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Towny or Factions? Your input needed!
Hi. As you might have noticed the server goes into LOCK MODE every now and then. You will see “Towny lock safe mode” at the top in your chat. This happens when one of the many towny config files has a small error and the plugin is unable to read the file. As a safety measure and to prevent further corruption or griefing it will lock up the server.

Fixing these errors is not complicated, usually, it takes 30 min at most but if I’m not close to my computer it can take hours before I can fix it.

So, we are considering, possibly, to switch back to Factions. It does mostly the same things. Also, we would set it up in a more friendly way. Not for destroying each-other!

Please vote below on your preference.

Which player grouping and land protection plugin do you prefer?

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Aeon Settlement by SonCaJun

Themed Buying And Selling
Having all of the shops in one area makes for boring gameplay, and for people without dedicated high-end graphics cards, it also means a serious drop in frames per second.

The original plan always was to have different shops for different regions, and now the server cities are nearing completing, we have started moving shops away from Sevendale. The first major one is a shop for nether related material. It is now to be found in the nether Sevendale station. The public nether portal is to be found up the stairs past the lumber mill.

New Shop Plugin
First we had QuickShops, which gave us nice floating icons above chests as well as signs on them. This was fine, however the plugin often lagged behind Minecraft releases, so we moved to Shopchests which was more up to date but did not feature signs on chests. In addition, we discovered last week that the chests would not work properly in the Nether.

While searching online for yet another alternative, we decided to grab a premium plugin, named ‘Shop.’ Yes, this was payed with our, already small, hosting budget but now we have a plugin that just works, is up to date, has all the features we want, and much more. Everyone can create shops that sell, buy, or barter items, and can choose how to display products between four display modes.

The 4 display modes for shops.

Staff can create gambling shops. the first one you will find is in Sevendale’s restaurant, ‘t’begijntje.’ For 150 in game dollars you can have a lucky draw which will randomly give you anything from dirt all the way to enchanted diamond armour, beacons, and that one thing you really want.

The lucky draw shop at t’begijntje restaurant in Sevendale.

The page with the shop plugin workings is available here.

Warp Plugin Has Been Replaced!
The outdated Pressure Warp plugin has been replaced with MyWarps, a newer plugin. There are no more pressure plates involved, unlike the old way of getting somewhere. Instead, people should now right-click on warp-signs to use them. The main ship at Sevendale has been redone, and other ships will follow this week.

Server Restarts
The PressureWarp plugin that is used by the warps in the spawn ships is very old. It hasn’t been updated since 2015 and while it was fine for a long time, it causes Java errors and crashes with the latest Minecraft server every other day. Same goes for Dynmap. Its up to date but these versions are always Dev versions, aka not finished products.

To combat this I’ve created a script that checks if the server is down every five minutes, so at the most anyone will see is five minutes of downtime.

I’m looking into an alternative to PressureWarp but I already know there isn’t one for Dynmap, as its a unique plugin.

     The Optifine Plugin!

Optifine is a small but powerful Minecraft mod that optimizes the game’s performance. Seeing there are still a lot of players on our server that don’t have Optifine installed, I’ve decided to make this little video.


As you can see it really makes a huge difference when it comes to areas that have signs, item frames, and redstone circuits. In this video I visited Technologics’ shop twice, first with a vanilla Minecraft client and then again with Optifine enabled. I chose his shop because he has several shops with signs and a running redstone circuit crammed into a small space.

From this video you can take away two things, first is to install Optifine; Its essential! Second, if you want to make your shop friendly for players to visit, do not have a redstone clock in it as it will murder their framerate.

Install Optifine by clicking here. if you click on the mirror link you will get 1 ad screen less. 😉