THIS IS NOT A DRILL - REPEAT - THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
Phenakism is not running 1.14.1! Village and Pillage is live!
I am using development builds for most of the plugins and the server itself, so stability is not guarenteed - but it was stable enough for me to put it up here. As always, if you notice anything wrong, please to not hesitate to fill out a bug report here or drop me an email at [email protected]
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I have also set up a Phenakism Factorio Server! If you own the game and would like to help build the most epic factories ever, let me know and I'll get you whitelisted!
AND WE ARE NOT DONE YET!
I have setup a Discord server dedicated to Phenakism. Why? So I can get those sweet bridge bots going! Yep, you can chat from discord to anyone on Minecraft! I will also finalize the Factorio Bridge tonight as well, meaning you will be able to chat to anyone in Minecraft or Factorio from Discord and they'll get it in game!
....is what I want to be saying. Yeah, we have a bit still. Here's the scoop.
We run a variation of the Minecraft Server called Spigot. This is a highly streamlined version that allows us to make the most of our resources. It also supports plugins, which allows us to do things like have warp points, have ranks, behead mobs, and have our fancy live map. I feel this makes the game a much more enjoyable experience for all of us.
However, this is where the problem comes in. Spigot has to wait for the official Minecraft Server 1.14 to come out before they can work on finalizing their changes. While they have a head start (they released Spigot 1.14 pre-release 5 today), it means they aren't ready to have their official release yet.
I personally want to run the most awesome server I can for you guys. This means I'm not going to put up a version I'm reasonably sure is buggy. At least not without testing it first. As we speak I'm compiling the latest Spigot development version. As soon as it's done, I'm going to take a copy of our server, slap it on there with our map, then see what happens. I expect at least one or two of our plugins will require updating, but I expect it to run....mostly. As I said bugs.
If I feel this version is good enough I'll upgrade our server. I don't expect to feel that way. I'll monitor things and as soon as things are ready to upgrade the Server, you'll hear about it here first.
First, we have a new announcement plugin that actually makes links clickable! No more copying and pasting to get news updates!
Second, is I've added another plugin that will allow us to store our XP as Bottles of Enchanting! To do this, take an empty bottle, and left click on an enchanting table, and voila! stored XP! You can even shift-left-click to do ten at a time!
Second, I've added a few "off the shelf" datapacks. Two affect mob drobs, specifically they make shulkers drop at least two shulker shells, and make the dragon drop an elytra and a dragon egg!
Another two affect recipes, making it so that you can craft double stone slab blocks, and get more trapdoors for your wood input!
Then the last one is a custom one for our server. The first part of it adds both gems (Topaz, Amythest, Ruby, Sapphire, and Aquamarine), as well as "God of Insanity" heads, to random loot chests in dungeons, end citys, mineshafts, etc. The second part allows them to be traded at the First Inn in Spawn. So far you can only trade for the Aquamarine and Ruby, but I have plans for the rest. You can also buy these gems at the Inn for 32 diamonds a pop. Aquamarine you can trade for (most) Phenakism player heads, and ruby you can trade for various nether items!
I'm really excited for the changes that are being made, and can't wait to see what you do with it all!
Well, the server move is now done, and it's been a day or so. As such, I'm willing to call that success.
So, the first thing to comment on. Money. I stated that I do not intend to ask for donations to this server. That is still true. If you guys must know, it costs me $24 a month to run this server. I am more than happy to run it so long as you guys are still logging on and enjoying it. And honestly, I'd feel terrible about taking some college kid's money. I was in college many years ago myself, I get what it's like.
So, looking ahead, we have 1.14 coming out soon. As of right now, my plan is to upgrade the server when the first somewhat stable spigot release comes out. These sorts of upgrades are tricky, as it's usually a question of which plugin is going to break, and here's hoping it's one that is still supported so it will be updated. Usually it takes about 2 weeks after the official Minecraft release to get Spigot, then another two weeks to get things to a state where I'm happy to upgrade the server.
That being said, I haven't really done this since the 1.8 -> 1.9 update, so here's hoping they've done some streamlining. But as things happen I will definitely keep you aware.
But that brings me to my ultimate point. When 1.14 comes out, what do you want to do? My first instinct is to keep building on this world. But if everyone wants to, we can definitely restart the map, or even select a different map. I'd love to hear what you guys thing in the website forums!