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Welcome to the monthly update for October 2018. We are releasing this slightly earlier than usual as the maintenance we have completed during October is quite significant, so we would like to let you guys know exactly what has happened!
Admins: AlwaysQuads, Jaski_, KaiNoMood, Merjilin, PrincessStrawb, Prizzianna
Senior Moderators: Kwegg, Tigian
Moderators: BraedenGames, TarotCard, UghReally
Maintenance was finished on Oct 27th at 10 AM UTC, and the servers have officially been moved to new hardware! If you experience any issues on the servers, please report them in the #bug-reports Discord channel as we are still working on fixing them! However, the changes we have currently made can be seen below:
New backend, new machine, new location: PlayUHC is now closer to the UK and the US, with the servers now being located at Gravelines (France), lowering the ping (latency). We are now using better hardware, with an Intel i7-7700k 4.5 GHz CPU, 64 GB DDR4 RAM and 2x NVMe SSD.
New game queuing system: to access a game server, you will now wait in a queue in the hub. This will greatly reduce the waste of resources (CPU and RAM) used by empty instances, leading to an overall improvement of the servers performances! With this new system, you will also be able to keep track of all the queues and join the one you prefer instead of joining a server and wait there, hoping someone will join!
New "Game Selector" on the Hub: join a game queue directly from the Game Selector (use the compass in your hand). You are also able to see the number of queued players.
New game signs to reflect the new queuing system.
Added new in-game command "/tlh": shows the coordinates like /tl, but will hide the coordinates from yourself and only show your teammates. This will be useful for streamers.
Added new in-game command "/tlh [Teammate Name]": show the coordinates like /tl, but will not show the coordinates to the specified teammate. Useful for streamers' teammates.
Dynamic CPU priority system: The servers’ CPU priority is now dynamically adjusted based on the game state. Loading games will have lower CPU priority, and active games with players will have higher CPU priority to reduce lag on the most intense parts of the game. In short, power will go where it is actually needed.
FFA-Arena: you can't shoot arrows from spawn (Above coordinate y: 80) anymore.
Duels: It only accepts 2 players.
Music bot in Discord, find out the commands in #commands channel.
We have had many questions about why this maintenance was done, and why so much has been implemented quickly when we said we were going to take this slow, but we would like to explain this in more detail.
Some of the licenses required for the servers to function expired on the 28th of October, and the dedicated servers used for PlayUHC would also expire shortly afterward. Because of this, we have been working around the clock to test and fix as much as we can in the past few days, including the development of the queuing system as we would not be able to host the server without it. To put it simply, the games were made for the old dedicated hardware and were not really made to be transferred to other hardware without extensive work.
Due to the very short timeline, we were unable to communicate most changes in advance within the staff team and to the players. The short timeline also resulted in us not being able to test the new systems as much as we would normally do with changes like this. This rush resulted in more bugs than we anticipated. We are sorry for this, but I hope you all will keep in mind the circumstances that we had to work with. As of right now, there are still some issues; please know that we will continue to work on resolving the remaining issues and we hope that you will be able to help us by reporting any issues you may find.
We would like to thank everyone who trusted us, reported bugs and who have supported us in other means or ways. We are looking forward to the future and are excited to work and play with you all. As requested multiple times and said by ourselves, in the upcoming days we will be posting more introductions and are also planning a Q&A so everyone can get to know each other better.
We would also like to remind everyone of the event which Mezy & Sarinah will be running as their “final event” as admins on the server. This will be hosted on November 3rd and the time is yet to be confirmed! More details can be found in the PlayUHC Discord. If you can not be at the event, make sure you thank them beforehand!
My name is Rubbertjuh, and I am the person that offered to continue running PlayUHC after Mezy and Sarinah announced that the server would be closing. I am relatively new to the PlayUHC community but have had years of experience in hosting Minecraft servers as I also run a modded Minecraft network called ToastyNetworks. ToastyNetworks has been around since 2013, this has allowed me to learn the ins and outs of both the technical and community sides of Minecraft.
Our lead developer (KaiNoMood) made me aware of PlayUHCs closure after hearing about it via a Youtube stream and encouraged me to speak to Mezy and Sarinah about a potential takeover.
We currently have a team of 6 admins that will help with the transition of ownership and also future development of the community. These are AlwaysQuads, Jaski, KaiNoMood, Merjilin, PrincessStrawb, and Prizzianna. After this announcement, we will work on more personal introductions so you guys can get to know us better.
We have been reading messages on Discord and in-game chats over the past few days and can see how close the community is and we would love to build on that. Our team has been working hard over the past few days with Mezy/Sarinah to learn more about the community, staff and the technical side of the server.
Also, we know that quite a few players have been worrying about the future of PlayUHC after the recent announcement before we offered to take over. Because of this, we wanted to clear a few things up at the beginning:
We have no current plans to change PlayUHC’s name or logo.
Before making any changes to the front end of PlayUHC, our main focus will be getting to know the community.
We do not have any plans to tamper with the core gamemodes of PlayUHC.
All existing moderators, senior moderators and builders will stay staff.
ToastyNetworks will not be merged with PlayUHC, they will remain separate entities (only the Administration team will be shared.)
Our first goal is to first address the backend of PlayUHC. As of right now, Minecraft-servers are online and using server resources 24/7 (this leads to many unused, but claimed resources). We are going to address this and are working on a new game-queue and lobby system which only activates a Minecraft server when enough people are queued up. In the future, this will allow for some very cool possibilities (like queuing up for your favorite gamemode while playing some other gamemode). This change allows us to reduce hardware costs and improve overall server performance.
We would love to know what you all would like to see improved, changed or even added. We are happy to discuss anything! Simply comment down below or spark a discussion in Discord. Only if we talk about our ideas, we can create something beautiful and continue innovating.
We want to thank each and everyone of you for being part of this community and sticking with us till this day. It’s been an incredible run, especially this year and we couldn’t have done it without you guys. Unfortunately, Mezy and I don’t have enough time as we need to continue running PlayUHC. There’s multiple factors playing part into this which has led to the decision of closing the server. PlayUHC has been our baby and it’s so hard to say goodbye to all of this. We care deeply for the server but sometimes we have to make decisions and sadly this is one of them…
Thank you Mezy for giving me the opportunity to do this all together, it’s been a blast, your work is amazing and should be appreciated by everyone. I’m glad we got to do this and I will never forget this.
Thank you to our staff team and previous staff members for putting time and effort into making the server a better place for everyone, we appreciate it so much. Special thanks to Senior Mods Kwegg and Tigian, you guys have been here for ages and always stuck by us, thanks for your constant support and help it means the world.
Thank you to our builders and special thanks to our head builder Frenchy for making amazing builds making the server look fantastic.
Thank you to all the content creators for advertising the server for us, thanks for the support and hopefully you enjoyed hanging out.
And thanks again to all of you, we all built this community together, kept it a fun place and made loads of friends. I hope you all made some good memories on here and will look back at PlayUHC with a smile. Thank you to all of you that supported the server by donating, it means so much to us and we will forever appreciate it.
Special words from Mezy:
“It's hard to describe how I feel about closing play. It's been over 2 years since I started it and I enjoyed every moment. A lot of fun memories I'll never forget. I met so many people thought it it's been amazing. Of course I want to thank everyone that made this possible but Sarinah did that better than I ever could. So I'd like to thank her. Without her the server would have never been the place it's been. Thank you so much for all the work you did <3 “-Mezy
We will close the server around the beginning of November, before then we will have a last event which everyone is able to join to say goodbye to PlayUHC. We hope you guys still stick by us until the end. Information about this event will follow and date and time will be announced in Discord.
We are thinking about keeping the Discord for the community to stay in touch.
We are still looking for someone who is interested in taking over the server and we are open to discuss the options, contact me or Mezy on Discord or on Twitter, please serious proposals only.