I felt like a small newspost about what's going on Minetown would be appropriate to keep you updated about what's coming up and our objectives for the next months.
We have a lot planned for the summer. You should start seeing those changes unfold in the upcoming weeks.
1. The server cluster & the new worlds/servers
We know this has been discussed for quite some time, and that other servers have came up with similar setups. However, it needs to be mentioned that most of these servers are running the same solution that has been coded by the same person.
The reason why it's taking us so much time to get this up and running is that we are working on our own completely custom solution. Our cluster software will be matchless and second to none; a truly unique and revolutionary way to servers hosting.
As of now, we are unable to provide any precise date for the complete release of the new worlds, especially considering that Minecraft will be releasing another update in the next weeks that will drastically change the game mechanisims. A lot of the cluster software will be affected by it and will have to be rewritten with new standards, and since we wouldn't like to release our solution and then have to take it offline due to Minecraft updates, we are delaying the release until Minecraft gets this new version out.
You can get an idea of the worlds that we plan to release when this is completed by having a look at the poll on the right side of this page. (which we also encourage you to participate in)
We apologize for taking so much time; great achievements do not come under short delay, but we have some other stuff coming up to keep you entertained in the meantime.
2. The PVP server
I'm happy to announce that we have been working forward on a partnership with DynamusX, the owner of a PVP server and a few other websites in the Minecraft scene (hosting and top sites).
We decided to merge our efforts together and are planning to run his PVP server under the Minetown brand. On top of being a server owner and webmaster, he works in the programming & hosting industry in his everyday life and will be participating in the conception of our custom cluster solution.
Few things still need to be worked onto and planned, but we are intending to release the PVP server by the end of this month / by the start of June.
Additional details will be given upon release, but we are working on a completely different concept than the current one for this server. No registrations or applications will be needed to play on this server and that should also make it act as some sort of springboard into the world of Minetown for new members that lack the patience to go through the somewhat fastidious process of joining our server.
3. Minecon 2012
While no additional details have been released about Minecon at this moment other than the certitude of its happening, we are happy and proud to announce that we will be attending the event. As soon as we obtain more details on it we will initiate the procedures to obtain a booth.
We should be able to produce a lot better media coverage of the event this year as numerous members of our staff are already planning to attend the event.
More details about this will be given out as we learn where it will be holded.
4. Minecraft Quarterly
Minetown is proud to announce itself as one of the top sponsor for the new upcoming Minecraft Quarterly magazine !
We will be featured on 2 pages (17"x11") of the magazine in the upcoming June issue.
5. Social networking
We've given a small refresh to our social network accounts and we just wanted to bring up a small reminder about them.
Join and follow us on these to participate in special raffles and contests that will be organized on them !
6. Voting system update
For those of you who keep updated with the forum topics, you might have noticed this thread about the growing problem of faking votes.
We will be updating the vote system in the next days to confirm captchas for it to be fully ready for the month of June.
See you around !
Minetown - Mining since 09/2010 !
And we're not done mining anytime soon !