Saturday, July 30, 2011

More Map Updates

There are several new things about the map.
The map now has working Day / Night capabilites
You can now search for signs and jump to them
Coordinates are saved in the URL so refresh will refresh you into the same spot
Compass Now faces the correct direction relative to in-game maps
Signs now render on the map image
Stairs are not black anymore (mostly)

This weekend will hopefully be a big weekend for changes.With the help of Andrew and Kevin I plan to make alot of changes.
We will upgrade to the most recent version of bukkit
Write a plugin (or more) for our server
Add Sortal Warp zone (end points) to the world map
Get the purchasing of abilities working form the website
And Clean up the currently abandoned mega-projects so they look good

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rendering The Map

While tweaking the map rendering program (or something), the program decided to not render any more. I am claiming it is not my fault but it might be. Anyways, you may have to deal with some outdated maps for the next few days until I fix the problem.
- Admin Asher

Monday, July 25, 2011

Day/Night Complete

The day and night maps have been completed and uploaded as the new maps however I have noticed that the stairs in the maps will always come up black and the pistons will not show up at all. I will continue to try to fix this. I believe that the pistons just don't have any skin which makes them render clear (but it should make them purple). As for the stairs I have no idea and believe this to be an actual bug with the rendering program. All in all I think the map looks better.
Happy Crafting
-Admin Asher

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Day and Night maps

A new project on the dev server is day and night version of the world map. Some of you (kroden3d) have been asking about a top down view of the map. Currently the program that is being used to render the map is not able to do such a thing, however it is able to render daytime and nighttime versions of the map. So I decide to test this out. The current map is neither daytime nor nighttime but a generic global light called normal. With the creation of day and night on the map you will now see shadows of objects left on the map. Hopefully this will help with the depth perception when viewing the world. At the time of writing the old map is still up for everyone to enjoy until Day and Night come over from the dev server.

I am trying my hardest to keep the server running with new things to do. All I ask in return is that you play and participate. "Demeters Wrath" is coming, when all players will loose their abilities and have to start from scratch to gain their powers back. The first step is making an account on the forum. Happy Crafting!
-Admin Asher

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Quick Information About Our server size

Our current map size (including the nether) is 190Mb
Our current version controlled backup is 2.8 Gb
We are not even coming close to reaching the capacity of the hard drive so don't worry about exploring more (not an open invitation to intentionally triple the size of the map). We will be eating another server (or two) soon and that will increase the map size substantially. If anybody would like a copy of the map (or the version repo) for backup they can get one. At this point in time the map backup files will be unencrypted but when the map grows in size the backups will be AES encrypted.

The lag from a few days ago that caused pistons to disappear and then reappear appears to have been fixed. Don't worry about.

Flying will also soon be enabled on the server so feel free to mod your clients to allow you to fly

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Server Specs

The server we are running is a 4gb 2core 3.1GHz computer, from hardware alone the maximum number of supported players is 30 (at one time) however there is something else that is called the Internet. This is currently our limiting factor. The up speed that the server is currently running at is 1Mbs (which is pathetic). Soon I will move the server on campus and when I do there will probably be some changes. First off the server address will no longer be, that will now only get you the forum and map. The Game server will most likely be Because all ports other then port 80 will be blocked from outside connections when entering the campus network. On campus the connection speed should be somewhere around 7 up and 7 down which will allow us to run at a maximum of 21 users. When the server information changes I will let everyone know but for now things will stay the same.
Happy crafting
- Admin Asher

Monday, July 18, 2011

Version 1.7.3

Bukkit has released version 1.7.3 of the minecraft server. This build will be uploaded to the server soon. Apparently there is a huge memory leak problem that was fixed with the new version. So it will definitely be used. There may be some plugins that break with this update so I will be doing some testing first.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Mob Dimentional Crack!

"A new experiment on the dev server (ares) has seeped over to the regular game server, you may experience mobs spawning and trying to kill you. For now I believe that they are constrained to the Nether. The portal in homebase will lead you there. I have not seen a creeper yet but keep your eyes peeled!" - Iggystlev, Dimensional Manager

We will soon be welcoming back mobs to Demeter! For now they should only spawn in the nether (where you have no abilities). This will allow you to go dungeoning in the nether. I will be building rooms an buildings there for you to explore. Once this is worked out you will be able to go into the nether and play a compleete opposite version of our minecraft world. All fighting and no building!
- Admin Asher

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Forum and game updates

Our forum still looks a little bare but that is ok as there is currently no need to go to the forum because you still cannot buy abilities. As the summer goes on there is more and more work that needs to get finished quickly. I promise that I will have a method to buy abilities by the end of the weekend! In the meanwhile I hope that you all continue building things and posting what you build on the forum. I myself have a few things I have built but not put on the forum. Kroden3d and Ibramgaunt00 are tied for posts (behind me) at 9, on the forum, and kroden3d has the most cool things on the server posted.
When the abilities become available for purchase the two mods and myself will begin judging all the cool things that are posted on the site and you will receive points right after we judge them. Which you can spend on new abilities instantly. The purchase upgrades page will begin filling with abilities that you can buy soon.

As for minecraft itself, the game is coming close to calling itself a "full release" once the adventure pack comes out there will be a lot of changes to the game, and probably quite a while of downtime for the server. Notch also claims that support for plug-ins on the server is coming without the need for a modded server! In my opinion he and bukkit should just share notes. Thats all for now.
- Admin Asher

Saturday, July 9, 2011

New Moderators

The new moderators have been picked.

Kroden3d (Kevin)
Klingbolt (Richard)

Congratulations, enjoy your powers and responsibilities!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Call for Moderators

The two current Mods IbramGaunt00 (Jim) and Klingbolt (Richard) have served us well over the past two months. However they were elected per dictatorship had had no say themselves in the matter, they were also tasked with no responsibilities to uphold.

I now issue a call for
Two Moderators

Powers of a Mod
  1. Able to Kill players
  2. Able to Kick Player
  3. Able to Ban Players
  4. Able to look up the IP of players
  5. Personal Magic Carpet
  6. No Fall Damage
  7. Lightning Stick
  8. The word "MOD" next to your /who name
  9. Freeze players around you (except for other mods and admins)
  10. Teleport Players to Them
  11. /god to make yourself invincible

Tasks of a Mod
  1. Testing plug-ins and submitting bug reports for any errors
  2. Managing griefers and their damages
  3. Assigning points to "cool things" based on the four criteria
  4. Do not misuse powers
  5. Test and fix Sortals
  6. Repair Broken Terrain
  7. Enforce the laws of Iggystlev! THE GOD OF DEMETER

IbramGaunt00 and Klingbolt are also not restricted from continuing to be the mods as long as they maintain the tasks provided

As for the 'cool things points' I am working as hard as I can with the new mysql backend to get that system up and running. Until then I have given everyone the powers of world edit limited to 10,000 blocks, and a new command /spawn which teleports you to the spawn zone!

To apply, make a comment on this post, send me an email, make a forum post, or send me a PM

Play Hard!
Admin Asher (Iggystlev)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Server UPTIME!

The server is UP!
Pistons are WORKING!
Everything is WONDERFUL!

Bukkit 1.6.6 [918] -> Bukkit 1.7.2 [953]
Permissions 3.1.5b -> Permissions 3.1.6 [935]
AdminCmd 4.11.2 -> AdminCmd 4.15 [935]
Welcome Message 1.5.2 -> Welcome Message 1.5.3 [935]

Admin Asher