[8/29 Announcement] A Few End-of-Summer Words

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[8/29 Announcement] A Few End-of-Summer Words

Post by Hky » 3 weeks ago

Hello all,

A new school year is starting, so I am here to announce not only the recent changes, but also my own plans and what it will mean to GunColony.

I was a middle school student when I created the server – “The First Minecraft 3D Gun Server in the World” – and recruited its first team members such as Kiathro. I truly consider it a miracle that it has lived up to this day, and formed such an amazing community that I would never forget nor leave behind. This upcoming academic year, however, will be my fourth year of high school, and I have many more obligations now, from doing research projects to applying to my favorite colleges. Therefore, as school starts back up, I am now forced to cut back on my maintenance of the server in the short term.

I do not mean to abandon GunColony altogether. In fact, when I took a leave for a similar reason more than a year ago, it left a devastating effect on our playerbase, something that I am now trying my best to prevent. This time, I will keep an eye on the forums and Discord for any bug reports, staff applications, and emergency situations with our hosting. Also, I will continue to push out updates when possible. Furthermore, to make up for my relative inactivity, I am offloading much of my work to our staff members, who will gain more power over the administration of the server, have a larger team to collaborate with, and access new tools to help with moderation and creation. I will also continue to play my part in managing the team and providing both general and technical assistance to improve its efficiency.

During the past month, I have done much to solve the server’s utmost performance issues and management complication. As thoroughly explained in the changelog below, I have done a number of code changes to make it easier for our staff to spectate PVP matches and edit the arena world, and it is now also possible for builders to use item frames, armor stands, and paintings in their work. As well, I have upgraded our network performance and solved various optimization issues. Now, the server is an open and bug-free canvas for our staff members and players to each leave their marks on.

I expect myself to be busiest in the following two months, and remain relatively occupied in November and December. Once the college admissions season comes to an end at the turn of 2019, I will be available to work again. I sincerely hope that while I’m away, you will stay with us and help make GunColony a better place.

Best regards. Hky



Changelog:

GAMEPLAY

● Skeletons now have andesite damage particles, rather than iron blocks. The previous effect had the same texture as the headshot effect, which made headshots and bodyshots extra difficult to distinguish.
● Strays and Skeleton Horses now have the same damage particles as regular Skeletons.
● Blazes and Magma Cubes now have lava damage particles.
● Zombie Villagers, Husks, and Zombie Horses now have the same damage particles as regular Zombies.



RULES PAGE

Minor clarification updates to the Allowed Mods section of the Rules page. If you are currently using mods, please take a look at it again.



STAFF

● Promoted Rijam and Breaks to administrator, with access to the server files, console, and full in-game management
● Given pale1 moderator privileges alongside the existing Builder status
● Staff spectating of PVP arenas now puts them in the spectator mode, preventing interference with the players in match and allowing for freer movement when spectating
● Removed the temporary global prevention of item frame and painting destruction, which was meant to prevent staff members from accidentally damaging new maps that feature these assets.
● Added a new, custom protection method that only takes effect when a player is in-game, to allow staff members to maintain and edit maps normally when not in a game.



PERFORMANCE

● Upgraded to a better internet connection, with 300% better download speed, 250% better upload speed, and less ping
● Tweaked settings in the MySQL database for performance
● Identified and removed the source of unusual database stress in the website software – fixes long server lag spikes

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Post by Turbo » 3 weeks ago

I can't wait to be on soon enough.

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Post by ryanmoneyman » 3 weeks ago

We from the community and staff team hope for the best in your upcoming school year. And we humbly promise to keep the server healthy while you are there.

Best of luck! - ryanmoneyman.
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Post by TotalyRosssome » 3 weeks ago

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FiNnA nUt. School starts Tuesday and I will most definitely be more active because I don’t have any other bs to do besides getting forms signed and most likely homework on the first day. I will be busy if some asshole says ‘you forgot the homework’ or some variation.
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Post by Hky » 3 weeks ago

TotalyRosssome wrote:
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FiNnA nUt. School starts Tuesday and I will most definitely be more active because I don’t have any other bs to do besides getting forms signed and most likely homework on the first day. I will be busy if some asshole says ‘you forgot the homework’ or some variation.
Less spoilers please :?

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Post by SilverFlaming » 3 weeks ago

Good luck dude. :amused:
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Post by awesomepetie35 » 3 weeks ago

Congrats on the promotions Rijam, pale1, and Breaks, well deserved homies.

Hky, good luck with your college process. I am going through the same process so I wish you luck and hope you end up at one of your top choices (who knows maybe we have similar choices/destinations).

I’d also like to let people know that my internet is still bad so I’m not sure how soon I’ll be able to return to regular activity in game and on the server, however I will maintain my same activity on the forums and discord. I miss being able to play with you guys though and you guys should know that I unless I say that I’m quitting or make an announcement like that, I’m still going to be apart of the community.

Good luck with your school year everyone.
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Post by Trexar » 3 weeks ago

Auf wiedersehen, Hky. Good luck in all future affairs.
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Post by Turbo » 3 weeks ago

It's been a long day without you, my friend
And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
We've come a long way from where we began
Oh I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again
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Post by _VenoMs » 3 weeks ago

Good luck in college my friend, stay safe, and take care, thank you for your service to this community, and looking forward to hearing you graduate college.

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