Server troubles

Good morning fellow wood punchers!

Unfortunately, it seems we’re having a small service outage.  The host that runs our server has run out of space on the disk that we’re using.  This problem has happened several times recently, and I’m pushing them for a more permanent fix.  If you try to get to the server, and see that it is offline, that means we don’t quite have it fixed yet, though I’m hoping we’ll be back up and running within a couple hours of this post.

Updated to Minecraft version 1.10

Hello fellow miners!

I have updated the server to version 1.10.  The changelog has info on all the new goodies in the new version.

This version seems pretty incremental, and the new block types don’t seem generally limited to only new chunks… so we won’t reset the world for this one.  :)  We’ll continue with the name PW19 for the world, and still keep 1.9 on the maps.

As always, please let me know if you spot any problems at all!

Server h4xx0rz.

Hello friends!  Just a quick update to let you know that our lovely little wordpress-based site was “hacked” a couple days ago.  Not sure how they got in, but I’m presuming it was a bug in WordPress itself, or one of the plugins I use.  They left traces of a backdoor that they installed.  That has been removed, the admin password changed, WordPress re-installed, and I’ve checked over the rest of the site and it looks like everything is ok.

This did not affect our Minecraft game server.

If you see anything that doesn’t look right on this site, please let me know right away!  Happy Mining!

Update on underground village

We can report much success in our quest to convert the abandoned mineshaft into an underground village. Bob_Turtles and I have devised a system of iron doors before each of the three zombie spawners that converted villagers can not pass through. As such they cannot accidentally go say hello to the zombies.

So, now we have four villagers and an iron golem protecting them. Here are two of them hanging out.

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They don’t seem to panic underground, which concerns me. I’m hoping to use this experience to learn more about the AI that runs their operations and eventually I want to try to build a way to get them to an above ground village, but that might be easier said than done.

In the meantime, I’m mostly hoping to get a cleric or two so I can trade with them for Ender Pearls. I really want go find a way to get us all to The End.

We’ve not had much time to do much else so far, though we have all kinds of things we want to build in the next few weeks. I’m so fascinated with the idea of making a sustainable community that can get us more items through trading.

I mostly want this guy to have something to protect.

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So come join us! We’d love to have you help with our project as long as you can make sure you don’t get anyone killed. The goal is to have the biggest village we can. I want to see how far we can push the limits. Four out of the past four zombie villagers we have reclaimed are alive and well. We got this.

Skeleton Horses!

I had my first experience with skeleton horses and skeleton riders today. I dropped down into the water to swim out for some wood to make sticks for general usage. It was raining, and I spotted a strange looking horse as I swam to shore.

I’ve often heard that lightning strikes can cause strange things to happen. As I was looking at the horse, I realized it was a skeleton. something I’ve never seen before.

And then, lightning struck and suddenly four more horses appeared, each with a skeleton with a glowing purple helmet. They saw me right away and started firing their arrows. There were so many I had to teleport back to my base (thank you for that ability, Lafe!) to survive. From the sky palace, I watched them for a while and thought about trying to keep them, but I don’t like the idea of hostile mobs loose in the Overworld.

So, I took care of them but when the riders were gone, these guys ended up grazing on the round island below the palace. They were both tame as neither through me off, but I have no saddle to control them.

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A year into playing this game, I’m still discovering surprises. As the game continues to evolve, I’m sure I’ll have many more. In the meantime, here’s what the sky palace looks like today. It’s going to become much more grand over time.

The Sky Palace

The Sky Palace

Most intense Minecraft experience ever

Well. Trying to create a village underground from zombie villagers isn’t so easy. Trying to keep one alive and develop a system to create new villagers right next to three active zombie spawners has proved to be very difficult indeed. I have now converted five zombies to villagers, and every single one has perished.

This post documents my attempts at number 5.

I have three zombie spawners beneath my sky palace. This is the middle one, and seems to be the only one that is spawning out villagers. They are all behind doors and I run to each one to see if there’s a candidate for conversion. This time there was one as well as two regular zombies. As you know, you can’t convert them. You have to wait for a villager.

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Finally, I managed to lure one into the door and I was able to splash him and feed him a golden apple. It took quite a lot of doing, though, because I had to kill the regular zombies without accidentally injuring the candidate in the process. The above picture is when I was able to get him into the room.

Below is just after he converted. For the first time, there was no period of curing. His infection was cured quick.

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Unfortunately, though, I had broken the iron door that leads immediately to the spawner. So, they kept spawning and spawning and spawning and getting out. Something about this cleric seemed to make them even hungrier.

I don’t trust villagers with doors because they’re programmed in part to endlessly open them. One of the charms of this game is interacting with these creatures, but this is not an ideal situation for them. If this was in the Overworld, the villager would have fled but somehow it didn’t see a threat.

Previous villagers have taken the exact stance without the wooden fence in place. Others have fled, but something about this current set-up makes them think they are safe.

They are not, despite the smugness this guy shows.

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I don’t have any screenshots for what happened next. I knew I had to clear away the zombies that were stacking up and so I tunneled in to get them. But there were so many! They completely overwhelmed me, but I managed to somehow to survive. But, the way I had dug the tunnel was somehow close enough to let them attack the cleric, and I watched as he was reconverted back to a zombie, but a much sadder one because he’d been turned back into a testificate. I quickly went back to my base to see if I had enough for another golden apple, but by the time I got back, he had despawned.

But, I had to take care of something like 20 or 30 zombies that had built up in the tunnel. I’d blocked them off to survive. There were so  many that the sounds began to change and it was pretty intense.

I’m not sure if this is going to work out, but it’s a great project and I’m enjoying the experience even though I’m sad I’ve now lost five and don’t seem to have a plan for how to fix this the next time. But I’m going back in right now to try!

First step, down below to find more gold, and then out into the night to get more spider eyes! I’m going to accomplish what I set out to do!

Creating an underground village

2016-05-16_09.20.55To my delight, we have encountered an abandoned mineshaft beneath our Sky Palace. There are two zombie spawners down here and so we have decided to create a village.

However, this leatherworker seems to have found his way to one of the spawners. I know the zombies can’t break down this wooden door but it is nerve-wracking to see this guy standing right there.

Maybe he misses being a zombie?

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If you want to try your hand at this risky endeavor, let me know and I’ll send you the coordinates.

Upgrades done!

The upgrade process ended up being pretty painless!  It’s all done now, and things appear to be running smoothly.  As always, please let me know if you spot any problems!

Server upgrades coming

Hello fellow miners!

Just a heads-up that a server upgrade is in the works.  Our current host has started offering new plans at cheaper prices, so we’ll be getting more RAM for less money!  I’m not sure if they’re going to have to move things around or will just upgrade us “in place”, so there may be some minor impact to our availability when the upgrade happens.

I will keep y’all updated here when I know anything new!  And of course, always feel free to reach out to me directly if you have questions.