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Discover new horizons in 1.8!
Today marks our 4th anniversary as a server. It has also been two weeks since Minecraft 1.8. was released. In honor of both occasions, we figured it was about time we put out a new world to play on!

Unfortunately like many servers we've been unable to update our current worlds to 1.8. TNA, for example, relies on plugins that take a long time to update. But not with this world. This world is different.


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Introducing Escapecraft Horizons, a new 1.8 server with plugins!
Server IP: horizons.escapecraft.com

Horizons works for 1.8. and the plugin API we use - Rainbow - adds new features to the game. In fact, the developer behind it is updating it so frequently that new features come out almost every day... so expect there to be new stuff added on a regular basis! There will soon be more information below to describe what some of these features are! For now, it's important to note that we've got a locking system to secure your stuff, cuboids for grief protection, and a log of player activity in case of troublemakers. Make sure you stop by the info center to learn how to do all that, plus ride on people's heads!

When you log on to Horizons you will find yourself in the courtyard of an abandoned castle! As the world and its population grows, new areas of the castle will gradually be unlocked, revealing new rooms and characters with unique gameplay! At present, two rooms of the castle are currently open:
- Meet Derigin in the drawing room to receive a starter kit! Follow the castle's progress here.
- Wokka stands guard over the info center. Visit to discover new server features before you head out!

As with every other survival world, you can freely explore and build to your heart's content. We encourage our players to embrace community and working together; build roads, rails, towns, empires, whatever you may like. This is your world! We do ask that you abide by our three main rules, though:

1. Don't be a dick.
We have zero tolerance for harassment, griefing, trolling, bullying, or anything of that sort. If we find that you are being a dick, you will not be welcome. We log everything, so we will know.

2. Play nice.
Be respectful of the other players as well as the staff. Make it so everyone enjoys the game, too.

3. Play fair.
No cheats, no hacks, none of that BS. Please also don't whine, or get upset, or do things that obviously would upset others. Use common sense and play the game reasonably.

If you can stick to these golden rules, then you - yourself - will be golden!

In any case, we hope you enjoy the new world. Please feel free to ask for help, to offer suggestions, or even to criticize us (but do so constructively!). We're here to make sure you're having a good time and that this hobby is enjoyed by all. We look forward to your creations!

Posted by: haxxorzd00d on 26 Sep 2014, 20:01 Full Article
Two posts in one day! Temp 1.8 server
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I'm on a roll, but if you want to play MP and try out the new stuffs, login to temp.escapecraft.com with a 1.8 client on the default port.

If you are caught griefing, you will be banned on both the temp and the regular server, so play nice!!

Enjoy!

Posted by: wokka1 on 15 Sep 2014, 19:33 Full Article
Rich Notch is very RICH
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For those of you who are in a hole or just don't watch the news, Mojang was purchased by Microsoft

What does this mean for the Minecraft modding community and the servers out there, including Escapecraft?

I don't know and I don't think anyone does. Of course, on the day of the sale, the Microsoft people say that nothing will change, but their track record for buying game studios is not good.

I'll just say this, Escapecraft isn't going anywhere. While minecraft is our most popular game, we do have others, and we'll continue to look for other games we can host. If you see games that we can host, preferably that have a linux server, let us know.

I'm not very active in the community, real life gets in the way, but I'm not going anywhere. You can find me lurking in IRC and I'll continue to fund the servers (I have a couple of other hobby websites running here, so they aren't going anywhere).

If you have ideas for Tyras and Steve for ideas on the minecraft side, speak up.

Cheers!
wokka

Posted by: wokka1 on 15 Sep 2014, 18:47 Full Article
Event News and Staff Announcements
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The end is nigh, ladies and gentlemen! Our contestants have been whittled down to the final two for the last round of Master Builder III! While a couple of the builds this week were not quite finished, they were still of a high standard, so well done to those who've made it this far even if they've not made it to the very end.

Congratulations to Jawagrunt for his pirate lair and Josh349 for his Kraken attack, as it is these two who will be duking it out in a battle of titans starting this coming Saturday, hoping to claim the elusive title of Master Builder. As per usual, confirmation PMs will be sent out later this week.



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In other news, following a devastating shortage of Nether Quartz and Blaze spawners, the Nether will be reset in the near future as was promised upon TNA's release. As such, make sure to move any loot that is stored there to somewhere safer.

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Finally, some of you may have noticed some of our ex-mentors strutting around with fancy new [Staff] titles in-game and on the forums. These chosen ones have been deemed worthy of acceptance into what was once the Moderator ranks following some staff restructuring, so congratulations to the following:

  • Robipodsupreme
  • Iron_Fang
  • Arizons
  • Losarot
  • Modocam
  • ItchyNL

Say well done to these individuals, and watch as their individuality and free spiritedness slowly gets crushed as they end up working for "The Man".

A personal note from wokka

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Finally, some big news. Due to personal commitments and time constraints, I shall be stepping down as the Minecraft lead for Escapecraft. In my place, Tyrasengineer and Steveab will be co-leading Escapecraft, with Tulonsae and Eggster as admin advisors- I'm sure Tyras and Steve will welcome any comments, questions or suggestions should you have any, so feel free to use the suggestions forum or their PM inboxes to show them the error of their ways.

It's been fun, and I'm looking forward to what the new leadership can bring to the community - don't worry, they have some interesting projects on the horizon, and I have faith that they can last at least a couple of months without setting the server on fire, getting arrested and maiming themselves...

I would like to point out that I'm not leaving, I'll still be on IRC everyday, checking the forums daily and hopefully the new leadership will still consult me on things that need my advice on. I'm still the owner and will continue to fund this community. I just don't have the time anymore to properly lead and need help. For those of you who are curious, I'm studying for my CCIE certification for work, it's Cisco's highest engineering certificate you can attain and needs a dedicated 18 months or more of study and practice for the lab test.

If you have questions or comments for me, please PM me or catch me on IRC.

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Posted by: wokka1 on 08 Jul 2014, 14:42 Full Article
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