The Boat Got Bigger

Due to popular demand and a couple kind donators we are moving again. This time it isn’t a little upgrade or chasing a better deal. In the next couple days we will be moving to a fully dedicated bare-metal server!

What does this mean? Usually with game hosting you’re sharing a server with multiple people. If one too many people start hammering on the server it slows everyone else down. But we’re renting our own server that we don’t have to share with anyone! The possibilities are literally endless now.

For you computer nerds here are the specs:

CPU: Intel Xeon  E3-1240 (Ivy Bridge) @ 3.4GHz
Motherboard: SuperMicro X10SLM-F
Memory: 32GB DDR3 ECC
Hard Disks: 2x120GB SSD drives (RAID 1 I believe)
Uplink:  1GBps
Location: Buffalo, NY

The move is scheduled to be completed this evening (3/4).

Sorry for the outage [Updated]

Today a problem involving our region protection came up that required me to shut down operations until I can fix it. This was done to safeguard everyone’s chests and property from new players poking around. Annoying, yes. If I let the server continue running with the problem it could have potentially caused data loss or corruption.

As some of you know, I work full-time on second shift. This means I’m unable to do anything admin related until I get off work, as phones are not allowed on the shop floor. I can’t afford to be distracted from the machine I am running for long periods and this issue can potentially means a few hours of troubleshooting.

To help alleviate this, Riktor404 has offered to get a crash course in some administrative duties. This should happen this weekend. Ultimately once this is fixed there shouldn’t be any more major issues.

Update: Plugins have been updated and we’re live.

Bit of a snag

The host I went with really, really sucks and ate the server files.. needless to say I cancelled and refunded. I’m uploading an old backup to a new host and should be back up in a couple hours.

 

Edit: We’re good now.

The doors are kind of open!

Server IP: game.minegaiden.com:26911

This morning I finished configuring the server. Please keep in mind I am still waiting on a dedicated IP from the server host. This could change at any time and make the server unreachable for a bit. Make a post on the Facebook group and I’ll fix it as soon as I can.

I’m confident everything is good to go, so I turned off the whitelist. I guess we’ll really see how good the server protection is! I’m not advertising the server until this weekend so whoever reads this will get a head start.

Game rules are Survival PvE. I have a few familiar faces who are willing to build infrastructure, so please don’t ask just yet.

Welcome back to Minegaiden

For those of you who don’t know me, hi! I’m tok3n (i.e. tok3, tok3ninja) and I’m the original creator of Minegaiden.

I started the original Minegaiden during the alpha stage of Minecraft developement. We started as a server on my desktop as a fun new project to mess around with. From there, we grew over the years onto our own community-owned hardware, supporting many players from around the globe. It was a labor of love for me and I enjoyed every second of it. I learned a lot about Linux in this time and I owe the community for pushing my education to where it is now.

But then I quit. I’ll spare the details, but I wasn’t in a good place to be running a community. But here I am again!

So what now?

I have already rented a server host that can support whatever we end up doing. The .com is back in our hands (thankfully no one decided to domain park on it). I already have a world generated and I’ll have a map available soon. I’m currently waiting on a dedicated IP from the server host to do anything further.

As far as game mode.. Minegaiden took a lot of interaction to keep running. Since I work full-time now I won’t have the hours to spend keeping up. The server will be set to PvE rules with mobs enabled. We are using Grief Prevention for self-serve region protection, amongst the rest of it’s awesome features.

Will we return to the Minegaiden tradtion of two cities at war? Maybe.