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Towns falling left & right!

wrecktify a posted Fri at 16:06
Make sure to login and keep your town bank account full or you might end up with your town falling and all your items raidable!

Recently fallen towns:
Valhala
NeoHillside
WhiteKeep

More to come I'm sure if people don't start playing the game.  For anyone who is playing, make sure to raid them towns once they fall!

If you want to play on battlezone you need to be on 1.7.8, 1.7.9, or 1.7.10.  To load this version open the minecraft launcher.  Create a new profile.  Name it 1.7.  Change "Use this Version" to the desired version of 1.7.8, 1.7.9 or 1.7.10.  Save the profile.  Now select that profile any time you want to play on a 1.7 server.
To spice up the server a little bit for the active players we have made a few small changes that have a big impact on battlezone

1) Town upkeep has been increased.  The lowest rate is $250 and the highest rate is $750 depending on the size of your town.  This will help speed up smaller towns with no money to fall.

2) Lockette has been removed completely!  This means you need a protected plot in a town to properly protect your items.  If that town falls, your items become raidable.  If you are a resident, don't worry.. the normal policy of mayors & town staff not being allowed to raid your chests currently still stands.  As long as you sign on within 30 days a mayor can not claim your stuff.

NO1Stunna $75 is super cheap. $250 is pretty steep but at the same time it's not at all. Voting takes about 5 minutes and you get ...
youiswho LOL, your trying to kill me i just told wilks last week that $75 was to high.

Testing Spigot

wrecktify a posted Sep 29, 14
Trying out spigot once again.  It allows minecraft 1.8 clients to connect to the 1.7 server.  It also controls the amount of mobs spawned & has built in anti-xray.  If you notice anything strange please report it so we can know whether or not spigot is a good idea to run!  With our limited server resources it is suppose to run a lot better so let's see how it does.  Most importantly maybe we can get some users back who don't understand the concept of switching minecraft .jar versions and are playing 1.8.

I'm not sure who has been following the minecraft drama over the last 3 weeks, but I thought I would get everyone up to speed if you arent aware.

Bukkit is no more.  It went something like this.  The lead bukkit developer (EvilSeph) decided to throw in the towel because bukkit was too difficult to maintain.  Mojang stepped in and said hey, no you can't end bukkit, we have owned it for 2 years.  Ever since dinnerbone joined mojang, they have technically owned bukkit 100%.  Over the last 2 years, mojang has never once given bukkit support, help or worked with them to try to make bukkit better.  In their eyes, bukkit was eventually going to be replaced with the minecraft plugin api.  However it has been 2 years, and the api is still not done. 

This pissed off one developer of bukkit especially, named Wolverness.  He filed a DMCA takedown request to force bukkit to remove all downloads.  The basis of his claim is that due to the GPL license that bukkit is under,  bukkit is technically illegal unless mojang offers the server source code.  Mojang however does not want to do this, so bukkit is permanently stuck in a limbo.  After this happened, over 30 bukkit developers all quit the project and started a new project called Sponge.

Sponge will be the new bukkit, but even more.  It will have things bukkit should of had long ago, but never did.  It is being based on Forge and has the developers behind Worldguard, Towny, along with all the bukkit staff all actively working on it.  They estimate that they will have an early release of sponge with the next 1-2 months.  It wont be ready at that time though for production servers.  On top of this, all plugins for bukkit will not work and have to be re-coded to support sponge.  Thankfully, a lot of the major plugins we use already have plans to do this.

Needless to say, we are stuck in 1.7 for awhile.  It will be a miracle if we get to play 1.8 with plugins before 2015.  I just wanted to set everyones expectations of what is to come.  I've noticed in general all the minecraft servers I follow are very low in population.  My guess is that people are bored of minecraft more than ever before and are playing other games now, not just playing on other servers.

This leads me to the question.. what do we do with battlezone?  We can stick it out and wait for sponge keeping the same setup we have now for a few more months.  We can start a fresh new world on vanilla 1.8 and go whitelist.  We can switch to a forge mod based server and do something extra fun like new biomes, blocks, items and mobs mods.  As much as I wanted to not change maps, I feel like map refreshes bring new life in to the game for us.  We've been playing this game for years at this point, and doing the same ole towny thing has become routine and predictable.

We'd love your feedback on what we should do with the server.  No matter what happens, we are here to stay for the long haul.  Even though my activity has been light lately, this is still my favorite game.  I hope we can keep battlezone alive and kicking to see where we go next.
wrecktify a Then it sounds like you prefer tekkit over even bukkit servers, in which case not many changes I can do that would appea ...
youiswho I'm not a creative person and i don't like to build so i rely on the game to entertain me. There just isn"t enough ...
couvillion To what i can understand from all this, my feeling on this topic comes from the average minecraft player. I myself haven ...
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