The race will be Saturday August 6th at 6:00 PM EDT (3:00 PM PDT) on the Pure server.
- Unless there’s popular revolt for an alternate date. There will be more races as well.
I noticed that the natural rivers around Spawn were nearly connected, and decided they should be. Check the original thread if you’re curious. Tons of work went into this course from a large talent pool, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s help!
The race takes about an hour and fifteen minutes. Aside from the fun, lotsa PRIZES:
8 stacks of iron blocks
diamond horse armor
$10,000 Pure Cash
4 stacks of iron blocks
gold horse armor
$5,000 Pure Cash
1 stack of iron blocks
iron horse armor
$1,000 Pure Cash
All other racers who finish the course will get 1 stack of iron ingots and $200 Pure Cash
The start / finish line is southwest of Astoria, and can be accessed by typing /res tp boatrace or by rail from Astoria’s Central Station.
There are tons of great builds in the area, so make sure to spend time there before the race:
Boat Dispensing Area
Visitors Areas - Grandstands for spectators, shops, restaurants
Racer Cabins - Racers can get dyed leather hats and jackets here
Respond to this thread if you’d like to race. There are 21 spots in the starting gates which we’re unlikely to fill, but we can accommodate more if needed behind those. The later you sign up, the worse your starting position will be, but that will have very little impact on a race this long. Your signup number is also your cabin access, if you want your free racing clothes. Follow the signs at the TP point.
The starting gate has an audible countdown before the gate opens.
There will be several night cycles throughout the race, so skeletons are a real hazard. They can shoot you and your boat, which either ejects you from your boat, or can even destroy your boat, so BRING EXTRA BOATS. You can have weapons to fight mobs in case you have a crazy lead and want to snipe a skeleton before it can de-boat you, but breaking other racers’ boats will disqualify you.
Landmarks and Features:
At the start of the race follow the traffic sign, or you’ll be blocked by fence. Shortly after there’s a one-way fence that will open as you approach. After that gate, do NOT turn right, go straight to continue the race.
Whenever you see a line of light buoys, don’t cross through them. Either stay between buoys and land, or between two lines of buoys. Cutting through them will only take you off course, as there are no shortcuts.
There are a few areas that look like dead ends, but are actually boat elevators. Boat up to the slime blocks and let them launch you to the next level. Sometimes it takes a few tries, so once you’re on the slime, don’t keep pressing forward or you’ll get stuck at the wall. Just sit on the slime until you’re up. The elevators work in both directions, so if it looks like you’ll boat off a ledge, go for it! You’ll just fall safely to a lower level and continue.
Forks in the river all go the same way.
Success in this course depends on avoiding collisions, picking the best path between corners, and luck avoiding skeletons.
As always, the most important rule is, don’t be a dick.
After the race: Come to the winner’s podium to see all the gloating and tears at the presentation ceremony. Eat up all the cake and party down.
The start/finish area:
Here's a LARGE map of the course.