Monday, 30 June 2014

Shop / Stall Rent Changes

We have made a couple of changes to the rent of Shops / Stalls and the way is it collected, based on player feedback:
  • Shop rent has been reduced to $900 / 6 x Industrial Diamonds.
  • Rent Chests - These are now for paying rent in advance or by Industrial Diamonds / Credits only, if no payment is found in the chest when rent is due then rent will be taken directly from the players balance.
The change to rent chests makes things easier for players by making sure they do not loose their shop / stall if they forget to pay their rent and are away on holiday etc, but still gives them the option to pre-pay if they want to. It also makes it easier for staff collecting rent as they will not need to keep a record of who paid and who had to be sent a reminder etc.


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Alchemy Bags

Alchemy bags should now be a little more reliable for short term storage, I still wouldn't advise using them for long term storage, Safe's or The Vault / VIP Island are still a far better option but hopefully we will notice a big drop in cases of contents suddenly vanishing from bags that are regularly used.


Down For Maintenance

The server is down for scheduled maintenance as follows as follows:
  1. Full backup/clone - Done.
  2. Clear out old log files - Done.
  3. Install mod patch - Done.
  4. Test mod patch - Done.
Scheduled Downtime:
Date: 25/06/14
Started: 8:30 am (UK)
Finished:  09:40 am (UK)

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

WildWarp5 Moved

WildWarp5 was getting a bit overcrowded so I've moved it to an area of the map that has plenty of free space for new players.


Monday, 23 June 2014

Scheduled Maintenance

There will be a scheduled maintenance on Wednesday as follows:
  1. Full backup/clone.
  2. Clear out old log files.
  3. Install mod patch.
  4. Test mod patch.
Scheduled Downtime:
Date: 25/06/14
Est Start: 8:30 am (UK)
Est Finish:  10:00 am (UK)

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Spawning After Dying

I made a small config change this morning, players will now spawn at their first home (the one that appears first in their list of homes) when they die rather than at spawn!


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Sphax Textures

If your good at making Sphax style textures we could use your help with a mod we're including in the upcoming modpack!

The mod is Aquaculture by Shadowclaimer and you can find the details here...

It wont be an easy one to do as it involves item textures for 32 very unique types of fish but if anyone is able to do this for us, as well as all the other people who would like to see a Sphax patch for this mod, then you will be rewarded with a VIP slot for both the current Tekkit Classic server and the modpack server ... which will never expire!

If you are interested in taking this on then either send me an email or join the discussion on the Sphax forum, thanks!

Update: All 82 textures are now done and the patch is pending approval on the forum!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Player Market Rent

Just to confirm, we will not be collecting rent for Stalls or Shops today, making this week rent free, as people are still getting used to the new system. We will be collecting rent as of next Monday though.


Saturday, 14 June 2014

Player Warnings

I've made a slight change to the warnings system, players will now be notified of how many warnings they have each time they join the server.

This is just on a trial basis for now.

Server Down - Power Cut

The server has been down since around 09:05 due to a power cut.

From our hosting company:

UK network outage (Outage)

Priority - Critical

Our bandwidth provider in the UK appears to be experiencing a major outage at the moment, as a result our services based in the UK are unreachable until resolution.

Update 09:15 - there was a power outage in the area, we will keep you updated.

I'll update here when I know more or the situation is resolved.

Update 09:30 - Power has been restored but I am unable to start the server due to some file corruptions, I am working on fixing this now!

Update 09:45 - The server is fixed and back up! 

A few mods had to be restored from backup, Ender Chests have had to be rolled back 2 days and players who were online when the power cut happened may have lost part of their inventory but other than that all is well so it could have been much worse. If you were online and have lost items from your inventory then please open a modreq to let us know so we can restore the items for you.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Freaky Friday The 13th

I hope you all enjoyed today's "Freaky Friday The 13th" mini-event!

$18,000 was given away in the spawn Industrial Diamond hunts and 50+ creepy statues were randomly spawned in peoples homes, factories and even at spawn, containing various prizes!

If you missed out then don't worry there will be more events in the future!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

New Spawn & Other Changes

New Spawn:

The spawn is now open and fully functional! There are a lot of changes so I won't list them all here, it's better if you just explore for yourself!

The biggest change is the player mall which is now a hybrid of the two mall systems that came before it, check it out and follow the instructions at the end of the mall to rent a stall or shop!

Donator/VIP Benefits:

Players of Donator & VIP rank no longer have to pay for nickname changes!

Buyable Commands:

Two new buyable commands have been added:

/enchant - Allows you to enchant using a simple command, see the Admin Shop for details.
/fireball  - Shoot fireballs like a ghast! (works fine with no-PVP areas).

The pages of this site have already been updated to reflect these changes.

New versions of the Helper & Moderator Handbooks are now available for download!

Scheduled Downtime / Spawn Switch

The server is down for maintenance as follows:
  1. Full backup/clone - Done.
  2. Switch spawn location - Done.
  3. Make several config changes - Done.
  4. Test spawn / config changes - Done.
  5. Clear out old data / backups - Done.
  6. Upgrade OnTime plugin - Done.
  7. Test upgraded plugin - Done.
  8. Partial backup (changes only) - Done.
Scheduled Downtime:
Date: 12/06/14
Started: 8:30 am (UK)
Finished: 10:25 am (UK)

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Scheduled Maintenance / Spawn Switch

There will be a scheduled maintenance tomorrow morning, this is just to perform a full backup / clone and switch to the new spawn as follows:
  1. Full backup/clone.
  2. Switch spawn location.
  3. Make several config changes.
  4. Test spawn / config changes.
  5. Clear out old data / backups.
  6. Upgrade OnTime plugin.
  7. Test upgraded plugin.
  8. Partial backup (changes only).
Scheduled Downtime:
Date: 12/06/14
Est Start: 8:30 am (UK)
Est Finish: 10:30 am (UK)

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Casino Closed Until 12th June!

The Casino has now been closed until after the spawn switch!

If you're wondering why we decided to do this 2 days before the switch it's because the slots are getting a major overhaul which will involve changing over 400 lines of config, for a little more detail on what's changing please see this post...

Monday, 9 June 2014

Server Down / Whitelisted

We were getting some odd error messages in the console and are looking into it, I'll update here as soon as we know more.

Update 16:15 - The server is now back up and the whitelist has been removed!

It appears that the issue was to do with the BuyRegion plugin which we had been experiencing minor issues with for a while, thankfully this was due to be removed in 3 days anyway when we launch the new spawn so I've just removed it now instead.

Players who still have shops will remain able to modify their shops contents until 1 week after the switch as originally planned, rents will obviously not renew or expire now until the regions are manually removed on 12th June or your shop is cleared for you.

One unfortunate side effect is that the errors caused some corruption in a couple of other plugins data, we have lost roughly 7 days of CoreProtect data as the database had to be restored from backup and some Essentials data (economy balance and nicknames) may have reset, we cannot be 100% sure at this time but we believe this will affect no more than 10 players out of 700+ so thankfully it was fairly minor.

I will be checking the logs and data over the next couple of hours and compensating any players I can confirm were affected!

Update 17:35: The essentials data loss only affected 8 players in the end, all of which have been successfully restored!

Last Chance To Win $1 Million!

Just a reminder that the casino slots will close tomorrow in preparation for the new spawn so today is your last chance to be the 6th winner of the $1 Million jackpot! 

For more details about the spawn change see this post;

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Plugin Tweaks

I made a couple of plugin tweaks as follows:


Block ID 137 is now lockable!

This includes:

Alloy Furnace, Blulectric Furnace, Buffer, Project Table & Blulectric Alloy Furnace.

Command costs:

The cost of using the commands /spawnmob and /nick has been reduced from $2000 to $1500!


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Player Data & Regions

As of today player data (including protected regions) will be kept for 2 calender months if a player becomes inactive, rather than 30 days.

This is possible due to some tweaks which make data storage more efficient and reduce the number of files created per player, the only drawback is that transmutation tables/tablets, maps and ender chests will also now reset if not used for 2 months. We think this is a trade-off that most players will be happy with.


Monday, 2 June 2014

New Spawn Coming 12th June

We will be switching to the new spawn on 12th June, this will involve a downtime of around 90 minutes, I'll announce the exact time this will happen nearer the time.

Just a reminder... the world is NOT resetting, spawn is just being relocated to a world of it's own and being given a new look!

Existing Shops:

Shops in the current malls are now being closed and made non-rentable as they become empty, please notify staff via /modreq when you are ready for your shop to be removed, you will still be able to retrieve items from shops in the current spawn until 19th June so there is no hurry to vacate shops. 


The casino will be closed from 10th June and I can announce that slot prizes and odds will be changing, including the $1 Million Super Slot Jackpot being reduced to $200,000 (new cost $150), this is still a huge prize and means that the slot will pay out far more often, the other slots will also be adjusted and rebalanced based on player feedback and statistics from the existing slots.

Will anyone else manage to win $1 Million before the switch? It's due to payout soon but who knows!

Down For Maintenance

The server is down for scheduled maintenance as follows:
  1. Full backup/clone - Done.
  2. Test some aspects of the new spawn - Done.
  3. Make a few small config changes - Done.
  4. Test config changes  - Done.
  5. Clear out some old logs and data - Done.
This is expected to take no longer than two hours.

Scheduled Downtime:
Date: 2nd June 2014
Started: 11:15 (UK)
Finished: 12:20 (UK)

Update: Estimated finish time has been reduced by 45 minutes!
Update: Estimated finish time has been reduced by another 10 minutes!
Update: All done, the server is up and the whitelist has been removed!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Ad Revenue / Modpack

Just a quick thanks to those who have bought hosting services via the FragNet ad-link on the right hand side of this page, the commission has covered almost the entire modpack hosting costs for next quarter, enabling us to carry on live testing without having to find any extra funds!

Thanks again!