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CrystalCraftMC

Official website for the semi-vanilla Minecraft server CrystalCraftMC.

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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...
Hello CrystalCrafters.

The time has come, at long last, to update all the redstone and commands that run the experience shops. As some of you may already know, I built the guts for the shop in 1.5 and other than making minor adjustments upon updates the shop has never really gotten a full tune-up to incorporate all off the wonderful new things Minecraft has added since 1.5. Back in 1.7, the shops had a face-lift, but even that was just upgrading the huts I built back in 1.5.

When 1.8 came out, we actually had to remove items so we could add some of the new toys simply because the area was never made to be expanded. In light of all these facts, it has become obvious that a ground-up rebuild of everything is needed for this.

New and Improved
One thing you may notice when using the new shops is that they are quicker and more accurate. The changes made to the redstone means that the time from button press to transaction completion is about 3x as fast as the previous design, with only 1/20th of a second between receiving your item and paying the XP, and the new layout of the command blocks helps to ensure that the person pressing the button from the counter will always be closest.

An unseen feature is that the new "Shopping Mall" style is specifically made for future expansion. The new shops could hold 4 more stores and 1 or 2 items per store without severe modification. I'm not saying that would happen any time soon but it is a crucial feature that means updates could bring their own shops instead of us rotating stock.

Perhaps the most exciting radical new change will be the addition of Shopkeeper villagers. Why would our tiny little shops need shopkeepers? Well, for a long time now people have requested the ability to sell items in the exp shops. Any of you who have recently visited the Coffee Shop or Bar at spawn may have noticed I've gotten pretty good at custom villager trades. As a result, when the new...
Hey CrystalCrafters!

It has been a few months since a real update about what’s going on with the server, so I think it’s time to give everyone a big comprehensive overview of everything that’s going on! There are five things I would like to cover today.

MINECON
Due to a series of unexpected events, I am fortunate enough to be able to attend MINECON 2015 this year! As part of Mojang’s Agent program, I applied to be a helper / intern for the duration of the convention back in early March. The program offers the opportunity for dedicated members of the Minecraft community to attend MINECON to help set up the convention, direct convention-goers, run tournaments, escort VIPs, and meet the developers! I will be volunteering one of the days that I am at MINECON - the other day will be a free day for me to attend the convention like a normal attendee. I would like to thank the Spigot community and @cindy_k for their incredible support they have given me over the past few months. It wouldn’t be possible without any of them.

Special Campaign
As a result, I am happy to announce a special campaign that we will be running until July. The Server Shop has a special MINECON page where you can choose to be a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Diamond sponsor for CCMC. All of the funds from these packages will go directly towards MINECON expenses and creating cool, unique merchandise for the server. A quick breakdown of each rank will follow below!

Bronze
  • Name featured on the CrystalCraftMC Signature Sheet
  • Early access to Project Midnight Sun
Silver
  • Everything from...
APRIL FOOL’S!

I am actually very happy to say that there are absolutely no plans to close CrystalCraftMC any time soon, and I am looking forward to taking us through another three years, if not more. Even though I will be heading out to college this year, this should not have a drastic impact on my time for managing the server nor will it affect my ability to responsibly manage it. If anything, some of the skills and experience I pick up in my major should play a positive impact back towards the server.

As for the server funds, in case you saw the image I posted earlier, it was doctored. Unlike the nefarious owner of MedievalCraft, I have remained diligent with balancing the server budget, and I have made sure that we have enough to support ourselves long into the future. So, needless to say, the server is certainly stable for a good while, and who knows, perhaps we might see some special guests over this summer!

I am privileged and honored to have such an awesome community on CrystalCraftMC, and there is no way I would trade it for anything. You guys have seriously given me such an incredible experience doing this, and it means more than you all can know. From the kind players, to the sometimes troublesome players, you all have had an impact on me, and I am glad to have you in the community. You all are awesome and let’s make the future even more awesome together!

There’s no way I could ever give up doing this. :) Love you all.

Two and a half years, CrystalCraftMC has been online. Together, we have seen it all, and I have been privileged to get to know several of you in the community over the years and watch as many of us have grown incredibly close, and in some ways, almost like a family. There have been many good memories made, and several people who have impacted my own life considerably through this experience. On this note, I am reluctant to share some news that I have been...
Hey CrystalCrafters!

If it's not too late already, happy new year! As we move into 2015, it makes me happy to see that the server has sustained and prospered for so long, and I look forward to another fantastic year of being your server owner.

I figured it's been a bit quiet on the front so I'd post a brief update of what's going on. One thing that made me happy was just in the past couple of weeks, we hit over 50 players online at once, which hasn't happened in a good amount of time! Activity on the server has been doing really well.

Development Team
For those of you who haven't heard of this already, @Jacc734, @Jwood9198, and myself have formed the first-ever CCMC Development Team. After the three of us found out that we had similar skills and abilities in our Java programming (i.e. the language that Minecraft and our server software are coded in), we decided we would collaborate on a good number of projects to try to add some new interesting twists to the server.

We've been working fervently over the past two months, and some of our bigger projects are beginning to take shape, so we hope to be introducing these on the server in the near future! One of our biggest ideas is a PvP Storm plugin which will make the storms far more interesting and rewarding for all players.

For those of you who are code-inclined, we're on GitHub! Check out our code at github.com/CrystalCraftMC and if you feel so inclined to, feel free to leave a pull request or leave comments or ideas on our code! We also have a few community positions open to help with development, like @Jwood9198 is currently doing. Contact me privately if you are interested in that.

Staff-Player Interaction Policy
Some of you have probably heard one way or another about the change in the staff-player interaction policy that we have. For a variety of...
Ho ho ho!

Happy holidays, CrystalCrafters! No matter what holiday you're celebrating, I hope you're all staying warm and getting some relaxation for the next few days while you're off of work and/or school. I have some good news to share with you!

Tonight, Crystal Clause is coming to town!

That's right — all of the good boys and girls of CCMC can get something from the big man himself! However, if you want him to visit you, you have to do a few things first!

  1. Reply to this thread with a small list of what you want from Crystal Clause! (Remember, he has to visit a lot of people, so keep your list reasonable or else he may just give you coal!)
  2. Leave cookies and milk out in a special chest by a tree in your base!
  3. If you really want to make Crystal Clause happy, make a chimney in your base for him to climb down!
Crystal Clause will be reading this very thread tonight, so make sure you're on your best behavior! Check your base in the morning to see if he visited.

Cheers,
- jflory7​