Check out our Valentine cosmetic content in the Shotbow Shop and spread the love! <3
Hello everyone, and welcome to 2018!
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Murgatron and I am the Network Lead of Shotbow. So what is a Network Lead you may ask?
The Network Lead is responsible for the day to day running of Shotbow - from helping out in the support email, to giving direction, structure and leadership to the various teams that make up Shotbow (development, administration, etc). Giving me a hand with all this is Navarr, our resident Web Developer and Lead of many, many teams at Shotbow. We’ve been doing these roles for the past 3 months or so behind the scenes, planning what we want to accomplish for the year ahead!
But before I reveal our plans for the coming year, first a reflection on the year past:
2017 was the year Shotbow made it’s transition to a 1.9 base. This enabled us to continue development work on our core modes such as Annihilation, SMASH and MineZ with new features, mechanics and performance tweaks. During this time we even managed to re-release one of our oldest modes from the Garage, Ghostcraft, back into our offering.
Sadly we had to retire our EU region server in June. This was due to a combination of the new EULA taking effect and the EU population slowly playing on the US regions as it declined.
Throughout the year we hosted some seasonal events, such as the Summer Festival, Halloween and Christmas. We were really pleased how the community received them.
At Christmas we released our first new batch of cosmetic content exclusively for players who support us directly via Buycraft. The response has been fantastic and we hope that this will help ensure Shotbow’s stability for years to come.
So now for the bit you’ve all been waiting for - the plans for the future!
As Minecraft’s demographic becomes younger and younger we’ll be putting more emphasis into making Shotbow a friendly place to play and creating shorter but still Shotbow unique experiences.
To improve conduct ingame we will be introducing an opt-out tiered filtering system, allowing players to choose what language they want to see. Racist and phobic language will never be permitted on Shotbow and we plan on enforcing this filter rigorously.
Today I’m happy to confirm that development on Gold Rush is underway! Work began on it back in Winter of 2017 and significant progress has already been made. For all you Obsidians and Emeralds out there keep an eye out on your forum PM’s for details of upcoming early alpha playtests in the year (with the beta being open to all other premium players later on in the year!).
Plans for the return of our Wasted series are also underway with the first mode Wasted Control hoping to make it's return during the course of this year. We'll have more to share on that venture in the coming months!
Back in 2017 we announced our partnership with DDG. Progress has been going on behind the scenes and we are now hopeful of public releases in the coming year. More details will be posted closer to the time.
As mentioned earlier we’ve seen fantastic success with our seasonal events and our new cosmetics (Balloons and Player Icons) as well as the old favourite pets. Work is already underway to create the next batch of cosmetic content and we are planning to host more seasonal events throughout the year, so stay tuned.
It’s not all just new content however! We are looking to host an Annihilation Tournament early this year thanks to the responses we received from clans registering their interest. Work has wrapped on a plugin that should light the builder's way for MineZ: Origins - Part 2. More details will follow shortly in the respective gamemode forums, so keep an eye out!
Next month marks our 6th birthday! Thanks to everyone who has flown with us past or present - we’re looking forward to the year ahead and hope you’ll stick around for the ride.
Thanks for flying Shotbow, see you all ingame soon!
PS - Have an XP Code on us - YEARAHEAD
Being a Mini Admin puts you on the frontlines of community engagement, gamemode patrolling and rule enforcement. Aside from that, you are there to make sure the people who play our games are having the best possible experience. So if someone has a question or an issue, you will be the first to respond and offer assistance. Key duties include but are not limited to:
- Patrolling your assigned gamemodes, in this case SMASH;
- Helping players with problems or questions;
- Keeping an eye on external communication platforms (e.g. TeamSpeak, Discord etc.)
There are a couple criteria which you have to fulfill in order to be eligible to become an admin. These are:
- Being able to record videos (doesn't have to be fancy, just clear);
- You are mature and helpful towards other players;
- Know key mechanics, be up-to-date with updates and changes of your gamemode;
- Be reliable - you will have access to confidential materials which we expect you to keep secret.
Good luck to all applicants!
On behalf of all of the Shotbow staff team, I wish you a very happy new year. While 2017 had its ups and downs, we are pleased to say that we have a lot in store for 2018! We are all very excited to present our awesome projects to you – some of which have been in the works for weeks, months, and even years. Here's a small teaser, as well: we're working to bring two new games to Shotbow this year - one that you're expecting and one that you're not!
In celebration of 2018, use XP code 2018 for a nice surprise! On that note, please enjoy our first New Moon of 2018.
This December, we hosted the Christmas event for 2017, which was super fun! Some of the things we had include: a brand new winter hub, winter-themed game maps throughout all of our games, MineZ events like the head hunt and traveling snowman, the breathtaking SMASH update, brand new Christmas cosmetics (including our first balloons), and so much more! We hope you enjoyed the Christmas event – please let us know in a comment something that you loved about it and something that you'd like to see next year!
Minecraft 1.13 Poll
Last week, we posted a poll asking about your opinion on what Shotbow should do regarding the Minecraft 1.13 update. With a week left to vote, 1.9 and 1.13 as base versions are in a perfect tie, so we still need your feedback and opinions as to what we should do! Please be sure to comment on the thread with your reasoning as to why you voted for what you voted for!
After a long wait, HCFactions is finally back and better than ever on January 19th for an open beta. Their official statement can be found here, and here is the trailer:
The MineZ team has been hard at work this month to bring you tons of awesome Christmas events! Additionally, the MineZ team has made a clarification regarding world downloading which can be found here.
The SMASH team has taken a vote on maps that will be purged and maps that will be returning in the next update. Additionally, SMASH had a lot of awesome community events this month! Stay tuned for broadcasts to catch the next ones!
The winter season ends soon, so be sure to climb up the leaderboards for ranked matches! Current standings are:
- 1st - Acstes with 1184 ELO
- 2nd - JirenX with 1174 ELO
- 3rd - InvernalAngel with 1167 ELO
MTA US Leaderboards for December 2017
- 1st - xThePxssySlxyer KDR: 64:0 (64.0)
- 2nd - Reitier KDR: 121:3 (40.33)
- 3rd - meggiemonster100 KDR: 36:0 (36.0)
- 1st - MelancholyMelons Arrests: 306.0
- 2nd - Perchloricacid Arrests: 133.0
- 3rd - Ultimativemaster Arrests: 114.0
- 1st - Nanakoro_ Experience gained: 83664.0
- 2nd - ALF0220 Experience gained: 48856.0
- 3rd - Yol00 Experience gained: 48222.0
- 1st - Nanakoro_ Minigames won: 125.0
- 2nd - Ultimativemaster Minigames won: 66.0
- 3rd - Viral333 Minigames won: 61.0
- skillerfox3 was promoted to full developer
- 100PercentHippo was promoted to BAC Team Lead
- Catsage was promoted to BAC Team Co-Lead
- ArcadeLegend and Lomrun_ joined the Mini Builders team
- DJ_Pedro, kitpower_, and LegitNube joined the Ghostcraft Mini Admin team
- Perchloricacid joined the MTA Mini Admin team
- A total of 253,798,553 XP was earned by players this month
- There were 1,498 players banned in the last month
- This month we achieved a peak playercount of 738 on December 2
This month, we are still up really high and close to 1,000 players online at one time. As you can see above, our highest playercount this month was 738 people, which is amazing. However, if we can hit over 1,000 players online at one time during the next month, we will do a Platinum rank giveaway on the Twitter!
What can I do?
Play on Shotbow, invite your friends, and invite their friends! Make friends and invite them to Shotbow! Spread the word about our amazing games, and in return we'll work as hard as we can to make your experience the best it can possibly be.
I'm your host, Mistri. Thanks for flying Shotbow!
Dentril's New Moon image provided courtesy of Mistri
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