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June 2021

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.

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