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