the server is used. Warning will be given before anything is deleted and if you have a build that you really don't want to lose, chances are arrangements will be able to be made so that you don't lose the build. Another thing of note, this is a flat world. One rule that it is different from Creeper's Lab, if you want to access the nether roof, go for it.

I hope the community finds this useful! I know I hop onto a creative world on a regular basis and I always missed having the server chat or the ability to easily invite someone to take a look at something. If you have any questions, comments or feedback feel free to reach out to me in game or on Discord.

Thanks, GroovyBanana

Brixton Estate Contest Results

Posted by Doctacosa on 15 August 2021 at 18:46 [Link]

The Brixton Estate building contest has wrapped up, and it's time to look at the winners! Without further delay:

1st Place: NicDaKermit
2nd Place: AlexTheTrain
3rd Place: Exodio

Your prizes have been placed outside the front door of all builds. Remember that every participant could earn a little something, so be sure to make the detour to claim your goodies! Tokens can be traded at the vendor next to the Nether portal.

See the contest results page for the full list of entries. Due to the difficulty of taking nice looking screenshots inside smaller builds, only the winning entries have visuals. To better appreciate all entries, go visit the Estate in-game!

The Brixton Estate area is now available once again for general building. Anyone looking to claim another house is welcome to do so, along with previous participants wanting to bring their entry further. Thanks to Twixxi for running another fun event, and congrats to all participants!

The Games section is back!

Posted by Doctacosa on 5 August 2021 at 21:25 [Link]

After a few days of downtime, the Games section of the lobby is back online! Fans of Parkour, PvP, TNT Tag and World 8, feel free to jump in right away.

With the higher amount of interest in Kenorland this month, mixed with the ongoing presence of the temporary world of Tasmantis, the physical server hosting us was getting overcrowded. This meant that players would have faced the dreaded "High server load" notification too often. To solve this, I have moved the minigames on a different platform entirely, helping you get where you want, when you want!

Monthly challenges update: August 2021

Posted by Doctacosa on 1 August 2021 at 21:06 [Link]

Kenorland: Grindatron

The popular Grindatron makes its return on Kenorland this month!

This world, accessible in Kenorland through the lobby, gives you the target of a different block or item to find every 4 hours. Find the item in the required quantity, return it to the enderchest located at spawn (0, 0), and you're done!

The catch is, you have a limited amount of energy to complete the objective, so you need to manage your resources to complete this in an efficient manner. Each goal completed gives you a Merit Point, making this a great way to quickly build up a supply of them!

Changes since last time:

  • The items from both 1.16 and 1.17 have been added to the rotation, get that blackstone and copper ready!
  • The odds of getting some targets have been rebalanced, including lowering the rates of coral and music discs.
  • The difficulty for the first several days has been lowered; the challenge will now ramp up to the 10th day of the month.

For the full details on how this works, see the guide on the challenges page. Anyone can enter at any time, there is no direct competition, each target you complete is worth one Merit Point!

Science

Have you ever seen a dressed Rancor? No? Well, Captain Underpants tried to change that, and it didn't go well. Go calm both of them down at the Hunter's Lodge, all month long!

All Horsemen Quests have also been updated. See the Horseman Points Guide for an indepth look at the quests, points, and how to cash them in!

Guilds

After a mad rush last month, where the titles of Grand Masters were claimed surprisingly quickly, we're back to the regular rotation of monthly targets in all four guilds!

New apprentices, you start in Laurasia's Guild in Central, then gather points to work your way up to Rodinia, Superia, then Gondwana. Everyone else, all four guildhalls are now available to you, should you have unlocked the access.

Once you have been granted the rank of Master, you can obtain Council Tokens from the Master Guilds in Gondwana. These can be traded for special rewards back at the Council Chamber, at the Creeper Citadel. Each guild on each world also has its own range of rewards, so browse through to find what catches your eye!

If you need details on any of these, the wiki page about the Monthly Challenges is updated as soon as each of these is ready at the beginning of the month!


Brixton Estate contest reminder

The building contest at Brixton Estate is still ongoing, and you have a week as of this writing to complete your entry!

Houses are already built - your goal is to add decoration, both inside and outside, to make your place really stand out. Review the full guidelines and rules, then get started! It doesn't matter if you're new, having a starting point already done means that anyone can swoop in at the last minute to have a quality build!

Plugins now available to server owners

Posted by Doctacosa on 26 July 2021 at 21:21 [Link]

As many of you already know, I've written multiple server plugins over time. Some were created to add brand new features, others to replace existing plugins that went unmaintained or weren't reliable enough.

Considering the amount of work I've put into these, I figured I'd go the extra distance and make them publicly available! As of now, I have five plugins ready for download, with more being planned for an eventual release.

If you're interested, you can access all the important links on a new page on Interordi. This currently includes downloads on Spigot and Polymart, plus their full source code on GitHub.

This isn't something that will be relevant to most of you, as you're already having fun playing on the Creeper's Lab, but some here also run their own servers and might have a use for them!

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Building Contest: Brixton Estate

Posted by Twixxi on 24 July 2021 at 6:19 [Link]

The (lesser known) Interior Decorator's Guild invites you to take part in a building contest!

The Contest is being held at the Brixton Estate (West Nether Line to Alucard, then up one floor). There are 24 identical plots available to choose from, which the observant may notice already have houses built on them. The focus of this contest is interior and garden decoration, not building skills. Add a sign with your name to the plot you wish to claim.

The Contest is open now and will close on 8th August!

Brixton Estate


The Rules!

The Brixton Estate has quite strict building regulations which the Interior Decorator's Guild have agreed to follow for this contest. As such:

  • Your plot is surrounded by a fence and everything must be contained within your fence. Do not build above or below the fence, or spill out onto the pavement.
  • The majority of the Bricks must stay the same. You can move, change, add or remove windows and doors, but the essential brickwork structure must remain.
  • You may add more bricks if you want, for instance to create an extension in the back garden.
  • You can change any of the wood, including the interior walls and roof, in any way you want. However the build must not go above Y79 (two blocks above the current roof).
  • If you choose to dig down in the garden, do not go below Y59 (basement level).
  • All builds must have a sewer connection. There is one in each basement, but you can be creative as to how it is used.
  • You may also decorate the grass verge on the pavement outside your house. This cannot be more than two blocks tall.
  • A vendor is located near the portal selling some useful decorations for emeralds.
  • Please only take one plot.

Judging!

Builds will be scored out of ten on the following criteria:

  • Interior Decoration (30%)
  • Garden Decoration (30%)
  • Use of Space (10%)
  • Fitting the Estate's theme (10%)
  • Unique-ness (10%)
  • Sewer Integration (5%)
  • Grass Verge Decoration (5%)

If you wish to help Judge this contest, please contact Twixxi! Judges will not be eligible for first, second or third place prizes but will receive a reward.


Prizes!

  • First Place: 100x Interior Decorator's Guild Token, Master Interior Decorator Insignia, 3x Interior Decorator's Potion IV (Levitation 40 sec, Slow Fall 80 sec),
  • Second Place: 40x Interior Decorator's Guild Token, Expert Interior Decorator Insignia, 3x Interior Decorator's Potion III (Levitation 30 sec, Slow Fall 60 sec),
  • Third Place: 15x Interior Decorator's Guild Token, Journeyman Interior Decorator Insignia, 3x Interior Decorator's Potion II (Levitation 20 sec, Slow Fall 40 sec),
  • All Runners-up and Judges: 5x Interior Decorator's Guild Token, Apprentice Interior Decorator Insignia, 3x Interior Decorator's Potion I (Levitation 10 sec, Slow Fall 20 sec),

Interior Decorator's Guild Tokens can be used at the Prize Vendor to buy:

  • 5 Tokens -> Box of Bricks (Orange Shulker full of Bricks)
  • 5 Tokens -> Dye Pack (Pink Shulker with a stack of every Dye)
  • 10 Tokens -> Decorator's Torch [When in Off Hand: +0.01 Speed; +7 Luck; Produces light around Player if using Optifine Dynamic Lighting] (Blaze Rod)
  • 20 Tokens -> Log Stripping Axe [Unbreakable. When in Main Hand: -0.09 Speed] (Stone Axe)
  • 50 Tokens -> Brick Helmet [Aqua Affinity, Depth Strider III, Protection IV, Respiration 255, When on Head: +0.1 Speed; +10 Knockback Resistance] (Custom Player Head)

Major Prizes

Shop for microblocks at the Mini Mart!

Posted by Doctacosa on 21 July 2021 at 15:58 [Link]

Those looking for a bit more variety in building blocks are welcomed to visit the newest destination in Central's Commercial District - the Mini Mart!

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The Mini Mart offers microblock versions of the standard blocks in the game, opening up some new possibilities for decor within your builds. This is done using disguised player heads, so you can orient the blocks the way you want.

Designed by Kimonellos, the place offers pretty much every single block in the game, including the newest 1.17 goodies, and plans to be expanded for future game updates.

The trades are a 1:1 between the regular material and the microblock. Be sure to grab the instructions book within (to your right after entering) for the full details.

You will find the Mini Mart in Laurasia's Central, in the Commercial District, nearby the Creeper Bazaar. Be sure to visit when you get the chance!

New Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

Posted by Doctacosa on 18 July 2021 at 15:03 [Link]

I'm introducting today to the entire Interordi network, including the Creeper's Lab, an official Privacy Policy alongside Terms of Use. Both are used to highlight how your data is stored and used, what expectations you can have while using the websites and game servers, and under what conditions you are allowed to access the whole network.

There is nothing crazy to be found in either documents, as they cover basic expectations you would have from most places. I was reaching a point where I needed both in order to pursue some projects, so I finally took the time to get the proper documents into place. These are requirements from third-party partners to allow use of their own tools and platforms, which I'm planning to work on in the upcoming months to add new features. As such, I invite you to review both pages when you get the chance. They are linked at the bottom of most pages here and elsewhere.

These will officially go live on 1 August 2021.

Bug fixes

Posted by Doctacosa on 15 July 2021 at 17:22 [Link]

There's always work to be done somewhere, and now I'm happy to confirm that two notable bugs have been fixed.

First, a correction on achievements tracking: shift-clicking items in the personal crafting grid or on a crafting table will properly count the total quantity of items crafted, so you don't need to click them one by one anymore.

Second, breaking your bed will now reset your spawn point to the world you're in, restoring the vanilla behavior. It used to be that breaking a bed wouldn't change anything, forcing you to set your spawn somewhere else manually. That's no longer needed! For this to work properly, make sure to right-click your favorite bed once again to ensure your place is set; you don't need to wait for night to come.

Bungalow Contest Results

Posted by Doctacosa on 10 July 2021 at 16:38 [Link]

The Paradise Resort Island building contest has closed, the entries have been judged, and it's time to announce the results! Here's Exodio with the details.


The Blue Palm Hotel thanks everyone who joined the Bungalow Contest! Most of the entries will find a permanent home at the Resort.

Congratulations to the winners:
1st Place: ROEN_44
2nd Place: TIE Sane_Tezz and the team of Chilling_Slav & D_0C
3rd Place: TIE GroovyBanana and Doctacosa

Prizes will be in your mailboxes, Groovy and Doc please talk to me to claim your chair at the Blue Palm Bar!

Judging was by Exodio with input from Mrs. Salifax. Please note that a Bungalow is considered a one or two story building with a porch, and if a second story exists, it is typically a half-sized floor with an angled roof. I tried to be objective as well as appreciating the aesthetics of each entry in their own right. This was very difficult to judge but I had a great time doing it, and seeing what was built.


See the contest results page for the list of entries, or the wiki page for everything about it.

Paradise Resort Island is now reopened to allow builds! There are several unclaimed bungalow spots available, plus a variety of hotel rooms for those who would prefer to do an indoors concept. Thanks to Exodio for running the event, and congrats to all participants!

Now running 1.17.1!

Posted by Doctacosa on 9 July 2021 at 21:05 [Link]

This is the time that many of you have been waiting for: we're officially running 1.17, Caves & Cliffs: Part I! Java players, set your client to 1.17.1 to continue playing with us. Bedrock players, you're already set to go!

You might be looking for the new materials and blocks introduced in this update. To let you find them easily, a rebooted Tasmantis is now available in the survival wing of the lobby. The previous spawn town has been moved over, but the rest of the world is brand new, with a variety of biomes waiting to be discovered. Explore, gather the materials you want, and bring them elsewhere! This world is temporary - don't make builds you want to keep! It will be removed once interest dies down.

With 1.18 already promising more changes, no changes will be done to the existing worlds for now.

The resource pack downloads have been updated to clear any notification about outdated files. There is no new content available.

Science players, read on for new information from Sora!


As part of our upgrade to 1.17, science has undergone the massive rebalancing we mentioned a few weeks ago! The core armor and weapon sets have been enhanced to match vanilla's new endgame of Netherite, and the science mobs and bosses have been powered up equally.

You have the older version of the newly enhanced items? Check the below post, and bring them to the Science Workshop beneath the Post Office at the Citadel to get them upgraded! It's highly advised to proceed with these updates, as you may not perform as well in this new science environment with the older gear!

1.17 Science Item Update Changelog

Updates to the forum posts and wiki are in process to reflect the new item and NPC changes.

Please note, some items may be limited to 1 upgrade per person.

Event: Spider Dome this weekend!

Posted by Doctacosa on 8 July 2021 at 21:35 [Link]

Who's in a fighting mood?

It's time to go back once again to the Spider Dome and face hordes of monsters! For those not familiar with the concept, a group of players go into the titular arena and fight waves of mobs summoned by none other than myself. Fun, tricks, laughs and deaths are all to be expected, while you get to keep the drops of anything you can get your hands on!

We'll start at 10pm, Eastern time, this Saturday. No science-based equipment allowed: bring your best, purely vanilla gear and see how you will do!

Minecraft Java Edition 1.17.1 was released yesterday, and the network has been updated to allow connections from this new version. The servers themselves still run 1.16.5 and you are encouraged to stick to that version for now. Bedrock players, no changes no report.

Work on the actual update to 1.17 is progressing, but not quite ready yet due to compatibility issues with at least one plugin. I'm hoping to be able to see that through soon.

Guilds: Grand Master Winners!

Posted by Twixxi on 2 July 2021 at 15:03 [Link]

After a very heated race, all six Guild Grand Master spots have now been won! The winners are:

  • axe_y has become the Grand Master of the Blacksmith's Guild
  • GroovyBanana has become the Grand Master of the Hunter's Guild
  • StTheo has become the Grand Master of the Builder's Guild
  • BioZombieActive has become the Grand Master of the Miner's Guild
  • Rebbica007 has become the Grand Master of the Fisher's Guild
  • Doctacosa has become the Grand Master of the Farmer's Guild

Congratulations to you all! Your prizes await you at the Guild Council Chamber in the Citadel.

Guild Council Chamber

For everyone else, the Guilds are very much still open! There are a number of rewards available at each rank, and Replica versions of the Grand Master prizes are available for those who prove themselves at the Master level! There are also a couple of special rewards for those who can achieve Master in all six guilds! More information on these can be found on the forum thread.

The Grand Masters

Monthly challenges update: July 2021

Posted by Doctacosa on 1 July 2021 at 15:02 [Link]

Kenorland: UHC

After all that running last month, it's time for less racing and more survival efforts with the return of UHC! As a reminder, your four targets in this world are:

  • Crafting a bookshelf
  • Crafting an enchantment table
  • Access the Nether
  • Pick up a blaze rod

Each is worth 5 Merit Points. Dying kicks you out of Kenorland for a week, so be careful!

Race Away results

Speaking of racing, last month saw some seriously strong competition going, way beyond what I expected! Here are our top 30 runners and their best positions:

1: GroovyBanana - 88888
2: GodofRandom23 - 77024
3: MineshaftBob - 72173
4: MrsForerunner - 63029
5: BroitsTAG - 61048
6: axe_y - 59677
7: Caiside2202 - 45158
8: AustinTexas21 - 45009
9: DashieSquare17 - 43164
10: ItzEnderr - 30302
11: Aaranvor - 29809
12: alecmon2 - 28836
13: NicDaKermit - 27791
14: MrTweety10 - 26143
15: BlueShadowDemon - 20749
16: ROEN_44 - 20364
17: xKamachi - 11583
18: AlexTheTrain - 11029
19: Kimonellos - 9931
20: Alphasniper828 - 4654
21: ~ThaRaptorKid - 4469
22: MeridianNight - 4000
23: TacoBell96 - 3938
24: ~INFERNO628 - 1624
25: ~nathanielfike43 - 1041
26: BioZombieActive - 901
27: Exodio - 821
28: Coneva - 393
29: Aresd57 - 215
30: ~Offbrand_Neo - 119

All Merit Points have been awarded to the contestants. Congrats, that was very fun to see unfold!

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It's now July, where a Warlock and Uncle Sam are engaged in a month-long conflict at the Hunter's Lodge! Can you pacify the region by calming them down... the hard way?

All Horsemen Quests have also been updated. See the Horseman Points Guide for an indepth look at the quests, points, and how to cash them in!

Guilds

This month is the one: the first people can become eligible for the title of Grand Master in each guild, and the competition appears to be fierce! The new guild targets will gradually be rotated in starting at 7pm Eastern time tonight. This also marks the opening day for the Gondwana Guild Hall for those that have gathered enough points!

If you need more information on how to claim a title of Grand Master, see Twixxi's update from last week.

Once you have been granted the rank of Master, you can obtain Council Tokens from the Master Guilds in Gondwana. These can be traded for special rewards back at the Council Chamber, at the Creeper Citadel.

If you need details on any of these, the wiki page about the Monthly Challenges is updated as soon as each of these is ready at the beginning of the month!


Paradise Resort Island party

As a reminder to everyone, we have a party scheduled this Saturday! Here is Exodio with the details.

Party on Paradise Resort Island this Saturday starting at 9PM EST with Event Night! Come and hang out for a couple of hours and explore the Island, hang out with friends, and maybe throw up a last minute Bungalow for the contest!

*The party will involve mostly lounging on the beach, having a cookout, a boat race around the island, and ending with a fireworks display at Midnight EST. *

Music for the Fireworks show will be provided by Jukebox discs, and coordinated using the Creeper's Lab Standard Resource Pack, so make sure you download and install the pack before the Fireworks start! If you are unable to, a Playlist with potential songs for the display can be found here. Each song will be announced before starting to give people time to load it up and play along.

To get to the Island, simply visit the nearest TARDIS and go to "More Attractions". Please feel free to bring your own refreshments or activities to share with others! Hope to see you there.

Resource packs updated for Bedrock players

Posted by Doctacosa on 29 June 2021 at 19:45 [Link]

The resource packs page has been updated for our Bedrock players!

Previously, the packs were labelled as only "Java" or "Windows 10", but it turns out that they work just as well on Android (and likely iOS). As such, the presentation on the page has been updated to note that the main pack is available to a wider range of players.

Plus, with Bedrock Edition also having the ability to install multiple ones, the various add-ons have been added to the page. You like our main resource pack, but aren't a fan of the potato rain? Then grab Notato, install it with a higher priority than the main pack, and you'll be set!

Visit the resource packs page for the full information.

Reminder: Build a bungalow!

Posted by Doctacosa on 25 June 2021 at 21:13 [Link]

Only 9 days left in the Bungalow Building contest on Paradise Resort Island! 11 Bungalow Plots and at least 1 Hotel Room have been claimed already. Grab a good spot while you can. Remember, Paradise Resort Island is accessible via Tardis during Event Night for ease of arrival, and the Contest goes through the end of Event Night on July 4th.

Party on the Island on July 3rd at the beginning of Event Night, so any latecomers can also build then. For full info on the prizes (Diamonds!), check out the Creeperpedia entry.

Guilds: Grand Master Race Information

Posted by Twixxi on 24 June 2021 at 16:34 [Link]

When the Guild tasks reset on 1st July, some players will finally be able to obtain enough tokens to reach the rank of Master!

As we announced when the Guilds launched, the first person to claim the rank of Master in each Guild will be named the Grand Master of that Guild! As well as the prestige of the title and a seat in the Guild Council Chamber, each Grand Master will be rewarded with 50 Merit Points and a unique reward. You can only be Grand Master of one Guild, so choose wisely!

So that you can plan for the day, we can confirm that the Guild tasks will start to be reset at approximately 7pm EST on 1st July. Tasks have to be changed manually one at a time, so keep an eye on chat for announcements of when each Guildhall has been changed over.

To claim the Grand Master title, purchase the relevant Master Certificate from the Expert Guildhall in Superia, which costs 100 tokens. Then take your Certificate to the Master Guildhall in Gondwana and push the button at Reception. Unlike the other Guildhalls, there is a separate button at Reception for each Guild so that you are in full control of which one you redeem first. If you are the first player to reach the rank of Master in a Guild, and you have not already become Guild Master in another Guild, then you will automatically be granted the Grand Master role!

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A few important things to note:

  • If you are going for Master in more than one Guild, remember that you will be given Grand Master only in the first unclaimed Guild that you redeem. Choose carefully.
  • Remember that clever workarounds to bypass challenge requirements are not allowed. Given the fact that this month includes a race element, people are specifically forbidden from preparing big stacks of blocks in advance to mine for the Miner's Guild Challenge. I will be checking, so go out in the world and find those resources properly!
  • In the interests of fairness, staff who are participating in the race are asked to travel between worlds via the lobby rather than switching directly.

Best of luck everyone. I'll be around on the day if there are any problems!

~Twixxi, Guild Leader

The full list of players is back!

Posted by Doctacosa on 22 June 2021 at 9:22 [Link]

Something that had to be sacrified for the sake for 1.17 compatibility was quickly noticed by many: the full list of players was no longer shown on pressing tab. Worry no more, as it is back!

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Java players now get a display similar to the previous one, showing all players along with their location on the network. The yellow number indicates the ping of each person, giving them a clue to the quality of their connection. Newly added is a clock set to the server's timezone (Eastern time); this way, people located elsewhere don't need to play a guessing game as to when the next event will start.

On Bedrock, the display is more limited due to the stronger restrictions of the game. Still, the full list of players is also available. A notable improvement from before is that all player names now display properly no matter where people are, so there are no cryptic ~BTLP entries to be found!

Building contest: Paradise Resort Island!

Posted by Doctacosa on 18 June 2021 at 21:08 [Link]

It's already time for our next building contest, and it begins right now!

Exodio is hosting a Bungalow Building Contest on Paradise Resort Island! Come and build your dream resort hut and win prizes! Contest will start on Friday, June 18th at 9PM EST and runs through Sunday, July 4th at 9PM EST.

Prizes include Diamonds, Emeralds, and your very own Drinking Chair!

For directions to the Island and full rules, check out the Creeperpedia page.

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Plus, there will be a party on Events Night on 3 July at the same location, right before the end of the contest, so claim a lot early and be there for the full experience!

Introducing Interordi Accounts

Posted by Doctacosa on 15 June 2021 at 23:15 [Link]

To help new and old players alike to manage their profiles more easily, I'm happy to introduce today Interordi Accounts!

This new tool becomes the entry point of any new potential players, giving them a simplified interface to register and edit their accounts. It's also available to everyone else, of course! All registration guides will now point to this.

The eventual goal is that any tool on the Creeper's Lab (or the wider Interordi network) that requires a login will rely on Interordi Accounts. For now, this includes the whitelist, forums and some staff tools. The wiki will eventually adopt them, too.

For those already familiar with the forums, you can access your account from there, as usual, with the full range of features.

More functionality will be added over time!

Now compatible with 1.17!

Posted by Doctacosa on 8 June 2021 at 19:39 [Link]

Minecraft 1.17 has been released today, and it's time for us to prepare for the update too! The network has been updated to accept connections from 1.17, so you can continue to play with us right away. However, this isn't the actual upgrade to 1.17 yet.

All servers are still running 1.16.5, this change is simply to let you join without problems. Java players, I recommend sticking with 1.16.4 or 1.16.5 for the best experience. Bedrock players, you will need to update to 1.17 to be able to connect. However, I'll say this again, no new game features are available yet.

The actual upgrade will happen once all necessary server software has been updated and tested, including the plugins. I don't know as of this writing when that will happen.

One thing that's been removed is the player list displaying people across all worlds, as it was causing too many compatibility issues. I will be looking for a replacement. In the meantime, I invite you to try the new /players in-game command, which will give you the same information in a new format!


If you are using account linking with both your Java and Bedrock accounts, the link has been severed. You will want to recreate that by accessing the server at link.geysermc.org. The full instructions are at the bottom of the Bedrock information page.

Levansk contest results!

Posted by Doctacosa on 4 June 2021 at 23:01 [Link]

The Levansk contest results are in! While not a lot of entries were made, the quality level was high all around. Without further delay, the winners:

First place: Exodio
Second place: StTheo
Third place: AlexTheTrain

Exodio won $25 USD, while the three winners each earned 50, 30 and 10 Merit Point respectively. Congratulations to all participants, and thanks to Offbrand Neo for running the event! You can view the full list of entries along with Neo's comments on the contest page.

Note that Levansk is still open for building, and there are several lots still available to building! If you're looking for a location for your next creation, you can always check the building sites page for inspiration. It lists open areas along with the local constraints or themes, if any. Levansk is now on the list.

If you're looking forward to more building contests, stay tuned: I hear that more are on the way, possibly sooner than you think!

Monthly challenges update: June 2021

Posted by Doctacosa on 1 June 2021 at 22:30 [Link]

Kenorland: Race away

Race Away is back for another round, get these blocky legs going!

As always, the goal is to reach the highest X coordinate possible, following the East cardinal direction. This new world will be a bigger challenge to navigate; slow and steady might be the key to victory!

A starting pack of items is provided at the spawn point, make sure to collect it before going. Due to the rare nature of any food items, your health is set to slowly regenerate.

The top 30 runners will get Merit Points based on their best position, in decreasing order. That is, the top runner will get 30, the second place 29, third place 28, and so on.

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For June, enjoy the time on the beach, with rattling Bone Towers and Mr. Sun himself defending their domain in the Hunter's Lodge!

All Horsemen Quests have also been updated. See the Horseman Points Guide for an indepth look at the quests, points, and how to cash them in!

Guilds

The tasks for the guilds have been rotated in Laurasia, Rodinia and Superia. Multiple players are still in the running for the Grand Master title of each guild; keep going if you want a chance at claming one! The first opportunity for these will be next month, if people keep going at the current pace. More details will be shared before the end of the month. Good luck to everyone!

If you need details on any of these, the wiki page about the Monthly Challenges is updated as soon as each of these is ready at the beginning of the month!


Staff updates

To better help with supporting the community, both Kimonellos and Rebbica007 have been promoted to op status. Congrats to you two, and thanks for helping!

Due to extended inactivity, Kagato has been returned to trusted status. I appreciate the help you gave while you were available!


Upcoming science updates

With Minecraft 1.17 getting close, it's once again time to prepare an update and rebalance things as needed.

Most notably, the Lost Woods and the Horsemen Areas will be updated so that you will need to complete each one before being allowed to move on to the next. Some existing items will also be adjusted, while keep inventory will be applied to more boss rooms.

This will take place starting next Monday, on 7 June, leaving you a full Events Night to complete any work you might already have in process. I recommend that you read the full forum post with the details on how this will work.

Reminder on Levansk contest and Famine event

Posted by Doctacosa on 20 May 2021 at 21:44 [Link]

Don't forget that the building contest at Levansk is still ongoing! As of this posting, you still have over 11 full days to claim a lot (or more) and get building! Your goal is to fill in a mid-20th century European town or city within the existing walls. There's $25 USD to be won, plus Merit Points, so don't miss your chance!


Also underway is the Famine Birthday Event, with about three days left. You can earn a few collectibles, most notably a Cadou that gives you the power of a Totem of Undying, an attack boost and speed increase, at the cost of some of your health. Get busy!

Famine Birthday Event - Ethan Must Die

Posted by MediaKlepto on 17 May 2021 at 15:12 [Link]

A strange, black mold has appeared near the entrance to Pandora, and what would any good plague be without some death?

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Your friendly neighorhood Famine here, asking you to clean up this mess. Following the trail of the foreign fungus will lead you to one of Pandora's native sporeling caves, so something in there must be bothering them. I'm leaving it up to you to get rid of it, and maybe bring something back for your troubles. To get to Pandora...

Via the Overworld: Currently, only the Cannon shortcut platform from the Creeper Citadel.
Via the Nether: South Nether Rail -> DeNile (2nd Stop) -> Pandora (3rd Floor)

Speaking of, that "jolly" old merchant back by the Rest House might be able to offer you something in exchange for what you find in there. I'm told he's also something of a foodie and may be willing to cook you up some special buffs if you bring him the right ingredients. Rumor has it he'll even be sticking around after this whole thing is over.

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This event runs from now until the close of Events Night at 9pm EST on Sunday, May 23rd.

Until then, that scrambling lunatic Ethan Winters will be available for slaughter through a spawner in the sporeling cave at the end of the moldy trail through the mountain in Pandora. He drops a handful of items - some useful, and some not so much. He's not exactly a pushover, so this may wind up being more of a war of attrition than anything else. Be careful; he may seem harmless, though he's anything but.

One of the more handy things he'll drop is the Family Photo, which you'll want to take back and deliver to the Duke's Emporium by pressing the button on the barrel next to his cart. Do this and you'll receive a new friend to accompany you in the form of a parasitic little Cadou with the following stats:

  • Cadou (Totem of Undying) [When in offhand: +8 Attack Damage, -8 Max Health, +0.08 Speed]

This can only be done once per player, so despite how overwhelming the desire may be you only really need to kill Ethan one time.

Good luck getting your hands on the prize before time runs out. Happy birthday to me!

Love?,
~ Famine

Running your own events, now with templates!

Posted by Doctacosa on 11 May 2021 at 19:35 [Link]

It's been possible for a long time for anyone to run their own activities during Events Nights, but most people either don't know how, or have no idea where to start. Well, we've got something for you!

We've prepared a list of templates that you can use to run your own events, including what to do, the location, duration and rewards to offer to participants. As an extra incentive, event runners are also eligible for their own rewards if they choose to claim it!

You can check the new events page for the full details and instructions on running your own events. Note that these are templates - think references - and not absolute instructions: you can also take one as a base to develop your own concept.

This comes with a major overhaul of the attractions page; each location now has more information on each destination, including a description and the directions to get there.

If you choose to run an event, select a template and go write a post on the forums with the details. Once confirmed, it will get published on the website, social media channels, Steam group and site calendar for everyone to know! If you have any questions, ask Doctacosa either on the forums or through Discord.

Thanks to Sora for doing a lot of the initial ground work on this, and being patient with me as I was making the necessary preparations!

Updated maps

Posted by Doctacosa on 3 May 2021 at 10:12 [Link]

The maps for all worlds have been updated with a new visual layer! This interface has an improved display and modern controls which will be easier to use, especially for mobile users. Don't worry, though - this is still the same tool as before, with all the features you've come to love!

Notably, this fixes the issue of the endlessly reloading map after a server restart!

Related, Laurasia's map display has been wiped and is currently regenerating. Depending on how fast this runs, this could take a few or several days. The process will fix some color glitches while the map areas that have been deleted over time will be cleanly removed.

Monthly challenges update: May 2021

Posted by Doctacosa on 1 May 2021 at 23:43 [Link]

Kenorland: Breaking Bed

Breaking Bed invites you: enter a brand new world, find the proper materials, then make and break a bed of each color. Each succesful bed break will give you one Merit Point, once per color. This means that you can earn up to 16 Merit Points this month!

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For May, enjoy a Surf'n'turf special, with fishy Fun Towers and earthy Puebla Soldiers defending their domains of the Hunter's Lodge!

All Horsemen Quests have also been updated. See the Horseman Points Guide for an indepth look at the quests, points, and how to cash them in!

Guilds

The quests have been rotated for the new month. For those who have been keeping up with gathering enough tokens, Superia's guildhall is now open with heightened targets, each worth even more points. Complete your work in Laurasia and Rodinia, then unlock these new doors!

If you need details on any of these, the wiki page about the Monthly Challenges is updated as soon as each of these is ready at the beginning of the month!


Building contest

Don't forget about our building contest at Levansk! It has just begun, and you have a full month available to design and build your entry. Go claim a lot and start working on ideas!

Building contest: a city in Levansk!

Posted by Doctacosa on 27 April 2021 at 22:05 [Link]

You might have heard about Levansk lately. A group has settled around it, the walls are up, it's now time to fill in the place, and that will happen through our next building contest! This event is hosted by ~Offbrand_Neo.

Rules

The theme of this contest is to create a mid-20th century European town or city, although departures from that are allowed.

Quoting Neo: "People can be judged on several factors. In the case of a store or housing area, usefulness and creativity. In the case of an amusement or attraction, creativity and fun factor. In the case of farms, mechanical effectiveness. In the case of purely decorative stuff itll be purely based on build quality and attention to detail. On all accounts looking good will be factored in."

Lots are already predefined; look for the basalt block that mark the corners of each building spot. Four districts have been defined, your build idea must be made in the matching district within Levansk. See the local indications for more information.

Claim a lot by placing a sign with your name on it, then get building! You can claim multiple lots if you want, as everything you do will be judged together, so plan accordingly.

Vertically, you're allowed to go between y=45 to y=85.

The building period starts today and ends on June 1st at 12pm CST / 1pm Eastern time.

Location

You will want to make your way to Levansk. From Central, ride the East Nether line to the Doctralia substation, go to the third floor, then choose the Levansk Community Line.

Prizes

The top winner is eligible to $25 USD, offered by ~Offbrand_Neo.

Additionally, the top three winners will get 50, 30 and 10 Merit Points respectively.

Good luck to all!

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About playing pranks and jokes

Posted by Doctacosa on 24 April 2021 at 22:03 [Link]

Many players like to ask us if pranks are allowed, or causing trouble to another player "just for fun".

What you think is a "harmless prank" won't always be understood as such by your target. Things done "just for fun" aren't funny for everyone. Some will get angry, others will be scared about what's going on. Some also get worried about bugs and get in touch with the staff for help, only to realize later that nothing was seriously wrong.

That ends up causing trouble to the people being targeted and the staff which looks into potential problems. Taking items "for fun" is dangerously close to stealing and should be avoided, same as changing someone else's build.

Pranks aren't strictly forbidden, but think carefully about setting one up: your target might not like it as much as you think.

This information has been added to the rules page to ensure that everyone has a chance to be aware.

Bedrock support updated to 1.16.220

Posted by Doctacosa on 6 April 2021 at 18:55 [Link]

Minecraft: Bedrock Edition got a new version today with 1.16.220, containing mostly bug fixes. The network has been updated to accept this new version while remaining compatible with all 1.16 releases. Let your game update when its ready, and go grow those vines!

Monthly update: science, guilds and more

Posted by Doctacosa on 4 April 2021 at 10:39 [Link]

Kenorland: UHC in an ancient setting*

UHC makes a return in Kenorland, featuring a very appropriate April-themed map. This is one where completing the four targets could be as entertaining as exploring this unique world itself, so make sure you don't miss it!

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Today is Easter, and to celebrate, the Hunter's Lodge features Sæhrímnir, a Predatory Teddy Bear, Scared Children and none other than Zombie Jesus.

Plus, for the item gatherers out there, all Horsemen Quests have been updated.

Guilds

New quests are accessible to everyone in Laurasia, plus Rodinia's doors are open to everyone who has gathered enough point in each respective guild.

For those wondering how the competition on Grand Masters is going, Twixxi had the following to say: "There are currently 19 Players still in the running for Grand Master of at least one Guild, with five of those Players being in the running for all six of them! Each of the six Guilds have between 6 and 13 Players still in the running."

The competition is still strong, and there's always the chance of current forerunners falling behind, so keep on completing these tasks if you want to have a chance at earning a unique Grand Master status!

We now have a page on the wiki listing all monthly challenges, which we aim to update as soon as each person has rotated their section. Consider keeping a bookmark to that reference so you can easily access it!

Easter is upon us!

Posted by SorathePumpking on 1 April 2021 at 23:25 [Link]


Peter Cottontail invites ye to join him on his ship The Miracle Worker and play hide-and-seek with his children starting on April 3, 2021 until April 4, 2021 during Events Night! Make sure ye find all his children in order to claim yer booty hidden on his ship!




Visit the Creeper Citadel to start yer adventure. The island is located on the right of Moosemart.


Did ye miss out on the Easter 2020 basket? For a limited time, ye can receive a 2020 Replica Easter Basket for an Easter ticket, provided upon entrance to the event!




I suppose yer wonderin what yer booty is, aye? Well yer not gonna want to miss this! A netherite block! Ye heard me correctly mates! Ye will also receive a 2021 Easter basket!


Make sure ye don't miss out! It will be a-MAZE-ing!



This event was made possible by Rebbica007

Compatibility improvements for Bedrock players

Posted by Doctacosa on 18 March 2021 at 9:17 [Link]

Bedrock Edition players, this is the day that many of you have been waiting for: all the special crafting tables and inventories are now supported! This includes the addition of:

  • Smithing table
  • Grindstone
  • Loom
  • Cartography table
  • Stonecutter
  • Beacon
  • Horse

Furthermore, enchantment tables now use the interface that you expect, and lecterns will display their books. This was one of the last major limitations to our Bedrock support, bringing us ever closer to have all players on the same level, no matter how they join!

With these new additions, the convenience Bedrock traders at Moosemart will be removed. The Super Loom at Central will remain accessible as it offers additional features beyond that.

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I hope you enjoy these additions!

Kamachi contest results

Posted by Doctacosa on 16 March 2021 at 21:52 [Link]

The building contest for shops at Kamachi's place has wrapped up, the entries judged and the results tallied!

Without further delay, our top three winners along with judge comments:

First place: Coneva ( $10 Amazon gift card winner)
The use of the statue book, to the ingriedience, to having an armor stand mix yummy stuff. simply amazing, not to mention the decor just feels nice, theres a sort of vibe i get when i entered the resteraunt, cozy warm, i can practicly smell the coffee and cookies!

Second place: Twixxi
amazinng rainbow room with fish and a shopkeeper
so unique, ive never seen a underwater shop. not to mention the awesome rainbow walls


Third place: SaneTezz
Awesome maps that look like poker cards and slot machines, although the building was fairly basic, the maps are what made Sanetezz's build that much more unique.


To get a nice look at all entries, along with some additional lore on the area, here is Kamachi's latest video:




If you liked this, make sure to check out our channel on YouTube and subscribe to get our future content!

Congrats to all participants!

Block Party this Saturday!

Posted by Doctacosa on 11 March 2021 at 19:39 [Link]

Exodio is inviting everyone to a Block Party, hosted within the Residential District in Central! This will take place this Saturday at the beginning of Events Nights, 9pm Eastern time.

The fun will begin at Exodio's place then spread out over the neighborhood. If you live nearby, you're encouraged to set up some display or attraction of your own. Even if you don't, come together and join the other players for the festivities!

Bedrock support updated to 1.16.210

Posted by Doctacosa on 9 March 2021 at 19:44 [Link]

Minecraft: Bedrock Edition got a new version today in 1.16.210, containing parity improvements, a smoother user interface and bug fixes. We have updated the servers to accept this new version, which is also compatible with the older 1.16 releases. Let your game update when its ready, and carry on with your mining adventures!

Improvements to servers loading and stability

Posted by Doctacosa on 7 March 2021 at 20:29 [Link]

A set of improvements that I've been developing for several weeks to increase the performance of the servers is now ready and live!

With this new model, the game servers that don't have any active players will automatically turn themselves off after a while. They are set to come back online on their own when you want to access them; in that case, you will see a notification telling you that the world you have selected is currently being prepared. Once ready, you will be moved over.

If the server you were last playing on isn't loaded on your next visit, you will land in the lobby. In that case, go to re-enter the world and you will be allowed back inside after a short load time. If you are moving frequently between worlds, don't worry: there is a delay between the last player leaving and a world shutting down, so you won't be facing constant loading screens.

In rare instances, if the players are spread out over many worlds, you might get an error about a high server load. In that case, you won't be able to enter the location where you wanted to go until more resources free up; in that case, you are invited to wait it out by going somewhere with active players. I don't expect this to happen often, but it's possible.

This should greatly improve the game speed and stability compared to what we experienced in the last month or so. Most servers now have more memory available, as those that are unused at any moment completely clear the room for others.

Monthly rotation of challenges

Posted by Doctacosa on 1 March 2021 at 21:04 [Link]

It's time for a new set of challenges and targets as we enter the month of March!

Kenorland: Randomizer

Do you like to expect the unexpected? Then go try your hand at figuring out the madness that Kenorland offers this month! In this special world, everything you can encounter is randomized, including but not limited to mined blocks, mob drops, crafting recipes, and more!

Anyone who tries the challenge and lasts more than a minute will earn 5 Merit Points.

Guilds: Rodinia opens!

If you missed it, last month saw the opening of the Guilds of the Creeper's Lab. Assuming that you completed the targets in February, then do the new ones that became available today, you can level up and gain access to the Rodinia guildhall! You will find it a short distance south from spawn, next to Rodinia Central Station.

To access the Rodinia challenges, you first need to purchase the certificate of the selected guild in Laurasia, then bring it to the reception desk in Rodinia. Once you've unlocked your access, you can safely store away your certificate.

Science areas

The Hunter's Lodge takes a green shade this month with Evil Leprechauns, while a familiar friend from Requiem is in the vicinity. All Horsemen Quests have also been cycled; go to the Creeper Citadel to view the full list in one convenient location!

As a reminder, the science areas, which include everything related to the Horsemen and more, get regular updates and tuning. You can track these improvements by checking the changelog on the forums; consider subscribing to the topic to get notified about any updates!

Building contests: shops at Kamachi's

Posted by Doctacosa on 27 February 2021 at 15:56 [Link]

Did I hear someone say "building contest when"? I'm pretty sure I heard someone say "building contest when". So, building contest NOW! Our resident YouTuber xKamachi is inviting you to build shops at his location, with the top prize being a $10 Amazon gift card. Read on for the full details!

First, here is the full video with the story introduction, followed by the directions and contest details:




Rules

Your building goal is to claim a lot then create a shop from any time period.

As usual, select a plot, put a sign with your name on it to claim the spot, and get building! You own your plot from bedrock to sky limit; make sure not to interfere with the nearby players.

As an incentive to get you to start early, four larger plots are available on a first come, first serve basis. The rest all have a standard 20x20 building area.

The building period starts NOW and lasts until the end of 15 March.


Location

The contest area is at xKamachi's place, directly accessible from the overworld Western Line.

Alternatively, you can access the West Nether rail, stop at Salad Facts (the second substation), go down two floors and follow the Kamachi Tawa line. Exit the building, turn right, and you're there!


Prizes

Three winners will be selected. The top winner will get a $10 Amazon giftcard while all three get a selection of items, including armor, banners, building blocks and more. I invite you to check the video description for the full list!

Judging will happen soon after the building period has closed.

Good luck to everyone!

New helpful command for challenge areas

Posted by Doctacosa on 20 February 2021 at 19:53 [Link]

"Anyone in Requiem?" "Is anyone in Asphodel?"

These are common questions that you might see (or ask!) during Events Nights. For your convenience, you can now try the new /anyone command! It will tell you the amount of players present in each science region and challenge area. This updates in real-time and gives you a chance to check before you travel to your destination.

Note that, all of the regions being located in Laurasia, this command will only work when used on that server.

Resource pack update

Posted by Doctacosa on 17 February 2021 at 0:04 [Link]

Our official resource pack has been updated with a small quality-of-life change: items with high enchantments and potion levels will now display their power level in roman numerals like all others instead of falling back to decimal numbers. Go download the new version now!

This trick only works for Java players, but the display for Bedrock players looks better by default already, so you're set.

Thanks to Twixxi for the improvement and Sphenicus for the pack update!

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Updates on our social media channels

Posted by Doctacosa on 13 February 2021 at 23:25 [Link]

Maybe you haven't seen it yet, but our YouTube channel has picked up in activity! Kamachi has been creating new content to breathe some life in our channel, with four video being added so far. Go check out our channel to see the latest additions, with more to come! If you've got suggestions on which builds would be worth a showcase, Kamachi is looking for your input!

Meanwhile, on the Instagram front, I'm now making sure that each of our news post has an update posted on our page at the same time. This can be a good way to know that something changed, and since many of our newer players found their way here from Instagram and Facebook, consider giving that a follow!

Remember that there are plenty of other ways to keep up with our news. There's the main website, obviously; the forums; the news feed; our Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter feeds; and the email newsletter every month. Plus, if an event gets scheduled, it gets added to our Steam group so you automatically get a reminder after you join!

February update: Guilds, Horsemen, Racing, UHC!

Posted by Doctacosa on 1 February 2021 at 21:26 [Link]

A new month means new goals and challenges! We've got one beefy update to go through, including the brand new addition of Guilds, new Horsemen features and a new challenge, so keep on reading!


From Twixxi:

The Guilds of Creeper’s Lab have officially opened their Guildhalls to newcomers! New members such as yourself, known as Apprentices, start at the Laurasia Guildhall which can be found at the end of the Commercial Line in Central.

There are six guilds within the Guildhall and you are welcome to join any or all of them. Each provides you with unique challenges for you to go away and complete, then come back to the Guildhall to claim tokens which can be used to claim special Guild Rewards! Each challenge can be completed up to five times per month, and there is a brand new challenge each month.

The Guilds are:

  • The Miner’s Guild who will ask you to mine a specific block, which might be a kind of stone, a kind of ore, or perhaps something a little different like clay
  • The Builder’s Guild who will ask you to place a specific block, whether it’s a certain type of wood, a specific type of brick, or something unusual like snow
  • The Farmer’s Guild who ask you to grow crops, which could be pumpkins or vines, or maybe they want you to use the ingredients to make cakes
  • The Fisher’s Guild who might ask you to go catch fish, or perhaps they’ll ask you to cook fish instead
  • The Hunter’s Guild who ask you to go and hunt a specific passive mob, whether that’s sheep or bats, or something a little rarer such as parrots
  • The Blacksmith’s Guild who want you to craft a specific item specified, whether that be helmets or powered rails, or something unusual like lodestones!

Want to progress in the Guilds? Turn in challenges and save up your tokens for a particular Guild, and you can purchase a rank certificate! Register this at the next Guildhall to claim your new rank and access harder challenges which have stronger rewards! After the Apprentice Guild in Laurasia you can move to the Journeyman Guild in Rodinia, the Expert Guild in Superia and finally the Master Guild in Gondwana. All challenges must be completed on the relevant server. So if the Expert Blacksmith’s Guildhall in Superia asks you to craft iron bars, iron bars crafted in Laurasia won’t count!

Full details and the list of rewards can be found on the forum.

To celebrate the launch of the Guildhalls, a new contest is now open. The first person to claim the rank of Master in each Guild will be named the Grand Master of that Guild! As well as the prestige of the title and a seat in the upcoming Guild Council Chamber, each Grand Master will be rewarded with 50 Merit Points and a unique reward. You can only be Grand Master of one Guild, so choose wisely! If you believe you are the first person to obtain Master rank in a Guild, send Guild Council Leader Twixxi a message on Discord or the Forums to claim your rank as Grand Master.

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The Horsemen areas are ever moving forward with updates! Some of you have already noticed that the Creeper Citadel is now marked as Divine Airspace. Rather than fighting flying players, the place now embraces it by being a free-flying zone. Don't stray too far though, else you could face a rough landing!

The Horseman Quests have been overhauled after a test run back in October, at our Night of Fright. The list of quests that you can complete for the Horsemen has been expanded to cover some non-combat targets outside of the science areas. Plus, to better find these, a new island has been added at the Citadel where the information of all the areas is regrouped together.

New to Horseman Quests and don't know where to start? No worries - on that island is a new guidebook detailing the system, where to go and how to claim your rewards! Go get a copy and give it a read! You can also check this topic on the forums.

Meanwhile, at the Hunter's Lodge, you can hunt down Cupid and Nyx, God of the Underworld.

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In January, people raced away, away from all that angry nature! A record-breaking 53 players tried their best! Merit Points have been awarded in decreasing amounts from the best distance travelled. For the sake of keeping this section brief, here are the top five runners and their best distance:

GroovyBanana: 59,032
axe_y: 24,763
Twixxi_: 24,675
GingeKoda: 23,237
Doctacosa: 21,866

All points have been attributed, you can view your web profile or type /points in-game to view how many Merit Points you now have!


Replacing that mad stormy dash is a new round of UHC, accessible from the lobby, in a new world! As always, there are four targets that you must complete, each worth five Merit Points:

  • Crafting a bookshelf
  • Crafting an enchantment table
  • Access the Nether
  • Pick up a blaze rod

You need a reminder on what Merit Points are good for? Check the website!

Building areas for beginners

Posted by Doctacosa on 27 January 2021 at 22:46 [Link]

A common complaint from new players is the difficulty of locating new building grounds in Laurasia. Sure, there is plenty of land available, but finding your way when you're a new beginner is more difficult.

To help with this, we're adding today on Laurasia two new Nether lines dedicated to beginners. Reachable directly from the spawn platform, or the basement of Grand Central Station, these two let people get to a nice variety of untouched biomes. Each destination can be reached in less than five minutes!

To make it even simpler, these new lines are separate from the main Nether rail network, so people can't get lost. Once an area is developed enough, its rail will get removed from the beginners section and get redirected to the main network. I'm asking our established players not to use these - you know where you can look, so you don't need it! Instead, please leave this for the convenience of newcomers. If you see someone new asking for directions, suggest this as a good starting point!


Related, I'm introducing today a new /minecart command. By using this, you will obtain a minecart immediately. This should be useful if you happen to get stranded far away. To prevent any abuse, you can only use this command once every 24 hours.

This is now live on Laurasia and will be extended to the other servers soon!

Try the collectibles system!

Posted by Doctacosa on 21 January 2021 at 20:35 [Link]

You're playing through the science areas, collecting items, storing them carefully, but you have a creeping thought in your mind: "Did I skip something by mistake?"

Thanks to StTheo, we now have a solution for all the collectors out there! As you might know, you can visit the Cavern of Science, under the Creeper Citadel, to see the full list of items that can be obtained. As of today, you can bring a shulker box and sheets of paper to the cavern, tap the box against one of the chests, and obtain a blank copy of its content! You can then bring that back home, replace the named sheets of paper with your actual items, and view your current progress. It's like filling a collectibles album, one item at a time!

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Here's the full details on how this works, courtesy of StTheo.


I've written a plugin that should help those organizing and collecting science items. With it, you can potentially organize your own Cavern of Science with shulker boxes, with placeholder "cards" in place of actual items as you try to gather them.

To use this tool:

  • Grab an empty shulker box and a stack of paper.
  • Go to the Cavern of Science and find the chest with the items you would like to start collecting.
  • Put your shulker box in your main-hand slot and punch the chest with it (like you would with a protected chest).

The results:

  • You'll get a text and sound notification.
  • Your shulker box will be renamed to match the sign closest to the chest.
  • The contents of the box will be papers whose names and lore match the items in the chest, in the same positions as in the chest.
  • The number of papers added to the shulker box will be subtracted from your inventory. If you had 64 paper and hit a chest with 16 item stacks in it, you would be left with 48 paper.
  • To distinguish between real items and replicas, unique metadata from the original item is listed as an with the following codes:
    • Aqua: Enchantment
    • Blue: Attribute Modifiers
    • Dark Purple: Potion/Arrow Effects

This will only work if:

  • You are in the Cavern of Science.
  • You have as many papers in your inventory as item stacks in the chest. One stack of 16 items still just requires one paper.
  • Your shulker box is empty.

Minecraft 1.16.5 released and compatible

Posted by Doctacosa on 15 January 2021 at 22:45 [Link]

Minecraft Java Edition 1.16.5 has been released today to fix some critical server issues. It happens to be compatible to .4, so you can move to it whenever you want! The potential problems are already fixed through our network, so we're good to go.

New feature: coordinates display

Posted by Doctacosa on 9 January 2021 at 19:00 [Link]

I'm introducing today a small feature to help you navigate the various worlds: the /pos command!

Used as-is, this displays your current position along with the cardinal direction you're looking at. You can also use /pos on to have a display that auto-updates as you move around; it will fade out after a few seconds of staying put. To completely turn it off, use /pos off.

This is available for both Java and Bedrock players and is a lighter alternative to the full debug screen, some client mods or Bedrock-only settings. Give it a try!

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Race Away updates

Posted by Doctacosa on 3 January 2021 at 19:07 [Link]

It's early in the month, but some tuning to Race Away has been done!

The in-game positions display will now feature the progression of the runners in increments of 500 metres, so everyone can get a better idea on how things are going. On death, temporarily, the top position of that runner will be used instead. The network-wide chat announcements remain at 5000 metres increments.

The amount of hostile mobs that spawn has been lowered by 25% as the large number was actually causing lag both locally and server-side. Make no mistake, this still isn't a walk in the park!

January updates - Race Away and more!

Posted by Doctacosa on 1 January 2021 at 17:44 [Link]

Race Away!

Nature is angry.

You've plundered the land, grinded resources, all to empower yourself and hopefully earn a few points. Did you ever consider the consequences of such efforts, though...?

This month's challenge in Kenorland is Race Away! You start at 0, 0, with no equipment, and you must reach the highest X coordinate in the month by running East. Flee away from 2020, from these troubles, and run, run East, as far as you can!

There are no horses and no Nether to provide shortcuts. Dying sends you allllllll the way back to the beginning, so be careful! You can only move on the Z axis between -500 and 500.

All runners will earn Merit Points based on the amount of participants. 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.

But remember: nature is angry.


Grindatron results

Last month's Grindatron saw quite a bit of activity from many people! Here is the final tally of the amount of targets reached by each player.

revjho2KB: 101
Doctacosa: 88
Kimonellos: 80
Coneva: 77
Daydefender5634: 73
BioZombieActive: 65
GingeKoda: 62
Pteryx: 43
GodofRandom23: 33
Connovan: 32
MineshaftBob: 12
D_0c: 10
~giratinarevenge: 9
xKamachi: 5
Redrockdraco: 4
BrendanRawrs: 4
~SinisterSiren49: 1
Garn3tButt3rfly: 1
Diamondmaster70: 1

All of your points have been assigned; you can see them in your profile or with a /points in-game.


Raid bosses

The raid bosses at the Hunter's Lodge are now set on a twelve months schedule to ensure a proper rotation. To open up the new year, John Madden and Bagel Man are waiting to be picked on. Plus, I hear that Jack Torrance and Redrum are still somewhere in there. Build up a group, or go at it solo, and raid these bosses to get their precious drops!

Additionally, all event items from the raid bosses were recently updated and improved. If you haven't done so yet, make sure you go to the basement of the post office, at the Creeper Citadel, to trade the old versions for the new ones!

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