Unless you’ve been living under a rock or you’re not a Minecraft fan, you know that Notch is working on a big update for October 31st. Assuming that Notch delivers on schedule there’s some decisions to make for our Minecraft server. (I really don’t consider it mine, a lot of people have put a lot of work in on it.)
If the health system is implemented and is optional, do you want it turned on?
Should we turn monsters on?
Personally, I think it makes the game more interesting to have that survival pressure, but it does make it more difficult to build and explore.
There’s also the issue of biomes. If you don’t know, biomes means that some parts of the world will have snow, some will be green, and some will be desert. Biomes will only affect newly generated map areas. This means that none of our existing world will change, only newly explored areas will use biomes when being generated.
So, what I was thinking of was moving the current map to my secondary instance (currently where Tipa’s map is running) and starting a brand new world for the Halloween instance with monsters enabled. I thought this would cause the least amount of upheaval. People can continue to explore and build as they want on the current map, and they can easily switch between the servers depending on their mood. Hopefully this will keep either map from becoming a ghost town.
Leave me your thoughts in the comments. Whatever we do, I’d like it to be a consensus decision.
Oh, one other thing: timing. Since the server runs on a mod to allow for better security and some additional commands, we may have some downtime when the patch comes out. I’m not sure if the multiplayer server syncs any code with Notch’s main servers (which the singleplayer does), I don’t think it does, but if I’m wrong then I may have to take the server offline until Hey0’s mod gets updated. If it doesn’t update automagically, I’ll leave the server as is until Hey0 releases a new version of his mod. Hopefully it won’t be a big delay, but it depends on how much time he has as well as how different the new code is.