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What's good on CrystalCraftMC in Summer 2016

Discussion in 'Official News & Announcements' started by jflory7, May 31, 2016.

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  1. jflory7

    jflory7 A Purple Jukebox Staff Member

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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.



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    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! You will have seven days to take advantage of the discounted prices. This will be the only sale for the summer, so if you have been waiting to pull the trigger on your first or next rank, now is the time to do it.

    In addition to the big sale, there will also be FIVE (5) special coupon codes floating around the server until the end of June. How do you find the coupon codes? That’s the mystery… whether it’s beating a certain wave in the Mob Arena, finding easter eggs in spawn, or participating in the PvP Tournament, you could get 50% off, buy one get one free, or even an entirely free rank. The only way to find out is by spending time on the server and seeing if you get lucky!

    Voting is back!
    As many of you probably noticed, the dry spell of voting not working ended in late April. As of now, you are able to vote again for the server and help boost the rankings for CCMC on the server lists. You also can get special rewards for voting too! For those of you who have been around, you will likely remember the different prizes. If you don’t remember, you have the chance of getting all kinds of goodies from voting! Some items can also be used for special purposes, which will be explained next…

    If you want to help CrystalCraftMC grow but you can’t purchase any ranks (or even if you are), voting is one of the best ways for you to give back to the server. Voting helps boost our position in the lists and helps connect more players, like you, to the CCMC community. I really appreciate any and every vote you all make for the server. If can, please try to remember to vote daily. Thanks!

    Introducing CCMC Royale
    One of the cool new features is in the Experience Shops. If you aren’t familiar with the Experience Shops, they’re a completely vanilla and simple trading system that takes your experience orbs and lets you trade them for items. You can access them by typing /warp shops.

    There is a new type of booth towards the back near the banks. Just like when you discover a chest in a cavern or a spawner room filled with random loot, you can try your luck at the cost of only a little experience orbs (or maybe a little more). For different amounts of experience, you can receive “surprise chests” with different themes. You don’t know what you’ll get, but you could score lucky with some rare loot or maybe get some ordinary items.

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    There’s also a special End City-themed shop that will only take Voter Crystals you can receive by voting. This booth has some incredibly rare prizes that you redeem only with those special crystals!

    Travel back to the Experience Shops and look for the new booths to learn more about playing the CCMC Royale.

    PvP Tournament in June
    To further add to the hype, the CCMC staff is also planning to organize another PvP Tournament in June! We are aiming for the weekend of June 18th - 19th to hold the contest. For those who haven’t been around since our last one, the PvP Tournaments on CCMC are a big event where we pit player against player with fair armor and fair weapons. You will face off against another random CrystalCrafter to try to make it to the top of the bracket.

    The tournament is a true test of player combat and skill. Only those with the best tactics and strategies will come off on top. Whether it’s skill or just having a strong understanding of 1.9 combat techniques, this is the best chance for the big talkers to put their money where their mouth is. Or, if you just want to play for fun, you can still register and see how far you get. The tournament is open to all members of the CCMC community.

    Registration will be opening soon for the tournament. Stay on the lookout for more information about registration soon!

    MINECON 2016
    MINECON was announced recently and is right around the corner in September. Even though that’s almost three months away, CCMC is busy making plans for this year. @jflory7 will be attending as an Agent, a Panelist, and an Exhibitor this year! Whoa! If you won’t be able to make it to MINECON, watch for more information about watching jflory7’s panel stream as it becomes available.

    Right now, we’re trying to build a list of members of the CCMC community that have tickets to go. @jflory7 and @Natzic are confirmed to go as of now. Will you be at MINECON this year? Let us know in the top thread! We’ll make sure to pack some extra, special edition CCMC swag for you, and maybe see if we can get you into a meet-and-greet with some Mojangstas! Let us know if you’re going and build up the list of any CrystalCrafters making it out.

    Welcome our new staff members!
    As many of you might have noticed, we have a lot of new faces joining the staff team this week. I’d like to formally congratulate and welcome our new staff members as we begin our summer on the server.

    First, welcome our new team of Trial-Mods:
    And we also have a few new Chat Moderators joining us too:
    Warm welcomes all around! I’m very excited to have the new staff members on the team and I’m hoping to see us advance towards doing more for the community and helping grow the server.

    Sunsetting CCB
    Due to technical difficulties and problems with maintenance, we are going to sunset the CrystalCraft Bros. server on the evening of June 5th, 2016. The plugin is no longer actively maintained and there are additional issues from the server configuration that cannot be resolved without creating other problems.

    We would like to thank everyone that has played a part in the beta testing, the launch, and enjoying the server with the rest of us. There is a chance we may bring it back in the future if the plugin becomes more stable, but for the time being, we will be closing down CCB this upcoming weekend.

    Explaining the downtime
    The downtime in the past week was unexpected and problematic. I’d like to explain what happened and what is going to be done to prevent something like this from happening again.

    What happened
    On Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, the power station for the Rochester Institute of Technology went through a power supply replacement at their local substation. Alerts were sent out to residents and faculty on the campus, but students and faculty not on campus were not alerted. I learned of the scheduled power after the power was shut off.

    The server is run out of a locked, secure room in the basement of a central building on the campus. The room is locked 24/7 and the only way to access it is if your university ID card is on the list of authorized users to get into the room. After the substation power supply replacement finished on Friday, I had to find someone who was not only in the area but also had swipe access to the server room.

    Even though power to the university was restored on Friday, the delay in getting the server powered back on was due to requiring someone to enter the room and hit the power switch on the server machine.

    What is being done
    It’s hard to plan for these kinds of things and they never happen when they are expected. However, as mentioned in previous posts, backup plans were started to prevent long-term issues from arising in the event of something happening like this where the server would not be able to be restored (e.g. a power supply failure). As of now, most of the CCMC servers are living in the Amazon cloud.

    However, the survival server is not included in the cloud backups and is only backed up locally on the machine due to its size. Therefore, if I lose access to the server, I will lose all of the survival server files. To help prevent against this, I am working on creating a backup scheme that will only back up player data, plugin information, and other configuration settings.

    Doing this will allow me to create backups for the survival server that are sent to the cloud, but it will exclude the world files to help preserve the size and cost of the remote backups. In the event that something catastrophic were to happen and I was unable to access the server, I would be able to rent a server temporarily, restore the server and all of its configurations, data, and more (minus survival worlds), and launch it on a new machine on short notice.

    This is part of a long-term data protection policy that I have been establishing for many months, and I am continuing to improve it over time. The advantages of going to school for systems administration is that almost everything I learn can come back to benefit CCMC in one way or another.

    Thanks!
    Thanks for everyone’s patience and loyalty in the CCMC community over this past week. The summer is ramping up to be an amazing season and we have a lot of awesome plans to keep things lively this summer. As we work towards our 4th anniversary in August, I realize again how lucky I am to have such an amazing community and staff.

    See you online!


    Cheers,
    - @jflory7 and CCMC Staff​
     
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  2. ezlmaoo

    ezlmaoo Active Member

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    lmaooo make the tournament 1.8
     
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  3. jflory7

    jflory7 A Purple Jukebox Staff Member

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    You'll have to test your skills in the way of the times, my friend. ;)
     
  4. dellman135

    dellman135 Prune Juice. Staff Member Administrator

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    no.
     
  5. Armed_Unicorn

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    This is AWESOME @jflory7 I must use!
     
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    This all sounds great!
     
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  7. dellman135

    dellman135 Prune Juice. Staff Member Administrator

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    Much great. Much awesome. Much hype.
     
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  8. PlutoGoddess

    PlutoGoddess Active Member

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    I'm really excited for all of this!
     
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    Material_ Community Blacksmith Staff Member Moderator

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    This train is bound for town!
     
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    Good stuff all around.
     
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  11. TheEnderPrince

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    Aight! Seems my 'non-contributing' comment was deleted... Hmm, I wonder who that was? Oh well, I guess I'll write a 'real' comment now!

    Sounds pretty awesome! And congrats @EJET102 also, isn't it too soon to make WalkieTalkie a staff? He barely has any rating or comments on the website.
     
  12. jflory7

    jflory7 A Purple Jukebox Staff Member

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    Yeah, for sure! @JesterCopperpot and @urbansith are also joining as new Chat Moderators as well. :)
    This isn't really your judgment to make nor is this the appropriate place to make such a judgment.
     
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    Nice to see that CCMC is still kicking it and doing well. Lots of familiar faces about, hoping to see more of you soon.
     
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  16. dellman135

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    Are you an older player from 1.5?!?!
     
  17. Resource

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    I remember Swerving!
    Hopefully he'll get more active again.
    It's more fun to grow with CCMC rather than watch it from a distance. ♡
     
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  18. jflory7

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    Thread closed

    Please see the latest announcement to leave new comments or open more discussion.
     
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