To start things off I'm going to go back to the roots of what our goal is as a server. We want to provide a safe, happy and enjoyable environment for everyone who decides to play on OGCraft no matter your age or background. To do this we have a wonderful staff team who volunteer their free time to bring you the server and all the changes we make along the way. The internet is a scary place and if we can be that light that helps guide people the correct way then we've achieved what we set out to do.
That being said, the other key aspect of the server is you, the players. You playing on the server and voting for the server keeps our numbers up and therefore more people will find the server and play on it. More people means more votes, and more votes means more people. It's just one big snowball effect.
However, to do both of the above we need donations to keep the server up. None of us (including myself) take any profit from the server as 100% of donations go back into server related things. The main three things are hosting the server, bringing more players and player retention, and if one of these three fail then the server stops growing and we will eventually close and there won't be an OGCraft to play on, which for obvious reasons we don't want to happen.
The three main things we've had feedback on recently are the fact mending has been removed from crate items, netherite has been removed from all kits and people not wanting to vote.
The reason we removed mending from crate items is because when we originally did the items, they were a one time purchase and therefore if you had one there was no reason for people to keep donation, meaning we were struggling to host the server
When people tell me or other staff members they don't want to vote, to us that's your way of saying you don't support the server and without that support, we cant bring more players. Voting is a direct way to help support the server for completely free.
The reason we removed netherite was because if you want netherite tools, it's going to give the server more player interaction with you seeking out the ancient debris and going through the grind than you just popping it straight out from your kit to your tools. Without that player interaction, we have little to no player retention.
We understand your frustrations, we really do. It was actually the reasoning behind me wanting to add spawner keys to ./shop along with creating the enchanting machine, so players had access to premium features without having to pay a premium for them. However we also had to think about keeping the in game prices high enough so the donation items were not flooded throughout the server. It meant we wouldn't have the above issue of no donations. It's been a fine line we've been trying to find over the last 2.5 years and we believe we are close to finding it. The admin team have collectively put in thousands of hours into bringing the server to life and all of it was purely because we wanted to. We wanted to bring you a server where you could be yourselves, be happy playing with a community that grows together and most importantly be safe. Most, if not all, of the limitations we implement are because it impacts the server in one of the three main areas mentioned above. We don't change things because we want to be mean, we do it so in the long run you guys still have a server to play on.
Between the Admins, we are all either in full time education (Roman, Annei, Derryl) or work full time jobs (myself, Nix, Swanky) so any changes done to the server are done whenever we have free time. This is why sometimes it can take a day or two to implement a fix for a bug or something along that type of thing. I know personally I didnt actually start "playing" the current map until 2 days after it's official release because I was fixing things that needed sorting at that moment.
In the past we've attempted different things to bring in more players, for example we've promoted ourselves on server listings, opened a tiktok account, partnered with streamers and even tried advertising. However all of these cost money so if we funnel too much money into that, we have none to keep the server going and therefore we would have no server. The more people we bring in, the more features we can bring to the server. Donations and voting are the two biggest ways we can do that, the latter being the free version for everyone along with helping with achieving vote parties for everyone.
That being said, I want to thank every single donator, both past and recent, because without you we wouldn't be where we are today. Without you we wouldn't have OGCraft. I also want to say thank you to superminiminer who not only became the first "Supporter", but went straight for Supporter III. Monthly donations are by far the best way to help support us which is why we also added Carpenter to the monthly rank crew.
I know there's a lot of information but we just wanted to be honest with you guys what we do as an admin team and why things change over time.
Thank you for reading
- OGCraft Admin Team
Amethyst Block = 4 Shards
Normal -> Level 1
Level 1 -> Level 2
Level 2 -> Level 3
Level 3 -> Level 4
Level 4 -> Level 5
Level 5 -> Level 6
Level 6 -> Level 7
Level 7 -> Level 8
Here is a list of all the custom crafting recipes here on OGCraft!
The items on the left are required to make the thing on the right.
If the rubix cube in the middle is shuffled, the recipe is shapless. If the rubix cube is solved then you must follow that pattern
5 Spawners = 1 Spawner Key (Shapeless)
1 Spawner + 1 Echo Shard = 1 Spawner Key (Shapeless)
Well well well, it’s that time again… OGCraft is resetting it’s map!
However we have a little twist… rather than doing a big spawn, we thought we would listen to what you guys said in the form we sent out a while ago and we are doing one of the smallest spawns in OGCraft’s history. That being said, there’s still plenty of hidden treasures throughout so get searching!
When is the reset happening?
Map 4 Closing: April 6th 10am MST
Map 5 Opening: April 7th 10am MST
Some new additions
Monthly crates are coming back, along with some changes to vote crates and vote party crates!
We also have a new item-ranking system, please see the below section!
Things like fly, speed and /shop will be disabled for the first week of the server so everyone is in the same playing field when we first start.
50,000 world size, compared to our previous 15,000
Small General Changes
The website is now a form of “Wiki” where the admins can appoint new editors to help keep everything updated. This will be the main source of all things about the server, plugins, custom crafting recipes, crates… you get the idea! This isn't a small job but you'll start noticing more and more changes as we go.
Placed spawners will now have a 20% chance of breaking even when mined with silk touch.
We’ve decided that as we’re going back to the server’s roots, players will not be able to transfer any items. However things such as trophy items like the birthday items can be transferred, keep reading for how to do this!
Things that are being reset:
And of course, all the worlds
Things that will NOT be reset:
As Monthly crates are coming back, we decided now would be the perfect time to introduce this new system. So… what are the “levels” of ranking? Well here they are;
Normal - These are just your normal items and have no ranking
Rare - These items contain enchantments that are just slightly above the Vanilla enchantments
Epic - These items are enchanted slightly more however are harder to get
Legendary - These items are the most powerful items on the server that you can get, but they are also the hardest to get
Novelty - These are the things like Fish Slap, Pokey Stick and Super Pokey stick. Funny items that don’t really impact gameplay… however you still may want to collect them for possible hidden crafting recipes…
One of a kind - The items with this tag are by far the rarest items in the game and as the name suggests, there are only one of them on the server. Ever.
How can I bring items to the new map?
As mentioned above, items cannot be transferred over to this map but things like trophy items such as the birthday items and other event items can be. If you're not sure if you can carry over an item, please ask a staff member and we'll let you know.
Fill your shulker box with all your trophy items and give it to a staff member, but once we have been given the shulker box you cannot get it back. Don’t forget to rename it with your minecraft username (not nickname!)
If you don’t have a shulker box, please do /kit Shulker to receive a free one!
The final day for turning in shulker boxes is April 5th!
When is all this happening exactly?
We are aiming to have the server back open on April 7th at 10am MST. We will be closing the server April 6th to allow us Admins to do final preparation to the server.
Will there be a world download of the current map before it gets destroyed?
Sadly not due to the pure size of the maps, however we are keeping copies of spawn for nostalgia and if we ever want to revisit them!
What version will the server be?
We are aiming to have the server on the newest version, which currently is 1.19.4 if our plugins allow us. Ideally 1.20 comes out soon so all our plugins can update and we can have the server on the most recent version as soon as possible! With how many snapshots 1.20 currently has a high likelihood of releasing soon so we won't be resetting again if that's the case.
Special thanks to our Architects, Nixstyx, Jabai & ChunkyPumpkin2, along with the staff members who have helped throughout the preparation, Elliott, Flash, Roman and Swanky.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in our discord here