AvatarMC Soon™ - Issue 106: Halloween Writing and Art Competition Winners

2022-11-07 20:33:40 +0000 UTC by KevinY3 and TurboClicks

As we're sure some of you remember, we ran a writing and art contest through the month of October. The polls are in, and we have some winners to present.

Congratulations to _Guru for winning the writing competition, with _Gent taking a close second place. It's been vindicating to see such a variety of writing styles and formats in the list of submissions. The art competition was won by AdamteMC with his chilling illustration, aptly called 'I Buried Every Single One of Them Myself'.

The winning entries are linked below. Happy browsing, and thanks for participating.

AvatarMC Soon™ - Issue 105: Spooktober Returns!

2022-10-20 19:25:08 +0000 UTC by QuietDove

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Ladies, gents, and everything in between — welcome to another spooktacular serving from our Events team. Enjoy the sights of Gaipan during Halloween!

To experience our little brand of terror, visit the warp areas in your capital — and remember, try not to think about what goes bump in the night.


Midnight in Gaipan Direct Link

"Something is afoot in the usually sleepy village of Gaipan. The Festival of Sun Li is normally a time for celebration, for it marks a time when the spirits meet the living.

This time, something has gone horribly wrong. The benevolent spirits are no where to be seen. In fact, no one is to be seen, the town is nearly deserted. Let us pray that you don't meet the same fate..."

The dead have risen from the earth. Put them back where they belong, before you join them. They say that familiar faces have been spotted amongst the walking dead. Just who could they mean by that?

Candy, meant to be enjoyed by those at the festival, has been dropped all over the village. Gather as much of it as you can — you never know what rewards await you.

Each capital city has a hub where you can teleport straight to the event.


Ghost Island Direct Link

A seasonal quest returns this year.

When Watt's nephew goes missing on a deserted island, he enlists the player's help to find him. Tread carefully; unspeakable horrors happened here, and the spirits are restless. One more thing: try not to stare into the dark too long. The dark might stare back, and you'll find out what kind of thing goes bump in the night.


The Village Ghosts Direct Link

This haunting quest is back for your enjoyment.

A simple delivery job looks easy enough, but not everything is as it seems...


Across The Bridge Direct Link

An unseasonably large pumpkin has grown across the bridge of Gaipan. No doubt that dark and evil forces are at work. Investigate this massive gourd and discover its secrets.

Inside you will find Bwake's Maze of Horrors. Watch your sanity as you try to reach the end — ten candies await you if you do!

There's more to see in this area. The Great Pumpkin Hunt is exactly what it says on the tin. Seek out the hidden pumpkins, and gain a reward.

There are two achievements for completing the tasks in this area: Bwake's Maze of Horrors and The Great Pumpkin Hunt. Both offer 5 candy upon completion.


Cosmetics Direct Link

Spooky cosmetics are available once again. The merchant will be more than happy to give them to you for a price, of course.

AvatarMC Soon™ - Issue 104: Introducing Discord Forum Channels

2022-10-15 18:44:06 +0000 UTC by TurboClicks

Recently, Discord rolled out a new feature to Community servers called Forum Channels! This new channel type is designed to allow discussions to coexist without people talking over each other and aid in nurturing more structured conversations.

With our Discord server being an essential AvatarMC platform, our Moderation Team took a look at how to best integrate Forum Channels into our server. We have decided that the #suggestions and #bug-report channels will benefit the most from the new feature.

Forum Channels are exactly what you image — a forum nested within a channel. We've set post guidelines and created a collection of tags to categorize everything. Each post will require that you create a title, enter a message, and select a tag. You can hit the bell icon to add posts to your channels list and receive notifications on new messages. Both channels includes a search to ensure that a topic has not already been posted.

Suggestions Channel Direct Link

Use this channel to provide suggestions for AvatarMC. Add a "thumbs up" emoji to show your support for an idea.

The following tags have been created to help categorize posts in this channel:

  • Gameplay: For suggestions relating to our Minecraft server such as bending or builds.
  • Events: For suggestions on community events such as bending tournaments or writing competitions.
  • Discord: For suggestions relating to the AvatarMC Discord.
  • Server Store: For suggestions related to the offerings on the AvatarMC Server Store.
  • Website: For requesting updates to AvatarMC.com.
  • Server Improvements: For general suggestions relating to the improvement of AvatarMC.

Bug Report Channel Direct Link

Use this channel to report bugs or issues found across AvatarMC platforms. If you believe that the bug is too sensitive for the public, please message a Moderator or Admin.

The following tags have been created to help categorize posts in this channel:

  • Open: This is the default tag for all posts.
  • Acknowledged by AMC: This tag can only be applied by AvatarMC Moderators and will be used when the appropriate AvatarMC team has received word of the issue.
  • Closed: This tag can only be applied by AvatarMC Moderators and will be used when a report has been met with a resolution.

AvatarMC Soon™ - Issue 103: Halloween Writing and Art Competition

2022-10-02 19:01:48 +0000 UTC by KevinY3

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It’s Spooky Month, everyone! To celebrate, we’re holding a competition for the best AvatarMC or just Avatar spooky-themed artworks, poems and stories that you, the community, can put together!

There will be two competitions running simultaneously, with different prize pools and different entry requirements. The first will be the art competition, which you can submit any illustration to. All media are welcomed!

The second competition will be a writing competition, with a hard word limit of 2,000. But don’t feel pressured to brush up against the cap! You can submit anything that’s in text to the competition: poems, stories, non-fiction, anything that you can drum up.

There’ll be special prizes for the winners in each category, too. They are as follows:

  • 1st place: 100,000 yuans and up to $5 of cosmetics from the AvatarMC shop
  • 2nd place: 50,000 yuans
  • 3rd place: 20,000 yuans

You can hand in your submissions by posting them to the #event-signup channel on our Discord server. This means that you'll be able to see other people's submissions rolling in and get eyes on your own work ahead of the submission deadline. Of course, if you don’t want your work to be made public, you can instead DM your submission to the organiser, KevinY3. Entries close on the 31st of October, on Halloween. Winners will be announced on the 7th of November. Again, I want to stress — everyone’s work will be looked at and provided with a written review.

Happy Halloween!

AvatarMC Soon™ - Issue 102: Pride Fest 2022

2022-06-03 18:54:24 +0000 UTC by _Guru and TurboClicks

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Greetings and salutations, readers! It’s that time of year again for AvatarMC’s annual Pride Fest. The Rainbow Spirit is back to welcome everyone to their realm in the Spirit World to celebrate love in all its forms!

Speak to the Rainbow Spirit in your capital to get started. Find the "Pride Fest 2022 Awaits" quest in /q for more help!


The LGBTree Direct Link

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If you've visited the Pride Town of yesteryear, you'll recognize this one - except someone's been giving it premium fertilizer. This is where you'll spawn when you enter the event, and it's also how you'll get to the different parts of the map!

If you've managed to get lost in the event, our professional cartographer has drafted a map for you, which can be seen below.

map of event


Quests Direct Link

This event comes pre-packaged with four quests for you to enjoy - "The Lost Mask", "Tei's Special Brew", "Welcome Party", and "Duck, Goose, Hot Air Balloon" aswell as an introductory quest titled "Pride Fest 2022 Awaits". Check them out in /q today!

Quest NameStarting NPCRewards
Tei's Special BrewTei [654, 695]3 Lotus Tiles
Welcome PartyCook Amiti [807, 673]3 Lotus Tiles
The Lost MaskShi-ra Spirit [835, 848]3 Lotus Tiles
Duck, Goose, Hot Air BalloonConductor [672, 869]25k Yuans (5k Yuans for completing Duck and Goose routes, 15k Yuans for completing quest)

Fort Pride Direct Link

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Feel like getting lost in wonderland? No need for a pocket watch-carrying rabbit this time. Head on over to Fort Pride, and try your hand at navigating your way through this showy little Schloss.


The Hot Air Balloon Hangar Direct Link

Here at AvatarMC, the sky's the limit! Now you don't need to be an airbender to fly with the birds, you just need a hot air balloon! As long as you stay within this little box next to an open flame, that is.

The parkour is the basis for the 'Duck, Goose, Hot Air Balloon' quest, and upon completion you'll receive some nice rewards! Though please note that pushing other players off to "reduce the weight" is not permitted. Talk to the Conductor at the top of the Marketplace Hill to get started.


New Cosmetics Direct Link

What would an event be without fresh new cosmetics? Head on down to the Marketplace and speak with Star, your neighborhood friendly entrepreneur. Purchase this event's cosmetics at 5 Lotus Tiles a piece, or, for nostalgia's sake, you can buy last year's for 3 Lotus Tiles each.

With a fresh stock of new cosmetics, we also have added base cosmetics featuring the Non Binary flag and the Pansexual flag! See below for the complete list of new items and their prices. Please be aware that the Cycling Pride Flag is not about a love of bicycles, but simply cycles between the pride flags for a colorful experience.

VendorCosmetic ItemPrice
Star's Propellers and FlagsAnimated Waving Pride Flag5 Lotus Tiles
Animated Waving Lesbian Flag
Animated Waving Bisexual Flag
Animated Waving Transgender Flag
Animated Waving Asexual Flag
Animated Waving Pansexual Flag
Animated Waving Non Binary Flag
Animated Cycling Pride Flag (cycles through all the pride flags available)
Non Binary Cap3 Lotus Tiles
Non Binary Beanie
Non Binary Flag Focus
Pansexual Cap
Pansexual Beanie
Pansexual Flag Focus
AvatarMC StoreAnimated Lesbian Propeller Hat4.99 USD
Animated Bisexual Propeller Hat
Animated Transgender Propeller Hat
Animated Asexual Propeller Hat
Animated Non Binary Propeller Hat
Animated Pansexual Propeller Hat

Lotus Tiles Direct Link

Whether you're running out of Lotus Tiles or you're a completionist, we've got you covered. Explore the map to find ten more of those lovely little Pai Sho pieces!


2022 Changes Direct Link

A lot has been updated behind the scenes since last year's release, so our scripting team have given it some polishing touches. Here's what's changed:

Quests Direct Link
  • Duck, Goose, Hot Air Balloon?

    • Updated Quest Journal to make the language clearer, and have the 'back' option
    • Added a hologram to make having to pick a path clearer

  • Tei's Mystery Brew

    • Updated Quest Journal to make the language clearer, and have the 'back' option
    • Simplified the way that the Guessing Game operates
    • Updated Game Solution

  • The Lost Mask

    • Updated Quest Journal to make the language clearer, and have the 'back' option
    • Created a counter for the pages, so that players know how many they have collected
    • Pages will now disappear after being collected (and only appear once the quest has started)
    • There are particles around the pages that disappear after they've been collected
    • Shi-ra is now positioned correctly on the bridge
    • Made a duplicate Shi-ra NPC that swaps out for the original once the quest has been completed, holding a book (to show the player handing over their journal)

  • Welcome Dinner

    • Updated Quest Journal to make the language clearer, and have the 'back' option
    • Created a counter for when the player collects the crops
    • Created a formatted message for when a player interacts with the crops before starting the quest (saying that they're for the quest)
    • Rewrote one of the messages that is sent as the player completes the quest, as it was misleading (saying the player was invited to the party, when there's no such thing)

Miscellaneous Direct Link
  • Market

    • Changed 'Zabanana' to 'Zanana' for consistency to what other NPCs mention (NPCs call them Zanana, when their custom name and actor was Zabanana)
    • Reduced the amount of mobs inside of Sqoorls Pet Shop
    • Added the different fancyman hats as decoration inside of Vince's shop

  • Maze

    • Updated region size (due to a new maze)
    • Added a hologram to clarify the reward and difficulty


Final Thoughts Direct Link

And as always, happy Pride Month to everyone here celebrating it at AvatarMC. We hope you had a great month, and we're all so excited to see you next year for Pride Fest 2023!