April Update

April Update

We've just launched our April Update - what's new?

Free Crate Key

Every user has been awarded an entirely complimentary crate key as a thank for your continued support and backing of our recent Colossus update.

If you wish to support us further and purchase some credits (can be used to purchase more keys or trails), you can visit our store here!

Anti-Hack System

Our automatic anti-hack system has been added to the network -- you can no longer used unauthorized client modifications on any of the Dancraft servers (without being banned that is)!

Weekend Package

We've launched a limited edition Weekend Package. For the next 3 days only, our Weekend Package is available for purchase.

What does it include?

  • Permanent access to the Iron Golem Pet (/pet)
  • Permanent access to the Snowman Pet (/pet)
  • Permanent access to the /tag command. The /tag command allows you to add a tag of up to 12 characters before your name. This will be saved and apply on all servers. For example if I issued /tag BestAdmin,  I'd have the [BestAdmin] tag before my name.  You can also use color codes to color your tags.
  • 500 credits

Where can I purchase it?

The package is available to purchase here for $15.00 USD. We will not be offering the same package ever again.

New Sanctions

After some up-roar about apparent abuse, we've adjusted our sanction system to now automatically unban users when they change their username if they were banned for an inappropriate username however, if the username is inappropriate again -- they will be automatically permanently banned. We've also tweaked our algorithms a little meaning (hopefully) the sanction system should issue more appropriately timed sanctions.

Official TeamSpeak Server

TeamSpeak is an application for Windows and OS X (Mac) that allows you to safely communicate with others connected via microphone and instant messaging. After numerous requests, DanCraft has created its own server in which you can chat to others connected through our various channels.

You can connect to the TeamSpeak server (in TeamSpeak 3 client) with the address:
TS.DANCRAFT.NET

If you haven't yet used TeamSpeak 3 but want to try it out, you can download it here. For more information about TeamSpeak or guides, click here to visit the tutorial section of their website.

Colossus & New Anti-Hack System

Colossus

I am happy to announce that the official Colossus release date is Thursday 19th February (may be be Friday depending on your timezone). We've been working extremely hard or getting Colossus out as soon as possible and hope you are as excited as we are!

New Anti-Hack System

One of the major issues you've all been pointing out over the past few months is the lack of staff on the Dancraft Network. Whilst a large staff team sadly isn't viable, we've developed a new, unique and effective anti-hack system. It prevents; hacks, spam, chat offences, lag and a lot more! Sanction times are automatically decided based on your past offence history. Below is a quick video demonstrating its effectiveness on commonly used PvP hacks.

You can check out the system on Spigot here however the sanctions and other hack detection sadly is not yet public.

"Colossus" Official Update & Name Changing

Name Changing

As I'm sure you're all aware, on the 4th of February the option to change your Minecraft in-game name will become available to every Mojang account (yes, that means you).

Dancraft has already prepared in advance for this update and we are partially compatible with this feature. Your rank and player data (inventory, etc) will be kept however due to a (major) schema issue we cannot accommodate balance transfers at the current moment in time. We'll be entirely adaptable to the new system when our "Colossus" update takes place (more about this below).

Colossus Update

Coming soon to the Dancraft network is our progression to V3.8, otherwise known as "Colossus". The word colossus really only suggests one trait; enormous in size. We're bringing out a tonne of new features including an entire new core system, new servers (Factions and Skyblock) as well as patching a tonne of bugs and issues. Whilst I can't provide you with an assured arrival date, I can tell you that the server will be accessible before the end of February (most likely between 15th and 25th) and will be released on a Friday evening.

Core System

Whilst it may not sound as impressive as you'd expect, this is what we've spent most of our time working on over the past few months and there are abounding backend updates (lots of lag, dupe and crash fixes, yay) along with quite a lot of front end updates, I've outlined these below.

Economy

All new economy system, entirely by us and with full customization. Credits are now less scarce and can be used to purchase many different items (outlined below) and balances are less "laggy". Bugs such as negative payments and TPS dropping when shop signs are spammed have also been fixed.

Chat

The chat has changed a lot; it's easiest to explain in sub-categories:

  • Format - the chat has been cleaned up and the formatting has been changed to a scheme similar to the one we used in V3
  • Chat Color - if you're a Premium Member, you can now change their chat color, you can preview this feature on the server lobby
  • Messaging - the messaging system has been re-written and players can completely disable the entire messaging system
  • Mutes - you can no-longer message people whilst muted (as part of our new sanction system, outlined later)
  • Announcements - we've reduced the amount of announcements there are flooding your chat

Combat Logging

As part of our new aim to prevent abuse and rule breakers, our new combat logging system has been reworked and moderators are flagged to investigate accounts with high combat log counts.

Lottery

If you're feeling lucky, you can now participate in our server lottery for $1,000 in-game money. The system itself is pretty self-explanatory; it's cross-server too!

Sanctioning/Bans

Perhaps the feature I am most looking forward to seeing in action is our new artificial intelligence sanction system - oh yeaaah.

Whilst not entirely automatic - many client modifications will automatically be picked up on and a ban period based on your previous offences is automatically generated and issued. For example, those that abuse a bug and have already broken another offence high in severity will have a rather long sentence (of course there is a lot more complexity involved)!

Aesthetic Features

We've got a new trails system arriving with up to 9 trails to purchase with credits. Be sure to check it out when the server is released.

Scoreboard

Our new cross-server GUI scoreboard will provide you with much-needed basic information. Whilst it may seem modest, it has proven to be very useful and we're sure you'll all be thankful for it!

Crate Keys

You can now purchase crate keys to open crates at server spawns (currently only Factions and Skyblock).

When used on a crate you'll receive an entirely random item in relation to the crate opened. For example, the resources crate might provide you with a bedrock block whilst the armor crate may grant a protection V chestplate.

Other Features

There are a load of other nifty tweaks and features that you should discover on the day of release such as the new hub along with the new head leaderboard system.

I'd also like to let all Premium Members know that they should expect a lot of new rank perks.

New Servers

We're bringing a much-needed revamp to both Factions and Skyblock. You can expect to encounter a multitude of new features such as three kits, hourly automated drop parties, feasts, an entire new shop system as well as new hardware specifications.

Hopefully you're as ecstatic for this update as we are!

Yours Faithfully,
The Dancraft Team

TL;DR: If you change your in-game name now, you will lose your in-game money. Also, an amazing update called "Colossus" (Dancraft V3.8) coming in a few weeks - be prepared!

Voting Result & News

Voting Rewards
As previously mentioned - at the end of each month the top voters will now be entered into a raffle to have a chance at winning a numerous prizes. If you have won a piece of gaming equipment, please let us know your email in the comments so that we can get the devices shipped out to you via first class courier. The winners are as follows:

  • JackRabbit8312 - Sumvision™ Backlit Gaming Keyboard
  • SMILYFACE92 - TeckNet™ High Precision Gaming Mouse
  • ozzy1354 - TeckNet™ High Precision Gaming Mouse

The players; Spiesmonkey, zackjack765, FluffyTofu, xavier1022, _Miner69er_, tovyk,
dogeyscott, Foulker2002, creaperkp and torta268 have also been credited with a Premium Rank upgrade in relation to their current rank. Those that are already Bedrock Rank will be credited with an equivalent amount of credits (to purchase crates and trails) in the forthcoming update that has been greatly anticipated.

Survey Feedback & Announcements

We want to thank you for your survey feedback and every response has greatly assisted us in coming to an ultimate decision on some important issues within the community.

Based on the below chart, we will soon be releasing revamped versions of Prison, DanGames and SkyWars. Whilst the other servers are still receiving updates - we are focusing more on those that were hugely voted for in this section of the survey as it seems they require a little more attention.

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The golden apple cool down results were fairly inconclusive and as such we will not be adding a cool down to golden apples.

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Our "PvP" and economy questions were extremely useful when designing shops and item prices for the new servers that are soon to be released.

Below are the results for the "What is your favorite "type" of PVP?" question. We have decided to base the economies of our upcoming servers on a semi-overpowered (i.e. protection III and IV are fairly common and protection V is extremely rare).

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The "What economy would be ideal for you?" has also been helpful. Whilst this is closely linked to the "type of PvP", we plan on having an economy built around farming and mining that allows you to sell items for fairly high prices. This money received from these items being sold can then be used in a "varied" shop with purchasable enchantments and fair prices.

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The winners of the coupons from completing the survey are; tuporaqui, KissMyAss4Me and Death3075. Please let us know your email in the comments so that we can reward you with your coupon code.

The economy will soon be resetting despite a slight majority vote against it. We have come to this decision as we feel the upcoming updates will be ruined by players that have illegitimate balances and credits that will wreck the game for legitimate players who have not violated and misused flaws in our current system.

It has been a busy year on Dancraft and an even more eventful year has just begun; we'd like to all of you for the continued support you've given us since we were founded - you really have shaped Dancraft into the server we all love today! Look out for some awesome new updates coming very, very soon.

Yours Faithfully,
The Dancraft Team