Server upgraded, and a map!

Hello again wood punchers!

Those fellows at Microsoft have been busy, and another point release of Minecraft has come out. Fortunately the Spigot folks have been busy too, so we’ve upgraded to 1.14.3 now. As always, please let me know if you run into any issues! Particularly if there’s any apparent server lag. Still trying to determine how well the new host is doing.

Also! We’ve got a new map of our 1.14 world. Check it out here. The maps are still a little glitchy, but it’s better than not having one!

Server upgraded to 1.14.2, and moved to a new host!

Hello wood punchers! Big news today. We’ve moved to a new host. Our server with the previous host got moved up to Canada, and there was lots of lag and latency… So we’ve moved. We’re now on MCProHosting, which has a pretty great reputation, and our new server is located in a Virginia data-center, so it should be a fair bit less latency (I get 4ms pings).

But! This also means that we’ve moved servers, and it’s possible that issues will have been created by the move! So if you see anything at all that’s messed up, or not working like you expect, please let me know!

Seriously… Pillagers are rough

These guys are just rough. Tonight I thought I would continue to scout the perimeter of the Pillager Outpost, and try to lure some of them away so I could try to get access to the structure itself. I want to know what is in there! Unfortunately, three of them have followed me, and not the two I had thought. That caught me off guard, and I lasted about two or three minutes before they picked me off. I had dug into the side of a riverbank, and tried to escape from the other side. They were too smart for that, and were waiting for me. Somewhere all of my loot is sitting in that space and hopefully I can get back to it at some point.

It was nice, though, to go back to spawn. The other two active players have tried to make the village around spawn their own. There are still no villagers in there, but maybe they can somehow bring them back. Villages are different now, and anything is possible. The game dynamics need to do something to make it easier to rebuild after the pillaging. Below is a picture of how the Mickenzie and Yeo Lin’s place is looking. I may have the spellings of their name wrong.

I was actually glad to get back here in some ways, because I have not been here for a while. I managed to go a long time without dying, and didn’t know how to get back to spawn or the other village I’ve had. I have now walled two villages, and I wanted to see how the first one was shaping up. I managed to make my way over to that location by boat, after narrowly being killed by Zombies that converted to Drowned.

I got to the other Village and….. there’s a horde of six Pillagers waiting to get in. They can’t get through the wall, but they want to. And I want to get into the village, but I’m not sure I have it all secured yet. If there’s a weakness in the wall, the pillagers will get in and they’re all dead. If I have Bad Omen, they’re especially dead, because the raids will get worse and worse and worse until….

Somehow this is fun. I resisted the addition of this dynamic to the game, but it turns out, it’s giving me something to fight for. I really don’t like these Pillagers, and I want to find ways to outsmart them. I would prefer to live in a world where there are no enemies, but that is not the case. I need to prepare for the fight ahead.

Revenge Against the Pillagers!

I have located a Pillager outpost and I am determined to get to the bottom of why they keep attacking. Perhaps there is some clue. I will have to defeat this scourge, however, and it will not be easy. From this position I could a dozen Pillagers armed with crossbows. I don’t have enough arrows to take them all, and I am going to need to equip myself better in order to take this task on. I have two support shelters nearby and have lured many away from this pack. Thankfully I have not seen any Vindicators yet, and I hope I will not. Yet, if I do, I will not give up until I have been able to strike a vengeful blow against those who attack us indiscriminately.

(this is what I am doing for Father’s Day)

Pillagers are awful; Long live the Pillagers!

A big thank you to Lafe for starting the server back up and updating it to 1.14. I am enjoying the new layouts and the new Villagers, but I’ve already lost one village to an Illager patrol! They are some seriously powerful creatures, and Villagers are not safe. 

The village at spawn in this new world is dead. So is another one I found the other day, but died three times trying to fend off the patrols. I have walls around two other villages, and I’m hopeful that we can all work together to keep Villagers alive.

One helpful hint is to have milk with you at all times so you can drink it to remove the Bad Omen curse. If you have that and step into the confines of a village, a raid starts. If the village is not protected with walls, it’s a quick death for the unarmed villagers. One blow from a Vindicator can knock off half of your life. Pillagers can also open doors, so there’s no protection. I’ve yet to see a Golem take on a  Pillager, but one Golem can’t fight off a raid of six to eight Pillagers.

What’s interesting is that when a village is first created, not all of the villagers have professions. They eventually come to take over work spaces. However, if a patrol shows up quickly, they’ll never get there. 

I’m hopeful I can keep my two villages alive and get them to thrive. I hope we can share information our new world and all of the new things in 1.14 and beyond! 

Server upgraded to 1.13.2 – And recovered from downtime.

Hello wood punchers!

Some of you may already be aware we suffered from some pretty bad down-time after Christmas. Our server in the datacenter had an unrecoverable error, and unfortunately our host was keeping most of our backups on that server. They were able to retrieve backups for most stuff from September 2018 and before. We entirely lost our new 1.13 world.

I tried setting up the multiworld plugin so that we could start anew, with our older worlds available for playing… but our multiworld plugin still isn’t entirely stable… so after mucking with it a bit, I canned it. Most other plugins do work!

I have set up a new 1.13.2 world, and we are able to play in that! Starting from scratch again, unfortunately.

I apologize for the loss of our previous 1.13 world. I will attempt to set up offline backups so that we won’t lose that much data again in the future.

If you have any problems or issues, please let me know!

Update to MC version 1.13.1

Hello wood punchers!

There’s a new update to version 1.13.1.  This is a step closer to being able to load up our previous worlds, but we’re not quite there yet.  At least we should be able to load up the world using the latest version of the client!

As always, please let me know if you see any problems or issues in the world.  Happy mining!

Should we upgrade to Minecraft 1.13?

Hello wood punchers!

As you’re probably aware, Minecraft 1.13 has been released.  It is probably the biggest single update to Minecraft since the very early days.

Because of this, upgrading our worlds could be… problematic.  There are numerous known issues with upgrading the world, and there’s a significant risk that our world files could be corrupted, and data permanently lost from them (save whatever I have backed up).  These issues are likely to be reduced over time, to the point where it will one day be safe to upgrade our existing worlds to 1.13.

But this leaves us with a question in the mean-time.  Do we start a brand new 1.13 world, and bring the older worlds back on-line after those world-breaking bugs are fixed?  Or do we postpone upgrading to 1.13 until that time?

What do y’all think?  What’s your vote?  Let me know!

Another big rail tower

Lately I’ve been filling in the area around spawn and Turtle Base with new construction. That includes building a new railway to connect our other areas. Turns out that Mesa biomes have a lot of gold in them, so it’s been easy to find the material for power rails.

This is a sneak preview. There will be more later. Come on and play!