As some of you may already know if you’ve been checking the steam group page, the official download for the old server files is now online. Fair warning, these files are quite large, about 10.5~11gb in total size and unpacked are well over 30gb. I apologize for the long delay in getting these files online, the problem stemmed from the fact that I have a very limited bandwidth connection, so uploading a large file is somewhat difficult. But in any event, it’s available for download now on DropBox, and probably will be for the next few months. I’ll have to take it down eventually purely owing to the fact that DropBox hosting of large files isn’t free, but it will be available for the foreseeable future.
Now it should be mentioned that you will need WinRAR or 7Zip to open the file archives. After that installation is simple, if you’re using it for a single player game, copy the world files to your save game folder (typically found under C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\saves). It should appear in your save selection when you next launch Minecraft. You should also feel free to use the files on your own private servers, if you have the space for it.
The next bit of news is that we need new admins and recruiters to manage the server.
As some of you may already know, I currently run the Morrowind Modding Showcases channel on YouTube, which was recently featured by Bethesda Softworks (aka the guys who made Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim) on their blog last week. The channel is a ton of work to maintain, growing from the original format of one video a week showcasing 12 mods from the community to a channel of over 70 videos, with an official schedule of four videos a week (though that’s rarely met), including trailers, modder interviews, mod reviews, and the core showcases. The point is, I now spend some 30+ hours a week working on the channel, pretty much all of my spare time, so I don’t quite have the ability to successfully monitor the server like I used to.
At the same time, many of our core staff are no longer around to assist either, which means there’s no one around to help, and no one around to direct recruitment either. I would like to get three new admins on the server to help keep things under control. If you’re interested in the position, please post your qualifications in the Admin Requests section of the forums. Please include your age, time with the server, and any past moderating experiences you may have. I’ll consider all applications and approve people for adminship on a person-by-person basis.
In yet other news, we’re still behind on server plugins. I would like to take the next few weeks to track down plugins to replace our missing grief protection plugins before opening up the server once again to recruitment. Once recruitment is open though, I would like to get a couple of dedicated recruiters to make the rounds of the various server advertising websites. Finally, our current spawn is something of a mess. It’s disorganized and just flings people out into the wilderness without much preparation. If someone has a plan for a new spawn design, I would be open to hearing it and I would be happy to provide the materials for it.
On a closing note, I would like to reassure everyone that I do plan to keep paying for the server for the foreseeable future, even if I’m not around much to directly overlook things.