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Posted Feb. 22, 2012

The server host that James and Vincent were on is no longer in service. I have a backup of the worlds, but it is slightly dated. I'm going to try to get the latest version. In addition, it appears that the server hosting service that Alice is using may unexpectedly be going out of business. I don't know if this is true yet, but I do have recent backups.


I have been working on moving both servers in the past two weeks, so hopefully we'll be on stable ground again.
Posted Feb. 22, 2012
Update: Vincent and James will be down until further notice. Alice will not be affected by the downtime.

Vincent and James are currently offline for unknown reasons. The physical server seems to be off, so remote access is not possible. I am trying to get in touch with sk.

Sit tight!
Posted Feb. 17, 2012
If you haven't heard, Minecraft 1.2 is a fairly big update. The major changes include:
  • Worlds can now be up to 256 blocks high, double the height of current worlds (!)
  • A new jungle biome has been added
  • A new ocelot (a feline) mob has been added that you can tame
  • Improved mob AI for all mobs; mobs will be able to pathfind and follow you around corners and obstacles!

Unfortunately, these changes (namely the new biome) necessitate a new world because the algorithm has changed. As planned, Vincent and James will be getting a world reset, but with the following caveats:
  • James and Vincent may be merged.
  • You will be able to keep your items and houses from Vincent, though this will be a manual process where we move your house over from the old world.

At the moment, we have no plans to make any major changes to Alice's world.

A full list of all the new Minecraft features for 1.2 so far is below:
Posted Feb. 13, 2012
The following things will happen that will coincide with MC 1.2's release:
  • James and Vincent's worlds will be reset.
  • Vincent and James may merge OR Vincent and Alice may merge.
Posted Feb. 5, 2012
As of writing, updates have only been deployed to Alice, but will be pushed to Vincent (and James).
  • Alice changes:
    • Jetpacks will now prevent all fall damage
    • Quantum suit boots will now prevent all fall damage
    • Quantum helmets will now reset food levels even in Netherworld

  • General changes:
    • Magma cubes now have a 1 in 20 chance of dropping one record on death.
    • When in a private chat channel, your name, if capitalized differently, will now be highlighted properly if it is mentioned.
Posted Jan. 30, 2012
This affects all Minecraft servers.
  • Fixed Alice chat sometimes not being sent to other servers (although this was not an Alice-only issue).
  • Fixed shared chat leaking through private chat channels.
  • Fixed name highlighting not being affected when names were suffixed with punctuation characters.
  • Improved crash handling of the shared chat.
Posted Jan. 15, 2012
There appears to be a pretty terrible memory leak after we updated to MC 1.1. Until we get this fixed, you will notice:
  • Every hour or two, the server will solidly freeze for up to five minutes as Java tries to reclaim memory. You and everyone will be kicked, but there will be no data loss. The server will be unresponsive during this time.
  • After 24 hours or so, the server will crash entirely. We're hoping to avoid this with periodical server restarts until we get the problem fixed.

This mostly impacts the survival server.
Posted Jan. 14, 2012
James and Vincent are now running 1.1. You will have to update your game to MC 1.1 in order to connect, or you will receive "Outdated client" upon trying to join.

New features of Minecraft 1.1 include:
  • Bows are now enchantable, with four new enchantments specific to bows: Power, Punch, Infinity, and Flame.
  • Arrows which are on fire now set entities they hit on fire.
  • Golden Apple recipe changed to use gold nuggets instead of gold blocks.
    • Golden Apples now fill 4 hunger rather than 10 and cause regeneration for 4 seconds rather than 30.

  • 56 new language translations, including fictional ones such as Pirate.
  • Slightly smoothed color transitions between biomes.
    • Swamp land and water colors now smoothly transition to other biomes.

  • Re-added beaches.
  • Taiga biomes now contain snow and ice.
  • Decreased randomness of enchantment levels at Enchantment Tables.
  • Biomes are slightly more varied, with differing elevations of land in previously flat biomes.
  • Reduced brewing time to 20 seconds from 30.
  • Added Spawn Eggs to creative mode.
  • Added a world type option (available types: Superflat and Default).
  • Removed collision box from Ladders.
  • Sheep eat Grass (converting it to Dirt) and Tall Grass to regain their Wool.
    • Sheep only drop 1-3 wool per shearing.

  • The collision box on Fence Gates now matches that of Fences instead of being square.
  • Fence Gates can now be opened and closed with redstone.
  • Leaves now have a 1/200 chance of dropping Red Apples.
  • Blacksmith buildings in NPC Villages now hold chests with loot of the same type asStrongholds
  • Void fog removed in creative mode.
  • Melons and Pumpkins can now grow on Dirt, instead of only on Farmland.
  • Magma Cubes can now drop Magma Cream on death.
  • The distance that wheat attracts friendly mobs has increased from 2-3 to 8-9

Bug fixes:
  • Fixed "Sniper Duel" achievement not working.
  • Fixed Powered Rail Non-Depowering Bug
  • Fixed Powered Rail Failure-to-Update on Placement Bug

New bugs:
  • Major crash bug in the loading screen for some users
  • Possible to fall trough a block of Farmland or Soul Sand when walking over its edge.
Posted Jan. 12, 2012
Here is the changelist:
For those of you who need to downgrade:

Vincent and James have been updated to 1.1. Note that Alice is still running on Minecraft 1.0.
Posted Dec. 28, 2011
A running list of the changes:
  • Fixed bugs with private channels
  • Added a calculator (/eval)
  • Made it easier for op's to respond to requests
  • Fixed sign protection for players with long names
  • Added new shutdown procedure
  • Fixed common glitches such as getting stuck in the nether
  • Added ads app to the MapPad. Note that this is a work in progress.
    • Economy integration and persistence is coming soon...

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