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  1. Upgraded Website Today I am posting to officially announce that the website has undergone some fairly major upgrades, as you can probably see. As of this post, we are still waiting for the upgrade of our own look and feel to be completed for the new software, however most of the functionality has been restored already. In addition we have some nice new features such as the Member Map and new Support System. All punishment appeals will now be run through the support system to better streamline the responsiveness of moderators and other team members. We hope this will ensure faster and more efficient responses from the team overall. In addition you will ALSO see that suggestions and bugs can be posted through here too. We prefer them posted there but if you want community input, you are welcome to use the existing forum to nut out your idea before posting it officially via the Suggestion Submission system. Hopefully we will all notice some performance improvements with this upgrade as well as a much much higher compatibility with Mobile and Tablet Devices! Server Status We are currently finished the prep work required to reset the server. There is a temporary Ancient World that has been put up to allow users to play around during this time. We expect the entire process to be completed before the end of this weekend. As far as towns and emeralds are concerned, we HAVE calculated how much each town Mayor will be given. All recorded town mayors will be receiving a partial refund to allow them to establish towns of reasonable size after the reset. The number was built upon how many users each town had at the time our original announcement was made... NOT how many plots or outposts the town had. Why can't we just get a full refund? Villagers spawned at huge rates due to the way that towns were spawning. This resulted in a massive influx of ill-gotten emeralds that should not have existed. As mentioned in the previous topic there were towns with hundreds upon hundreds of emeralds and even a few with thousands... all within 2 weeks. As such we felt it unfair to take them all away as at least some would have been obtained legitimatly. Partial refund calculations have been saved and will be issued within the next week to mayors. For all other members: look to your mayor for a re-invitiation or to otherwise negotiate your share of the refund. The Mayor has discretion at this time and we will not be stepping in to divvy up the spoils. Premium Users Over the coming weeks I will be organising 2 week passes for Premium users to reimburse for the past 2 weeks. We sincerly apologize that the plugin failure has caused such a mess. We hope to rectify it and leave it be after this final set of fixes rolls out. We hope that you can all understand the reasons behind the reset (Even though the members voted for it) Web Store Along with the server and website upgrades, the webstore has been updated to reflect both sets of changes. This includes the new currency and new discounts offered for Premium and VIP members. View the new store here. We are still accepting suggestions for new items and even entire kits via the new suggestion system. While we try to take every suggestion seriously, we certainly can't guarantee that your idea will make it to live. You may suggest names, text colours, item stats and even the price we sell them at. If sold, you will be given the first created one (free of charge) and your name will be displayed in the store as 'Designed By: ' SIDENOTE: The TeamSpeak server has also received a minor codec upgrade which should improve the voice quality. Please let us know if there is anything wrong and we can rollback to the previous config. Thank you for reading my Text-Wall. We sincerly welcome feedback and are thankful that you are all here to enjoy the new features with us. Kind Regards, The Abyssal Gaming Network Team
  2. Forum Update

    Hello AGAIN guys, today is the final stage to finishing the grand web update. The forums have now had the theme applied to them after much work to achieve a consistant feel between the site and forums. There may be issues, and if you do come across them please let us know. We will give you a general run down of the changes and known issues below, unfortunatly many of them cannot be fixed as they are simply a limitation. Before I list the changes/bugs I first want to explain what responsive is. Responsive means that the page reacts to the browser window being resized. This means that it can be viewed on Mobile Devices and desktops without looking too bad or breaking. Unfortunatly the software we run is a little dated and are just beginning to delve into the responsive web. As such the existing software which is soon to be replaced, does not natively support responsiveness. Why did I tell you all that? Because it is relevant to some bugs you might experience that won't stop functionality but might look a little weird. So without further ado here is a list of changes and known issues; Changes:The sidebar on the main index page will hide itself when on a smaller screen, this is to prevent ugly wrapping of text and breaking of the layout. Don't worry it comes back when it detects there is room.The header will show a small menu when you are logged in on a small device, that way it doesnt break the navigation. Otherwise a full menu that is identical to the website now with the changes.All pages are now quickly accessible whilst within the forum. This includes the server status under the server menu at the top.Known Issues:Some text boxes are statically set by the software to be a certain width. As such if you shrink your screen too far they won't shrink with it.The Banner for 'similiar topics' is not formatting correctly (This is being looked into) Don't forget, if you find a bug, big or small, please let us know so we can look into it. We will list and update known issues here as we get them and eliminate them. Thank you all for your continued support, we are so lucky to have you as a part of this amazing community and we look forward to offering you more fun servers and interactions in the future. We truely hope you enjoy the website and forums update. - Abyssal Gaming Management
  3. As many already know, we recently hid an announcement for a new Hardcore Server within the website and its new release. Here are some details that may or may not be available at the official server page; http://www.abyssalgaming.com/servers/hardcore/info First and foremost we have just added 5 additional screenshots of the biome generation algorithms to the server page so go check that out. Like now. The Creative Server is another that will be revamped, although it may be a little bit after the Hardcore - The release schedule is not yet finalized. We are more than likely simply going to restart it from scratch, slap a new spawn on it and let you guys go nuts. Following suggestions from members, we are going to increase the MEMBER plot count to 2 instead of 1 and as such modify every rank above it by adding an additional plot to each. SkyBlock has been forgotten for a while, it sees little traffic but will be restored to functional shortly after Creative is back up and running. We are looking at releasing a Mini-Games and PvP Server where we will segregate the PvP Aspects from LDShadowlady and move them to their own server with their own resources. As much as we'd like to, we don't have any plans on making any major PvP match-types or the like in the future. We simply don't have the finance and network to maintain and design games to the standard of HyPixel and Mineplex. On the other hand we are seeking to stay as traditional as possible in many ways. Our focus has always been on a hard game experience instead of an easy one, and a traditional experience where possible. That is without weird and funky mechanics like elevators and self building houses and those thingy-ma-jiggys. As many know I constantly call out for suggestions, they are helping us shape how we change and design in the future. While we don't expect to become as large as HyPixel and other companies, we do want to treat our users more personally. Our decisions in the last LDShadowlady Update were fully backed by the majority of users playing on the server, as we treat all servers. We want the stakeholders to be the players and visa versa. Please post your suggestions in the suggestions forum, no matter how big or small. While we don't reply to or accept them all, we read them in detail and discuss them behind the scenes. Please don't be afraid to post! The LDShadowlady Server... This has been a discussion recently amongst everyone. Something the staff has taken particular notice to. We have seen chatter of a lot of people discussing potentially resetting the server. This is not something I have considered for a few reasons; We originally wanted at least a year out of the current server There is still much of the map that has yet to be fully explored, secrets that haven't been found and discovered We know a lot of dedicated players don't want to lose their build yet again A full restart will require us fully looking at our plugins and perhaps removing some that are holding us back from proper 1.8 Operation. Having said that, it seems a lot of members have raised good points as to why a reset would be a good idea. The following is a general list brought to our attention by players; The server is almost 8 months old and does not have any of the new blocks or functionality that the major 1.8 Release introduced to the game. After so much time, the map has become boring as most people have finished building what they wanted and feel too tied down to start again. In addition they would have too much money and blocks to start again in proper 'hardmode' as was originally intended. It would give us a chance to create new set of rules/plugins etc. that can be decided and discussed by the members of the server. In summary we are looking for a lot of feedback here, please have your say whether it be an opinion about the LDS reset or ideas and suggestions for the other servers and changes. We hope to have more information in coming weeks and look forward to hearing from you guys, the players.
  4. Store Updated

    Hello again guys! I have another update for you, this time the store has been upgraded a little bit. The new 'front shop' can be found at the following link and is easier to sort through quickly. As always if you have feedback, suggestions or see an issue, let us know Web Store: http://www.abyssalgaming.com/store
  5. Hello and Welcome to the new website! Please be sure to look around and let us know what you think! There are many new sections to explore and a lot to read over. If you find any issues or have feedback, please don't hesitate to let us know! You will notice that the server's status can easily be identified from almost any page within the website! We wanted to make it easy for people to check the status rather than guess if something is going on. All known issues will be posted to the front page of the website where they will remain until rectified. Note that we can't always identify or post them up immediatly. Each server will have its own section on the website. Keep in mind that they may be subject to name change or content change at any time, we will always do our best to keep the pages up to date. Hints, Tricks and Tips will be kept up to date for each as well as any live maps or other features we decide to offer. The Premium & VIP System is undergoing some minor changes. In the past we have simply listed what we offer without regard to what server offers what. No More! We will further describe and associate features and benefits so that you understand what you are receiving. We want to ensure that our supporters don't feel cheated, as has happened in the past. We are changing some policies internally to try to smoothen the process on some servers. The Main change is that on the LDShadowlady Server. Where a grief has occured, moderators may choose to repair and replace broken/stolen items for you. They can't build you houses and give you free stuff though, so please don't ask Features Summary: Cross-System Login: You are now shown as logged in when browsing the new section of the website. Details are the same as forums! (You may need to logout and log back in to get it working the first time)Front Page News Feed: We used to have a very basic front page news feed that never looked or felt right. This is a new custom coded module, so it's all as we want it instead of what we can find to use.Mobile Friendly: The entire new website is Mobile-Friendly, meaning that you can check the status of servers and commands on your Phone or Tablet.SEO Friendly: The Website is fully Search Engine Friendly; That should make finding us a bit easier Full-Featured FAQ: We are trying to keep our FAQ up to date, it will cover all servers as well as the website and general broad questions. If you have a suggestion of something that needs to be listed there, let us know!Full Documentation: All legal documents have been updated to reflect any changes that have occured since their last update as well as clarify on existing documents that were never properly finished.Forum Quick Links: Wherever you are, there are links in the header to the most visited sections of the forums, that way you can always switch through without having to load the index page a hundred times!Advertising Space: We are removing banner ads from everywhere on the website except for the designated advertising space on the bottom of the page. If you see anything you like feel free to click through, it helps us, however don't feel pressured into doing so for our sake.Guides: You will notice that servers have their own guides for getting started or doing specific things. These can be really helpful if you or someone you know needs some help.Issue Tracker: If there is a major issue or outage with the server(s) we will post it on the front page of the website under the issue tracker COMING SOON: The forums will be undergoing an overhaul to match the website, this shouldn't take too much longer to complete!COMING SOON: The HardCore Server will be making a return, more details will follow in coming weeks, we expect it to be a lot more fun in the past and give you something to play for a while. What Next? Please feel free to change your bookmarks to be www.abyssalgaming.com as it will now be a faster source for finding the information you are after.Please read the Legal Documentation and Community Rules (Links are at the top of every page)(ShortURL: abgn.net/legal & abgn.net/rules)Take a look through the FAQ Section (ShortURL: abgn.net/faq)View the Getting Started Guide (ShortURL: abgn.net/startld)Visit the website URL Directory to see all the Short URL's. (ShortURL: abgn.net/directory) I hope you enjoy what I have enjoyed making, it has been a long couple of weeks keeping most of it under wraps and holding off the release, but here it is. We will adapt the website and fill in the blanks as we have more information on certain servers or features. Some features may seem broken or incomplete, this is likely due to design as we are waiting for certain modules before those features can be enabled. Sick of Reading? Start Exploring the new site and please don't forget to leave us feedback! http://www.abyssalgaming.com/home
  6. Hello again! Just a small feature update, we have added better steam integration to the website. Simply Add your SteamID to your profile and the system will begin to pull your details from steam directly. Edit Profile Details: http://forum.abyssalgaming.com/index.php?app=core&module=usercp&tab=core If you dont know your SteamID, you can visit the following website to find it easily. Find my SteamID: http://www.steamidfinder.com/ You will notice that it adds a special field next to your posts, and it adds an entire new area on your profile once it updates your details Simple as that, I hope you enjoy this feature making it easier to find and connect with your friends here
  7. Website Update

    Hello Again Everyone, I am proud to present a screenshot from the now, under-construction website. It isn't far off being done, I am just finishing some of the core functionality. Please find below a list of features and changes that are a direct result of the website upgrade and changes to our systems. The Downloads System has been terminated and removed. (It wasn't being used much anyway)Some of the current content pages have been removed as they were apart of an old CMS plugin.New Server Listings & Information All Pages will have information like the screenshot, including hints, tips, rules and known issuesIssue Tracker This will allow us to communicate known issues with the players so that if there is an outage or something stops working, you know why when we do.Server Status Indicators You can see it at the top of the current screenshot, and will also be available in the menus, the servers will all show if they are up and online or if they are offline. Basic stats like Users Online are available where supported. These indicators will be available on the forums as well once the integration has been fulfilled.New Ticket System * This is currently under construction * We want to streamline the process and make it as easy as possible to sumbit reports. When live, these reports will include the previously announced 'report-a-mod' so that if you have an issue with a staff member, you don't need to be afraid to let us know.Staff Applications Staff applications have once again been streamlined and re-integrated into the new look. They will be easy to file and be made public to all. This lets you see your competition and allow you to see how many have applied. The same rules apply as in the past regarding multiple applications etc.Rules & Info Pages Rules, Privacy Policy and Terms have all been updated. It is expected that every user read these pages to understand how we use data you submit to our servers as well as the rules we expect you to follow while using our services.A couple of How-To's Need help setting up Push-to-Talk or Teamspeak itself? We have you covered. Hopefully when people start requesting more, we can get some more helpful tutorials up and going for people.FAQ Section We intend on setting up an FAQ section, it will cover everything from Premium Subscriptions to server inquiries.Getting Started & Other Guides Servers will get guides depending on their content, including the aforementioned How-To's as well as getting started on the server and how to use the server mechanics to your advantages (Such as surviving certain mobs etc)Changes to Premium & VIP While no major changes are being made to the program itself, how we present it is. We have come to realize that due to the recent issues in Minecraft causing a lot of mod support to drop, we have been unable to match what we used to offer. We don't like the idea of misleading people into giving up money. Because of that we are going to be more transparent with what each paid membership offers as well as trying to update the specifics on a per-server basis. Paid Memberships will have a dedicated page where they can keep up to date with what their membership does and doesn't include and what the benefits of moving up are.Fully Mobile Friendly The forums may not be able to be fully mobile friendly, but the website will be. If you want to check if there is a server issue that is stopping you for joining on MineChat, you will be able to check the website on your phone or tablet!Without further ado; A screenshot! http://abgn.net/public/newweb/Screenshot1-LDS.jpg (Also attached to this post!) There is a lot more to come but for now I am keeping some stuff under wraps, most of the staff doesn't even know yet - There is much more I'd love to show you but it would ruin some of the upcoming changes and additions. I hope everyone likes the look of the new site as much as I've enjoyed developing it. P.S I would really appreciate feedback! Original Announcement:
  8. Servers

    Hey Everyone! First and foremost I want to thank everyone who is still here for their patience. Let me explain what has happened thus far; On the weekend, it was decided that it was the perfect time to move the server to the new datacenter. The reason for this is that our bandwidth provider merged with another, and as such we had to be migrated. At this stage We expected 4-5 hours of downtime, which (fairly enough) extended to about 12 hours. The next step was the hard drive, which was found to be faulty. This is most likely due to the old data center not having taken care in the moving process. This is why the rollback occured, because the files we have now is the manual backup that I took approx 4 days prior to the downtime. After this it took several days to work out why our server (because of how special it is) wouldn't work with their network. It appears as if one of their scripts messed with ours, and we had to get a custom module written up to communicate with our setup (Told you we are special!) In the end we are in a faster datacenter, with what I hope to be much better uptime and latency/lag free playing. We will be working around the clock to get back what we had built, which will include all our new shops and themed areas. Thank you for your patience and loyalty through these issues and we hope everything from here is smooth sailing.
  9. Hello everyone! The Abyssal Gaming Network has a lot going on at the moment, so let me update you all on what's new! Public Server Upgraded! The Public server has finally been upgraded to 1.2. We have more punishments for the griefers and more features for the donators. Premiums get MobDisguise as usual, although the commands have changed (Updated command list) VIP's get even more mobs as well as the ability to use the baby mob command! Yay! (Updated command list) In addition the Inventory Save function has been upgraded for VIP's, it now saves your experience as well! Premiums will continue to enjoy the lack of inventory loss when a creeper comes up behind you! New Server! There is a new server in our midst that you can apply to join here It is called the Hardcore Survival Server. It is a server designed for the tough players who think they have what it takes to legitimatly build a beautiful creation while dodging their enemies, both mobs and players. Features include hardcore PVP, no anti-griefing measures and a reward for the best build at the end of each month. More information can be found in the application thread! To make it harder to hide, here is a Live map of the server: http://www.abgn.net/r/9 Also coming soon is a creative server. This server will be whitelist building for the artists amongst us, and everyone can come visit. We will announce more closer to release. Site Features The Abyssal Gaming Network has always had a lot of resources, but now we have put them up to the public. Webhosting can be purchased from our website under the services tab at the top. We may not be the cheapest in town, but we have the service and knowledge to help anyone get setup with a new website. Coming Soon: Minecraft Server Hosting [ Click here for Services section ] In addition to the hosting, we have a TinyURL generator for any links that are too long to share with others! Part of this service includes a small widget for your browsers Bookmarks toolbar that will automatically turn the current URL into a TinyURL. Want to give it a shot? There is no limit as to how many links you can compress. Here is a link (Shortened using the TinyURL): http://www.abgn.net/r/8 One last feature (unused for now) is that we now have a downloads section. You will see it populated very soon with misc files. In addition the Image Hosting now works for all registered members. Affiliates With More to come, we have partnered with a few small affiliates. None of us are huge and famous, but we all have our specialties and love doing what we do for the fans. You will be able to find an entire fan section for each partner on our forums. 40 Psychic Frames (40PF): These guys do voicing, music and general audio including parodies. Their stuff is hilarious and worth a listen! Dreadlow Gaming: Ledo is a good friend to abyssal gaming and will be running the official RPG Server of Abyssal gaming once it is ready (This could be a while off). in addition he is also working on custom Single Player mods for the Abyssal Community which will be found in our new Downloads section mentioned above. We have a few others in the works, but nothing is confirmed, so you will see no mention until they are. Logo(s) Although not final and 100%, we have a new logo for our forum and social networking done by Ayjayo himself. We hope you can join us in thanking him for the time he has spent with us to create this imagery and the time he will spend helping us further in the future. Thank You Ayjayo! As you can see we have been busy, we have wanted to release content but the limitation has been that 1.2 plugins haven't fully updated. Even now there are plugins missing that we needed, we chose to forgo on those for now as they weren't mission critical. I have held of this giant announcement until we actually had a list of items to announce! I hope everyone can enjoy what we have to offer.