3 Year Anniversary, New Main Map, 1.7.9 & Win $135!

The Post You’ve Been Waiting For!

It’s hard to believe, but later this week VeteranCraft will be 3 years old! A lot has happened in the last 3 years; good, bad and ugly. It’s a milestone not many Minecraft servers can say they’ve hit, and we’re proud of that. The community of VeteranCraft is the most supportive, uplifting, positive, solid group of gamers we have ever had the pleasure to interact with. In commemoration, we will be doing it bigger than we ever have. While things may have seemed quiet lately, behind the scenes, staff and tech have been going gangbusters to bring the next chapter of VeteranCraft.

Check out the Arda F.A.Q for answers to many of your commonly asked questions.

Introducing Arda

For the first time since 2011, VeteranCraft is getting a new permanent/primary world map! This new world is 30,000 x 30,000 blocks, with super huge biomes and a massive, super-deep ocean. Here’s the first look at the world, with Vetronia inset for scale.

Epic VeteranCraft Map

Arda’s biomes are many times larger than Vetronia’s.

The spawn will be moved to Arda, on the island of Exodus. The village of Exodus, unlike Vetropolis, has been master-planned and fully conceived before construction began. The spawn functions will be limited to portal ships, a bank, and world portals. When Arda launches, when you type /spawn, you will go to Exodus.

Exodus Island (The New Spawn Island)

Exodus, the new spawn village of VeteranCraft.

Exodus Airship Port

Exodus Airship Port

The Fate of Vetronia

Vetronia is still going to be around and will only be phased out if it becomes obsolete and uninhabited, as originally planned. Though it won’t be the primary world, and probably a less interesting place to build, it will be there for those who prefer it – The same way you can still technically get dial-up internet, even though broadband is ‘it’.

3 Year Anniversary Event: PvP in Exodus

How it will go:

Participants will gather in the plaza (a safe zone that is non-PvP enabled) with no inventory, and no god-mode.
When the death match starts, it will be a free-for-all. Containers throughout the village will be unlocked, and everything in them is free to take and use. There will be weapons, food, armor and other supplies in the chests. It will be very Hunger Games-esque. Only, when you get killed, you will re-spawn to get back in and kill more. By the end of the event, whoever has the most kills, wins.

Rules & Details

  • Event starts at 6:00PM EST on Saturday, June 21, 2014 (THIS SATURDAY)
  • Event ends at 7:00PM EST
  • Arda will be un-whitelisted 1 hour before the event, although movement will be temporarily restricted to the spawn island for the event. This is to prevent land-claiming during the event and keep it fair.
  • Whoever has the most kills minus deaths at the strike of 7:00PM EST wins 50,000 Shillings.

$135 in Prizes – Dollars, Not Shillings!

If we reach at least 30 players during the event, we will raffle off 2 x $50 giftcards of your choice (within reason), as well as a free month of Viceroy. These raffle winners will be simply random, and separate from the event winner prize. So just for showing up, you have a chance to win! If you aren’t on when the drawing is done, you will be disqualified.

Amnesty Month!

From now until July 16, 2014, we will have our first (possibly last) amnesty month, where permanently banned players have a chance to return to VeteranCraft. We realize that some people made stupid decisions, people aren’t perfect, and may grow up over time. So pay attention, because this first time will tell if we make this an annual event.

To apply for amnesty:

  • Post your sincerest request to the staff and community here. Keep in mind if we sense insincerity or an ego, we will just decline your amnesty request.
  • If your amnesty is granted, your player data will be wiped, and your shillings balance will be set to negative 2,000.00 shillings. You will have a clean slate and have a 2,000.00 shilling penance to work off. You won’t have any homes, inventory, MCMMO stats, etc. You will have to start over completely. Nothing you owned in your previous life will be available to you, including builds. Again, you’re starting over.

Key Events Happening on Saturday, June 21, 2014

  • The server will be down from 11:00AM EST to 5:00PM EST for updates & administrative tasks
  • The server will be updated to 1.7.9
  • Arda, our new permanent world, will be opened
  • Exodus will become the new spawn village, replacing Vetropolis
  • All portals & newbie ship portals will be moved respectively
  • GriefPrevention will replace Residence as our primary protection plugin.
  • PvP Event – 50k shilling grand prize
  • $135 in raffle prizes – Only if we have at least 30 players on – so invite your friends.
  • Starting now, you can request 100% refunds of your residences here. In 1 month, refund rate will drop to 75%.

Post Author: meatbawllz

Meatbawllz founded VeteranCraft in June of 2011 to create a player experience for mature players, with a great balance of features. VeteranCraft is a place with many skilled players that help pitch in to make things awesome.

10 Responses to “3 Year Anniversary, New Main Map, 1.7.9 & Win $135!”

  1. Mr_Macintosh June 17, 2014 at 3:13 am #

    Hey Meat! (Or any other knowledgeable staff members),

    I think all that’s going on here is great, however, if you don’t mind, I have a few questions.

    1.) Will res still be present as a secondary protection plugin?
    2.) On the GreifProtection video, it described players getting protection blocks by playing on the server. Will this be the only way, or can we also use shillings?
    3a.) What’s going on with shops? There was no mention of player shops moving to Exodus. Will we be removing them altogether, or just leaving them at the old spawn?
    3b.) If you are getting rid of a main shopping area, can we still have shops for storage?

    I apologise if these questions seem bothersome, but I did not find the answers to them in the post, and I would just like some extra clarification.


    • TSWG June 17, 2014 at 5:36 am #

      Good morning Mr_Macintosh,

      We’re as excited about this as you can imagine, so let me see if I can answer your questions for you:

      1) No. Residence will be replaced with Grief Prevention completely.

      2) You will be able to buy protection blocks with shillings.

      3a) You can either
      a) Keep them where they are, at the old spawn,
      b) Move them to your new GP’d location. I assume this question will arise with many VC members, and perhaps collectively, some may chose to set up shop together in a large market place. Somewhere where a portal ship can reach, or perhaps an airship.
      (I think the masses would chose b).

      3b) RE: answer b) to question 3a.

    • LightWarriorK June 17, 2014 at 6:36 am #

      1) As frelling said. Residence will be maintained for special uses where finer control is needed by staff, but players will eventually HAVE to convert their Res’s to GP Claims.
      2) As TSWG said. For now, the rate is 1 shilling per block, and that protects from bedrock to sky limit. In a month it goes to 3 shillings per block. Still far cheaper than Res.
      3) Gotta override TSWG on a few things, sorry bud. 😉
      a) The Merchant Hall will be going away. Those shops will be refunded when it does. There will be NO shops at Exodus, other than the Bank. We’re encouraging player-built markets, rather than centralized spawn shops.
      b) Yes, you can still have shops in your builds, and they can be used for storage if you wish it.

      We certainly don’t mind questions, we know this will be a transition. As frelling mentioned, there will soon be documents to help. For now, since this announcement post isn’t really best for asking questions or getting them answered, please post all future questions here: http://www.veterancraft.net/forum/veterancraft-general-discussion/arda-question-repository/#p23608

      • TSWG June 17, 2014 at 6:42 am #

        And this is why I keep LWK locked in chains in the underworld. When he gets loose, he flies around burning people.

        (GoT references are always +1 :) )

  2. frelling June 17, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    Please keep in mind that this is only an announcement. We will post more detailed highlights before we open up. However, let me clarify the Residence question. Residence will still be around for the interim, though members will NOT be able to create new residences. New areas can only be protected with Grief Prevention.

  3. summertree June 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    This is going to be awesome! Thank you for all the hard work you guys have put in designing and building everything; I can’t wait to go find a proper extreme hills biome for my new home. :-)

  4. SlocumFamily June 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Question about the June 21st PVP event.

    Is there going to be something to stop someone from hanging out at the spawn point and killing people as they respawn? It would suck to have some heavily armed and armored person sit there and keep killing you so you can’t do anything.

  5. kuroshiro_03 June 23, 2014 at 1:20 am #

    In terms of Grief protection, working out towns.. just thinking is there settings like with residence, for sub-zones rather than trusting a player for the whole town??

  6. MrSpectator July 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    Can I make a suggestion? Could you add a HUGE honking warning at the beginning of the Residence section under Player Commands about GriefProtection being the new norm?

    I sunk around 30,000 shillings into making a residence in Arda and only now realized that it’s nothing more than an expensive vanity plate when people get near my house. I guess it’s what I get from being away for so long… XP

    P.S.: Just so that I’m not misunderstood. I’m not looking for a refund. I just want to make sure that other folks don’t end up making the same expensive mistake I did.

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