Hi everyone! Invasion: Map 16 began on December 15th. It has been a little over 14 weeks since the SOTW. The map has gone through ups and downs, but I think overall, we are in a much better position than we were at the start. We have built out our core which now has a total of 30 new custom modules just in the span of this one map. Justugh as well as myself have put a load of time into the map so far and have continued to improve the experience as much as we can. ♦ Lockdown We generally have Lockdowns on the last couple days of a map. It is when we disable both the placing and breaking of spawners for a period of time until FTOP is calculated. The purpose of this is to force everyone to have all of their value placed, and prevent the mining of spawners during the final raids. We're going to be starting the Spawner Lockdown on Saturday morning at 10 am. It will last until Sunday night at 11 pm Central. At 11 pm on Sunday night is when ftop will be calculated and the winners of the map will be announced. The map will not be closing or ending after this, however; we just wanted to go ahead and end FTOP since this map was supposed to end after two months. ♦ Screen Sharing Policy Our policy for what constitutes a ban for cheating is changing. We've always only banned players for cheating if they have been proven to have cheated on our server, but now, we will be banning players who have any trace of having a cheat client/mod. The client or mod has to of been used/modified within the past month of the SS for a ban occur. So, if you have some really old stuff from a year ago, you don't need to worry about that. ♦ Cheating From here on out, cheating will be a perm ban on the first offense. If you are banned for cheating, you can appeal after a month and convince us why we should let you play our game. Whether we decide to unban you or not will be based on your past conduct and whether or not we trust that you will not cheat anymore and be a valuable player to the community. We want to cleanse CC of cheaters as much as possible and discourage cheating on servers all together, not just here. If you admit to cheating at the beginning of the SS when asked, you can receive a 30 day ban instead. ♦ Gap Recharge We have installed a gap recharge on Invasion. We wanted to just see how you guys like it and test it for a couple days, and maybe modify it some based on your tastes. If you guys don't want it to stay, it won't, but I think it would be beneficial to the PvP experience if it's done right. Currently the recharge time is 30 seconds, and gap regen is 20 seconds. So there's a good 10 second window there where you can drop someone or get dropped. My only concern with this is that it might make it more difficult when in 3v1's and such. It will definitely make the Alien class much more valuable, for sure. Maybe if you guys think it's a little too easy to die, we can change it to a 25 second cooldown and try that. I'd like to adjust the system some before completely removing it, if it's not well received (a lot of players like it so far). ♦ Iris You can refer to our Anti-Cheat as Iris now. We have been making small tweaks to it daily to both decrease false kicks and increase accuracy. It still won't be super effective on closet cheaters, but we are going to be making changes and adjustments to the system on a daily/weekly basis to help it do the best job possible. ♦ Chaos There will be two Chaos KoTHs a day for this weekend. They will be at 11 am and 3 pm Central time on both Saturday and Sunday. ♦ Spring Quite a few changes have happened throughout the spawn for Spring. A lot of the iron has an overgrown, stone texture now, the leaves on the tree have grown back, and the ice in the warzone has melted. Spring is a time of renewal and growth, and I want our efforts to reflect that. I've also done some Spring cleaning on the chat and scoreboard, which look much better now. We are going to continue doing events, fixes and small changes like the gap recharge until map 16 until is officially over. Map 17 is still in development of course, and we don't have a date for either the EOTW or the SOTW yet. Keep in mind that even after FTOP is calcuated Sunday night, the server will remain open. FTOP will still be there as well, for flexing purposes only.