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DFTBA

New Plugin New Friends Plugin!
By popular request I've searched out the best plugin I could find to let you guys manage your own friend lists :D

I give to you: blFriends
http://dev.bukkit.org/server-mods/blcraft-blfriend/

With this new plugin you can invite other users to be your friend by typing
/blf invite (player)

Once they get your request, they can accept it by typing
/blf add (player) (if you wish to remove a friend for whatever horrible reason, the command is
/blf remove (player))

Once you have your friends list made you can see it by typing
/blf list

And if you want to check if one of your friends is online, simply type
/blf online

Hopfully you guys find this to be a helpful way to keep track of each other amongst all the chatter :D
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Yeah, that was my reaction when I first heard it too.

But yeah, Creative is getting to be just MASSIVE, so the staff has decided to reset it on November 10th, 2012, at 11:00 PM GMT -4. This means a lot, of course, and I'll talk about some of the common questions below.

What do I do about my current creative plot? I like what's on it!

Simple - just ask us to copy it. We'll be posting a thread specifically dedicated to the preservation of creative plots, via schematic, for any players that request the service. We will require some simple information, like the location of the plot and things of that nature. The thread to transfer plots can be found right here!

Will we get bigger plots now?

YES! We're going to expand the size of plots now, to 256x256, so that you guys can build bigger, better things! Make sure you take advantage of the opportunity to do so! :)

But bigger plots, that doesn't mean...?

Yes, unfortunately we're going to have to charge now. This is merely a deterrent for brand new players just running into creative to start mucking about, or worse, new players running in to look, being given a plot, and it remaining completely empty. The cost will be $5,000 llamas, and you won't have to worry about paying again after that, just the one time 5k fee (which most of our significant builders have or can get ahold of pretty easily).

Is this a regular thing, or will we only be doing it this once?

To our knowledge, this will only be one time. We don't expect to need to do this again, since we have the limiting factor mentioned above. So, no need to worry about it happening ever again (probably). :D

Will you...
Got a lot of stuff to cover, since I didn't get to post on Sunday (my bad, I wasn't feeling well over the weekend). Time for a news dump!

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1. I haven't mentioned it much lately, but PandaHP's creative competition for the Spleef Arena is NEARLY COMPLETE! You can find more information at this post right here, but the gist of it is that the competition ends in TWO DAYS!!!! Submit your entries on that thread, and you will be required to do that in order for them to be considered! Those who have already submitted might want to consider making any last minute edits that have been on their minds. If you've posted screenshots but do want to make small edits and things like that, you're welcome to do so, but if it changes significantly, you'll need to re-submit your application. Only one application allowed per person!

Follow the simple format on his post, and you'll be all good. The builds there look great, so I expect any people who have been working forever on theirs should be awesome too.

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2. The PODCAST is finally up! At least, the first half is. The way we're doing the pilot episode, because there's just SO MUCH that we're like, "What the heck do we do..." we just made two versions of the pilot with two different sets of people and discussed more or less the same topics. The second half of the first podcast should be posted shortly, and then we'll get to recording new versions! Bear in mind, we recorded both halves of the first podcast before we got any significant advice about how to do it, so it's a bit dated. :p

That being said, WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK! I cannot stress enough to you guys that it's important for you to express your like/dislike for anything that happens in the podcast so we can tailor...
Ok so last night was quite hectic we can all agree, crashes... rollbacks... everything but the kitchen sink. And all for a very stupid reason, I'd rather not disclose, as it's rather embarrassing for the person responsible (you don't know them, and by you I mean YOU)

But now I can say with 90% confidence that we're doing great! The server finally seems stable and crash free. There's still going to be some lag here and there, that's our next big task to accomplish before we remove the Beta tag from the server's name :D

Make sure you give an extra big thanks to the staff, as they too have been working tooth and nail to keep things going smoothly. If you have any requests, remember to be patient and polite... you'll get dealt with sooner this way :)

And thanks too everyone who was patient through all of this, and here's to almost ALMOST going out of Beta :D

-Dom
In my defense, though, I didn't want them too close to one another. Maybe we should just roll with it and do Monday-Friday news posts. Who knows? Let me hear about it in the comments.

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1. We had a ROUSING game (actually, it was quite a lot of games) of PVP in the wee hours of the morning last night, and as a result, pretty much all participants lost all of their items in their inventories. Seems there's still some problems with the plugin, and we'll probably have to tell everyone to chest their items before joining or something of that nature... not sure. The plugin shouldn't do that in the first place!

Anyways, sorry to all of you guys who lost your stuff. We're going to do our best to replace it all. :/ The PVP plugin, arenas, and worlds are still in progress, so we'll be working through the kinks there for a bit.

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2. You may have noticed the server hardware upgrade is in progress, as of the time of this posting! This means we'll finally be bumping up from 16 to 32gb of memory, as well as a much faster processor. It started about an hour and a half ago, from the time of this post, and by the time I finish, it should be done - so check out the server and log in! :)

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3. The spleef arena competition is nearly complete, we're approaching the 1 week mark for the entries - I've seen a few more people enter, but if you're waiting for the last day to make something and throw it in, you'd better hurry up! The end date is October 20th, and NO late entries will be accepted. Dom and Panda will fly around to review all of the entries and choose the one that they like the most shortly after the competition ends. So hurry up and enter!

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4. The forums are ever-changing, although not as much recently, with only one major change...
My bad... I promise I won't make it a habit. Anyways, here's a few updates about what's going on in the server's life:

1. You might have noticed on the forums that we have ourselves a new logo at the right of the screen on the main page of the forums - because we're being sponsored by MPServ, we've decided to give them a little press in return! Check them out if you're ever interested in hosting your own server, they've done a great deal for us. :) There are also some minor cosmetic changes.

Note: If you've not received your activation email yet and have been trying to register your account, send a ticket to us in-game and we can activate your account for you without an email. I'd hate for people to miss out on the forums because the emailer is being stupid! We're so sorry about that.

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2. The spleef arena competition should be concluded on October 20th, 2012, so make sure you have your entry done by then! Only one entry is allowed per person (hasn't been a problem so far, but I just want to clarify) and you'll need to post on the official Spleef Arena Competition thread (linked right here) with pictures of your construction, the coordinates of your plot, and a short explanation about how your arena works (whether it's with signs, a particular plugin, or just redstone). Got some great entries so far... should be a good one! :D

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3. Anticheat is... mostly... properly configured, so if you're getting bumped for it, it's likely recognizing something you're doing as troublesome. I don't see many notices, so I assume that at least a portion of them have to be true, lol. Our general policy on hacks is that you shouldn't be using them, so you're gonna get kicked if you're caught doing it, but we're not going...
Over the past few weeks user Clyane has gone above and beyond being involved in the server. Being helpful and kind to users and staff, and is a regular on the forums as well. So I'd like to welcome her to the Moderator team, and I hope you all will too :D

-Dom
Maintenance/Issues The Fault in Our Server
Seems we've had a bit of a hiccup in the server for some reason... not a clue what could have caused it.

Unfortunately, it's causing us to have to roll back the server a bit, in order to fix everything. We'll be rolling it back to 3:00 PM BST (which is 9:00 AM Central Standard Time US on Oct. 6th, 2012, for our American readers).

That means a loss of about 16 hours of work, something that we can't really avoid. If you've lost something significant, let us know and we'll do our best to replace it.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

- Islid (Administrator)
So the hardware upgrade I mentioned a few days ago, is most likely going to happen on Monday, so expect the server to go down for a few hours. I'll tweet when it goes down, and I'll tweet again when it's back up and running :D

Thanks for everyone's patience, and DFTBA!

-Dom

**EDIT**
the upgrade is happening Friday, because we have to get a new part shipped in