As 2021 draws to a close, big changes are coming to the Frodlenet Minecraft server.
In 2022, we'll be making the server a truly public one, but a lot of preparation will be required before we can go ahead with that. In this blog post, and in future ones to come, we'll be setting out the changes we're making. Let's begin!
Transport: You Got Places To Be
Obviously this is a big one to me personally, but it's also important to the server as a whole. We've been busy improving transport within New Duck City and further afoot, with nicer looking rails, more informative signage and making the rail network generally more pleasant to use.
Frankie has been hard at work too setting up our new warp hub, the definitely not copyright protected TARDIS. This links cities together, and it's absolutely free to use! You'll still be able to use the regular /warp commands, though they will continue to have a cost.
In additional to rail and warp, we also hope to start selling vehicles soon! At first, we'll just be selling cars, but expect additional vehicles in future, with some perhaps even being special event rewards.
Events: Keep On Coming Back
The main measurement of success in making the server public will be maintaining a healthy and active playerbase, and we'll be putting new systems in place to keep people coming back. These plans haven't been finalised yet, but could include the following:
More regular/better organised special events (i.e Tryumf Tournament)
Daily login bonus
Rewards for upvoting the server on server listing sites
Player Experience: It Probably Matters
We know the new player experience needs a lot of attention, and we'll be working on this in several ways, with our Confluence site being central to this. We'll be posting guides on various subjects there, as well as links to helpful resources for the various gameplay changing plugins (Slimefun, Runecraft, Craftbook etc).
In addition to guides, we'll be adding a starter kit to the server that contains some essentials items to assist in getting started in Majoria, as well as a settler kit, which you'll have to purchase for a reasonable price, but will contain some special items and building resources ideal for setting up a new town.
Server Administration: Strong And Stable
Perhaps most important when running a public server will be all the behind the scenes administration. Many shall still remember The Cataclysm almost two years past, and we've learned a lot since then. Our backup practices are already strong, but we'll be moving backups to additional off-site locations in case the worst happens. We're also looking to move to a new and more powerful host fit for the future.
In more human terms, you can't administrate without administrators, and we'll be looking to add an extra admin to our humble team of two, though we've no deadline for when this will be done, and applications will be considered whenever presented to us.
We may also look to promote a few players to moderator status, though this will require some work on the technical side before we consider it further.
In Summary: Big Things Coming Soon?
Most people will likely not care about any of this, and that's just fine with us. Some will though, and those that do will also hopefully appreciate the details laid out here. Please do let us know if you have any concerns though, as we're always listening (honest). Contact us on Discord, or if you wish for something more formal, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time,