Welcome to the Creeper's Lab! This Minecraft website and community are here for your enjoyment: if you're not already playing with us, please don't hesitate to join. Newcomers welcome!
You don't need to register to quickly join and look around our survival server, but you will need to in order to play.
With 35 entrants tonight and 10 lots to be won, the odds were good for our players! The following have won a box full of goodies!
- Cha0sQc (big prize)
Congratulations to everyone! For those that haven't received their goodies directly, they have been delivered to your mailbox in Nether Central. One has been created for rpetersen, while Cha0sQc will find his items in a temporary doublechest on the middle floor.
Also, don't miss the building contest, which just launched!
People love building contests, but those often take a while to prepare. As such, I'm trying today something new: smaller-scale contests!
This special challenge has you working in a limited, 10x10 space to create an element of a botanical garden. What will you do? A floral arrangement? A nice fountain? A water display? Benches to take a break? Something else entirely? The choice is yours!
The contest area is Central's Seasonal Park, in the Residential District, located in the north side of the city. To get there, walk the paths heading north or use the Residential Line from underground in Grand Central Station.
* RULES *
Pick a lot, put your name on it (on the outside border is fine too), and get building! Due to the nature of the park, you own the lot from sky limit down to *5* blocks underground. Your working area is defined by the 10x10 grass square you've selected. Tree leaves can overhang in the pathways as long as they're not in the way, but be reasonable on this front.
Due to this contest being designed to fit within the park, only 20 lots are available for the taking. Once all places are taken, that's it, so be sure to head there early! One lot by person only.
UPDATE: All 20 lots have been claimed, that was fast!
The contest begins NOW and ends in two weeks, that is on August 2, 2014 at 23:59pm, Eastern Time.
* PRIZES *
Of course, what would a contest be without prizes? As this event is smaller in scale, so are the prizes. They might not be as impressive, but they definitely have a value for many of the players! Besides, you can always claim bragging rights!
- First place: Enchanted diamond sword, specialized for Wither Skeleton kills
- Second place: A set of potions geared toward PvP + a Dr. Cossack head
- Third place: Two enderchests for the careful explorer and builder!
Judging will take place after the contest period is over. The judges will go around and give a score out of ten on each entry. Evaluation criterias will be adhesion to the theme (botanical garden elements), overall quality of the build and best use of the space available.
The garden will remain on display afterwards, but might get temporarily swapped out for other events, such as Christmas time.
If this new formula is a success, smaller contests could be scheduled on a regular basis to cohabit with the larger-scale events we've done in the past. Comments on this are welcome, now and after the event!
You prefer the idea of larger contests, where you can go wild with your ideas? A new one is already in the planning stages, with more to follow, so stay tuned!
Some of you might be wondering what happens to the supplies of banned members. Are they burnt away? Sent to oblivion? Kept by the staff? Or are they simply forgotten away, left to rot in chests forever?
What actually happens is that the items are taken by a staff member and stored safely away. Once enough have been gathered, a raffle to redistribute the content among active players is organized... and that time is upon us! For this round, 10 chests of items are being prepared. They aren't all identical in content, but aim to have a similar value, and only focus on interesting items: there are no sticks or wheat seeds to be found!
To enter this raffle and get the chance to win, be sure to join us online or in chat next Events Night, this Saturday, between 9pm and midnight (Eastern time). You only need to show up during that period; you can leave whenever you want to. The winners will be determined shortly after midnight. Online winners will be able to claim their chest directly, while the rest will be delivered in the post office in Nether Central.
We haven't done such a raffle in a few months and we have acquired quite a bit of loot. As such, I highly suggest that you enter to win one of the 10 sets: the effort is definitely worth it!
A special announcement will also be made this Saturday, so join us in-game or keep an eye on this space for more information!
The dragon fight is popular, and everyone wants to have a shot at it! Unfortunately, my previous method to reset the End world broke when we updated to 1.7.9. I now have a better alternative!
Starting today, after the dragon is killed, the End will automatically reset 24 hours later. This allows more battles to happen without any manual action, while still opening a time window for those looking to gather some precious moon cheese and obsidian. If a player is in the End after the timer expires, the reset will be placed on hold until he leaves, so there's no danger of a sudden dragon appearance.
I'm happy to release today a brand new look for the website of the Creeper's Lab!
While the previous appearance of the website had some charm, I felt like it was overdue for a redesign, hopefully giving it a somewhat more professional appearance and a better structure. I've been slowly working on this for the past few months, leading to what you're seeing today. An additional motivation for this was to have a layout that would better support multiple servers in the future, with everything related to each one regrouped in easily noticed sections.
The information for each server is now color-coded. The Creeper's Lab, both as a website and a network, is keeping the green creeper beaker as its main logo. The survival server will adopt a new squid beaker along with a dark blue theme. The upcoming server, due to its expanded range of PvP and fighting options, will use a blaze beaker and a related orange color. These logos will appear in your Minecraft client's servers list, on each news item when viewed on the website, and in the right menu bar. That way, you can quickly identify which part of the Creeper's Lab is affected with a news update or some key information.
You can easily see a result of this in the right menu bar, where the IP address of the server is always visible along with the current server version and what versions of the Minecraft client are compatible with it. This will hopefully make it easier for new and current players to find their way around quickly.
Among some of the other changes on this new website:
- A new dropdown menu, which will work better with some web browsers.
- Links to all pages, including past contest results.
- Clarified rules with some extra information.
- And some other surprises!
As such, I invite you to click around, discover what's new, and reply to this news post with your comments! Also, be sure to report anything that might look wrong on your end. While I ran multiple tests over the last few weeks, it's possible that something escaped me! I want your feedback!
To go with yesterday's staff changes, Sphenicus has updated the server's resource pack to update the staff portraits and include a few surprises. If you disabled the automatic download option, grab it now!
If you're having trouble getting the add-ons to work, please note that Minecraft 1.7.9 changed how those are managed. This new FAQ entry will explain how to manage this:
Q: The glorious add-ons you provided aren't working! WHAT DO?
A: Make sure you have both packs active and that the add-on is listed ABOVE the main pack on the active list. If it's still not working then it's Mojang's fault like everything else. To fix this all ya gotta do is go to your server list and click "Edit" for the Creeper's Lab server. Then disable the server resource pack option. From there you might have to redownload the base pack, but after that you should be good.
As I've posted last week, the time has come to name new people to assist as part of the staff. Many applied, a few were picked; thank you everyone for your interest in helping others!
Without further delay, I'm happy to announce that UnknownEntity634 has been promoted to Op status, while both Septina and Skreelink have obtained Helper status. Congratulations to the three of you! You will all be receiving a forum PM shortly with the details of your new positions.
I'd also like to take a moment to thank everyone, including regular players, who's been helping the new players since the whitelist procedure change. Many of the new faces have had questions about the process and many of you stepped forward to offer help. I very much appreciate how the community responded to this change!
The server is doing well overall, with more people getting involved and events happening on a regular basis. The new whitelist procedure, recently introduced, means that many new visitors need some guidance in getting registered to join us properly. As it happens, some among the current staff are also being kept busy by various things outside of the game. As such, I'm now looking to add a few people to the roster. This includes at least 1 op, 1 helper, and 1 YouTube/Twitch creator.
As a reminder, the tasks of a helper are focused mostly on helping the community by answering questions, with a much smaller focus on special commands than ops. This includes:
- Greeting the new players and answering any questions they might have
- Checking on those players to make sure they understand and follow the rules
- Getting players unstuck due to server bugs (it happens!)
- As a last resort, kicking and/or banning troublesome players
Being an op involves the above plus the following:
- Fix broken permissions
- Protect the player's creations as requested
- Investigate ongoing issues
- Promote players to the trusted status
The focus of the YouTube/Twitch creator is two-fold. Such a person could produce new videos showcasing the server itself, our builds and ongoing events, then post them on our YouTube channel for the world to see. While others might contribute episodes once in a while, whoever applies to this position should expect to be the primary content creator. Alternatively, such a person could also use our official Twitch.tv channel to stream and create highlights of their ongoing play sessions and events on the server. You're free to apply to one side or both of the video aspect. If you've already done videos before, don't hesitate to send a sample link our way!
As usual, only registered and active players will be considered. If you haven't been around much in the past months and "promise to be online this time, for realz", you won't be considered. If you're interested and want to apply to a position (or two!), please send me (Dr. Cossack) a private message through the forums. People will be chosen about a week from now.
Please note that Krodane, inflammo and itsthesherf has been returned to trusted status due to inactivity. I appreciate the help that you gave while you could. Thank you!
The server has been updated to MC 1.7.9 today. Be sure to select the appropriate version in the Minecraft launcher ("Edit profile" -> "Use version: release 1.7.9") to be able to continue playing with us! This update brings bug fixes but no new gameplay features.
Notable is the fact that the server resource pack, if enabled, overwrites your current settings (including the add-ons we provide). Those who do want to install some add-ons, like Notato or the classic rock pack, might want to turn that off. To do so, in your servers select screen, select the "Creeper's Lab" option, hit the "Edit" button, and switch the "Server Resource Packs" option to "Disabled". You'll then need to manually install the base pack and all options.
Minecraft 1.7.10 coming soon
The next version, 1.7.10, is scheduled to be released this week. It is compatible with our current one, so you're free to update at your convenience.
8 contestants stepped into the arena, but only 1 could come out as victorious. The big question was: who?
In rounds featuring 2, 3 or 4 contestants at a time, the matches followed a tournament-style system featuring gradual elimination until one person stood at the top. The grand finale was a tight battle between iKatze and tranxalive, who had to win 2 out of the 3 matches. After a tie and some lenghty face-offs, tranxalive came on top to win the pot of 18 diamonds! Congratulations!
Thank you to all the participants and those who came to watch, either in-game or over someone else's shoulder!