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Factions Season XXIV - Launch Details

Discussion in 'News & Announcements' started by Officer_Lax, Feb 19, 2021.

  1. Officer_Lax

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    As Season 23 is coming to a close we would like to extend a thank you to each and every player on Factions for working with us every day to make the server the best that it can be! We made sure to spend this season focusing on finding key issues that are plaguing the PVP element of the server and we have some plans in the pipeline to mitigate those issues. That being said, Season 24 is here, and with it, we have some exciting new features we would like to talk about in this Pre-Launch Announcement.

    After taking a trip back in time to a previous map that was requested by the players for Season 23, we are taking a journey into the Frozen Tundra for Season 24 in a brand new ice-themed build. We have also updated the spawns for all of the auxiliary worlds as they have been due for an upgrade for quite a while.

    Touching on the collection of data for PVP we’d like to congratulate the factions who were able to win our weekly Last Faction Standing Event at /warp FPS. Congratulations to 808, and 2Bad for beating the competition and earning the title of Last Faction Standing.

    The biggest and most requested feature that we want to announce is the implementation of Progressive FTop. A system has been designed from the ground up to meticulously calculate a faction's value from the moment it is placed down. Spawners that are freshly placed down are worth a fraction of their real value until they fully mature after a set amount of time. The previous FTop plugin would run complete scans of each chunk in extremely nonefficient ways leading to major lag spikes and a hindrance on server performance. The new progressive system is constantly calculating and scanning for value in an extremely optimized way to ensure that server performance is at the top priority. With the onset of this new system, we will be constantly monitoring its performance as well as how it affects gameplay. With the new system, there will no longer be the need to wait 15 minutes on payout days for the entire scan to be completed. Now all value will be updated as it goes and a Finalized List will be viewable immediately at the time of payout.

    We have also implemented a direct link to the Faction Strikes system so real-time calculations of value can occur and you can see exactly how much value (current value) a faction has based on how long ago they placed their spawners as well as any strike deductions they have. Of course, the total potential value will still be visible so you can figure out who you would want to raid however the only value that matters for payout and the FTop rankings is the Current Value.

    As promised we are continuing to work tirelessly with our Factions Council to improve the quality of gameplay on the server. We have worked with them to release a new set of rules that clarifies some loopholes from the older ruleset and focuses on improving competitive gameplay as a whole. They will be updated and released before the map launches on Saturday.

    Season 24 will see a rework of crate rewards in terms of the higher-tiered crates at spawn. After receiving complaints of the inaccessibility of certain items such as Sandbots and Special Creeper Eggs, these items will be obtainable in some of the crates available at spawn. In theory, you can upgrade your key from one of the vote or premium crates to get a chance to receive a high-tiered piece of loot!



    Changelog:
    -Progressive FTop Implementation
    • A brand new plugin has been developed to calculate value over a progressive amount of time
    • Commands
      • /ftop - Allows users to view the current top 10 leaderboard
      • /ftop # - Allows users to view a specific page of the leaderboards (/ftop 2 will show 11-20)
      • /ftop faction (faction name) - Allows users to view a specific factions value breakdown
    • Important Terms
      • Placed Value - A function of what your value is currently worth based on time decay, as well as the total amount of value that you have placed. (x/y where x is your current value and y is your total potential value)
      • Strike Deductions - The % deduction on your value that is applied due to Faction Strikes
      • Current Value - The official value that is used to calculate your position on FTop. This is the value of your spawners at the current moment due to time decay with any strike deductions applied.
      • Value Breakdown - Will show you a breakdown of what type of value you have and what % of your total value that each different type of spawner makes up.
    • Value will take 24 hours from when it is placed to mature to its full value. The plugin is constantly scanning and caching each chunk so the value will keep updating periodically as you place more and more spawners.
    • An easy implementation and readout has been created for staff to quickly obtain accurate FTop lists and document winners efficiently and effectively.
    -Added back ChatItem [item]
    • The ability to brag about your items in chat has been reimplemented
    • Any abuse of this feature will lead to harsh punishments
      • Offensive Item Names
      • Spamming
      • Exploits
    -Implemented new builds for overworld as well as all auxiliary worlds

    -Added Sandbots into the following crates
    • Ascendant
    • Titanic
    • Galaxy
    -Added Charged/Throwable Creepers into the following crates
    • Superior
    • Ascendant
    • Titanic
    • Galaxy
    -Depth Strider has been added to the following rank kits
    • Champion
    • Legend
    • Titan
    • Toxic
    -Tank Gkit has replaced the Merchant Kit found as a reward in the Titanic Crate

    -Release of a new GKit in the store



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    In regards to season length and payout schedule, we will be continuing the theme of 3 week seasons. This means that with the season starting Saturday, February 20th, Grace Period will end Wednesday the 24th with payout days as follows:



    - 2/27/2021 @ 3PM EST

    - 3/6/2021 @ 3PM EST

    - 3/12/2021 @ 4PM EST End of The World



    For what is being kept, here's the list so you can figure out what you'll have for SOTW

    * Ranks (and all of the perks you get with them and one time rewards)

    * Gkits

    * Tags

    * Commands such as /fly

    * Purchased kits such as /kit raid.

    * Sell wands (If they were purchased during Factions Mystic Season 23)

    * Chunk busters (If they were purchased during Factions Mystic Season 23)

    * Chunk collectors (If they were purchased during Factions Mystic Season 23)

    * Shields (If they were purchased during Factions Mystic Season 23)

    * Faction power (If they were purchased during Factions Mystic Season 23)

    * Trench pickaxes (If they were purchased during Factions Mystic Season 23)

    * Tray pickaxes (If they were purchased during Factions Mystic Season 23)

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    The rewards for season 24 will remain unchanged from last season:

    #1 - $400 USD + $200 Gift Card

    #2 - $225 USD + $125 Gift Card

    #3 - $125 USD + $75 Gift Card

    #4 - $50 Gift Card

    #5 - $25 Gift Card

    Fishtop: $20 Gift Card @ End of Map

    Top KDR: $20 Gift Card @ End of Map




    Check out our gallery showcasing the new builds!
     
    #1 Officer_Lax, Feb 19, 2021 at 7:18 PM
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2021
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    Progressive ftop? Praise the factions lords
     
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    So many thing came out this season, next season looking like.
    Change log:
    - New GKit will be added to shop.

    don’t be surprised if @Officer_Lax does that LMFAO
     
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