Due to some extreme ore generation issues with our old terrain generator, Epic World Generator (EWG), I was forced to reset the main world on the server.
The problem was discovered when someone started finding an unusually large amount of ores in the main world. Upon further investigation, I discovered that there were chunks that were made entirely out of ores. I name these "ore chunks".In this area, there were multiple ore chunks generated. 3 of them in a 200 block radius. This issue happened before when Gingy first started over a year ago. These issues were supposedly fixed many EWG versions ago, but after this discovery, I can confirm that this bug is definitely not fixed.
Previously, when I first discovered this ore generation bug, I had to completely ban ores in the main world, forcing people to mine in the resource world exclusively. I made it so people could only mine a small amount of ores before disallowing the block to be broken, and sending a message. As you can probably imagine, this was not ideal. This caused many issues and complaints which I really want to avoid. So, instead of doing this I decided to try using anvil to remove the ores completely. This is a very risky operation, because it is changing billions of blocks extremely quickly, and with no validation checks. I was hoping this would go smoothly regardless, but unfortunately it caused many chunks in the world to become corrupted, crashing the server whenever anybody tried to enter them. So back to drawing board.
After a lot of thought, I came up with two other solutions to our problem. One was to change it so whenever somebody an ore in the main world, it would drop stone instead of the ore. The second option was to do a complete world reset. I decided on the second option, because if you joined a server and the ores dropped stone instead of ores, would you stay on that server? I doubt you would. There was hesitation within the staff team about reseting the world, but I really thought it was necessary in these circumstances so I went through with it anyway.
Open Terrain Generator (Biome Bundle)
Because we were doing a world reset, this was an opportunity to change our terrain generator. I added a poll where people could vote for the EWG terrain with ores removed, OTG's Biome Bundle, or simple vanilla generation. At the time of making my decision, the results were 11 OTG, 1 EWG, 0 Vanilla. The polls hugely favored OTG, so there was quite easy to make a decision on this. You guys clearly wanted OTG. Personally I am happy to make the switch as well, (I voted for OTG too), because EWG is extremely limited in what it can do, is buggy, has poor support/documentation, and overall is an inferior terrain generator.
To those who are unfamiliar with Biome Bundle, it is a gigantic mega pack of biomes. Definitely the biggest biome pack out there currently on minecraft. It has over 400 biomes and 2000 structures. You will not be disappointed in the quantity of biomes and structures in this pack. For more information, check out their Spigot Page.
Moving Your Stuff
I am going to be keeping of the old world for a limited time, so you guys can transfer items. Once it looks like everybody has finished transferring their items, I will be deleting the world.
- You can transfer items by going to your town spawn or homes and bringing them back to the new world. Access the new world by doing /spawn. From there, do /rtp to teleport to a random location.
- You can transfer your builds by contacting either MidnightSugar, or Dzynes in game. We will copy over your builds to the new world using worldedit.
- Because I had to rollback the server after the world got corrupted by anvil, you may have lost some things. I will gladly return any items. However if I see this being abused, then you will lose your privilege of getting any items in the future if anything like this happens again.
You can now lock your chests if you are within a town. Do /lock to get information on how to lock your chests. The reason why chests can only be put in towns is because of the no griefing rule currently in place. If you are in the wild, then griefing is allowed. This includes stealing from chests. So, if you decide to not live in a town, this is a risk you will have to take. Also, note that if your town falls, all signs (and locks) inside your town will be deleted, making them open to be raided. So be sure to pay your upkeep!
In Other News
- Weapon/Armor drop chances from mobs have been reworked
- Griefing is no longer allowed within 32 blocks from a town claim
- Xp on leveled mobs now scales by level
- Baby zombies, baby pigmen, witches and cave spiders down less often, but drop more loot
- Baby zombies and baby pigmen have been nerfed
- Reverted enchanting back to vanilla
- Added more vote sites
- Added cumulative rewards to voting
- Added command aliases to /tgui
- Island Pro_Ninja has rejoined us as developer
- Added more slots per rank to /ah
We had a quiz event on Tuesday where I asked trivia questions in chat, and the first person to answer correctly got a crate key in chat! Not many people were able to participate as many people went to the end to fight the ender dragon right before we started. Future events will be given a day in advance so you guys are expecting it. I will also be announcing in discord right before starting you guys are less likely to miss it.
What to Expect
I am currently looking into adding some sort of pet plugin where you can upgrade your pets. This would put it in an extra goal for you guys to work for, and also prevent the issue of pets dying incredibly easy from the leveled mobs. You may see one of these pet plugins in a future update: UltimatePets, or Mypets.
Dungeons are still in a WIP. With all the issues happening with the old world, I was unable to put any progress into this. But hopefully we will make more progress on this now that that is all fixed.
Staff applications will likely be switched to a private ticketing system for more better privacy. Expect to see this quite soon. Also, the wiki still needs to be updated, so I will be picking away at that as well.
I will be adding some sort of referrel system to the server, so you can refer your friends and get rewarded for it. Don't be afraid to refer friends now though, because anybody you refer now, I will provide a reward for after I implement the system.