Football Stadium incoming…

About 2 nights ago on a world I share with the other half I had finished messing around with a rollercoaster attempt and decided to build something decent. A few ideas floated around but the one that I was interested in the most was taking on a build of a football stadium. It took about an hour to clear the land and then a good chunk of time calculating the size etc. Now the pitch is finished I’m beginning work on the stands.

I’ve took a few photos throughout the build just to show a progress, just hope they are decent quality as I only used the ingame Minecraft screenshot system. Once its finished I’ll get the photos up and possibly a video 😀

1.5 and LAN fun

If you didn’t know already version Minecraft got patch 1.5 yesterday which included:

* Weather (rain, snow, thunder)
* Statistics
* Achievements
* Detector rail
* Booster rail
* Performance improvements

Due to the Bukkit currently working on a new update system they are behind on releasing an update for their server software so most servers running Bukkit were (and may still be) inaccessible. Because of this Me and my girlfriend looked at getting a server setup via LAN. Its a pretty simple process if your on Windows.

First you start by downloading the Minecraft_Server.exe from http://www.minecraft.net/download.jsp. I would advise you to put this in its own folder before running it as once you open it then files relating to the server such as server properties, whitelist etc are generated in the same place as the exe. Once its installed then you run the server software which provides you with a simple GUI showing the server log and has a command box for typing in server commands. To connect to the server on your PC use 127.0.0.1, for other PCs on your network to connect you will need to find out your local IP address, a guide to do so can be found here. Once you are both on the server you can use the server GUI to set players as OPs, once you are an OP you will be able to do the server commands through your MineCraft client and can leave the server GUI minimized (dont close or it will shut down the server).

I was a little hesitant about getting our own server setup as I wouldn’t have any restrictions on being able to take shortcuts (spawning diamond tools, certain blocks, items etc) I took the plunge however and had a 5 hour stint building things only my imagination limited. Plus I was able to play with some of the new track pieces brought in 1.5 when I took steps to make my first redstone circuits and minecart system.

Another one bites the dust

I got in from work yesterday to find that the girlfriend, that had laughed at me for playing such a poor looking game, had now bought it herself and wanted to help me build my structures. Once I had her added to the whitelist we began on my mine.

Even though I had dug down to bedrock and beyond I had only came across 4 coal sections, 1 gold, 1 diamond about about 2 iron.  Within minutes she had already stuck a cavern filled with goodies and we set on it, even coming across my first lava sources and Obsidian. Not sure whether to call her a lucky charm or just to admit that she is better at mining than me :(.

Needless to say I am now more hooked since I have someone else to explore and build with, I haven’t seen Ben online since Day 1! Five hours later we decided to call it a night after I had worked on my front path, bridge, back patio and cellar. Pictures or video to come soon!

Bit the bullet

On Tuesday night I had ran a dungeon or two on my priest, played a couple of matches on Counter strike Source and then I found myself sitting infront of my steam library wondering what to do next. A couple of the lads in the CSS matches mentioned about popping on Minecraft so I decided to have a gander on the Minecraft site.

I’ve seen loads of Minecraft related news and talk over the last few months but never really bothered getting interested. The YouTube video on their home page was enough to sway my and within minutes I had signed up to a premium account.

One of my friends who used to play it back in November eased me into it, teaching me the ropes while getting the feel for it again himself.

Within minutes we had built our, while my, first home… out of dirt. I was still grasping the basics and could only find dirt or sand in my reach. Ben, my buddy began mining his way down to valuables. Before long he came across a lava pool so I ventured down to see it in all its glory. Being a bit fumbly still, I accidently knocked him in before slipping in myself. We decided to call it a night as it was a long way back from spawn and the other half was telling me to get to bed.