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Hello Players,

Today is the day that we introduce the newest Shadow Kingdom server named Shadow Kingdom Prison. This game-mode is much different than all of the servers we've released in the past, so I'll be sure to cover as much information as possible in this announcement.

How do you play SK Prison?
Shadow Kingdom Prison will be a server based on a role-play. In this role-play, all of the players begin as "Prisoners" and the staff members are "Guards" or "Prison Staff." It is your duty as a player (Prisoner) to rankup and free yourself from Prison by mining resources, crafting items, and gaining money. In Prison, it's very normal for Prison fights to occur, so it's important that you stay wary while roaming the Prison grounds.

The Prison Guards are not your friends. In fact, it is the Guards' duty to break up/prevent Prison fights and if you are caught with certain items named Contraband Items in your hand while in prison, you may be sent off to solitary confinement (jail).

After you rankup 4 times, you will become a "Freeman." This means you are finally able to leave the Prison building and roam the Freeman world. The Factions plugin will be enabled in this world to protect your land. To further yourself at this point, you will have to create farms to keep a steady stream of money coming in. What is a more appropriate farmable item than (Daph)squids? Squid ink sacs in the Prison Shop will sell for a significantly higher price than the other ores and farmable items.

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How do I store my items while I'm still a Prisoner?
Inside the spawn room on SK Prison are hundreds of rentable Cells. These Cells are regions where you can build, store items, and even sell items using ChestShop. The Prison Cells vary in 5 different sizes and each player can have up to 1 Cell at a time.

Kits
For the first time on any Shadow Kingdom server, we are announcing daily kits! Each donation rank will receive a custom kit with armor, a sword, and a pickaxe for mining, which can be used every 24 hours. Along with this, every player has access to /kit Starter and /kit Food every 24 hours for all of your essential needs.

Smelting/Furnaces
Smelting your items will be risky business on Shadow...
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Hello Players,

Today I'd like to announce a very large and very important project that has been in the works for many months now: Shadow Kingdom Towny v2.0. The original Towny server has seen so much success in its lifetime, and we are all overjoyed that you guys loved the content that we offered on that server.

Unfortunately, every server gets to that point when the economy becomes overly saturated, the world becomes run-down, and everyone starts losing interest. Shadow Kingdom Towny 2.0 is so much more than just a simple reset of the current Towny server. We have spent many months rethinking and perfecting many features from Towny v1.0, and added many new plugins and essentially built the server from the ground up. I will go over a few of the important changes in this announcement.

In my nearly five years of server management, I have never helped in carrying out such a huge server overhaul. We sincerely hope that everyone enjoys this new server as much as we do. Please remember to read the full announcement before asking questions. Furthermore, there are too many changes to cover in a single announcement. The bare essentials will be covered in this announcement.

Jobs

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The Jobs plugin on the original Towny server was more of a "money on the side" type of system. The Jobs did not pay out enough to actually rely on as a main source of income. On Towny 2.0, the Jobs have been completely revamped. Every Job got a significant boost, and many of the features Jobs offered have gotten a facelift. We believe that Jobs will be the new main source of income on Towny 2.0. With our all-new Jobs-driven economy, players will no longer have to depend on others to help them make a profit.

Crates

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All Crates on Towny 2.0 have been redone. Along with a shortened "spin" time when using a Crate, the items in the Crates have been nearly completely replaced. Using a chances system, we were able to implement some larger prizes into Crates such as the Vote Crate and Rare Crate. This means that no matter if you're an old player or a new player starting out, the Crate winnings will always be worthwhile.

Originally, there were 3 Crates on Towny. We're proud to introduce a brand new, never before seen Crate on Towny 2.0 called the End Crate....
Hello players,

As of today, our Official Steam Community is open for everyone to join! For those of you who are not familiar with Steam, it is a platform where you can buy/play games with friends. This new community is a great way for everyone to stay involved and expand outside of Minecraft. Feel free to invite any friends to the group, as well!

To join, simply click this link, then proceed to join (you will need a Steam account before joining):
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/ShadowKingdomNetwork

Please note that our Steam community will be separate from Minecraft. Regular updates and events will continue to come to our Minecraft network, along with our Steam community.

Please be sure to report any issues!

Thank you,

- SK Senior Staff
Hello players,

These are the winners of our July voting contest! Thank you all for supporting us. Without active, dedicated members of the community, Shadow Kingdom couldn't exist.

1st place: sh1mrr4 (211 votes this month!)
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2nd place: Bogkitty (200 votes this month!)
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3rd place: A_Ankka_313 (178 votes this month!)
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4th place: viper001 (154 votes this month!)
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5th place: DefiantTrekk (151 votes this month!)
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6th place: Major_Graft (141 votes this month!)
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7th place: andres20010 (137 votes this month!)
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8th place: Commagin_Wofang (132 votes this month!)
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9th place: Terranashy (129 votes this month!)
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10th place: Carca (123 votes this month!)
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**All donation store coupons and ranks will be distributed shortly after this announcement is posted. Please check your private messages on the forums for your coupon codes! If you do not have a forums account yet, and are one of the winners, please PM an admin or reply to this announcement after you've created one.**
Thank you again