For those of you who have tried to connect to our Factions server you may have noticed it is currently whitelisted. The reason for this is that we have decided to fully update our Factions server to 1.10, wiping the map and completely revamping the way we handle both the economy and the flow of gameplay.
The first of these updates will be our Task System. Players will be able to do specific tasks listed in the Task Menu (accessible using /task) to do specifc tasks for Ingame Currency every 24 hours. These tasks will mostly involve combat, hunting down other players as well as raiding and will be the primary way that money is introduced into the economy. Farming will no longer be the main means of advancement and mining will only allow you to progress as far as item wealth is concerned. To increase your balance, you must either use our Task System (which will push players to go out and kill other players), Vote each day for your daily $1000 IGM, or trade items/resources with other players. By these means, the economy will maintain itself by limiting how much money is introduced each day as well as push players to raid one another, embracing how factions is meant to be played.
Second, our new map will be dramatically reduced in size, being reduced to a World Border of 10k, meaning the map will be 20k by 20k altogether, and to further push players to raid one another we will be enabling an active dynmap on the server, an map that players can access to view player locations as well as locations of faction claims. This is to push players further to raid one another as well as encourage interesting cannon defences, returning that feeling that factions has been missing for one time of the possibility of being raided at any given moment.
Third, Creeper Eggs and other cannon alternatives will no longer be available as they have been deemed too easy when combined with our upcoming dynmap. TNT will be made more readily available and easier to obtain to balance this out, but given that we are essentially handing over faction coords to you, you will spend much more time cannoning and less time searching so to be fair to the defenders, this change is necessary.
Finally many features we have been experimenting on the Towny server will be made available on the factions server to push gameplay, this will include daily bonuses such as a Daily Rewards Chest that will be filled with random raiding supplies that can be looted every 24 hours as well as revamping the Voting Rewards Crates with voting only permission rewards as well as further tweaking to make voting much more rewarding.
The Factions Server will remain whitelisted until this Friday at 6 PM (CST), as which time it will reopen, with a new map, a new spawn, and a fresh new take on this game mode. We hope to see you then.