Our online store is down temporarily while I make some alterations to the donation ranks.
Some perks will be removed and some new ones added. I have not completely decided on the final new ranks as of yet.
All existing premium ranks will have the same features until they expire.
As you will most likely know, you are now able to change your Minecraft username to a new one, with a limit of one every 30 days.
Octopia is fully prepared for this and you shouldn't notice any difference. We have however brought in a new rule which applies to usernames. Accounts with usernames which are of an obscene or rude nature, will be permanently banned. You will then have to change your name to something appropriate, once you have done this make a ban appeal and you will be unbanned.
When considering changing your username, make sure to consider the following:
Do I actually need to change my username?
Will people know it is me when I change it?
Could my new username offend someone, or does it break any rules?
Please note, unless you have donated, you are not permitted a nickname on Octopia. Staff will not give you a nickname.
The only plugin that is effected by name changing is Towny. That has not yet been updated to work fully with UUIDs....
30 minutes ago I received multiple error reports via email from our host saying that our hard drive had failed. It is no longer functioning and all data that was on it is not recoverable.
This means that unfortunately the server was deleted. There is literally nothing I can do right now to get the server back as it was today, it is completely out of my control.
What I am doing however is restoring the last backup which was sent to our off-site backup server and this was on the 19th January 2015. This then means that there is a 2 day rollback. I am extremely sorry about this and am working as quickly as possible to get the server back online.
The server has been restored from our last backup off the server on the 19th.
Stats won't have changed and you may find you are ranked up few ranks randomly.
Our creative inventory logging systems database has also been salvaged, this may result in some players possibly having their inventories.
-=[ Octopia Ranks and Goals ]=- This was a lot of effort behind the scenes, but here we go.
[ Overview ]
Previously Octopia has run on a donation only system, with donators getting special commands and perks. Everyone could play for free and do whatever they liked, but the additional features were reserved. This was fine for a good while until Mojang released the updated EULA which said, among other things, that servers can't sell access to some players and withhold it from others.
This was a bit of a problem, because Octopia relies solely on donators to cover costs. To combat this issue -and to roll out a bunch of new challenges for everyone- we've created Ranks and Goals.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and to also thank you all for playing on Octopia throughout this year. I would also like to thank all of our dedicated staffing team who spend so much time making sure the server is a safe and enjoyable place to play Minecraft. In addition to this I would like to make a special mention to all of our donators, without them we would not be able to keep running.
Once again I wish you a very Merry Christmas.
As per usual, here is the Christmas message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Ladies, Gentlemen, Slugdug: We are proud to announce Octopia is transitioning to a full 1.8 map. Over the last year we've had more than seven thousand unique players log on and more than a hundred regulars. More than five millions blocks have been placed, dug up or smelted; all of this comes together into one seriously chewed up map. Time for a restart.
Some new map benefits:
Over 22,000 meters wide -- that's a lot of build room
All new terrain types: Mega Taiga, Bryce Mesa, more
New block types, from andesite to gravel.
Ungriefed structures, including Ocean Monuments
Complete inventory restart: No "OP" equipment
Current donators will keep their perks, with some minor changes due to plugin compatibility issues.
The Gentlemen's Club will be copied over, so explorers may unexpectedly come across a very nice surprise.
The economy is also being reset, so you will start with $0.