We have another new thing for you guys! Who knew, on update day? The Mining World* is a new way for you to earn Player XP and resources in a fun and brand new way. This new world allows batches of players inside for 20 minutes into a randomly generated world, filled with ores and resources. *Beta The Mining World uses a sky world-like generator. Have a look: To make navigation of this insane terrain easy, we give all players a Booster Rocket that will propel you in the direction your moving! Scale mountains and cliffs with ease. Skill Points and Leveling Normal item leveling is disabled within the mining world. Instead, you improve specific skills for your current Mining World game. Gain Mining World XP from mining stone and ores, as well as killing other players. Each time you level up, you will be awarded 1 Skill Point. Skill Points can be spent on either unlocking NEW skills or upgrading existing ones. Skills are divided into 3 categories; Combat, Mining, and Misc. Select a category to view the skills within it. Some skills may require unlocking others first, to achieve them. Skills may have multiple tiers, making them better and better as you invest skill points into them. To see what a skill does, just mouse over it. Every upgrade and unlock just costs 1 Skill Point. Full List of Skills and Abilities for Release Combat: Sharper Pickaxe (5 Tiers) - Adds Sharpness to your pickaxe. Heavy Strike (3 Tiers) - Adds Knockback to your pickaxe. (Requires Sharper Pickaxe Lvl 1) Flame Touch (1 Tier) - Adds Fire Aspect to your pickaxe. (Requires Heavy Strike Lvl 1) Armor Up! (4 Tiers) - Equips you with armor. The higher the tier, the better the armor. Shields Up! (3 Tiers) - Adds Protection to your armor. (Requires Armor Up! Lvl 1) An Apple a Day... (4 Tiers) - Gives you a constant supply of golden apples. Frequency and amount increases by tier. (Requires Shields Up! Lvl 1) Viper (3 Tiers) - Gives you a chance to inflict poison on players you hit. Higher chances from higher tiers. Wither Away (3 Tiers) - Gives you a chance to inflict wither on players you hit. Higher chances from higher tiers. (Requires Viper Lvl 1) Hunter (1 Tier) - Equips you wth a Player Tracker that targets the nearest enemy. (Requires Wither Away Lvl 1) Mining: Prospector (3 Tiers) - Allows you to mine better ores. Efficient Mining (3 Tiers) - Adds Efficiency to your pickaxe. (Requires Prospector Lvl 1) Greed (4 Tiers) - Adds Fortune to your pickaxe. (Requires Efficient Mining Lvl 1) Finders' Keepers (4 Tiers) - Allows you to discover resources just from mining stone. Ore Spreading (4 Tiers) - When you mine an ore, it has a chance to populate to nearby stone. Higher tiers have higher chances. (Requires Finders' Keepers Lvl 1) Reserve (4 Tiers) - When you mine an ore, it has a chance to respawn. Higher tiers have higher chances. (Requires Ore Spreading Lvl 1) Owl (1 Tier) - When you break a block, gain night vision for 30s. XP Investor (3 Tiers) - Allows you to earn more XP from discovering resources. (Requires Owl Lvl 1) Upgrade (4 Tiers) - When you mine an ore, you have a chance to get the resource from the next better ore. Higher tiers have a higher chance to trigger. (Requires XP Investor Lvl 1) Misc: Swiftness (3 Tiers) - Gives a permanent speed buff. Haste (3 Tiers) - Gives an additional permanent mining speed buff. Leap (3 Tiers) - Gives a permanent jump boost Skills reset every game so your strategy each play may change. Sometimes you may want to become a master archaeologist, and level up all your mining skills. Other times you may want to become a professional assassin and kill other players for their resources. The choice is yours. So besides this new world to explore with loads of resources to find, what else is different? An even playing field. Armor, weapons, and gear cannot be brought with you into the mining world. Similarly, the only thing that comes back with you is Iron, Gold, Diamond, and Emerald. A deadly void. Falling into the abyss means game-over. There is no hand holding in The Mining World. PVP everywhere. There are no PVP-safe areas in the mining world. Shrinking Border. The border starts at 500x500 and shrinks to 100x100 over the course of the 20 minutes. No death drops. Dying in the Mining World will not drop items. If you're killed, your killer will instead earn everything you had earned that game. But that doesn't mean you get nothing! Mining World Rewards Upon exiting the mining world, you will get to keep your mined resources. How you performed in the game will determine what you receive: If you quit the server or close your client you forfeit all resources. If you return to spawn you will keep 30% of your collected resources. If you die or are killed you will keep 60% of your collected resources. If you survive until the time expires or you are the last player standing you will keep 100% of your resources. Based on your final rewards, you will also receive Challenge XP for your main player in Skybounds. This will count toward your Daily Bonus XP Limit. While we're testing the Mining World over the first few days, we are limiting the player count to 20 Players per game. This limit will raise over time. How do I play? Speak with the new "Explorer" NPC in any of the spawn points of our worlds, or run the /miningWorld command from spawn to enter the queue. You'll only be able to enter the queue if another game isn't currently in progress. To ensure everyone can play, there is also a limit to the amount of times you may enter The Mining World per day: Free players can enter once every day Ultra can enter twice a day Legend can enter five times a day Savage and up can enter ten times a day We hope you all enjoy the mining world! We'll be introducing campaign challenges involving it over the next couple weeks. It's only fitting if our new enchantment(s!) this week are mining related. We present to you two new pickaxe and tool enchantments for this week: AUTOSMELT can be put on any tool. When you break a block with it, you'll receive the drop as if it came from a furnace. UPGRADE has a chance at dropping the resource from the ore better than what you're breaking. It also has a chance to drop the BLOCK FORM of whatever ore you're breaking. Bam! These two new enchantments (as well as lots of other cool goodies) can be found in our new Immortal Kit, Prospector! Check it out on our shop: Savage Games | Welcome - Save 20% off Prospector this weekend only! Oh, quick reminder! The TANK and ROBOT immortal kits are going out of cycle soon! Make sure to grab them before this weekend is over if you want them because they'll be gone from our shop thereafter! (You'll also save 10% on them, too!) Savage Games | Welcome New Chat Channel "Trade": The trade channel should hopefully make Global a bit nicer and less spammy. All Auctions, sales, and related should go to this new channel as opposed to filling up Global. Players not interested in receiving these message will be able to /ch trade hide, like they can for any other channel. New Chat Filters for Global: With the introduction of the trade channel, the global channel will now inform you if your message would better fit in trade. Please do listen to these warnings. Moderators have been given permission to mute players using incorrect channels. New Chat Channel "Mining": Automatically set as your focus when you enter the mining world. It can only be seen by other players in the mining world. Channel Shortcuts: You can now send messages to channels without focusing them. To do so, just type /<channel letter> <message>. So quick messaging trade would be /t Selling some dirt! and global would be /g Hello!. Those that prefer focusing can still do so as they always did. Enchantment Slot Increase: The maximum enchantments slots have been increased. Level 25 items will properly reflect this change. Strict Enchantment Limits: Items can no longer exceed our slot limits. If an item has enchantments over the limit, enchantments will be removed automatically and sent to your island drop zone as books. New Toggle "Mining World Notifications": Determines whether or not you see notifications for when Mining World games finish or start accepting players. Fortune VI has been added to the Skybounds universe. But we're not telling you where it is. ;) Bugfixes and Optimizations: As usual!