Due to what appears to be a discontinuance in Bukkit, indecisiveness in the general whiny minecraft community, and numerous issues with current server setups, I will be slimming down the server in preparation for whatever new server mod we will be using next. From what it appears, Sponge (Forge's Server Mod API) looks to be a good frontrunner of where all of our plugin devs will be heading to. If in some miraculuous event that the collective Minecraft community decides to pull its head out of its ass and stop bitching and moaning and somehow Bukkit goes back to its nice old self, we will be Version locked at 1.7.10 until whatever comes up first to update the server to. As stated in the earlier announcement, we will still be up and running as usual. In the meantime, I will attempt to do some fun things and events on the server to bolster a bit more performance and fun back...
The server will continue as usual during our normal update protocol. For those of you unfamiliar with standard update procedure, we simply wait on the stable version until there is a viable update and all essential plugins are updated for aforementioned update.
However, due to the recent Bukkit obstruction that I will not be getting into, we will be "version locked" to 1.7.10 until a new server API comes out and most if not all of our plugins are either ported over and converted for use on the new system or some miraculous thing happens and Bukkit goes on as normal. What appears to be quite promising and where most if not all of the devs that maintain our essential plugins such as Prism and Towny, have moved towards the Sponge project: http://forums.spongepowered.org/t/planning-plugin-development-projects/133
The server will still be maintained and carry on as usual.
Introducing the expedited transportation network lines for the server world, I give you the future of hard line transportation fully utilizing the Traincarts plugin along with being convenient, scenic, and safe from mobs, griefers, and other obstructions.
Please see the PTN Map lines. Each line represents a finished or potential line that departs from Fort Newbie, and can go just about anywhere on the map.
The only obstructions I will have at this point will be existing networks and prebuilt roads built by others. The current light blue line (lets call it the Amatsu Line) goes straight from Fort Newbie all the way to Amatsu. It passes by Rehopolis and other possible town locations already in the works.
You will still be able to build your own rail lines underground (with caution). The PTN was designed to speed up server spread while keeping the community interconnected. This also will benefit everyone in terms of building proximity. As you've probably noticed the area just east of...
Server will be in "Maintenance mode" from anywhere to an hour to a whole day (hopefully not). It all depends on how long it takes the server to finish running its backup, pruning, and archival processes.