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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you've had a good week. We have some new stuff we'd like to introduce, as well as some changes to existing mechanics that we think you'll enjoy.
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Once again, we're increasing the player level cap. We're bumping it straight up to 50 from 35, but this time, there's more to this change than just a higher number.

XP Scaling Changes
We've adjusted the scaling for the required XP from levels 25+. This new scaling algorithm will make it much easier to level up faster at earlier levels and puts most of the grind in levels 40+.

if you have enough XP in your current level to put you over to the next level, you'll automatically level up the next time you play.

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Purchasable Challenge XP
Challenge experience can now be purchased from the Money Wars Token Shop in all Skybounds servers at a rate of 150 Challenge XP for 500 MoneyWars Tokens.

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NEW: Bonus XP
Bonus XP is a brand new way to gain XP besides completing challenges. Whenever you complete special actions around the server, you'll receive challenge XP related to the task you just completed. You can earn Bonus XP through the following tasks:​
  • Enchanting using high-level books
  • Disenchanting items
  • Soulbinding items
  • Bottling experience
  • Alchemizing shards
  • Killing bountied players
You can earn up to 500 Bonus XP per day (20 hours), and more actions that award it will be added in the future.

NOTE: The addition of BONUS XP will replace the previously used BOUNTY XP REWARDS. You will still earn XP from killing bountied players, it will now just share a pool with other bonus rewards.

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Hello!

To clear up some confusion, this post is being made so we can clarify what makes a screenshot valid evidence in a report.

We need screenshots of the full Minecraft screen instead of cropped photos.

These are easy to take by pressing either:
F2 for PC
or
Fn + F2 for Macs and some other keyboards.

YES:

NO:
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Why do we ask for full screenshots?
Because chat messages are easy to fake! We need 100% of the screen, and we want to make sure you aren't hacking or rule-breaking as well!
(Some of you can be cheeky!)

How do I find my screenshots?
If you need more information on how to take and find your screenshots
Follow this Official Minecraft Wiki Link!

Screenshot – Official Minecraft Wiki

Please private message @ElPollo if you believe something needs to be added to this post!
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Turq remember to adjust this line of text to be a really witty slogan somehow relating to this update. -Future Turq
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Once again, we're expanding our network! The Ancient Islands join the galaxy of Skybounds worlds today bringing 300 more player slots with it. Have a look at it, it's pretty neat!

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Spawn

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Market

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Premium Island Template

This new world can be accessed by clicking the newly created hot bar icon next to The Nice Islands. Enjoy!



ORB OF DIMENSIONS NOTICE: The Orb of Dimensions will not be available in this world until Monday, February 27th. You can send items from this world, but not retrieve them here until then.

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We're happy to announce a long-wanted feature as well... player/bank vaults! Vaults act like ender chests, and allow you to access items from any Bank Chest around the server, or by using the /vault command* (Savage+).

Getting a Bank Vault

To get your own bank vault, speak to the Banker NPC in the Skybounds market. You'll need to be Player Level 15 to do this!

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Once you speak with him, you'll be asked to begin the Bank Vault Challenge. Similar to the enchanting challenge, you'll need to complete his set of requests before you unlock your new vault. Upon completion, you'll unlock access to all vault chests on the server, forever!

As mentioned earlier, you can access vaults by using the /vault command* (Savage+), or by using vault chests in the spawn, market, and outposts across all worlds!

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JOB!

So… headlines are reading that my channel is dead. By headlines I am referring to the top comments, and by top comments I mean whatever is left after the “sub to my channel” and “like for good luck fam” comments. I’m looking for someone who can help me turn that around!

Please understand this position is a real job with requirements, deadlines and goals:


Requirements:
  • Deep understanding of Minecraft
  • Deep understanding of Minecraft Mods and Servers (not development necessarily but certainly configuration/setup)
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to think creatively and design unique video recording “setups” (pulling maps, mods, plugins etc. together in a way that makes the video content easy and fun for both the YouTuber and the viewer)
  • Preferably at least 18 years old
Ultimately, I am looking for someone who can think up and setup custom recording environments daily. I need someone who has the know-how, experience and creative will to make this happen! It may sound over the top, but honestly a lot of people struggle with this – including myself. At this stage I am a little burnt out of Minecraft – courtesy of playing it for over 7 years and having all my close friends lose interest in recording Minecraft (or with me), and I don’t have the time to commit to constantly think of new ideas to put into action.

Bonus:
  • You’re a YouTuber or aspire to start a career creating gaming/Minecraft content! If this is you then you might just find yourself also being my new full-time recording buddy – more on this if that’s the case!
  • Graphic design and video production skills

Payment/Terms:
To be determined, however, this will very likely be a full-time job – talking real money not just a few hundred per month!

To apply please reach out via email to --
mydeadchannel (AT) gmail.com
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I hope everyone had a good weekend!

This post is a follow-up announcement that I mentioned in Friday's changelog. (If you haven't seen Friday's update, make sure to go check it out first, it was pretty neat!)

About a month ago, we posted a job opening for a Developer position with Savage Games. Today, I'd like to update you on why that was.

Project APOLLO will be a new anti-cheat system developed by Savage Games.

Thanks to your support, we're able to reinvest into you guys to improve the combat and play experience on Skybounds, Money Wars, and future Savage Games content. APOLLO is being developed to be unnoticeable to legitimate players. In fact, it's doing its job if you as a normal player never know it exists. The end goal is to make bans that are silent and swift against players that are ruining the game for others, so you can go back to enjoying it.

I'll let @ItsErikR (Lead of Project APOLLO) explain the project in his own words:

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This week we have a good mix of content for you guys, both Skybounds and Money Wars players!
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First off, we're happy to announce the introduction of Team Money Wars! From the lobby, you can now pick either mode of play by using one of two sign boards. Each Team map will have you playing with a different number of players, all with the common goal: Destroy the enemy islands!

With the launch of team money wars, we've also made a few other changes to the game.

New Kits
  • BANKER inspires money generation just by standing still! When you're nearby a generator, it will produce double output.
  • STOMPER takes no fall damage. Instead, fall damage you would have received is translated to enemies nearby where you land. Geronimo!
  • SHOPPER gets the best deals when shopping at island shopkeepers... their prices are reduced by 25%! The center shopkeeper is stingy, though, so no deals from him.
  • TRAPPER is a master illusionist. Your sandstone looks very similar to the end stone players build with.. but there's a small twist: When an enemy steps on your sandstone, the block vanishes!
  • MIRROR has no personality of its own. Every time you kill a player, you'll copy their kit and kit items.
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Achievements

Achievements will make playing Money Wars more rewarding! Whenever you complete an achievement, you will receive Money Wars Tokens! You can view your unlocked achievements as well as ones you can complete with the /achievement command in the lobby or from the game.

New Maps
More maps join the library, all by Team Vaeron! Make sure to check them out now in-server. Here's a quick summary:
  • Cafe - New solo map....
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We have a jam-packed update for you guys today! No time for witty and hilarious introductions, let's get right into it!
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We're happy to announce the addition of another brand new world for the second week in a row! This new set of islands will bring 300 more player slots, a new warzone, and 4 new outposts, but this time, with an added twist... it'll be played by JeromeASF!

Jerome will be creating content actively on the Nice Islands just like Mitch does for TFI. We think this increase in content creation will bring in a brand new player base and help introduce players to Skybounds for the first time!

The Nice Islands can be accessed by right-clicking the icon in your hot bar next to Robots.

Like robots, the Orb of Dimensions will not be enabled on Nice Islands until 10 days after release (February 13th)! This is to allow players to settle in before items from other servers start being brought in.

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The Sorcerer allows you to buy and sell things you previously haven't been able to... Enchanting XP! To begin, speak to the Sorcerer in any of the markets or type the /sorcery command.

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Your head at the top of the interface will show your current XP and Level for enchanting.

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Clicking the bottle at the bottom of the screen will convert your experience to a bottle which can be sold and traded in exchange for stars.

Make sure to watch out for the return rate. By default, the Sorcerer will only convert 30% of your total XP to bottle form.

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Like repairing, you can improve your return rate with the help of Arcane. The more Arcane Dust you provide to the...
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We felt bad about not having any Skybounds content last week, so we wanted to make up for it with a BANG and release not only new features... but a brand new world as well!​


NEW WORLD: THE ROBOT ISLANDS
We're happy to introduce our first new world since the Ice islands... The Robot Islands! Robots brings 325 more player slots to the Savage Games network, as well as a brand new warzone. This warzone is complete with plenty of ores to find, loot chests, outposts, and the usual many islands to explore!

Robots can be accessed by clicking the newly created icon next to Ice in your hot bar from our hub.

This is the first new world since the addition of the Orb of Dimensions. Because of this, I feel it's important to highlight that the Orb of Dimensions does not work right away on new worlds.
New Skybounds worlds have a 10 day grace period from creation before items can be transferred in from other worlds. This gives new players in the world a chance to get settled before gear from other realms starts coming in.

The Orb of Dimensions will start working on The Robot Islands on February 7th.

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NEW MECHANIC: THE BLACKSMITH
The Blacksmith is a brand new NPC and mechanic being introduced to all Skybounds worlds. Previously, we gave you guys a method to get rid of useless enchantment books... now, we're doing it for armor and gear!

The Blacksmith will Salvage weapons, tools, and armor into their raw resources for a small star fee. Up to 16 items can be salvaged at once, making the process quick and painless.

When salvaging items, you have a chance to receive the following:
  • Wood Items have a chance at...
Hi all!

Tomorrow Wednesday, January 25th, the following servers will experience brief outages for maintenance:
  • Magic
  • Monster
  • Ice

Between the times of 1PM - 3PM EST, these servers may be offline due to hardware upgrades. We're moving these worlds to new boxes to allow us to bump up the player counts to match First.

No data will be lost during this period.

Thanks!
Hey all!

Thank you all for your patience over the course of the downtime today! I wanted to take a minute to summarize what this downtime allowed us to accomplish, as well as a few tweaks that happened today:

The Maintenance
This maintenance period was much needed, as it's been the first one the Savage Games network has undergone since our initial beta launch in November. Thanks for your patience! Because of this downtime, we were able to implement the following:
  • A new, robust load balancing system for our Money Wars lobbies and proxy servers. This will make connecting to mini game lobbies much more seamless and expand our overall player capacity.
  • Multiple hubs. Instead of one, we now run 2 hubs that players are auto-balanced into. This will decrease the likelihood of it clogging up.
  • Database and backend optimizations to improve performance of our core systems.
But that's the boring stuff. With this downtime I've also rolled out a few changes to some other content.

Skybounds
  • Added some code to stop "double bidding" on an auction, which could either cause a user to be refunded twice, or not refunded at all when outbid.
  • Improved performance of our economy plugin by off-loading some statistic calculations
Money Wars
  • Added a reward cap to killing a specific player x amount of times in a game, stopping boosting
  • Allowed breaking of flowers, long grass, and other tall plants
  • Removed reserved slots from lobbies. All players can join up to the server being full.
  • Player-placed blocks can now be destroyed by TNT explosions.

The most important part of today was the beginning technical changes.

This Friday's update will offer content for both Skybounds AND Money Wars, and we look forward to showing you what we have planned!

Thank you all for your patience and understanding - we look forward to growing both the community and server even more in...