Firstly, just wow! The increase in the playerbase lately has been pretty crazy. It makes sense though with all the crazy going on in the world with the current coronavirus, so hopefully everyone/all your familys and friends are safe and not suffering not too much from any lockdowns / bizarreness happening in your countries/cities.
Secondly, with this increase in numbers has came some pretty laggy times when it's peak time for the server - With this happening I've been doing a few changes and tests the past few days to try and find out where the main source is cominng from, with so I've made some changes to server I believe should/so far have shown some improvements
- The view distance has currently been lowered - In a few days I plan to increase the view distance for the nether/end slightly as most of the lag is being caused in the overworld.
- When the server is dropping in TPS and is getting bear the point of noticable lag you may notice that some of the mobs may lose their AI's around you - This is to try and give less strain on the server, if you interact with a frozen mob they will regain their AI back.
- When the server is drastically dropping TPS and showing major signs of lag it's now capable of disabling mob spawns for the server until it recovers and is safe again to turn them back on. This is to stop long periods of lag and will help bring the server back up to a playable speed.
- Total mob cap has been lowered.
& Here's some things you can expect coming soon
- A new voting plugin will be used for handling votes ingame. Visible top monthly/all-time votes for players to see. Ability to see how long is left until you're able to vote again. Vote rewards will be moved into a voting shop where your vote points can be spent on them.
- With the changes to mobs/mob cap for server performance, over the next week or so it'll be decided on what sort of mob drop changes should be made to make up for the reduced spawns, allowing the mobs to drop double loot given a certain % chance.
& Perhaps the most important of all! @Tuux has finally made a return with his animated series, telling an epic story of CraftMine! Check out the trailer below and then after that jump on into episode 1! Make sure to like, subscribe and ding dong that bell! Did you know that 50% of you watching his video aren't subscribed!
The Trailer -
Episode 1 -