So much news, so little time.
The events of the past few days have really gotten me motivated to start improving the server even more, and during my conversations with the owners/admins on some of the other Mo' Creatures servers, I've discoved some exciting information. First things first. I found a copy of the elusive Cauldron update we've been trying to get our hands on. This fixes some of the plugin issues we've had in the recent past. Furthermore, I discovered that either the copy of Mo' Creatures we had uploaded to server was slightly corrupted, or Kratos released a patched version and didnt change the version number. Both have happened in the past, but I think the latter is a bit more likely. Point is, the ray issue is fixed!
While talking to Wolfman, the owner and founder of Creaturecraft, he told me that Zharky has become active again. Looking on the Minecraft forum page, we've found out that he had some personal issues to deal with over the past year, and is now free to work on the mod again. He has been working 3-4 hours every night for the past couple weeks working on.... the 1.8 update! He's rewritting all the code, to make the existing stuff even better, and when we're finally on 1.8, he's going to start adding more content, including the Ogre Lair. He already has models for the three Ogre Lair bosses, the Ogre Princes, and it all looks very cool. We aren't sure when the update will be released, but others are eagerly preeping for it, and I think we should as well. The plan as of right now is to keep our current map as is, and use Multiverse to add a seperate PVP enabled overworld map. With the changes 1.8 makes to how seperate worlds are handled, this shouldnt cause any significant performance changes. I know, it seems a lot like how the official server does their maps, but when someone is doing something right, why should we do it differently?
Before the update hits, we're looking to make a few other changes. We're looking at a few plugins that might be good to add. With the 213 build of Cauldron we might be able to bring MyPet back, and we're going to be adding Dynmap. We also might add a new portal plugin, either temporarily until we're on 1.8 and have Multiverse portals, or permanently. Check it out, and give us feed back: http://dev.bukkit.org/bukkit-plugins/creativegates/
We are also open to any and all suggestions. The best way to make sure we take your suggestion seriously is to post it in the suggestions part of the forums. Can't find it? Then just post the thread in General or Off topic and we can relocate it for you.