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Player images on our web pages fixed

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 | 0 comments

Over the past week some of you have noticed that the images of our players on our web pages (Auctions, Vote Page etc) have been the generic Steve skin.

This was we thought due to Mojang’s skin server being temporarily offline. But it actually turns out Mojang has decided to end support for their online skin server and simply didn’t tell anyone until users made a bug report about it on their bug tracking website.

This is typical behaviour of Mojang. So anyway today I coded a replacement skin resolver which utilises Mojangs texture system (the same one that sends skins to servers for use in-game). This means our skins are now showing again on all our web pages.

While writing the new skin resolver code I also gave the skins a much needed resolution boost so they look nicer on ultra high definition displays and we’re now caching the skins on our own server which means they load a lot faster than they used to.

That’s all for this update, happy crafting!

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Player Spotlight First Up: TheLenore!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 | 0 comments

Welcome to Player Spotlight! Here we will meet new and old players from our RENMX community! First up we have the lovely TheLenore!

Lenore is very well known throughout our server. Not only is she one of our moderators, but also a very genuine person! She loves to do many things that RENMX has to offer such as, build, gamble, sell, and of course… PARKOUR.

From personal experience Lenore is very talented in the art of interior design. Many of her builds she puts a lot of effort into, and they truly are a sight to see! Lenore is also one of the nicest people you can meet on the server. She always is willing to help and puts in hours that the rest of us can barely fathom.

Read her full interview on our forums here.

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Ender Dragon Spawning Re-Enabled

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 | 0 comments

Just a quick update, we have added new protected regions to the end so that players can place the end crystals necessary to spawn an enderdragon. We’ve also added regions atop the columns so you can break the end crystals that heal the dragon when it’s spawned.

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New Feature: Set your name colour!

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 | 0 comments

Today we’ve written and deployed a new custom feature that allows you to choose the colour of your name on our server. The command is /setcolour <colour name|rank name>

The way it works is you can only choose a colour that is equal or lower than your current rank. So for example Apprentices can only be Dark Green (Member) or Green (Apprentice). But a Legendary Crafter could be any colour except Aqua (Moderator) and Dark Red (Administrator).

So if you want more colours simply rank up and acquire them. Engineers, Architects and Artists are considered the same rank level and so they can switch between those three colours as they wish as-well as Apprentice and Member colours.

You can also hide your supporter heart by adding -h to the end of the command. For example /setcolour green -h

If you want to return to your actual ranks colours simply type /setcolour reset we hope you all enjoy the new feature.

There is one last thing. This feature costs R5 + 0.1% of your currently held rennies to use. So if you have R50,000 it would cost you R55 to change. If you had R500,000 it would cost R505 to change.

There is no charge for using /setcolour reset. We want this feature to help take some money out of the economy which is why we have structured it like this.

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Saying goodbye to Sammy_R

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 | 1 comment

One of our longest-serving Moderators has stepped down today, Sammy_R!

As a server like ours is around for so long (this will be our 8th year operating) it is expected that many of our staff will move on as their lives change.

For many of our staff they joined while in high-school or college. We’ve said goodbye to many of these staffers over the years as their circumstances change and their time is spent more on their careers, families and friends.

Today we say goodbye to Sammy_R but we hope he will continue to visit as a player like many other previous staff members continue to do.

Thank you for all that you contributed to RENMX Sam!

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Let the Funbox games begin!

Posted by on Jan 21, 2018 | 0 comments

Today we’re introducing a new event where you can earn rennies by funboxing specific individuals. Today the event begins with Pri. Yes that elusive jumping monkey-man. Funbox him, take a screenshot and submit it in this thread for your chance to win R10,000. But if he catches you in the act of funboxing he will deduct R5,000 from your balance which will go into the winners jackpot.

Happy funboxing and no cheating, you must fully encase Pri in a material of your choosing and take a screenshot. No partial boxes will be accepted and staff are not allowed to abuse teleporting to get the funbox to work.

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Power Outage

Posted by on Jan 21, 2018 | 0 comments

At 7:23 AM this morning we had a power outage, our server stayed powered on (but disconnected from the internet) until 7:35 AM when our battery backup system safely shutdown our server to prevent damage caused by the lack of power to the building.

This means our battery backup system (UPS) worked as intended and we should not have any data loss, data corruption or hardware failure (disk crashes etc).

The power came back on at 9:00 AM so we were without power for 1 hour and 37 minutes.

As annoying as power problems like this are I’m happy to say the new UPS we bought last year worked as intended, this was its first power outage and it performed as it should giving us 12 minutes of runtime before shutting everything off safely before its charge was depleted.

As of this post our Minecraft servers are back online.

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New Donation Goal

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 |

Since 2016 when we began accepting donations we have published on our donate page a breakdown of our expenses so that you can get a sense of how much it costs to run RENMX.

Last year our estimated expenses were $512 for an entire year. We ended up having expenses of around $1200 due to unforeseen hardware failures, SSD upgrades, fan replacement and the purchasing of some paid plugins that we needed.

So although we brought in around $600 which would have covered our $512 estimated costs we made a loss of around $600.

But the good news is, we did do some very significant infrastructure upgrades last year which will last for many years so we made some good investments. We also evaluated our normal projected expenses (the $512 mentioned above) and made some cuts. We’ve now got it down to $412.39. So with any luck we’ll have a $200 surplus for a safety net against any more hardware failures or paid plugins we may need to purchase this year.

So all we need now is $35 donated each month to fully pay our projected expenses. I will of course cover the costs out of pocket whenever we don’t meet these donation goals so don’t feel obligated to donate to keep us alive, the server is not going anywhere and I think our financial outlook is actually quite good.

I hope everyone had a great New Year!

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2017 Retrospective

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 |

This year has gone by quite fast. A lot has happened including us saying goodbye to long serving staff members alongside the introduction of a new staff member: Lenore.

Mostly this year we worked on getting the server updated to 1.10, 1.11 and then 1.12. These updates from Mojang came in quick succession but we worked through the bugs and got ourselves updated in only a couple months from 1.9 to 1.11 and then very quickly to 1.12.

We also upgraded our server hardware. We retired our two old 128GB SSD’s which had served us for around three years. In their place we installed two professional grade Samsung 850 Pro’s. One 512GB and one 256GB. These SSD’s have allowed us to run logblock from SSD storage for the first time resulting in incredible speedups for block lookups and rollbacks.

The larger SSD’s also gave us some breathing room so that we can continue to increase our map border size indefinitely.

Another hardware upgrade we performed was a switch from our Intel XEON E5-1650 6 Core CPU @ 3.2GHz-3.8GHz to two Intel XEON E5-2667v2 8 Core CPU’s each @ 3.3GHz-4GHz.

This upgrade meant we went from 6 processing cores to 16 and we increased our clock speed by several hundred MHz and our L3 Cache went from 12MB to 50MB. This has had a dramatic performance improvement on the server as we run many different tasks simultaneously and where as before the server was often at 100% load, it now rarely crosses 60% and is never at 100% load. The result has been less lag and more consistent performance throughout the day.

We also switched our backup system from a combination of Crash Plan and a custom solution to Veeam. This has resulted in dramatically faster file backup and restores with less impact on the server performance. In-fact you’ll never notice when we’re performing backups, it’s that good.

We did introduce some new software features to the server this year including our RENMX Arena which features multiple game modes such as “Pri Says”, “TNT Run”, “PVP arena”, “Mob Arena” and the always popular “Spleef”. We even added six different maps for the PVP arena.

Only a few months ago we introduced daily rewards. A way to reward our most active players with a daily login reward which grows with the players activity. This has been one of the most well received features we’ve ever added and we do intend to keep adding more rewards to it as time goes on.

With our Card system we added many new unique cards, we’re now at over 250 cards and we also added several new Easter Eggs including “Cube #666”, “Levity”, “Nirvana”, “Range Shooter” and “Quiet Please”. We still have some eggs to be imported next year and there’s quite a few being worked on too.

One of the launch images for the “Levity” Easter Egg by Hall

Our Admin shop both on the website and in-game also saw some love with the ability to sell items finally added.

In 2016 we added the Warehouse feature but this year we improved its usefulness with better auto management and the ability to sell items to our admin shop straight from your warehouse storage.

And who can forget the new bar we made with dance floor, purchasable drinks and working jukebox!

Alongside these updates we also added the Brewing plugin so you can distil your own alcohol and we added a Harry Potter themed Slot Machine to the Casino.

The last thing I wanted to discuss is the servers financial situation and the future longevity of the server. Firstly your donations are covering our nominal yearly expenses. That means web hosting, domain names and electricity. Anything outside of that (like hardware upgrades / replacement parts) I’m happy to cover out of pocket as I always have done.

So we will be here in 2018, the server currently has no debt and so I see no reason to discontinue service. I think we had a great year and I’m looking forward to what next year brings.

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Christmas Build Off Winners!

Posted by on Dec 26, 2017 |

Below are the winners for this contest as chosen by <3 Pri who was the overseer of this build off!



This has been one of our most successful contests this year with all but two plots being taken. You all really got into the Christmas spirit and it was really difficult to choose the winners for this contest.

But I did choose three people who have been given their in-game rennies and supporter benefits. Congratulations MentosBoost on becoming a Gold Supporter by winning this contest in first place!

To receive your games please contact me and let me know which game you would like in order from most want to least want that way I can give them out as fast as possible. When messaging me make sure to leave your email address for the game gift to be sent to.

All three of you have won a copy of I am Bread. You also get to choose one game each from the other three titles available which are Goat SimulatorBatman: Arkham Asylum and Euro Truck Simulator. MentosBoost gets first choice then WireWizard and finally Steve gets the final remaining game.

All of the games available in this contest are Windows + Mac compatible and will be redeemable through steam.

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Rule Changes

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 | 1 comment

Just a quick note, we’re making two rule changes today.

  1. You are now allowed to build above the nether. Prior to today you weren’t allowed to do so.
  2. You may only make claims on abandoned builds which are adjacent your current town. This also means you must have a town to make claims.

Thank you.

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New Slot Machine added to the Casino

Posted by on Dec 9, 2017 |

Today we’ve added a new slot machine to the casino (/warp casino) which has a Harry Potter theme. You can earn any of 20 Harry Potter themed heads each time you win at this machine.

This was built by Stephanie_W and the Harry Potter theme idea was EnDurPuRl’s!

We hope you all have a lot of fun playing this new slot machine!

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Christmas Head & Banner Market at spawn!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 |

It’s that time of year again and we’ve created a Christmas Head & Banner Market at spawn!

From now until the New Year you can get Evil Grinch heads by completing High or Very High rated Easter Eggs, these can be used as a form of currency for a selection of seasonal heads and banners available in the Christmas Head & Banner Market at spawn, go to /spawn to see what is on offer!

Drop chances for the Evil Grinch heads are 50% for High rated Easter Eggs and 100% for Very high rated Easter Eggs.

Heads and Banners cost 4 Evil Grinch heads each.

Enjoy!

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Christmas Building Contest!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 |

We hope you all had fun with our Rollercoaster contest last month, you all built some really incredible roller coasters!

If you’ve not guessed by the title this is a Christmas themed build off where you get to build whatever is festive to you around this time of year. It can be Christian, Catholic, Hindu, Jewish or any other religious (or non-religious) festive build that you want to make.

To enter simply head on over to /warp contest get yourself a plot by pushing the button on the right of the contest board and get building.

For prizes we’re offering 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners all a copy of I am Bread. You’ll then get to choose one game each from the other three titles available which are Goat Simulator, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Euro Truck Simulator.

All of the games available in this contest are Windows + Mac compatible and will be redeemable through steam.

This contest runs from December 5th to December 25th and is open to all players to participate in on our Survival server.

Full Prize List

  • 1st place: R10,000 – Gold Supporter – I am Bread + First choice of a single game from the games available.
  • 2nd place: R5,000 – Supporter – I am Bread + Second choice of a single game from the games available.
  • 3rd place: R2,500 – I am Bread + The final remaining game.

We hope you all have fun and remember this contest ends on December 25th!

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New Egg “Quiet Please” by TheLenore & Pri added!

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 |

Today we’ve added a new Easter Egg made by TheLenore and Pri called Quiet Please. It’s a Trivia egg in a library theme as seen in the screenshot below.

Lenore spent many weeks writing and re-writing all of the trivia questions for this Easter Egg and she also built the entire library on her own while Pri helped with the coding.

This is a medium difficulty Easter Egg and it does have a unique card but you may have already obtained it previously from our much older Trivia Time egg which has now been removed in place of this much more visually interesting egg with all new questions.

To get to the egg you’ll find a wooden button on a tree at spawn which transports you to the library. Or you can simply type /eggs Quiet Please and enter that way. Have fun!

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Lost Dailies

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 |

Just a quick note, due to the server being offline over most of the previous two days we’re restoring daily streaks for anyone that wasn’t able to login.

So if you lost your streak, let Pri know and he will restore your streak from our backups and apply the days you lost to the total too.

Thanks!

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Server Upgrade Completed

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 |

As you all know by now the server went down yesterday for a planned hardware upgrade. We were moving from a 6 core processor to dual 8 core processors and also connecting a dual-port 10Gb network card.

When the hardware installation was completed (took about 45 minutes) we turned the server on only for it to not function correctly. Switching from one processor to two on this motherboard was unusually problematic. It has taken around 15 hours to troubleshoot all of the various issues.

Issues such as memory not being detected, bad memory slots, bad processor alignment in their sockets, ACPI configuration problems. But we’ve finally got it up and running, everything is working perfectly now.

Take a look at our new thread count!

Combined with that we have our prior 64GB of RAM which is now blazing along at 104GB/s up from 52GB/s previously.

We’re incredibly sorry that the server was down for so long, this is actually the longest period of continuous downtime we’ve had since 2013 so it’s quite rare for us to be offline more than a few hours at most, certainly not a whole day.

Thank you for your patience please login and have fun!

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Server down for upgrades

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 |

As of right now the Minecraft server is offline while we perform hardware upgrades. Thank you for your patience, we’ll update this post once things are back online.

The server is now back online!

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Rollercoaster Build Contest Winners!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2017 |

Below are the winners for this contest as chosen by <3 Pri who was the overseer of this build off!

I was really impressed with the rollercoasters on this contest, many of the plots were completed and I did ride every single completed rollercoaster.

Congratulations to the three winners who have been given their in-game rennies and supporter benefits.

To receive your games please contact me and let me know which game you would like in order from most want to least want that way I can give them out as fast as possible. When messaging me make sure to leave your email address for the game gift to be sent to.

The games we offered to be won were Unbox: Newbie’s AdventureThe Final Station and Tropico 5.

The Final Station and Tropico 5 are Windows + Mac compatible while Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure is Windows only.

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Server now only accepts v1.12.2 clients

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 |

For the past couple of months we’ve accepted both v1.12.1 and v1.12.2 clients, we’re now only accepting v1.12.2 because we need to be running the latest server version for security reasons.

If you need Optifine or Liteloader they have both been available for v1.12.2 for some time. Thanks!

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