I felt like a small newspost about what's going on Minetown would be appropriate to keep you updated about what's coming up and our objectives for the next months.
We have a lot planned for the summer. You should start seeing those changes unfold in the upcoming weeks.
1. The server cluster & the new worlds/servers
We know this has been discussed for quite some time, and that other servers have came up with similar setups. However, it needs to be mentioned that most of these servers are running the same solution that has been coded by the same person.
The reason why it's taking us so much time to get this up and running is that we are working on our own completely custom solution. Our cluster software will be matchless and second to none; a truly unique and revolutionary way to servers hosting.
As of now, we are unable to provide any precise date for the complete release of the new worlds, especially considering that Minecraft will be releasing another update in the next weeks that will drastically change the game mechanisims. A lot of the cluster software will be affected by it and will have to be rewritten with new standards, and since we wouldn't like to release our solution and then have to take it offline due to Minecraft updates, we are delaying the release until Minecraft gets this new version out.
You can get an idea of the worlds that we plan to release when this is completed by having a look at the poll on the right side of this page. (which we also encourage you to participate in)
We apologize for taking so much time; great achievements do not come under short delay, but we have some other stuff coming up to keep you entertained in the meantime.
2. The PVP server
I'm happy to announce that we have been working forward on a partnership with DynamusX, the owner of a PVP server and a few other websites in the Minecraft scene (hosting and top sites).
We decided to merge our efforts together and are planning to run his PVP server under the Minetown brand. On top of being a server owner and webmaster, he works in the programming & hosting industry in his everyday life and will be participating in the conception of our custom cluster solution.
Few things still need to be worked onto and planned, but we are intending to release the PVP server by the end of this month / by the start of June.
Additional details will be given upon release, but we are working on a completely different concept than the current one for this server. No registrations or applications will be needed to play on this server and that should also make it act as some sort of springboard into the world of Minetown for new members that lack the patience to go through the somewhat fastidious process of joining our server.
3. Minecon 2012
While no additional details have been released about Minecon at this moment other than the certitude of its happening, we are happy and proud to announce that we will be attending the event. As soon as we obtain more details on it we will initiate the procedures to obtain a booth.
We should be able to produce a lot better media coverage of the event this year as numerous members of our staff are already planning to attend the event.
More details about this will be given out as we learn where it will be holded.
4. Minecraft Quarterly
Minetown is proud to announce itself as one of the top sponsor for the new upcoming Minecraft Quarterly magazine !
We will be featured on 2 pages (17"x11") of the magazine in the upcoming June issue.
As usual, the end of the month comes with the announcement of the top voters. We decided this time to also announce the winners of the New Worlds Contest and of the Valentine's Day Event(better late than never).
The December Winter Wonderland Building Competition has now begun ! For those wishing to enter the competition, jump over to the event world find, a un-claimed lot, stand in it and create a petition asking to be added to the competition. The entrance is located under the spawn tree. Good luck to all participants !
Edit: We will be giving away a free copy of Cobalt to the competition winner ! The contest will be expanded until January 2 !
To keep you guys entertained meanwhile we work on the new MT1.0 world, we decided to bring back some of our old worlds, with a new taste of course.
Skylands: After many months we decided to bring back the skylands ! The entrance is located under the altar in the cathedral for the moment.
WarWorld: We are also re-introducing the WarWorld with a brand new concept. "Skills and "grenades" will be usable in this world. Chaos guaranteed.
The event and creative worlds are both up and running and the guestworld is also back !
The guestworld and event world may be accessed directly by using the portals located inside the spawn tree. To access the creative worlds, you will have to connect tomc.minetown.net:2025 (which is going to become creative.minetown.net in the near future.)
We will probably get a plugin to link the creative worlds and the main server toghether (because they are on 2 different java processes) but to be able to use optional portal transportation you would have to use Spoutcraft client or a patched client. We will let you know how to use it when it's set up, we are still deciding on few other stuff.
More information about the halloween event can be found on this thread.
If you wish to show your support for Minetown, please vote for us !
Your votes really helps making Minetown bigger and better.
The most important ones are xtremetop100, minestatus, gamestop100.
Thank you !
AND TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE EVEN MORE, I'LL TAKE OFF THE ANNOYING POPUP REMINDER !
All donations goes into paying for the server and into the maintenance, improvement and expansion of the EximiusGaming network. Running Minetown is expensive and your donations help to make it grow and succeed. Thanks for your donations and support that helped making Minetown what is it today and what it will be tomorrow.