Greetings all and happy holidays! Just in time for the winter break, we are pleased to announce the forthcoming release of our first world utilizing 1.7's new world generation: TNA or "The New Adventure."
TNA, or "Tina" as it is affectionately known among staff, represents a turning point for our server. For the last few years, new survival worlds have simply been additions or expansions to our older survival worlds, and so have shared inventories and a shared (and sluggish) server. With TNA this is not the case. TNA is a fresh start! From this point on, we hope to reinvigorate our server by presenting to you, our valued players, a new beginning that brings together your wants and needs through an improved gaming experience.
What does it mean for "The New Adventure" to be a "fresh start"? Well, for starters, TNA will be separate from our other survival worlds. Unlike our other survival worlds which share a single server and a single "world", TNA will have its own server. We hope this will improve performance (less lag, less bugs) and the maintenance of the server (making it easier for the admins to fix and upgrade things!). We also plan to (eventually) stick with the one survival world; the world will grow larger with more and more updates... kinda like the layers of an onion. We will have plenty of transportation options at the spawn to reach out to the rest of the world, so you wont have the problem of walking endlessly to get anywhere. Our hope is for TNA to be the hub of our community; a fun, interactive, and active world!
In striving to create such a world, we are focusing on a number of key features for TNA:
- Firstly, we want TNA to be an ongoing, organic community-driven world. This starts with the spawn. When you enter TNA you will find yourself on an island archipelago featuring a spire, a small village, a racetrack, an arena, a number of transportation options, information centres and plenty of open space. This will be the hub of the world; a place where you could set up shop, meet up with folks, engage with others, and showcase your talents. As we add new features to TNA, we hope to integrate them into the spawn and work with you to make the spawn meaningful to you; we want you to contribute to it as the world grows. This will be your world, after all.
- Secondly, we aim to streamline the whole landclaim process and make it easier for you to protect your stuff. Gone are the days of complicated cuboids and constant moderator intervention. For TNA, we are using Grief Prevention as a tool for you to protect your stuff and set up your landclaims. We still ask that you follow our rules with landclaim (particularly towards making it clear to others what you own and being reasonable about how much land you claim), but from this point on we hope to make the whole process of claiming land and protecting that land easier for you.
- Thirdly, we are determined to review what works and what doesn't and improve upon your server experience. Part of having a new beginning is to take advantage of it and reorganize the way we do things. In the coming weeks and months you will likely see all sorts of new plugins being added to TNA, new perks for VIP and donations, new cauldrons, and perhaps new staff. On top of that, behind-the-scenes our admins have been hard at work at improving the performance and stability of the server. We hope this will show through your experiences on TNA.
- Lastly, and most importantly, we want you to enjoy yourself on TNA! We exist as a server because you are willing to stick around and spend your free time playing with our community. We want to find ways to challenge you, but also make your experiences here enjoyable and worthwhile. We want to see TNA driven by you, built by you, and given meaning by you. We hope to see our community flourish and thrive again. Whatever we can do to make that experience best for you, we will try to do.
So that's "The New Adventure." It's a brand new world with brand new features and it's coming very soon. It's a "fresh start" that we hope will go in a great direction with YOU in mind! Oh, and did we say that the world will feature every new biome? Stay tuned for its upcoming release!
To all the staff who have contributed to getting TNA ready, thank you.
From all the staff at Escapecraft, we wish all you folks happy holidays!
If you have any questions, just ask them. We will answer them for you.