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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​
Hello CrystalCrafters!

Yes, it's time for another monthly update! I don't have as many things to cover, but everything I do have to cover is big and important! So read on for important info.

Minecraft 1.8
Finally, it has come. Finally, it has happened. Full Minecraft 1.8 has finally come to CrystalCraftMC, thanks to the fantastic Spigot development team. We are now using the full version of Minecraft 1.8, so all of your 1.8 plans and ideas should now be working! Feel free to play around with slime blocks and armor stands, hunt down some guardians, and make a rabbit petting zoo!

Also, there are a few small bugs with 1.8, but nothing major. The biggest thing that @InfiniteCorners and I have found is that our XP Shops and banking system are going to need to be fixed because of some game-breaking bugs. In the meanwhile, the XP Shops will be closed for renovation, but we hope to open then again soon.

However, there is one major bug that everyone needs to be aware of…

Corrupt Player Data Files from Rules Book
Some of you may have already witnessed other players having this issue. Perhaps some of you were the users who had this problem, like @Marine774 and @symbolater.

But long story short, Minecraft 1.8 has bugged out our Rules books, and it has made them into death traps. Literally, if you try opening one, it will crash your client every time you log in. This is the only PSA we will make about this. Do not open any server rule books or else you may lose your inventory and ender chest!

Consider this your only warning. If you disregard this notice or happen to not read this post, you will need to contact an Admin or myself to fix your file for you. We might be able to recover your ender chest if you are able to log onto TeamSpeak3 to coordinate with us, but your inventory is more than likely guaranteed to be...
Trick or Treat!

It's that time of year again where smart Steves give out goodies to all the little ghouls and goblins in hopes they doesn't get griefed with eggs. In that tradition: 10 Hidden Huts have been placed in the deiced area of spawn (The half with no crystals). Players will have all day to try hunting down and collecting all 10 rewards. Can you get them all?
Hey CrystalCrafters,

It’s that time of the month for a front page post. This month, we actually have a lot to report, so you’re definitely going to want to read all of this one!

Fall Fair
For the past two weeks, the CCMC Staff and the one and only MinecraftBrookie, have been cooperatively working on one of the biggest events we have ever coordinated! Thanks to all of the amazing staff helping run the server on a daily basis, we are planning to have some festive fun to celebrate the bringing in of autumn!

We are planning to host a full on fair / carnival for all of players to visit and participate in! We’re already getting in the spirit for Halloween, as you’ve probably been able to tell if you’ve seen spawn! However, there is so much more being planned as well! We are putting together a fairgrounds for you all to come and visit. Here, we will have all kinds of things for you to do, such as a haunted house, minigame booths, mazes, and more! Plus, most of this events will have some awesome prizes involved as well, so you’re definitely not going to want to miss out!

Store Reopening
Edit
: The store is currently not open yet, but it will visible in the next 48 hours!

After almost two months of the store being offline, I have made the decision to reopen our Shop again. With this, the old ranks have been retired, and we have introduced an entirely new class of ranks for you to purchase and check out. With these comes new commands and abilities that weren’t included in the old ranks, so it’s definitely worth checking out! See more about them here.

As for our current donors, there won’t be much changing except for one thing. In one week’s time, we will be phasing out the /back command in all of its entirety. This decision was made for a multiple number of reasons, and it is definite. Outside of this, all of the old donor ranks will remain exactly the same...
Hello CrystalCrafters,

jflory7 here with another update. There's been a lot of things going on in the world of Minecraft over the past six months, particularly in the past month alone. I'm going to try to cover some of these things as well as other things going on in the server.

Creative Server
As some of you may have realized already, I have decided to retire the creative server permanently last night because of the low activity on the creative server. I believe it is in our best interest for CrystalCraftMC if we focus on what we've always done best — our survival server. It has caused a few problems to have to maintain both the survival and creative server, and this will make it easier for myself and other staff members to maintain the server and ensure that everything is flowing well on a daily basis.

I do realize that many of you invested a lot of time on some of those plots, and I don't want to take away your work from you! Therefore, I have uploaded the entire creative server world to my server so that anyone can download it if they so choose to.

CREATIVE WORLD DOWNLOAD LINK: http://mirror.justinwflory.com/pub/minecraft/ccmc/creative.tar.gz

Retiring Staff, New Staff
In the past couple of weeks, we've had a few staff members retire and a few new staff members join the team.

However, before I get into that, I'd like to give an update about InfiniteCorners. Many of you remember that he was originally brought onto the staff team as a temporary admin back in July. This was originally the intention, but because of recent events and low staff, I promoted Infinite to a permanent Admin to help out with the server as a full staff member. As every other staff member, he is here to help and will assist me in running the server.

Next, I'd like to give a proper send-off to @fortification45, @CodeBaka, and @ImKingsor. In the past month or...
Currently the protocol patch for MC 1.8 is REALLY buggy. We're working to fix this but may have to wait for a new stable build. Fortunately since this is just a patch and not full 1.8 you guys won't be missing anything by continuing to use your favorite version of 1.7.X with optifine. Sorry for the inconvenience but if you want to play and can't seem to keep from crashing- Just switch back to 1.7.X and you should be fine.
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This announcement is going to be short and sweet! Probably the biggest question of all that most of you have right now is… what’s the plan for the update?! What’s going to happen?! Fortunately for you, all of this is good news! As some of you may or may not have been aware of already, the server software we use called Spigot has released a protocol update for Minecraft 1.8. All this means is that we will be able to update almost immediately after Minecraft 1.8 is released, but the server will not have any new items or blocks from 1.8 quite yet. Those should be coming quite soon, but I can’t guarantee when they will be coming!

As for the actual update process, I am planning on updating the server to the 1.8 protocol update around 10:30pm EST. Before this, I will be running a complete and total backup of each server to ensure that if something horrible does go wrong, we will have a near immediate backup ready to be deployed to fix the server. However, I am not expecting anything bad to happen as this should be a fairly seamless update.

If you have any 1.8-related questions, please feel free to ask below!

Cheers,
- @jflory7
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Hey CrystalCrafters,

jflory7 here, and I've got some great news to share with all of you!

The LAST Sale
As many of you have heard already, the Mojang revised their End-User License Agreement a few months ago, and they are planning on enforcing the changes after August 1st, 2014. CrystalCraftMC fully plans to comply with the EULA enforcement, and after August 1st, we will no longer sell any ranks or kits.

However, to celebrate a last hoorah, we will be running a 25% off sale on EVERYTHING in the store. Yes, that means everything, from Merchant to Hero to Overlord! This is the biggest sale we have ever run, and it will be the last sale we ever have on ranks and kits! If there has been something you've been keeping your eye on… now is the time to grab it before it's gone!

This sale ends for good on August 1st, 2014!

PvP Competition
Many of you will be excited to hear this… after much consideration, CrystalCraftMC will be hosting a PvP Competition on July 31st, at 4:00pm EST!
That's right! In two days, we will be having a huge PvP Competition in a custom-built arena just for this event! As we've done before, there will be incredible prizes for the top 3 winners of the competition!

1st Place
Sharpness VI Diamond Sword
(yes, that's a SIX!)

2nd Place
Get your favorite sword colored with a custom name!

3rd Place
Silk Touch Enchanted Book

Based on past events, participation will be based on who is online once the competition begins! If you want in on this, make sure you're on time! Just to be safe, I've made a time conversion table for you below.
Eastern Standard Time: 4:00pm
Central Standard Time:...