TC3 – Update
I wanted to post something about the long awaited survival map built of the Minecraft 1.8 release.
We are currently hard at work looking at seed candidates (for those that don’t know, the map that is generated from a ‘seed’ number. It determines what biomes are in which positions). We have narrowed it down to a few but we need to look carefully to make sure it has as many biomes within a certain area so you can all see 1.8 in its glory.
With a seed finally decided we have to set out areas for spawn and other land required for future growth. Some of you may remember the issues we faced with TC2 as the population grew over time. This step will include creating some spawn buildings and clear land markings so that players can easily identify where they can go to start their survival adventure. New player information centres need to be setup so all new arrivals to TC3 go through a quick reminder about what is required, and expected, by everyone in the extended Towncraft Family.
While this is being done we have to load up all the plugins required to give you the experience that you have been accustomed to on TC2. This is also up for review because of the hard work we have recently done with the main Lobby and separating the games into their own dedicated server. TC3’s performance should be vastly improved if we can get this step right and test everything along the way.
There is a good chance that we may open a test map from time to time just so we can perform load testing of plugins. These tests will be done on test maps and NOT the map we actually chose for TC3. Testing is a vital part of this process because we want to end up with a rock solid server that won’t suffer the issues we occasionally had with TC2. With your help we will be able to get this done correctly and we will all benefit in the long run.
Then there is the issue of players that have been with us for a long time and how do we ‘help’ them in the new world. Please remember that TC2 WILL NOT be closing down anytime soon. As long as players want to be in TC2 we will keep it running, even if that is weeks, months or many months from now. We have received loads of feedback on this matter and the general feeling is that TC3 should be a fresh start for all that wish to be a part of it. To seasoned Minecrafters this will not be such an issue because it is something that we do regularly ( I often start a single player map on hardcore just so I get that excitement of starting over).
We want to keep everyone happy about the new Survival map and that means listening to the majority of players. We are also working on a cross server reward system that could, for example, give you tokens from a game on Games Island that you could redeem in TC3 for diamond armor or even buy an extra plot in Creative. This is in development and while I cannot promise that it will work as described, I will assure you that we are giving it lots of thought.
Please do not get caught up in a rumor or a players motive to spread misinformation about what is or is not going to happen. There have been a few players that have tried to coerce the general player population into thinking that something is going to happen however unless it is specifically said by an Administrators it is probably not correct.
As you can see there is much to do and the pressure on our shoulders to get it right is immense… however I think we have done really well this last week or so and I am sure that in a few months we will all think back to Xmas 2014 and wonder what all the fuss was about.
As a reward for your patience we would like to give you something sooner rather than later and to that point ScriptJunkie and I hope to present something this week.
Please watch the website for more announcements