Life On Mars Build Contest Results

Here are the winners for the Life On Mars Build Contest:

••• In Third Place: LapisPebble in Plot 11 •••

••• In Second Place: Queen_Leockie in Plot 10 •••

••• In First Place: SourWolfy in Plot 8 •••

Congratulations to those of you that won, your prizes will be added to your account by the 14th of October, 2017
The contest world will be available for download shorty

You can download the world file here


Charity Time: International Justice Mission

I’m pretty certain it’s well known that the clownercraft network makes money. It’s not our focus, but it is important. The money we receive from purchasing ranks or head packs on our webstore is the only way we can afford to continue running the server.

We are however, very fortunate that the money people give us is more than enough to cover our costs. And so – we’re going to try and put some of the extra money we have to good use!

For the rest of this month, any payments made on our webstore will go straight to charity. Every cent will go to them. We’re even going to cover the paypal fees to process your payments, so everything you spend will go straight to our chosen charity.

On that note, our chosen charity is going to be International Justice Mission (or IJM). (Quick note, we’ll be giving to the UK branch of IJM specifically, but it’s all part of the same organisation)

IJM’s mission is to fight modern day slavery. Their field offices work in various locations around the world to rescue victims of trafficking and slavery, and then work with them to prosecute those at fault. An estimated over 45 million people are currently trapped in slavery. One of the worst parts of this, is that a large proportion of those slaves are children.

If you want to know more about IJM, and the problem of modern slavery, please do read up about them here. If you are under 16 however, please speak with your parents about this first.

If you want to support IJM, then you can go ahead and buy Supporter/VIP/VIP+/A head pack from our store, or you can donate directly to IJM on their website – if you’d rather avoid the middle man.

Already have VIP/VIP+?
You can always buy a rank for another player, or buy head packs, as well as just giving money.

Can’t affort it?
Don’t worry, you can still help. One of the problems with modern slavery is that many people don’t realise it happens. So spread the word – make people aware slaves are still a thing – and that we should try to end slavery once and for all.

IJM’s website: www.ijm.org
IJM’s UK Branch: www.ijmuk.org

We’ll announce a total of how much we’ve donated at the end of the month 🙂


Server Update: Goodbye to CTF! (29/9/17)

Hello again – It’s time for another quick update in what we’re doing here on the network.

Firstly, theres some slightly more substantial news: We have chosen to close our CTF server, and from today you will no longer be able to play Capture the Flag on our network.

This decision was made since so few players use the server, and it was just starting to look rather old. We will be keeping the maps from it incase we decide to repurpose them. Removing CTF will allow us to give more resources towards other servers.

So, as normal, heres some of what we’ve done since the last post:

  • We ran a scavenger hunt. Lilly and Kori have been working hard to get that all setup over the past month – so we really hope you’ve enjoyed it. We’d love to know what you thought of it – so please post your thoughts and suggestions on our forums.
  • We have changed our chat, to a much cleaner look. As this is still quite new – it’s quite likely we’ve missed a few things, and you may notice a few errors or bugs with the chat. Please let us know on the forums.
  • We’ve also made lots of small fixes and tweaks to several servers.

What we’re still working on:

  • Gladiator. We’re working on fixing it – and in the process just making it a tad bit better. More news to come soon.
  • We have started to work on a new hub server! We’d love to hear your opinions, so please post any ideas in the suggestions forum!
  • And, we have started to setup a third SniperTown Server, which will serve as a test server for some changes to the game. Again, more information to follow soon.
  • Project Z. I know that doesn’t give you much information – but we’re nearly there with it – and it’s all new and fancy! (and may give tokens) 😀

I’d also like to make a side note: Thank you to everyone who has filled out our survey – we’re going to be going through all the responses soon, and your feedback will really help us to know the right direction to go in! If you haven’t filled it out yet – you still can: Click Here


Scavenger Hunt 2.0 Results

Hey guys!
After a little over a week the scavenger hunt is over and we have 3 winners.

1st place goes to Calinox with $53190
2nd place goes to FlutterMuffins02 with $44210
3rd place goes to TwinPage with $33590

You can pick up your event tokens at /warp contest
All money and normal tokens have already been awarded

See you next contest! 😀


Scavenger Hunt 2.0

The scavenger hunt has been revamped!
Starting this friday (22nd of september) a new version of the scavenger hunt can be played. This game closes again on september 30th.
So what does this mean?

Contest
The scavenger hunt is a contest, your goal is to explore the map and gather as many items as possible. These items will be sold in a server shop and the person with the highest balance wins.
You can earn the following rewards:

  • 1st place: 200 tokens, $100.000 and a scavenger hunt token for on the survival server
  • 2nd place: 100 tokens, $50.000 and a scavenger hunt token for on the survival server
  • 3rd place: 50 tokens, $25.000 and a scavenger hunt token for on the survival server

Treasure Chests
There are hundreds of chests hidden in the map, open them to find your prize. All chests are set to a timer after which you can get the same item again. The timers are 2 hours for the low value items, but they go up to 6 hours for the most valuable ones. Make sure you sell your items as fast as possible, items in your inventory wont count at the end of the contest.

The map
The map is full of surprises, including puzzles and special bosses. Completing the challenges will give you the most valuable items.

There are normal mobs running around the map looking to steal your loot! If you die you will lose your inventory, so make sure to sell your items at regular intervals. There are two unlimited chests at the spawn of the contest which allow you to grab as many weapons and as much food as you want.

There are also a couple of warps available to make navigation a little easier.


Survey

We’re looking for your opinions about our network, if you have time we’d really appreciate if you fill out the survey below:


Changes to the chat

So just a quick update to inform everyone of some changes we’ll be making to the server chat. Just so you don’t panic when it all looks different 🙂

First of all, we’ll be shortening the rank prefixes, and removing the prefix for the default rank. The colours will remain largely the same.

We will also be replacing the red [x] with a small flag symbol, which will be moved to the start of the message.

And the final change in this is that we’ll switch to using the full server names, in place of S, C or PS in the chat. This should hopefully make things more accessible to new players.

Below are some example screenshots of how the chat will look:

General Chat Format

New rank prefixes

A bit of random chat (as an example)

These changes will be implemented on Saturday 16th September.


Temple Contest Results

Here are the winners of ClownerCraft’s Temple Contest:

First Of all, other than the first second and third place winners, only one plot managed to score more than 40 points, Congrats to
LapisPebble in plot 6, with a score of 49

••• Third Place: UghBionic in Plot 1•••

 

••• Second Place: Deathwithagrin in Plot 11 •••

 

••• First Place: groudzero in Plot 16•••

 

Congratulations to those that won, your prizes have already been awarded.

You can download the world file for this contest here.


Server Update: 8/9/17

Well, here we go again; a brief overview of everything we’ve done in the past couple of weeks:

What we’ve done:

  • Fixed /sort
    Supporter, VIP and VIP+ members can now use /sort to sort their inventories and chests once again. Unfortunately this doesn’t work on shulker boxes yet.
  • Corrected some permissions issues affecting Modreq (/report) on Creative and PureSurvival
  • Cleaned up our block logging database.
  • Parkour!
    Yes, theres now a parkour course in the hub, which was built by our wonderful build team.
  • And, of course, we’ve seen the return of regular build contests – starting with the scaled up contest. We’ve also started to offer world downloads for the build contests – these will be posted with the contest results. You can see the upcoming contests at any time by visiting the contests page on our website

What we’re still working on:

  • The scavenger hunt, which opens in a few weeks time, is currently being setup. xLilly and Kori are leading on this, and are bringing some interesting new features to it.
    Many players enjoyed the scavenger hunts we originally ran, and this new one is both bigger and better. (and harder to cheat on). Keep an eye on the forums and in game announcements for more information.
  • The website guides. We’ve now got a homepage for the guides section, which you can see here 
    This page is still work in progress, as are most of the individual guides. Please bare this in mind as some information may be incorrect.
  • We’ve started planning for a new /warp examples, which will cover a range of building themes not just the modern style we currently have.
  • Changes were made to how our JVMs handle garbage collection, the aim to be to keep the TPS more stable. For those who didn’t understand that first sentence, work is being done to reduce overall lag on the network, with the main focus being on the survival server.

As always, we welcome your suggestions, comments or any issues you wish to raise, on our forums.


Scaled Up Contest Results!

It’s that time again, we have some winners from the Scaled Up Contest!
We had some amazing entries to the contest, although there were a couple that were real nice but didn’t meet the theme.

In Third Place:
•••• Ightrril: Plot 14 ••••

In Second Place:
•••• Katisal: Plot 22 ••••

In First Place:
•••• GrumpClump: Plot 13 ••••

Your prizes have already been given to you.

And, to be extra special – you can download all the builds from this contest! Click here to download the world file.