It seems to me that it’s about time to let everyone know what’s going on with the new world and the server in general. So, here we go!
Tomorrow, I plan to update the server to the new Bukkit version with all the plugins, assuming the basic plugins (WorldEdit, WorldGuard, Essentials, PermissionsEx, etc.) are working correctly. When the server is up and running, all Trusted players will be demoted to the Builder rank. For those of you that are currently Trusted, know that there’s a good chance you’ll be promoted back up pretty quickly, especially if you’re active on the server.
The new world will be 15,000 blocks by 15,000 blocks with normal-sized biomess; the Nether will be expanded to 3000 blocks by 3000 blocks. I’ve decided on a specific seed that gives us several mushroom biomes and not too much ocean to have to deal with, but for those who were wondering, there are no plans for any Skylands world. When Bukkit is up and running, everything will be built entirely without the aid of plugins. Spawn (which will now be 200 blocks by 200 blocks) and any other server- or admin-related projects will be built by hand, without and cheats or admin powers, and there will be no creative zones—it will be a survival server.
Lastly, please vote for the server here and here! It’s easy and helps us get more players, which means more donors and a longer life for the server! At one year and going strong, we’re older than many Minecraft servers and I’m hoping we’ll still be up and running next August!
EDIT: Due to slow upload speeds and the large size of the new map, the update will be delayed until tomorrow (Saturday).
Thanks for reading my mini-rant,