ShadowBlox Basic Plots Server - Maybe Some Minigames too?

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Do you think this is a good idea?

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  1. ljlangley13

    ljlangley13 Luke Staff Member

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    Hey Everybody,

    I hope you all had a good weekend. Seen as though it's Monday I thought I'd try brighten up your week with a suggestion. So unfortunately right now I don't have the funds, time or resources needed to create one of these huge mega proxy servers with all the fancy stuff that popular servers have today. But then I realised, there's already tons of these servers anyway and honestly that wasn't what ShadowBlox was originally about. ShadowBlox was about having a great community, socialising and building together. We started out as a purely creative server. We also added Shadow Battle which was tons of fun and eventually a survival side of but, lets be honest, it was never really that big.

    I figured why not go for that gap in the market and implement a simple creative server. This server would be mainly plots based however I'd also like to add Minigames to create a bonding social aspect of ShadowBlox. The friendships we made that have even lasted to this day is something I am very proud of! The advantages of this are:

    • Plots are hard to grief therefore we wouldn't have to dedicated tons of time fixing griefs.
    • Although running any server can be expensive. This would be cheaper to run as it is not as resource intensive.
    • We can always expand in the future if the resources and funds become available.
    • We can reunite the community.
    • We can expand our community.
    • It's fun!
    • It's simple!
    • We can do creative build competitions.
    • It should help get the forums more active.
    • This time round we have a forum from the start therefore it's easier to discover and implement exactly what you guys want!
    • Countless more!
    To start out, for the worlds I'd probably have:
    • A Lobby - This would be where Spawn is at and have portals to all the other worlds.
    • WelcomeValley - This would have small plots for everyone. (Yes the name is a ToonTown reference)
    • MainPlots - Where the longer term players can build. The plots would be larger.
    • DonorPlots - A place for the donators to build but anyone would be able to walk round and look at the builds. The plots would be pretty large.
    • Minigames - Obviously where the Minigames are set.
    We can add more worlds later as desired for example a freebuild world and flatlands. Maybe even a competition plots?

    I figured we could have a similar rank structure to on ShadowBlox originally. The ranks I would suggest right now in order are:

    • Guest (Default Rank)
    • Newbie (One Vote)
    • Member (After you vote a few times)
    • Settler (Some more votes)
    • Veteran (For old ShadowBlox Players)
    • Baron (Donation)
    • Lord (Donation)
    • Emperor (Donation)
    • Supervisor (The staff rank)
    • Owner (Me)
    Just want to make it clear from the start that I am a student in my final year of university. Whilst I am in school I also work at least 30 hours a week. I am also working on other projects outside of Minecraft for ShadowBlox which hopefully you will love! I also like spending time with my girlfriend. All of this means I might not always have tons of time to invest in this so please don't be mad at me if I am not online on the server all that much. I'll make sure everything is always working on the technical side but I'm going to need support from you all in building a community again and making new people feel welcome. I know you guys will do that! You're all awesome :) I will however answer emails and check the forum as much as possible. Side note - If you ever need me the best way to contact me is either right here on the forum or email me at luke@shadowblox.com. I try and reply to all messages as fast as possible :)

    So yeah let me know if you guys think this is a good idea and what you would like to see so that we can start planning this. I want to use the forums so that you guys can all control the directions the server takes. Hopefully we can make this happen if there's enough demand. No promises though!

    I hope you all have a great week!
     
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    Definitely a good idea. If you don't have it, I still have the original permissions.yml that someone gave me. It works!

    Also, if we come back, I'd love to help out on the behind the scenes stuff. Not so much developing plugins, but I feel I can help configure them etc if you need a hand.
     
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    ljlangley13 Luke Staff Member

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    Thank you for emailing that to me!

    Awesome. I'm sure help will be needed at some point. I appreciate it :)
     
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    MainPlots - Where the longer term players can build. The plots would be larger.
    DonorPlots - A place for the donators to build but anyone would be able to walk round and look at the builds. The plots would be pretty large


    I remember seeing on some places that people don't really like plots nowadays as they can be quick restrictive in size. Of course we should have plots, as they are good for organised building (as long as we don't limit it to 1/player, perhaps 3/player), but perhaps the main focus should be on an open survival and creative (flat) world?

    I figured we could have a similar rank structure to on ShadowBlox originally. The ranks I would suggest right now in order are:
    • Guest (Default Rank)
    • Newbie (One Vote)
    • Member (After you vote a few times)
    • Settler (Some more votes)
    • Veteran (For old ShadowBlox Players)
    • Baron (Donation)
    • Lord (Donation)
    • Emperor (Donation)
    • Supervisor (The staff rank)
    • owner (Me)
    Instead of ranking on votes alone, perhaps we have the ranks go Guest -> Citizen with votes and Member -> Builder -> Designer based on time spent on the server. Rewarding players for playing on the server is much better imo, but making them vote to get a different rank initially should get them hooked. Of course we could try having an architect rank for gifted builders, and Veteran for long time players.

    What do you think about having Mod/Admin as separate ranks? I felt that was in some ways better, because people who you deemed trustworthy could almost run the server on your behalf, when sometimes Moderators can't always be trusted... ;)

    This is all my opinion, so do respond and tell me what you guys think.

    EDIT: After re-reading, I noticed your points about plots. While you have made some very valid points - since the community will probably be small if we get the server running soon would it really be that intensive on the server?
     
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    ljlangley13 Luke Staff Member

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    Yes I agree that we shouldn't significantly limit the amount of plots for most ranks. A limit for the default rank and even the rank/ ranks you can gain basically instantly after one or a few votes might be needed though to stop people griefing/ wasting plots when they actually have no intention to play on the server.

    I like the idea of recognising great builders and veteran players. Maybe though they could have a suffix on their name rather than a rank so that people who have the donation ranks can also be recognised?

    Honestly maybe but I feel like ShadowBlox is more than just Minecraft now therefore in game we probably wouldn't need Admin and Mod. Instead we'd just have trusted ShadowBlox volunteers who have access to the other resources? The staff specifically for Minecraft would be separate if that makes sense? Having said that though I'm not against having both Mod and Admin, just back in the day the Admin rank was fairly unused if I remember right?

    Thanks a lot for sharing your feedback!

    Overall, in regards to a MC server though the posts on the forum haven't gained significant appeal. I think people miss ShadowBlox but I'm concerned that if we open a server it would be used a lot at first then become dead quickly as people have moved on from Minecraft? Perhaps instead to reunite the community we could focus our efforts elsewhere? That's one reason I setup a forum because it can be applied to any game or anything at all really if that makes sense? It will also help stop are community dying. I want ShadowBlox to always be adapting to the next big thing not hung up on the past if that makes sense? This is not to say I'm against an MC server. I'm just concerned that the game is losing interest and that we could create a better community elsewhere?
     
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    Perhaps something like a podcast or a YouTube talk channel could be fun. Or talk streams.

    I do see your point about mod and admin, and yes, now you say that Admin was rarely used. So maybe we have a trusted rank and a staff rank for in the server.
     
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    ljlangley13 Luke Staff Member

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    Doing some kind of audio thing would be cool! Maybe start a separate thread about that in the suggestions area of the forums and we can discuss ideas there :) I have some already!

    Sounds good :)
     

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