Welcome to the Creeper's Lab! We have multiple Minecraft servers and an active community, mostly focused on playing Survival mode. We also have special games, events and contests! 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 main survival server, but you will need to in order to play. Register today!
They've been coming for a long time, but here they are at least!
First things first, my apologies for the time this took to happen. Right as the contest ended, Mojang released Minecraft 1.9, which required a lot of preparation time to upgrade the servers over. That led us right into April's event, which also needed to be focused on. Finally, a judge unfortunately dropped on me, so I eventually decided to have two instead of three.
Putting that behind us, both Toad_ and myself have gone entry to entry, judging your building skills and design sense. Many of you have made fiendishly difficult parkour tracks, and we can expect several players to go crazy trying to make it to the end! Without further wait, the winners!
First place - MountainB0Y
Second place - Coneva
Third place - xray275
Congratulations to all three, and to everyone else who entered! Once again, the top three winners have earned 50, 30 and 15 Merit Points respectively, while everyone else who at least began an entry earned 1 point. You can view the current rankings on the forums, while the entries along with judges comments are available on their own page. Note that I only listed entries that looked complete or close to be.
The next seasonal event will wrap up this initial run and will launch next week! Keep an eye on this space for more information!
On a related note, judging of the parkour courses has been done on MC 1.8.9 as they were designed for it. However, many of the challenges are no longer doable on 1.9: items like glass panes and iron fences, when placed unattached, will create a small pillar instead of the previous + shape. As such, several jumps are now impossible.
I'm asking all parkour designers to please check their challenges over and make the modifications necessary. The working copies are available from Central's TransHub, in the Game Dev portal. Those who never completed their entries are welcomed to continue their works, while newcomers are invited as well - there's room for everyone! In due time, the best tracks will be added to the "Games" section of the lobby, allowing anyone (even visitors!) to challenge them!
We've moved over to the latest Minecraft version, 1.9.4, which is no longer compatible with 1.9 to 1.9.2. Be sure to switch your version number before trying to join! This bug fix release is expected to improve on a lot of the server slowdowns that people have experienced lately.
I've used this opportunity to increase the protection options to cover most of 1.9's additions. Most notably, it's now impossible to teleport using chorus fruits in teleportation-blocked areas (which already denied enderpearls), and the Frost Walker enchantment will no longer create ice blocks within any protected regions. As a reminder, any region of your choosing, including houses and structures, can be protected against changes from anyone but yourself and a list of players that you explicitely allow. To take care of this, please get in touch with any op in-game.
Last but not least, I changed the spawn rate of Skeleton Horse traps some days ago to make them much less numerous. They now have a 3.3% chance of spawning for every lightning strike on Gondwana (hard mode), and 2.5% everywhere else (normal mode), which is 1/10 of the previous value. This effectively stopped the slowly growing and never stopping army of the undead that plagued several locations!
Minecraft 1.9.3 1.9.4 was finally released this morning by Mojang after a long-ish development cycle. Unfortunately, it's not compatible with Minecraft 1.9 to 1.9.2; additionally, some plugins will require an update before we can jump over. As such, please make sure to stay with an earlier version to continue playing with us!
I've updated the Help & Contribute page with some key changes. As a starting point, all mentions of "donations", "donate" and similar have been replaced with "contributions", "contribute" and so on. This is done to avoid business and legal issues with Paypal, considering that neither I nor the Creeper's Lab are registered charities anywhere. As many of you already know, any donations monetary contributions sent my way are used by myself to help cover servers costs and fund future developments. This is only a name change, and doesn't affect anything else.
Launch of a Patreon campaign!
I'd like to take a moment to talk about the Patreon campaign that I just launched!
For those who don't know, Patreon is a crowdfunding platform used to give money to content creators to support them in their ongoing projects. Unlike other platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, however, Patreon works on a monthly or by-release basis, engaging people for longer periods of time.
In this case, I chose to launch a Patreon campaign with a monthly target as the server costs are also monthly: this gives a opportunity for interested people to help on a regular basis, in a simple and centralized way. Note that this isn't strictly for Minecraft: the campaign is for all of my ongoing projects, of which Minecraft takes the largest share of time.
You can register for something as little as $1, $5, $10, or any amount you choose, every month. It's not a lot for you, but it can add up quickly on my end! You're also free to change the amount you give at any time, or even outright cancel straight from the website, as there's no minimum period.
To thank anyone who decides to jump in, I'm adding a few in-game rewards. The most notable one is the option to have a fancy particle trail following you whenever you go on the Minecraft servers! Dazzle others as they stare at your majestic show! For the full list, please see the campaign page.
As always, everyone will be considered equally, contributors and non-contributors alike. We're not going anywhere if nobody jumps in, although we could be going to new places if people get involved!
I invite you to check the page for the full details, and thank you for reading!
Laurasia was hit by a large griefing wave tonight and had to be partially restored from backups. This only affects the overworld side, and only in specific locations. As the backups used were about 40 hours old, it's possible that some of your builds and items in chests were lost. Personal inventories and enderchest should be fine. Please contact any helper or op and we'll reiumburse your losses.
Sorry for the inconvenience!
DynMap is back online!
The team behind DynMap finally found a workaround for the frozen entities problem that some of you saw during our tests on Nena. I've uploaded the newest version, so you can once again track yourself and others! The maps themselves need to be regenerated to include the latest changes; that's going to run for several hours at least.
FastCraft is back online!
The quick crafting utility makes its return as well, in a newly recoded version. As a reminder, FastCraft allows you to quickly craft items based on what's currently in your inventory, without needing to place items in the crafting grid first. This is disabled by default: type in /fc toggle to enable or disable it. It will display the new interface over any existing crafting table.
End resets disabled in Laurasia
Considering that I couldn't find any working solution to cleanly reset Laurasia's End, I've disabled that entirely. There will be no resets in the coming future, although that might return if something can be done about it. As such, any permanent construction work should still happen within Rodinia's End only.
First things first, I'd like to thank everyone who showed interest in helping. I got more answers than I expected, which is always a good sign for the community as a whole!
Without further delay, I'd like to introduce Primagen and Raegal as Helpers, Coneva and GingeKoda to maintain our Facebook page, plus CaptainVoxel on the Tumblr front! The latter three will get the Media rank as a sign of this. Congratulations to everyone! All of you will be getting a forum message shortly with the details on how to access your new abilities.
The YouTube and Twitch positions are still open as of now, anyone with a bit of experience on that front, please contact me!
Once again, thanks to everyone interested in helping!
The resource packs have been updated for Minecraft 1.9! There are no changes within this time around, only the version number was increased so that the game no longer complains that the files are outdated.
If you don't want to redownload any packs, you don't need to: just confirm when Minecraft complains that the pack was made for an older version of the game, and it will work just fine.
It has been a while since the last call as many people in the current staff roster have proven to have some serious staying power. I've been working on several additions to hopefully boost the population of the Creeper's Lab, and with the usually busy summer season coming up, I believe that now's the time to grow the staff ranks! This time around, I'm looking for at least or 1 or 2 Helpers, 1 YouTube / Twitch creator and 1 Social Media contact.
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
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! Depending of the applicant's interests, this could also be split in two positions.
The Social Media contact would help to post content and get involved with players on some of our social media channels, mostly for Facebook, Twitter and/or Tumblr. We've got fans who like all three networks, but these places have been pretty quiet lately. Hopefully, someone could add some energy to any of these networks by posting screenshots, community updates, asking people to exchange on specific subjects, and more! You can apply to post on any or all three of these, depending on what you're currently involved with. We want someone able to get and keep people engaged!
Note that only currently established and active players will be considered. To apply, please send me a private message through the forums. I'll announce the new staff members in a week or two from now, depending of the replies I get.
I'd like to take a moment to thank both Septina and WindRider739 who have helped us while they could. Wind was especially instrumental in setting up many of the Creeper's Lab's earliest attractions and community feel. They have both been returned to Trusted status for inactivity.
All survival servers have been updated to 1.9.2! This new version is backwards compatible with 1.9, so you can either stay on the old version or switch your Minecraft client to use the latest. Jumping over to 1.9.2 is still recommended so you get the latest bug fixes!
In other news, Skreelink has added something on his side of things: the return of the cinema server, now known as Mu!
For those not in the know, the cinema server allows several people to come online together, stand in a purpose-built theater, and watch a movie at the same time as other players! This is done through a special server and client mod allowing web pages, including video sites such as YouTube, to be displayed in-game.
Due to this special requirement, it's not possible to directly move from the Creeper's Lab or Miranda to Mu. Instead, you need to download and install a special Minecraft client running 1.7.10 and use that to connect to a dedicated address. The all-in-one setup makes it easy to get going.
This forum topic has all the detailed information you need, including how to install the modified Minecraft client, create your own cinema buildings and screens, and more!
In addition to Mu being launched, Miranda and Ouroboros have also been updated to 1.9.2.