The EpicQuestz Newsletter
Issue 22 December 2019 - 05 January 2020
- Editor, @Enoshade
Grimslade | Almost Complete
“Grimslade has proceeded very slowly, all we need to finish is the farms. The issue is, right now only two and two half people are working on them, so progress won’t speed up. I will do my best to organise a build event for Builders to help out in the monotonous work of hedge and wall making, so that part of the map should be finished in about 2 batches of 30 minute work at very most.“
- Project Overseer, @Tobberz
Minas Tirith | In Progress
“Despite being fairly active in last update letter, Minas Tirith has once again mostly stagnated (thanks to myself). All that has happened since the last update letter is the rearrangement of a few buildings on the 5th level, and the outlines of where a few new ones will be made.”
- Project Designer, @the_pharaohs_cat
Barad-dûr | Paused
“I’ve completed the terrain for the part of the Plateau of Gorgoroth directly surrounding Barad-dûr. It encompasses a 500x1000 area, and I would say it sports my best colouring work to-date. The coral fans as the scanty dry vegetation of the Plateau fit surprisingly well. A big thanks to Bes and Gelek for not planning out anything in advance, necessitating me to manually define the separation between the structure and the terrain. But no hard feelings.“
- Terrain Designer, @Enoshade
Nordinbad | In Progress
“we have began the work on the fortress as well as finished up filling holes on the terrain“
- Project Manager, @thebeserker
"I’ve adjusted one of the mountains in Nordinbad to more accurately fit the fortress itself. Savitarr and Raar will start on planning out the intricacies of the fortress soon - currently it is at the very start of the colorboxing stage.
- Terrain Builder, @Enoshade
Rohan Terrain | In Progress
“I’ve been pushed around working on other EQ projects the last few weeks, but the progress I’ve made on the Rohan Terrain (or, more specifically, the assets) in the downtime is not negligible. I’ve finished my collection of Poplar trees, which will populate a lot of the drier areas of Rohan, and have pretty much completed reordering the rock pack and adding some new rocks on my own.“
- Project Designer, @Enoshade
Me, Savitarr and Bes carpet-bombed the unofficial Moria project with advice a few days ago. Fortunately, not too many feelings were caught in the crossfire, with the death toll estimated at less than one.
Savitarr, dog and some other members were planning on starting a small Harad-based project, but that depends on whether I find the time to make terrain or not.
Axe_Villager gave @StealWonders an updated version of the chairs plugin (enabling sitting on stairs), which should be implemented on the server soon.
Steal has also been working on the EpicSuite plugins himself, having added support for async teleportation (which is run apart from the main thread of the server, causing less lag and preventing possible crashes), added tab-completion to some commands, adjusted command permissions and updated a permissions module to a newer version which should result in less possible incompatibilities.
We have also tested FAWE commands and results have been sent to the FAWE dev team, which should help them fix errors in the plugin in later versions.
Since I never got a chance to congratulate myself on getting Designer, here it is. Congratulations @Enoshade.
This time, because he was unable to write the newsletter himself, @the_pharaohs_cat bribed me to feature his build anyways.
Being seized by a sudden urge to capture the castle of Hogwarts within the blocky frame of Minecraft, cat started upon this daring endeavour. He wrote to a legendary terraformer for help but was most unfortunately denied. Thus started his trials; but will he come out victorious? Only time(turners) will tell.
This newsletter was written in a 10-minute¹ break between working on Rohan Terrain and doing maths homework for my uncle. I hope you all will have a fantastic two weeks, and until next time!
¹ Statistics may not be accurate
Screenshots in this newsletter all taken by me
Shaders used: Seus Renewed 1.0.0
BI-WEEKLY QUIZ: How did Maedhros lose his hand during the First Age? Comment below! Answer is revealed in the next newsletter.
Answer to the previous quiz, generously provided by cat:
The Palantíri were located at, in no particular order: Annúminas, Amon Sûl (Weathertop), Elostirion (Tower Hills), Osgiliath, Isengard, Minas Ithil (Morgul), Minas Anor (Tirith).