Español, 日本語, Deutsch Heya Shotbow! My name is ShayminPlays and I'll be your host for the August 2021 edition of Dentril's New Moon! This was an exciting month in terms of network updates, with many of our gamemodes receiving quality of life updates that you can catch up on in this issue. Furthermore, we are on the cusp of transferring to a brand new server host, meaning you can expect a more stable performance and connection to the server in the coming weeks. We are excited to share updates about this move in the near future, but for now let's take a look at what's been happening in the past month! Updates Annihilation Updates Following the successful release of the Gentle Iridium update (which you can read about here), we are thrilled to announce that all Annihilation EU player stats have been merged with the US ones! This means that the leaderboards and stats from the long-retired EU server have been combined with the current server, so if you played on the EU server way back in the day your grinding and efforts are no longer lost! Thanks to Galap, Mosh, Hilly, and the rest of the Anni Team, we are proud to finally fulfill the promise that we made many years ago. You can read about the merge here, and find out your current standing by typing the command /stats show in-game! Thank you to all of our loyal EU and international players alike, and we wish you the best of luck in your climb to the very top of the leaderboards! MineZ Updates We started off MineZ with a "bang" this month, with update 4.2.0 ushering in the annual Dawn of the Second Sun! This event saw the reintroduction of fireworks to celebrate the triumph of the Elemental Gods, which also served as the currency in a new NPC-trading system we trialled at the start of the month. This update also introduced the start of a huge food overhaul which changed some values and included a brand new feature: cooking! In the following week, we also released patches 4.2.1 and 4.2.2 to make some bugfixes, buffs, nerfs, and QoL changes. With the more recent update 4.3.0 we've added salads, a new type of food item found exclusively in the cave town of Ephirion. These provide unique benefits depending on the ingredients you use to craft them, and can prove useful for all playstyles, so I urge you to try them all! The infamous Ghost Ship has also moved and taken a new form. Built by some of our newest Mini Builders, Syphia and 111kittycat111, the Ghost Ship will be the first of many new rebuilds to come. If you'd like to take part in the MineZ build effort, you can apply to become a MineZ Builder by filling in this form. All of the aforementioned updates can be found in the MineZ 2021 Changelog. The MineZ Team is hard at work paving the way for what's to come, and we hope that you are just as excited as we are for the future of MineZ! SMASH Updates SMASH saw a small update at the start of the month which featured changes primarily in celebration of Independence Day. In this update we added a community-submitted map called Steampunk, as well as some festive updates to pre-existing maps for the 4th of July and the summer season. More will be on the way soon, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled! GG Updates With the help of another Jr. Developer working on GG, ArsMagia, we have been able to deliver a new system for TeamPvP where you can join one of two teams and battle until one is fully eliminated! GG has also introduced an NPC which shows the top kill count holder since the last reboot, as well as a bunch of other features to make our PvP practice gamemode more than just that! You can read about these changes here, and participate in future events by utilizing our new TeamPvP Public Request feature. Now warm up those clicking fingers and get practicing! Slaughter Updates Pyachi2002 and his army of new Mini Builders have been hard at work modernizing our favourite cooperative XP-grinding gamemode, with two complete map rebuilds and a whole host of features to look forward to in the upcoming Slaughter 1.3 update. A few new items are coming to Slaughter in this update, the most notable being the new passive items, which have effects that remain active so long as you have the item in your inventory! A number of public playtests for this update have been hosted over the course of the month, and there's more to come! In order to be notified of future playtests of this update, you can type the command !notifyme slaughter in the Slaughter channel of our Official Shotbow Discord. Stay tuned for more Slaughter notifications, as the next update is just on the horizon! Summer Event A little event for you! We will be holding an XP hunt in the Annihilation and SMASH lobbies until August 14. We have hidden some keywords in each lobby. Sort through the hidden characters to make up the XP code. You can create one XP code for each lobby. Look for them while you're waiting for your game! Statistics Network in General Staff updates: ru555e11 joined the team as a Jr. Developer ShadowLAX was promoted to Full Admin and MineZ Lead Pyachi2002 was promoted to Full Admin and Slaughter Lead trevorix, 111kittycat111, Syphia, Mohawk2, and ProfessorPhill joined the Mini Builder team Xhat has rejoined the team as a MineZ Mini Admin Other statistics: A total of 67,158,656 XP was earned by players this month There were 1,594 players banned in the last month This month we achieved a peak playercount of 262 on July 24th 1,584 in-game reports were handled in the last month 129 ban appeals were resolved in the last month Closing Words We're really excited about the future and have high hopes for what's to come! Things can only get better from here as we transfer to our new host, and each and every one of us is trying our hardest to deliver the best player experience for all of our most beloved gamemodes. After all, it is our love for this network and its gamemodes that unifies all of us, and brings us together in spite of the pandemic and all that's going on in the world. That's why I want to personally thank all of you for staying strong in these trying times, because as cheesy as it sounds, you're helping to save the world by playing Shotbow! This has been the August 2021 edition of Dentril's New Moon, my name is ShayminPlays, and from the bottom of our hearts: Thanks for flying Shotbow!