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034 Towny...

posted Oct 27, 2011, 7:44 PM by A. Wizard   [ updated Nov 14, 2011, 1:08 PM by Félix De Portu ]
Towny does sound good on paper, but after trying to install it today, I think I will classify it is as an overhaul plugin.  That is, one that tries to do several different things with one plugin.  I knew it was complicated but holy crap!  All we are really wanting is some player-controlled protection.  By default, this plugin tries to mend creeper holes, overhaul the chat, integrate money, keep players from building "in the wild", nerf mob spawns in town and provide teleports from town to town.  Most of us don't want any of this and so I went to disable it all.  

When trying to disable Towny's "disabled building in the wild", I was unsuccessful.  With my current configuration, it will not work.  After doing some research, I've found that the reason for this has to do with a bug related to our current Bukkit version and the version of Permissions I am using.  I am using all of the recommended builds of both (Bukkit and PermissionBukkit) and this plugin has been like this for some time.  

The Bottom Line:
This plugin will be a pain and it could very well restrict when we update CraftBukkit.  I stay away from plugins like this for this reason.  

I will be looking into the Factions plugin next.  For those that are unfamiliar, it is like Towny in that you are able to claim territory.  PreciousStones in conjunction with LWC is also sounding good to me because of its apparent simplicity.  I will be investigating each of these option over the next few days.

LWC (LightWeight protection for Chests, furnaces, dispensers, and more)
For now, LWC is enabled and it is currently NOT protecting new chests by default.  It has been configured so that it does NOT spam the chat for those of you that were concerned about that.  There is a limit of 50 (per-block) protections per user.  PermissionsBukkit was needed in order to set that limit.  Here is a usage guide for LWC.

    /lwc - protection commands list (built-in help)
      /cprivate - lock a block.
        /cprivate @player_name - lock a block and allow player_name to also access it.
          /cmodify @player_name - add player_name to existing protection.
    /cremove - remove a protection.
    /cinfo - get information about a protected block.
    /climits - view the amount of protections you are allowed.
    /cpassword password - password-protect a block.
    /cunlock password - unlock a password-protected block.

Type the command, then click on the block you wish to protect.

Because we have a permissions plugin, you will all now have access to the /tell command (aliased as /msg, /pm, etc.) as well as /compass.