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, 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.

Whats in!

Yesterday I had a little chat about the upcoming patch 4.0.3a which will shatter Azeroth and change the world as we’ve known it from all the way back to 2004. For those of you unsure on what will be happening next week, here is a quick run down:

What is not in:

  • Creating worgen/goblin characters
  • Worgen/Goblin start zones
  • Archeology
  • Professions past 450 (Illustrious Grand Master)
  • Guild leveling
  • Guild achievements
  • Eastern Kingdoms/Kalimdor flight
  • New Zones (80+)

What is in:

  • Portals in Dalaran/Shattrath Removed
  • Class trainers in Dalaran where portals once were
  • New race-class combinations (excluding worgen/goblin)
  • New Gnome/Troll starting areas
  • Changes to existing zones
  • New cata load screens
  • New cata intro cinematic
  • New cata login screen
  • New music
  • City Quartermasters, with rep tabards
  • Bug fixes
  • Class balancing
  • Druids, paladins, priests, and shaman will have their talent trees reset
  • Experience required to gain levels 71 through 80 is being reduced by 20%
  • New tamable hunter pets (Monkey, fox, dog, and beetle, as well as new skins for existing pet classes.)


Back for Black!

I know its been a long time since I’ve updated, thats mainly been down the fault of the website not being my friend. I do most of my blog posts on my lunch break at work, however recently I got IP blocked by my webserver for incorrectly guessing my mail password. With WoW not being a big interest for me since patch 4.0 I was in no rush to get it fixed so just left it for the time being. Now I’m able to get access and have found it to be running smoother after setting up some plugins I’ll be getting back into the jist in the last stretch leading up to the Cataclysm.

Guess the first thing to talk about would be patch 4.0.3 which hit the EU yesterday. Its the lead up to patch 4.0.3a which will shatter the world as we know it. Not much was included in 4.0.3, guessing most of it was background stuff in preperation. However there was a couple of class changes, mainly healing buffs for priests and shamans and a litte bit of a nerf for DKs. Nothing effecting me so nothing to worry about.

With 4.0.3a in line for release next week and more than likely Deathwings visit to the world he has just shattered I will certainly be logging back on regulary. So far the only reason I’ve logged in was to grab Tipping the rifts on both Wizzam and Tynee, the phases have really interested me but Deathwing sure will. I also still need to get into gear and down the Lich King!