ANNOUNCE: "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" Server

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Re: ANNOUNCE: "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" Server

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The bees mod previously mentioned, which for a while I was able to stop crashing at the expense of the beehives being broken, has now been replaced with the nobees mod, which replaces beehives with tree stumps, and other bees mod items with stumps, wood, and honey blocks.

Note that this does not affect the bees that go hopping around, which you can craft into the more realistic looking hives that produce honey drops, which may be eaten or crafted into honey blocks. This is from the well-maintained mobs_redo animal mod.

This will make both Gardens and Farms overall faster and more stable. Thanks to LDH for putting the nobees mod together (I contributed to the code as well).

Additionally, there were some changes to the mesecons on Creative Gardens:

Several months ago, I put in the mese_restriction mod. This prevents abused, misused, and lag-causing mesecon items from being used without a "mesemaker" privilege. Installing this however had no effect on 2+ years worth of existing laggy mesecons machines. So I spent all night using Worldedit to clear out the banned mesecon items from tens-hundreds of millions of selected blocks at a time from the older-settled areas. This, combined with the bees removal, will speed things up over time.

There is a problem though - unremovable parts of pistons remain. If you run into one and it's a problem for you, ask me and I will worldedit it out.
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Re: ANNOUNCE: "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" Server

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Creative Gardens will be migrated to Minetest v5 on Tuesday, March 19.

After this date you will need to upgrade to Minetest v5 to connect to the server.
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Re: ANNOUNCE: "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" Server

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I recently came to the realization that I have been overly strict with griefers. For this reason I have removed most bans from The Creative Gardens.

From now on the majority of bans will be temporary, either 3 months or 6 months.

Note that work of griefers is often rolled back and/or protection blocks are removed, so most of these formerly banned users will be starting fresh.
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Re: ANNOUNCE: "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" Server

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As Discord has become the main public place for many Minetest players, I have updated Rule #8 to include public Discord servers along with public IRC servers.
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Re: ANNOUNCE: "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" Server

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redblade7 wrote:As Discord has become the main public place for many Minetest players, I have updated Rule #8 to include public Discord servers along with public IRC servers.
There is now an official Discord for The Creative Gardens, The Digital Farms, and The Valleys.

Current 50-use invite link (see the first post on this thread for the latest): https://discord.gg/25rzDUJ

It uses the discordmt mod by archfan7411 to allow chat between Minetest and Discord.

There's also voice chat and online radio stations.

Note that Discord has a minimum age requirement of 13.

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Re: ANNOUNCE: "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" Server

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A common complaint is that I have the idle kick timer on my servers too low.

I've increased it to 20 minutes.
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Re: ANNOUNCE: "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" Server

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I now have a new series on YouTube profiling The Creative Gardens. The first episode has been released. Videos are in 4K/60FPS and cover the best creations on the server.

Here is the YouTube playlist link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MkEVE1 ... MBF-7SCIfs

Please watch and subscribe to my channel for more Minetest videos.

EDIT 10/7/2019: The first video was removed due to bad audio quality, and the link will be replaced within the next few days.

EDIT 10/8/2019: Restored.
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Re: ANNOUNCE: "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" Server

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Creative Gardens on 10/18, prior to updating to v5.1.0
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Re: ANNOUNCE: "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" Server

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MESSAGE REMOVED

Creative Gardens will not be replaced. While setting up the map browser, I noticed that there are tons of unexplored areas. I will just move the spawn area for a third time, maybe creating new spawn areas regularly until there absolutely is nothing left or I can't use old versions of mods anymore.

The video series will end after 11 or 12 episodes though.
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Re: ANNOUNCE: "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" Server

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IMPORTANT RULE CHANGE

When I started The Creative Gardens in 2016 and Digital Farms and Valleys in 2017, I didn't realize that very young kids played this game. I had rules against sexual language, but otherwise didn't care about NSFW language or creations, with the exception of a swastika made at the spawn area when Digital Farms started. This laid-back attitude will change now with the existing rules #6 and #7 being condensed into the following:
Rule #6: All language, content, activity, and creations must be politically correct and family friendly.
Old use of bad language and creations will be changed or removed when seen, and existing users will not be banned for violation of this rule before this date (February 9, 2020). I will put in a language filter mod sometime this week as well.

I'm not normally a strict person, but until a year or so ago I didn't realize that kids as young as 5-6 play this game. I could never imagine kids that young using connected digital devices, but my nieces age 4 and 2 have tablets and play games on them all the time. The world has changed.

BTW, soon my servers will be united under a domain name, and online map browsers will be introduced as well.
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Re: ANNOUNCE: "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" Server

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As of February 10, 2020, you will need to remove "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" from your Favorites list and reconnect to it in the public list.

Changes today include:

1. Creative Gardens, Digital Farms, and Valleys are now united under the animine.org minetest network name! You can visit the official Web site at https://animine.org/ (not https at the moment, but will be soon). The servers now use "animine.org" rather than the old IP address. Use of the new domain instead of the IP also means that bans will be more accurate and effective due to support for both IPv4 and IPv6.

2. Online browseable maps! On the Web site https://animine.org/, click on the server name and click "online map" to browse the map in real time. The location of currently online players is also visible on the map. These maps can also assist you in finding new places to build.

3. New Creative Gardens Spawn Area! While I originally said I was shutting down Creative Gardens in a few months due to lack of room, I instead looked at the new online map and realized that there was a large amount of unexplored areas that were just too far away to reach without teleporting. I decided to create a new spawn area instead. "Spawn Town" is now "Spawn Town 2016", "New Spawn Town" is now "Spawn Town 2017", and the new area is called "Spawn Town 2020". I will now make new spawn areas on Digital Farms and Creative Gardens annually. (New Digital Farms spawn area coming soon.)

4. Updated signs mod (including street signs) for Creative Gardens! While I originally thought upgrading the signs would not be possible because of Creative Gardens' age, I decided to give it a try and the update worked with no problem! As Creative Gardens is creative mode, a lot of the street signs which are uncraftable on the other two servers are available in Creative Gardens via the inventory screen.

5. Bad language filtering introduced on the servers. Users will be warned, then muted for 1 minute, then kicked. If there are any mistakes please let me (redblade7) know.

EDIT: If you accessed the site within a certain "unlucky 50 minutes" during 2/11/2020 you may have SSL issues when visiting the maps. If you have any problems, please contact me and I will tell you how to fix it in your browser.
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Re: ANNOUNCE: "THE CREATIVE GARDENS" Server

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From the announcement on the animine.org Discord:
The YouTube series on the Creative Gardens is now available for download! All 11 episodes in their original 4K/60FPS quality MP4 format are being released as a 200 GB torrent for anyone interested. The files are being hosted on a seedbox so download speeds should be fast. Enjoy!
Download torrent: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/ ... es.torrent
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