Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery?

I recently got a visit from a former regular member Bruhn16, who is now able to use a massive 12GB server in Germany to run his own minecraft world. When visiting the servers website, I discovered a striking similarity to our own, and I told myself: “Well it’s the same software, the same theme – they are bound to look similar. Until I opened some of the pages. Many of them are 1:1 copy-paste texts from my website, such as the rules, the map description etc. I changed some of them on my page in the meantime, but those on his website are still my texts. I think I will have to make more visual and more individual texts so that they are not that easy to use for any minecraft server. But in the end, you can easily identify which texts are from my website: Those without spelling mistakes ;-)

Bridges, Bridges & Bridges

In order to facilitate Travel, we have started to build some high bridges over the world. The current progress led the bridges partly over the territory of absent people. Since I built the bridges myself, I was able to ignore the protection. If anyone wants to have those bridges over their territory removed, please comment here and I will remove them immediately.

Griefer Banned!

Right now I banned “Evilpython26” from the game for burning down a ship in the public area. The user claimed:
[evilpython26] it wasnt me it was my brother i went away to get my tea nd my brother fucked my game up :(
[evilpython26] he made a flint box nd tryed to burn a ship so im stuck in jail coz my stupid ass brother did it

Please note that we do not care if your dog ate your homework. You are responsible for your account and what happens with it.

Money & Trading Suspended!

Since the system is live, some of the users that have been online have been trying to massively abuse it. Therefore I shut it down again now. Here is a part of the logfile. I am only showing the sold diamonds. You judge who was cheating here:

2010-12-10 23:09:17|{“action”: “attempted”, “player”: “#######”, “local”: null, “executed”: 0, “data”: {“item”: 264, “amount”: 64 }}
2010-12-10 23:09:35|{“action”: “attempted”, “player”: “#######”, “local”: null, “executed”: 0, “data”: {“item”: 264, “amount”: 60 }}
2010-12-10 23:10:41|{“action”: “attempted”, “player”: “#######”, “local”: null, “executed”: 0, “data”: {“item”: 264, “amount”: 64 }}
2010-12-10 23:10:55|{“action”: “attempted”, “player”: “#######”, “local”: null, “executed”: 0, “data”: {“item”: 264, “amount”: 64 }}
2010-12-10 23:17:14|{“action”: “attempted”, “player”: “#######”, “local”: null, “executed”: 0, “data”: {“item”: 264, “amount”: 2304 }}

So a certain user (I hid the name with ######) thought he has to abuse the system and hack almost 3000 diamonds into the game and sell them.

Money & Trading added!

I just added the iConomy plugin to allow trading & money. Now you can buy & sell from a global shop (you do not have to walk there). There is a new currency, the “Unc” and you can use this currency to buy several important raw materials and food.

Please go to the “Money & Trading” page for details!

Server down!

Dear all,

since the minecraft software was updated, the server is down since the additional software packages that I use to manage user rights etc has to be updated too. While we are waiting for that to happen, let’s go outside with a shovel and a pickaxe for some real life minecrafting!

Interesting conversation I just had….

Well, I just had an interesting conversation! I was on the console in the beginning so I answered through that one first. After his expletive he walked over to my avatar to “hit me”… Shows me how much it is worth having people to register on the website!

2010-11-26 20:46:32 [INFO] SFGiants [/] logged in with entity id 1505
2010-11-26 20:46:43 [INFO] <SFGiants> Can I build
2010-11-26 20:47:23 [INFO] [CONSOLE] hey there
2010-11-26 20:47:39 [INFO] [CONSOLE] you need to register on the website
2010-11-26 20:56:49 [INFO] <SFGiants> can ibuild
2010-11-26 20:56:51 [INFO] <SFGiants> i gtg in 3 mins
2010-11-26 20:56:54 [INFO] <SFGiants> i wanna builda  cool fort
2010-11-26 20:56:56 [INFO] <SFGiants> 30*
2010-11-26 20:57:02 [INFO] <SFGiants> i dont feel like registering. x_x
2010-11-26 20:57:10 [INFO] <uncovery> well thats tough luck
2010-11-26 20:57:15 [INFO] <SFGiants> FUCK YOU
2010-11-26 20:57:22 [INFO] Kicking SFGiants
2010-11-26 20:57:29 [INFO] Banning sfgiants

Nice one, ey? Good luck, SFGiants, on other servers with that attitude!

Bugs galore

Hey all,

I am a bit confused as of the current status of the software & the server, Why, you ask, since I am the admin I should know? Rightly so. However, I have realized that there were problems with the backup plugin. I also realized that the changes around spawn that I did now twice are disappearing and other modifications I made on the world are too. New discovered areas do not show up on the map as well. So somehow, the world resets itself back to the status it had at a certain point in time. Also, the server magically stopped itself twice in the last 24 hours. What to do?

Well first of all I disabled all plugins that are non-essential. But I left the backup-plugin there for the moment. If the map resets itself, its the same thing as a backup. Without the backup however, I might have to generate a new map, which would be bad too, since I was taking quite some time to get an interesting map generated.

So the morale of the story is this:

I will keep the server up and running as well as I can. However, given the frequent updates of the software and the lagging updates of the HeyMod and its plugins, I would as a player not spend too much time right now mining etc. The risk of a server reset currently is too high. On top I am traveling right now and have only little time to be present on the server itself.

We will have to see if the release cycle from Notch stabilizes and if the software becomes a more stable thing to deal with. Then we will have a more consistent and bug-free environment to deal with.

So let’s wait…

Server back up – beware of bugs!

Ok, so the server is back up with the new map. However, there are numerous new bugs, some of them being reasonably serious. First and foremost, it seems to be impossible to pick anything up. So if you mine something, you cannot take it. Which makes playing right now rather meaningless.

I transferred the user levels to the new system. Everyone who was “creator” is now “VIP” and some of the “users” have gotten “regular” status. All others remain “users.

I will be updating the webpages from now on, with the new kits, user levels etc, and remove the content that is not relevant anymore. So please stand by while old and new stuff is at the same time on this page.