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Event Week!

Starting Tuesday July 4th there will be a week of events!

  • Music Night! On Tuesday July 4th at 6pm EST there will be a music night on Dubtrack! This event will last around 2 hours! Come join and listen to music with your friends! Click here to go to dubtrack (please note any highly inappropriate/troll songs will be skipped and result in you being banned from dubtrack until the event ends this is strictly music only)
  • Falling Crate Keys Event! On Wednesday July 5th at 3pm EST there will be a falling crate keys event! We have added new items to drop. Join the event for a chance to win Swan keys, Donation keys, Head vouchers, BS tokens, and Donator trade tokens!
  • Mob Arena! On Thursday July 6th at 11pm EST there will be a mob arena even hosted by Zyp! Come fight monsters with your friends and get tons of mob drops!
  • Movie Night! On Friday July 7th at 8pm EST there will be a movie night event. The movie being show is Step Brothers! Come watch a movie with friends of SwanCraft!
  • TREASURE HUNT! On Saturday July 8th at 1pm EST there will be a massive treasure hunt event! Join for a chance to earn tons of ingame items, Priemer Shop plots, Spawners, Donation gift cards and more!
  • First Creative World Build Event! On Sunday July 9th will be the start of a creative world building event. This event will be for the server movie theater if you win your build will be used for /warp movie! (There will be a post explaining this more on forums in the near future)
TeenageNerdMan any news on when the post expalining building will be up?
RicoDaBuilder o I'm probs gunna miss the mob event tonight cuz ill have to stay up until like 4 am in the morning for it Well unles...
[Helper] AlondraYuki i just realized i work till 1pm for the treasure hunt D:

:: July Newsletter ::

1.12 UPDATE


We are in 1.12 (!!!!) and with this comes a lot of changes to the server!

World Expansion
We have expanded the world by 5k blocks in each direction to ensure that players will have the opportunity to find parrots, one of the new mobs that was introduced in 1.12. This change also incldues a whole new bunch of undiscovered structures like sea temples, villages, and more!

Vote Streak Rewards
One of the things our community focuses a lot on is voting, and we've taken steps to assure that our players get rewarded for the votes they give to our server, and we are doing this by introducing vote streak rewards. These are rewards that you can get for achieving a certain amounts of days in a row of voting. The rewards will gradually become better the more days in a row you vote!  Every 7 days of continuous voting you will receive a new Reward Box!  Have fun voting!

Creative World!!!
It's finally here!  After 6 months of putting it off, we have a creative world!  If you are the rank Captain or above / Elite and above, you'll have access to a brand new creative world with 100x100 plots.

Vote Commands

New vote commands! /vote, /vote total, /vote last, /vote ?

Rank-up Rewards
Some of the items you receive after ranking up by voting have been changed and been made more worth the time you've put in to achieve them. This affects items such the Captains HonourBlade.  Players will likely receive any milestone rewards they've previously achieved again.  This means if you have already surpassed the required vote amount for Citizen rank, you will receive that milestone reward again.  There will be a lot of spam, but there is nothing to be done about that.  It's just a goofy thing from changing vote plugins.  You are allowed to keep the secondary rewards!

/kit hero and /eternal
Kit hero and kit eternal have been revamped to now be a daily kit instead of a weekly kit. The contents of the kits have also been changed.

A New Town Hall
Theres a new town hall for all the towns of the servers, with oppurtunity to advertise your town in a better way.

Donation Crate Items Change
The donation crate has also had a revamp, and items have been added to make the crate more lucrative.

1.12 Donator Trade Kits
Another thing we have added are some new 1.12 donator trade kits, which include items from the new update such as glazed terracotta and concrete! These can be found at the donator token trader at /warp TradeRoom

Donator Trade Tokens and Special Trade Tokens
BS tokens and donator trade tokens have been changed, leaving the old tokens useless. These can however be exchanged at /warp traderoom for the new type of tokens that will be used.

SALE
To celebrate the grand re-opening of the server and our 1.12 launch, there will be a sale on the Donation Store of 20% off everything until July 9th!

Coming Soon

  • An entire week of events!  Bear will post more details soon.
  • A new Head Shop plugin!  We are currently waiting on the author of a Head Shop plugin to add support for custom named items to be used as currency.  This will allow us to simply just continue using the Head Vouchers without having to find another system.  There will be over 5,000 heads in this plugin so get ready to use those vouchers!
  • A new Spawn building!  It's going to be magnificent folks!

Thank You's

A big THANK YOU is owed to Louie216 for all the time and effort he's put into making sure we are updated on schedule and with minimal problems.  Be sure to blow him a big KISS in game! ( ˘ ³˘)♥

Thank you to Bear and Joachim for revamping the old HeadShop building into a Town Warp Hall!

Thank you to Joachim for helping me write this post and being me and Bear's assistant!

Thank you to Lolika_ and Capistein who are currently building the Creative Spawn and the New Spawn Building, respectively.

Thank you to all of staff for helping to work out bugs, generate new terrain, and help design things around the map!  You are all awesome!

And lastly a great big THANK YOU to all of you!  You are what make this community great!

June Newsletter

[Owner] Siuan o posted Jun 7, 17

Hello June!

My favorite month! The start of summer and my birthday! :D
There will be a sale in the donation shop until the end of the day on June 11th EST.  25% Off everything!
I just wanted to touch base with you all and let ya know what's been going on recently and what is coming up!

What We Are Doing to Stabilize The Server

As the vast majority of you know, the server has not been as stable as we would all like lately.  For those that have been living in a 1x1 hole for the last week or two, the server has been crashing at least once a day.  (Except for today and yesterday) Sometimes, there is a subsequent rollback of 1-3 hours.  I would like to reassure everyone that we are doing everything in our power to diagnose and fix the issues.  Louie & T  wiz are currently testing a number of things to see what the cause is.

Some measures we have taken to decrease lag and our chances of crashing.

  • Max player count has been lowered to 70.  I know this may be inconvenient, but it is essential for the health of the server right now.  All staff, donator ranks, and vote rank of Veteran and above will be able to join the server, regardless of whether it's full or not.
  • Players are being asked NOT to AFK farm at this time.  Since there are a limited amount of slots right now, if the server is full, staff will be kicking any players that they see AFK farming.  If you are not actively playing, please log off to free up your slot.
  • AFK kick has been lowered to 15 minutes.
  • More entity types have been added to the automatic 60 entities per chunk limit.
  • Players are being asked not to have more than 100 entities loaded within their loaded area.
  • The server is scheduled to restart every 8 hours.

Events

Get your creative juices flowing with our two current events!

Survival Build Contest
Theme: Nature
Deadline for submission: June 30th 23:59 EST
Winner receives The Cultivators Pack!  Essential Tools for the Serious Landscapers
Trade Token Shop Competition
Create your own Token Shop item!
Winners receive their name on the item in the shop and get their item for free!
Deadline for submission: Monday June 12.

Our Newest Staff Members

We have 3 new staff members that haven't been properly introduced. :-D

I'd like to officially welcome tWizT3d_Bread, CookLord, and Louie216 to the staff team!

Twiz joined us about a month ago when Charisma reached out to him for help.  We were in dire need of a proper Dev, as I just do not have the techinical know-how to efficiently diagnose issues and fix them.  Twiz came to our rescue and he immediately dove in to helping us fix some issues with the server.  He has been an invaluable asset ever since.  You can thank him for the new Falling Crate plugin! :D That was entirely his creation. 

Cook joined the staff team roughly 3 weeks ago, and I must say that he has been a great addition!  So much so that he has already been promoted to Mod!  If you ever need a scrumptious cake made, Cook is your man!

Two weeks ago, we ran into a bit of trouble with a hacker, and that's when our second Dev came to rescue us.  Louie used his considerable skillz to help us secure the server and all of our accounts.  Now if that wasn't enough, turns out he actually knows some things!  Shocker, I know!  He was promoted to Dev to help Twiz and I with all the back end pluginy stuff. I sometimes wonder if I made the right choice, or doomed us all.  (JK Louie JK!) We all love our Dookie Policeman!

The Search for Additional Helpers

Helper Applications are open again!
Click here to go to the Application section.  Please read the Helper Application Info & Form thread!
Application Deadline: June 16, 2017

New Collectible Head Series

Keep your eyes peeled for the new Doctor Who head series!  It's coming very soon!
There will be an announcement in the /motd when it's ready!

Survey Results

The Staff Team Survey results are in!
We had 49 responses.   That's 1 less than last round, but we had a much higher completion rate.
I'd like to share our average scores for the ranked questions and some of the reoccuring themes I saw within the comments.
Overall Staff Performance:  7.82/10
Staff Responsiveness to Players: 7.21/10
Staff Effectiveness at Relaying Information to Players: 7.92/10
Staff Professionalism: 7.27/10
Do you feel like the staff team listens to your suggestions or opinions?
  • Yes: 41%
  • Somewhat: 41%
  • N/A: 10%
  • No: 8%

Would you say that staff work together as a team to get the job done?

  •  Yes:45%
  •  Somewhat: 24%
  •  No: 18%
  •  I don't know: 12%

Reoccuring comments & How I think we can improve

Is there anything you think the staff could do better?

  • Not be so hypocritical - (Staff telling players they can't do something, but then that staff member does that exact thing later on.)
    • Hold ourselves to (at minimum) the same standards that we hold players.
    • Reminders that we set the example for how we want players to act.
  • Pay more attention to chat.
    • Make sure we are keeping an eye out for questions and try not to get distracted by TeamSpeak chatter.
    • Players: If a staff member doesn't respond to your PM, there could be a number of reasons why.
      1. They simply didn't see it. (Our chat has about twice the amount of content in it that main chat.  Admins and Owners have even more.)
      2. They are helping someone else.
      3. They are AFK.
    • If you need to ask a staff member something and they didn't respond the first time, please use the mail system. /mail send [user] [message]  This will help us better help you by still being able to respond, even if it isn't immediate.
  • Be more professional and mature.
    • Tone down on the trolling and be professional when it's needed.
    • Reminders that we set the example for how we want players to act.
    • (This being said, I do not expect nor want my staff team to be professional businesslike people 24/7.   They are here for the same reason you are, to have fun!)
  • Be more responsive to players concerns or questions.
    • Work on reducing response time on the forums.
    • Encourage players to post on the forums so their questions/concerns do not get lost or forgotten about.
  • Not show favoritism to certain players.
    • Reminders at every staff meeting to not show favoritism.  Yes, we all have our favorite players and friends, but everyone should be treated equally.
    • Address situations with staff members showing favoritism, if they arise.

On the plus side, many people said we were hardworking and very welcoming. :-D

I hope you all have a happy June and are looking forward to the summer as much as I am!!

[Helper] AlondraYuki look at this team, we're gonna do great.
CrystalGreen3 WOW! Now I see why this server is so popular. Amazing work of the people who stands behind. Actually in last 7 years I s...
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