We now have the option of custom crafting. It was enabled on the server for a few hours last night and reception was generally positive. Though, not entirely.
The main thing I'd like to do is make things that are otherwise very, very difficult to find craftable. Examples, Totem of undying, horse armor and the like. As the map gets older and specific loots are found they will never be replenished. Adding custom crafting of a few specific items so they can be enjoyed by other players later on in the game.
The key is to make them expensive so there isn't an unlimited supply. Or, at least, not an easy unlimited supply.
Anyway, this can now be done. The real question is, should it be, and at what price?
Due to Mojang taking *forever* to release the update it's been brought to my attention that it might be fun to have the end of the world party here soon and then do a reset just to change things up a bit. Play on the temp world till the update *finally* comes out.
With the pending server reset it's come to my attention that there are a lot of really amazing builds on the map that not everyone has seen. So, in celebration of the pending server reset with 1.13 I have enabled the option for creative for all players. Head to 0,0 on the map and you will find buttons to change your gamestate as you see fit.
Use this to explore, fly around so you can get a better view or finish builds that you may or may not have time to finish before the end.
Note that this is not permission to grief or be a dick. Please be kind and hold a sword when in creative as it's way too easy to break blocks otherwise and screw up someone's build.
Also, when the server reset happens everyone will go back to survival as per usual.
As we all know, 1.13 will be out soon. We will be upgrading here shortly after it comes out.
Give it a week or two to make sure the bugs are worked out for the most part and I can setup a test server.
The real question is map reset or not? Water physics and other things change. Not to mention new natural structures.
I'll be holding a vote to see what people want to do. But, I'm leaning to a reset as I think it would be the best thing. This is due to how it's going to break pretty much every grinder on the server. It will also change lots of auto-farms as items now float instead of sink. Also, the current map is about two years old. Starting fresh is fun
I've got a server running 1.12! It's running a new map, superflat. This is for personal enjoyment and a challenge. This is to help me play with 1.12 without breaking anything while having some fun. This will not replace the old map as I still plan to get that ported over to the new version.
I've run into some issues with plugins as to be expected. Still working on that.
So, 12.12 is out. That means server updates. But we are going to give it a week or so before I actually update. I'll also be making a full backup of the server before just to be safe. I'll announce here when that's going to happen as there will be several hours of downtime.
Also, we are keeping the current map unless there is something serious that prevents us from doing so.
I've been out of town, but am back now. And I've finally figured out the problem. There was / is a dead hard drive in the raid array that the server runs on. I've kicked it out for now and performance should be normal now. Though, this does require a replacement. I'm running raid6 so I can handle two drive failures at the same time without any data loss.
I've got amazon prime and can have one in a couple days with no issue. Only problem is that I'm currently rather broke. A new cheap drive would be $60, but I'd prefer to get one a better than that for faster performance. So, $90.
Small donations would be welcome to help offset the cost. $5 or $10 from a few people would really make a difference. My paypal address is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you choose to donate then thank you. But do not feel obligated to do so.