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Official website for the semi-vanilla Minecraft server CrystalCraftMC.

Hey CrystalCrafters!

Two short updates for you all.

BRAJO Drop Party
On July 1, 2016, we will be hosting a big drop party on the server to help officially welcome in the BRAJO community to CrystalCraftMC! This drop party's theme is #ServerThrowback. We're planning on dropping items that are historical or reminiscent of some of the big milestones in CCMC history. We also will be dropping some rare items to help celebrate the history of BRAJO and some of the players that helped shape eras of their server.

This will be one of the more fun drop parties we've created items for in a long time! I know I'm excited to bring back some old items, memories, and more with some awesome collector items. There will also be plenty of gear to help get new players started on the server too! If you have ideas for items to include in this drop party, please leave a comment in this thread with some of your wishes for items you'd like to see.

The Drop Party will begin on Friday, July 01, 2016, at 22:00 UTC. This translates to…
  • 12:00am UTC+2 (Oslo)
  • 11:00pm UTC+1 (London)
  • 6:00pm US EST
  • 3:00pm US PST
  • 12:00pm US Hawaiian Standard Time
Hopefully we will get to see as many of you as possible out on Friday!

Connectivity issues
Many people have noticed the intermittent connectivity issues the past few days. This has been a problem that I have been largely trying to mitigate, but much of it is outside of my control. To help improve performance, the TeamSpeak3 server and certain frameworks were moved into a new infrastructure. You shouldn't notice any of these changes, but it should help resolve the problems that many people have had over the past few days, or at least stabilize them.

I'm keeping a close watch on the issue and should be able to tell more if anything comes up. Thank you for everyone for your patience these past few days, and hopefully these problems will come to...
Hey CrystalCrafters,

Today, I’d like to make a special announcement about some new friends that will be joining us soon.

Introducing Jordan
At MINECON last year, I had the honor to meet a long-time friend, Jordan Taylor (@jtaylor69). Jordan is a moderator of the Minecraft server software community SpigotMC with me. He has run his own Minecraft server network since July 2012 (even older than us)! Jordan has led the BRAJO community for these four years and has helped grow and foster the community there.

As of July 1st, 2016, BRAJO will be closing down all of its Minecraft servers. Jordan made this decision based on personal events in his own life and not having the time he once had to devote to managing the network.

Welcoming the BRAJO community
Jordan and I have discussed about his server previously, and he asked me if CrystalCraftMC might be able to help welcome the players from his community. I agreed to accept the BRAJO community to CCMC.

Over the next month, you may be seeing many new players from the BRAJO network begin popping up on CrystalCraftMC. I ask that you all give them a warm welcome for those that choose to come join us here on CCMC. It’s never an easy thing when a community that has lasted for four years loses their server, so I hope we can all help warmly welcome and invite them to our community and help make them feel at home.

Thank you both CrystalCrafters and BRAJO players. I hope to see both of you online very soon!

Cheers,
- @jflory7 and the CCMC Staff​
Hey CrystalCrafters!

I have a short and sweet announcement. As of a few minutes ago, all of CrystalCraftMC is updated to Minecraft 1.10! You should now be able to log in with the newest version of the game.

Warnings
As with any update, there are always a few problems. This thread will be updated over time if any more problems or issues are found with the server. This may be fixed very soon. If they are, they will be crossed off this list.
  • "Freeze" blocks: When walking on blocks that are not a full block (e.g. slabs, chests, daylight sensors, heads, etc.), you will completely freeze and not be able to move. You will be able to use /spawn or /home, but be aware you will not be able to move on any of these blocks. This should be fixed soon… This should now be fixed!
  • 1.10 crashes: Some players are reporting game crashing when using 1.10. It's unclear whether this is a Minecraft bug or a server bug. Anyone with this issue is encouraged to contact me for helping test. Check out @Resource's thread on fixing your client!
Thanks for being patient while we get updated to 1.10, everyone! Hope to see you all online soon. If you have any questions, problems, or other concerns about the update, please post them in this thread!

Cheers,
- @jflory7 and the CCMC Staff​
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Hey CrystalCrafters!

Another long gap since I’ve had the chance to make an announcement post. I’m happy to share some pretty big updates about what’s coming on the server this summer, what’s in store in the near future, and what all is going on for the next few months!

We’ll cut straight to the news.

Next generation of CCMC minigames
For the past two months, the CCMC staff has been hard at work. We’ve been testing. We’ve been experimenting. We’ve been perfecting. And now we’re finally ready to share what we’ve been working on.

This Friday, June 3rd, 2016, at 7:00pm US EST, CrystalCraftMC introduces its first-ever Mob Arena to the public! Mob Arena, often shortened to MA, is a new type of arena where you and your friends can face off against endless waves of mobs for prizes. You can choose from a variety of kits to use in the arena to face the hoards. With each wave that passes, the prizes grow better but the mobs more fierce! You will encounter zombie hoards, skeleton armies, and terrifying spider bosses as you face off for glory, fame, and ultimate bragging rights.




The arena itself was designed by staff members on the server and the wave configuration was built from the ground up and tested by our amazing beta testers. It’s been tried and true, and after a long time of waiting to reveal, we are ready to bring it out to everyone.

Tune in this Friday on the server to get in on the action yourself! On behalf of myself and the CCMC staff, we’re looking forward to seeing you all try it out.

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Summer heat melting away prices
Okay, maybe predictable puns aren’t quite my thing. But to kick off the summer right, we’re going to launch a sale across the entire store for 10% off all ranks until June 7th, 2016!...
Edit: We're back! The server is online as of this morning.

Hey CrystalCrafters,

This will just be a short update. I hate being the bearer of bad news, but I have just learned that there will not be anyone with proper privileges to access the server room where CCMC lives until Tuesday morning, May 31, 2016. I've been in constant communication with those responsible for the space where the server is hosted, and this is the best I can do. As long as the person who is powering the server back on delivers on their promise, I am hoping to have the server back and running by Tuesday at 12:00pm.

I will add that I have no control over this situation and am dependent on other people in order for me to do the work I need to do to power the server back on. I am really hoping Tuesday will be the day, but I am unable to make a 100% guarantee.

I am sincerely appreciative for everyone's patience during this downtime. Thank you all for being loyal members of the CrystalCraftMC community, and I hope to see you back online soon.

Cheers,
- @jflory7 and CCMC Staff
Hello CrystalCrafters,

Today, I was alerted to sad and unfortunate news. For those of you who were not aware, the CrystalCraftMC servers and TeamSpeak3 are hosted on my university's network at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Unexpectedly, I received a notification about a scheduled power outage.

Downtime
The server will be unavailable (at a minimum) during these times.
  • May 25th, 2016, 5:00pm - May 26th, 2016, 7:00am US EST
  • May 26th, 2016, 5:00pm - May 27th, 2016, 7:00am US EST
It's unclear whether the server will be able to be restored in the interim periods (there may have to be someone physically plug certain hardware or set things back up in the room). I am no longer on campus for the summer so I am unable to do so myself. I am in contact with the group that is hosting CCMC's infrastructure and hope to have it online as soon as possible.

The website will not be affected by this downtime.

TeamSpeak3
For those of you looking for a place to hang out in the meanwhile, I encourage you to use the SpigotMC TeamSpeak3 server for the time being. You can connect to this server at talk.spigotmc.org. Some of the server staff have already stated they will be using this server in the meanwhile while ours is down.

Getting caught up
As many of you also might already be aware, I have not been extremely active in past weeks. I only just finished my university exams last week, and did a lot of traveling this past weekend. I will be working three jobs over the summer, but I hope to have time to get caught up on messages, applications, and other news. I appreciate everyone who has been waiting patiently and I hope to be fully caught up by June 3rd.

Thanks for your patience,...
Hello CrystalCrafters!

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a new front page post, as I’m sure many of you have noticed. This has mostly been because of the fact that I’ve been tied up much more than usual over the past few months. However, thanks to the awesome staff team at CCMC, things have gone strong and they have helped keep things running.

In this post, we’re going to cover many hot topic items. This thing called Minecraft 1.9 happened not too long ago, an important policy on mods and TeamSpeak3 has changed, voting is temporarily broken, there’s a new survival server activity coming, and we have a few new members on the CCMC team! There’s also cool new ways for you to help contribute to CCMC.

1.9 Update
If you logged on in the past week or two, you’ve already noticed that the server is running Spigot 1.9. So now, you have all the goodies and new features of 1.9 to play around with in the survival and creative servers. The original update happened with little announcement beforehand and happened very suddenly, and for that, I would like to apologize. It was a little bumpy at first, but I’m happy to report that the update happened with only minor issues.

As new Minecraft versions always go, there’s a few new things that have changed, and there’s a few things you should know.

End Update
If you have paid attention to the 1.9 features, you will notice that the End had a major rewrite. There are now multiple End islands with multiple mobs, items, and more. Our End world was last generated on June 11th, 2015. As a result, many areas near the original, main island are already generated. To best take advantage of the new features of 1.9, we are planning a full, total reset of the End in one week from today.

THE...
Hey CrystalCrafters!

Today is October 5th, and it's time for us to announce the monthly skin contests from the September Skin Contest. It was a close decision, but we were able to choose a winner after much deliberation!

This month's skin contest winner is…


Congratulations to MittySan for winning this month's contest. We were happy to see some of the awesome submissions that all the participants worked on - so much that we decided to display all participants' skins in spawn! Next time you go to /spawn, you will find @MittySan, @urbansith, and @moshi_ staring back at you from across the plains!

Additionally, each participant has their own custom loot crate to claim on the server. To claim your chest, ask a staff member to get your chest next time you're online!

Thanks for a great contest, everyone – we'll probably run another one in November. :)

Cheers,
- @jflory7 and the CCMC Staff​
Edit: It's been built! Pictures further down in the thread.

Hello CrystalCrafters,

Today, I am excited to finally make a special announcement regarding our server hosting. As some of you may know, I recently moved to Rochester, NY to attend a university in the area. One of the perks of my university is the fast Internet speeds on campus (ranging around 1Gbps, or 1000Mb per second), putting it in the top 1% of Internet speeds on the country. Additionally, my university also has a friendly policy towards students using the network to run their own services or servers through the network.

Throughout all of September, I have been researching the legitimacy of potentially building a server computer to run CrystalCraftMC. I have consulted with local administrators of my university network, a community full of awesome tech nerds, and countless Reddit subreddits for computer building pros, and I have finally reached a point where I am comfortable and ready to make this announcement!

Beginning somewhere in October, CrystalCraftMC will be moving to our own self-hosted server machine for running the server, hosting our website, and managing all of the rest of our services. This change is exciting and will save a considerably amount of money for the duration that the server is online. Additionally, the hardware specs on the new server will actually outperform what we are currently hosting the server on.

I am excited to announce this change, and I am waiting for the parts to arrive over the next few weeks so I can begin building our server machine. I will definitely be posting pictures of the parts as they arrive, so make sure you check out our Instagram to stay in the loop as our new server computer comes together.

Thanks everyone for your three years of support, and I'm looking forward to the Fall Fair and scavenger hunt we have coming up for you all in October!

Cheers,
- jflory7​
Edit: This has since been fixed thanks to the help of @JamieSinn and the module has returned to the side of the page.

Hello CrystalCrafters,

Due to a critical bug in the Minecraft server status module that normally sits on the side of the site, the module has temporarily been removed until a fix is available. As of now, it permanently shows the server as offline, even when it is online and players are connected. It will make a return soon, but for now, if you wish to see who is on the server or how many players are online, please use either your Minecraft client or a site such as Dinnerbone's Server Pinger.

Thanks for understanding, and I am working on bringing this back soon.

Cheers,
- jflory7​