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  1. Revision 22: Suggestionbox Responses

    We've recently held an extra PAdmin meeting to try to address the concerns we are hearing regarding Elytra. It's clear a large proportion of you are still not happy with the balance of Elytra costs. We've identified two groups of people, in the main: 1. People who feel the costs are prohibitively high given the amount of time a typical person is able to play. 2. People who feel the costs are restrictive to specific gameplay styles. To try to somewhat address the concerns of these two groups of players, whilst maintaining what balance we can in the overall gameplay, we are adding the following additional trade: 16 Fragments of Amber + 1x Essence of Flight = Cursed Elytra (Curse of Binding and Curse of Vanishing) This trade should allow those with average available time to reasonably acquire Elytra at a fair pace, with a caveat that Elytra acquired like this will be both bound on equip, and lost on death. IMPORTANT: Combining two of these Cursed Elytra (BEFORE equipping) in a crafting table will remove the curses, making regular (unenchanted) Elytra available for 32 Fragments of Amber + 2x Essence of Flight. This double trade is a mild swing in favour of players who prefer murdering the Dragon over grinding in a mine. We feel these new trades are in line with present ones, and provide a somewhat different route to obtaining Elytra, by focusing less on the gameplay of mining.
  2. Revision 22: Suggestionbox Responses

    Suggestion: More granular permissions for use of the /flow command: I might want to let someone use /flow, but not want them as a region owner, for example. Could I give them a permission to use the command without being owner? At the moment, we’re trying to reduce the workload on the tech admins. Whilst this might be nice to have, its very low priority given how easy it is to modreq for waterflow. We’re also concerned about the potential for flow related grief - some players know their town members better than others. Please continue making use of modreqs for this purpose, and don’t worry about imposing on staff. We love doing flowreqs, they are the easiest request to handle! Suggestion: Ghast spawns in the nether seem to be severely diminished. Was this intentional? Zero ghasts seen/heard, but collected plenty of wither skulls. The new nether mobs replace a percentage of zombie pigmen, and shouldn’t affect the number of ghasts, to my knowledge. We’ll double check with techs though, just to make sure. Suggestion: Whoops! Craft your exp into exp bottles to save it for deadly games like thimble or PVP? We feel that losing your xp when you die is an important part of the PvE experience, and helps maintain player death as something to be avoided at all costs, rather than a minor inconvenience. Thank you for the idea, but we’ve decided not to make this or any similar changes at the present time. Suggestion: haste potion. Or portable beacon. (Beacon hat!) Beacons are portable, with a bit of effort, and we don’t want to imbalance and overpower mining to this extent. It’s important to remember that while there are a thousand suggestions we could implement to make your lives easier, we also have to consider that making everything incredibly easy completely ruins the survival experience, and any sense of achievement you may have gained from the game. Suggestion: elytra's price needs some SERIOUS reconsideration. Suggestion: Please lower the elytra costs. They are prohibitively expensive for items based on RNG for solo players, considering the fact it wasn't indicated how expensive they were before hand leaving those who waited for them high and dry. Suggestion: make the end dragon drop tons of amber, to balance your elytra setup which punishes combat-oriented players On the flipside, it’s possible that in our quest to make sure incremental progress is sufficiently challenging for our increasingly expert playerbase, we may be leaving behind some more inexperienced and casual players. This can be evidenced in the polar reactions from various player groups in relation to our recently released elytra costs. Our calculations showed us that, in terms of the mining part of the cost, 105/475 players (that’s all players who have ever received any sort of mining drop), i.e. approximately 22% of the mining playerbase, could afford Elytra immediately as it became available this week. There would be some drop off for people who have already traded for other things, but we assumed that anyone in that 22% who were waiting on Elytra, would likely have saved up in anticipation. We used this table to help find a reasonable cost: Player FoA Cost of 16 Cost of 32 Cost of 64 Cost of 128 Cost of 192 Top 20 Players 479 234 111 49 29 Top 50 Players 781 376 176 76 37 Top 100 Players 1031 489 226 76 37 Top 200 Players 1227 551 230 76 37 Top 300 Players 1255 551 230 76 37 All Players 1255 551 230 76 37 These figures represent the maximum total number of Elytra that could be put into circulation at the time of release, depending on the trade costs set (making the assumption that anyone wanting Elytra, fought the dragon). We opted, with our trade cost of 64 Amber, for a reasonable theoretical maximum of 230 elytra, to avoid immediate flooding of the ‘market’ in game. This maximum would then continue to increase, as people continued to mine throughout the revision. We also had to account for the top 20 players’ ability to rapidly accelerate away from everyone else. If we had set the cost at 16, for example, the top 20 players could have acquired 479 Elytra between them, just on day one. On the one hand, our trade costs were high compared to how a player might find Elytra in vanilla. However, in practice on a multiplayer server, our costs were designed to keep the acceleration of the more experienced end of the playerbase in some sort of order, both to keep things somewhat challenging for them, and to allow newer or less experienced players to not fall too far behind. We wanted to encourage people to go out and put the effort into acquiring their own Elytra, and delay the situation that always occurs eventually, where experienced players begin handing out large quantities of Elytra for negligible trade cost, removing some challenge from the overall gameplay. We enjoy seeing, and encourage, players trading with one another, and helping each other out in this way. However, we felt it was worth trying to delay a flooding of the market for a little while longer, as we are still in the early weeks of a revision. We have heard the argument against this reasoning, that removing this challenge early on into the revision, and allowing elytra to flood the market, does not necessarily mean bad things. Indeed, it could encourage more people to get out there and visit one another, explore other towns, participate in each other’s events and so on. To this we say, you may be right. We simply don’t know at this stage. We’d like to explore our current situation a little longer, watching player numbers compared to last revision and talking and listening to more players over the next couple of weeks. We are open to change if the community clearly wants it, and we are certainly hearing (both previously from the survey and subsequently in game) a plethora of feedback for us to explore different routes. We have some additional Elytra trades still to release, and we may make adjustments to them to better meet the needs of players of all levels, depending upon your experiences going forwards. Additionally, plans already include related prizes for events that are upcoming. Whatever your experience this revision, it will help us shape the next revision, so thank you to everyone on both sides of this discussion topic for making your opinions known to us. And most importantly, no we didn’t set trades this way because we’re secretly supervillains, out to specifically ruin your fun. We are also players. Barlimore may be some sort of anthropomorphic lava bucket though – the jury is still out on that one. Suggestion: Clarify what ores drop what fossil: it's frustrating not knowing where I can get amber because I keep hearing certain ores only drop certain things. Common Fossils - drop from Coal Ore, Redstone Ore, Gold Ore, Diamond, Lapis Ore & Emerald Ore. Rare Objects/Bones - as above. Fragments of Amber - drop from Lapis, Emerald & Diamond. (Golem Souls are the only item that drop from Iron Ore) Common Fossils can be handed in at the Archaeologists’ Guild in exchange for Fragments of Amber at a ratio of 2:1. Rare Objects & Fossils can be handed in at the Archaeologists’ Guild in exchange for Fragments of Amber at a ratio of 1:4. We’ll ensure this information is available on our PvE information guide. This is now available on the PvE Information Guide.
  3. Archaeologists' Guild: Poetry Competition

    Introducing our PvE Poetry Competition! The Archaeologists’ Guild is in a bit of a pickle. According to the Head Researcher, they are supposed to have collected numerous samples of poetry from the world of PvE for an upcoming anthology to be issued by the Spawn Museum. However, due to someone accidentally deleting the entire team’s schedule from the Museum computers, nobody actually remembered this… until the Head Researcher called a meeting about it. Archaeologist Mike (the obvious, IT illiterate, suspect of said deletion) declared loudly to the Head Researcher that everything was on track! What was he thinking?! Now the Head Researcher believes the anthology will be ready for his very important dinner with the SNOOTY (Studying Narrative, Odes, & Texts of Yore) Society. If it isn’t, the entire Guild could be fired! Please help the Archaeologists’ Guild by delivering short poems from your region of PvE to them. They are desperate! So desperate in fact, that we’re sure there will be some rewards for your help. Details of this event: - A free ‘book and quill’ are available from the Archaeologists’ Guild at Spawn. - Create a short poem that is able to fit on 1-3 pages of a minecraft book. Poems should reflect one (or both) of the following: A memorable experience on PvE. Perhaps you once modreq’d for flowing water but forgot to place it first, or maybe you won an event, or fell in lava with ten stacks of diamonds. If it was memorable to you, it counts! History from your town or settlement. Maybe your settlement has a long and rich history spanning multiple revisions, or perhaps you like to construct a different backstory each revision. Either way, we’d love to know more… in poetry form! - Sign your book so we know who it’s from! - Deliver the signed book back to the donation chest at the Archaeologists’ Guild. - Everyone who makes a serious and good natured attempt at an entry will receive a prize: Prize for Giving it a Go! 9x Diamonds 4x Gold Ingots Enchanted Unique Participation Certificate A Copy of your Entered Poem - There are also special prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place: 1st Place: 1x Iron Pickaxe with Fortune IV, Efficiency V, Unbreaking III and Mending 72x Diamonds 36x Gold Ingots Enchanted Unique 1st Place Award A Copy of your 1st Place Poem 2nd Place: 45x Diamonds 26x Gold Ingots Enchanted Unique 2nd Place Award A Copy of your 2nd Place Poem 3rd Place: 27x Diamonds 10x Gold Ingots Enchanted Unique 3rd Place Award A Copy of your 3rd Place Poem One submission per person only. If multiple are submitted, we will only accept your first submission. The competition will be judged by PAdmins. Here’s an example from our settlement, Gitland - the famous story of one resident’s terrible addiction... Barlimore knew, with a bit of luck, it might turn out that a furnace bucket, Had been used, and therefore emptied, A situation that had tempted Previous excursions into the depths So many, in fact, he'd carved some steps, to visit his most favourite place Below the earth of Gitland's face, That's right, a bloody lava lake! He was an addict, make no mistake. "Lava buckets are great!" he said with a grin. ...I fought the urge to push him in. There’s a lot of latitude - you can be serious or funny, rhyme or free verse, and take liberties with the topics. Remember to stick to 1-3 minecraft book pages though or your entry will be disqualified! The closing date for poetry submissions at spawn is the 5th May! The Archaeologists’ Guild thanks you for your assistance. GOOD LUCK!
  4. Revision 22: Suggestionbox Responses

    April 15th Suggestion: do something about people being reddit-style shitheads to new players on PvE Our response: If you have concerns over player behaviour, please contact a moderator or use modreq as the correct means of informing staff. Suggestion box doesn't always give us enough information with which to investigate any issue you may have. Suggestion: get rid of the ****ing spam message about the horse being dehydrated every few seconds Our response: We have passed your request to techs to find out if it is possible. We are looking into your issue out of courtesy, but please consider how you use communication tools. Frustration is understandable, lack of civility is not. Suggestion: Horses should return to their owners bed from the end Our response: Presently horses are sent to spawn. This is vanilla behaviour that we aren't looking to change at present. We do, however, recognise that it isn't particularly easy to collect your horse from spawn, so we will be making some changes there along with other decisions about spawn that come from our recent feedback survey. We've changed our minds on this one after more discussion, as we've recently discovered a method/workaround that hopefully allows us to do this without any extended tech admin intervention. This should be functional on P now, and we'll keep an eye out for any issues. Suggestion: Add the Vivecraft plugin. I've asked about it before but I haven't heard back Our response: Our techs are very busy, and with the imminent release of 1.13, we aren't looking to make any major changes that could consume their time with things that would likely only appeal to a small section of the playerbase. We will continue to evaluate this as VR gaming increases in popularity. Suggestion: Nausea should be a punishment for bad players Our response: We feel our sanctions for players who don't adhere to our rules are fair, and adequate to the task, and therefore aren't going to be making any changes in this area. Suggestion: Reenable player collisions Our response: Player collisions are back to normal. We're not sure what happened there, but a restart of the server seems to have fixed them!
  5. Revision 22: Suggestionbox Responses

    April 12th Suggestion: Can there be a boat plugin that lets boats be faster? Our Response: Thanks for your suggestion. Boat speeds are already quite fast - so much so, that occasionally we observe deaths related to chunks not loading during boat travel. We won't presently be pursuing an increase in boat speed, in order to ensure the safety of all passengers!
  6. Revision 22: Suggestionbox Responses

    April 1st Suggestion (4x combined): Shop at spawn for giving low-level enchants to mob heads: to give them an even remotely okay use for wearing/obtaining! Specifically low level so you don't have an overpowered, infinite durability helmet. There are even some under-utilized vanilla features to look into: https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Attribute. Certain particularly speedy or damage-heavy mobs' heads could provide extremely minor bonuses to movement speed or attack damage respectively. Or you could do minor health bonus on something. Massive amounts of amber could offset any trepidation regarding implementing this. 100 amber for a health or speed bonus (or some Enchant!) on an infinite durability helmet that provides no damage reduction. Our response: Thank you for providing additional information on your previous suggestion, as requested. We will add your ideas to the list of possibilities for future additions to the revision.
  7. Revision 22: Suggestionbox Responses

    March 30th Suggestion: Please allow us to obtain elytra now that the live map has been rendered and thus not able to be cheesed. We need wings. Our Response: There is presently an early feedback survey in which we are gathering together feedback on this very topic, amongst others. You can participate here.
  8. Revision 22: Suggestionbox Responses

    March 26th Suggestion: armor on those custom mobs is dropping, it should have names/lore at least Suggestion: ...also it should be #000000 on the wither archer one Our Response: We're trying to give techs a bit of a break at the moment, as techs want to play too(!) - but these are interesting ideas that we will consider for any future changes that may take place. Suggestion: shop at spawn for giving low-level enchants to mob heads We're not sure of the purpose of this suggestion - please get in touch again, and explain further! Suggestion: It's really frustrating that sending a horse from Nether to Spawn portal can put it ~300m+ away from where you come through because you appear at a random corner. Please consider changing how spawn portals are arranged! You're right, it is a bit frustrating. We can't change the mechanics of the nether portals, but we have added warp signs at each portal to help you quickly get around the spawn portals to find your errant horse, friends, pet rabbit etc. Thanks for pointing out the issue - we hope this solution helps!
  9. Revision 22: Changelog

    25th March Custom mobs have been released for the Nether. Further info here.
  10. Revision 22: Changelog

    17th March: Common and rare fossil finds have had their drop rates amended based on initial numbers. We will continue to review these over the next week or so, in the lead up to fossil trades being implemented at spawn.
  11. PvE End of Rev Apocalypse!

    An announcement from the PvE Emergency Broadcast service: Zombie Apocalypse! March 13th at 6pm EST (click here to convert to your timezone) The end is nigh! The PvE server is about to experience a zombie apocalypse. You still have time to prepare a base before the zombie hordes reach our borders, so grab your friends, neighbours, and that llama you’ve grown particularly fond of, and make a run for safety! The final map save will take place just before the event starts. Please have any builds you would like included in the map download etc. finished by then. Also note, mapworld access will be removed at this time. Please take note of the following safety notices: These are not your regular neighborhood zombies. Zombie hordes are faster, and congregate in far greater numbers. Be aware: zombie hordes have been known to break through buildings, dig into caves and pillar up to reach your tower. If they see torches, they will break them to allow more of their number to spawn. Some materials are safer than others - for example, zombie hordes have more difficulty with obsidian blocks and iron doors. The full list can be found here. These block breaking times are subject to live changes as deemed necessary by the admin team. If the zombie hordes terrify you, and you prefer to live within the safety of spawn during this event, you can! Nilrem the Wizard is working to keep a protective forcefield around spawn, though some of the castle was destroyed in the initial attack. The enclosed South side of spawn will be safe, and open for collaborative building - the goal being to stock up supplies for our zombie fighters out there in the wilderness! Edit: Spawn is not as safe as we intended - we can't do anything to hold back the zombie hordes, you're going to have to work together even more to survive! Government issue protective wear is always available at spawn, along with some basic tools and food. Elytra users BE AWARE of Nilrem’s spawn forcefield, and fly above y120 in that area! A myriad of empty public chests will be available at spawn, for you to help fill with useful donations for others to use as needed. Traders at spawn will accept materials in exchange for various useful items such as armour, protective blocks and more effective projectiles. Spawn changes will take effect in the first half an hour or so after the event goes live, to allow for a quick change over, so please factor this time into your plans. Think you’re safe in the End or the Nether? Think again! Please note that from March 13th to March 15th, protections and all other general PvE rules remain in effect and only zombies are free to ignore them. And announcing: PvE-Chaos! March 15th 6pm EST (click here for your timezone) PvE will enter PvE-chaos mode with the following additional changes until rev end: Indirect PvP is allowed (you can’t stab someone to death, but we won’t stop you dropping lava on them). Water and lava flow are enabled - be careful where you drop your lava! Land protections and LWC are removed, and griefing is allowed - always wanted to bury Barlimore’s house in sand? Now is the time. TNT will be enabled - yes you can blow up that neighbouring town. Zombies have TNT too - that’s right the apocalypse continues, but if you let them get bored, they may TNT your base. During PvE-Chaos mode, staff reserve the right to clean up any areas deemed necessary, e.g. affecting the stability of the server, or blocking spawn exits. Admins also reserve the right to drop unexpected dragons on you as the revision enters its final hour, but that goes without saying. PvE-Chaos mode will continue until revision end on Friday March 16th. Our thanks to redwall_hp for designing and implementing this plugin, and the rest of the tech team for any further assistance given during the planning and running of this event. ~The PAdmin Team
  12. Palici [Barlimore]

    Handling in Barlimore's stead, as he is away. You're unbanned, welcome back!
  13. Revision 21: Mid-Revision Feedback Topic

    Hi @totemo Thanks for your feedback. I’ve seen a few responses here echoing your thoughts on map size. People have seemed to enjoy exploring, and as you say, it’s always nice to find fresh unmined territory. I’m glad you’re enjoying the map generation – we’re still somewhat new to it, but we are exploring ways in which we can further customise our terrain generation. Similarly, ore generation is something we’re looking into as a possible means of making our map unique for next revision. Your ideas around gold generation are interesting and we’ll certainly take all this feedback onboard when making decisions about the Revision 22 map and resources. Thank you for your comments on the Nether design – it’s great to know the work was appreciated. This rev was very much an experimental ‘learn as you go’ attempt, and generally speaking I’m happy with how it went overall. If we decide to go with a custom or part custom Nether next revision, hopefully I’ll be able to improve upon this revision’s efforts. No decision making has taken place yet, but nevertheless I’d be glad of being kept up to date on any progress with BeastMaster that may be useful in future. The generator we use for the overworld does not yet support generating End or Nether worlds as far as I know. My expectation is that we’d need someone working in WorldPainter, in the same way the Nether was created for this revision. There are certainly many questions brought up in this feedback around the End and elytra specifically, so we do need to look at this whole area in detail. There have been some great maps created in mapworld this revision, and I’m glad we’ll be able to carry them on into future maps. WorldEdit for mapworld has been mentioned a few times, both this revision and last, and we’ll be discussing the implications of that. I like your idea of some set commands – that would be quite easy for people to pick up and work with. Thanks for the detailed response around iron golem spawners – it echoes some of the things we’ve seen this revision and is very useful as we lead into revision planning. I enjoy your ideas for additional drops from other blocks too – we could make more use of that plugin on the server for all sorts of things. Given the theme we have chosen for next revision, it’s quite likely we will be talking about this with you in the near future! I see you have a lot of opinions about other spawners too – it’s all useful to know. I agree with using the Nether more fully, having spent so much time with it at this point - I’ve grown quite fond it as a dimension. Ideally, I’d like to see more activities and purposes for visiting the Nether. I’m glad you have been enjoying the events this revision – we’ve tried to keep them varied and interesting, as well as ensure they are worth participating in. I think some have been more successful than others, but it’s all a learning experience and we’ll take that knowledge into next revision.
  14. Revision 21: Mid-Revision Feedback Topic

    Hi @buzzie71 Thanks for your feedback, buzzie! I too am interested to see what effects we might see from returning to a smaller map. I think it would be worth trying out for a revision, to see how people feel about it. I hope that it might encourage more people to do simple things, like visit their neighbour, or attend a nearby event. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the concept of the nether. Some people have mentioned that they found it confusing - did you have any difficulty in that area? Would you like to see a custom nether next revision, a return to vanilla, or somewhere inbetween? Were there any areas of this revision’s nether that you particularly enjoyed or would like to see again? In relation to the dragon fight - we’re still very early into preparation and haven’t yet looked in detail at what we might do to mitigate some people’s concerns, either about the fight being too easy, or about the abundance of elytra and its perceived effect on infrastructure and exploration. Hopefully we’ll be able to balance opinions and come up with something to try out, at the very least. I’m a supporter of keeping map art across revisions, and interested in what people think about implementing WorldEdit in the mapworld. I think it can only help the server, by allowing people interested in creating map art to more quickly produce their amazing pieces, for the whole server to enjoy. I think the spawn station has been useful in encouraging players to build rails both to spawn and to one another, and in that respect it did its job - to increase the take up of rail building across the server. Would you like to see the pre-built rail station make an appearance again next revision? TrainCarts has been both liked and disliked this revision it seems,for various reasons. Carting around with your friends in a train is fun, but the glitchy issues experienced by some other users is cause for concern too. We’ll need to weigh up the pros and cons in this case. You mention you found golem souls a bit of a grind - do you have any thoughts on how you’d like to see iron grinders implemented next revision, or on how golem souls (or their mechanic) could be used in future? Would you like to see similar drops from other ore types, with some attached use or saleability?
  15. Revision 21: Mid-Revision Feedback Topic

    Hi @Trooprm32 Thanks for taking the time to offer feedback here - I hope you are enjoying the revision so far! In terms of the map, we’ve noted from the map sizes topic that you’d lean more towards a 6k x 6k map. You mention elytra, which is a big concern for a number of players. Do you have any ideas on how you would like to see elytra dealt with in future revisions? Elytra is certainly something we’ll need to think about for the future, and we have spent a lot of time reading through comments and listening to opinions on this topic. Hopefully we’ll come up with a healthy balance for next revision. It’s interesting that you’re finding the map too vanilla. Do you your interests lean more towards outlandish or extreme terrain? I’ve found some great vistas this revision, but not everyone has had similar experiences it seems. We’ve had both requests for more plains and requests for less! There are custom underground dungeon areas, but we’d be interested in exploring whether or not the generator supports additional structure types. Something to look into, although we’re all still very much learning about how to generate or create a decent map. Hopefully, you will see improvements revision to revision. A lot of people seem to be supporting the concept of biome specific ore distributions, so that’s something we’ll definitely be discussing when we start our map preparation. The nether this revision was very much an experiment in the use of WorldPainter. The map generator we use for the overworld doesn’t support the generation of custom nether yet, as far as I know. However, with WorldPainter, I learned a lot on the job last revision, so if we go with a custom nether again, who knows what we might end up with in Revision 22! There’s been a lot of support for investigating ways in which we can improve the dragon fight in the End. We’ll definitely be looking into what is possible in this area, though there are no fixed plans to implement anything at the present time. We need to consider both regular and experienced players, and ensure the fight is challenging, but remains fun.
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