Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Network Issue

Our hosting company is experiencing two simultaneous DDoS attacks on two different servers which may result in brief network outages (especially if you're based in the US) while network traffic is rerouted. Hopefully this shouldn't take too long to resolve.

UPDATE: 16:00 - This seems to have been fully resolved now.

Hosting Fees Paid!

I've now paid our hosting fees for the period 18th July - 18th October!

Thanks to the VIPs that have already renewed we are already well on the way to covering this quarters costs, thanks guys!

A reminder e-mail is going out today to existing VIPs that have not yet renewed.

Due to multiple requests I've decided to extend the VIP renewal period to Friday 19th July, meaning that donations will open to everyone on Saturday 20th July, this is for the benefit of both VIPs, by giving them more time to renew, and people wishing to become VIPs that have school, work or other commitments during the week.

VIP donations will open to everyone on Saturday 20th July at around 12am (UK time).

In future donations will always open to everybody on the Saturday following the 18th.

Update: 15:30 - All renewal reminders have now been sent! Don't forget to let me know asap if you didn't receive yours for any reason!

Update: As of 22:00 18th July - 5 / 12 VIP slots are taken.

Further updates will appear on a subsequent post and not here.

Server Downtime

The maintenence at 9am found a couple of problems so just fixing these now, regenerating The End and doing a full backup. The server will be back up and running within an hour.

UPDATE: 9:35 - Just realised this post had 'got stuck' and not appeared on the site, sorry about that!

UPDATE: 10:10 - Server is back up and running!

Changes To Marble End

The central building in Marble End has had a major overhaul!

The redesign was for several reasons;

1) Reduce spawn camping / killing.
2) Reduce exit camping / killing.
3) Increase maximum enchantment levels.

The changes;

1) When you enter Marble End you will spawn in the 3rd floor of the building, which is set to non-PvP, from there you will have a choice of 4 portals which will spawn you 15-20 blocks from the central building in one of four different directions.

2) The exit from the world is still on the 2nd floor of the building but is now double sided, with each side segregated from the other, effectively giving two exits. You get to the exit rooms using ladders from the ground floor.

3) The enchanting room has been split in half in the same way to the exit portal floor, giving two enchanting areas each boosted by 12 bookcases instead of 8. As before you get to these rooms using ladders from the ground floor.

This might sound complicated but will make a lot more sense once you check it our for yourself, enjoy!