Small Change Roundup: April Edition

Small change roundup number 4! Loads of bug fixes, big and small, to make your life game better!

Updates since March 10th, 2021

Framework (all games)

Bug Fixes

Changes

  • Removed similar letters from Custom Server invite codes

Murder Mystery

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the 'Boombox' gravestone cosmetics not being granted
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to get infinite arrows
  • Fix a bug where throwable murderer weapons didn't count towards quests

Hide and Seek

Changes

  • If no hiders have been killed after 90 seconds, we now select a new seeker at random to help (not in Custom Servers)
  • Multiple changes to hiding logic to prevent collisions and out-of-map exploits

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Seekers to die from drowning in water
  • Fixed a bug when the original seeker leaves the game, a new seeker is always selected, regardless of whether or not there are other seekers already
  • Added full translation to the hider survival message
  • Fixed an exploit that would allow hiders to clip outside the playable area while going solid

DeathRun

Changes

  • For players that have the visibility setting set to invisible, the setting is now temporarily set to visible after finishing the round, so that they can spectate the round

Survival Games

Changes

  • Coral Shrubs can now be broken

Bug Fixes

  • Stopped boomboxes affecting teammates
  • Fixed a bug where Cache Cows took knockback
  • Fixed a bug allowing multiple flares to be thrown

Treasure Wars

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed boombox spamming

Server / Proxy

Certain features may not yet be available on all regions, but will be soon.

Features

  • Added overloads to the global cosmetic (/costume, /title, /avatar) commands. As an example, /costume is used below, but this works for all types
  • Added /costume off to disable the global cosmetic
  • Added /costume search term here to quickly search for a global cosmetic
  • Added a confirmation before friend removal

Changes

  • Various performance improvements

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed drops for Carrots, Potatoes, Wheat, Beetroot, Melon stems, Pumpkin stems
  • Placement of melon seeds and pumpkin seeds now results as seeds and not a stem
  • Fixed water/lava buckets not having sounds when used
  • Fixed water/lava pickup only working on water-logged blocks
  • Fixed an issue where when in creative mode and breaking then placing a block, the block cracking animation would appear on the placed block
  • Carpets can now be placed on any block 
  • Fixed a bug where no search results would appear when searching the exact name of a Hub Title that contains spaces in its name
  • Coloring can no longer be used in party chat


Small Change Roundup: January 8th - March 10th

This is our third small change roundup, where we feature changes not covered in individual update posts. Our main focus recently has been large game updates, replays, and new games, but there are still a bunch of new fixes, changes and features!

Updates since January 8th, 2021

Framework (all games)

Bug Fixes

  • Game unlocks are now always correctly ordered by level

Changes

  • Added a reset button to the top of cosmetic categories
  • Prevented players from joining if they don't have the right resource pack(s) enabled

Murder Mystery

Features

  • Added a toggle AFK kicking setting for custom servers

Treasure Wars

Changes

  • Players can no longer build near shops
  • Players can no longer stand inside shop NPC's
  • Ender Pearls will no longer kill players on teleport, instead, will leave players on at least half a heart (SkyWars-parity)

Bug Fixes

  • Respawning players can no longer break blocks
  • Fixed Custom Server summoners having the wrong default setting
  • Fixed upgrade button message for certain non-English languages
  • Boom boxes are now properly removed at the end of a game

SkyWars

These changes were previously mentioned in various update posts. There are no new changes since those posts.

Features

  • Added Sword of Embers, replacing Fire Sword
  • Added Crumbling Cobblestone

Changes

  • Knockback Nemo now applies vertical knockback, rather than just horizontal

Survival Games

Please see:

SG Update Changelog #1

SG Update Changelog #2

DeathRun

Bug Fixes

  • Trap glass is no longer consistently red when using the 0 trap cooldown option in Custom Servers

Changes

  • The Strafe Cooldown option now uses seconds, rather than game ticks, so it's more clear to players

Server / Proxy

Features

  • Improved locker search - colors are now ignored, making it easier to find multi-colored hub titles
  • Added /rules to view (a summary of) the rules
  • Aligned all Hive Team (paid staff & employees) ranks to show HIVE rather than specific tags.
  • We figured out what H stands for, and as such, helpers now have the HELPER tag
  • Added Micro Surveys to poll players

Changes

  • Multiple Custom Server invites from the same user now appear as one
  • Improved punishment messaging

Bug Fixes

  • Eating food once again shows the right particles across all supported versions of Minecraft
  • Various changes to prevent 'Steve Glitch'

SG Update Fast-Follow!

This is the first set of changes to the new Survival Games update, currently in preview. We're constantly reading player feedback and more changes will come if required.

Balance Changes

Loot

  • Increased rarity of Boomboxes
  • Increased rarity of Activity Trackers
  • Increased rarity of Flares
  • Reduced the stack size of Arrows

Developer note: We understand that bow/arrow mechanics can feel overpowered. We hope we can have a deeper dive into the damage bows do in the future.

Additionally, loot balance is a very tough thing to get just right. We're constantly reviewing game statistics and community feedback. We will make further changes until it feels exactly right.

Teleporters

  • Per-player teleporter cooldown now increased to 15 seconds to deter from teleporter hopping
  • Updated hologram to show remaining cooldown time
  • Spectators have a shorter cooldown

Flares

  • Only one Supply Crate from a flare can now be called in at a time. If a Supply Crate is currently landing, you will be told that the airspace is full.

Hunger [Experimental]

This is an experimental change and will be changing regularly based on player feedback.

  • Increased hunger depletion rate while sprinting by 3.5x

Developer note: We've seen a lot of discussion from the community about hunger mechanics. We agree that hunger is currently a pointless mechanic, and we are starting to change that with this update. Our hopes are these changes will stop infinite running, and provide more of a use for food.

Gravestones

  • When a player dies to the void, the gravestone will now spawn at the feet of the killer.

Developer note: We've seen an increase of players deliberately running in to the void to stop their killer getting loot. We understand this can be frustrating in such a loot-heavy game. We hope this update will fix this.

Chests

  • Removed the ability to destroy a chest with a single punch
  • Added the ability to mine a chest (with an axe, for example)


Misc Changes

  • Decreased the amount of fire placed by the Fire Boombox. This should help with stutters that players on mobile devices are experiencing.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that would cause the health of your killer to be sent after the health on kill was applied
  • Fixed a bug where the killer health message would be sent even if you killed yourself (fall damage, fire, void)
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes TNT could be placed in the world
  • Fixed a bug where the winning screen did not play a sound
  • Fixed a bug that allowed you to damage players while the world was being prepared
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Gravestones to be on fire
  • Fixed a typo with the Blindness Boombox

SkyWars: A Very Nemo Update

The following update is now live on SkyWars:

  • Knockback Nemo now correctly applies some vertical velocity, so that crouching no longer completely counters the item.

As always, this change is experimental pending community feedback.


SkyWars Experimental Block: Crumbling Cobblestone

Introducing a brand new SkyWars Special Block: Crumbling Cobblestone!

Crumbling Cobblestone is a building & bridging block that self-breaks after two seconds. It can be found in regular chests and Resource (Iron) Ores.

Crumbling Cobblestone is an experimental change - we may decide to change it based on community feedback.

SkyWars Balancing Fast-Follow

Based on community feedback, we've made the following additional changes to SkyWars:

  • Increased the Sword of Embers ignite chance to 1 in 4 (from 1 in 5)
  • Added Fire Protection 1 to Bling Boots
  • Added Fire Protection 1 to Diamond Leggings in Ender Chests
  • Added Fire Protection 2 Diamond Leggings to the Mystery Chest

We will continue to monitor the balancing of these changes, and where needed, make additional adjustments.

SkyWars - Minor Balancing Patch

The information below is out of date, please read the follow up changes HERE.

SkyWars - Minor Balancing Patch

Removed:

  • Fire Sword

Added:

  • Sword of Embers
    • 1 in 5 chance of igniting an enemy on hit

NOTE: This will continue to be balanced, do not assume this is the final implementation.

Small Change Roundup: December 17th 2020 - January 8th 2021

This is our second small change roundup, where we feature changes not covered in individual update posts. Please note that this roundup includes multiple holidays, on which the company was closed. It also spans the New Years update/event, which is not included in this post.

More information about how to read this post can be found in the First Edition.

Updates since December 17th, 2020

Framework

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where when trying to teleport to players that had died/logged off as a spectator, it would teleport you to a random player

Treasure Wars

Changes

  • Introduced a new SkyWars-style play area system, which stops players camping over the build height, and below the minimum play height

Fixes

  • Fixed Rainbow Swirls Treasure Particles
  • Modified Play Region logic to allow for "Clutch Pearls" again

Hide and Seek

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where Hiders could remain hidden by jumping onto the edge of an adjacent block

Murder Mystery

Fixes

  • Fixed various particles

Survival Games

Changes

  • Added support for 100 player (solo mode) custom servers

Server / Proxy

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where some unlocks would not be searchable as their name contained spaces
  • Fixed an issue where shift opening a door would be desync'd allowing the player opening the door to walk through it
  • Fire damage now properly penetrates armor over time (vanilla parity)
  • Vines are now destroyed if there is not a vine above, or the direction is not the same
  • Vines can now only be placed on solid blocks
  • Buckets no longer place 'ghost liquid' in certain scenarios
  • Fixed off-hand not being cleared in certain games/scenarios

Changes

  • Added /queue help [page]: a command that lists all the games that are queue-able along with their aliases in a nice paged message list
  • Added support for new Persona format (this allows the usage of, for example, the free Character Creator items from the Creator Celebration)


Expansion of Custom Server Limits

We have expanded the limits on Custom Servers. 

All limits are per UTC day. You will no longer be able to create servers if BOTH limits are exceeded. For example, if a Regular member has hosted a round, but not exceeded 10 minutes of gameplay, they will be able to create another server.


Regular Rank

Maximum games played: 1

Maximum minutes played: 10

Plus Rank

Maximum games played: 6

Maximum minutes played: 90


You can now view your limits with the new View Limits button on the custom server menu, accessible using /cs.

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