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++++++ Ylands Server Details For The Crow's Nest (Long Version)

The Crow's Nest is a dedicated public Ylands Server with a number of features and considerations.

# No inventory drop. When you die and use the //Respawn// option, you will retain all equipped gear and inventory. This means that the only death penalty you will incur is a trip back to spawn. So the safest place to keep your items in within your inventory and no one can get a head start or slow you down by killing you to take your items. It is highly advised that you boost your inventory capacity as soon as possible by crafting a **herb bag** and a **soil container**, between those two inventory containers and your **seed box** (given to you when you enter the world) you will be able to maximize your inventory capacity.
# This is a custom generated map, not the standard //Explore// map. I believe this will help to reduce item lag (see notes below). This custom map includes two side by side islands. Each island is much larger than the standard Explore island and there are plenty of locations to build, both in the open, and hidden.
# To ensure that all players have access to clay, iron, and cloth, all players start with 100 clay and iron as well as a seedbox for nearly every plant and tree in Ylands including cotton, flax, and rubber tree seeds. So if the islands have been stripped of natural resources, you can still build. Additionally, the server admin will be replenishing natural resources to include clay, iron, copper, and saltpeter. If there is no naturally occurring ylandium crystals then they too will be added, and replinished overtime.
# 

++++++ Lag

Ylands is in Early Access and is need of a lot of improvements. Lag on Multiplayer servers, both temporary and dedicated can be harsh. Dedicated servers over time tend to see an increase in lag that eventually makes the server unplayable. Additionally, I think we can safely assume that the dedicated server is not yet optimized for multiplayer. I will do all that I can to keep lag as low as possible and my experience and observation on other servers may lend assistance, but I can't make any guarantees simply because we are working with an unfinished product. That said, here are the steps I'm taking:

**Limited Islands:** By using a custom generated map, there are fewer locations to hold in memory and this fewer items as well. This is the reason old MC servers would set a world border on dedicated servers. To compensate for having fewer islands in the world, the existing two islands are quite large and adjacent to each other. Additionally, each player starts with a few items including a seed box that contains seeds from other biomes that would not ordinarily be available on these two islands... for example, rubber tree seeds and cactus seeds.

**No item drops on death:** In addition to being convenient and denying the game as a //full loot PvP game//, fewer item drops means fewer items to keep track in the open world. This may not seem like a big deal but as explore other dedicated games I can't help but to notice the tons of other dead players with their items scattered about. People tend to ignore the junk that has been dropped and only take items of value like cotton or clay so over time, multiple islands with a lot of litter start to contribute to lag.

**No Horses:** Tamed horses are known to bug the game and I believe that this bug also contributes to lag. So I have removed all horses. If I missed a horse, or worse yet, two horses, then please kill them on site, at least until this bug is fixed. In the future I plan for larger islands and horses will speed up travel but for now, kill them all.

**Daily Server Resets:** Daily resets should help deal with memory leaks and combat lag. Additionally I will occasionally stop the server and clean up the dead bodies of players that have not returned. I have noticed that on other servers, a lot of players login and then never play so the spawn is covered with bodies. Since both islands on this server are near each other, it's possible for me to find most of them whereas with an Explore game and 16 islands, it would be impossible.

The dead bodies of inactive players contributes to the amount of time it takes to login which in turn lags the server for all active players. Some people, thinking that Ylands has crashed, will disconnect or restart Ylands not realizing that their avatar is active in the new server that they just tried to connect to, their body (alive or dead) just adds to the lag pool so it's kind of a vicious lag circle. So don't try to hide dead bodies, leave them out in the open so that I can find them on clean-up days. Sadly there is no in-game tool to remove the corpse, either the player logs back in, or I have to stop the server and pull the game save into the editor.

**Note: If there is a dead body at your base and it is interfering with your build, then [/contact contact me using this form] and as soon as I'm available I will take the server offline long enough to remove the body. Use the partial map screenshots below to give me a rough idea of your location, or a better map if you have one.**

**Do Your Part:** You can do your part by picking up everything you generate when chopping down trees and mining. If you're low on inventory space, then you can always click items in your inventory and then destroy them that way. Some items, like fruit, need to be broken first, then you can either keep the seeds or destroy them. But please don't drop them on the ground. If you have something nice you want to donate, I don't think anyone will mind you dropping it on the ground, but if you care about less lag, then don't drop junk like wood pieces and shells, destroy it instead.

++++++ Downfall

Being able to retain items on death and give you items at start on a custom generated map means no protective orbs. Hopefully Bohemia will some day add the orbs to the editor so that server owners with custom maps can include them. But for now, orbs do little to protect anyway; the terrain can still be shaped, destroyed, or heaped up above the base. Additionally, griefers can use the terrain to move your body outside the influence of the orb and then kill you to loot your items. And the orb does not prevent theft, a lot of players keep their chests inside a locked room but it's very easy to clip your view so that even though you are outside of the room, you can still see inside and access unlocked chests and placed items. In the current state of the game, orbs are very easy to exploit. But this does mean no ability to instantly remove blocks on your claims. I'll be glad when orbs are added to the editor and protect against terrain edits too.
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++++++ Crow's Nest Map of the Island Border

[[image http://illumiblocki.wdfiles.com/local--files/crowsnest/big-islands.jpg width="860px"]]

The screenshot below shows a comparison of a standard Explore map starter island compared to the Crow's Nest Island.

[[image http://illumiblocki.wdfiles.com/local--files/crowsnest/compare.jpg width="860px"]]
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++++++ How it Works

Each month we'll send out a newsletter on or around the 1st. Everyone that opens the email is automatically entered to win a game key. Most of the keys are for Steam so you will need a free [*http://store.steampowered.com/ Steam account]. At some point during the month we will add your Gamer Name to a list of possible winners and select a winner using  [*https://www.miniwebtool.com/random-name-picker/ this site]. The winner will be sent a free game key and announced in the next Newsletter. To be eligible you must 1) be subscribed to the newsletter at the time of the drawing using the form above and 2) open the newsletter each month that you wish to be entered into the drawing.

We reserve the right to pick a winner at anytime during the month so it is in your best interest to open the newsletter as soon as possible because if your name is selected, and you have not yet opened the email, we'll draw again to select a new winner. Opening the email multiple times will not increase your chances of winning and using multiple subscriber accounts to cheat will result in disqualification and you will be unsubscribed from the newsletters. After we notify you via email that you have won, you get 2 weeks to reply with the game of your choice. If you fail to notify us of your choice, then we will pick 3 random subscribers and email all 3, the first that replies with a valid game choice wins. We reserve the right to pick multiple winners during any given month, but we will always pick at least 1 winner, provided we have keys to give away.

++++++ Games List

Here is a list of games that we currently have to give away. If you win, then **you get to select the game that you want**. This list can get updated at any time.

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> **28 Game Keys Left to Give Away**
> Game prices shown to demonstrate value

##purple|**[Number of Keys Remaining]**## • //Title// • ##gray|Retail Value##

* ##purple|**[3]**## The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Final Cut: ##gray|$44.99##
* ##purple|**[2]**## Borderlands Game of the Year Edition: ##gray|$34.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Train Simulator 2017 + packs: ##gray|$37.21## (includes Town Scenery & Platform Clutter Packs)
* ##purple|**[2]**## Wurm Unlimited: ##gray|$29.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Grey Goo Definitive Edition: ##gray|$29.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Minecraft Story Mode, episode 4: ##gray|$24.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Company of Heroes 2: ##gray|$19.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Out of the Park Baseball 18: ##gray|$19.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Oddworld New 'n' Tasty: ##gray|$19.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Kholat: ##gray|$19.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Stardew Valley: ##gray|$14.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Rebuild 3 Gangs of Deadsville: ##gray|$14.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Machinarium Collector's Edition: ##gray|$14.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## No Time To Explain Remastered: ##gray|$14.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## F1 2011: ##gray|$14.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## F1 2012: ##gray|$14.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Plague Inc Evolved: ##gray|$14.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Stronghold Legends: ##gray|$14.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Mad Games Tycoon: ##gray|$14.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Pathfinder Online MMORPG (30-day sub key): ##gray|$14.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## SimplePlanes: ##gray|$12.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Pac-Man™ Championship Edition 2: ##gray|$12.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Majesty Gold HD (Retro): ##gray|$9.99##
* ##purple|**[1]**## Majesty 2: ##gray|$9.99##

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