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.




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


Looking up from the center…


The View from the Tower





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)


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!


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: