We won an award!

Last night LibraryCraft won the prestigious Library Board of WA Award for Innovation and Collaboration! From the Awards page, The Award promotes innovation and collaboration in the library sector by any person, library or organisation in Western Australia, and is open to all areas of the library industry, including academic, public, school and special libraries, as well as to other individuals and organisations that have an impact on the promotion, provision and support of library services in Western Australia.

We’re absolutely thrilled and honoured to be selected and can’t wait to see what happens next for LibraryCraft. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far – our partner councils, mod staff, players and their families. It means so much to us that you’re a part of the program and love sharing it with others!

LibraryCraft Annual Report 2021/22 Now Available

Our third Annual Report, for 2021/22 is now available. Click the image below to download a copy. Thank you all so much once again for your support of the program during the last 12 months! We’ve seen some incredible growth and opportunities and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next 12 months of LibraryCraft!

EDIT: Report edited to include a player favourite highlight that was missed – Creative Writing in Discord!

You asked, We listened!

Over the last couple of months we’ve been working through the feedback we received in our 2022 Evaluation Survey, and it’s time to get everyone’s thoughts on what we’re thinking!

We’ve had some preliminary chats with the players on Discord to get an idea of what would be good and we think we’ve come up with some great ideas. A new page has been created on the website – Evaluation Feedback 2022. It’s also available on the right hand side of the top menu of the site. This page has a summary of what’s been talked about, and a few polls to get some more feedback from the player group as a whole.

These include:

  • the Player of the Month initiative
  • tweaks to the Mega Crate contents
  • a new PVP plugin
  • a poll to see whether you want ladders to be added in BedWars
  • a poll for whether we expand the Survival world for 1.19, or start a brand new one
  • a themed Survival world (similar to PVP Survival, but different)
  • tweaks to the Project worlds
  • tweaks to the Monthly Competitions

Plus workshops, real life meetups, server resource packs, minigames news, tweaks to Discord and more.

The three polls and the Evaluation Feedback page will be available until Sunday 7th August, 9pm, so it’s your chance to tell us what you think of the things we’re planning over the next few months! If you’re a player in LibraryCraft, we want to hear from you. You can also get in touch with us through Discord, or by sending an email to the server as well (seen on the right hand side of this page).

July-August Builder Competition Theme Announced!

In early June we announced a new competition coming to LibraryCraft – the Builder Competition. Our Builder rank players don’t get to enter the competitions any more, and sometimes there’s a bit of down time for build projects. We want to be able to let them show off the crazy build skills so one of our awesome team came up with the idea!

This year we’ll have three 2 month competitions – July to August, September to October and November to December. Only Builders will be able to build, but anyone is allowed to check out the progress! The plots are much bigger – 100×100! Each plot is pre-assigned to the four builders. There’s even a bonus build in the middle to explore too!

Voting will also happen in September by the mod team, with points being tallied up over the whole year, just like the main Emerald Points competition. Prizes are a $50 JB HiFi Voucher for 1st, and a couple of mega crate keys each for 2nd and 3rd.

On to the reason you’re here! The theme for this competition is:

Twisted!

We want to see what the Builders interpret as Twisted. It could be anything….

This one will be fun! The world will be available July 1st.

Evaluation Survey Giveaway Winners!

The LC Evaluation Survey for 2022 is closed, and we got some excellent feedback from almost 50 responses! The mod team will be going through all of the feedback (yep, all of it!) and seeing what we can do over the next week or so. We’ll update everyone with our thoughts and plans! We got some great feedback on the server, Discord, workshop ideas and in person meet-ups.

What we have done is choose our two winners! These two players will receive a $50 JB HiFi Voucher each.

The winners are quipp and _boonana! Congratulations! We’ll be in touch through Discord to arrange for prize pickup.

When is 1.19 coming to LibraryCraft?

As many of you will know by now, 1.19 The Wild Update, the next big thing in Minecraft will be launching tomorrow, June 7! There’s plenty to get excited about:

  • the Deep Dark
  • The Warden
  • Mangrove swamps
  • shriekers
  • sculk blocks
  • mud
  • boats with chests
  • Allays
  • goat horns
  • Frogs and froglights, and
  • tadpoles!

Click the image to get the full info on this version from the Minecraft website. A lot of you (like me) are excited to get stuck into it, but it won’t be available on LibraryCraft just yet. If you try to connect to LibraryCraft using 1.19, it won’t work. You’ll need to use 1.18.2 until an announcement comes up on this site. So why does it take so long? Here’s the process we need to go through:

  1. First, there’s the general release to Vanilla. That’s tomorrow, so we’re close to ticking the first step off.
  2. Bukkit (the first iteration of the core system our server runs on) developers update Bukkit to 1.19.
  3. Once stable (a few weeks at least) it goes to Spigot (the slightly better version of Bukkit our version is based on). Spigot developers update Spigot with 1.19. Spigot is also what our plugins use.
  4. Once Spigot is stable (a bit more more time again), it goes to Paper – the system we use. Same thing…that gets updated and tested etc etc.
  5. At the same time, all the Spigot plugin developers get their plugins updated and compatible with 1.19. Some do this, some don’t.
  6. We have to wait until at least our major plugins work before doing anything. Otherwise it causes major headaches for John.
  7. Once the required plugins are sorted, then John can update the server. The whitelist gets shortened for this step, so only John can access the server. Don’t worry, you’ll see a message appear before this happens, and you’ll be warned well in advance. There’s a lot of restarts in this stage, and even more testing.
  8. So the server is updated! Hooray! Let’s play! Hold on. Not yet. John will then expand the 1.18 Survival world so we have more land to explore, which will include the new goodies.
  9. The world gets a preload – John tells the server to explore! Normally, players exploring new territory do this, but it takes a while, and it’s a huge load on the server, so it’s much better for performance to do it first.
  10. Once that’s done, there’s a little bit more testing, before the whitelist goes back to normal.

In amongst all that is a lot of testing, long hours and responding to the relentless excitement from players asking when it will be ready! Please go easy on us. We’re excited to play on 118Survival (soon to be renamed 119Survival as much as you all do. It just takes a LOT of time and a LOT of work to get there.

Once we’re good to go, an announcement will appear on this site. There will also be regular updates in Discord, so if you want to be up to speed, get in touch with the community there.

Evaluation Survey 2022

It’s that time again! We’d love to know what you think about LibraryCraft! In order for us to make this server the best it can be, and to get some information for the 2021/22 Annual Report, we’re asking for your input.

There are two separate surveys:
– Players Survey: https://culturecounts.cc/s/2PpPcP
– Parents Survey: https://culturecounts.cc/s/4UKsVY

It’s important that we also get thoughts from the parents, as they’re a crucial part of getting onto the server to start with.

We’re also offering an incentive to give us your thoughts in the Players Survey!

Two player entries will be randomly selected to receive a $50 JB HiFi Voucher each. Entries are able to be received from now until 17 June 2022.

The information we receive is valuable to us as it can help us improve the server and the programs that happen in and around it, as well as seeing how important it is in the community.

Spot the Differences and Win a Medal!

To celebrate the new custom models now included in LibraryCraft, we’ve come up with an activity for more people to get their hands on one – a classic Spot the Difference!

The images above are of John’s NewSurvival Farm. There are 13 differences in the 2nd image. If you get them all, you’ll score yourself a very cool looking custom medal! It’s one of a kind.

How to Enter

To allow everyone to participate fairly, we’re doing things a bit differently. You have two options!

  1. Check out the images and note down the 13 differences. If you get them ALL correct, you’ll win the medal in Survival. If you don’t get them all correct, no medal! Sorry. 🙂
  2. To submit there’s two options:
    1. Discord Users: Open a new ticket and put your answers in the ticket. Easy!
    2. Non-Discord Users: Send an email to whitelist@librarycraft.net including your MC username and your answers. Add “Spot the Difference Answers” in the Subject line. NOTE: Don’t use in game /mail! It won’t be long enough!

There’s no time limit for this one, so take your time!

LibraryCraft – now with Trophies!

When you next log in to the server, you will notice a prompt for a server resource pack. This is for our new custom trophies that have been designed and added in! It’s not a mod, it’s a remodeled and retextured carved pumpkin.

When placing these down, they need to be placed on a horizontal item frame, otherwise they’ll display as regular carved pumpkins. Without the resource pack, they’ll just appear as pumpkins, so make sure you download it. It’s tiny. Each of the three monthly winners will receive their respective trophies, and all previous 2022 monthly winners will also get theirs too.

There’s a couple of other types too: the Emerald Points Season winners, with green tassels on the side, and filled with emeralds:

And the LibraryCraft League Trophy.

This one is much bigger.

Over time this resource pack will grow to include other custom textures, so look out for the new stuff!