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Dentril's New Moon - November 2020

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Dentril's New Moon - November 2020
  1. Mistri Network Lead

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    What's up Shotbow! If you don't know me already, my name is Mistri, and I'll be your host for this month's edition of Dentril's New Moon, Shotbow's premiere monthly newsletter. This month was full of (somewhat spooky) updates, and I can't wait to share them with you. Without further ado, let's jump right into it!

    Updates
    Network Updates
    Public Relations and Marketing
    This month, we opened applications for the Shotbow Public Relations and Marketing teams. Shotbow is making a larger effort to focus on getting a lot of new players, as well as retaining them for the future. We recruited people to the Shotbow team to fill the roles of: Social Media Assistant, Graphic Artist, Media Team Coordinator, and Trend Analyst. If any of these positions are of interest to you, and you haven't applied yet, we are still accepting applications! Read all about it on the announcement thread here.

    Also, please give a warm welcome to our new Public Relations and Marketing team members, which are listed in the Staff Updates section below.

    Reddit Updates
    We have re-vamped the Shotbow reddit, which has been around since before the forums! Announcements from the forums will be cross-posted to our Reddit. Come join r/Shotbow and post your own creative and original content! Shotbow-related memes, videos, and other content is welcome.

    Shotbow Shop
    This month, we also made some improvements to the Shotbow shop. For those who are looking to get Emerald and Obsidian ranks, the entire process is now automated. Whenever purchasing a gift for someone else, there will be a field for your username as the gifter, and you will receive credit for the purchase towards your Emerald and Obisidian rank. You'll automatically be upgraded if you've spent enough while this new system is active. Read all about the changes on this thread.

    VPN Bypass
    If you or a friend have been blocked from joining Shotbow due to our VPN Blocker, we have good news for you! We've noticed that the VPN Blocker sometimes blocks people that aren't using a VPN. For this reason, starting today, if you have active Shotbow premium, you can bypass the VPN Blocker check when playing on Shotbow!

    Active Shotbow premium means that you have done one of the following:
    • Purchased Subscriber ($10) within the last month
    • Purchased Silver ($25) within the last 3 months
    • Purchased Gold ($50) within the last 7 months
    • Purchased Platinum ($100)
    Note: this feature is experimental. We reserve the right to remove this new premium perk at any time. If you don't already have Shotbow premium, buy now!

    Annihilation Updates
    A new Annihilation update, Wise Neon, was released earlier this month. It included many class changes, balance changes, bug fixes, and tons more! You can read all about it here!

    In addition, we streamed multiple Community Clan Wars on our YouTube channel. You can check out the matches at the following links: 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 23.

    GG Updates
    GG used to be a home of MineZ pvpers who wanted to warm up/practice PvP or simply wanted to have fun fighting other players without having to gear up. However, a few years later, the gamemode was abandoned due to not having active devs working on it and gamemode features being outdated over time, such as items and knockback system not synced to MineZ.

    Marine_PvP, one of our Jr. Developers, has been rewriting GG's code base, and this month, we finally were able to release the reworked version of GG. It includes new game mechanics, KOTHs, an economy, and so much more! You can read all about the changes to GG here!

    MineZ Updates
    MineZ has a longstanding tradition of having spooky Halloween treats (and tricks) each year in an event we call "Spookfest". This year, a unique take on Spookfest has been running throughout October. Treat chests, special items, head hunts, special events, and so much more! Read all about Spookfest here.

    In addition, we also livestreamed a community 20v20 fight with some awesome commentary from some of the Shotbow staff. Check it out here!



    P.S. I hear a jolly Christmas update awaits! More details coming later this month.

    SMASH Updates
    The great SMASH tournament has just ended, and the results are in!
    • 1st - Jackiechun430 - 1 Month Shotbow Subscription + 50,000 XP
    • 2nd - Sonicboom_ - 40,000 XP
    Statistics
    SMASH Rankings
    The fall season ends soon, so be sure to climb up the leaderboards for ranked matches! Current standings are:
    • 1st - Acstes with 1032 ELO
    • 2nd - burak278 with 1021 ELO
    • 3rd - Cometcat13 with 1021 ELO
    Network in General
    Staff updates:
    • JACOBSMILE joined the Developer team as Jr. Site Reliability Engineer
    • Pichu2002 and ShadowLAX have joined the Developer team as a Jr. Developer
    • JACOBSMILE has been promoted to Community Manager
    • PokeTheEye was promoted to Film Crew Lead
    • Samstag1 was promoted to Localization Co-Lead
    • Tatre was promoted to Full Admin
    • EnderMCx joined the team as a Mini Builder
    • Jonathan03011998, squallythewally, CuteButEvil, Braiti, MrJack, and ShayminPlays have joined the Marketing team
    Other statistics:
    • A total of 75,792,868 XP was earned by players this month
    • There were 809 players banned in the last month
    • This month we achieved a peak playercount of 327 on October 3
    • 85 ban appeals were resolved in the last month
    Closing Words
    Thanks for tuning in this month. Expect to see some sus announcements coming your way this month, and be sure to check out the Shotbow Discord for exclusive sneak-peeks!

    As always, I'm your host, Mistri — catch you next month, and thanks for flying Shotbow!

  2. ShayminPlays Media Team Coordinator

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  3. Jonathan03011998 Artist

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    The MineZ 20v20 fight was insane
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  4. sunbreathing Administrator

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    another month of me being not on the leaderboard of SMASH, how depressive :(
  5. JeTi_Brothers Platinum

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    So basically, if you were blocked by the vpn blocker when you shouldn't have, you may now pay to get your vpn block removed. Hooray, what a steal! Sounds wrong.
  6. squallythewally Artist

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    Since players are less likely to pay to keep cheating its a workaround.
  7. Mistri Network Lead

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    The VPN blocker has significantly reduced the number of hackers coming back on penny alts and ruining games for everyone. However, we wanted to strike a balance — there were a handful of people who were barred from playing Shotbow (ever) because their ISP was marked as a VPN by our detector. For this reason, we decided that, if you put trust in us (even just a single $10 purchase), we put trust in you and allow you to come onto the network. This effectively stops people on penny alts from joining while also allowing those who previously had no option to play on Shotbow :) If you've got a better idea for how to block hackers on penny alts, I'm all ears!
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