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VicVic Registered User regular
edited March 2011 in Games and Technology
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Do you like Lego? Would you like to play with it again? Then you need to Minecraft.

Minecraft is a game about squares.

In a world made of blocks, you (a rather blocky person yourself) must use your wits and common sense to build and carve a way to safety. This is a dangerous world, make no mistake – monsters appear from out of the dark, mountains themselves can roar at you, and an errant poke in the wrong direction could bury you alive under tons of soil.

But all is not lost. You’re a smart adventurer, after all. After tearing down some trees with your bare hands and building yourself a rudimentary shelter, you’ll begin to explore the mineral wealth of this new land – iron, coal, gold, and even stranger treasures await you deep in the cores of these mountains. The question is, can you work your way to the heart of the earth, plunder its riches, and return to tell the tale?

Developed by one-man creator Markus Persson (also known as Notch), Minecraft is a Java-based, sandbox-style adventure. It fits squarely among more difficult survival games such as Dwarf Fortress and NetHack, while keeping the simple charm of one’s younger building-block days. It is outwardly simple, internally complex, easy to play, and difficult to master. Perhaps best of all, despite being constructed of laughable square blocks, the game manages to deliver a wonderful atmosphere of fear, paranoia, determination, and reward all in one package.

Where do I play the game?
This game can either be played using a downloadable application or online in your browser.

If you want to play survival, play using one of these links: Browser | Downloadable Client.

If you want to play creative, play using one of these links: Browser Singleplayer | Browser Multiplayer | CPColin's Client | WoM Client
Note: This game mode does not have most of the features that survival does. Notch has favored updating Survival instead. It doesn't have the cool lighting or half the blocks that survival does.

Is it free?
Yes and no. Right now Minecraft is in beta, creative is free and survival is pay-only. The price is currently 75% of what it will be when the game is officially released. When you purchase the game, you get access to Survival and the ability to have a custom player skin.

Current Price:€14.95 | $~21.30 | £12.00
Pre-Purchase Here

Videos:
Includes How-To and Beginner videos!

Useful Shit:


Programs & Utilities
Isometric Live Map Preview - Use this for your survival worlds.
NBT Forge - A map editor for Survival.
OMEN - A map editor for Creative
Isocraft - A great isometric image generator. Only works with creative maps.
Cartograph - Creates a map of your survival world. It's quite buggy right now but gets the job done.
INVEdit - You can use this to edit your inventory in survival.
NBTEdit - You can use this to change almost anything about your save. Spawn point, health, etc.
Skin Edit - A tool you can use to edit your player skin.

Textures
Don't like the default graphics? Here are some of the popular ones. MAY BE OUT OF DATE
SMP's Texture Pack
Tahel's Texture Pack
Cheap Shot's Texture Pack
Brown & Bloom Texture Pack
Painterly Pack
Dokus' RPG Texture Pack
None of these interest you? Try browsing this list. Someone on the minecraft forums compiled every texture pack into one megathread.
Dírhael wrote: »
The rather excellent HD texture fix would be a valuable addition to the OP. Being able to play with larger textures, and still have animated water & fire is quite enjoyable.



Want to see what the look like? Cog made a handy picture guide!
Spoiler:

Don't know how to install these? Read this.

Skins
[URL="url=http://www.minecraftforum.net/viewtopic.php?p=54216"]Java Skin Editor[/URL]
Skinning Tutorial, Supplementary Skin by VALVEjunkie
The Skin Index - Skin Listing

Links
The Official Minecraft Site - Play the game here.
The Dev Blog - Notch's dev blog., Posts a lot of updates and info here.
Notch's Twitter - Can be read on his blog as well.
The Official Minecraft Forums - Just don't fucking do it. The community is fucking retarded. Already.
Minecraft Wiki - The official wiki for the game.
SA Minecraft Wiki - Another wiki, this one run by Something Awful Goons. Lots of in jokes and not as comprehensive.
World of Minecraft - The WoM Custom Client lets you hack and play offline in Minecraft Classic.
The Skin Index - Skin Listing

STEAM GROUP
Clicky!
Ask in Steam chat to be added.
Please do not send me PM's about being invited to the steam group, instead make a post in this thread.


PUBLIC PA Servers

Diannaochong.dyndns.org
Updates and rules for this server can be found here.

SulSeeker.dyndns.org

The Underdark: No longer public, currently suffering from crippling performance issues but feel PM if you want the IP.

For others ask in Steam Group chat

IF YOU HAVE A SERVER AND WANT IT TO BE ADDED TO THE LISTS, FEEL FREE TO PM ME.

Vic on
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  • VicVic Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    The Underdark

    Just a server with some people who live in a cave.

    The server is currently down indefinitely.

    Download the map here: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6WHZU2GS

    State of the Server address.
    Spoiler:
    Current(ish) info:
    Spoiler:
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    In the early days when man awoke in the dark, he was haunted by visions of the surface. A place with no ceiling, where light flowed freely from the endless sky and gave life and warmth to the creatures and plants that lived on the earth. In his fervor for such a paradise, man dug ever upwards in his vain hope for this impossible dream. Yet however far he dug, he found only stone.

    These days few believe in such fairytales. The depths may be dark, but by strength and courage we have carved ourself a home in these stone halls. Coal torches feed the hungry leaves of our trees and crops and hold the endless undead hordes at bay. Those with courage and skill climb out into the darkness and come back with wild tales of strange caves and glittering riches. It is a cold, harsh life, but we endure.
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    I created the Underdark with two concepts in mind, firstly to make fantastical underground landscapes, and secondly to create a more difficult survival experience. The Underdark is a huge complex of caves, some natural stone and ore and others built after a certain theme such as the Sand Cave and the Red Caves. Struggling against the constant onslaught of monsters the players have explored and colonized far and wide within these caves.
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    But there are many strange and hidden things in the depths of the world, and sometimes bravery and greed can lead one to destruction. Through rash actions the players have awoken something in the depths, and the consequences of their actions are still not fully understood.
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    The Underdark is meant to be a slightly more difficult and dangerous experience than most servers, and players are encouraged to go out and explore or to create their own safe patch within the caves and build a home for themselves. I act as a sort of game master for the server, occasionally adding in a new cave system or providing a quest.

    Information, also available inside the server:
    Spoiler:

    Trading system:
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  • SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I think I'll finally go take a look at the underdark in game, provided the server doesn't explode or what have you.

  • VicVic Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    If you have any images/youtubes of impressive projects you want me to add to the OP feel free to post them!

  • FleebFleeb Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I think this deserves a copy


    http://www.minecraftforum.net/viewtopic.php?f=1020&t=159125

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    Maybe not in the OP, but here nearby is cool.

    Oh yeah, Kileaks map and tour guide:

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  • AaronKIAaronKI Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
  • AkimboEGAkimboEG Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Fleeb wrote: »
    That really is something.
    Makes me wish even more for randomly generated ruins, though.

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  • AaronKIAaronKI Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Stick those in spoilers, nair. They're huge. :P

    I really wish we had randomly generated ruins, too. I had been meaning to make some ruins of a society what worshiped creepers in the underdark, but I never found a good place that was large enough, flat enough, and un-discovered enough.

    Even though I'll be sad to see The Underdark 3 go away, I can't wait for The Underdark 4.

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  • SoulGateSoulGate Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
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    Bodee boo de boo boo, boop.

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  • HounHoun Jump In Save the WorldRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Vic, maybe you should think about ending the current Underdark Storyline somehow, and then you can look to starting fresh with a new Underdark and new story?

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  • LoathingLoathing Registered User
    edited February 2011
    What are the hardware specs of the machine you're currently running the server on?

    Also as of 1:34pm, minecraft.net and the client is buggered and offline? Or is it just me?

    gnodab wrote: »
    There is nothing quite like smashing a bullhorn so hard in the ass with a supersledge that its head explodes.
  • VicVic Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Houn wrote: »
    Vic, maybe you should think about ending the current Underdark Storyline somehow, and then you can look to starting fresh with a new Underdark and new story?

    That is an excellent idea.

  • KileakKileak Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Loathing wrote: »
    What are the hardware specs of the machine you're currently running the server on?

    Also as of 1:34pm, minecraft.net and the client is buggered and offline? Or is it just me?

    Same.


    Also, if/when the next UnderDark comes up...were building a fucking highway to start with <.<

  • AaronKIAaronKI Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Vic wrote: »
    Houn wrote: »
    Vic, maybe you should think about ending the current Underdark Storyline somehow, and then you can look to starting fresh with a new Underdark and new story?

    That is an excellent idea.

    Was the obsidian island with four portals in the void supposed to trigger anything, or was that just a callback to the first cult appearance?

    Also, you should go through with your "Warp node" idea for the Fourth Underdark, and make the cost of node activation incredibly expensive. :P (like between 100 and 200B) It would give us some form of quick travel, but encourage us to still make roads and railroads


    Edit: is the server down?

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  • DerBeppoDerBeppo Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Thanks for the hospitality in the Underdark yesterday. Sorry if I worried anyone by my aimless wanderings. It seems a little too set/crowded for any new expansion on my part, but it is a great place to visit.

  • SoulGateSoulGate Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Most likely, I couldn't log in to minecraft.net at all. Eh, gives me a reason to play my SP world some more.

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  • LoathingLoathing Registered User
    edited February 2011
    I can login to MC now and MC.net is back up, and I can get onto my own server, but UD gives me a timeout.

    Honestly, I agree with putting the warps off to the side in UD4 and building highways. The /warp feature just made people lazy IMO while now with the highways in place and no warps to use, I know the world a lot better then I did before.

    gnodab wrote: »
    There is nothing quite like smashing a bullhorn so hard in the ass with a supersledge that its head explodes.
  • AnakinOUAnakinOU Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Sigh. The Mo' Creatures mod is such a heartbreaker. It's really cool, adds some great stuff, and thrills my horse-crazy daughter to no end to have and breed horses in Minecraft. But three times now, the damn thing has completely crashed the game while I was riding a Pegasus, resulting in the Pegasus completely disappearing from the game, me dying, and losing all my inventory. Which wouldn't be too bad, except it takes a ton of work to get the Pegasus to begin with.

  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    This game scares me.

    I obsessed over Dwarf Fortress for years, I can't imagine what this would do to me.

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  • AaronKIAaronKI Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    The Story of the Underdark So Far:

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    The Imprisonment of the Red One

    One day in the old core, I noticed that the Ugly Pyrammid had either exploded or been destroyed. When I inspected the ruins, I found a number of vintage cult signs that seemed to referring to the imprisonment of the Red One.
    Spoiler:

    The first sign implies that their plans to free him had been set in motion. Perhaps these were written on the day that they found the gates in the void?

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  • Duke 2.0Duke 2.0 Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Does anyone else feel a little backhanded when you make a rather intensive construction, with a week of planning and building to create a magnificent complex spire of creative achievement and post pictures of it, only to have half the replies to it be "Yeah, it's nice, but it would have been more impressive if it was made in Survival mode legitimately." I kinda understand it, if you found out somebody upturned a continent to get the iron to make a Battlecruiser or something it would be impressive, but having that expectation tacked onto every major project is just draining on my desire to make or share anything.

  • CryptokidCryptokid Registered User
    edited February 2011
    This server looks just plain awesome sauce to me. I probably won't mind the lag as I have dealt with much worse before on another server lol. Also the current build of bukkit isn't to bad. It has worldguard and some other good plugins too. Really hope to be able to play on it soon, I just need an invite to the steam group right?

  • FleebFleeb Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Duke 2.0 wrote: »
    Does anyone else feel a little backhanded when you make a rather intensive construction, with a week of planning and building to create a magnificent complex spire of creative achievement and post pictures of it, only to have half the replies to it be "Yeah, it's nice, but it would have been more impressive if it was made in Survival mode legitimately." I kinda understand it, if you found out somebody upturned a continent to get the iron to make a Battlecruiser or something it would be impressive, but having that expectation tacked onto every major project is just draining on my desire to make or share anything.

    Never get a job as a programmer.

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  • AaronKIAaronKI Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Cryptokid wrote: »
    This server looks just plain awesome sauce to me. I probably won't mind the lag as I have dealt with much worse before on another server lol. Also the current build of bukkit isn't to bad. It has worldguard and some other good plugins too. Really hope to be able to play on it soon, I just need an invite to the steam group right?

    PM Vic for the IP. The steam group is a bit useless at the moment. It was created to share the server IPs in a private space, but then someone realized that non-members could see the IP addresses too.


    Anyway, I'm going to shoot for one story per page until I plow through my big backlog of things I need to post. Up next: The Unbreakable Spheres.

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  • Duke 2.0Duke 2.0 Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Fleeb wrote: »
    Never get a job as a programmer.

    I'm rather sure I'll get a boss that tells me to "Add the cloud computing thing" no matter what field I'm in. Being a baker is gonna suck.

  • Anon the FelonAnon the Felon In bat country.Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    AnakinOU wrote: »
    Sigh. The Mo' Creatures mod is such a heartbreaker. It's really cool, adds some great stuff, and thrills my horse-crazy daughter to no end to have and breed horses in Minecraft. But three times now, the damn thing has completely crashed the game while I was riding a Pegasus, resulting in the Pegasus completely disappearing from the game, me dying, and losing all my inventory. Which wouldn't be too bad, except it takes a ton of work to get the Pegasus to begin with.

    This mod looks awesome. Gonna check it out!

  • SoulGateSoulGate Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Yessss, my project is mostly completed. Finally.
    Spoiler:

    The dyed wool update may have been the best update.

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  • ProtoSoundProtoSound Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    It was labor intensive.

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  • halkunhalkun Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    This is where we show off our stuff?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5aLlBDa0ww

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  • NotyetdoneNotyetdone Registered User
    edited February 2011
    AaronKI wrote: »

    Anyway, I'm going to shoot for one story per page until I plow through my big backlog of things I need to post. Up next: The Unbreakable Spheres.

    To bad i was gone for that whole shenanigan. seriously. the first day back to school from winter break. I log off at 3 am. and get on at 5pm and wham, everything is done and finished with :'( i was sad to say the least.

    Anyways... i cant wait for the obsidian island in the void... Thanks to me for discovering it! (woo!) and aaron being the first one to the scene besides me.

    Sometimes, when no one is watching..
    I dig straight down...


    Im going to laugh when i see on the news that a criminal prone kid strangled his brother to death with a shoelace when he erased his minecraft save.
  • D34THROWD34THROW Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
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    I don't think I should eat the cakes D: <- What the hell's the creeper smiley code?

    Vic, I have a friend who's running Bukkit (at least I think it's Bukkit...could be a community version of hey0 or something) and it works fine. I personally would like my warp back because I had a lot of crap in my cube. And the UAPS can't access their rare materials.

    Minecraft Nickname - D34THROW

    Current Server - None.
    Current Project - Surviving in SSP.
  • KadokenKadoken What's a lollipop man doing, knowing f*****g Karate? Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    What is Dianno's server IP? Please don't tell me go to the OP. I went to the twitter page, and I copy and pasted the Diannaochong.dyndns.org into search, and I didn't find any IP.

  • psyck0psyck0 Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    That IS the IP, just use that. No numbers.

    Big Man in training.
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  • HugglesHuggles Cinnabar is very toxic Not very huggableRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Vic, I have a friend who's running Bukkit (at least I think it's Bukkit...could be a community version of hey0 or something) and it works fine. I personally would like my warp back because I had a lot of crap in my cube. And the UAPS can't access their rare materials.


    I've been filling the void that was until recently filled with exploits in the Underdark with trying to run a server with a friend of mine. I can confirm that there is an alpha release of Bukkit, with (afaik) working plugins for warps. That said, I've no idea if you can port warp identities from hey0 to the new plugin, and I can understand how inconvenient it would be to manually reassign every single warp that was set up before.

    In related news; Editing a map with MCEdit and making cool new stuff is really awesome. The power. THE POWER! In my hamfisted grasp! Vic, I didn't realise before just how tough making the UD so detailed must have been, thanks for all the effort you've put in to the server =]

    Minecraft: Ginjinngear | Steam
  • pentium166pentium166 Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Loathing wrote: »
    What are the hardware specs of the machine you're currently running the server on?

    I'd also like to know this, and how fast your internet connection is. My roommate was hosting the rapture/columbia world expo server for a while (I think he quickly lost interest) but I don't think it saw a whole lot of traffic.

  • JerkbotJerkbot some kind of hypnotist Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Hope it doesn't take as long to finish the new Underdark map as it did last time. Also, i'm eagerly looking forward to a resolution of the server storyline.

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  • AaronKIAaronKI Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    The Story of the Underdark So Far:

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    The Trickster's Puzzle

    Staying true to the sign they left at the summoning platform after tricking us into freeing the Red One, the Redstone Cult returned in full shortly after the Old Core was discovered.

    It started with a strange obelisk left near HQ in the Undercore:
    Spoiler:

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  • CryptokidCryptokid Registered User
    edited February 2011
    AaronKI wrote: »
    PM Vic for the IP. The steam group is a bit useless at the moment. It was created to share the server IPs in a private space, but then someone realized that non-members could see the IP addresses too.

    Thanks for the info, I pm'd him a couple of hours ago, hopefully I will get a reply soon.

    Also, I have read the underdark stories and they have to be the most epic backstory to something I have read for a video game in forever. Excellent work.

  • LoathingLoathing Registered User
    edited February 2011
    No Minecraft and no UnderDark makes Loathing something something.

    gnodab wrote: »
    There is nothing quite like smashing a bullhorn so hard in the ass with a supersledge that its head explodes.
  • HugglesHuggles Cinnabar is very toxic Not very huggableRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Loathing wrote: »
    No Minecraft and no UnderDark makes Loathing something something.

    Post Messages...?
    Spoiler:


    Oh man, that puzzle was Awesometastic.

    Minecraft: Ginjinngear | Steam
  • LoathingLoathing Registered User
    edited February 2011
    And now it works again. Weird things going on with MC today.

    gnodab wrote: »
    There is nothing quite like smashing a bullhorn so hard in the ass with a supersledge that its head explodes.
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