Server Updated

December 22nd, 2010 by tungsai

the server has been updated to the latest version as of today.

Here are some pics of Macleod and I farming some obsidian.

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Minecraft–Skyscraper Open to the Public!

December 18th, 2010 by tungsai

Well, I guess my big building is done enough to say it’s “Done”, though there is still a LOT I wanna do with it. Here’s some screenshots.

From the Observation Tower

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Looking up from the center…

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The View from the Tower

 

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Minecraft Report–Skycraper

December 18th, 2010 by tungsai

So the skyscraper isn’t done yet but here’s what I got done last night. (Click to Enlarge)

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I’ve decided to use redstone torches on the upper tapering part (I really need to learn more architecture terms)! I’d also like to add:

– floors that people can mod to their heart’s content (Might be a good idea for an even bigger building nearby too!)
– Boativator?
– Nice stairwell
– Waterfall + pretty fish pond in Lobby
– Blinking redstone lights to give it that modern aircraft warning light
– Obsidian somewhere artsy

Last night a creeper appeared in the lobby… imagine my horror! I led him around a lot till he fell down to the old building, then he got stuck in the doorway. I tried to then kill him by hand… Bad Idea. he exploded, taking out a large portion of the historic old building area. I rebuilt it best as I could, to the original setup, but I guess every historic piece of architecture has some tragic period where war or vandals destroyed some part of it, eh?

The map is not updated; it takes fore-EVER to upload the new map files (over 8,800 png files!), so I haven’t done it again yet. I will do it when the skyscraper’s complete.

I need a NAME for this thing!

Minecraft

December 17th, 2010 by tungsai

Where do I start?

At the beginning, I suppose. So, I had heard about this game from a couple of co-workers, one of which has a foot in the gaming industry (Computer games, that is). Also, curiously, from a friend of mine’s thirteen-year old son. Minecraft. Apparently, it was so enthralling that I was recommended to check it out immediately. “Like legos”, I was told. Well, as a kid, I LOVED Legos, and I still have my lego collection, modest as it is… but, upon seeing the game for the first time, I was rather put off. At first glance, it looks cheesy. All of the graphics are intentionally made to resemble old original Nintendo graphics. Still, I was intrigued enough to try it out.

I think it’s safe to refer to my significant other as a “Minecraft Widow” at this point.

I’m not going to waste my breath describing the details of the game to you, but I will say that it’s so ground-breaking, so different from any other game previously, that it has indeed created an new *Genre* of games. “World-building”, perhaps?

Since I’ve heard about it, I’ve purchased it for three people as gifts, and I’d say a good ten people at work actively play it. I know of one other guy who runs a server, and I also run a server. It’s in Alpha production, (Goes Beta on Dec. 20), and already has over 3 million registered users.

Here is the google maps of our world.

Here’s a couple shots of my skyscraper being built:

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