thank you omega, very cool!
When will the unban wave take place?
First and foremost, let me tell you that I'm excited about our progress. I understand it's been much longer than we had originally anticipated, but here is proof of concept for everyone as we are fast approaching our Beta phase for Desteria Plus' Season 1. As always, we will be hosting a 24-hour Purge event right before we begin Beta so everyone can enjoy the last day of the map.
'Plus' Beta Testing
We're running 5-6 days of public beta testing
Beta starts at the following date and time:
Monday 14th January 2019
20:00 GMT / 15:00 EST / 14:00 CST / 13:00 MT / 12:00 PST
A separate Beta realm will be opened and you'll be able to connect through an NPC in the center of the hubs.
The Purge Event
If you are unfamiliar with how Purge events work, I'll give a brief description. Purge events are when we remove most of the protected areas of the map such as shop and other various warps. We also allow PvP everywhere (with the exception of one safe zone where you spawn) and we offer signs that give you kits, experience, and other raiding/pvp items.
On top of all that, one of the main features is that we disband all factions and remove all claimed land - truly making it a free-for-all for everyone. Whoever gets the most kills during the 24 hour period will win a Purge title on the realm they won on.
A Brief Summary
I just wanted to take a minute to explain again why this update has taken us far longer than it should have because I do the best I can to make sure I'm sharing the information I can with you all without giving away too much. Often times, this is a difficult line to maintain, so I tend to err on the safer side.
After we had originally launched our first estimate, we had lost contact with one of our developers, another developer quit, and our third developer was busy with exams. That being said, we had essentially lost all our ability to continue from a plugin perspective, which really hurt our release date. Once we had hired back one of our developers (who had to quit shortly for some family issues) - we began working on some content. The problem now, however, was that due to unique medical circumstances, he hasn't been able to dedicate a large quantity of time to Desteria. It's not something any of us can control, so we just patiently worked around it. To make up for lost time, we had outsourced our new content to third-party developers, which worked for the most part. Near the end, however, we did run into a few issues and had some delays that could have most likely been avoided.
Another large component that took far more time than I think anyone anticipated was figuring out how to shape the world like a plus. In the end, it's impossible to do fully with how Minecraft is built, so we've found a way to make it work - but the original intent of making the Plus shape covered entirely with the physical world border is too much for Minecraft. That being said, we've finally gotten to the end of the tunnel and we're ready for you all to test it out! We hope that you all enjoy the work we've been putting into this update and all I ask is that you approach this with an open mind and offer your feedback honestly and in the most constructive way you can conjure.
We will be bringing back the Bug Bounty thread for this Beta as well, so look forward to that! I will be adjusting how we pick people so it isn't just left to chance, so those of you who report more bugs are sure to have an advantage this time around! Keep your eyes peeled for that thread to be created at a later time!
As we've discussed in the past, we'll be running a total unban and unblacklist of all users to give everyone a new chance to experience Desteria Plus. That being said, there will be a few exceptions to this as there are a handful of players that have continued to cause issues and attempted to bring harm to the network even after being blacklisted - so those individuals will not be allowed back in with open arms.
Below is a list of people who will remain blacklisted even after everyone else is unbanned. Known alts will not be used in this list because it would become way too long.
Thank you all again for your continued support, advice, criticism, and desire for open communication. I know we don't always see eye-to-eye, but I want to say that I appreciate it nonetheless.
I'd rather us be in conflict about a few things than have no discussion about content at all, because it shows that you all care about Desteria and I appreciate that immensely, so thank you all.
When will it happen* lolWhen will the unban wave take place?