1. Hi everyone!

    Here are the latest updates for Applecraft:

    Red and Blue Update To 1.14.4
    Many of you have been asking when Red and Blue will update to 1.14, and the answer is: soon! The main reason we have not updated Red and Blue yet is that performance on 1.14 is far lower than 1.13, which means we'd see more lag in these worlds when we update. However, Paper have developed a patch for async chunk loading which has massively improved performance, which will hopefully be added to the official 1.14 Paper build in the coming week(s). I will be doing some testing next weekend in preparation for the upgrade.

    However, we are still waiting on a few things final things before we can update Red and Blue to 1.14. I will update this list as we go:
    • Async chunk loading added to master Paper build
    • Shops plugin working in 1.14.4
    • LegendShop plugin working in 1.14.4

    Purple Upgrades
    Purple is going to see some improvements this week, too! As part of upgrading Red and Blue to 1.14, I will be adding some new plugins to Purple (the Legend Shop, and Shops plugin) and updating spawn. Purple may experience some short downtime (max 30 minutes) during the week as I add in the shops world and configure some last minute changes. Once we ensure that shops work correctly on 1.14, we can then update Red and Blue.

    Helper Applications Open
    Good news! We are hiring our next round of Helpers again. Please visit THIS THREAD to lodge your Helper application. Helper applications will close on the 24th of August. We are particularly looking for Helpers from the Blue and Purple servers.

    Build Competition
    We will be starting a new build competition for Architect rank next weekend! The goal of this competition is to build a PVP arena. The winning builds will be used in a server event starting later in the year!
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    Hello everyone,
    After reviewing everyone's feedback on the Voice of the Server survey, I have made some very big (and exciting!) changes to Applecraft this weekend.

    NEW 1.14.3 WORLD: PURPLE!
    Do /purple to access the world.
    You must be running the 1.14.3 client.
    Purple features Keep Inventory, claims, and epic items!

    NEW SERVER HARDWARE!
    I have bought a new dedicated server for Applecraft.
    Over the next week I will be migrating Red and Blue to the new machine.
    The new machine will help improve overall server lag.

    WILDERNESS MIGRATION
    Unfortunately, we will be closing the Wilderness server on the 31st of July.
    All Wilderness players will be able to transfer all their belongings to the Red server (which is more PVP/raiding focused than Purple and Blue).
    A full explanation & FAQ regarding the migration is HERE.

    OTHER FAQ'S

    When will Blue and Red update?
    Blue and Red will update as soon as possible, most likely within the next week or two after we confirm that Purple is stable. When Red and Blue update to 1.14 their borders will be expanded to generate 1.14 chunks.

    Why did you open Purple?
    I opened Purple to ease some of the pressure on the Blue server, which regularly has more than 100 players online at a single time. I also wanted a fresh 1.14 world with new villages and terrain generation.

    Are Blue and Red closing?
    Blue and Red will never close.
    The Blue, Red, and new Purple server are intended to be long-term servers and will not be reset.

    When will the Warrior crate be released?
    As I spent most of this weekend updating the Purple world, the Warrior crate will be delayed by 1 - 2 days. :(
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    Hi guys! It's time to announce the new Helpers from this most recent round of promotions.

    This time, we asked all Applecraft staff to vote to determine who should be chosen as Helper. We also reviewed people's playtime, timezone, and experience levels. I am delighted to announce the following new Helpers have been chosen:

    ~ BLUE SERVER ~
    Jayscott
    Kersplebedeb
    Lethal5253
    ManinaVan
    Staralyte
    Sweney

    ~ RED SERVER ~
    FunnkieMonkey
    Koree_
    LithiumQQ
    Nonamelikethis
    SpaceHomo
    TheLazyyFarmer

    ~ WILDERNESS ~
    Elduff
    Woody2minecraft

    There were a lot of great applications this round. We are actually looking at promoting more helpers from this batch (in addition to the names listed above!) so if you haven't been chosen in this round, you may be chosen in the next week or so.

    Thank you for submitting your applications - keep your eyes peeled for some exciting stuff coming in the next few days!
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    Hi Applecrafters,

    We are looking for Helpers on the Red, Blue, and Wilderness servers! Fill out the application form below for your chance to be selected.

    Applications close on the 22nd of June. :)

    HELPER APPLICATION FORM:
    What is your in-game name?
    Which world do you play on?
    How old are you?
    When did you first join Applecraft?
    What is your time zone?
    Why would you make a good Helper?

    UPDATE: Applications have closed.
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    Thank you to everyone who entered our build competition!
    Honestly, I was blown away by the quality of these builds so it has been very hard to make a decision on this competition.

    ~~ FIRST PLACE ~~
    KERSPLEBEDEB
    Kersplebedeb's Kaleidoscope map is really fun to play! It's a stand-out in the sense that it changes the way you play tag - it's not just about tagging people, it's also about trying to race your way to the top!
    Kersplebedeb has won ARCHITECT rank on the server.

    ~~ SECOND PLACE ~~
    PIXELUS
    The level of detail that Pixelus puts into his builds is always fantastic, and this build is no exception! Very fun map, 10/10.
    Pixelus has won a spawn egg of his choice!*

    ~~ THIRD PLACE ~~
    MOREOFUS - JAMES101 - LUCIFERHD

    This build makes excellent use of 1.13's swimming system, with underground caves, secret rooms, and some very clever use of armour stands! Although some players spend 90% of their time racing boats above ground, the best sections are all deep below!
    MoreOfUs, James101 and LuciferHD have all won a spawn egg of their choice!*

    I'd like to thank everyone who entered. If you weren't successful this time, there will always be future events! Post an idea for the next build competition below. :D


    * Spawn eggs can only be chosen from the types already available on the server. Please speak to an Admin or myself to collect your reward.