by DoctorFeuer at 5:10 PM
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Hello Everyone,
I will be hosting a building contest with skywars maps over the next two weeks. The winner will get his or her map put into the map rotation on the skywars server.

There aren't any rules, except that the maps need to be 8 person free for all, with islands ringing a general center area. There also needs to be chests on the maps, generally a few on the starting island and then scattered about the center area. Items and gear does not need to be in these chests as they are determined by the plugin.

The maps can either be built on our own creative server or on your single player/multiplayer server. Note that if you choose to build anywhere off of sparkade, we will need the files of the world you built on.

Submit screenshots of the maps and attach them on a comment on THIS THREAD. Also be sure to include your In-Game Name and the theme, as well as any additional information you think I should know.

The winner(s) will be chosen in a couple of weeks, or as the maps are submitted. I will contact you directly through the forums if you are chosen. DO NOT CONTACT ME.

Good luck to everyone that participates! I hope to be blown away by these maps!
by DoctorFeuer at 6:03 PM
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Just some updates on the current version of 1.8 and how it is affecting the server:

At the time of writing this, 1.8 is extremely unstable and basically not suitable to run a server on, yet. Which means that we are currently running all versions fromn 1.7.2 - 1.8. However, the most stable versions are 1.7.2 and 1.7.5, so it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to use those two whilst on the server. Running 1.8 causes crashes when trading with villagers, as well as severe performance drops.

In addition to this, most if not all of our plugins are behind. There is nothing we can do to speed up this process, and we are left waiting on developers to update their plugins. The survival server is down as the main plugin that we run on it, Towny, has yet to be updated. On factions, mining spawners with a silk touch pick will not give the spawner as that plugin has not updated. Any other bugs found will be posted here.

Finally, due to the change in the way that player data is stored in 1.8, all enderchests and inventories of players were reset on 9/2/2014. There is no way we could have prevented this. NO ITEMS WILL BE REFUNDED. However, there may be some events shortly to give chances to get back some of the lost items. Stay updated on the forums about these.

On a side note, due to the now readily available forums, we will now be muting for all offenses that are reported to us, meaning you could be muted the next day for something you said the night before. Before, we would say that it was circumstantial and would have been acted on if any of us had seen it, but that is no...
by DoctorFeuer at 5:13 PM
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We have forums now. Whoo....
As far as when there is an EMERGENCY on the server, the fastest and easiest way to get a hold of me is through skype. My skype is DoctorFeuer, feel free to add me, but DO NOT CALL ME. I don't want to talk to you, just send your problem in a text message,

Acceptable Emergencies include someone blatantly hacking on the server right now (flying in circles), extreme language violations and continuation of the violations, or advertising and continuation of advertising spam.

THIS DOES NOT REPLACE FILING A FULL REPORT AND COMPLAINT ON THE FORUMS. It is still expected for you to do this so we have a record of it. Rather, this is to resolve a severe problem immediately.

This is my own personal preference and does not hold true with the other mods.
by Mike at 12:37 PM
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Welcome to the new official forums of Sparkade!
Please register and begin to post.

Anyway, here are some updates for everyone.

As of 10:18 AM est, all of our servers were updated to support 1.7.x and 1.8 logins. Unfortunately, this was a big update and caused some things to break. As of 9/2/2014, all players in factions have had their inventory and enderchests wiped. This was not something we planned on doing, rather something we were forced to do.
Towny is currently down, as there was not an update released for Towny as of yet. We will continue to seek an update. Once we have the updated version, it'll be released.

We have removed our online store, as we re-work our new ranks to comply with the Mojang EULA. Nothing will change, aside from the ability to buy items and commands that have an affect on the actually play of our games. These new ranks will be very appealing to all of our players. Please expect them by tomorrow, 9/3/2014.

After much thought, we have decided to deploy our own forums here for the server. The management team feels like this will be a more fit way to sort through issues, suggestions, and bring the community bonded together. These forums will be active from our staff team, we hope to see you guys and girls on here too!