A lot of these staff changes have been a long time coming, today is just the day I finally announce them.
New Staff Department: Designers. Designers are responsible for the following:
Planning and Organizing Server Wide Events.
Filter through suggestions, deeming what may work and what may not.
Plan out new features for the server in explicit detail.
Build / Recruit Builders for Server Wide Projects
Handle Creative Tasks.
This is to give the brainstorming / feature implementation part of the staff over to more of a group of players. The Administrative Department of Staff (Mods / TempMods / HeadMod) will focus solely on disciplinary issues.
djs2431 is being promoted to the Head Moderator position. This is the head of the Administrative department. This makes him responsible for making sure the Administrative Department is performing up to par.
The Head Designer has not been chosen yet and will be the head of...
So, the economy database locked up shortly after it was added. This means that most transactions / conversions of minerals did not save. I am terribly sorry for this, there is no record of who exchanged what, therefore I cannot restore anything. I had gone to back things up and everything went wrong.
I have converted our database to something new to prevent such a thing from happening again. Thankfully there wasn't TOO much invested in the economy, as it was less than 24 hours old. The economy is now safe to use. Again, for those that immediately put their entire stash of minerals into the economy, I apologize. (Always great to keep some out just in case).
Ironically enough, in my AP US History class we're studying The Great Depression. Coincidence? I think not!
As of today we have added the economy back. Here is the info you need to know for now.
This uses a new plugin that I developed, EtriaEconomy.
The currency name is Yuans.
You can exchange your minerals. Diamonds are 100 Yuans, Gold is 37.
You can make the exchanges in the little spawn area in the Lobby.
The reason we chose 37 Yuans for Gold is sort of complicated. I used WorldEdit to check how many diamonds / gold there was over 12 random unexplored chunks. Gold was obviously much more abundant than Diamond, so using proportions I was able to come to the figure 37.
To prevent the top players from going inactive, after 7 days of inactivity 10% of your economy balance will be thrown into the 'EtriaCraft' account.
Every 7 days after that without signing on another 10% will be taken off the top.
ChestShops are back, you can set them up for a small fee. (50 Yuans to create, you get 25 back when you destroy them -- so be careful!)...
The topic was debated within the staff and was eventually approved with an 8-1 vote.
Essentially, swearing and whatever has always been allowed in EtriaCraft so long as it wasn't done excessively. We found that it had become more of a problem, as such vulgarities are often directed toward other players. This is the fix. Most profane words will now be censored completely for the sake of the community. We have always advertised our server as being open for anyone to play, regardless of how young or how old. I know there are players as young as 9-10 on the server, there may be even younger I do not know about, regardless, these kids should not be exposed to such language without their full consent and...