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Dentril's New Moon - October 2021

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by MrJack, Oct 1, 2021.

Dentril's New Moon - October 2021
  1. MrJack Film Crew Co-Lead, Mini Admin


    Welcome to the spooky season, Shotbow! In this edition of Dentril's New Moon, we've got a lot to talk about this month, including new and exciting updates for both MineZ and Annihilation, and even a few projects of our beloved Lead Developer lazertester! With all that said, let's take a look at what's been going on in the month of September, as well as some things you can expect down the line!

    Gamemode Updates

    Annihilation Updates
    Courtesy of the awesome folks at Annihilation, we're proud to have released the Tender Titanium update this month! This was an update based heavily on community feedback, and it has brought a handful of new features to Annihilation. Some of these changes have included two new leaderboards for Biggest Winners and Biggest Deserters, and a new Item Stash system that allows you to temporarily store items you would have otherwise lost if your inventory was full.

    Perhaps the most notable change of this update however was the addition of the Flurry ability to the Hunter class' kit. This fun new ability allows a Hunter to fire a barrage of player-seeking missiles that deal massive damage to those who fail to evade or block them! This feature may be a little experimental, but it's certainly a "blast", so give it a try along with the rest of this amazing update!

    Additionally, with the Halloween season ramping up you can expect to see Annihilation's spooky maps on rotation very soon! These seasonal maps will be popping up in games throughout October, so make sure to keep an eye out for them when they arrive. I recommend trying one of these maps with Minecraft version 1.16, as you'll get to experience some creepy nether ambience while playing!

    MineZ Updates
    September has been a month of many bugfixes and general changes for MineZ, as much of the team's focus has been on preparing for the Spookfest festivities on the horizon! Some of the most notable changes between patches 4.4.1 to 4.4.4 include balance changes to the Spires, new functionality for the rifts at Bindpoint and Shacklepoint, and an astounding rebuild of Al Hasa Quarry. Furthermore, the MineZ Team recently published the MineZ Player Survey, which has proven to be a great way for all players to make their voices heard. The survey is still open, so if you're a MineZ rookie, regular, or roleplayer, then make sure to fill out this form! It will only take five to ten minutes of your time!

    As we move into October and the annual celebration of Spookfest, the MineZ Team has a lot in store to fill your days and nights with fright! This year we're bringing back the long-awaited Treat Chests, along with other fantastic features, spooky rebuilds, and even a Zombee Head Hunt spanning across all of Valar! You can read more about this year's celebrations in the dedicated announcement linked above. I recommend giving it a good look; there's a lot to unpick within this post!

    GG Updates
    Though the GG Developers have been focusing their efforts on MineZ's Spookfest this month, GG saw a small update at the start of the month. This mini-update brought a few changes, including some additions to the ToyBox system. Regular updates will hopefully resume some time after the Halloween season, and you will be able to follow all future changes and updates with the GG Update Changelog.

    Ghostcraft Updates
    You may have seen or heard rumors around the Shotbow Discord that a certain Shotbow original will be returning soon. Well, the rumors are true, as Ghostcraft is slated to return for the first time in many years! This long-lost classic will soon appear on the network to accompany the spooky season, and may even stick around beyond October as a permanent Shotbow gamemode, meaning you'll be able to shear and stab to your heart's content! Keep an eye out for more information and updates in the Shotbow Discord.

    Expeditions Updates
    Yet another one of lazer's projects, Expeditions is an experimental gamemode that combines aspects of vanilla survival and creative plots. As one would expect from the name, Expeditions is all about going on adventures to complete tasks and gather resources in vanilla worlds, which you can then bring back to your plot. You can then build whatever you want using the products of your journey, or even take your previously gathered items to aid your next one! In order to connect to Expeditions, you can use the command /expreview and jump into an adventure of your own. This game is currently in early previews, so expect bugs and a general absence of features, but give it a try if you enjoy a generally laid-back Minecraft experience.

    Network in General
    Staff updates:
    • Agypagy was promoted to Full Admin
    • Agypagy joined the Ban Appeal Counselor Team
    • Paulossj was promoted to Full Localizer
    Other statistics:
    • There were 499 players banned in the last month
    • This month we achieved a peak playercount of 354 on September 5th
    • 1,550 in-game reports were handled in the last month
    • 98 ban appeals were resolved in the last month
    • There were 25 Anni Clan Wars in the last month, including 1 premiere on Youtube
    Closing Words

    With many of us starting school and work again, potentially for the first time in a good while, it can be a little awkward getting back into the groove of normal life. We hope that, amongst the stresses of life and the gradual return to normality across the world, you will be able to come home after a busy day and have a great time hanging out with friends and playing some Shotbow! With an entire month of exciting activity to come, I truly hope that our combined efforts can put a smile on your face all throughout October! Let's make this Halloween one to remember! That's everything I've got for this edition of Dentril's New Moon. As always...

    Thanks for flying Shotbow!
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  2. Jarool Emerald

    Woo! Ghostcraft!

    It better not go away again this time.
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