Server Owner

Brave New World

Hello all, so there have been a few mod changes (minor) since the last announcement:

  • [Removed] Chisel & Bits: The mod was causing massive amounts of lag and so as much as it pained me to do so I had to back it out. Feel free to keep the launcher with that mod in it (if you have it still). Just note that mod will not be a part of the multiplayer experience any longer
  • [Added] Enchantment descriptions for Aquaculture: I noticed that the enchantment descriptions for aquaculture were blank and so I added them
  • [Added] More TV channels: You can find them under the link in the wikis section
  • [Tweaked] Rat spawn rate: I noticed that rats were not really spawning. I think it’s because the spawn rate was based on the vanilla spawn rate. I increased the spawn rates for both rats and the rat piper and both seem to be appearing at a good rate now. If either seem to low/high let me know.

Also on the server side of things there has been an (accidental) major change in that a script I’m using for cleanup and backup accidentally deleted the old world. The script has been fixed so this shouldn’t happen again. I also used the chance to pick a spawn rate that’s not a small island since sea serpents tend to be a substantial nuisance in those biomes. Once again sorry if you lost any progress and let me know if you did lose anything and I’ll replace it (it’s only fair). In any case that’s all for news this week, stay tuned for more in the future and as always I hope to see you online.

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First Week Reflections

Well, our first week back up was fairly uneventful. Membership is still lagging but I hope to change that this time around. Nothing crazy but I would like to have 5 or 6 people active at a time. I also added a couple of mods to help with deco.

Flat colored blocks is new to me; but so far I’ve been fairly impressed. The ability to get blocks to build with in practically any color and the ability to combine dye colors is impressive.

Chisel & bits is a mode I’ve used before and I flip-flopped adding it last time around and also this time and so decided to go ahead and add it. It’s a fairly impressive mod allowing the user to split each block into 4096 smaller voxels (pixel sized blocks). this allows for some insane customization options and paired with the flat colored blocks mod users can pretty much make any decoration their heart desires.

So far as server news. The giant metal knight in the underground mine on the starting island has finally been defeated and sea serpents continue to make themselves a nuisance near the edges of the island so be careful. Looking forward to seeing what the next week brings and as always I hope to see you online.

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Server Upgraded To v3.01

I reset the server and added a couple of new mods which I’ve been toying around with. We’re still running minecraft 1.12.2 but the new additions should be worth it. Also, your work is not gone! I backed up the old server’s world profile and patched it into a single player instance which can be loaded into multi-mc. The file size is fairly large at just under 3GB but this does provide a way for you to revisit all your old builds and progress. This also means you’ll need a new client. Instructions for installing the new client as well as for installing the single player profile can be found here. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone online and get a good feeling about this release. Additionally I depreciated the leader boards and added a dedicated discord for the server since my old one has kind of turned into my personal discord.

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Server Back Online!

The server is back up after some issues which arose earlier in the week. We had a power outage around 12pm on Tuesday which resulted in the server being offline until around 6:30pm when I got home from work and realized it was offline. I got everything fixed and rolled out a backup and everything appeared to be A-OK

The following morning however, I checked the status and it showed it was offline again. This worried me and I checked my computer and sure enough it was offline. I tried turning it back on a few times and nothing happened. I diagnosed the problem as a faulty power supply and made a trip to Fry’s electronics with my Dad who agreed it was a faulty power supply after examining the machine.

The power supply fixed the problem; however the server remained offline until I got back from my parents. I just tested everything and the server is back online and appears to be running just fine. I apologize for any inconvenience caused to our players and I hope to see you all online.

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Marathon Man

Marathon Man

The idea behind this one is to run a 150k. To be clear that’s to reach 150,000 along one axis coordinate.

Requirements

  • Must be done on foot. No dragons, horses, phoenixes or any other mount allowed (boats are allowed).
  • Cannot use nether or teleporters to shorten the distance. The goal of this is an extremely long expedition away from home.
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Entering the Aether

Entering the Aether

The Aether is a dimension which is meant to be a complete polar opposite of the Nether. Situated high in the clouds, the Aether can be a fun (and deadly) place to explore. Accessing the dimension is similar to the nether with the main differences being that the gate is constructed from glowstone vs. obsidian and you activate it with a bucket of water vs. a flint and steel

Comparison of Nether and Aether portals

Once inside the Aether you will be given a golden parachute and a lexicon which can be used to obtain information about items from the Aether.

That’s all there really is to this guide; like the Nether, the Aether is fairly straightforward and aside from the few gotchas at the end of the guide there’s not much more I can say without spoiling the experience.

Tips and Gotchas

  • The Aether is above the overworld so if you fall off, you’ll fall back into the overworld (and die if you don’t use your parachute)
  • There are many different things in the Aether that launch you into the air or sideways or have the potential of knocking you back to earth so I’d recommend keeping your parachute in your left hand so you can easily activate it with right click
  • You cannot use regular torches in the Aether, instead you have to craft ambrosium torches so bring a crafting table.
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A quick guide to banners

A quick guide to banners

Banners were introduced back in Minecraft 1.8 and provide a way to cusomize your base or in the case of our server your dragon. Making a banner on it’s own pretty easy and a blank banner can be made using the following recipe.

This will create a blank banner (no design)

However, this is actually just the tip of the iceberg. Once you have a blank banner you can combine it with dye of varying colors to create specific patterns. Now, I could make a rather long guide on all the different patterns. However, I don’t really feel like this is the best way to play around with the different banner designs and there’s actually a pretty nifty online utility that I myself use to create banners located here:

One important thing to note is that the banner designer only includes vanilla (unmodded) banner designs. Our serve has a mod which adds some additional designs which won’t be loaded. It is recommended that you use the banner designer above to kind of get the feel for combining patterns and then play around with both the vanilla and modded banner designs.

Additional Banner Designs

Our version of the additional banner’s mod adds the following designs to Minecraft:

The item depicted in the item frame above each banner is the item needed to make that pattern

The layout on the crafting grid is the same for each item and is depicted below using dragon’s breath as an example

You can exchange ink for any color dye for different colors

Hopefully this guide proves to be a useful reference when creating different banners and remember that there is no real substitute for trying things.

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More Website Changes

Hello all,
Announcements will probably start coming fewer and far between now that the actual server is live and I don’t expect too many issues to arise seeing as pre-launch testing was so extensive. That being said there have been a few changes to the website. The server now displays whether it’s online or offline on the home page.

Additionally, a “New Posts” section has been added to the homepage below announcements so that I don’t have to keep posting announcements about every new guide and challenge I release

Finally, I started a leaderboard which is based on challenges completed.

I encourage everyone to check the site frequently as I am adding new content weekly.

As always, I hope everyone enjoys their time on the server and I also hope to see you online.

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Shinkansen

Shinkansen

This challenge involves using rails and mine carts to build a functional railroad. The goal is to model the Japanese rail system by the same name. You may find this wiki useful; although as with all our challenges you are more than free and encourage to figure things out yourself.

Requirements:

  • Must cover at least 2000 blocks (overworld only, you cannot pass through the nether on this one)
  • Must cover at least one large body of water (rivers don’t count)
  • Must connect at least 3 villages
  • Must have at least 5 stops (these can include the village stops)
  • Must have at least one section between each stop with powered rails
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Arrival Hub

Arrival Hub

A player’s first day in Minecraft is crucial for a new player as they scout out a place for a potential base and begin gathering resources for a build or prepare to explore.

However, on a server it can be even more daunting as resource near the spawn point will most likely be picked clean and the player could end up joining during the night or near dusk and have no chance to to prepare before being thrust into battle.

This is a group challenge to contribute to building a spawn area port to help new players and also as sort of a group hangout for the server. That being said, the rewards are pretty small but there aren’t any real requirements here so it should be fairly easy.

Requirements:

  • Must be near or at world spawn
  • Must be functional or add some kind of value to the hub i.e. vending machines, farms, roads, paths, etc. (don’t expect to place 4 bricks and get a reward).
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