CW News – April edition

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Greetings!

A few things relating to the Cubic Worlds server and community have been tweaked recently, and one very important change is planned to happen this month. I wanted to let you know what’s going on and give you fair warning, so that nothing you’ve built on the server will be lost without your knowledge.

The full newsletter can be found after the break.

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Monday Event – Capture the Tower!

Steves of Cubic Worlds, prepare yourself and your teammates for the coming battle!

Using only the equipment you are given before the contest begins, you must capture all of your team’s coloured wool from the clutches of the enemy, whilst at the same time preventing them from doing the same! A unique multi-layered arena awaits your heroics, and even includes the most devious of obstacles, a cactus maze

The action will start at around 20:00 GMT on Monday the 31st of April. For a full description of the event, rules, and signups, check out the thread on our forum. Good luck, warriors!

Weekend Event – Leaf Spleef Tournament

Leaf Spleef Tournament - Saturday 29th March, 21:00 GMTOne of our server’s trademark events is going to be held this coming weekend, except with new rules like you’ve never seen before!  Leaf Spleef is returning after a long break and the more players, the merrier things will be.

Who will be crowned champion of the first tournament held under the new Voxellian rules?  There are crazy, unique prizes to be won! Learn more about the event, the rules, and how to join in, by checking out the event thread on our forum.

The tournament will run from 19:00 to 21:00 GMT this coming Saturday, the 29th of March.  Hope to see you there!

Welcome to the new Cubic Worlds homepage!

We’ve switched our address and levelled up the marmots powering things in the background!  To make sure it’s easy for people to keep track of recent news – and to let CW staff to keep you informed without typing things twice – posts are now mirrored both here on the main homepage and in the special “Front Page News” part of the forum.

I’ll be doing some work over the coming days to make sure the homepage design is as good as I can get it.  Who knows, it might even include some colours

What’s that?  You wanted black and white everywhere?  Nope, colours are where it’s at, sorry.  “Soon!”

Zzzz… *fnsrgl* What? Oh, hi!

Although our blog is not updated very frequently, Cubic Worlds is most definitely still active and you can keep on eye on recent happenings in our forum. We recently completed a move away from our previous host Nitrous Networks and want to thank them for their overall very good quality hosting, but a more flexible option has presented itself which we are now making use of.

The server address has changed and you can connect using play.cubicworlds.net – if that shortcut somehow doesn’t work, you can also use our direct IP which is now 198.199.79.30:25678.

We’re making plans for how we will handle to update to Minecraft 1.7, but it looks like any changes are still a few weeks away due to the usual delays in waiting for Bukkit to update.

Happy Minecrafting!

Finally we’re on 1.5!

cw15It’s taken over two months but Cubic Worlds has finally updated to Minecraft 1.5! I promise that there will never be such a huge delay in updating ever again. 😀

Players can now enjoy the new Ore Nether, accessible through a portal near the arrival point in the freshly recycled Ore world. Grab some of that quartz while it’s hot…

See you in Avalon, fellow Steves!

And we’re back!

Nitrous Networks

After checking what options were available to us from a number of different hosts, we have decided to give Nitrous Networks a try. Transferring our files and getting set up was about as painless as I could have hoped, and although it’s early days I am optimistic that we will have a good future ahead.

Our new server IP is: 193.35.58.25:25596

If you have any feedback about the move – good or bad, either is fine – then post about it on this thread on our forum.

Cubic Worlds to seek new hosting

Unfortunately there have been some happenings lately that mean the server will be looking for a new host. I want to thank that crazy monkey Monkz for supporting us over the last few months, but it’s time for us to find a new provider to fuel our Minecrafting.

Regrettably there will be a rollback taking place before normal service resumes, though while a new host is found, I’ll put the server up in Anarchy Mode for everyone to have fun with – this will probably happen some time tomorrow.

For the full details on the server downtime and host change, read this thread on the forum. Thanks for your patience and understanding – Cubic Worlds will return soon!

February, a month of change

The Ville at SunriseQuite a few changes have happened on the server over the past week, so if you’ve missed any of what’s gone on so far, here’s an update to summarise it all!

Pixellia, our first ever world in the early days of Minecraft Beta, has been removed to free some space on the server after a poll was held to decide its fate. If you are interested to visit Greenview, still the largest city created on the server, you can download Pixellia and its Nether to tinker with by visiting this thread on the forum.

Players are now able to request book duplicates – if you are the author of the book, simply talk to any Moderator and, for a small fee of 25 Kubes per copy, your work will be magically cloned.

Wither fights have been made more challenging – the summoning room in Cubic City has been removed, and Withers can now only be created in the Ore world. Also, while Members can now summon their own Withers, they must wait a short period before creating another.

Another poll has decided that the value of diamonds on the server should be fixed at 100 Kubes to give traders a “diamond standard” to base their prices on. This price will be adjusted over time as needed, and is in the process of being enforced. Full details are through this link.

Remember, if anything changes on the server, it’s announced at the Spawn Point on our forum first and foremost, so be sure to check it regularly.

Bukkit update and recent lag

Event Horizon at nightBukkit released their first Recommended Build in quite a while today, and the server and its plugins are about to update. Yay for bugfixes! We will be switching to Bukkit 1.4.7-R1.0 in just a few minutes. If you haven’t already, you should update your Minecraft client to 1.4.7 to take advantage of the bug fixes it offers.

Downtime should only take around 15 minutes, but in the meantime, stay tuned to the forum and our IRC channel while the update takes place for any additional information. Thanks for your patience!

On a related note, we are aware that the server has been lagging and crashing somewhat more often than usual and are looking into possible causes. It is our hope that this update will be a step in the right direction, but further actions are planned to make sure your time in Cubic Worlds is smooth and trouble-free.