News & Updates
What to Expect between now and the Reset
We're scheduled to reset on Sunday, October 1st, 2017 around 1PM EST. This particular reset, I, as well as the rest of Par, are taking a different approach to handling the reset for this season. Instead of running the current map until the last day and unleashing a plethora of updates all at once, we're breaking this process into smaller pieces to hopefully make this reset the smoothest possible. I will outline the important bits you need to know and when to expect them being pushed through the pipeline all the way up to launch day. So lets start with, September 23rd, 2017 (the day of this writing) and go up to launch day. For clarity, our current map is referred to as Season 3, and the reset is Season 4.
September 23rd, 2017
The MAIN server has been shutdown to allow for cleanup operations with our files and databases. Part of our mission to provide the resources made available requires an intense amount of disk space and machine resources. Between this day and the 26th, we have approximately 487GB of data to clean out from our systems. approximately 361GB was taken up by the DynMap and roughly 126GB was taken up from our CoreProtect database.
September 24, 2017
By now, Season 4 will be loaded up on an internal server not accessible by the player base so that HC can pregenerate the world to some degree. Once some basic pregeneration is complete, the world border will be shrunk to a 1k radius from the 0,0 coordinates. Season 4's spawn will be located at 0,0 like season 2. At this point the Interior will be given access with Parliament to get districts laid out, spawn chunks marked, and some roads laid down in the districts to make choosing locations to build much easier. The worldborder is restricted to this small radius to keep the Interior and Parliament focused on preparations and to assure you all that no one is rushing out to claim land for their bases.
September 26th, 2017
There will be a post put up about new changes coming in Season 4 to keep is active and filled up with projects, events, and things to do than any other season. While most of the details will come in the post, I will say it involves a continual rotation of public works projects people to work on, new medals, and new events scheduling.
September 27, 2017
The Season 3 world download will be made available (as well as the previous map downloads if I can find the links) for anyone who wants to check it out. The Season 3 map will be set to creative in preparation for destroying it before the Season 4 launch. Season 4 will be moved from the internal server to MAIN so that we can finish pregenerating the world begin to render the Dynmap. Season 4 will start out at a 10k radius.
September 28th, 2017
At this point, Parliament will be prepping a mass emailer to everyone registered on the forums. We would encourage all of you to spread the hype and try to get the word out to as many people as possible. The emailer should be sent out on this day, if not the day after on September 29th, 2017. There will also be a post on this day to launch a monthly voting raffle for a $10 Steam gift card to the winner. This is for anyone participating in voting for us on server lists. More information will come with that announcement
September 29th, 2017
If dynmap is able to finish rendering Season 4, it will be made available to everyone to check out the map and find a base location, see where spawn is located and check out the districts. If dynmap is not completely rendered, then it may not be made available until after the TNT party on September 30th.
September 30th, 2017 - TNT PARTY
Hopefully first thing in the morning around 8AM to 9AM EST, Season 4 will be completely prepped and we'll shutdown the map and bring back Season 3 in creative mode for the TNT party. The whitelist will be opened back up to everyone to start blowing stuff up! At the end of the day close to 11PM EST, Season 3 will be shutdown and deleted. We'll then load up Season 4 with the Interior and Staff whitelisted to finalize preparations.
October 1st, 2017 - LAUNCH DAY
All preparations should be complete prior to launch day, but just as a final precautionary step we'll be taking one last glance over everything to double check. The last steps to launch are expanding the world border from 1k to 10k as planned, then do a reboot to check plugins and verify they are all working as intended. Once that is complete we will swap out whitelists and kick it off!
I hope this clears up any questions you may have about the upcoming reset. A countdown timer has been put up on the home page of the website for anyone who is wondering how much longer it will be. If you have any questions, please use the discussion thread paired with this announcement. A link is given below.
A Reset and a New Chapter
It seems like only yesterday that we started this current map. We've had some great times, shared a lot of laughs, seen a lot of members (new and old) come and go, and have seen cities and bases rise and fall.
But now it's time for the next chapter.
Citizens of Everneth, it is my duty as King to inform you that on October 1st, we shall be resetting the map. I know I said before that we would be making a second vote for this, but after Parliament discussed the issue and after seeing overwhelming support for the idea, we felt it was necessary to go ahead with the reset plans.
Of course, there are still many things to be discussed and sorted out before the deadline hits, so until then, prepare yourself for news/rikileaks, and some public discussions on how we will proceed. I can tell you the theme for the next spawn though. That theme shall be...NO THEME! That's right, we're going back to the good ol' days of Everneth, and going back to our roots with a free-building theme for spawn. Let your imagination run wild, and may your hands make wonderfully unique buildings for Spawn City.
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Now that the reset has been announced, there is one other thing that needs to be said.
When October 1st and the reset arrives, I will be effectively stepping down as King, and Faceman will be reinstated as King. I know this announcement may come to a shock for a lot of you, but I feel that while I've had a good run, leading a server just isn't my thing. However, this does not mean I will be leaving Staff behind. Face has offered me the position of Duke, and I have accepted. Until the reset arrives, however, I will remain King and will be helping Parliament in the reset planning.
Do not think that I was pressured into this by anyone. This is a decision I have made on my own. While I do wish in some ways that I could continue to be your King, I think that for now, the role is better suited for someone who is simply more experienced than me.
Until then, I shall remain your King and do everything in my power to make this transition as easy as possible for everyone.
GLORY TO EVERNETH!
Fifth Passing of the Blades
Aye, 3 months have passed and today, September 1st, 2017, marks the end of Everneth's 5th Parliament and Council. The Elections ended mere hours ago, and the public has decided that lopp is to fulfill EarthCube's legacy as a Baron of the realm.
The ceremony is to be held at SPAWN, on September 2nd at 1pm EST (Standard Event Time). While it is short notice, attendance of this traditional spectacle is much appreciated by the Crown! It is then that Earth shall be seen to pass on his official Blade of Parliament. Your full support as a community is needed to help these events remain a possibility, especially given the recent hefty changes within our ranks.
What is the Order of Everneth?
Our community is in constant expansion, so for those who do not know what the Order is; the Order was originally founded on August 30th, 2016 at the closure of Term 1 as a means of elevating the old "Distinguished Member Medal" to something more meaningful. You may have seen people in game with the Sir or Lady titles. This is the Order's rank shown. To give a quote from the old post:Quote
In order to become a member of the Order, one must go above and beyond expectations and truly dedicate themselves to this community. This honor will be difficult to obtain and must be so to maintain its integrity.
The intention is that this honor is difficult to get. Much like real life honors, going above and beyond is absolutely a minimum requirement before the Order is even considered to be given to someone. Most of those who have been inducted to the Order are past and present staff. It's not secret that its skewed this way, but Staff have been given an extra opportunity to serve this community and those who have been exceptional and representing what Everneth is meant to be have been awarded appropriately.
If you are aiming for the Order, I encourage you to aim high and don't give up. Keep in mind that you need to go beyond the lower precedence awards (King's Cross, Virtuous Medal, et al) and truly make your mark among the cornerstone of this community. This doesn't mean budding up with staff, and simply working silently away at your base. Get involved, engage with people, participate, and contribute in the best way you can.
As a final note, make sure to wish lopp the best of luck in his servitude to the realm!
Glory to the Order!
Evernethian Council Election
Nominations for the elected Council members have closed - we have our finalists, and hence, we begin the final vote! Our finalists for this seat are as follows:
Our anonymous polls will be open until 11:59 PM EST on August 31st (Thursday), at which point votes will no longer be able to be cast. Until then, however, you are free to cast your votes as you please. The winners' term as Council members will begin on September 1st 2017 and last until November 31st 2017.
As the purpose of these elections are to give Evernethian Citizens a voice in the management of the server, we strongly encourage each and every one of you to cast your votes and let your voice be heard. Thank you, and as for the candidates: good luck!
To Reset, or not reset? That is the question.
It has come to my attention that a reset has been called for by several people. To some, this is the worst news in a long time, but to others, this is possibly a dream come true.
I am not here to debate whether or not this is a good idea. The purpose of this post is to gauge public opinion and to see what people really want.
Personally, I think that this map still has life in it, and would love to see it continue for at least a few more months. However, if the majority thinks otherwise, then we shall decide what to do and where to go from there. Until then, please vote now. The future of Everneth will depend on what you decide.
I only ask that you think very carefully about your decision before you make it. Remember, this isn't just for you, but for the community as a whole.
Glory to the Order, and long live Everneth!