What if we made a TWIM Revival Effort, try to contact Brad or create a new TWIM! I may have been banned (since placing wood and ladders quickly to ascend is apparently Fly hacks), but I love TWIM! It was the one thing that kept me to Minecraft.
I wish I had better news. But unfortunately, I am unable to get TWIM up and going again. I have not heard from Brad at all for quite a while. And I do not have any way of knowing what is going on there. :(
As you all know TWIM has basically been down 24/7 for the past few months. Brad was in the process of changing to a new provider to keep this from happening but ended up having some medical issues. He is doing fine but decided to hand things over to Krathen to finish and he is currently working on completing the transfer. I don't know anymore about Brad then I have told you here.
The good news is the admins are hard at work trying to get the server back up and running. That bad news is we can't currently give a time frame on when it will be back. You guys have been great through all this and when Brad comes back Im sure all the support will mean the world to him.
Well, if you haven't noticed yet. TWIM has been updated to 1.7.2. And if you haven't heard it's the update that "changed the world" and boy did it. So, there is a new map for the new terrain generation, trees, etc.
Tips for NEW Players:
CLAIM the area you build your house on.... otherwise you probably will get griefed unless you have incredible, amazing, godlike luck.
Q: How do I claim?
A: Place a chest. Directions pop up in chat.
Q: How do I expand my claim?
A: Make a golden shovel and directions popup in chat.
Q: How do I make another claim?
A: Hold a golden shovel and right click on the ground in one corner and then right click on the opposing corner of your claim.
Q: Can someone else build in my claim?
A: Yes type /trust <playername> This will give the other player complete access to your claim. So you better either know or really trust the guy/girl.
Q: How do I get more available blocks to claim?
A: Keep playing. As you play, your available blocks increase. So, don't panic when you can only claim your little area at first. You will get more. :)
There is also LWC.
It allows you to lock chests, door, trapdoors, etc. If you want to lock something type /lock and directions pop up in chat.