Blaircannon builds a Zombie XP farm

Zombie Farm

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zombie XP Farm
Use:
The use of the zombie XP farm is to gather XP as we harvest mob drops.
Troubles:
The main issues I ran into while creating the Zombie XP Farm was finding out the correct measurements so that the zombies would be able to be killed with one hit and also to fit it in such a small area. Another issue I had was the spawner was so close to bedrock. I had to alter my plan so that the zombies would not only fall to lose health, but also elevate them so that they had a long enough fall distance for maximum damage.
Improvements:
If I were to improve my design I would enlarge the spawning platform so that I would gather zombies as fast as possible and also place the collecting bay closer to the spawner so that while you gathered XP you could also spawn the zombies.
Elevator:
The elevator works because it uses the fact that mobs swim up water. The signs are used because they will stop the water being complete, therefore creating air pockets so that the mobs don’t drown on the way up the elevator.

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A_FLEMING’s Reflection on Minecraft and my Learning Experience in-game.

Hello everybody, I’m going to be writing this piece to reflect upon everything I’ve done in Minecraft, and the progression of my learning via playing the game. It may be long, as I am going to attempt to recount most things that have been major to me, and most things I’ve done in the game itself. So, sit tight, here it goes!

When I first joined Minecraft, I was a 6th grader with not much knowledge of the internet other than Youtube. Before playing Minecraft I had a Youtube channel that I uploaded to regularly that never really took off. But alas, in my head, I thought I was the latest sensation with my 50 odd subscribers, and my one video that managed to recieve 10,000+ views. At school one day, I mentioned to one of my friends, “Hey, you know Minecraft?” in which he replied, “Yep.” I then went on to say how I wanted to try out the game, and see what it was like. Two days later, HE had bought the game, and I naturally was jealous. One morning before school I got up out of bed, got ready, and asked my parents, “Mum, Dad, can I get Minecraft? It’s a game where you place blocks and build things however you like!” This sandbox idea excited me, and I wanted more than anything to go in and play. I had heard of a server from my friends, a survival server with a friendly community. I wanted to join them there and play together! They agreed, and I created my account with my very un-original username, and I began my journey. Little did I know, that I would soon be engrossed in this developing world of fun and discovery.

That afternoon I joined the server, and got through the spawn area and into the massive world. I looked around in wonder at the creations that had been built, and walked over the hills, slowly loosing hunger. At first, this world bewildered me. I didn’t know what to do, and I didn’t know how to do it. But soon I gathered the skills, as well as gathering wood and cobblestone. I finally made a house, and worked for the next week on expanding it. I loved the game! I had never had so much fun online before, watching my thoughts come to life (not literally) in front of me was amazing. I got better and I learned how to craft things like fences, ladders, and more thanks to the Minecraft Wiki. I soon found diamonds, gold, and more. The world that was Minecraft was opening up around me. Soon on the server I ranked up, and reached the 3rd rank of the server. I could now do things like place water to make farms, and place lava to make devious traps! My friends and I started using Skype to communicate in game, and I soon made my own small server for us to play on and experiment with things in creative! We hit a learning curve when we decided to film Minecraft for Youtube, but found the sad reality after failing terribly in the first episode. I had been playing Minecraft for months now, and was loving every bit of it. I went back to playing on the original server I played on, and I made amazing discoveries. A town had been constructed, for the 3rd rank and up to build in, and I could! I got permissions for the area of “Hammtana” (coincidently, the usernames of the creators were Hamm5 and Tana64.) and I started to build. My houses previously were shacks made of wood planks and cobblestone, but seeing the high standard of building in this town I felt pressured to make something good. I looked around the town, at the varieties of block types used in the buildings, the way they were structured, and built my first nice looking house. I was more than proud, and recieved congratulations from some other people in the town. It was around this time that I feel my whole Minecraft life changed completely, and I owe it all to one person and I honestly can not be more greatful.

It started when I went to the local tree farm, and mined some wood. But… I forgot to re-plant the saplings, as the rules clearly said. I logged in to find my house filled with leaves, with a sign saying “REPLANT THE SAPLINGS!!” on my house. I was confused, and then I remembered. I ran a quick check on the sign to see that it was placed by “SpokenSquid.” I checked, and saw that he was in game. I said to him, “Sorry, Squid. I forgot about replanting.” He forgave me, and that was the start of an amazing friendship. He taught me all he knew, he was a whizz at redstone and could build amazingly. He showed me the giant tree he had built, the mob grinder he was working on, and I slowly picked up on his skills. I was getting better at building- I had progressed from wooden shacks to slightly more complex buildings, to amazing creations! I got better and better at Minecraft, and SpokenSquid took me in without condition. I was having so much fun, progressing through the ranks of the server, getting more trusted by the community. One day, a player set me a challenge- he had noted I used shortened speech, such as “u” for “you” and “r” for “are”. He gave me the challenge of going a whole week, yes, one entire week, of using correct grammar. It was a foreboding task, but I accepted. The week was up and I had made a conscious effort of using correct grammar and spelling on the server, and I was rewarded by him with 5 diamonds! I was happy to have the diamonds, but little did I realised he too had just helped me a whole heap. It was a habit now, and I couldn’t go back! My literacy went from that of a 5 year old to that of someone suited to my age, even beyond! I realised I was making less mistakes in school, too, all thanks to this small habit I developed thanks to one person. Yet another person I was grateful to. Well, I went on playing on this server for over one year, and I had reached the rank just before moderator. The server had taught me so much, and I owed it all to their intelligent, Reddit based community. But, I was moving on. Not away from Minecraft, of course, because they had taught me to love it. But I wanted something more…

I heard rumours of Hunger Games in Minecraft, and I was curious as to how it worked. I was a great builder now, leaving my first server which I spent over a year on with many different skills to prepare me for the rest of Minecraft. I soon found some amazing servers: the MCSG servers. I found out this stood for “Minecraft Survival Games” and me and my friends got engrossed in yet another Minecraft experience. My best friend was straying from Minecraft, leaving at lunch to do other things, and I just sat back with my other good friends, but still felt sad that he no longer liked Minecraft like he used to. I didn’t know if he was trying to be cool, or if he just got bored of it, but I was sad, nonetheless. I played MCSG, and started picking up new building tips from the amazing Hunger Games maps that were made by the build team Vareide, as well as learn many different PvP skills! I learnt to strafe in combat, jump to land critical hits, learnt that wood swords were actually better than gold, and much more. I was getting better, and better! I had managed to win 14 times untill I switched accounts to “cubemylife”. This was because one day, my brother, (the owner of the account) was playing on the servers and I decided to help him out. Somehow, I got 5 consecutive wins in the games, and the account stuck. (for MCSG anyway.) I got better and better, learnt more and more about the way the maps were made, and then met Darkrai202. He was 13, like me, but there was a difference. He was placed 5th in the whole of Australia! MCSG is a big server, and 15,000+ people were registered to AU. This was no simple feat- he had 500+ wins! I was humbled by his greatness, and when he offered to team with me for a few games, I was excited! We built a small relationship and became buddies, sometimes playing together. I worked my way to 25 wins… to 50… I was getting better and better! I was so close by the time I had 80 to being in the top 100 players in Australia, and I was winning a high percentage of my games. I reached 100 wins eventually, and now I stood out from other players as someone with over 100 wins, which was not easy to do! I then realised… Darkrai202 had his own prestigious clan of elite players, called the “AuRebels”. The requirement to join was 100 wins… I qualified! I joined the clan, but the day I did I found out the clan was being disbanded. I was confused, but realised there was turmoil within the members, and the clan had been on the decline for the last few weeks. I was sad I didn’t get to have a chance to play with them… but from the ashes of the clan rose PHOENIX! This was the new clan, Team Phoenix, and I was accepted in to their community freely. Darkrai was the owner of the clan again, which I was happy about, since he was the one that lead me there in the first place. Soon, the Phoenix Build team was created, because MCSG was accepting community built Hunger Games maps. It’s not simple to make a map though. You need to be a good builder, and be innovative. After a weekend and a bit of constant hard work on the Phoenix server, we made our first map- PIRATE BAY! (view this amazing creation HERE- http://www.minecraftsurvivalgames.com/threads/pirates-bay.35474/ ) This was a success with the community, receiving lots of positive feedback. We were incredibly happy with our efforts, and the fact that it took us a few days was amazing! Since then, I’ve continued to build small projects for Phoenix, play MCSG,explore many other online games, and my best friend has gotten back in to the game, and we play together again.

Well… what has Minecraft taught me? “Nothing, it’s just a stupid game! You’ve got better ways to spend your time!” Incorrect. This is one of the most educational and in-depth games created, amazingly with only a small developer team. The creative minds behind the computers in Switzerland have sparked creativity in millions of other people behind computers, all around the world. From America, to Europe, to Australia, and beyond. Minecraft is an amazing game that promotes creativity, problem solving skills, literacy, and higher learning. It’s simplistic yet so detailed. It’s got the potential to be anything you want it to be, from recreation, to work, to moneymaking. People like Toby Turner (Tobuscus) make LOTS of money a year by producing content on Youtube, and some of this content is Minecraft. CaptainSparkelz, or Jordan, has millions of subscribers and receives money from Youtube for his videos. He’s made songs, animations, and more. There’s no limit to the creativity of Minecraft’s amazing community, and it will keep growing, as does the game.

Thankyou for reading, everyone. It’s been a pleasure to write about what I love.
~A_FLEMING (Aquinas Fleming.)

Rabidunicorn3’s Temple Project

Minecraft temple project

So far in my temple project I have turned a sand temple that I have found while traveling into a fit home as shown in the pictures. I have created a tree farm on the outside of the temple and a mine in the inside of the temple I have found a lot of iron and lava also shown in the pictures and made it so if any travelers come along my temple they can get food and other supplies I am also planning to make a melon, pumpkin and wheat farm so I can survive as long as I can out in the desert I have many minerals in my chests and have stored all my chests in the under part of the temple. Where the TNT would usually be stored and the pressure plate is. So far I have found a massive dungeon and have got over 2 stacks of iron but with no luck of finding any diamonds yet but I do still hope to find some diamonds while mining. The reason why I would like to get to stone ranking is because I would hopefully like to set my home in the sand temple. I have recently added a melon farm to house just outside.

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Click_Slomo’s insights about playing on another server

Minecraft Memories- Musecraft Server

One day after another I wished I could record my progress on this server. Until now I could not. My first day on Musecraft I felt lonely and nervous, I was, after all on the server of my favourite YouTuber. When I met the user, with a female skin, Mindtunnel I was happy to find another girl on the server and we became instant friends. We did a lot together, gathering resources and digging out our “First night” house. As I dug downwards in a staircase Mindtunnel was crafting weapons and armour out of the things I brought back. Mindtunnel finally asked who told me about the server, I replied that I’m friends with the owner of the server, Sean (He’s both the owner and he owns the Youtube channel TheMinecraftMuse (and Spumwack, but that didn’t exist back then)). She spazzed out and fan-girled over the fact I knew Sean (somewhat) personally, and that I am friends with him on Facebook. Was a bit annoying really, all I did was help him get some subscribers, not really much to be proud of.

Anyway, after a few days (we overused the cave a bit) we found some diamonds and we had enough resources to build a half decent house. I built the floor and walls while Mindtunnel made the roof. It was small, but cosy and it did its purpose… Until the Griefing raid started… What’s the Griefing raid you ask? The Griefing Raid was horrible, at the making of the server, a group of people who hated Sean griefed(basically destroyed) and killed players constantly and was “exiled” from the small town (basically if you see them you were supposed to kill them on sight). They built a base out in the wilderness, they hid out there for a little while and got ready to get their revenge, mining diamonds, getting as strong as they could (cause you couldn’t enchant armour and weapons back in 1.7 days), they dug a tunnel underground to the town. They came up right under Mindtunnel and my house and they blew everything up in sight with the TNT they had saved up, scavenging every chest until there was almost nothing left, then they burnt down the nearby forest. Even most of the people who were online at the time was killed and looted. All we had left was the items in our inventory, I had enough resources to help rebuild some of the town.

One day Sean came online to his server. I was so nervous to meet him on the server, since he is my favourite youtuber. Osifron (rich player) and Holyflame (another rich player, who becomes moderator then Administrator later on) built a nice stage for him to say his speech on. We were going to travel to a new land, one that is perfect, one with a desert for a mob spawner, mountains to look over the town below on the plains, a forest biome for a plentiful amount of trees and a river for a good source of water. Since he was recording the journey I tried to get on camera a bit (my avatar that is), and because I didn’t want to lose the group I stayed close to Sean. On our first stop I had asked Sean if I could hang out with him, since I was a little alone because Mindtunnel was stuffing around doing something else.

The video links may be added later, they are being previewed at the moment re appropriateness for this blog.I log off halfway through videoing, that’s cause my brother was too lazy to get the door cause the mailman had arrived with a package, then he wanted to go on the computer for a bit.
When I logged back on I was lost. I was lucky enough for Sean to teleport me to the gate of the new town which had been pretty much fully built except it was lacking a good community farm and mob grinder. He thanked me for helping him out and told me to find a 10×10 area to build my house. I could only find a squashed 8×5 area within the walls that was near Mindtunnels new house.

After a few weeks everything was going fine, got Holyflame (who got mod rank) to protect my house. I mined, made a small community farm, found a few diamonds by strip mining (Digging really deep into the ground then tunnelling off in different directions), then I decided to go with a new friend and tried to build a town. We went pretty far away and started building a wall and a few houses. This was on Christmas day so I got a visit from Holyflame and Failberry (A friend whom I met on the trip from the first town to Yellowton (who got Mod rank)) and they gave us presents. After the little visit I went mining for a bit for some recources and for some reason my ‘friend’ just decided to sneak up behind me and stab me in the back, literally. I lost all my items, I went back to collect them and he killed me again, this happened 2 more times until I finally gave up and logged off.
After a few days I returned to the server. I got mad yet again because I remembered what my so called friend did, but I calmed down and just went to my house to do some more mining but there was nothing there. I was furious I told Holy what had happened and asked him who did it. Turns out the mayor of Yellowton had destroyed my house because it was apparently unprotected. Of course I was angry, Holyflame had told me my house was protected, but it was destroyed cause it apparently wasn’t protected (Doesn’t make sense to me really)? Failberry had told Sean of my predicament and he was happy to oblige to a deal. Since I had helped Sean out with the server quite a bit, and we were somewhat internet friends/acquaintances and I was trusted by lots of people, he told Failberry to give me a good sized plot and replace some items I had lost. Failberry misinterpreted what Sean meant by “‘replace’ some items I had lost.” This is what Failberry gave me;

A stack of 64 diamond helmets, chest plates, leggings and boots. A 64 stack of golden apples, a bunch of mushroom soup, a bunch of pork chops and steak (Sean updated the server to 1.8 before we went on the lookout for the new town) HEAPS of each type of log, cobble, diamonds, iron, coal. and a set of diamond tools, stacked to 64 of course. I thought I died and respawned to blocky heaven for a bit then, I reported this to Sean cause I didn’t think he would ask Failberry to do this, since the server is a vanilla server (and Sean is very strict when he says “This server is a completely vanilla server” ).
After many emails via YouTube we got everything sorted out, Sean gave me a reasonable amount of itmes and took away the absurd amount of diamonds, but he did let me keep a few, plus a diamond hat and diamond boots. I built my house so I decided to go find some animals to put in my new pen, I also made an almost automated farm. I was content and happy for a long while working on my house, building a lookout tower. This was also the day I was told that Mindtunnel was actually a guy with a girl skin for his character. Since he wasn’t really a girl I also found out that I was the first girl to be on the server!

Feeling that I owed Sean for the items and him being so kind to me I asked if I could become a mod. He argued and said it will be hard work and I would have to give up most of my free time playing vanilla minecraft, but I was ready. He taught me the basics and after about a month I became quite skilled with quite a few commands. I could protect someone’s house in less than a minute (that’s counting adding all the other members the person wanted to be able to build in the area), I was bordering Holyflames skill, he even said so himself. I made plenty of friends, I helped out in every way I could, trying to impress Sean enough to become admin, and just because I enjoyed helping people on my favourite server. I was friendly and polite to everyone, even those who were pissing me off to no end (swearing, spamming, insulting ect). I was helpful and always happy I worked hard for months, and eventually I ended up getting Admin rank, and I started playing Musecraft as often as I could. But one day I stuffed up big time… I was mucking around, flying around with my gold sword which had the command /thor binded to it. I spotted a creeper, I was bored and I always liked the look of a super-charged creeper. So I right clicked, and lightning striked, but my friend Paydrone got caught in the blast and got killed. I was demoted immediately. And since I was so used to teleporting around and flying around I didn’t know the layout of the city too well anymore. So I learned my coordinates of my house and when I was lost I could find my way back somewhat easily. But it was a hassle travelling around so I stayed in my home a lot of the time.

My newest friend Pierocket had helped me out a bit though, I helped him build a Museum, took a while, but it looks amazing! Then after a while we both got a bit sick of the town, we just travelled to the wild and decided to try again further away from town. We set up and made a nice house each and lived there for about a month until I got a bit homesick, and trudged my way back home. When I returned to my house in the wilderness, it was griefed. It took a lot of work to get it back to its former glory, but I did it.

Here’s a pic of the houses;
http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/485646_411289792226209_1150712311_n.jpgAfter a bit Sean decided to make the greeter rank for me, since he somewhat trusted me again, but after a week or so he found it a bit unfair to have a rank just for me. I understood that, but I was still a little mad at him 😛
A bit after I moved into the wilderness a player got granted admin powers to make a new town, but he instead destroyed the whole of Yellowton. Instead of acting rash, Sean decided to make and event out of the mishap. He of course banned the player, but he made the “Apocalypse” event. Admins, mods and I spawned different mobs while players had to get from point A to point B without dying.

Sean then decided, since they were going to roll back, and the map was pretty much destroyed we could have a little fun. He gave everyone creative and we continued to do what the player had done. It was probably the most fun experience on the server, apart from becoming Admin.
After the Apocalypse Sean rolled back the server to a previous save file, then Sean and I made a monument for the players who made it from point A to B.

Now on the server all I really do is stay in my house and chat because my computer is really slow. But I did apply for either Greeter (he brought the rank back) or Moderator ranks again. I just wanted to be able to help out again and be able to hang out with old friends 🙂
I learnt quite a bit. Don’t trust some people on the internet and become their friend, because they will stab you in the back if you let down your guard. Even the smallest of mistakes can have a huge consequence, and if you work hard enough on a certain thing, and make a mistake, you can still get a second chance. And that so many people on Musecraft are great people and great friends.