Sad news.

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Update: Click for information: Memorial Bike Ride   Obituary

 

Hi folks. I don’t know how to begin to share this with you, and this is certainly the last thing I want to be telling you. Karen Kelly, known to us as dotlizard, has passed away at the age of 57. I’m sorry to say I don’t have a lot of details, but we know that she had recently been ill and cause of death is still unknown. Tragically, dot’s last months in this world were not kind to her. As many of you know, she had recently been evicted and was living in her van, and the heat and bad air quality meant that she had a lot of difficulty breathing. Many of the friends she made on Minecraft reached out and assisted with purchasing her a laptop and battery, which she was so thankful for. I’m grateful that she was able to stay connected with people she cherished.

I became friends with dot when I joined MCNSA in 2012. I make no claims that I knew her any better than any of you, but I considered dot a close friend and confidant—someone I turned to when I felt like I needed an adult. Despite her hardships, dot was unflappable. She maintained an unfailingly upbeat attitude about her life which I always admired. She was stubborn and opinionated, yet equally generous, compassionate, and caring. She had many passions in life— writing (I’m sure she’d have written this much better—sorry dot), design, cycling, data mining, researching, health, ice cream, and of course Minecraft. She was the mastermind behind the creation of DMZ founded by dot, Matt(SpokenSquid) and Zack(Leonheart515). Dot considered MCNSA and DMZ her home, and every member of the community a family member. She made our community what it is and she will be sorely missed. Her shoes are simply too big to fill, and I will never attempt to. k0nker and I will, however, keep her server alive in her honor, with the help of Evil_K9, maboughey, and all the other admins.

Her friend and employer at Sepse Creek Collective, Chelsea Sutula, is assisting in making arrangements. She will be cremated and her friends plan to scatter some of her ashes at the beach in Ventura, California where she lived. Donations toward funeral expenses are being accepted at https://www.gofundme.com/Kelly-Familys-emergency-fund. This is an old gofundme her family created, but is still active.

In case dotty somehow never managed to tell you, she was an avid cyclist. For that reason, a memorial bike ride will be held in Ventura on October 14th. If any of you live in the area and wish to participate please reach out to sawarahh or k0nker and we’ll help connect you with more details.

For those of us who knew her online, we will have a digital memorial on DMZ on Saturday, October 6th at 8PM CST. Please feel free to stop by DMZ any time. Dot welcomed all walks of life in our community, and it will remain always an open door.

I love you guys.

-sawa

Website… v1091510?

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‘ello DMZers,

You may notice that things look a little bit different! Okay… a-lot-a-bit different. sawarahh and I have been hard at work getting the website updated with all of the new information, including but not limited to:

  • Ranks
  • Rules
  • DMZ Exclusives
  • Worlds
  • Merger Information
  • Staff Information
  • Builds Spotlight
  • Player Screenshots
  • Many many other things

You will notice that some of the pages are not yet updated. This is an ongoing process and is likely to take a bit for us both to get to all of the pages and update them with current information.  So far the top three pages listed are the most complete and accurate. Hope to see you all in-game!

k0nker

We’re Live

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1.13 has been released, and play.dmzcraft.com now loads into the 1.13 world. Plugins are slowly coming along, so this is a limited world. When you load in to spawn, there will be a few survival items. Please take a bed – remember, use the bed to set a home.

Everyone will start with a clean slate. This is the official map, so everything you build from here on out remains. For those of you that were grinding and saving up with the expectation of transporting your items to 1.13, there will be an option for you coming in a month or so. Stay tuned.

Keep an eye out for all new Legendary items, which are now only obtainable by exploring loot chests across the map. You will also notice DMZdots in loot chests and rarely in mob drops – this is our new currency. You might want to save those.

Keep an eye out here as well as in game with the command /updates for any changes.

Coming soon:
DMZ Spawn and Warps Hub
DMZ Plaza (Shops)

Coming later:
– Quests
– Games World

The State of Plugins

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‘ello DMZers.

Today I am going to do a little talk about the state of plugins we use and where we are at as we get closer to 1.13.

As most everybody is aware, big updates (like 1.13) break a lot of plugins and require some time before we get the server upgraded due to our dependence on things like LWC, WorldGuard, CoreProtect, CraftBukkit, etc.  Some plugins are just outright abandoned.  As 1.13 approaches, you will notice some plugins changing over to newer versions (this happens all the time anyhow) and some plugins being replaced.  One of the plugins that is going to be replaced is GroupManager.

GroupManager is a plugin from the days of yore. It was a core part of the Essentials group that controlled permissions and ranks.  Sadly it was abandoned years ago but did receive bugfix updates over time.  The latest was when Essentials was abandoned and then picked up and renamed EssentialsX.  The developer of EssentialsX did a small update to GroupManager in order to get it working with the newest releases.  However things are not looking for for GroupManager and 1.13.  The developer has publicly stated that they are not updating the plugin.  In light of that news, we will be moving over to another permission plugin called LuckPerms.  I am transferring our current rank system over with and will be testing it locally before doing any server changes.

As we discover plugins that either wont be updated or will take some finagling and time, I will post an update here for all to see.

Stay tuned and get your build on! 🙂