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Server Status, Plans & the Future

By Cadavadorable, March 27, 2014 10 News

Yes, I know this is just a bummer of a post to read when you all thought “OMG NEWS!” but yes, we’re still 1.6.2. For all of you having problems joining the server, or not receiving a ping or “offline” in your launcher, that’s the reason why.

On a completely UNRELATED note, unfortunately there’s a temporary issue right now meaning the server appears to be crashing when players join, this WILL be fixed ASAP.

As for the long awaited 1.7/maybe 1.8 now update, I’ll try answer this in a small FAQ as concise as I can. Any further questions can be directed to me on the forums.

Why are we still 1.6.2?

With the addition of different resources, blocks and etc in 1.7, it was highlighted that it would be better to generate a new map due to having used the same one for..well, years. Unfortunately due to whatever circumstances, this was delayed. A lot of the plugins for Icecraft are custom coded by Illusion9, Dmarto and Ruan. Not every time but when there’s a major update or certain code is altered by Mojang, these plugins need to update..such as any plugin. On closer inspection it was noted that as well a new map needing to be generated, the custom plugins would need updating, modifying and in some cases rewritten.

Why are said plugins not updated yet?

Illusion9 actually coded the plugins that seem to be the ones with the issues at the moment. This isn’t slack or bad coding on his part, but because of certain updates to Minecraft it’s necessary. These are the most crucial plugins on Icecraft. The “issue” long term is that as he’s advancing in his education, taking on projects and other things in his life, the time he has to update these things becomes less and less.

Does that mean they’re never going to be updated and that Icecraft is dead with no chance of revival?

No, Icecraft within the past few weeks has been attracting players back for whatever reason, more than it has done over the past several months. As for the plugins, Illusion9 is working on the crucial ones, such as our custom banning system and protection plugins. As for older plugins that have just been “forked” (adapted to work with newer versions of Minecraft), we’re looking into using an alternative that will have continued development by the author while Illu is busy with his personal life.

So what are the plans right now and how long will this take?

At the moment we know there’s a LOT of (semi) manual work involved in transferring information from the “forked” plugins to the alternatives we’re eyeing. There’s no clear set date on when things will update, and yes we’ve been optimistic about things previously. Personally I’m a realist and I would say within a month, the server could definitely be up, as for reality it’s another matter based on Illu’s free time and the awkwardness of converting data.

When this is sorted, will I keep my rank, money or items?

You will most certainly keep your rank, you earned it. Will you keep your money, unknown but entirely possible. Will you keep your items? You’ll have access to enderchests for a certain number of days so you can transfer some or all your items as you see fit. This means there’s no reason for you not to play right now..

..but what about my builds?

You may tear them down and rebuild as you wish, you could also think of it as a way to “spring clean” or refurbish. After the “lock down” on the current map I’ll be taking requests to have builds moved to the new map. Please bear in mind wasting my or other staff time requesting mediocre houses, boxes or even dicks isn’t appreciated. It has to be a build of notable worth or “grandeur”.

What will be new about Icecraft after the new map and etc?

We want to try keep what you loved about playing Icecraft the same but we hope to introduce more minigames of sorts. Please don’t expect a minigame network such as I’m sure you’ve all played on before. Think of it more as an extension to the survival, with ways of making some more money by playing them. An idea we’ve also played with is tokens that may be exchanged for items or money in game.

Is there anything I can do or help with?

Yes, get yourself in the game. I’ve spoken in depth with Illu about the “map reset” and there’s no reason for you not to play. The idea is that we’ll be generating a new world and in time “locking down” the current one. Up until that time you can play freely as you always could. As said above, we’ll even throw in some enderchests so you can TRANSFER YOUR STUFF from the current world to the new one when it’s generated.

I apologise if  I’ve missed something or none of this has answered your questions so far. I’ll add to this post if a crucial question is asked that I have missed. Please refer to the forum topic I’ll be posting shortly where I’ll respond to your questions you have as best I can.

Forum Topic: http://icecraft-mc.eu/forums/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=6134

Discussion: http://icecraft-mc.eu/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=6135

-C

1.7 – Map Reset !

By TheLonelyGod, November 7, 2013 2 News

Due to the large map we have and the griefed structures 1.7 along with the new biomes will come a new map !

This means everything WILL be reset, homes, the map, warps etc etc. But never fear! illu is here! Alex, our owner has plans for a museum world where you can re-visit the old map but not edit it. that’s pretty cool don’t ya think?

 

Upon this map reset there will be maybe 1/2 new plugins and ranks, i can not and will not promise a whole heap of updates/new things however we will DEFINITELY have a new spawn!

We have planned an Icecraft 3.0 with a heap of new plugins and a few new ranks, but this update can not happen if we do not have an active enough server so let your friends know about the server!

It is important to note I TLG, will be moving 1 BUILD per person. this does not apply to anyone and everyone contact TheLonelyG0d on irc or skype if you think you have a worthy build to be transferred. When the reset happens we will hand out an OPTIONAL starter kit (contents are determined by your rank) for everyone.

 

Remember guys there are ways you can help icecraft and be rewarded!

Use /refer in game for rewards !

Vote + Comment on minestatus and contact TLG

 

Build Event – Skylands Spawn – Winners :D

By TheLonelyGod, July 19, 2013 4 News

Finally! the build event is over and the winners have been announced!

Winners:
1. ImHysterical – Builder Tag – Portal 1 and 2 on steam – possibly a visit from illu
2. xCrimes – Builder Tag – illusion9′s head and a visit from illu – Garrys Mod on steam
3. nothingultimate – 100k – Garrys Mod on steam

Runner Ups:
4. dpatel24 – 50k
5. CheekyJoe – 20k

6. S3BAGA – a pat on the back
7. Pixie – 10k + 10 diamonds
8. forshadow4 – a cake
9. tinyfish – 10k + 10 diamonds

Wasn’t in winner voting but did better than all the other semi finalists:

10. HolyShura 10k + 10 diamonds

Thank you for everyone who participated, each semi finalist will receive 2k. Don’t feel down and out if you didn’t get in the top 10, i will be doing my best to incorporate most of the builds into the spawn.

Icecraft News – Issue 1 – Build Event, Minecraft updates and more!

By TheLonelyGod, July 2, 2013 9 News

Headline News:

Minecraft 1.6 is now released!! This update features the long-awaited Horse, as well as some new blocks. Carpets, hardened/stained clay, hay and coal blocks
are all making their debuts on the server, as well as leads and armour sets for horses. Horses (as some of you may know already) come in three configurations
(Donkey, Horse, Mule) and can also be named.

The pre-release of the game is now available, however IceCraft is currently remaining on release 1.5.2 until the full 1.6 bukkit is released. Upgrades to the server
may take some time following the full release, but we will try and get it done as quick as we can for your gaming pleasure!

Recent Promotions/Demotions:

As of 25 June 2013, we have a few new changes to the staff ranks. Unfortunately Duckdodgers595 and armagedan122112 are no longer staff members, but we now
have two new changes! Aevion93 is our newest Mod, and F4ncyM4n96 has returned to the staff fold as a JrMod. Hamza_Ghannam and uosdhoAUD will remain as JrMods
for the time being, however this does not mean we do not appreciate and/or notice their amazing help.

Events:

A new build event is now on! Your challenge is to make something cool for the Skylands spawn! Remember, no spamming with water or lava. The comp ends on 10
July, followed by approximately a week of judging by the admins. Have fun!

Of course there will be prizes! As outlined in the original annoucement, prizes are Builder rank of course, the head AND a personal visit from illusion9 (alex, our owner),
as well as (possible) access to the white-listed FTB server, money and other items!

PvP:

On a more serious note, for quite some time we have been dealing with tons of issues with players cheating in PvP, such as looting and being unclear of the
nature of the battle. THIS IS GETTING OUT OF HAND!!! Players are expected to outline the stakes of the game to each other BEFORE they battle so problems like
this do NOT happen! It is possible rules may be altered in the future if problems like this persist.

Remember, friendly battles mean you get your items back, of course. Unfriendly however means the winning player CAN and most likely WILL keep your items.
Whining and complaining about this will NOT get your items back!

New Towns:

Spectro City (coolmanblue, Bushman_99) /w spectro
Xirodia (Aevion93[owner], TheLonelyG0d[coowner]) /w xirodia

Speak to the players in brackets to gain access to these towns :)

Shop highlight:

ruanshop -  this is a great admin shop with reasonable prices, and lots of items! /warp ruanshop in game

If you have something to add to next months news contact TheLonelyG0d

Credits:

TheLonelyG0d, Aevion93 (mostly), S3BAGA, forshadow4, Frogger184, Kazza77

New Build Event – Skylands Spawn !!

By TheLonelyGod, June 25, 2013 13 News

Hey guys! I just started a new build event, theme is Skylands spawn. you have two weeks from today! (ends on july 10 Australian time, july 9 for most of you) voting will last 2 weeks maximum. (most likely only a couple days however)

Prizes will be brought over from the last event, since emilmoo wanted to get themselves banned i will give the winner an illusion9 head and they will receive a visit from him in game :)

there is also the builder rank up for grabs :D

 

good luck have fun!

<3 TLG

Build Event is over!

By TheLonelyGod, June 3, 2013 15 News

congrats to the following players:
1 emilmoo
2 meow_miu
3 CajaSrbin

4 hamza_ghannam

5 mrwar1

6 Sunfall

7 xCrimes

8 tommyisawesome
9 Tykan123
10 uosdhOAUD

other players getting rewards:

Speedy

eliseomendoza13

yaseen

jelo

nathanxdc

sucidobunny565

lenyung09

coolmanblue

Frogger184/mardi

rewards:

Builder rank (top 3 players)

Exclusive Access to the staff FTB server (premium players only from top 10, top 2 preferably)

illusion9 skull/head (number 1 player only)

a special in-game visit from illusion9 (top 2 players will get this)

10,000 icecraft money(players 5-10)

possible chance at reg (players 3-10 and other winners)

some rewards will be handed out now, others later.

thank you for everyone who entered!

Build Event – Mini Game Theme

By TheLonelyGod, May 2, 2013 17 News

Hey guys!

Today i bring you a new build event! yaaayyy, the theme is mini games. you are not restricted in any way apart from the theme.

So it can be made with redstone, can be a CTF type of thing. anything as long as it relates to mini games.

Hopefully we will be having regular events, say once a month. so feel free to throw theme suggestions out there :)

Also, don’t spam your cube with water and/or lava or you will be removed and your box will be reset.

New ‘Build Event’ ideas and suggestions?

By TheLonelyGod, February 10, 2013 22 News

Hey guys! tlg here, obviously ;)

so the build event for the spawn is over! congratulations to the winners and the runner ups, we are currently planning placing your builds around the spawn right now!

ok, now on topic. i have 3 FREE passes to own borderlands on steam, and i want to give at least one of them away to you guys :D

but lately we have been destroying our brain cells trying to think of a suitable event theme! omg the pressure

so i have come to you guys, the icecraft community and i NEED YOUR help guys, give us some theme ideas and tell us what you think of our ideas with the forum poll.

Forum Poll:

http://icecraft-mc.eu/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&p=31521#p31521

Have Fun!
-TLG

Build Event is OVER! :)

By TheLonelyGod, January 23, 2013 7 News

Sorry for the delay on updates we all have been very busy lately, but the build event is finally over! congrats to everyone who won, pictures will be up later :)

Winners:

1. GrofDrakul 2. Pixie 3. Infinity4702 4. xXSEEKERXx 5. Celmeo 6. heatfan23

these players all received the [Builder] rank…

Finalists:

1. CheekyJoe 2. hax0r 3. Fizzy152 3. T_Killa14 4. S3BAGA 5. kazza77 6. TheLonelyG0d

after a random selection of these names Fizzy152 and Kazza77 won access to the staffs whitelisted FTB server, congrats! have fun guys :)

Semi Finalists:

emilmoo zcyterthelegend darkarchmage slashnominer Francisco123

semi finalist names are in no particular order.
Reward money has been given out, along with ranks! so check your balance in game (/money) and you will have gained between 2500-500 depending on your place in the event. good job everyone, was a really tough event.

most, if not all of the above names builds will be moved to the spawn over time. pictures and/or a video of the winner builds will be added on the forums within the next week.

 

in the meantime, how about you share your opinion on this build event. what did you think of the theme? what would be a good theme next time? did you have enough time or too much time?

New Build Event!! – Content for the spawn area!

By TheLonelyGod, January 4, 2013 21 News

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas everyone! yes. yes i know im a bit late but hey better late then never.

During Christmas Alex aka illusion9 (our owner) said we would be getting some new content such as ranks and stuff and i know we are falling a bit behind in new content and haven’t had a build event in aaggeessss. So why not kick start the new year with an awesome build event everyone has been waiting for!

We where a bit hard pressed for themes and then bukkit broke our plugin and school got in the way and a heap of mumbo jumbo has caused the delays, BUT it’s here NOW!! =)

All you need to do is type /event join and get your creative hats on ;)

Theme: Something for the spawn, this can be a house, a mansion, a garden, a spaceship, boat ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING as long as it’s awesome :D
Time to build: 1-2 weeks, it’s not long so chop chop!
Rules: stick to the theme, don’t spam your box with lava and water etc or your box will be rolled back and you will be disqualified!
Prizes: Builder rank, OFCOURSE! Money, and possibly items =))
Extra prize: A one time opportunity for 1 OR 2 PREMIUM players ONLY to join the staffs personal white listed FTB server, if you don’t know what this is then google it! :) . I stress this is a ONE TIME chance for ONLY 1 or 2 players that have to be premium.
Other Notes: there will be a chance for more then one player to win builder rank this time, so make sure to put lots of effort in.
See you in game guys ;)

On behalf of the Icecraft Staff faculty,
-TLG, Out ;)

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