The road and tunnel system

Posted: February 5, 2012 by mathguy in Uncategorized
Getting around in a monster-filled environment can be stressful. The method we've used within our towns has been to have a series of barriers, none of them individually foolproof, but working together to create a sense of security. The town has a wall. Every building has doors. The space around buildings is well-lit. So we don't get large numbers of creepers or spiders hanging around, and that's how we like it. Here's a view of Creeping Pines, our town: [caption id="attachment_135" align="alignnone" width="542" caption="Creeping Pines at night, showing the multiple lines of defense against monsters."][/caption] The problems really start when you leave town to chop wood or search for caves or, well, DO anything apart from staying snug at home. We've learned to rely on a combination of roads and tunnels. A road should be relatively flat, or if it has to go up and down grades, there should be stairs. You don't want to be hopping to get anywhere, especially if you are being chased by a couple of creepers. It should be well-marked, well-lit, and feature at least some passive barriers, like fences, to make it a little harder for anything to come up and bite you. Here's an example of a road running through a winter biome.  The road is well-lit, has stairs on all grades, and at intervals there are emergency exits leading down to a secure tunnel system:  
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About password problems

Posted: December 3, 2011 by mathguy in Uncategorized
I've noticed that since 1.0.0 came out, I've frequently been unable to log into Minecraft from my browser. I get a message saying my combination of password and user name is unknown. But of course when I check it, using the "has paid" utility provided by Mojang, I get "true". You just type in your name at the end of this string in the url: So I'm in the database, I just can't log on. I don't think it's my browser, because I've gotten the same error when visiting in Firefox and in Internet Explorer. However, after switching to playing the downloaded version, I've had no password errors to date. So if you're having this particular problem, maybe try not playing in your browser!

IHMC Server: World #4, day two.

Posted: November 29, 2011 by Electric Soldier Porygon in IHMC Server
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We started a new world two days ago... just thought I'd post a quick update to show you guys what two days of progress looks like on our own little server!  :D Welcome to the town of Creeping Pines... Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Texture pack used: Ovo's Rustic Pack (clouds and iron armor from LB Photorealism, though I'm pretty sure that the armor was actually borrowed as a placeholder from Misa's texture pack. All very nice packs, worth checking out!)
The first house I ever built in Minecraft was a sand hut with a dirt roof.  A pretty standard newbie house if ever there was one, equipped with a crafting table, a chest, and a hole in the floor leading to an equally unimpressive mine.  It wasn't much to look at, but it kept the monsters out at night and gave me a place to work. Later, I upgraded to a palatial stone manor on a hill, offering a glorious view of the harbor below and a considerably larger assortment of crafting tables and chests and bookcases and beds... but beyond the basics, the interior still left something to be desired.  Aside from the bedroom and crafting room, none of the rooms really felt like they had a purpose... if anything, they stood only as a testament to my considerable resources at that stage of the game.  Though the house itself was impressive in scale, living and working in it didn't feel quite so different from living and working in that first sand hut. Since then, we've been lavished on with pistons and brewing stands and glass panes and cauldrons, iron bars and stone bricks and trapdoors and the ability to stack a pressure plate on top of a fence post to make a nifty little decorative table... and more still beyond that.  Every new feature opens up new options for building, new possibilities for filling space within that big empty castle you've built yourself.  I love that when I build a hallway full of rooms now, each room can have a real purpose within the game. (Click "read the rest of this entry" for more!) Read the rest of this entry »

newbie’s first date with minecraft

Posted: November 24, 2011 by newbie in newbie
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[caption id="attachment_102" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Killed by the Spider"]Killed by the Spider[/caption] Ok so, first off let's set the record straight - I don't play games. I've studiously avoided gaming as I am a software developer and spend way too much time already staring at computer screens. I also have an addictive personality, when I start a book or a movie no matter how bad it is I always watch the whole thing beginning to end. I have to know how it ends. I buy a season of a tv series on dvd and all my spare time disappears until I finish the season. So hence and therefore, I never allowed myself to start into a game. Also I don't really like guns, guts exploding or nazi zombies which rules out Call of Duty and a multitude of other sins. [caption id="attachment_103" align="alignright" width="150" caption="nazi-zombies"]nazi-zombies[/caption] [caption id="attachment_101" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Struggling Up the Ladder"]Struggling Up the Ladder[/caption] So why try minecraft? I like the craftiness of it's ethos, the graphics remind me of ms. pacman meets mr. lego. You can make things with minecraft. On my first date with mine craft, I made things: a wooden chest, a wooden sign with a birthday greeting and then spent a frustrating 1/2 hour trying to figure out how to climb a ladder to put the sign near a table with 4 birthday cakes made by other players and I didn't kill any one. This is a good thing. My friend and ally in this endeavor is MathGuy17 and a troop of random miners who have glued together a Amazon EC2 server running the latest version of minecraft which we all play together on. It was my idea to create the server on EC2 as it seemed the lowest cost option to get the most players the most easy access to a minecraft server without having to put a machine in my apartment. CH did most of the grunt work on the ami, did the latest update and maintains the server for the server. So kudos for the heavy lifting goes to CH. Minecraft is an intricate crafting economy. You gotta eat, so you have to grow stuff; you have to have shelter so you have to build stuff; you can't survive with out friends, so you have to have community and work collaboratively. Lots of lessons to be learned, and, like life, there is no manual. Just a wiki and friends, so craft on my little etsy-gamers - this game has just begun to get interesting!

Water Shader Mod

Posted: October 20, 2011 by Electric Soldier Porygon in Graphics, Mod Reviews
Trying out Necrowizzard's Water Shader mod: Photobucket Info and tons of pictures below ("read the rest of this entry")! Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the Members!

Posted: October 10, 2011 by Kodama in Uncategorized
figured we could all edit this and add to it.    

Hi sweetiebuns♥!

          Let's face it. Minecraft can be pretty spooky. From the horror movie violin screes, to the zombies purrin' under your feetsies, minecraft sure has put really hard work into the audio experience. However, it can become quiet after awhile. With nothing but the sound of your pick axe knocking against that "final" block of smooth stone, you tend to get bored faster. You also might become agitated that the creeper-incoming warning wasn't as swift due to slow typing or preoccupation on your partner's behalf.

These are no longer worries with the iheart dolby axon account!! (yaaay!!) The absolute best voice client program I have ever used. Free like a google chat, goes down like a smooth ventrillo; dolby axon is the coolest, highest quality voice client out there. To chat it up with your iheartminecraft buddies, follow these steps. Free, easy and convenient, dolby axon is a minecrafter's dream.

1. go to:

2. sign uppers!! :3

3. download. :D

4. sign in

5. add kodama as a friend. (this is the only catch. get in contact with me somehow, via the forum, or a comment on here.) oh my goodness, or not! Sorry I just get all excited and well. You know. You don't *haaaave* to..

6. I'll accept your friend request, then send you a request to join a castle called "iheartrandom-we're all >faggots here"

7. Accept, and double click the castle

8. Chat away!!

Welcome to

Posted: September 21, 2011 by admin in Uncategorized
Do you love the game of Minecraft? Are you maybe getting tired of single-player, or visiting public servers where you don't know anyone? Do you want to set up your own server just for you and your friends? We can help. We're a group of friends who have been hanging out together online in a discussion forum for several years. When we saw that we could hang out in our own virtual world and do things together, we jumped on it! This blog will tell you (a) some of the great things that people can do with Minecraft, and (b) the technical nuts and bolts of doing it yourself. There are plenty of Minecraft blogs out there. What makes us different, are two things. First, we play the game without shortcuts. We leave monsters turned on all the time, we don't award ourselves free resources or teleport or hack into files. Second, we're there to build, adventure, and figure things out together. So if you'd like to have a place like that of your own, stay tuned!