Monday 31 March 2014

Build Challenge - 14 Days Remaining!

There are 14 days left to get your entries built and still quite a few building areas available, see here for details of how to enter and the prizes available...

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Saturday 29 March 2014

Unexpected Downtime - Server Back Up!

Apologies for the unexpected downtime, a mandatory management interface update was pushed out as a fix for the latest Minecraft version and it reset some of the server config, everything is now fixed and the server is back up!

Wednesday 26 March 2014

DigginChickin Now A Moderator!

It was getting frustrating that she couldn't do certain things and had to keep interrupting me so I would do it so DigginChickin is now a Moderator! lol

Seriously though she was doing a great job as Helper so I think it is well deserved!


Donation Changes

As of today all packages on BuyCraft have been disabled except for the Free Booster Pack, this is due to a large number of chargebacks in recent weeks, almost 40% of the donations received.

We have had a few people banned today as chargebacks were made on transactions where someone else bought multiple players Donator rank. Tatankore has ensured that all players affected through no fault of their own have been unbanned and returned to Member+ rank.

We had been toying with the idea of moving completely to GroupPay for a while and looking at the figures we decided that this is the best way forward, it does mean we lose the instant delivery offered by BuyCraft but it offers far more security for the server and also gives players the assurance that 100% of donations goes towards hosting costs. 

As per the original plan remaining BuyCraft funds will be left in the account until next year and as originally stated on the Donate page the money will then be split and donated to some of the developers who created the mods and plugins we use.

The new custom GroupPay link ( should be fully functional within the next 24 hours, please see the 'Donate' page of this site for details of the changes.

Tuesday 25 March 2014

Server Software Update Tomorrow

There will be up to two restarts and a downtime which should be no more than 5 minutes long at around 9am (UK) tomorrow morning for a software update, as the downtime will be so short I won't post any updates here unless there's a problem.

Monday 24 March 2014

Building Challenge Open!

The warp sign is now at spawn and permissions have been added, good luck all!

The challenge will close and judging will start on 14th April,
judging will take place over 7 days, see signs in world for details.

Thursday 20 March 2014

Building Challenge Details

Ok so here are the full details...

The builds are to be built in BuildWorld, in 16 x 16 x 16 areas.
Signs will be added to the WarpZone at spawn once the competition officially starts.

A total of 32 building areas will be available, which can be bought via a [BuyRegion] sign.
The price of the region is the entry fee, which has been set as $30,000 to prevent abuse etc.
The region will not affect your protection stone limits and are limited to 1 per player.

Entry is for a single player only to prevent arguments over ownership later on.
The [BuyRegion] sign will show the name of the player who purchased the region.
The regions are not transferrable and additional players cannot be given build permissions.

Players of Member rank or above can enter and prizes are transferable.
Entry is open to any player who is Member rank or above, including staff.
Winners may claim the prize for themselves or transfer it to another player of their choice.

There are a couple of restrictions and please dont use concrete!
Concrete has been used to cover the build areas and make them private until judging time, it will be removed with WorldEdit on the closing date, any concrete used in builds would also be removed so please remember not to use it!
As for restrictions it's simple really, nothing too laggy and no running machines (including condensers etc) that aren't a part of the design and turned off most of the time, if you do wish to use machines, pistons etc then please include either a pressure plate or button for players to use to see it 'working' for a short while.

There is absolutely no theme at all.
Be creative, use your imagination, isn't that what Minecraft is all about?
We don't want to make suggestions, we want to see some original thinking and inspired ideas, this is your chance to try and make the whole server go 'WOW'!

The challenge will officially start... 10:00am (UK) on Monday 24th March!

The challenge will close and judging will start on the 14th April and judging will take place over 7 days, see signs in world for details.


1st Prize - VIP Slot for the remainder of 2014, including ALL of the VIP benefits!
2nd Prize - 2 x Premium Booster Pack (via BuyCraft), plus 1 stack of any item!*
2nd Prize - 1 x Premium Booster Pack (via BuyCraft), plus 1 stack of any item!*

* Obviously excludes protection stones and banned items :p

Everyone who enters a build will receive a small gift for their effort!

If you cannot afford the entry fee why not see if you can find a sponsor, likewise if you are a rich player then why not sponsor a player or two and give them a chance of winning the VIP slot, please use the message board at spawn for this rather than spamming chat by asking everyone directly though!

We're looking forward to seeing what people come up with, good luck all!

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Daily Kit Changes

The daily kit has been changed and now gives:

16 x Industrial Credit
1 x Mushroom Stew
1 x Bread


New Helper... DigginChickin

She has already been helping quite a few people on the server so we decided to give her a go at being an official Helper, she does have a little staff experience but is fairly new to Tekkit so go easy on her!

Down For Maintenance

The server is down for scheduled maintenance to do the following:
  1. Full backup/clone - Done.
  2. Remove old backup data - Done.
  3. Remove old log data - Done.
  4. Update management interface - Done.

Scheduled Downtime:

Date: 18th March 2014
Started: 9:30 am
Finished: 10:15 am

Update: My internet is still a little slow, added 15 minutes to the est finish time.
Update: The server is now back up!

Sunday 16 March 2014

Scheduled Downtime

There will be a downtime of around 30 minutes tomorrow morning to do the following:

  1. Full backup/clone.
  2. Remove old backup data.
  3. Remove old log data.

Scheduled Downtime:

Date: 18th March 2014
Est Start: 9:30 am
Est Finish: 10:00 am

Update: Rescheduled to 18th March due to management interface update release.

Ontime Changes

I've made some changes to the information displayed by the command...

/ontime <player>

... the players last login time/date will no longer be shown, instead totals for the current day, past week and past month will be displayed.


Friday 14 March 2014

Building Challenge Coming Soon

It's been a while since we had any sort of building challenge but I'm pleased to say there will be one very soon!

At the moment all I can reveal is the following:

The builds are to be built in a specific world/location, in 16 x 16 areas.

A total of 32 building areas will be available, which can be bought via a [BuyRegion] sign.

Only one region can be bought per player and protection stone limits are not affected.

The top 3 prizes will be big, with the top prize being one of the currently unused VIP slots!

The entry fee (region cost) will be fairly high to reflect the prizes and prevent abuse.

Full details coming soon!

Thursday 6 March 2014

Reduced Hosting Fees & VIP Slots

Our hosting company has reduced our annual fees by around £40, what's more they have given us a credit refund based on fees already paid this year meaning that together with donations already received the server costs for 2014 are now covered until the end of the year!

VIP donations are now closed for 2014!

Thanks again to everyone who donated!

Monday 3 March 2014

Emergency Downtime

Fragnet have just notified me of some emergency maintenance taking place today:

Dear Clients,

We need to undergo an emergency maintenance in our UK facility. Please note the during the below service window any services located in this datacenter will be inaccessible.

DATE: March 3rd, 2014

Start: 12:00 GMT+1
End: 16:00 GMT+1

We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused!

Fragnet Networks AB

Emergency Downtime:

Started: March 3rd, 12:00 (UK)

Finished: March 4th, 12:20 (UK)

Please remember that the length of this downtime is entirely dependent on our hosting company, I will update here as and when I hear from them myself.

UPDATE 16:00 - "Due to weather conditions we are forced to extend the ETA to 19:00"
UPDATE 19:15 - "Due to weather conditions we are forced to extend the ETA to 21:00"
UPDATE 21:05 - "ETA now 23:00"
UPDATE 23:05 - "Unfortunately it is now likely to be sometime tomorrow morning."
UPDATE 09:00 -  I'm expecting an update very soon, currently all servers are still down.
UPDATE 10:15 -  All services except game servers restored. "We estimate the remaining problems to be resolved by 15.00 GMT+1"
UPDATE 12:20 -  "All services are now restored, we are continuing to monitor the situation closely."

The server is now back up!

Sunday 2 March 2014

1 Year Old!

It's gone amazingly fast but the server is 1 year old!

Thanks to all the players and staff that have helped keep things going and inspired many of the features the server has today, here's hoping for another great year!