New mod: lpanes

It’s been a while since RC got some new nodes to play with, so have yourselves some more stained glass – this time some quite high detailed panes – to build more wonders with.

There’s 20 different colours included.

Mod Update: Red Cat caverealms

Red Cat Creative has had the nodes from caverealms (no mapgen) since the opening of the server. We’ve now updated the mod to also contain the new nodes from caverealms_lite.

Everything should be work smoothly, but if there are any problems, please let us know.

When Sleeping Cats Wake…

Firstly I would like to make a huge apology for the recent Red Cat Creative downtime. What seems likely to have been a malicious attack against the server left the Red Cat Creative  map in a very bad state; however, I have said more than once that there is a community here behind our servers which we can all be proud of. I have said we have a good team. I have said Red Cat is a thing that will not go away.

And today the server was brought online again, proving all of this.

I cannot emphasise enough how many amazing people we have helping out. There is something special beyond words when people work together selflessly, thinking only of helping and not of their own gain. Huge thanks, more than I know how to give, are due:

  • agaran pieced the map together with patience and care to make sure it would be whole again.
  • shivajiva helped update mods to hopefully prevent any similar problems in the future.
  • Robbie provided server space so we could easily handle the necessary file transfers.
  • a player I hardly know offered money toward a solution if it would be needed.
  • everyone, absolutely everyone, was supportive and understanding.

No one yelled or shouted or complained. Every word from every player who commented was filled with kindness and encouragement. Other server owners showed their support as well.

Thank you all. There is something beautiful in the dedication and the kindness of the people here, and it is a privilege to be part of this alongside you all.

The people here are why, even though it went to sleep, the cat woke up again.

Mod Update: mesecons

We experienced some issues with mesecons on Red Cat Creative over the past week and, while fixing them, updated the mod to add a couple of new things, including new coloured lightstones.

Please be mindful when building with mesecons: too many mesecons in one place can still cause lag!

How to Help

We’ve added a new info page to the site for those interested in helping with the servers. This page will be expanded on as we think of more things to add, and will include information on mods we would like help to create.

New mod: warp_potions

This  adds eight warp potions which can be placed as decorative items.

Smashing a warp potion after it has been placed sets a warp point. There are eight warp points, one for each potion, which can be independently set and are unique to each player. Using a warp potion in the potion inventory will return the player to the warp point for that potion.

This mod has been added to both Red Cat and Dark Lands.

Note that on Dark Lands, the recipe for the already existing teleport potions has been removed. You can still use teleport potions you already have, but you can’t craft more.

Dark Lands: A Tale of Lag

Firstly – a huge apology for the build up of lag over the past month.

It didn’t follow any mod updates or other changes, so wasn’t the easiest thing to diagnose, but after some testing and digging (and after poking the server with a variety of sticks until we found the point that made it yelp), we were able to work out what the problem was.

The auth file was big and Minetest checks it far too often.

A lot of servers clear the auth file of players who didn’t sign in for a year, but Dark Lands hasn’t (quite!!) existed for a year yet. The very fact that we had this issue is evidence of just how busy, (and dare I say successful), the server has been. Of course, this only meant fixing it was even more important.

So our team went to work:

  • sniper set up a test server for us to use in our efforts.
  • TommyTreasure tested and tested and tested some more for every change we made.
  • shivajiva dived in like the hero he is with a whole new replacement auth system, then tweaked and edited and perfected it until the lag just went away.
  • Shara probably did something (or maybe just wants her name here to make it look like she did).

To all the players who stuck with us: you are awesome. Thank you for being so understanding. The messages we had, showing us that you felt the server was worth being patient for and in recognition of our work really made this easier. Thanks for sticking with us.

Now please get back to taming those dragons again. 🙂

Dark Lands: The Time for Dragons

This is the update a lot of you have been waiting for. Dragons now spawn in the wild!

They can be tamed and ridden, though it’s exceptionally difficult to do so, and the admin team won’t tell you how! Finding them alone might prove a challenge.

Here’s the only clues you’re getting:

  • They spawn in a certain biome.
  • At a certain height.
  • At a certain time.
  • They are rare and might not appear right away.

The rest is for you to figure out.

Happy hunting!

August Bugfixes and Updates Part 2

On Red Cat Creative:

Made projection lights respect protection
Made sliding doors respect protection
Fixed missing inventory texture for white abriglass
Redid cage glass texture

 

On Dark Lands Survival:

Restored /killme command
Made caverealms moss/lichen/algae spread over time
Fixed an issue where mobs could crash the server (thanks to tenplus1)
Restored crystal armour fire protection

August Bugfixes and Updates

Updates for the month to date. More will probably follow.

 

On Red Cat Creative:

Fixed overly light glass / incorrect colours present in abriglass since 0.4.16
Fixed homedecor plasma lamp texture
Prevented prefab concrete saw nodes giving unknown items when dug
Fixed a bug in seacoral which could crash the server (Thanks to Mr_Pardison for reporting)
Restored correct grass and junglegrass textures
Removed seed drops from all grass types to minimise inventory clutter

 

On Dark Lands Survival:

Updated mobs_redo, mobs_animal, mobs_monster, simple_skins and 3d_armor
Started work on custom armor updates (not yet finished)