I'm finally moved into the new place, so I should have a bit more time to do things now, but I don't have internet moved here until Saturday; I'm using cellular data tethering in the mean time. I've been told that the login system isn't working, I'll try to debug that as soon as I can. Also, I've been working on a new logo. Although I'm not entirely displeased with the old one, it's strongly associated with Minecraft given the grass block design. Instead, I'd like to try another design:
Click the image for full size. This design is inspired by the electron configuration of a Carbon atom (the arrangement of electrons in the various electron shells around the nucleus of an atom). This is a rudimentary design, and I may alter it, but I prefer simpler logo designs so that it can be scaled down or printed relatively easily. In the lower left corner is a version of the logo modified for smaller icons and such. I'm open to suggestions!
I mentioned in the previous post I intended to add some plugins. Firstly, the simplest one, is just a custom crafting recipe plugin. I had coded one myself as part of a larger plugin, but it broke when 1.12 came around, so being replaced with another plugin since I'm having trouble finding time to fix my plugin. Now you can 'uncraft' snow blocks, prismarine blocks/bricks, wool, and clay block into their components. Otherwise, here are the recipes I've added so far:
Secondly, I've found a plugin called SafariNet. If you're familiar with the safari net mod, then you already know about what this is. This adds a craftable item (which is a spawn egg by default) which will allow you to right click a mob to capture it and allow you to place it again later. This is something I've wanted for a while, hoping it works alright. It'll need some additional configuration before I can add the permission for everyone to use it, but expect it to be available soon. There are two recipes. One will craft a single use net, the other will craft a reusable net. Here are the recipes:
And lastly, I've added McMMO back. This means players can start leveling skills and using abilities again. I believe I've configured it differently this time, however. Now, every skill will cap at level 500 and the leveling calculation is now exponential, meaning that it'll take longer to gain levels the higher level you are. Also, a few perks have been re-added. This time around, I've attempted to completely disable any experience boosting perks. Instead, there are only two perks available. For Steel+ ranks, ability cooldowns are halved. For Platinum+ ranks, ability duration is extended by four seconds. Hopefully this will make the competition for the highest level skills more fair for donors. McMMO also adds two new craftable items. Firstly, the Chimaera Wing: right click with it to teleport you to your home if used outdoors (crafted with 5 feathers in any shape). Secondly, the Flux Pickaxe: a pick which has a chance to automatically smelt ores when mined if the player has reached smelting skill of 250 (crafted by cooking a pickaxe in a furnace).
For the next week or so, I'll be in the process of moving to another place just down the street. Hopefully it won't take long and I can get all the services transferred as well. This just means I likely won't be available to sort out issues that may arise while I'm moving.
Recently, I've also gotten the forums running, so I'd like to see people start signing up on it. This only requires an email. I don't use emails for the website, although the forums require it since it uses it to identify users. The emails need to be verified (so that no one will claim my email or another admins, etc), which simply involves sending a code to your email that you type in after you provide your email. For those of you concerned about security, emails are encrypted before being stored using AES-256 encryption so that emails are not stored as plain text. After setting your email, they are only used during the authentication process when logging into the forums.
If there's a problem with this process, you can leave me a message on the server or on Discord. I'll try to fix it as soon as I'm settled.
I have some plans to add a plugin or two to the server soon that players may enjoy. I'll post more about those when I install them.
After a suggestion from dbryceman, I've modified the vote rewards to include a chance of getting in-game currency. This was something I did in the past, but at some point had to re-do vote rewards and forgot to include currency again. Here's the break down:
All players will always get at least 10 coins for voting, this is despite what other rewards you get. For all ranks, the odds of getting the currency reward is the same as getting XP Bottles (which is the most common reward). As a non-donor, the reward will be a random value between 10 and 50. As Neon or Steel, you can get 50 to 75. And as Platinum or Carbon, you can get 75 to 100.
Hopefully this'll bring currency back into play a bit, whether you want to buy a shop plot or just want to teleport randomly more often.