We Feeding The Beast Now!

By: ToxicAirEvent on January 16th, 2017

After many years and many iterations we’re trying something really different with The Cool Table.

We always played on a totally vanilla or close to vanilla version of minecraft. We were dedicated to the core of the game. HOWEVER! Once in a while everyone needs a change. Traffic to the server had slowed down for many reasons. Minecraft for the PC is popular but it is hardly at its height. At least seemingly. Some of us who have been at it since beta or alpha release wanted to crank it up a notch after years of playing the game in a vanilla or close to vanilla state.

As a result we decided to make the jump to Feed The Beast Hermitpack.

THE SERVER & CONNECTING:

The rules and goals of the server are the same as ever. Basically have fun building, and be cool to each other.

If you want to see or review the rules in full take a look at our rules page. The rules page also contains info about how to connect to the server and get Feed The Beast with Hermit Pack on it’s feet.

IP is the same as always. You can connect via minecraft.cooltable.org and the server location is still in New York.

If you need any help joining the server or getting Feed The Beast up and running feel free to drop us a help line in Discord. I (ToxicAirEvent) or Haaammit will be happy to help. So will whoever else happens to be present at the time. Everyone here is pretty cool.

If your wondering what you can do on the server please consult our User Commands List or just simply ask.

HELP US IMPROVE:

On a final note please feel free to provide feedback to us on how to improve the server in Discord or on the community forum. This is our first foray into modded minecraft so there will be some trial and error here I’m almost 100% sure of it.

HAVE FUN FOLKS AND HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AROUND!


Server Down Until Early Next Week

By: ToxicAirEvent on October 29th, 2016

If you’re looking to play on the server in the next few days it will be down. We’re sorry for this but our VPS needs an update to a more current operating system version with some better methods of handling reads and writes to the disk. Overall this should improve server performance and result in less wasted space. Making these updates takes some time. Both in doing them and just backing up all the files before making the changes.

The world and server will be as you left it when it was taken down so don’t worry about losing any progress or builds.

The Cool Table will return sometime late Monday night (October 31st) or Tuesday afternoon (November 1st), I’ll be posting updates as needed.

Check the discord Minecraft channel for the most recent updates!


The Transcontinental Railroad!

By: ToxicAirEvent on July 31st, 2016

AN INTRODUCTION:

In an effort to make The Cool Table more community oriented with a common goal that brings all the members together we’ve decided to set in on some community builds. To encourage people to help with these community builds we’ve developed jobs that will revolve around completion of the goals. Many moons ago we had an idea to build an extensive rail network to link towns and settlements players have on the server. I and some others who have moved on from The Cool Table thought it would be a unique build, an interesting build, a cool way to unite settlements on the server, and a nice way to sightsee the world.

The idea was put on the back burner at one time. Not many were involved in the server, we didn’t really think it through super well in the initial conception. Recently in a forum thread asking what people would like to see out of the server the idea was floated by me again. People seemed to like it so we set in on it. Being someone who generally moves kind of slow it took time to fully bring to fruition but we finally did it. As of now the economy, jobs, and build are active on the server. So please come join us and help us build the railroad.

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CONSTRUCTION OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD:

In the forum thread that started this all you can find the proposed map for the railroad. We decided to start small and we’re building ONLY THE BLUE LINE FIRST.  It starts at spawn and runs southwest toward Haaammits house where a new settlement will be built. The end goal is for these settlements to act as places to pull players together. You can work various jobs and setup chestshops to trade materials for money earned from your job. Use the money for whatever you like. Be it to help you do your jobs or for your own creative side projects.

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The Blue Line Railroad.

To a certain extent we’re roll-playing here. We’re not going all the way back to the 1800’s when the actual first transcontinental railroad was built but the idea is the same. The tracks are an easy way to travel and move material. So people live near them and use them. Role play in that way. Build with the railroad but still use your own creativity to build your own unique structures. Have fun with it!

As for the RED LINE TO THE NORTH we will build it… eventually. We want to knock this out one line at a time and Haaammit and company has already built some unique structures along the way so by default we’re heading that way.

TRACK STRUCTURES:

Haaammit being much better at building than I has come up with some proposed styles of track structures you can see above. The Track Layer job has been designed and centered around playing the blocks needed to build these structures on ground. There is a separate job for building the bridges and tunnels. Talk to Haaammit for more info or warp to the example locations to see the templates for these structures, or just use these photos as the template to help you complete your work.

Additionally in order to help give a sense of direction where to build you can follow the markers I placed down which show where the railroad should run. We don’t want it to be too twisty turny or have too many random inclines to do your best to clear land to make the track fit through the world. Some inclines are too be expected however so don’t shy away from them. Look to ToxicAirEvent, or Haaammit for input. We’ll also be looking to add more admins, moderators, or just chiefs of staff over time to assist as leaders to the builds.

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JOBS AND THE ECONOMY:

As aforemention we now have jobs and an economy, as well as chest shops.

The following commands will be useful to all players.

  • /jobs browse – see all the jobs on the server and what you do if you take that job.
  • /jobs join <jobName> – Join a job of your choice.
  • /jobs leave <jobName> – Leave a job you’re already working.
  • /money – See how much money you have.
  • /money pay [name] [amount] – Send money to others
  • /BuyClaimBlocks – Buy extra claim blocks to protect your land.
  • /SellClaimBlocks – Sell excess claim blocks for some extra cash.

ChestShops can be setup using signs with the following format:

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Make sure you’ve got the correct item name or ID.

The plugins we are using to accomplish these features are: ChestShop for iConomy Recreation, iConomy Recreation, and Jobs for iConomy Recreation. So if you want any more info on them or how to use them that we have not listed yet check out their plugin pages. For commands most useful to you based on how our server is configured check out our Player Commands Page!

ADDITIONAL INFO ABOUT JOBS AND THE ECONOMY:

Each player can work up to 2 jobs at one time. Different jobs have different max levels. The more you work a job the move money you will be paid per action done from the base pay. (Ex. Base pay for placing X block is $1. If you place enough blocks to reach level 2 in the job you’re pay will be increased to $1.25 for each block placed) The levels scale different from job to job. Some will pay more up front but increase in pay less over time. Others will pay less up front, but more as you level them.

Additionally leaving a job comes with a penalty. You lose 55% of your rank when leaving a job. So if you are a level 100 builder and leave that job for another one 55% of your level is lost. Meaning if you ever come back to the builder job you’ll be reset to level 45. This is to prevent job jumping constantly to game the system to whatever your most lucrative current activity is.

Jobs also generate experience which is credited towards your actual in game experience in minecraft that you can use to enchant items or do whatever else you wish with.

All money in your account accrues interest of 2% once per day.

HOMES, WARPS, AND COST:

It now cost $33 to warp to any of your homes in game. We’ve always wanted to keep movement within the world a bit more vanilla with things like cooldown, warmups, and basically not just have people zipping all over the place. As a result we’re now imposing an economic penalty to warp home or to anyone’s home for that matter if you’re invited to use another players. For now that is all that will cost money when it comes to warping. We may adjust this later as we figure out exactly where we want the economy and jobs to fit into the play style of everyone on the server.

THE END:

Thanks for sitting at The Cool Table with us everyone! I know this is a long post but I think it pretty much covers all the changes we’ve recently decided to make. As with anything else there will be some screw ups, some growing pains, and glitches. If you encounter any or find something we missed mentioning here on the blog please bring it to our attention. The idea is that this website functions as a wiki to archive all the various information and goings ons of the server. Hit us up on the forum or bring it to our attention in Discord. In game works as well too but the limited character space to talk in chat makes it the most difficult.


Much love and lets have fun going forward!

PS: Dynamp! A lot of you have asked for it with this new project going forward since it would make tracking the progress of everything much easier. Well have no fear it isn’t quite here! It will be soon. The server minecraft is located on has limited space as it is an SSD to allow quicker loading of the world in game. Dynmap takes A LOT OF SPACE so it needs to be configured in a way that requires us to jump through some hoops to save its data to another but much larger harddrive. it will work, it is just a slow process getting it to work. So be on the lookout for the dynmap in the coming 7-10 days. We have been working on it.


New maps on the PUG server:

By: ToxicAirEvent on July 19th, 2016

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Our 5v5 PUG Mod server has been updated to include 7 new community maps.

  • de_fortress
  • Heat2
  • Legacy
  • Austria
  • Shipped
  • Waterfall
  • Decay

All the maps can be subscribed to via the Steam Workshop Collection.

The server IP has not changed either it is: 138.128.20.213:27045 or you can simply click CONNECT to join.

We’re continuing use of PUG Setup by SpLewis to manage games. Simply type .setup in chat to get a game started. By typing setup you can also issue the command to change the map if you like and are just joining on your own to wander and checkout the maps.

If you have any troubles simply type /call in chat on the server to alert an admin. We’ll try to get to you as soon as possible.


The 1.9 Update to the server and some website updates for you all to mull over.

By: ToxicAirEvent on March 25th, 2016

As many of you have already seen the server has been updated to version 1.9 of minecraft and we started a new world. Those of you who bothered to save your schematics of builds in the old world can find them here.

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PAGE UPDATES:

Also since this was the combat update we’ve re-enabled PVP on the server. The rules and info page has been updated to reflect this as well as a few other small policy changes regarding land protection and how some existing rules will be enforced. I highly recommend you all read them.

Some other page updates you might want to check out is we added a Commands Page which list off all the commands that users have access to in the server. Ideally this will eliminate some confusion as to what all user, as well as donors have access to, and just serve as a good reference in the event you forget something. I mean it’s my own server and sometimes I forget exactly how to do some things between all the various plugins we have.

The commands page will be updated over time as we change plugins or if we realize we missed something that should be listed.

We also updated the Mumble and Discord page to consolidate the information into one page instead of being split across two pages. The old two pages still exist for legacy reasons to make the information easy to fine. The link the the Mumble and Discord page can now be accessed via the voice tab on the navigation bar of all pages.

Additionally we updated our Minecraft Server Voting Page with a more up to date list of sites we have votifier rewards enabled for. Also wrote a better paragraph explaining why voting helps the server grow and keep going. As always each vote you cast will earn you a reward. Currently every vote cast earns you 1 diamond. Which is nothing new since I’m pretty sure that has been the voting reward for over a year now.

Finally the Bans Information page has gotten a slight face lift. We’ve never intended for it to be anything super fancy but some of the formatting has been updated, an option to appeal bans on the forum has been added, and the navigation links have been brought up to date. If you didn’t already notice a link to the bans page has been added to the navigation bar at the top of the page as well.

FANCY NEW FORUM:

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We’ve got ourselves a fancy schmancy new forum everyone can use. So far I’m the only person posting there and I’ve set up a few introductory topics for everyone to discuss on a few things I’d like player feedback on for the server. The forum is also home to the ban appeals section and if you want a name prefix for free take part in our little contest we’re running. Hope to have some good discussions with you all on there.

DONATIONS ARE BACK:

We’ve revamped the donations page as well as all the rewards you receive for donating various amounts of money. All donations are now good for 3 months instead of 2 months. The 3 pricing tiers we have did not change. So more bang for you buck I guess.

Donations and your upgrade are still handled by BuyCraft so you can check them out and browse what you want via our buycraft store directly or select you ideal package and then purchase via our donations page.

CHANGES TO THE SERVER:

Finally the topic of discussion you’ve probably skimmed past everything else I did and worked on to see. What did we change about the server with the 1.9 update. Well here ya go. I’ll just make some bullet points so it is easy to digest.

  • uHome cooldown and warmup times have been increased by a few second each.
  • /tpa now has a 10 minute cooldown between uses.
  • Fixed and added FirstJoinPlus back.
  • OnTime, KnapSacks, EnderSpawn, Echopet plugins have all been removed.
  • Stats page is disabled until the plugin compatibility with 1.9 has been fixed.
  • Added a better /warp plugin so that you can easily get to spawn or community hubs we create in the future.
  • Update most of the other plugins to their 1.9 compatible versions as needed.
  • Changed some of the scoreboard, join, leave, and various other messages in the game.
  • Added the /ping command so you can see if you’re lagging. Low the number the better people.
  • We added a better auto message chat announcer to the server.
  • Fixed up the voting rewards and voting sites list accessible via the /vote command.

THE END!

Thanks for reading, and thanks for playing everyone. Collectively we are The Cool Table and everyone playing and helping to keep the server alive deserves a pat on the back. You are all awesome!


The Upgrade to Minecraft Version 1.9 Will Be Thursday at 11pm.

By: ToxicAirEvent on March 9th, 2016

The Spigot Devs have finally got a stable build of Minecraft 1.9 up and running which will allow us to upgrade the server to version 1.9.

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I’ve spent a few hours over the last two days making sure all our plugins work and in the event they don’t work we’ve dropped and replaced them for ones that do work. Minus a few exceptions in which no alternative could be found or we’ve deemed them no longer useful to the server for one reason or another. Those plugins are:

  • Knapsacks – Rarely used, not 1.9 compatible with lacking alternatives serving the same scope of interest.
  • EchoPets – Pets were also rarely used for those who could use them. A good alternative plugin is also yet to surface.
  • EnderSpawn – With the changes to how the Ender dragon is handled in Minecraft 1.9 a plugin to respawn the Ender Dragon every so often is no longer needed.
  • FirstJoinPlus – Never really worked as we wanted it to. Alternative or new plugin to handle this support may be added soon.
  • OnTime – Database and logging abilities have been broken for quite some time and often times did not save correctly.

THE WORLD WILL NOT BE SAVED BUT YOU CAN SAVE YOUR STUFF

The current world has existed for over 1 year and even knowing The Cool Table isn’t the most active server players over that amount of time can generate some impressive amount of data. Especially in something like minecraft. The overworld itself almost tops 14gb of data with The End and Nether totally up for another just over 2gb of data. Even when compressed the file for the entire world is absolutely massive. So here is your warning. You have roughly the next 24 hours to save what you can to the server.

We’ve given all users access to the //schematic command* which will allow them to save a schematic of any space on the map they’d like to retain for their personal use. We will save and upload all the schematics to our web server before the map is deleted. You can download and do as you wish with them from there.

*NOTE: In order to make sure you encapsulate your entire build into a selected area make sure you are familiar with the WorldEdit Selection Tools.

We’re sorry and realize this is not an ideal situation but it is all we really can feasibly do.

Please also note that the max number of blocks that can be saved to a schematic is 75,000. Any errors that occur in this we are not responsible for and we apologize.

If you have any questions or are encountering any issues with saving your land please either ask an admin on the server for help or join our discord server and send a message to either @toxicairevent or @haaammit (Trisha) and we’ll be happy to help you out.

FURTHER UPDATES

Once the new world is up tomorrow we have some other nice new features to this website and the server that we hope you’ll like. I’ll be making another blog post about them at that time explaining all of them. Hopefully it well help everyone both new and old enjoy the server a bit more.

-Thanks everyone.


Are you ready for 1.9? Well so are we. Waiting on you Spigot Devs!

By: ToxicAirEvent on February 29th, 2016

Mojang somewhat unbeknownst to me pushed the Minecraft 1.9 Update yesterday night/early this morning.

We’ve always been fans of keeping plugins light on The Cool Table up to the latest and greatest version of minecraft giving the game the most vanilla feel possible with helpful management and features added via plugins.

The down side to using plugins is you have to use a platform such as Spigot MC to keep things running. Specifically we use Spigot if you’re having trouble catching on here.

The Spigot Devs themselves said they aimed for Monday or Tuesday however with Mojang pushing the release slightly look for it later this week. We’ll also need to do some basic plugin comparability testing once the build is out.

All in all expect it to be a bit before we upgrade The Cool Table to version 1.9. In the meantime the server will continue to run as it always has on its current version (1.8.x).

Thanks for being patient everyone.


Minecraft Server Has Moved

By: ToxicAirEvent on February 1st, 2016

This post I’m going to say up front is probably about 2 and a half week overdue. This was all handled a while back but has never been covered and basically done for a while. Life got in the way and made this take some extra time. Anyway here we are…

For the last year, maybe closer to a year and a half The Cool Table minecraft server was running on a droplet at Digital Ocean. It was great because it was a decent server that some of the admins behind The Cool Table could get discounts or free time on seeing as we were Students. However overtime the quality of performance went down. I don’t know if this was Digital Ocean, the fact that Minecraft through some iterations of Spigot became more demanding, or a little of both.

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We finally decided it was time to move on from Digital Ocean and are now at our new host on a dedicated box. The server is still located in New York and you as players shouldn’t notice many if any changes. If anything you’ll just notice some better performance because the server now has two faster cores and an additional 2gb of RAM.

We’ve also made some plugin changes that should stabilize the server better since the transitiona and finding plugins that work well or are designed specifically to interface with Spigot and not bucket proved difficult for a time since Bukkit some unexpectedly died. Most of it was compatible or has since been made compatible since the Bukkit development was killed by a DCMA and moved exclusively to Spigot.

When it comes to these optimizations I’ll just make this small list below. Also as always the server can be connected to and played on via minecraft.cooltable.org as its address. Full rules can also be found under the minecraft tab.

CHANGES IN NO SPECIFIC TERMS:

  • New server with 4 and a half gb of RAM instead of the previous 2gb. 2 cores as always but now faster and I’m pretty sure a more modern version.
  • Vanish plugin for staff members to observe or fake quit and join was switched from VanishNoPacket to SuperVanish.
  • The auto restart plugin is now JenoRestart and reboots are every 12 hours right now. Might be adjusted to 8 hours.
  • Changed and reduced the number of chat advertisements seen on the server.
  • Added a Discord Server for The Cool Table. You can use that to chat if you like and is also the quickest way to get an admin online or alert them to issues if none are online.
  • Added protocol lib plugin to handle its optimizations and certain customization’s to the server better.
  • THANKS TO A LOT TO yrthilian for handling most of these optimizations. At least the ingame and plugin related ones.


DE_SANTORINI has been added to the PUG server

By: ToxicAirEvent on November 2nd, 2015

With it’s release today by FMPONE we’ve decided to add De_Santorini to our PUG Mod servers.

The current full map rotation can be found on our Steam Workshop Page. Please note that Santorini has simply been added to the normal rotation of maps and is not guaranteed to be the map you play. The map that will be played is simply depended on what the 10 players in the server vote for once all players have readied up. With this map being so popular however it is more than likely it is all you’ll be seeing for the next few days.

SERVERS:

Additionally please note that the SURF server will be shutdown for the time being. The load of all the players trying to 10man and constant high rate of request to the server makes running the SURF server incredibly difficult at this time since it is a CPU monster above and beyond what these normal 10 man servers require. It caused a lot of lag earlier in the day when all three servers were running.

Also please consider joining our steam group. We’re trying to start having more consistent 10man scrim and PUG nights. The more users we have in our group the easier it is to fill the servers and get more games in without having to wait around. Plus it is easy access to any announcements we make.

On a final note if you’d like to help keep the servers up and running please consider doing so. We’re paying for this out of our own pocket at this point. It isn’t a lot (abut $25 a month) but the more that we don’t have to pay the better because extra money allows us to scale up the hardware on the server we are renting and setup extra servers so people aren’t constantly locked out. Donate more than $2 and we’ll give you a reserve slot.





October… Fall… Season of changes.

By: ToxicAirEvent on September 30th, 2015

UPDATES

This post is a somewhat long time coming and I’ve already applied basically all of these changes to the server if you all didn’t already notice. However here we go anyway.

PVP & DEATHBANPLUS

PVP has been turned off. We enjoyed that experience for a time however it never really came to be much of anything. PVP didn’t punish bad play like we hoped and lead basically just to some people being assholes to each other. As a result we’ve decided to remove it. As a result of PVP being gone DeathBanPlus has also been removed from the server. This plugin might return someday in order to make dying in this survival world of ours slightly more punishing. I’m going to leave it off until at least the end of October however.

WARPS ARE BACK

Many of you will be happy to see that Warps have returned. Simply type /warps into chat to see a list of all the warps and /warp <warpName> to go to a specific warp. Pretty straight forward. If any of the information on the warps is in German I’m sorry but the guy who made this plugin is German. It also happens to be one of the only working warps plugins out there.

CHAT ADVERTISEMENTS AND EMOTES

The rate at which users see the chat advertisements has been moved up to once every two minutes instead of once every 3 minutes. I also added a whole new set of chat emotes based on suggestions that were given during our new moderator application process. The full set of chat emotes is listed below.

MUMBLE

Remember everyone we have a mumble server. You can get all the information on it at cooltable.org/mumble. It is a lot like skype but with better audio quality and more people can talk at once. It also has a text chat paired with it for sharing of links or communicating when you don’t have a mic. I highly recommend using it.

MOB ARENA AND PVP ARENA

I added a plugin called MobArena which will let you fight monsters with your friends for extra loot. The arena isn’t fully set up yet as some work needs to be done converting the PVP Arena to work with the Mob Arena. I know a lot of you would like a PVP Arena but finding a good, free, and working PVP Arena plugin doesn’t seem to be a thing that really exist. At least not one that is compatible with Spigot 1.8.x. If you can find one let me know and I’ll look into adding it.

AUTORESTART AND SOME STABILITY FIXES

AutoRestart is now back up and running. It was having some real issues. So now the server will automatically shutdown, clear all its memory, and save all your builds every 6 hours. Hopefully this will help out with some of the lag many of you are experiencing when placing certain blocks. Also I installed a long list of needed updates to the operating system for the server as well as updated to the latest version of Java for the server. Ideally this will help out with some of the lag or occasional crashes as well.

If you want to see how far a server restart is at any given moment all users have been given access to the /autore time command.

NEW MODERATORS

New moderators were added. Some were people that applied for positions. Some were people who the staff of the server thought would make good picks to help out running this show. You’ll see them around but just know they are there.

LOCKETTE

Finally Lockette should now be useful and able to protect dispensers. No guarantees because this is Minecraft we’re talking about here. Actually modded Minecraft and I think we all know how that shit tends to go.

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