As everyone has noticed by now I am sure, we were not able to start the update process today, March 3rd, as I hoped we would. But that is all it ever was, a hope, which is why I never put the date anywhere on the site before now. The Opals Plus mod update is not ready yet, mainly due to the fact that Mojang almost completely changed how blocks and items are done for 1.7. For mods like Mo' Creatures, it doesn't take as much work because that mod is mostly entities, which did not receive as many changes. Opals Plus, however, adds more blocks and items than I am willing to actually count. When will it be done? When it is. That is all there is to it. I think we should all remember to show DCM some appreciation for all the work he has been doing to get it ready for us.
When we do actually get started on updating the server, it will be posted at the top of the page, and the message will stay there until we are done. The plan right now is to pre-generate the map out to the border. That will take a couple of days most likely. The process is resource intensive, so we will not be able to do much while it is being done. We also have to get the new spawn setup. I have been discussing the topic of map size with some of our senior players/staff, and it as of now, I am planning on having the map 16k x 16k (8k in all directions from spawn). For reference the map we have now is 20k x 20k (10k in all directions from spawn). The logic here is that with 1.7 the ocean generation was changed so that the oceans should be much smaller, and so even with the smaller total area, the amount of livable land should be greater than what we have now. We have also decided to set the world to Normal difficulty for a number of reasons, including making things easier for newer players, and my hate of having to lock doors just to keep zombies from breaking them. There are a few other things still being discussed, like nether portals, maybe adding Dynmap, etc. We will let you know if any major decisions are made, and if you have opinions on any of this, let us know in the comments below.