Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Map Updates

For those of you who may not be aware, there is a 3D interactive map of Superstes Noctis available on the MinecraftWorldMap website. This awesome map lets you move around the server as you would in Google Maps (in fact, the viewer is powered by Google) and explore all the land the server has generated from players moving around while online. This map even includes a night view, cave view, and Nether view!

Originally, the map for the server was created just to have one available. It remained outdated until early April 2016, when I decided it desperately needed an update. I hope to update it more frequently now, especially as large builds change the landscape, so members of the server and fans following my YouTube videos of it can view the map and all the builds the server members have worked so hard on.

In addition to a link to the 3D interactive map of the server, our "World Map" page on this blog also includes a static image of the spawn area of Superstes Noctis. This is more tricky for me to update than the interactive map, because I cannot actually remember how I made the one on the page in the first place! I hope to get an updated static map on that page soon, but I'll need to figure out how to do so first. If possible, I'd greatly prefer to embed the interactive map... trouble is, I don't know how or even if the Terms of Use for that site allow me to. (The issue is the lack of an "embed this map" option on the page; I know the basics of HTML and could figure it out if I had the embed code) If anyone knows how to embed a MinecraftWorldMap render, please let me know!

I first found out about MinecraftWorldMap when I was searching for a way to publicly display a map of the Noctis MC server, which the three founding members of Superstes Noctis have been working on for quite awhile now; I decided it would also be cool to make a map of this server, and I for one really enjoy checking out the map from the aerial view it provides. It's really easy to use too, since I just have to upload a world backup of the server and give it around 24 hours to render. Our map is currently 647 MB, so understandably it is not a quick process but thankfully the old map remains visible until the new one is rendered and ready for viewing. If you have your own server or know someone who does, I'd definitely recommend checking out the site! (No, we are not sponsored by MinecraftWorldMap) The interactive 3D map is a nice way to enhance our experience on the server and aid us in our continuing efforts of surviving the night!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Now Running 1.9.2

Our update to Minecraft 1.9 was a huge success and breathed new life into the server that we've been waiting for quite awhile to find! If you've followed this blog or any of my other works for awhile now, it won't surprise you that I forgot to update the blog when that update took place... but I assure you it was awesome for the Superstes Noctis crew.

The 1.9.2 update is a bug fix update to 1.9, and as such there's not much to report about regarding it. But since I missed the upgrade post for 1.9 itself, I wanted to make sure you all know the move went well and has done so much for the server and its members. We've been playing a lot more since the update, and having a lot more fun while doing so.

The downside is the Ender Ender. We're not sure exactly what happened, but Endermen are no longer spawning in the Ender Ender and therefore it is effectively useless at this point aside from the surviving storage of Ender Pearls there. It's likely the issue involves the spawning mechanics for certain "non-solid" blocks, namely the Stone Pressure Plates that line the floors where the Endermen spawn in the Ender Ender; adapting the system to detect mobs with string and tripwire hooks may make it work again, but in the meantime it can no longer be used for XP grinding or Ender Pearl farming.

The crew of the server enjoyed fighting the Enderdragon again, since you can now craft End Crystals and summon in the Dragon whenever you want. The fight is different now, and it was fun to experience the new mechanics as a team. We collected some of the new "Dragon's Breath" for crafting Lingering Potions, ventured to the new End City, started growing Chorus Fruit back in the overworld behind Noctis Manor, and even found our server's first pair of Elytra!

Overall, the 1.9 update is an extremely positive change for Superstes Noctis. We've done alright adapting to the new combat system for the most part, and are enjoying the new blocks added. We've adapted as necessary to continue surviving the night.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Welcoming Our Two Newest Members

For the first time in Superstes Noctis history, the population of our server has increased! Two new members - XHANRIC and IosefKoranison - joined Superstes Noctis in April 2016 by Angie's invitation, with a unanimous vote in support of them joining.

We are very excited to see Superstes Noctis growing for the first time ever, and look forward to the builds made by the new members as well as the collaboration between the larger-than-ever Superstes Noctis crew. Already there are some cool builds going up from our newest two members, who have officially joined in our efforts to survive the night.

IosefKoranison (left) and XHANRIC (right)