Just a quick message, some time today one of our three gateways to the internet stopped working which resulted in 33% of our connections failing. When you tried to connect you would have received a message about a login error which asked you if the session servers were offline.
Thank you to the users who came to our IRC Channel to report this issue to us.
We have since corrected this problem and the server is once again 100% accessible. Also as a reminder this is the last day to remove your contest plot from our contest area before we reset for our build contest on the 1st of September.
Those of you who were around in 2014 may remember Killer he was a great Moderator back then.
After some time away from the game he has returned and we’ve once again made him a Moderator.
I hope you all give him a big welcome back!
(In related news we’re once again announcing staff member appointments and departures on our homepage).
Below are the winners for this contest as chosen by <3 Pri who was the overseer of this build off!
Both winners 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 up for grabs were Soviet Monsters, Megapolis and Insurgency. Soviet Monsters is Windows compatible while Megapolis and Insurgency are Windows and Mac compatible.
Yesterday we deactivated a few things in our quest to track down performance issues. You may have noticed recently that the server has been incredibly laggy since we upgraded to 1.12/1.12.1.
We’ve found the cause is mostly Craftbook. The problem is Craftbook is not unloading things when players vacate an area so if you have a complex farm setup that makes heavy use of Craftbook mechanics or integrated circuits they never become unloaded and keep eating up resources.
Due to this we’ve found the performance of the server dropping down as low as 4 TPS when it’s meant to be 20 TPS at all times. This huge drop makes many things on the server not work like eating food, killing mobs and it makes mining very frustrating as blocks keep re-appearing after being mined away.
So we have started to deactivate some of the more intensive parts of Craftbook, we announced earlier in the week that we’ve disabled collectors, we have now also disabled pushers and crushers.
We’ve also been tracking down the cause of the random server crashing. To try and fix that we’ve been removing plugins that are throwing a lot of errors in our game console, one of which is ItemSlotMachine which is what powers our Casino. We do not know if this plugin will be making a return we’re still evaluating things.
And finally we’ve removed a plugin which allowed you to store things in bookcases. It had a 2% impact on tickrate which is quite high for such a basic plugin (even Towny only uses 0.14%) so we’ve removed it to help increase performance.
Thanks for reading, we know this is frustrating for people who’ve invested time into the farms that use crushers and collectors but the performance of the server is more important and until these bugs are fixed we’re going to be leaving these mechanics turned off.
We hope you all had fun with the Restaurant build contest earlier this month.
This time we’re doing a Landmarks themed contest where you get to bring your favourite landmark to life!
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 build your favourite real life landmark!
The games we’re offering to be won are Soviet Monsters, Megapolis and Insurgency.
Soviet Monsters is Windows compatible while Megapolis and Insurgency are Windows and Mac compatible.
This contest runs from August 15th to August 25th and is open to all players to participate in on our Survival server.
Full Prize List
- 1st place: R10,000 – Gold Supporter – First choice of a single game from the three available.
- 2nd place: R5,000 – Supporter – Second choice of a single game from the two available.
- 3rd place: R2,500 – The final remaining game.
We hope you all have fun with this contest and remember it ends on August 25th!