We have been getting significant spam on the forums lately despite my efforts to combat it. I am pretty sure someone is attacking the forum with spam bots.

In an effort to try and fix this, all future registrations will require your username to be your Minecraft username and the forum will run a check to make sure it is a valid username.
ZephCraft is looking for a Community Manager. If you feel like you would be suited for this role and would like to apply, please fill out the form here: http://goo.gl/forms/6wirG6tGGK

Pre-Requisites
- Strong Knowledge of HTML/CSS for creating web page documents
- Excellent Communication Skills
- Excellent Spelling, Grammar and Sentence Structure abilities.
- Strong ties with the ZephCraft community
- Been a member for at least 3 weeks
- Active Community Member
- Strong Knowledge of Plugins, Minecraft, Features, etc
- Grade 12 Education or Equivalent


Responsibilities

As the Community Manager, you would be in charge of the following:
- Creating Web Pages on the ZephCraft.com website aimed at providing knowledgeable and helpful information for players of the ZephCraft Server
- Creating weekly news posts on the home page regarding updates and changes to the server. (May be required to make news posts more often depending on whats happening that week. Weekly Changelogs would be mandatory)
- Communicate directly with Admins and Builders about ongoing projects so that these plans can be communicated to the general public.
- Updating the Wiki Site (wiki.zephcraft.com)
- Managing Server, Website and Discord Moderators to make sure chat is kept clean and fun and that no moderators are abusing their powers.
- Working with Admins to come up with ideas to engage the community (IE Creating Events, Builds, Advertising, Voting, etc)
- Advertising the server and the Community and coming up with plans for us to purchase advertising opportunities
- Managing the Web Store
- And potentially more

This is NOT a paid position and is considered strictly volunteer, however as the role of Community Manager, it would be your responsibility to help grow the server. If at any point the server becomes profitable enough to sustain an income, this will turn into a paid position. We expect that anyone applying for this position is doing so in the hopes of...
Hey everybody. The server is now on 1.9 in case you didn't notice. I wanted to take this time to let you guys know about a few things just so that you know whats going on.

First off, 1.9 changes a lot of things, mainly combat. It is important that you learn about the new changes so that you can be adequately prepared to survive. Here is the official changelog/updatelog from mojang.

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Minecraft has been updated to version 1.9!

The pretty much almost complete feature list:

* Added shields
* Attacking now has a “cool-down” delay, making it more important to time your attacks
* You can now hold items in both hands (default quick key to swap items is ‘F’)
* Swords have a special sweep attack
* Axes have a special crushing blow attack
* Added the elytra
* New mob: Shulker
* Expanded The End
* Added Chorus plants
* New Purpur blocks
* New End Rod block
* Added dragon head block
* Ender Dragon can be resummoned
* Added beetroot and beetroot soup (from MC:PE)
* Added grass path block
* Added igloos
* Armor protection values have been lowered
* Added tipped arrows
* Added spectral arrows
* Added Frost Walker enchantment and frosted ice block
* Added a whole bunch of new sound effects
* Added sound effect subtitles
* Brewing Stand now requires Blaze Powder to activate
* Added skeleton riders
* We believe we’ve fixed MC-10 and a whole bunch of other issues
- Removed Herobrine
We have temporarily put the server in normal mode until everyone can grow accustomed to the changes. However we do plan to go back to hard mode eventually.

We have added a temp pvp area in spawn. Just look for the glass walls. This is a way for you guys to test out the pvp features until a more permanent solution can be put into place. WARNING this is an unsafe arena. You will drop items on death.

We will be adding shops with the new 1.9 blocks that you can't obtain from our world (due to it being a 1.8 world).

The end is closed right now. We will be having a community event on...
Hello Everybody, here with a rather large information post so that you are all up to speed on everything going on in the world of ZephCraft

Claims & Claimblocks
As many of you are aware, we had a derp with the server on February 14th. (It's because the server knew I wasn't going anywhere for valentines day and decided to make me work it). The most notable issue from this was the corruption of some claim data. It took us a little while to figure out what was going on, and we asked you, the community, what we should do to rectify the situation.

Most of you opted for us to give you some more claim blocks instead of rolling back the Grief Prevention plugin. So that is what we are doing. We have set up 2 coupon codes on the store. The first one, freeclaims, will allow you to get 2500 claim blocks from our online store for free. The second code, discountclaims, will allow you to get 25% off any purchase of claim blocks in the store. (Note these codes expire on May 31st and March 31st respectively).

For those of you who had much more then that (20k+ for example), we have setup another way for you to get those back. Please fill out this form: http://goo.gl/forms/FRgWTLAJAI requesting claim blocks you think you had before. We will check this against the old files we have and restore them on a case by case basis. So basically if you actually had 20k blocks, you can request 20k to be added and if you actually had them you will get them back. If you didn't actually have 20k and request 20k, you won't get 20k.

We are doing many things to prevent things like this from happening in the future. See below for more information.

Homes, Money and other Essentials things
We had a server derp with Essentials the other day that resulted in some peoples homes being reset as well as money and a couple other things. I have already restored most of these and am finishing them up as we speak now. If you are still missing homes, please let me...
As everyone is well aware, we had a minor server crash, and during the recovery, we lost some of the claim data. I've looked at it, and a decision has to be made. We have two options:

  1. Roll back to Feb 14th
  2. Leave it as is
If we roll it back, we may have some duplicates, and we will lose any new claims made since the 14th.

Either way, it's an ugly mess ... I'm going to post a poll below. Please vote, and please feel free to comment.
As many of you know, 1.9 is set to be released February 25th after nearly a year of development. This is very exciting as it brings new features to the game and usually brings old and new players back to servers.

As of right now, Spigot has not provided much information as to their upgrade process. Because we run various plugins we need Spigot (and the plugins) to update to a stable release of 1.9 before we can upgrade the server. I am not sure how long this process will take but will update you all as I can.

Once a stable version of Spigot 1.9 is out, we will begin testing plugin compatibility. Once we are sure everything is working properly and stable, we will upgrade the server. This process could be anywhere from a week (minimum) to a month. We are not sure how long it will take for all the updates to come out.

Once the update does come out, we will be resetting the end so everyone can properly take advantage of the new end features in the update.

If you have any questions, please post them below and I will do my best to answer them.

I would recommend that if you want to continue playing on the server that you create a new minecraft profile in your Minecraft launcher titled "1.8" and set it not to update past 1.8.9 otherwise your launcher will auto update to 1.9 and will not be compatible with the server.
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Thats right, another Bonus XP weekend is on the way! Thanks to you guys and your incredible donations we are having another Bonus XP weekend sometime in March! Official weekend TO BE ANNOUNCED. So stay tuned for that! Again thank all so much for your continued support of the server!
Hey Everyone! I'm ThePsHolo and I'm a Moderator for Zephcraft

First off i would like to let everyone know of the newest staff members to join the ranks to just help out the server and RedZephon a little bit more.
Those people being myself 'ThePsHolo' & 'Jemez'
Secondly the whole staff team would like to just continue thanking everyone that has donated recently as it means an awful lot to us as we get to see the support coming from our very strong bonded community and we hope it stays that way. Once again thank you for your continues donations and support.

Thirdly we would like to address the "Dynamic Map", "Spawn" and "Update Timeline" questions as we are getting a few of these questions as of late.

  • The Dynamic map is an ongoing issue that we are looking into. we appreciate your feedback on the matter as it helps us determine if the issue has been fixed or not.
  • The Spawn is still an on going build up and we are constantly looking for ideas to add to the spawn. We are also aware that some of the old event items may still be floating around and this will be amended as soon as we get round to it.
  • Our update schedule is being worked on but February is a busy for all of us especially RedZephon. So we would like to ask if you all would kindly just be patient with us and we will try to get more updates to you when possible.
That's all for now folks. If you have any questions feel free to ask. Don't forget to hop on our discord because we are all usually on there!

Also Welcome to any new players that have joined the server.

P.S If any negativity is spotted in the chats or on the server we will be monitoring and acting on them if needed.
Hey Everyone! I haven't made a post in a while and I just wanted to address the community as a whole and talk about a few things.

First off I wanna say thank you to those of you who have donated recently. It is greatly appreciated and we are so glad you are enjoying the server. It really means a lot and helps the server more then you know!

Second, regarding our last post with the server crashes. These were obviously fixed. We had to make some space on the disk because they got full. Coupled with a few java issues. But those were all fixed. Server has been running smooth like a baby's bum.

We have seen a lot of new players join the server as of late, and I wanted to take the time to let you know about a few concerns I have seen pop up! First is Grief. We do have anti grief tools in the form of grief prevention. By crafting a golden shovel you can select two corners of your house or build and create a plot or claim that is protected from mobs and unwanted guests. You can trust people into this claim and subdivide it as well (great for towns!). We do have Grief Monitoring as well so we can track all block changes and restore grief if necessary, though this can be avoided by claiming the land.

As for spawn, we did have a map reset not too long ago and I have slowly been working on adding more features to the spawn town. I'm currently working on a marketplace! If you have ideas or suggestions for things you'd like to see, let us know by posting in the suggestions forum. But that might be why things look empty right now. It'll fill up soon!

I think that's all for now. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Don't forget to hop on the discord because I'm usually always on there!

And Welcome to all of our new players! We are really happy to have you!

PS: If there is any drama or negativity happening in chat, I will be issuing mutes.
So theres no question that there have been issues on the server, mostly with the server crashing. There are a few reasons for that, some of them are explainable, some are not.

Most of the issues popped up after updating the server backend, there is a new major version in beta that we are considering updating to because the current version is just absolute trash in terms of keeping the server stable and online. Mostly whats happening is the CPU and RAM is spiking to the point where the actual server is killing it in order to make sure that the server doesn't explode (exaggeration). Thats why you are seeing the crashes because the panel spikes and then it gets killed.

Secondly we have a lot of plugins on the server and there are a lot of read/write issues with too much trying to be written to the disk and what not. I have plans to fix this including separating different functions to different servers so that each separate server serves 1 role instead of 1 server trying to do everything.

One of the things is the Online Map. All of our players love the online Map, however its a prime source of lag because it runs as a plugin so it causes lag in game, and also is constantly writing new map data to the disk. DynMap is just too resource intensive. So we will be switching back to Minecraft Overviewer (I experimented with this a while back but went back to DynMap due to not being able to get it running right away). Minecraft Overviewer will be running on a completely separate server which will help to eliminate lag on this server. The plan will be for the map to be synced nightly so once per day there will be map updates. Only downfall is that you won't be able to track player locations but I think this is ok because have run into some issues with players following other players. Im also hoping to be able to add better map information so it looks better and is easier to find what you are looking for on the map.

We are also Planning on moving MySQL data to a separate...