The Future of Livecraft

Hello, given recent developments in the Minecraft multiplayer scene, the future of Livecraft and many other servers is in question. The Bukkit project is no longer providing downloads or source code, leaving servers and developers to find another project or move on from Minecraft. In light of this, there have been groups that have formed to create a replacement for Bukkit. One such project is called “Sponge“, which is a project which aims to continue where Bukkit left off, using a clean codebase and an improved API. As a result, I have decided that Livecraft will use the Sponge server software once it is stable enough for daily use. Consequently, the Minecraft 1.8 update has been delayed considerably, and may not even happen before the year is out. Here’s to a brighter, yellow, and more absorbent (ba dum tss) future for Livecraft.

tl;dr: Bukkit is dead, Spigot is on life support. A new project called Sponge has potential to succeed Bukkit. Livecraft will most likely not update to Minecraft 1.8 before the year ends.

Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)

Long Live Minecraft

Some unfortunate news I have to report today. I discovered that the Bukkit project has been more or less discontinued as a result of a recent DMCA notice filed against them. As a result, all Bukkit downloads have been removed and are no longer available for download, and most Bukkit staff have formally resigned. Similarly, the Spigot project received a similar notice, and has also removed all downloads; however, the Spigot team has released a program which can update Spigot through binary patching, allowing the project to continue updating within legal boundaries. As a result of these recent developments, the future of Livecraft and the 1.8 update are in question. The server will continue to be online, but many difficulties, such as the lack of future updates may be encountered.

I would like to give a personal thank you to all of the talented people who have contributed to both Bukkit and Spigot, and I have appreciated being able to have used Bukkit and Spigot for the past four years. The software was useful to hundreds of thousands, and it will be missed. I do hope that the legal issues can be resolved, but for now, the futures of both Bukkit and Spigot are unknown.

Regarding my minecraft-init and mc*NIX projects, I will update them shortly to allow binary patching of Spigot and remove downloads to both the Bukkit and Spigot projects, considering it is no longer possible to download them directly.

Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)

For more information on the subject, visit the following links:
Bukkit Community Announcements & News
SpigotMC – High Performance Minecraft

Time Warner Network Problems

Hi, I would like to update you all on some recent network problems with Time Warner Cable that have been affecting Livecraft directly for the past few days. Around 24 hours ago, Time Warner Cable experienced a nationwide service outage which affected Livecraft by causing a large amount of lag and times where the server was not accessible at all. It seems the issue has been dealt with upstream; however, I feel that the quality of the connection has degraded. This may result in the server being slower to respond or occasionally disconnecting players. I would like to announce that this is unfortunately out of my control, and I will be looking to other internet service providers as I feel that Time Warner Cable is not adequate. I appreciate your cooperation as I attempt to work around this issue.

On a personal note, I suggest not getting Time Warner internet. Get Charter or Comcast, you will be a much happier customer.

Temporary downtime

The server will be offline for a week, or from June 2nd to June 9th 11th, 2014. I am moving from Florida to Wisconsin and the server needs to be packed for moving. I will bring it back online as soon as possible. Furthermore, Prism will need to be fixed once I have relocated, as it is currently broken. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)

News regarding Minecraft 1.7

I have decided that there will not be a map reset for Minecraft 1.7. We are preparing something rather significant, and I would like to have it ready upon the arrival of the next version of Minecraft, be it version 1.8 or 2.0. This is a project which has been worked on for the last few weeks in the flatlands. For the time being, the new blocks from Minecraft 1.7 will not work. They will either be substituted with stone or a similar block. Please refrain from using these blocks.

mcMMO Issues

mcMMO, the plugin which enables MMO-like features in Minecraft, is currently non-operational. It may not be working until I can repair the database, or until the server migrates to Minecraft 1.7. Until then, mcMMO will not work as intended. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Looks like I fixed it faster than I wanted to. Enjoy.

– Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)

[IMPORTANT] Server Hardware Swap

Unfortunately, the server’s main CPU fan is not working, resulting in the server overheating (and a LOT of noise). As a result of this, I have given up my personal computer to serve as the main server for now. The CPU is faster, but there is less RAM. I advise any Architects or staff who are using WorldEdit to NOT perform large operations at this time, as the server only has half of the RAM it used to. Things will be back to normal once I am capable of replacing the fan, but until then, this will have to make do.


Jonathan Alfonso

[IMPORTANT] 1.6.4 Update

I have updated the server to Minecraft 1.6.4. For a short time, both mcMMO and TrainCarts will not function. Once these plugins are updated and work on 1.6.4, everything will be back to normal.
Edit: All updated and ready to go.

Minecraft 1.6.2 had an exploit which allowed someone to steal someone else’s session and log into a server as if they were that user. This affected us directly, and someone logged as me (alfonsojon), giving them full access to the server. Fortunately, David (Drak1234) restored the server, but this should not happen in 1.6.4

The only major reason this update was released was to fix this major security flaw.

Regards, Jonathan Alfonso (alfonsojon)