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Hey everyone, I've had a few weeks off due to holidays, but now I'm back I'm super excited to announce, thanks to some help from Sasha and TeraStorm, I've managed to bring back an old SFT event that players may remember called "Dark Woods" which was played 2014 - 2016 ish. The original event has got lost over multiple resets, so I'm currently constructing a new, larger version of the original in world 3.

The event consists of 10 - 50 players who are all released into a dark forest, mobs are then spawned in the forest and players must fight for their lives. No respawns, no PVP, but armour/food/weapons of any choice are allowed. Last man standing will win the event. It is an old SFT classic which was seldom hosted even 5 years ago, so I hope to bring it back. The event should be completed by the end of next week, and with the EventHost's approval, can go ahead to be hosted :)

I hope that this will perhaps bring old memories back for older SFT players, but also provide a new fun event for newer players. Typically this is a larger event than standard ones in the gaming world, perhaps when complete it could be used as another weekend event idea? Got any memories or suggestions, please don't hesitate to put them forward as I am still building this huge event!

I'll leave this here as a little teaser :)

Holographic technology lands on planet earth December 2015

Windows 10 powers one of Microsoft's most exciting technologies ever. Microsoft HoloLens give you the power to drop virtual screens onto walls, visit distant locations in person and add apps to anywhere in your home.

Turn your house, office and anywhere else you find yourself into a fully interactive digital hub for work, play and creativity. Windows HoloLens is a new standalone device and doesn't need a PC to run.

With the release of Windows 10 on July 29th, Microsoft has announced that it's new HoloLens will run Windows 10 as smooth as any computer would. With a similar look and feel to windows tablets, but with that super modern look! Apps such as skype, and office will work as they do on your computer, with holographic keyboards and hand sensor technology, it really is a new age for computing.

When it comes to gaming, minecraft will be one of the first games made for the HoloLens after Microsoft's recent purchase of Mojang. You'll no longer be looking at your minecraft world, you'll be in it! Building your own blocky world in your home. Not only this, but Windows 10 is cross compatible with XBox one, which means you can enjoy your gaming experience, even without the console. And don't worry about laggy games, the HoloLens will have Intel's newest "Cherry Trail Chipset" for a smooth, clean finish. The experts who made the XBox Kinect, are investing their time in making sure that the motion sensors for the HoloLens are the best yet! You can say goodbye to faffing around with cables! The hololens will come with wireless charging, so you'll never have a day without power again.

And all this, isn't too far away. There is no official release date yet for this new branch in engineering, but it is expected to be around December 2015. Worried about the price? It isn't going to be a ridiculous sum of money, it's expected to be around £300-£600!

This really is a new age in technology, and it isn't far away.
Windows 10 to be released July 29th
From BBC News

Microsoft's next generation of its operating system, Windows 10, is due to be released next month.
The company said PCs and tablets running the software would go on sale on 29 July, at which point the OS would also be offered as a free download to existing users.
The roll-out of the product for smartphones, Xbox games consoles and other kit will follow later.
One expert said the release could prove critical to the Microsoft's fortunes.

Windows 8 - the current iteration - has had a troubled life, with many deciding not to update to its touch-centric user interface.
The company has acknowledged the fact by returning some features dropped from the more popular Windows 7.
"We designed Windows 10 to create a new generation of Windows for the 1.5 billion people using Windows today in 190 countries around the world," wrote Terry Myerson, Microsoft's vice-president of operating systems, on its blog.

The new Edge browser allows users to annotate web pages
"Familiar, yet better than ever, Windows 10 brings back the Start menu you know and love."

Many company watchers had not expected the launch of the product to happen until later in the year.
One analyst said the release was important as it might be "Microsoft's last chance" to crack the tablet market before Android and iOS became too entrenched, but added that it was unlikely to drive demand for new equipment in the same way earlier Windows updates had done.

"Microsoft and Intel are certainly pushing the two-in-one device strategy [in which laptops transform into tablets], which could result in some sales," said Michael Silver from the tech consultancy Gartner.
"But it's not only the fact that the upgrade is free, but Windows 10 for PCs is designed to run on computers that ran Windows 7 and even do better on less powerful hardware, so it will not spur on sales to the same extent as we've seen in the past."

Additional Information:

Windows 10 is completely FREE for anyone running on the latest edition of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 (Check lists online to see if your compatible.)

You may notice a little windows icon in the bottom corner of your screen, this most likely means that your computer is compatible, but use its check feature to make sure!

Users using early versions of Windows 7 and under will not be liable to the free upgrade.

For user's who can't upgrade for free, windows 10 is expected to be between 99 and 199 US dollars but is currently not officially known.

You can upgrade for FREE from July 29th 2015 to July 29th 2016. Once you've upgraded, you've got the full version for free.

Your current OS depends on what version of windows 10 you get. E.G. Windows 8.1 PRO gets Windows 10 PRO and so on.

It's highly advised to wait a while before upgrading as many bugs are likely to crop up and reviews will be posted to make you decide whether or not to upgrade!
Windows 10 App coming to iPhone and Android
From Gamespot News

Youtube Video:

Microsoft previously stated that its plan for Windows 10 was to have it reach 1 billion devices by 2018. Now, it's becoming clear how Microsoft will do that: by bringing the operating system to non-Windows devices.

The company on Tuesday announced that a Windows 10 companion app will be available for iOS and Android devices alongside the main version for Windows devices.

"A real challenge people face is figuring out how to make everything work together," Microsoft's Joe Belfiore wrote on the Windows blog. That's why we’re announcing a ‘Phone Companion' app built-in to Windows 10, which will help you connect your Windows PC to whatever phone you own--whether it's a Windows phone, Android phone, or iPhone."

Once you sync up your iPhone or Android device, you'll be able to access your files and content across PC and phone. Check out the full blog post for a detailed breakdown of how this works.

In addition, Microsoft announced today that Windows 10's Siri-like digital assistant Cortana--named after the Halo character--will also be available for iPhones and Android devices. Cortana can fetch net-based data such as web results and weather reports, among many other things.

However, there will be some limitations.

"Although the functionality will be very helpful, because it's "just an app" there will be certain things that Cortana does on Windows phones that won't work on Android devices or iPhones," Belfiore said. "Some features require access to the system that aren't currently possible with iOS or Android, so things like toggling settings or opening apps won't initially be available in the Cortana companions for those platforms. Similarly, the ability to invoke Cortana hands-free by saying 'Hey Cortana' requires special integration with the device's microphone, so that feature will be limited to Windows Phones and PCs."

Windows 10 launches this summer, first on PC. The new operating system will also be integrated into the Xbox One, but not until "post-summer."
First phone to have a "Holographic like" virtual keyboard
From BBC News

Chinese electronics giant Lenovo has unveiled a phone with a built-in laser projector that can be used to display a virtual keyboard or display.
The interactive display can replicate the phone's touch screen, a full-size computer keyboard or even piano keys.

The laser projector can also be used to beam images and videos onto walls.
The Smart Cast phone was unveiled at the company's Tech World conference in Beijing, where the firm also unveiled a new type of smartwatch.

The laser projector measures just 34mm by 26mm by 5mm and, said Lenovo, does not need focussing to project sharp images onto walls or other flat surfaces.
A video showing the Smart Cast in action shows how twisting the mounting for the device's lens turns it from a standard wall projector into "surface mode" that beams the display on to a table top.

The Magic View watch reveals a second "private" projected screen when the device is held close to the face
A kickstand mounted on the back of the phone keeps the device upright while the virtual keyboard is in use.

At Tech World, Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang used the virtual keyboard to play a version of The Entertainer.
Mike Lowe, reviews editor at gadget site Pocket-lint, who has tried out the phone said there was far less delay using the virtual keyboard with the Smart Cast than was apparent on other devices with similar input systems.

"The history of the projector phone is hardly rosy," he said. "Samsung launched the Galaxy Beam in 2012 and that bombed. It's not been a booming industry for any other manufacturer since."
Mr Lowe said his experience with the phone did not convince him that the Smart Cast would break that cycle.

Lenovo suggests that its Smart Cast phones' projected images could be used to play music and games
"It's fun, but ultimately a gimmick," he said. "It's hard to be accurate with the increased scale of the keys for starters, plus the demo was in a dimly-lit room."

In a separate demonstration, he added, Lenovo showed ways to use the interactive projected display to play games.
"It's fun, it's headline-grabbing, but it's also impractical, not coming to the UK and well, just isn't a product anyone is likely to genuinely need," he said.

Tech World also saw Lenovo show off a smart watch, called Magic View, that has two screens.
The device has a standard "public" screen viewable by anyone and a second "private" projected screen only visible when the watch is held close to the face and at a specific angle.

This seems to be in it's early stages, but this certainly could be a new beginning of technology.
Old News / [Technology] Thinnest TV Ever Made
May 25, 2015, 02:17 pm
Thinnest TV Ever
From CNN Technology

In the future, commuters will be shuttled around in self-driving cars, and couch potatoes will be able to peel their TVs off of walls.

LG Display (LPL)showed off its newest, thinnest-ever TV panel at a press event in South Korea Tuesday. The 55-inch display is about as thin as a DVD and weighs less than a 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is 4.5 pounds, or 2 kilograms. It can be hung on a wall using a special magnetic mat.

Amazing as it is, the ultra thin TV is only a proof of concept for now -- you won't find it in a Best Buy near you anytime soon. But it shows the potential of OLED, the technology that makes it possible to make high definition displays flexible, thin and lightweight.

At the press event, the head of LG Display's OLED group told reporters the company would increase its OLED production this year.

OLED displays are made from sheets of organic (carbon-based) materials which emit their own light. As a result, manufacturers can eliminate the layer of fluorescent backlighting found in traditional displays, such as LCD screens.

LG and Samsung sell several OLED TV models already, but they cost thousands of dollars, and aren't nearly as thin. It might take another five years for the prices to come down in order for larger OLED displays to be commercially viable, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The real benefit of OLED technology will most likely be realized within wearables, digital cameras, smartwatches, tablets and mobile devices. The malleable technology provides more saturated colors, higher contrast and greater brightness than LCD displays.
GTA V Sues BBC over Daniel Radcliffe film
From BBC News

Rockstar Games - maker of Grand Theft Auto - is suing the BBC over a drama called Game Changer.

The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser, the Briton behind the hit computer game series.
It's about the clash between the firm and a US lawyer, Jack Thompson, who wanted the violent games banned.
Rockstar Games wants to ensure its "trademarks are not misused in the BBC's pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events".

Mr Thompson believed he could prove a link between playing the games and violent crimes.

He attempted to sue Rockstar on several occasions but the judges ruled against him.
The film's script is based on David Kushner's 2012 book, Jacked: The Outlaw Story Of Grand Theft Auto. It is written by James Wood (also responsible for Rev), and directed by Owen Harris (who made Black Mirror and Misfits).

Hollywood star Bill Paxton plays Jack Thompson. Filming is already under way with its release scheduled for later this year.
In a statement to, Rockstar said: "Take-Two Interactive (Rockstar's parent company) has filed [a] suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled Game Changer as it relates to Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto video game series.

"While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project.
"Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC's pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games.

"We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution.
"It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary."
The BBC says it won't "comment on legal matters.

Grand Theft Auto lets players to behave like criminals, hijacking cars and gunning down bystanders, including police officers.
GTA V earned $1bn in its first three days on sale, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.
Obscene image shown on hacked US billboard
From BBC News

Hackers have managed to make a huge video billboard in Atlanta display an obscene image favoured by internet pranksters.

It prompted calls to police, and soon after, the billboard's owner cut off its power supply.

The hack came after a security researcher warned the company, which runs thousands of the video billboards, that they were vulnerable to attack.

The FBI and Homeland Security are now investigating the hack.

The attackers are believed to have been able to take over the billboard because it used an easy-to-guess password on its net-connected remote administration system.

The billboard is owned by US electric-sign giant Yesco, which runs thousands of similar billboards across America.

Other signs in other states are also believed to have had their images changed at the same time.

Security expert Dan Tentler said in a tweet that he had warned Yesco about the potential for attack, but the company had told him that it was "not interested" in his information.

Mr Tentler said it was easy to find hundreds of other signs on the internet that were vulnerable in the same way.

Many of these signs were still online after the hack attack had taken place, he added.

A group calling itself the Assange Shuffle Collective claimed responsibility for the attack, in a discussion on social news site Reddit.
However, there has been no independent verification of the claim.

Merry Christmas from Factions!

Winter Wonderland Opens December 1st!

/warp ChristmasTown

Factions wishes everyone a very, merry Christmas! Enjoy December, it's one of the best times of the year. We hope you enjoy the Christmas Town that has been built! Never play Factions? Why not come along and join us, take a look around, perhaps come back again in future! From December the first, Winter Wonderland will open, some of the things to do are:

- Secret Santa
- Christmas Parkour
- Drop Party
- 2 HUGE prize draws
- Firework display (Date will be closer to Christmas)
- And many more!
I hope you like this. Really sorry about the laggy bits. I don't have the best computer. Put your sound on, there is great music in the video! Please do watch it to the end. In future, I am happy to do editing for anyone that wants to, I'm not so good at filming, but I do a good job at editing :) Hope you like it, enjoy!

Below is a list of all the available commands for each rank on the Survival Server (Staff commands excluded)

To see how to get each rank, look at the ranks guide.

Commands are correct as of 24/09/16

Please note that where it says for example Veteran: Same as member, /kit veteran... It means Veteran has all of the commands that a member does, plus the commands listed underneath.


Untrusted - This rank is when you are banned, you only get the following commands:
:grassydirt:  /money - Views your money only, you can't pay anyone.
:grassydirt:  /pstats
:grassydirt:  /tpa
:grassydirt:  /tpaccept
:grassydirt:  /tpahere
:grassydirt:  /spawn
(You can get some 3rd party plugin commands too such as /rtd, /lotto etc.)

:grassydirt:  /spawn - Takes you to the spawn in the world you are in.
:grassydirt:  /world1 (/w1) - Takes you to world 1. (Building world)
:grassydirt:  /world3 (/w3) - Take you to world 3. (Gaming world)
:grassydirt:  /kit - Lists the kits you can use
:grassydirt:  /kit <tools, torches, etc> - Gives you the kit you select
:grassydirt:  /pos -Shows you your co-ordinates and world you are in
:grassydirt:  /home - Take you to your home.
:grassydirt:  /sethome - Sets your /home.
:grassydirt:  /money - Shows your money.
:grassydirt:  /pay <player name><amount> - Pays money to another player.
:grassydirt:  /pm <recipient> <text> - Send a message to another player.
:grassydirt:  /r <text> - Send a quick message to the most recent player you sent/received a message from.
:grassydirt:  /iv - Tells you the value of the items in your inventory.
:grassydirt:  /who - Shows who is online.
:grassydirt:  /warp <warpname> - Teleports you to the warp location.
:grassydirt:  /warp create <warpname> - Creates a /warp.
:grassydirt:  /warp delete <warpname> - Removed a /warp.
:grassydirt:  /warp private <warpname> - Makes a warp that you created private so that only you can warp to it.
:grassydirt:  /warp invite <playername> <warpname> - Makes a player of your choice be able to warp to your private warp.
:grassydirt:  /warp assets - Shows you your own warps.
:grassydirt:  /help - Gives you a book that may help you.
:grassydirt:  /tpa <playername> - Requests a teleport to another player.
:grassydirt:  /tpahere <playername> - Requests a teleport so the player can teleport to you.
:grassydirt:  /tpaccept - Accepts the teleport request.
:grassydirt:  /random - Takes you to a random spot to build
:grassydirt:  /glist - Shows you who is online on other servers, not just survival.
:grassydirt:  /nether - Takes you to the nether
:grassydirt:  /pstats - Shows you the stats of your account (Uptime on all SFT servers, votes etc.)
:grassydirt:  /ranks - Tells you the requirements for each rank
:grassydirt:  /rankup <rank> - Ranks you up to that rank
:grassydirt:  /rtd - Gives you a random potion effect (Warning: Can be a harmful potion)
:grassydirt:  /lotto - Displays lotto commands and latest results
:grassydirt:  /cmodify <playername> - Adds a person to one of your locked chests/furnaces
:grassydirt:  /cinfo - gives you infomation on the block selected
:grassydirt:  /ml - Shows you the global market, click 2 times on an item to buy it
:grassydirt:  /recv - Shows you who can see your messages when talking in local chat
:grassydirt:  /party create <name of party> - Creates your own party
:grassydirt:  /p - Toggle party Chat or send a single message to the party
:grassydirt:  /party invite <party name> - Invite a player to join your party
:grassydirt:  /party accept - Accept any pending party invites
:grassydirt: /mctats - Displays your current stats
:grassydirt: /<skillname> - Displays all information about the stat you specify

Same as default
:iron:  /kit <farm>
:iron:  /kit member
:iron:  /rg am <protection name> <player name> - Adds someone to your protection as a member
:iron:  /rg rm <protection name> <player name> - Removes someone from your protection

Same as Member
:gold: /top - Takes you to the highest possible block above you

Same as Donator
:gold:  /kit veteran
:gold:  /pstats <player name> - Shows you the stats of other player's accounts (Uptime on all SFT servers, votes etc.)

Same as Veteran

Same as ContributorOLD
:diamond: /heal - Gives you full health.

Same as Veteran
:diamond:  /mytime (/mytime <time>, /mytime day, /mytime night) - Set your own time.
:diamond:  /kit elite

Same as Elite
:ironblock:   /talk - No need for /sh to speak in global chat

Same as Tycoon
:goldblock: /kit legend
:goldblock: /jumpto - Teleports you to the block you are looking at.

Same as Tycoon
:goldblock:  /jumpto - Teleports you to the block you are looking at.
:goldblock:  /market create <price> <amount of item to sell> - Sells the item/s in your hand for the price you choose onto /ml.

Same as PhilanthropistOLD
:diamondblock:  /god - Turns god on, you can't die with god on.
:diamondblock:  /ungod - Turns off god, you can now die again.
:diamondblock:  /fly - Makes you be able to fly.
:diamondblock:  /flystop - Turns fly off. You can no longer fly.
:diamondblock:  /disguise <name> - Disguises you as a mob of your choice (/disguise for full list of disguises and commands)