Players of VeridianCraft,
Thank you all, very sincerely, for sticking by us through these tough past weeks. The server has been down, and not much of a satisfying explanation has been given. The hosts we are currently with have not responded to our attempts to contact them for an answer, sadly, and we do not know when they will do so. This also means that the schematics from the last server that we were working to save will be unavailable until such time as the hosts respond favorably, though as a lucky break, we have managed to save your Skyblock islands! They will be waiting for all those who have made a skyblock island when the server comes up :)
Having said that, we are indeed working very hard on the new 1.7.2 server with a different host, with whom we will hopefully have better experiences. You might have seen the teaser screenshots lying around the forums, and I can only say that it's gotten better! The spawn is up, most of the important server infrastructure (shops, warps
, signage) is nearing completion and we're all excited for the big release. I can't give a set date yet, as the build we are running on is not full 1.7.2-supported yet - and hence we'll need to wait for the guys at Spigot Development to come up with one -, but rest assured the wait is almost over.
As for updates, there have been quite a few developments in the short time since my last entry:
An opportunity not to be missed has come up! Using _iDefine_'s special code: 35OFF4YOU
, anyone who makes a purchase in our donator shop for a rank will only need to pay 65% of it's price! Imagine that, having access to /fly
for just $22! However, this offer only lasts for 4 more days, so get in quick while you still can, and help the server out while grabbing a bargain on much-coveted donator ranks!
We're also working on expanding the selection of purchases we offer in the VeridianCraft store
. In time, we hope to be offering individual perks for sale (subject to your guys' opinions, of course) as well as special kits and packages of ingame commodities that can be bought outside of ranks to further enhance your experience in game!
Alongside those exciting new purchases, we're doing another review of existing perks - we have indeed learned from our previous mistakes and now we offer more, and better commands and benefits to all donators, examples of which include a personal announcement
on the servers, the return of mob spawners
, the ability to /pay
others and /fly
, purchasing of zombie and skeleton horses
, and keeping XP on death
. All of the aforementioned perks are available for under $25
at the moment, so if any of those sound like something you want at all, simply head over to the store and donate for a rank while the time is ripe!
The new 1.7.2 server, coming out in a bit, is full of new, exciting plugins just waiting for you to try out. Whether you want to try your luck out at one of these - very profitable - slot machines, try your PvE skills in a MobArena, or even just try out an elusive zombie horse, we've got the feature for your needs!
The current poll is on whether we should add the VirtualShop plugin to the server. It has a lot going for it - it's very convenient, quick, and easy to use when you want to sell something someone else might want to buy. A simple /buy and /sell command is all it takes to purchase and list an item. It's a zero-sum system, meaning no money is generated or lost through these transactions; no fee for listing or buying, and no tax or commission on sales. However, we did run into quite a few troubles previously - most players used it more as a storage mechanism, listing items they didn't want at an extravagantly high price just to have more 'inventory space', which defeated the purpose of the whole plugin, while others used its free market economy system to scam and rip off new or careless players, or massively undercut other players to completely devalue the ingame currency, not to mention that it will not support unstackable items such as potions or enchanted items - items with enchantments or names will have those removed, in effect making it harder to enchant them or rendering them useless completely in the case of books. Given the outlined points above, the decision is still up to you.
Infernal Mobs wasn't completely successful in its poll, with only 10 voters registering their opinions. However, with a clean slate, we have decided to implement it alongside MobArena and other PvE plugins to enhance the experience for you guys - we hope that you'll enjoy the subtleties of harder mob fights that give a new sense of depth and excitement to the game, and you can check out the plugin here!
Another oft-requested plugin was ChestShop, which is now implemented on the new server! Players can set up a shop using signs and chests in their own homes or at spawn, in the player-populated bazaar, to sell rare and valuable items they may find or craft. This provides a stable, tangible element to the economy and is much more easily regulated. This will not conflict with the above plugin, however, we will need to decide which one to keep.
There are, of course, way more than the ones I pointed out above, so look out for them when the server is released - you'll be pleasantly surprised at the variety and functionality of them!
We regret to inform you that Nadr, a passionate, dedicated and motivated [Steward], has decided to retire. His decision comes not lightly, but with a great deal of thought and consideration spent in deliberating his circumstances in real life. As sad as we all are to see him go, his legacy has been one of determination and hard work, and we wouldn't still be here if it weren't for his help and efforts on the previous server. On behalf of everyone in the VC community, I wish you good luck with everything you do after your time with us.
I also need to announce that I (Vastaren, rank unknown) will be taking a leave of absence for a few weeks while I study for and sit my exams. I will be unavailable for around a month, by which time I hope you'll still remember me, though if you don't, I won't blame you :)
In all, a very promising prologue to the release of our 1.7.2 server! With an overhaul of donator benefits, plenty of plugins to immerse yourselves in and a lot to look forward to, this has been my second - and last, for a few weeks - news entry (and I hope everyone's still awake). Thanks again to the staff for being great to work with, and to you guys for giving us that motivation to keep going. For now, we'll keep working on the new servers to bring you the best Minecraft experience we can. If you want to help us out, keep voting using the links on the right to draw in new players in time for the opening - we're counting on you too to make this happen, and we're sure it'll be a worthwhile experience for all. Thank you again for staying loyal to our name, and we hope to make it all worth the unfortunate setbacks in a very short while!