I'm sure many of you have noticed the many additions and changes to the Fantasia network. I thought it would be a good idea to go over each thing in detail and clear up some misconceptions. I've noticed some of you have been saying that some of these changes were done because Mojang is pushing their recently modified EULA on the Minecraft community. This is false, these changes were planned way before all that. I have no plans in changing anything for the EULA till they are crystal clear of the guidelines and anything done now is because I feel it is good for the server/community. If in the future I am forced to change VIP perks cause of this EULA push I will figure out a way to keep things fair. I feel that it is unfair for you guys to suffer for something Mojang decided the change and push all of a sudden. So rest assured, I will take care of you guys as you took care of the server over these years.
With that aside, now onto the overview of all the changes:
Guest+ has been changed to Visitor. The admins and I have noticed that the very subtle change in visual rank title from Guest to Guest+ confused many of the players. So to make it more noticeable, maybe even more exciting, the rank was renamed.
Our amazing droid C3PO15 has done some excellent work on refreshing the Hub and Oracle worlds. The goal here was to make it more beautiful than it was but also make things more fluent. Many of you have already seen hub and the amazing work the build team put into it, if you haven't I suggest you take a stroll around Hub and appreciate their work. Oracle is now far more friendly to our new players and helps answer many of the questions asked when they first join. Let's hope this helps educate our new players so they can have a better experience.
The Charon/Enceladus worlds can now be accessed by Visitors and up. This was done to give the Visitor rank more meaning, along with helping these worlds thrive. The new Charon now has completely fresh land with all the biomes available in 1.7. The old Charon is still available for those that want to visit it. Enceladus has been completely refreshed and is now much bigger than before. I did change how players can heal now, added an auto sneak option, and added a global PVP stats system to both Enceladus and Charon. Details of these changes can be viewed on the World Details page under Server Information section on the menu bar above.
The Pandora world can now be accessed by Citizens and up. Some of you got upset over this change which confused me. You were failing to see the overall big picture and just being sort of greedy. This was done in an attempt to make sure Pandora will thrive when released. The system heavily depends on players and full factions. If it was kept the other way there would obviously be a lack of players around some time zones and many would just get bored of the world very quickly.
Arcadia has been completely redone and is now a Skyblock and Skygrid world available to the Explorers and up. The supernatural system was never intended to be a permanent system. It was more of an experiment of many gameplay elements to see how they would be used, problems that may arise. The data collected from this will be used to help me make decisions in the future. Anyway, I'm sure many of you know what Skyblock is but just in case, you basically start off with an island with a tree and chest with items. You have to figure out how to make something from nothing and upgrade your island. There are many challenges you can choose to complete to get even more items to help upgrade your island. Now on to Skygrid, I am not too familiar with all the mechanics of this world type but it looks pretty straight forward. Here you will start off at a random location in a world filled with blocks all around you. You have to use your parkour skills to jump around to find the blocks you want to build your home. This world comes with very few commands to keep it challenging and interesting. You can view all the details on both of these worlds at the Arcadia spawn after you press the button at /Arcadia.
Artifex can now be accessed by all ranks but those under VIP5 can only go there to fly around and view things. VIP5s can now show off their builds to everyone! This will also help some of the lower ranks decide if it is worth donating for Artifex.
We now have a Fantasia newsletter! This is not managed by myself but by a team of very dedicated Fantasians. The goal of this newsletter is to provide you guys with a quick overlook of server changes, events, and other juicy tidbits. At this time I was told they plan on releasing a new newsletter every 2 weeks. You can find the newsletter under Server Information section on the menu bar above.
Some of you may already be aware of this but Fantasia now has a help ticket system. This system can be used if you need help with something, such as reporting a grief, experienced a bug, etc. This is useful for when there are no staff online or they all happen to be busy. Staff are always notified when there are tickets in the system so your ticket won't get ignored. To learn how to use this ticket system just type /helpme on Fantasia. This system might be added to the other worlds in the future if necessary.
It's been a very long since last one but I would like to host an Auryn Tournament. Auryn has been refreshed a few months back and now has many more games since then. For those of you that weren't around for the last couple of tournaments, let me explain how this will work. Basically it is a ladder based tournament that consists of many games that will break down the overall number of participants. Those finishing in 1st, 2nd, 3rd place will receive a prize which will either be a steam game from my gift collection or something from the Donation Shop. Here is a detailed overview of the tournament:
- 10 games of Survival Games
- 10 winners from this game are guaranteed a spot in the tournament.
- Out of those games the 10 players that finish in 2nd will battle it out for the remaining 5 spots in the tournament. Which will be decided with 5 games of Woolgame.
- The 15 remaining players will play TNT Tag till 9 winners.
- The 9 remaining players will play Spleef till 6 winners.
- The 6 remaining players will play Deathcube till 3 winners.
- The remaining 3 players will now duke it out in FFA.
- The first player to get 3 wins gets 1st place.
- The remaining 2 will continue to fight till one of them gets 3 wins for 2nd place.
- The last player remaining will get 3rd place.
The actual tournament date will be announced soon. Better get some practice in!
That pretty much sums up all the changes that have been done and all I wish to share in detail at this time. I do plan on implementing a world with a unique system for the Adventurer and Pioneer ranks so please be patient while I develop ideas. 1.8 is around the corner and should be bar its ugly head around the end of July or some time in August. I have been working hard over the last few months on getting many of our systems to work with UUIDs. At this time I have completed 90% of this work and still have plenty of time to get this done. This means once I update everything to 1.8 you all should be able to change your names freely and still have access to your old data.
I hope this clears up a lot of confusion that some of you may have been experience along with understanding my thinking and intent. I really do hope you all enjoy all these additions! Anyway I've rambled enough. Questions and comments welcome!