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News 2012 Week 46

posted Nov 16, 2012, 2:00 PM by A. Wizard   [ updated Nov 16, 2012, 2:12 PM by Félix De Portu ]
Welcome to all our new residents!
  • TysiGekko
  • Cleftspear
  • lordof7
  • Harlequem1
  • acreodi
  • TheLazyHobo
  • TheChosenTurtle
  • jttolbart
  • 000999333
  • Unsirvived
  • stonehouse3
  • Bkam18

Notable Builds
  • The Archean Empire has started expanding the city of Archea into the sea, Venetian style.  They are looking for builders that want to add buildings in the same vein.
  • Midgardr has completed a Citadel.
  • The adventure map, Iken by Nickel9 is almost completed.  It is has been six months in the making and made solely in survival.
  • Moose696, along with the help of a few others is putting the finishing touches on Rohal, a creative-built adventure map.
  • In the recent group building at Babel, a Ziggurat has been erected.  It, along with the rest of Babel will serve as the starting point for new players.
Website Overhaul
  • The theme has been changed to lapis lazuli and parchment in the spirit of the Babel project and the upcoming changes.
  • The News Feed  now has a custom Twitter feed that summarizes all important tweets concerning logon servers and program updates.
  • The dynamic map is now hosted on a separate webserver.  This helps with performace on the minecraft server.
White-listing, PvP and a Ranking Ladder

It has proven quite difficult to maintain a pure white-listed server without mass voting and paid advertising.  Non-white-list servers require no hassle to new players and therefore attract the majority.  Also, the overwhelming lack of constant excitement seems to take its toll in the form of a revolving door for newcomers.  

To combat this, we are introducing a world dedicated to PvP.  New players not on the white-list will be able to connect but will start in this world and be unable to leave it until accepted by the rest of Ravenkraft.  This will allow us to "leave the door open" for everyone, while maintaining the security provided by the white-list.

Along with this new world comes a new ranking system.  There are Survival, PvP, and Donator ranks available to be earned thru participation & achievements.  Earning ranks awards players with tokens, which can be spent to buy various things including ads for shops and factions, building moves and access to other worlds.

The server will not be opened up to the public until after a stable Craftbukkit build is in place and the whole system is fully tested.  Players are still able to earn ranks and tokens in the mean time.

You can read more about the new ranking system here.
Minecraft 1.4.4 has released.

The newest version patches over 120 bugs!  Unfortunately, Mojang did not coordinate very well with the Bukkit team and craftbukkit is not yet ready for 1.4.4.  A development build has been released, but dev builds often have compatibility issues with new plugins.

When will Ravenkraft Update to 1.4.4?

When the Bukkit team releases a stable build and our critical plugins are tested against it.  This will likely be the beta build, which could come as soon as this weekend. Our critical plugins are Factions, Hawkeye and Bartersigns.  

How do I downgrade back to 1.4.2 to play on Ravenkraft?

If you accidentally upgraded or wanted to switch back and forth, use these files:



You will need to rename the file to minecraft.jar and replace the original file in order for it to work.

Finding Your 'bin' Folder:

Windows Instructions:
  1. Press the windows key and the 'R' key together to bring up the Run Prompt. (This is also the search bar on the Windows 7 start menu)
  2. Type %appdata% into the run prompt and press enter. This will open the Application Data or equivalent folder on your computer.
  3. Open the '.minecraft' folder. Then open the 'bin' folder.
  4. Find 'minecraft.jar'. It may be labeled as just 'minecraft' , but described as a JAR file.
  5. Delete (or backup/rename) 'minecraft.jar'.
  6. Place the downloaded file into this folder, rename it to minecraft.jar and replace the one that was just moved/deleted.
Mac Instructions:
  1. Open
  2. Click “Go” in menubar
  3. Then choose “Go to folder…”
  4. Type in “~/Library/Application Support/Minecraft/bin” (without quotes)
  5. Replace and rename your minecraft.jar with the one provided above.
If something goes wrong and you hose your installation, just delete the entire bin folder and relaunch minecraft. It will automatically update it to 1.4.4