February Events – Build Contest and Cupid’s Arrow!

February 2022 is almost here – just in time for a Valentine’s Event!

This is the first major event since our transition to 1.18, and consists of two parts:

Build Contest – Trading Post

First up, the BoonDollar Traders have returned to spawn! This means the boondollars you have been accumulating can now be spent once again. The traders have different offerings than the last world.

  1. Boon Exchange: This villager will convert your BoonDollars to BoonBucks (100 dollars to a buck), and BoonBucks to BoonBonds (100 bucks to a bond) – and convert back. Great way to save space!
  2. Aquatic Trader. This trader will trade your BoonDollars for rare aquatic items, including tridents, sponges, and coral blocks. No need to break up precious coral reefs!
  3. Excavation Trader. Boondollars are earned through excavation (digging up dirt, gravel sand, and other shovel blocks). However, if you are in dire need of some extra blocks, the Excavation Trader has you covered! He will sell dirt, sand, gravel, soul sand, soul soil, and red sand in exchange for BoonDollars.

However, these traders are currently residing in a pretty sad shack and need a permanent home. The first build contest of 2022 is building a Trading Post for the traders!

Build Contest Rules and Prizes

This build contest is to build a new trading post. To participate, your build must have a maximum size of 25 wide, 25 tall (including basement), and 25 wide. It must have places for up to 10 traders to stand and offer their trades.

Submissions are due by the end of the day on February 20. You can build your submission anywhere – when ready, post a screenshot of your build in the “Screenshots” channel of the MCL discord (if you do not have discord, contact any staff member to have it posted for you).

We will post a poll on the MCL website and discord with all submissions to vote for a winner, to be selected on Feburary 28. The winning build will be moved to Spawn, and the winner will receive a special unbreakable bow with Power 6, Infinity, Flame, and Punch 2.

Cupid’s Arrow

Through Valentine’s Day, the traders at spawn are joined by a new special trader – Cupid himself! Cupid sells special Cupid’s Arrows – special tipped arrows granting extra hearts, instant health, and regeneration to whoever it hits!

Cupid sells arrows, but in the spirt of Valentine’s Day he also buys roses – a dozen roses for a boondollar!

Other Updates

With this latest update, there are some other important changes that have been implemented on MineCraftLovers:

  1. Render distance reduced. Several players have reported timeout issues when logging in. Based on the errors, the clients are timing out due to too much data being sent on login. We have changed some of the network settings and reduced the render distance slightly to help solve this problem.
  2. MCMMO Excavation Revamp. All “junk” treasures have been removed from MCMMO. Instead, dirt, sand, soul sand, soul soil, gravel, and soul sand may drop additional units of itself, with the chance increasing as your MCMMO level of excavation increases. Glowstone dust, diamonds, and wither skulls are still possible drops.

That’s it for now – happy building!

1.18 Build Transfer!

The new world is here for 1.18! Builds from the old world can be transferred to the new one at no cost – just give the coordinates in the form below!






    Location in new world (based on the starting location of your build - when pasted, this is where the "starting location" of your build will be):



    Skyblock Redux – Beta Test!

    Skyblock is coming back – with a vengeance! The server is currently looking for beta testers for a whole new generation of Skyblock!

    If you’ve undertaken MinecraftLover’s Skyblock Challenge before, this new version has some very important differences.

    • The Skyblock Merchant. The new Skyblock has a merchant at the “Skyblock Spawn”, which will trade some hard-to-obtain items for impossible-to-obtain items. This mechanic leverages the Boondollars we implemented instead of the previous “grind MCMMO fishing” mechanic from the old skyblock.
    • Only 1 island. You can still play co-op, but you and your partner will start on a single island with only that island’s resources.
    • Randomized Biomes. Previous versions of skyblock started with 2 islands, each in a specific biome with a “river” between them. This new version of skyblock is completely random of what biome you will start in.
    • MCMMO Revamp. We previously added a ton of stuff to “Fishing Treasures” in MCMMO to achieve some of the more advanced rewards from Skyblock. All of the extra stuff from fishing has been removed (no more dirt, sand, iron, ect), which will be replaced with interactions with the Skyblock Merchant(s). This means that sitting around with a fishing rod for hours on end is not as essential as it used to be (although it is still one method of achieving some of the goals).

    We are currently seeking beta-testers for this new version. The previous version of Skyblock had 3 tiers of rewards:

    • Access to Skylands (basic level)
    • Sky Boots (advanced level)
    • Sky Rod (expert level)

    The Sky Boots and Sky Rod kits have been removed. While we currently do not have a Skylands dimension, participants of the Beta Test will skip the first requirements once the full version of Skyblock is released as a reward for participation. We are currently testing several potential replacements for Skylands, and the exact requirements for the Advanced, Expert, and new Master level, along with the rewards for each, will be determined based on the feedback of this beta test.

    The Beta will last through the month of June 2021. The task of the beta testers is to accomplish as much as you can on your skyblock during that time – this will be the benchmark used for the Skyblock Challenges going forward (both in adjustments of difficulty and the potential rewards).

    At the end of the beta-test, the vote rewards will also be adjusted. The voting rewards have always been designed to serve as both a boost to Skyblock players and everyone in the regular world – the next update will likely involve pushing more Boondollars into vote rewards, and more merchants to trade sweet loot for them in both worlds!

    If you want to participate, ping aegisjester on Discord and/or post a message in server support! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone can do!

    Back To Basics

    Its plugin update time – and this time back to basics!

    We have spent the last several months testing out a new MineTinker plugin – but after gathering user feedback, we have elected to turn back to vanilla.

    While the straightforward crafting customizations and equipment XP was a fun change, at the end of the day we believed it added an unnecessary learning curve before really jumping into what minecraft is all about.

    Your MineTinker equipment should still function, but its custom enchantments will no longer play a role.

    Happy mining!

    March Mining Madness 3 – Witch Hut!

    March Mining Madness is back this year! The first edition Cracked the Nether to build a Wither farm. Last year we Wrecked the End to set up a special landing site.

    This year we’re draining a swamp to build a new Witch Hut Farm!

    The Rewards

    For the month of March, players will receive 4x mining XP for mining stone. While we prefer if you assist with the main dig site, stone mined anywhere in the world will count. A great time to use the SkillSwap to let your mining levels apply to other skills!

    Players who mine at least 150,000 stone over the month will earn a unique netherrite pickaxe – “StoneBreaker“. StoneBreaker will have:

    • Efficiency 7
    • Unbreakable
    • Silk Touch
    • SoulBind (if you die with it in your inventory, it will be in your inventory when you respawn)

    The Dig

    The main dig site will be a wide area around a witch hut not far from spawn. There will be a warp point provided at spawn to take players to the dig site for easy transit.

    Note that you do not need to dig at the dig site to gain the bonus XP or rewards, but it is greatly encouraged!

    The Results

    The event has ended! These are the top performers:

    • VeraDra: 767,053
    • aegisjester: 530535
    • GoatStriptease: 441383
    • Nephrium: 312572
    • Fluffie243: 297593
    • Nargle: 242717
    • Realancer01: 201847
    • BoziChamiaMindor: 173291
    • Ernestas_Gr: 165758
    • Icuko: 161611
    • DarkMizari: 156128
    • KittleApps: 155815

    The Stonebreaker will be distributed to everyone later in April. Stay tuned for the next event!

    Server Reset!

    The rumors are true, we’re doing a major server reset! A whole new World, Nether, End, and Ether are coming soon!

    The current world will not be removed, but at the end of August, you will no longer be able to build.

    The rules for the reset are:

    • Current world, nether, end, and ether are split off with their own separate inventory/enderchests.
    • New world, nether, and end are set up immediately as the “default world”, with players able to warp between them
    • “World Set-Up Event” takes place for the month of August. No inventory or equipment can be taken to the new world during that time (kits are OK)
    • We will take a snapshot of MCMMO levels and post to website, otherwise these will also be reset
    • After August, the current world’s build permissions will be removed.
    • In-game currency “BoonDollars” will be introduced, earned as MCMMO drops from mining and excavation, as well as added to loot tables for dungeons/underwater ruins
    • Custom villagers will be added to spawn that trade sponges for BoonDollars. Other rare/non-farmable goods will be added in the future at various prices
    • Users can also pay for a “build transplant service” with BoonDollars – paying a large amount for a member of staff to transplant a build from the old world into the new one. Transplanted builds will have their chest contents and item frames cleared first, and price will be based on the total number of blocks transplanted.
    • Users will not be able to bring any inventory or equipment from the old world to the new one out-of-the-gate. An Item Transplant Service will also be available for BoonDollars (prices depending on item to be transferred)
    • At this time, no “wasteland” world. Maybe in the future for events, but not out of the gate.
    • After the EnderDragon is slain, the center end island will be removed by worldedit and the last build contest winner’s build and bridges will be implemented. The end city outer ring will not be transplanted (unless someone pays for it with BoonDollars)

    Here’s the final snapshot of the MCMMO rankings from the old world!

    You will receive Boondollars for every MCMMO level you had in the old world. They are being distributed via the Mailboxes at the new spawn. If your name is highlighted below, your Boondollars are in your mailbox. If not you’ll need to set up a mailbox at spawn and let staff know.

    Mother’s Day 2020 Collect-A-Thon!

    Mother’s day is here, which means it is time to collect a floral bouquet as a lovely gift!

    From now through May 31, players who collect a stack of each flower to earn a floral crown!

    Collect 1 stack each of the following flowers:

    • Dandelion
    • Poppy
    • Blue Orchid
    • Allium
    • Lilac
    • Rose
    • Peony
    • Oxeye Daisy
    • Azure Bluet
    • Sunflower
    • Cornflower
    • Red Tulip
    • White Tulip
    • Pink Tulip
    • Orange Tulip
    • Lily of the Valley

    Rewards

    Every player that collects a stack of each of these flowers will receive a Floral Crown – an unbreakable chain helmet with the following enchantments:

    • Protection 5
    • Fire Protection 4
    • Blast Protection 4
    • Respiration 3
    • Aqua Affinity

    Happy hunting!

    May Event – Phase 2 & 3 – End Island Platform & Design

    Phase 2 – Layout

    The End Dimension gets its hub. The End Dimension gets its hub. We need your help to build the starting platform on which the hub will be built on.

    • Starting at Y = 57 a layer of End Stone will be places in all areas marked in yellow above.
    • Y = 58 will consist of End Stone Brick Slabs

    All participants who place 5k End Stone and 5k End Stone Brick Slabs will receive 128 Shulker Boxes

    Once you have placed 5k of each please stop, to allow others the chance to place blacks. Thanks!


    Phase 3 – Design Competition

    While the foundations are being laid, lets plan something grand. Three designs are needed.

    1. Central Hub
      • Filling the Octagon pictured above in yellow, it should meet the following criteria.
        1. Incorporate End Pillars, and other blocks that get reset by the dragon.
        2. Allow access to the Spawn Pad & End portal
        3. Use color & block types matching or complementing the ring of end portals
        4. Have access ramps/stairs/lifts or other means of getting to end portal ring
          • Design can modify ring to make one large structure if needed
        5. Plotted space for future shops, builds, and decorations
        6. Spawn proof wherever possible
        7. Open points at all 4 cardinal directions for bridges.
    2. N-S-E-W Bridges
      • Marked in green, and not to scale, it should meet the following criteria:
        1. Use color & block types matching or complementing the ring of end portals
        2. Bridges going North and South must incorporate an ice road & Minecart track in design. (East and West are optional)
        3. Bridges going East to West must give room for 80 blocks in the center point between Central Hub and End Ring City
        4. Spawn proof wherever possible
          East to West Bridges MUST be 100% spawn proof
    3. Enderman Spawners
      • Marked in Blue and a maximum size of 80×80 they must meet the following criteria:
        1. Dispose of extra enderpearls while incorporating an item protection chest for dropped items and endermen heads.
        2. Full Enchantment room
        3. Easy to operate and/or lectern& signs explaining use.
        4. Use color & block types matching or complementing the ring of end portals

    Designs must be submitted by May 31st Via Google Forms
    Please include any or all of the following in submission:

    • Screen Shots
    • If mock-up built on server, creative or survival, Coordinates of build
    • Renderings, Drawings, or Sketches
    • c/concepts
    1. Central Hub Submissionhttps://forms.gle/6N1gTC6qe6hMfBK68
    2. N-S-E-W Bridgeshttps://forms.gle/Y1no5rfdSpUnsGCG6
    3. Enderman Spawnershttps://forms.gle/tmWMa7g1kRxAqUgc6

    Voting begins May 31st and ends June 9th
    Winners will receive the following:

    • Central Hub
      • 2 Personal Villagers with custom trades (subject to Admin agreement on balance)
        • unkillable
      • 3 Skulkers full of FULL Building blocks of choice acquirable in survival
    • N-S-E-W Bridges 
      • Boots Made of Walking ( and that is what they will do)
        • Chainmail
        • Unbreakable
        • Depth Strider V
        • Feather Falling V
        • Frost Walker V
        • Protection V
      • 3 Skulkers full of FULL Building blocks of choice acquirable in survival
    • Enderman Spawners
      • 2 Mob Spawners of choice ( must already exist somewhere on the server)
      • 3 Skulkers full of FULL Building blocks of choice acquirable in survival

    Note that builds made in creative/concepts from outside our server will need to be re-built in survival for approved builds (we are not importing external builds made in creative) – this is just to make it easier to show off your concept for voting.

    Direct all questions to @slice0024 on the Server support channel in discord, or /mail Slice0024 <Message> in game.

    Happy building!

    March Madness 2.0 – Phase 1 – End Island Removal

    The Dig

    March Mining Madness is back this year, watch your step as we remove the entire end island!

    Players who mine out 100,000+ end stone will earn the “EnderWrecker”.

    Players who mine 500,000 end stone will earn a special mystery gift, and players who mine 1,000,000 or are in the top 5 overall will win an even better mystery gift!


    Additional Information

    Event will span from 01/03/2020 to 31/03/2020 with a possibility to extend or shorten depending on progress made. Thank you everyone for participating in these monthly events and I hope to see you out there in the void!

    …well not in the void, just above it. =)

    Winners

    Congratulations to the top miners! These are all the players who will be receiving their prizes:

    UserEndstone Mined
    Gold Tier
    awesomebaker69               1,010,608
    BoziChamiaMindor               1,010,000
    GoatStriptease               1,009,733
    nazzr               1,004,175
    aegisjester               1,000,151
    VeraDra               1,000,072
    Taxess               1,000,001
    Nargle               1,000,000
    Realancer01               1,000,000
    Silver Tier
    CrispyLumps                  775,000
    Aezuh                  500,000
    Bronze Tier
    Grizzly2198                  385,000
    heiselblock                  255,953
    QueenBrit                  238,869
    Swile2                  194,315
    _Daedricz                  123,465
    Qwaczar                  117,899
    WhiteWolfSV                  111,111
    TheMisterioMAN                  102,537
    1stHowlerGaming                  102,327
    The_legend_28_                  102,042
    CaptainX                  101,336
    hapyl                  101,020
    DarkMizari                  100,773
    PLAZMATRONIX7600                  100,648
    That_Sux                  100,190
    AlmostId                  100,068
    Kalaki_Craftiki                  100,020
    Slice0024                  100,014
    Icuko                  100,009
    surWiWor                  100,002
    DiDenPro                  100,001
    Ernestas_Gr                  100,000
    Polskiwyrob                  100,000
    Fluffie243                  100,000
    JenniAngel                  100,000