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Official website for the semi-vanilla Minecraft server CrystalCraftMC.

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​
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Hey CrystalCrafters,

It’s been close to a full month since our last real front page news post, so it’s about time for some new news. The staff have been working very hard these past few weeks, and we’re pleased to announce three major events that we will be bringing to you in September and October!


Skin Contest
Opening today, we have a new special contest opening up: the CrystalCraftMC Skin Contests are finally returning! Some of you may remember the skin contests we held way in the past, and we learned just how creative some of you can be. We want to give you an opportunity to show your talent to the community by entering in our special skin contests!

The Skin Contest is being led by @321MCBlaster and @Marshox66, and they will be managing the entire contest. After the submission window closes, both of them and myself will act as judges, and we will choose winners from all of the submissions. We have great prizes planned for the entire contest, including a chance to have your skin placed right in spawn for the entire server to see, as well as normal goodies like ores, minerals, special tools, and more. If PvP isn’t quite your thing or if you have a secret artsy side, now is your chance to show it off!

For more information, read the announcement thread and the current contest thread (theme for September is Favorite Video Game Character)!

Scavenger Hunt
The next event we plan on offering later on in September is a scavenger hunt! Some of you may remember our scavenger hunts of long ago, and we’re planning on bringing back the adventure, the story, and the loot once again! You will have to travel across...
Introducing…
Registered+ Rank

What is a Registered+?
A Registered+ member is just what it sounds like – they are players on the server who are active, dedicated, and are true fans of CrystalCraftMC! This is a way for us to reward our dedicated players on the server with a little bonus.

What does a Registered+ get?
Registered+ members get three homes instead of the normal two given to normal members. Additionally, every month, a Member+ is allowed access to a new kit of premium items that will help them out in surviving! In the past, we have given away Protection IV Diamond Chestplates, Silk Touch Diamond Pickaxes, Wither skulls, real spawn eggs, god apples, and more!

If you are a Registered+ member, type /kit bonus to claim your monthly kit.

How do I get Registered+?
To become a Registered+, you must meet the following requirements:
  1. Be a registered member of the website for 90 days or longer
  2. Make over 100 posts on the forums
  3. Receive at least 50 post ratings on their messages

It all may seem hard, but it's easier than you think if you stay active! Before you know it, you can be a Member+ too!
Edit: The server is now open!
To join, type /ccb anywhere
on the CrystalCraftMC Network!

Hello CrystalCrafters,

I am pleased to share some very exciting news with you about CrystalCraftMC’s next project. Over the course of the past seven months, the staff and myself have been diligently at work preparing to launch two new servers for the CrystalCraftMC network, and one of them is finally here.

Introducing CrystalCraft Bros.
Opening next Friday, 2015 July 31, at approximately 1:00pm US EST,
CrystalCraftMC is proud to introduce CrystalCraft Bros. to our network.

What is it?
CrystalCraft Bros. is a new gamemode launching on CrystalCraftMC that is based off of the classic Nintendo title, Super Smash Bros. In CrystalCraft Bros., you will be pitted against other players in a custom class-based PvP match on our own unique, hand-crafted arenas.

There are a variety of classes to choose from, and you can harness the power of the mobs of Minecraft and more to become the champion of the arenas. Whether you wish to harness the explosive power of the creeper or become the master sniper with the skeleton, the choice will be yours as you seek victory.

There will be several different arenas available for you to choose to play on when the server opens. Some smaller arenas will be limited to four players while others may be more suited for big team battles with sixteen players! We styled our arena maps both with some of our own original creations, but most of the maps are inspired by many of the maps found in Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. games. Choose your favorites as you play...
Hey CrystalCrafters!

This will be a brief and quick post. In just six days, MINECON 2015 will be starting at the ExCeL London center in London, England! I have been busy making final preparations for the trip and I am looking forward to be representing CCMC at the largest Minecraft event of the year. But let's get to it.

For those of you who will be attending MINECON, you all will be able to get a free full sticker set that we just had printed! If you will be in London and wish to say hello, please let me know this week if you will be attending so I can pack accordingly.

Current CrystalCrafters at MINECON / London:

And now, it's time for a sale! We are doing a special one-time sale that will last until 2015 July 5! All of the MINECON Sponsor ranks have been discounted at 15% per rank. Now is the time to contribute to the server and get some cool merchandise sent to your door! However, that's not all we're doing. If you buy the Gold MINECON Sponsor package, you will be eligible to receive your next rank upgrade for 100% off! If you are currently a Gold Sponsor and wish to have your rank promoted, please contact @jflory7 in a PM.

Also, if you are already at the top rank (Immortal / Overlord), we can still get something special for you, so message jflory7 anyways.

It's been a very busy week and I am super excited about MINECON! If you want to follow along on my journey to London, follow our Instagram to see first-person what MINECON is like from @jflory7's eyes! (If you follow our Twitter, Instagram links will be tweeted too!)

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

After eight months of anticipation, it’s finally time to implement something new. And it’s going to happen fast, so grab some caffeine – you’ll need it this week.

After much deliberation and planning, the world is going to be permanently and completely reset on the afternoon of June 11th, 2015.

This decision did not come lightly, and we are committed towards following through with this reset. As this is on short notice, there are a few things that I would like to cover with you so we all get through the next few days.

Transferring of Items, Inventory, and Chests
For the first time in over two years, CrystalCraftMC will undergo a complete and full world reset. This means that no items, chests, bases, or inventories will be moved over from the old world to the new world. If you previously bought a vault, it will still be yours, but it will be empty. Everything will be wiped clean and everyone will start from the same place. There will also not be any options for paid base moves.

This was the biggest and heaviest part of this decision, and it was not taken without a considerable amount of thought. For a Minecraft server, we are very old in terms of our item economy. Many veteran players have moved items or paid for base moves in the past two years, and some members took the arduous task of moving all of their items between world portals. As a result, with every new Minecraft update, there are items that were once given away that should not exist, creations made that give unfair advantages to new players, and it gives some players a two year head start over others. It was these things in mind that led us to believe it was time for a full world reset.

What about 1.9?
Originally, our plan was to wait for 1.9 to release before wiping out our new world. But after new rumors have emerged on when 1.9 might actually release, we decided to make the decision to reset now earlier in...