Feels like I say this almost every blog now but it has been a while since I've written one of these!
Since the last staff blog a whole lot has happened but mainly Skyblock, which you can read about here.
Skyblock changes since the announcement
- We've expanded the shop to include some more items previously unobtainable, and you can suggest more items in suggestions.
- We've added /xpbottle and /ptime to the permissions pack
- Optimisations to reduce lag (these are ongoing)
- Several bug fixes like removing /is minishop
- Added a bulk sell option to the shop
- Added playershops
- We've introduced an /is trust command - it's like /is coop but isn't removed if you log out.
- Preparing behind the scenes for a cool future update
- Preparing some more builds for some cool future stuff!
- On Friday we'll be adding a few new suffixes for Black Friday and doing...
About 6 or 7 months ago we took over Skyblock from a server Jack used to own - EvoPvP - that was closing down. Since then very little changes or updates have been made to the gamemode and it has turned into a lovely little community of its own on Skycade.
After so many months without updates or changes, and after so many suggestions we came up with a comprehensive plan for improving Skyblock. Unfortunately for many of these changes to take effect we need to reset (you'll understand when you read the list). On the 18th of November Skyblock will be resetting and we'll be relaunching it as a massively improved and hopefully rejuvenated gamemode! The new Skyblock will be 1.12.1 to let you all use the cool new blocks and such.
The gamemode is changing quite massively, we think it's for the better and hopefully you will too! Here's a list of changes/updates we're introducing for the new and improved gamemode:
As you may know, with Skycade factions now supporting 1.8, quite a bit of Jack's official texture pack has been broken. This update fixes everything!
-Removed most of the 3D textures. Sadly, this was the most broken thing with 1.8. Doors, Trapdoors, Cakes, and Lily Pads are the only remaining 3D textures.
-Added new paintings! All updated with new, fancy fan art!
-Grass and trees now have a default colormap, no more of the ugly, bright green!
-SHORT SWORDS. Ask, and you shall receive.
-A fancy custom title for the title screen, and some nice new splash text. Includes (most) of the suffixes!
-Beetroots have been replaced with Eggplants!!!
-Fixed a few bugs where some texture variations would break. These include:
-Red Mushroom Blocks
-And many more!
-And, finally, a small easter egg. PM me if you find it, first one to find it...
It's time... to face... THE MUSIC. No, it's time to have a Skyblock competition. The competition is simple: build something Halloween themed on Skyblock and post your screenshots below (use imgur or some other website, or embed them). There are a couple rules to this competition that you must follow.
It MUST be Halloween themed!
You cannot submit a screenshot of another person’s island unless you have their permission.
Make sure to include your username in your reply to this thread!
Prizes? YES! We'll be choosing 5 winners, each of which will receive a ProBuilder suffix as well as 10 crate keys. If you already have the ProBuilder suffix we'll get you another.
AHHHH! THERE'S SO MUCH TO MENTION IN THIS UPDATES BLOG AND IT'S ALL SO COOL SO I'M TYPING IN CAPS TO SHOW HOW COOL AND EXCITING IT IS AHHHH! (cringe)
Factions and OPFactions
The following updates will be released on Saturday, October 14th! The server will be going down for an hour at 5pm BST to 6pm BST so we can implement these awesome changes, and when we're back up they'll be there for you to enjoy. We'll be hosting the first Conquests at 7pm BST (OPFacs) and 8pm BST (ClassicFacs) that very evening!
Conquest is a PvP event focused in one big building. There are capture zones that if someone stands on they start 'capturing' and earning points for their faction, they keep earning points until they are hit off of the zone or they win! The 3 factions with the most points at the end will win f top points and some keys.
These will be hosted less often than Airdrops because they're worth more f top points and we really expect you...
A couple of weeks ago we announced that youtubers @Generzon & @Char would be joining the Skycade team and recording content for OP Factions. In that short space of time collectively they have already released 14 Skycade related videos! Big shoutout to them for helping make OP Factions currently our most popular gamemode!
Today I am excited to announce that @falsesymmetry will also be joining the Skycade team! She is a great youtuber with over 100,000 subscribers!! False will be recording content for SMP. I am sure you are aware that SMP has a lot of potential but recently the player count has died down a lot. I am sure that False will help bring the gamemode back to life and I am excited to watch her first episode.
We are currently doing a round of maintenance on our website, this mainly in result to the mail issues we've been having on the forums. E-mails currently are being send out again, for the rest of the day there may be small amounts of downtime of 5 to 20 minutes.
So since the last staff blog a lot has happened including the launch of OP Factions and Classic Factions, these launches went awesomely and we didn't expect such a good response! The jump in players has been fantastic to see and we hope you're all enjoying yourselves. This increase in players comes with its downsides, including more hackers and a busy busy chat! We've taken steps to alleviate this by making changes to how the staff team functions. You can read about that here. But that leads me onto my next point...
Staff Applications are OPEN! This won't be news to those of you that have played for a while, as they're always open. But for the new players or those that might've not known, we have applications for helper and we're in need of more staff so if you're interested and feel you could do the job then feel free to apply...
I am pleased to announce that tonight at 8pm BST the Purge will commence.
- Hacking is allowed on factions.
- Normal chat rules still apply.
- Alt limit still applies.
- FACTIONS ONLY. Hacking on Skyblock, SMP or KitPvP is not allowed.
- PvP will be enabled at spawn.
- At some point after 8pm spawn will be unclaimed and you'll be able to grief the joint.
- The player count will likely be limited initially to TRY and prevent lag.
- There WILL be lag at various points during this event. Don't shout at us, you scumbags want this.
- This runs from 8pm until we go down tomorrow for the reset. Anyone hacking after we reset / launch should be banned.
We will announce on twitter and ingame when the Purge kit becomes available on the store (should be in about an hour). Once purchased you'll be able to /kit purge every 15 minutes and redeem OP gear, you'll also get the rare dark red name tag that will last...