Now 1.8 ready!

Hey guys, just a quick update, the server is now 1.8 compatible. All 1.8 features should be working perfectly, but there were some issues updating, so tell a staff member if you have issues.

Have fun!
– Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)

Some Bug Fixes

Hello, just a quick update to let you know that I’ve fixed some issues. Fixing items with anvils should now work, and mcMMO should be working better than it was before. Although it was not noticeable on the user side, mcMMO has been causing many issues on the server side of things. All should be good now.

In other news, I will be doing periodic plugin updates, so please pardon the occasional server reboot as this is necessary to update plugins.

Regards,
Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)

Sponge & 1.8 Progress

Hello, the Sponge project has been progressing very rapidly and as a result, Sponge may be available by the end of the year. Livecraft may experience a time with a lack of plugins, but this will be necessary during the conversion process. Livecraft will always have the core features, as well as MCBans and a block logging plugin such as Prism. As for the 1.8 update progress, we have a spawn built and ready to use in the next 1.8 map. This will make the update much quicker, as we can copy the new spawn from the temporary world used to build it to the new 1.8 world. As always, I’ll keep you all updated.

Regards,
Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)

The Future of Livecraft

Hello, given recent developments in the Minecraft multiplayer scene, the future of Livecraft and many other servers is in question. The Bukkit project is no longer providing downloads or source code, leaving servers and developers to find another project or move on from Minecraft. In light of this, there have been groups that have formed to create a replacement for Bukkit. One such project is called “Sponge“, which is a project which aims to continue where Bukkit left off, using a clean codebase and an improved API. As a result, I have decided that Livecraft will use the Sponge server software once it is stable enough for daily use. Consequently, the Minecraft 1.8 update has been delayed considerably, and may not even happen before the year is out. Here’s to a brighter, yellow, and more absorbent (ba dum tss) future for Livecraft.

tl;dr: Bukkit is dead, Spigot is on life support. A new project called Sponge has potential to succeed Bukkit. Livecraft will most likely not update to Minecraft 1.8 before the year ends.

Regards,
Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)

Long Live Minecraft

Some unfortunate news I have to report today. I discovered that the Bukkit project has been more or less discontinued as a result of a recent DMCA notice filed against them. As a result, all Bukkit downloads have been removed and are no longer available for download, and most Bukkit staff have formally resigned. Similarly, the Spigot project received a similar notice, and has also removed all downloads; however, the Spigot team has released a program which can update Spigot through binary patching, allowing the project to continue updating within legal boundaries. As a result of these recent developments, the future of Livecraft and the 1.8 update are in question. The server will continue to be online, but many difficulties, such as the lack of future updates may be encountered.

I would like to give a personal thank you to all of the talented people who have contributed to both Bukkit and Spigot, and I have appreciated being able to have used Bukkit and Spigot for the past four years. The software was useful to hundreds of thousands, and it will be missed. I do hope that the legal issues can be resolved, but for now, the futures of both Bukkit and Spigot are unknown.

Regarding my minecraft-init and mc*NIX projects, I will update them shortly to allow binary patching of Spigot and remove downloads to both the Bukkit and Spigot projects, considering it is no longer possible to download them directly.

Regards,
Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)

For more information on the subject, visit the following links:
Bukkit Community Announcements & News
SpigotMC – High Performance Minecraft

Time Warner Network Problems

Hi, I would like to update you all on some recent network problems with Time Warner Cable that have been affecting Livecraft directly for the past few days. Around 24 hours ago, Time Warner Cable experienced a nationwide service outage which affected Livecraft by causing a large amount of lag and times where the server was not accessible at all. It seems the issue has been dealt with upstream; however, I feel that the quality of the connection has degraded. This may result in the server being slower to respond or occasionally disconnecting players. I would like to announce that this is unfortunately out of my control, and I will be looking to other internet service providers as I feel that Time Warner Cable is not adequate. I appreciate your cooperation as I attempt to work around this issue.

On a personal note, I suggest not getting Time Warner internet. Get Charter or Comcast, you will be a much happier customer.