- GreasyTroll4 declared King after King Faceman 'conveniently' died in potential plot for ultimate power. Warwolf595 was soon to follow. To many, 'the end of an era'.
- Riots break out in the streets of Heuvel as many people dressed in Riot gear beat their citizens to death.
- The resurgence of the bot 'Momo', popular among young boys, raises questions.
- Breaking! 3 party-goers found dead in supposed Poolside Scandal.
- P_Puddles was found strangled to death after he made one bad pun too many.
- Aaronmango lashes out at Mojang's Lead Creative Designer, Jeb, after claiming the realm of Minecraft is headed downhill.
- Group gathers outside town hall when city bell rings, riot then forms when they realize it's another call to vote.
- Pandeoo caught smuggling 30 tons of shrooms, denies they belong to him.
- Sybillian was banned from all men's bathrooms today after an alleged peeking incident.
- DefendPopPunk has been reported missing for several months, no one has begun a search to this day.
- Zieon was spotted cleaving watermelons on his front porch using a bush axe that eventually drew a crowd to view this spectacle.
- Today EarthCube discovered that he had his identity stolen when reports of a "MarsCube" was arrested in Liverpool, UK and charged with 17 counts of identity fraud.
- Pandeoo earned a place in Everneth history as his awe-inspiring account of defeating the Ender Dragon ended with his own spontaneous combustion.
- Recent reports show that rolo_ is still not a huge can, unfortunately.
- 20JPorter was arrested for the 18th time last night performing a ritual to resummon the demon Formitiis. Bunkmate Sybillian is not amused.
- Parrots have been rare in the jungles lately; sources say they're hiding from Kaddaschatzi's gaze.
- The investigation into MoAboss16's supposed "perverted nature" has hit a wall; Kaddaschatzi still swears "he made me do it!"
News & Updates
I, Faceman, abdicate as your King
As I have always said in times like this: Timing is OP. I just want you all to know that this has been about 2 to 3 months in the making and wasn't at all influenced by recent events or anyone in particular. I've been a part of management and leadership of this community for 4 years as of today, and in the last 4 months my playtime has diminished to nearly non-existent levels. With those levels of activity, I can't dedicate myself fully to my role of King as I should. With this, I have put through Parliament the means to step down as King, but keep this place alive and running.
What on Earth(cube)?
The proposed idea is that I detach myself from the game and the management of Everneth to form an oversight committee with the name of Community Relations Council. The goal is to have nonpartisan members that do not play the game nor serve any official role in the community so that there is no existing bias to be had for personal gains. This is the following text in the amendment as proposed to Parliament:Quote
Community Relations Council
- The Community Relations Council (herein known as "CRC") is an unaffiliated and unbiased group managed by Faceman.
- The CRC is available to settle conflicts arising between staff and members.
- The members of the CRC are prohibited from playing as well as serving in any way, shape, or form as management of the community.
- The CRC reserves the authority to remove members of staff from the results of a vote of no confidence, or from a community petition to remove the King for reasons of corruption and outright abuse.
- The CRC reserves the right to amend this section with or without notice at any time as needed to fulfill its purpose and duties to the community.
- In order to dissolve staff, a vote of no confidence must be reached with a simple majority of staff at the time of the vote.
- The vote is to last for the standard 5 days to allow enough time to participate.
- In the event that a staff member must be removed for abuse/corruption reasons, the community is advised to contact the CRC directly instead of staff. It is suggested to have at least 10 people willing to sign off on possible corruption allegations.
To put this in perspective, I am basically the equivalent of a labor relations specialist that comes in for arbitration. If the community has a problem with leadership, I will step in to solve the problem and if needed: remove staff members. This way the community does not have to die out with my resignation and can continue on free from fear of corruption of the upcoming Kings to take my place in the throne. That aside, I am taking a sole technical role, helping the new King with system related things only. I will, as well as any other member of the CRC, have no affiliation with the staff from hence forth and no say in the day to day operations. The CRC and myself will be available for any problems that arise between players and staff and nothing further.
So who shall be king?
As laid out in the proposal to parliament, I am selecting my successor before fully detaching from my duties. As such I feel that it would best serve the community to name a well-respected player, long time adviser to me and other staff members, and just a plain old good friend to take my place. This player is none other than the one you all know and love: GreasyTroll4.
He began playing with this community almost 2 years ago and begun his first run at staff as a Moderator of the VanEvo community (our former namesake) and again began a similar role when Everneth was formalized a year ago. Since then he has risen to the level of Admin and continued that very same level of respect, likeness, and overall friendship to everyone here. He's had his ups and downs like we all do, but overall, I personally believe that he will be able to fill my shoes over time and eventually make his own mark on this community. Its my firm belief that while GT is at the helm, the CRC should never need to be called upon and that alone should be a good sign of faith to you all in trusting him while he gets the training wheels ripped off his bike and leads Everneth henceforth.
Lastly, I'd like to thank you all for being a part of this great server, and for tolerating me bumbling through as the owner of such a great group of people. Thank you so much!
Glory to the Order!
The King is dead. Long live the King!
Some guy in the CRC, technical adviser to the King
Even a King needs a break
Hey all! Recently I've been getting some increased IRL pressures that I need to come to terms with as well as needing a short break away from the helm. Most of the issue remains personal, the other portion is general fizzling out from being ye olde admin. That said, I am planning on a minimum 4 day hiatus away from almost everything (except on occasion steam), and then up to 3 more days after doing no admin work, but available on Discord and Skype.
During the break, Warwolf595 will be serving as regent as stipulated by the Charter in accordance to the rank of Duke, and GreasyTroll4 is appointed as Interim Chief Justice for any ban appeals that come in during my absence. In the event that there is an emergency (physical server crash, actual fire, etc), HC will be able to reach me as I will still be somewhat available via mobile.
This won't put a hold on the RP as its been managed as a group (which is fantastic btw, im loving the initiative thus far), and if this continues we should be well into the next few days. I WILL generate an event around day 5 of my hiatus but that will be the extend of my activity.
<3 you guys.
King of Everneth, Lord of the High Council
Chief Justice of the Realm
What is Steam Sunday?
Steam Sunday is a weekly event that ventures outside the realm of Minecraft, and into the wonderful world of Steam Games. Featuring several multiplayer experiences, we take the opportunity to play various in both competitive and co-operative playstyles. The idea was initially brought up by none other than Face, and through weeks of planning, debating, and logo-creationing (Yes, that's a word), Steam Sunday was surfaced as another Evernethian event. Current games in the roster include Age of Empires II, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Don't Starve: Together, Screencheat, Terraria, and Tabletop Simulator; but of course this list is capable of expansion at any time!
How Do I Participate?
Well, the first (hopefully obvious) step would be to have a Steam account. You'll also need to be friends with one or several people who are likely to partake in the games often. The easiest way to do this would be to friend me (link here!), and then I can add you to the Everneth Steam Group! Likely the most tragic part of this whole tale, is that you will of course need to have the steam games that we will be playing. Not all of them, of course, but you'll want at least one or two. Luckily, Steam is a platform that often puts games on sale for great deals, often following the changing of seasons.
You may also be fortunate enough to grab an extra copy from someone else. It's no guarantee that someone will have one, but if they do they might just be willing to hand it over to the first comer. On a final note, please join the Steam Sunday Discord to keep up-to-date on all weekly events.
When Are These Games Scheduled For?
We try to decide the best time for everyone by Saturday night through a strawpoll, so anywhere between 2pm and 8pm EST. It's likely you'll be able to join late or leave and come back later if we are still playing, so don't feel bad for not being there for the full duration or not being there at the start (Age of Empires II may be the exception to this, as the games are longer and it lacks a late-join feature).
It was decided, to avoid monotonous gameplay, that we would sort the games into two lists: Games that could be played more than once consecutively, and games that were 'One and Done'. We made this decision based off the session length and playability. For example, Age of Empires II only requires one game, and needs no continuation of its session once a game is over; however, Don't Starve: Together can't really be 'completed' in one reasonably lengthened session, so if you should choose, you can vote on it again in the next week.
- Don't Starve: Together
'One and Done' Games:
- Age of Empires II
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Tabletop Simulator
Please note, that should Terraria be selected again this week, and nobody shows up I might just be tempted to remove it from the roster. This sort of an organized game group can't continue if nobody chooses to participate.
We Have a Winner! (And Maybe a Chicken Dinner Too!)
At midnight last night, our impromptu Council election - to fill an empty slot left by promoting Zieon to a permanent position, if you hadn't heard - ended, leaving us with a clear victor! Please join me in congratulating:
Kaddaschatzi has won the election by a whopping 13 votes, and has now earned the title and rank of Baroness! She is the second person to hold this special title, the first being sunshinemel. Make us proud, Kathi!
Kaddaschatzi will be serving as a Council member from July 24th to November 30th due to the timing of the election, as stated by the Charter:Quote
If the replacement Council elect is serving less than 50% of a regular term, the elect is automatically extended to a second term.
Congratulations once again to our new Baroness! May she have a wondrous time serving as a Council member, and may her efforts to help make Everneth a better place be fruitful!
State of the Realm
We’re officially over a month into the latest update, 1.12, and we’re having some awesome progress on the server and I’m happy to report that you, the players, are Everneth’s greatest quality. This can be further evidenced by the feedback given in the latest form I sent out on Discord yesterday. Over 95% of you said that the community itself was the greatest aspect of Everneth and that follows in quite nicely with the vision I have for this community.
With that said, it has been a while since my last State of the Realm update and I find it only fair to open up with some transparency. Most of this is unseen work, other parts is work only found on Test. In a nutshell this post is meant to clear up “What is Par actually doing?” and “What are the plans for the future?”. Let’s go!
The Emergency Election
To clarify what is going on, Mindovermaster (AKA Mentalistic) had formally stepped down recently from Parliament. When that happens, the Charter specifies that Parliament vacancies must be filled. Basically, put it back the way it was before the resignation. While not a requirement, HC usually takes this opportunity to promote an elected Baron (mod) to a permanent position. In turn this opens a vacancy in the elected seat and according to the Charter, we must hold an immediate election.
As of this writing, the nominations have closed and the vote is on! Head on over to this announcement to vote!
Communications and Competition Ministries are Removed
This is the second time I’ve tried to get all ministries rebooted up and running. The major changes to this attempt was giving more things to do for both ministries but those who were interested quickly burned out from doing some of the roles and then they just drifted further into obscurity. The only ministry that consistently performed was the Interior so that ministry will still remain with much the same responsibilities and roles.
Comms dispatches will pretty much be replaced with posts like these and Comp will turn into a Par managed series of events (+Syb). With the removal of these ministries, the concept of deputies and ministers is being phased out. The remaining ministry of the Interior will simply be managed by the entirety of HC.
Creation of Privy Council
One of the most successful parts of having the ministries was opening up medal nominations to everyone involved. So I am creating this group of players to bring in what’s remaining of the Interior and will be seeking out a few more members of the community to contribute. This group will be led by Zieon and he is in charge of recruiting the remaining few for the group.
Behind the Scenes
For quite some time, I have been working on adding in a new panel to profiles (like about me and awards) that included various in-game statistics. This has been a slow development due to learning the IPS4 architecture and my novice level knowledge of PHP. While I’m not new to object-oriented programming, I’m far more familiar with ASP/C# than I am PHP. There are also several staff related tools that I’ve been developing to help speed up the whitelisting process and streamline the flow for new players and make it easier to get citizenship to Everneth overall.
Some details of the new and improved UX flow is guiding the player to sub their app first, then show the introductions forum to make an intro, then once that is complete they get access to the standard pending role. While a similar UX has been put into place, its not as efficient as I’d like and so I’ve still been working on improving this procedure.
With regards to new tools, I want to speed up the whitelisting process at the approval stage. The plan has been to add two profile fields to our profiles: “IGN”, “UUID” and “Whitelist?”. By entering your IGN, the UUID field will fetch your ID from Mojang and automatically populate it. When a player is whitelisted, staff can check “Whitelisted?” and it will send a command with your UUID to Main, Test, and Games servers to whitelist you right away.
Other work being done includes automating the Games Server to rotate between a cycle of maps, restoring inspector’s abilities to inspect with the boundaries of spawn, an MC based single player sleep using the new functions to see if Dynmap wont fuss, setup anonymous feedback forms within the site, restoring the donation portal, adding more “for fun” features to the site, sync last login time on the forums with the server to encourage forum activity, and more.
New (sub) Titles and Roles for Parliament
With the destruction of the ministries, I want to focus on members of Parliament serving some sort of role for the community as well as their usual moderation role. While mostly for theme purposes, these titles do relate to the roles that each member of Parliament is taking on and is meant to highlight each member’s abilities to best help the community. The new titles/roles are as follows:
Lord Chief Inspector – Warwolf595
Responsible for the Interior and its team of inspectors.
Lord Justice – Faceman
Responsible for the fairness carried out by the Parliament, maintains oversight of appeals process for banned members pardons.
Lord Chamberlain - _Pande_
Whitelisting lead in handling the process of pending applicants to becoming Citizens, while not exclusively performed by the Chamberlain, the office is meant to ensure the work is done.
Lord Privy Seal – Zieon
Responsible for the awards and recognition of all members of Everneth. Leads the Privy Council that handles nominations and awards selection.
Lord Chancellor – GreasyTroll4
Responsible for the oversight of the (Low) Council. Responsible for the handling of elections as required.
Lord Grand Inquisitor – rolo_
The head of Evernethian intrigue. The grand inquisitor is tasked with investigating serious offenses that usually may result in a permanent ban.
A new non-partisan event based RP
Every time we start a role play, lots of interest is there, things start moving along, and then it plummets. As a casual nonparticipating observer of the last several attempts at the RP, I’ve noticed that the key reasons for each of the RP's demise is due to one or more of the following:
- One or more key figures go AFK and thus halts the story
- The RP as a whole was far too restrictive
- Too many people want to lead a faction which divides the numbers
- True unbiased events aren’t generated by someone interested but not participating in the RP
So I’d like to experiment with something. Everneth was originally created as a medieval themed RPG project with elements from Crusader Kings 2, World of Warcraft, and a text based game I had played called Politics & War.
How to achieve this?
I stand in as the King of Everneth (in the RP), I recruit a band of explorers (members of the RP) that want to settle new lands south of the realm. After I get a sizeable number of explorers, I will select a leader for the expedition. The explorers find a new land to settle and lay claim to the land. The group will then submit a name for their settlement to the King for approval.
Once the name is approved, the RP officially starts. The expedition will then be given a set of tasks to formally turn their settlement into a city. Example of the tasks will include a Town Hall, 3 houses, one watch tower, and the start of a town gate and walls. At this point, I will look to appoint the first members of the Peerage of Everneth. I will select one Baron to lead the city, and then the Baron will have authority to select 2 Knights (second level of a typical peerage).
At this point the settlement can either flourish to establish a second city or a band of explorers can return to the King of Everneth for another expedition. Rinse repeat the same process from before.
Once 2 cities have been established, the title of Earl (Count) will be created to manage both cities. I expect that either a 3 band of explorers to appear to lay claim to the title or one of the barons from the two cities to lay claim to the title.
To lay claim to a title, a formal declaration of war must be made on the forums in the RP forum (to be created). Each side will be given a percentage score system. Each player in a faction counts as 100 soldiers, if enough players die that equals 0 soldiers in their total, that side loses 25% of their score
Example: Side A has 5 players (500 soldiers), Side B has 4 players (400 soldiers). Starting scores are 100% / 100%. Side A kills 3 players, Side B kills 6 players. Since 6 players equals 600 soldiers, Side A lost 25% and the score is now 75% / 125%. Once one side reaches 200%, the other must surrender and accept loss of title and currency (most likely will be gold). Other options of surrender are cease fire: both sides lose currency, white peace: losing side loses resources and winning side gains those lost resources, and voluntary surrender: loss of title to surrendering side and some resources.
Once the title of Count has been conferred, the Count may then expand his land and seek to create another settlement under the same criteria but must have X amount of currency to fund the expedition and must also appoint a baron for the new city once it is completed.
A faction or coalition of cities may form and revolt against their liege (most often a Count) to lay claim to their own leader of a faction to gain the title. If the revolt succeeds, the claimants strip the titles from the losses and the former Count/Liege lord becomes a gentleman of the peerage (lowest peer rank).
If enough interest is gained for the RP at this point, I may open up the option to revolt against the King (me in the RP) to sever ties to the realm and further the RP as a whole.
As a non-participating player aside from the beginning elements of the story line, I will do my best to write the progress of the RP as well as write in events and changes to the RP as they come along, ie: tornado rips through settlements, X currency was used as funds. I will get input from the leaders of the cities/settlements/expeditions/counties for added drive to the story line as much as possible.
How to join the RP
I will create a thread outlining the start of a new expedition for fame and glory to drum up the beginning of the RP. Anyone interested will sign up to become an explorer for the expedition, I will have the list open for 3-5 days or until X amount of players (exact amount TBD) have volunteered for the expedition. At that point I will post a second expedition to begin with another set of explorers to settle the second city.
The Rules of the RP
Be mindful of the Charter when going through the RP. Respect is key to keeping this alive and successful. While not realistic to a set of events, no buildings are to be griefed under any circumstance, but temporary structures for battle may be placed done in the event it takes place. Keep mindful of the amount of time it would take to tear down the temp structures.
No theft is allowed. Most resources will be given and lost via scripted events laid down by myself. Some of those events might be “In the past season X city struck gold in the mines and gained an extra 20 gold bars, Y city was raided by a band of outlaws and lost 10 gold.
By signing up for the RP, no player is to be killed unless war has been declared AND the players involved in the war are in RP areas (ie: no killing RPers in Spawn or the hub). IF WAR HAS BEEN DECLARED AND YOU ARE KILLED HOLDING NON-RP VALUABLES/MATERIALS IN YOUR RP BASE, YOU ARE LIABLE FOR LOSSES/DAMAGES. It will be impossible to enforce the PVP Code fairly otherwise. With that one exception, the PVP Code will be enforced as before.
Misc RP bits
I will flesh out more of the RP information little by little to get this ready. I’m hoping to deploy the first expedition in the next week or so given that I can efficiently write up more information about playing in the RP and other aspects of it.
Competitions and Events
This has been the most common feedback item on the survey I put out a couple days ago and I agree with the feedback. We need more events again on top of just UHC and Steam Sunday. So The first thing on my agenda is to get a spleef tournament up and scheduled before the end of the month for everyone to look forward to. We will also try to bring back the weekend minigames for the games server (games.everneth.com) so we can take a break from the daily grind of building our base on the main server. We also want more incentive to make this current map last as long as possible so these extra events and the next RP attempt should serve to either give a nice break or a renewed purpose to play on the main server.
I mentioned earlier about the Privy Council, while its not completely formed yet, I am receiving nominations for June as of tonight from Par and the members of Int. Hopefully by the months end the PC will be able to take the reigns in handling medals from there on out.
This has got to be my longest post in the entire 4 years I’ve been managing and leading a community but it has been a while since I’ve had this much to say and this much to try out. I can’t stress enough my enjoyment in seeing you all have a great time here. We get our fair share of grefiers, the occasional and sometimes too frequent theft here and there, but all in all its been a great experience for me as the owner of Everneth and I hope we continue to succeed as a community together for the time to come.
I hope that these changes and the new RP aren’t too confusing for everyone and its also my hope that they will help move us forward and create a much more fun and rewarding experience for you guys.
Lord Chief Justice, King of Everneth
- Lord Chief Inspector – Warwolf595