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Admin team change

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Hey everyone!

We are proud to announce the return of @MrMine05 to the DiamondFire Admin team! He will be working with @Numero on events. He's got some awesome plans, and we hope everyone gives him a warm welcome back!

For more information on DiamondFire events, stay tuned here on the forums and at our Discord server under the event announcements.

Dev Blog: Where we're at with world plots

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Hi all! As many of you know, we began testing world plots on Node Beta yesterday. Through this, we gained a lot of helpful user feedback, as well as important information on the server resource usage patterns of the world plots system.

Background​

World plots have been planned for a long time as a way to make the server capacity more scalable as our playerbase grows. The system would offer better plot isolation and stability, as described in our previous dev blog. Development of world plots officially started in early June, and the dev team (especially @Owen) has spent a great deal of time working on it. We wanted to get a test on Node Beta as soon as possible so we could get feedback and analyze usage under more realistic player counts and usage patterns.

What we found​

While the user feedback was helpful (many of you expressed concerns about build and code separation), another concern for us was the resource usage of the...

DiamondFire at Snap!con 2021

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Hi all! I had the opportunity to present DiamondFire at Snap!con 2021, a virtual conference for computer science educators and researchers hosted by the University of California at Berkeley. Here's the video that was included in the presentation:

Dev Blog: What's in store for the future?

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Please note that information shared in this blog is not final and may
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Hi all! Today we're going to talk about a big update coming to DiamondFire that we're currently working on. We'll be looking at what's planned and what you should be aware of regarding this update.

Background​

Currently, your plot is stored on a single world on a node. If a server gets full because too many people are playing or building on, say, Node 1 plots, there is really nothing we can do because all the plots are stuck on the node they were created on. As DiamondFire continues to grow, we want to eliminate this restriction and allow your plot to be loaded onto any server. This will allow us to scale plots and overall make it much easier to expand without needing to create new "nodes".

For example, if...

A Look Into the "Deleted" Game Jam

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Hey everyone!

The most recent Game Jam hosted by the events team started on March 12th and ended on March 19th. The special theme throughout the event was "Deleted". And with the theme being quite vast, this allowed game creators to cook up some really cool and unique ideas that were voted upon by the community.

Without further ado, here is an insiders look at the last game jam!


Interviews
I interviewed some of the top winners of the Game Jam to give everyone a look into the behind the scenes of some of the games that were submitted in the game jam.

"Crumble"
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Crumble took 1st place, and was released by @Jimmy_The_Knight.

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Q) What was your Game Jam plot submission ("Crumble") about?

A) Crumble is a turn-based PvP game where the players' goal is to take the flag in the middle...

Website update!

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Hey everyone! We are excited to announce that the website has been updated to a new software patch, which introduces lots of new features to the community who use the forums! The new features are now being utilized to help make the website an even more awesome place for everyone here.

Some of the new patch features that affects the community:
  • Profile banners​
    • Attach a fancy image to your forum account. This is currently unlocked for everyone who has a forum account, and no restrictions were decided to put into place. Please be sure to follow the rules before setting a banner.​
  • New forum thread types
    • Some of our forum areas have been updated to use the new forum types!
    • A new forum area was created - Support, and you can mark other comments as an answer to help others out!
    • Our feedback forum was updated to...

Admin team announcement

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We want to give @Numero a big welcome to the admin team! He has shown extreme dedication to the staff team for several years, and is a well known member of this community. He will be taking @Refriz's position as an Events Manager, and Refriz will be moving to a position of Community Manager! Community Manager will be a position that serves as a better connection between the staff team and the community. He will take your complaints and work to make the server a better place. The Community Manager will work with the admin areas to help improve each area. We are super excited to introduce this new role.

Original announcement from @ryanroo2

Plot corruption and compensation

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Hey everyone!

Unfortunately, there was an outage today that caused some users to have experienced some degree of loss due to corrupted chunks. The development team tried their best to recover any data, so we are giving compensation for those who lost anything.

Compensation

Users who were affected by the outage and lost anything will be given:
  • 1x massive plot
  • 3x Booster that lasts for 3 hours

We sincerely apologize for this news, but we hope this will help brighten your day. If you were affected, please post down below or inform a developer and it will be investigated.

Thanks all!

Merry Christmas!

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Hi everyone,

On behalf of the admin and events team, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas! All of you are amazing, and this community continues to thrive and every year we are amazed by the creativity that you plot content creators bring. Stay safe, have fun, hang out with loved ones, and enjoy it while it lasts! 🎄

Best regards,
Administration & Events team

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