WinnersHere's the list of winners for this month's battle themed Heaven
1st place - k4ye (/p v -211;-176)
2nd place - MysteriaHD (/p v 201;112)
3rd place - Eomz (/p v 161;-135)
Christmas HubWe also released our Christmas themed hub, with a minor delay, thanks to all our builders.
There's as always our usual 70% sale in the store: https://www.extremecraft.net/store/
Sorry for the announcement delay, we had some personal issues to deal with before we could judge the submissions.
We closed an eye for all the submissions that blatantly copied or used mods to create the pixel arts, we will forgive you this time.
1st place - MrsTrendy (/p v 0;201)
2nd place - RedString (/p v 131;-201)
3rd place - FasterNBetter04 (/p v 201;-14)
Halloween HubWe just released our new Halloween themed hub based on the new version of the lobby! Huge thanks to all our builders who worked on it: SilentButViolent, DaddyOmer, Ivri22, tessaseboy and sft_only
Also be sure to not miss our 70% sale in the store: https://www.extremecraft.net/store/
What do I do?You need to download this archive that contains all the instructions, the script and links to the videos you need to edit: download
Where do I submit?Once you edited your video you need to send your submission here: https://forms.gle/8SGRJnt8BubLNHyh7
How much time do I have?You have 15 days from now, the contest will end Sunday 25th October.
What do I win?As reward for winning the competition, if you decide to join the team, you will receive a starting coupon worth 50€
New Levelling System
We came up with a solution that would let you level up and at the same time give you enough space to build a nice looking island with no compromises.
You now have /is addlevels, this will open an inventory in which you drop in Coal, Iron, Gold, Emerald, Redstone, Lapis, Quartz or Diamond blocks and they will be consumed and turned into points.
New Spawn and PvPOur builders provided us with a brand new Spawn and PvP arena (Credits: BlueberryDaFloor, PlotChat and DaddyOmer)
ScoreboardSkyBlock will now have a sidebar showing useful info. You can toggle it in /sett if you like.
New EconomyWe tried to come up with a new economy that hopefully will keep things a bit more interesting and aim for a less AFK-focused gameplay.
New Starter IslandsYou can select from a wide range of new starter islands based on different biomes when you start playing now.
The old lottery was obviously too difficult, nobody would ever win so we reworked it entirely, we got rid of numbers and combinations and a winner is guaranteed to be selected twice a day.
Server NPCs and SpawnFollowing the lead of some other servers we also added NPCs that will connect you to all our gamemodes, this will make it easier for newcomers to have an overview of what we offer without going through the selector menu. Also they just look cool. (Thanks to Ivri22 for the edits and improvements to the spawn area)
Collectibles and ResetWe decided to rework the core of our lobby plugin and took the chance to start fresh and reset all the data of the past years so we could also apply some balance changes and fix some exploits that gave people infinite coins
So collectibles got reset too, we also changed locations so don't worry about the old coords you saved somewhere as they won't help you.
To spice up things a little bit this time the reward will be a little more fulfilling, in fact you will unlock the exclusive [LobbyExplorer] title that you will be able to use anywhere on the server, the title cannot be bought.
Snake TrainsWe found and fixed the Snake Trains that never made it to the public lobby, you can ride them and they'll show you the entire map.
Bug FixesSeveral bugs affecting the lobby since its release were also fixed as well as some false kicks from the anticheat.
BuildBattle, Pixel Art?
This is a side announcement regarding the latest BuildBattle, this time around the theme is Pixel Art.
We feel like we never gave enough love to all the players with skills in this building style and this will be an interesting change of pace.
This month we added 4 new maps, revamped/improved 4 maps and removed other 4 maps.
Improved MapsWe went over some of the old maps and made them more PvP friendly:
Removed MapsAnd here are the removed maps:
New Feedback System
We value your feedback so we added a new system that will occasionally ask you to rate maps between 1 and 5 whenever you end a game, this will help us tweak our buildings and figure out what you like and what you don't.
SurvivalGamesThis is a bit offtopic but we will soon start testing our new SurvivalGames that will not be pay-to-win and will share the core used in our BedWars
Who would have thought we'd come this far, as far as trying our best to update everything and manage to get a 1.16.1 server up and running for you to test.
The server is SurvivalPlus and it will be the spiritual successor of our current Testing, which will be closed in the next few weeks to be used for other projects such as new minigames and gamemodes.
SurvivalPlus will then be our guinea pigs of servers, receiving the latest cutting edge updates and changes that we're too afraid to release on other servers, the first biggest update we'll be testing will be the new Minecraft 1.16.1
How to join?Simply use /go survivalplus (or /go survivalp to save 3 whole letters) while being on a 1.16 or 1.16.1 or 1.16.2 client.
Why?We feel like it would be time to slowly transition to new versions and experiment with new features and content as we feel like 1.8 has been stagnating for way too long, this test is to see if the performances of the new version can keep up with our demands and gamemodes.
Bro, what about PvP?We added a plugin that reverts PvP to 1.8 style (spam click = you're good), however the blocking mechanic is missing so you will get to try out the new shield mechanics.
Why is X command missing?Updating plugins to versions past 1.12 is no joke, it requires time and effort and in the years we accumulated hundreds of thousands of lines of code that should be carefully checked and migrated.
Where is the shop?As stated in the previous section updating some plugins requires more time than one might expect, our shop plugin is one of them and for this reason we'll run this test without a proper economy. On the bright side the vote crate looks like this
What about my kits?For now there won't be any kit other than the starter kit, kit claim and kit basic. The true [Member] way.
Why is X not working?If you find bugs please report them here and we'll fix them as soon as possible: https://www.extremecraft.net/tickets/new/5/
And we're back.
For the fourth time we rework and reset prison, this time our main focus was to add enough features to keep things interesting but at the same time to not change too much the good old prison everyone likes.
BombsWe added bombs to ease your mining sessions, also they just look cool. There are several types of bomb and you can unlock them through crates or Lucky Blocks
Lucky BlocksIntroducing: LuckyBlocks. They randomly spawn in mines, hit them and they'll reward you with cool stuff.
Enhanced PickaxesForget those boring pickaxes you're used to, the new ones have XP and can be leveled up to unlock cool upgrades. It works with shears too.
Here's a comprehensive list of the other changes and features:
For more info please check /warp info and check out our reset showcase video: Prison reset
We have a load of planned updates in general for the near future that you'll like.
I am once again asking for your support.
We're currently looking for capable people willing to manage our official YouTube channel in order to bring it back to life and actually start providing content for the community.
What is this role for?As YouTube manager you'll have some simple but important tasks:
Requirements?There's no requirement other than having good ideas and a somewhat good eye to figure out if a video looks good or not.
How to apply?
The submissions are closed! Thanks to everyone who showed interest, we'll make sure to pick a good candidate in short times.
If you're interested then feel free to submit an application in which you "showcase" some ideas for videos and/or series of videos that you'd like to push.
Reporters Without Borders’ Uncensored Minecraft Library is Going to Fundamentally Undermine Government Censorship of the Press.
Minecraft - the best selling single video game of all time - may be at the forefront of a clever new method to deliver banned media to those behind oppressive government firewalls.
When Reporters Without Borders came up with the idea to build an uncensored Minecraft library, they opened up a new venue allowing citizens to see news which they otherwise would not have. On top of that, adding the ability for users to add to it themselves provides for a broad, open-sourced, uncensored news platform that foreign governments are going to find difficult to block.
It’s easy enough for regimes to block access to websites and apps, especially when those who administrate the aforementioned platforms are the ones pushing out the content which governments hostile to a free press may disapprove. It’s another story when it comes to blocking a platform like Minecraft, which already has 300 million accounts in China.
The Chinese government could theoretically ban Minecraft in the country, but the company itself, which is owned by Microsoft, isn’t creating or even promoting “The Unlicensed Library”. It is highly unlikely Microsoft would prevent a popular NGO, such as Reporters Without Borders, from developing and maintaining the downloadable world required to access the library.
Less populous countries with less pull in the business world have an even smaller chance of preventing their citizens access to the library. It doesn’t take much to download a map and servers can be run on personal PCs. The only way to truly prevent access to it is to limit access to the internet. We’ve seen internet shutoffs in the past, proving governments are willing to go to those extremes if they deem it necessary.
What remains to be seen though is how the library, and those who maintain it, respond to the misinformation which will likely arise within its pixelated halls. The library itself may end up being a window into a world iron-fisted governments don’t want you to see, but the content in it will need to be vetted. If contributors to The Unlicensed Library can do that, it’s going to become a powerful resource for those looking to maintain freedom of the press.
FriendsThat's right, we finally added the long awaited Friends feature that everyone wanted so much
You can manage your friend list also through commands, you can see the list of available commands with /fr help
SocialIt's well known that our socials, except for Discord, were dead partially because of me.
We're also currently hosting a Giveaway on Instagram so be sure to not miss it: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9TvCsTqDZH/Our website now also has social buttons on top so that they're more easily accessible but for the lazy ones:
Vote PartiesWe're currently testing Vote Parties on /go testing
VariousWe also added several minor updates such as: