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November 2022 Update

A happy November to all!

Hello friends and a happy November to all of you! Last month we saw some activity return to the server as a mysterious mansion appeared near the Tree of Spirits. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Halloween event and the Halls of Insanity, I hope you all got some nice loots or made some souls! This month we have a smaller update that includes few changes to various plugins, a couple of new features, and a poll for MCMMO resets.

The mysterious mansion is now overgrown by roots from the Tree of Spirits...
The mysterious mansion, now overgrown by roots from the Tree of Spirits…

Advanced Enchantments

This month we see some of the new enchantments that debuted in last months event now added to the regular Minecraft enchantment table! There is now a small chance with every enchant to roll one of these new enhchantments. The following qualities of these new enchantments can be obtained; SIMPLE, UNIQUE, ELITE, ULTIMATE. Documentation about all of these new enchantments can be found here: https://ae.advancedplugins.net/enchantments/list-of-enchantments/default-enchants-200+

*FABLED, LEGENDARY qualities can not currently be obtained through normal means!

Nether Slayer I increases damage done to nether mobs.

Spawn Plots

There are now FIVE plots that have been put up for rent at spawn! These cost 30 Corrupted Souls per day of rental time and are able to be used for any purpose you would like whether that be a spot for your own shops, a faction embassy, or just a home away from home! I only ask that currently they be utilized ONE PER FACTION. If there is a high demand for these plots we can potentially see some more added in the near future!

*/as addfriend will allow you to add your faction mates for building on your rented plot!

A plot that is currently vacant and ready for rental!


Last month I said that we had plans to move over to the paid version of factions. I apologize, but we will not be making the switch this month and it possibly has been pushed back into the new year. I will have more information on when the switch will occur in the future! However, in the meantime, I have gone ahead and made some small changes to current Factions balance as a whole, they are as follows;

  • Player power has been boosted to 20 from 10
  • Added the ability to make claims unconnected from your first claim.
  • Power loss upon death has been upped to -4 from -2

MCMMO Reset Poll

Below is a link to a poll for how we should handle MCMMO resets. Please take a moment to cast a vote. The results will be reviewed next week! https://take.quiz-maker.com/poll4563726x1ff645FC-143

Silk Touch Spawners

Spawners can now be Silk-Touched and upon collection they will retain their spawn! Reminder that spawners can be purchased from the admin shop at spawn!

A spawner that has been picked up using Silk Touch.
A spawner that has been picked up using Silk Touch.

Featured Builds & Footnote

Going forward, if anyone has a build they are particularly proud of or a build that they would just like to show off please feel free to PM some screenshots to me on Discord; Coldwave#5095. I would love to feature some of your builds on the monthly blog posts. Maybe we could see some sort of build competition return in the future as well.

Thank you all for your recent participation in the server through building, grinding, and just playing the game. Looking ahead this month I hope to reconstitute resource buy-backs in the next week or two! I also hope to have another event lined up next month to celebrate Christmas and we might try to hold a server meeting as well if all goes well!

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Halloween 2022 & General Update

Hello friends and a happy horror month to all of you! It has been a while since we have had a blog post and I thought it about time we make a return to form. There are a couple of things I’d like to touch upon but first and foremost, there are some fun things in store for the end of the month to celebrate Halloween! The first of which begins with the appearance of this peculiar manor at spawn.

A mysterious manor appears at spawn!

Appearing seemingly overnight, this haunted manor will be home to this years Halloween festivities. The doors are currently sealed as preperations are made by whatever spirits reside within although I suspect that the doors might be open by October 21st. Inside there will be lots of goodies to spend your Corrupted Souls on (and maybe earn some too!) including but not limited to some old fashioned TAW holiday themed items but also a couple of new, powerful, and limited-time offerings. These items will all be limited to this event and will only be available from October 21st – October 31st so make sure you get your hands on them while they are here! A few shops are not all that is on offer this Halloween however, for there have been rumblings that the Halls of Insanity have stirred and might open once again.

The Halls of Insanity

Over one-hundred years ago a sorcerer and archaeologist by the name of Alais Indark began excavation of what was purported to be a site containing long lost magics and artifacts belonging to the Ancients. What he had actually uncovered however was a place of unholy and unspeakable evil. Alais became changed as he continued his dig, his mind corrupted, what was once an excavation quickly transitioned into the building of the Halls of Insanity. A sprawling maze-like dungeon, its construction making little sense, even to the likes of its own creator.

Thought to have been sealed away for good, it calls adventurers back once more..

The Halls of Insanity is an event dungeon that had been used in a previous Halloween event. The insides of this dungeon have been almost totally overhauled and will be nigh-unrecognizable to anyone familiar with the old layout. Inside you will find yourself met with unforgiving puzzles, mazes, and some parkour. The Halls are tentatively slated to open once more on October 25th and remain open until October 31st.

Brewery Returns!

Veterans of TAW will remember this plugin, it was a staple of the server for a long time and it has finally had an update and I’d like to introduce it once more! Expect Brewery to make its return on October 20th! Check out the plugin wiki for more info on how to get to brewin’! https://github.com/DieReicheErethons/Brewery/wiki/Homepage

Enjoy making drinks once again!

Upcoming Updates

Thank you all for taking the time to read through this post, I hope to be able to make blog posts more frequently with the next two being in the near future. Novembers blog post is going to go over our upcoming switch to the paid version of Factions which means we will have another two week period of no raids so that everyone can reclaim and there will also be a poll on what we want the process for MCMMO resets to look like going forward. Additionally we may see a few hours of downtime over the course of the day on October 20th as I perform some server maintenance tasks. See y’all soon friends 🙂

February 2022 Update

Attention citizens of The Ancient World, it is I Vaestian! I bring news on behalf of the staff but allow me to reintroduce myself. I do admit that my appearance has been brief over the last few ages, but I am the God of Order. I am here to serve the people and keep peace and prosperity in the world. I am happy to report that the staff has been hard at work on the server.

Here are some features:

  • New spawn location in the ruins of Villager’s Wharf.
  • /spawn will take you to the Tree of Spirits at spawn.
  • Portal room is operational with several locations and more to come!
  • McMMO has been readded to the server.
  • All players now have access to /lore command to add some flavor text to items.

If you would like to have a portal added to your base or a specific location linked with the portal chamber, feel free to message Frostfaith or Vaestian.

Tree of Spirits at the ruins of Villager’s Wharf

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New Map Render Available

A new map render of TAW is now available as a Download.

This one looks a lot different than our map renders of the past but it functions mostly the same way. Since Minecraft version 1.13 I’ve been unable to make new renders using our old mapping software because it’s either been outdated, or the newer development versions don’t seem to want to play nice with TAW.

While I’m personally not 100% satisfied with this new render, it’s all we have for now. So I hope you all find it useful in the meantime.

TAW Re-Opening

TAW will be re-opening this Friday at 5pm EST.

  • We will be running the new version 1.18.1
  • Due to performance issues we have had to replace the Medieval Factions plugin and will now be using Factions3. Please report any bugs you find!
  • Please refrain from raiding anyone who hasn’t had the chance to re-claim their chunks yet. This grace period will last until Monday.

TAW closed for Maintenance

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Medieval Factions

The previous Factions plugin we were using was buggy and was causing crashes on the server. It’s now been removed and replaced with a new plugin called Medieval Factions.

Medieval Factions is a system of mechanics that allows for the simulation of sovereign nations in Minecraft. Players can create nations, claim territory, engage in warfare or politics, write laws or hold dueling tournaments, and generally are able to attempt to recreate society somewhat.

Read the User Guide to get started!