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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

deep in the treetops

When you're deep in the treetops in the dead of night and turn around...
Ok, I admit I'm too consumed with minecraft to even stop and blog about it. I didn't want to admit it, but I'm coming clean. When you wake up from the coolest dream ever about being able to put cement blocks into the furnace to glaze into animal print blocks, you're there. I'm there, guys. I'm down that rabbit hole and I'm not coming out. Everything I do from now on is me tossing stuff out of this hole I'm in.

But imagine- the white blocks would glaze into zebra stripes, the yellow would get leopard spots, and so on. Cool, huh? I  have so many cool minecraft dreams, most of them are on Pinky blog. Wo, 181 posts over there tagged Minecraft. Wow. But seriously, I need someone to get on those ideas and make them real. By the way, these screenshots click back to the official server site if you want to check it out.

When someone stares at you till you look back and then pretends they weren't looking at you...
I've been playing on server since spring 2016, I think. I have logged on nearly every day that the server has been open. I have over 1600 hours logged on since they upgraded to the new server in January. Believe it or not, a few other players have double that over me. Anyway, over time, the server has become another limb, another gang to hang out with, another way to keep me focused on brain healing and positivity. When life kinda sux, go rip down a mesa and glaze a crapload of terracotta to sell in a player shop, lol.

I'm going to be logging in on Thanksgiving. I'm the kind of person who lives in a bubble. I can't go out and eat because super allergies, I can't visit other people because dogs (yes, super allergic to a dog licking my face and I'm not even kidding, and what's sad is I love dogs), I can't go *do* stuff because spoonie probs and I hit the fatigue wall long before other people are done having fun, so I live through the internet and TV. I love live tweeting and facebooking (I'm NOT chatty, but TV and memes are awesome), and now I love gaming.

I got my first warning today. I wrote 'biatch', lol. This warning shows up every time I log on, and I want to log on a lot to see it because it's probably the only warning I'll ever get. I've been playing a year and a half and that's my first warning.
I decided that, in spite of the challenges I share on Pinky blog about autism spectrum and depression and stuff, I'm going to step up and attempt being part of staff. I might not make it, or I might, either way I love the game and I'll just always be there. I'm not very good at in the moment sometimes, but this will be really good practice for me, especially if I wind up going more public in the future. I need all the practice I can get, really.

By the way, minecraft in general has been very good for me. It helps me focus through anxiety, it helps me brain flex while I work on goals and strategies, and it has helped me orient better in real life because I'm using my brain in so many ways on server with other people. Not everyone knows I've been recovering for years from an illness that knocked me offline a bit 13 years ago, and I don't remember what day (or month) it is a lot, and I get mixed up every day about something, but I realized yesterday that I remembered an entire phone number for the first time in years hours after glancing at it just once, and I'm very happy. I 'lost' numbers when I got sick. I went from thinking college algebra was easy peasy to not being able to remember two digits in a row, but I think having a player shop is doing some sweet healing in there in the ol' synaptic pathways or something.

I love running around and finding surprises. These little guys are so cute.
Where I live in real life really does look like minecraft. We have fields and forests and lots of rugged hills and a few rivers and lakes. I love that I can run around 'outside' and DO stuff. Sometimes I need to do more than read a book or watch a show or talk to someone. I need to create and problem solve and enjoy activities with other people.

I'm going to try to blog here more, hopefully time doesn't slip by me too fast like the last 6 weeks. I keep forgetting to get screen grabs. If you know me from other places, you know that's a big deal. If I'm enjoying what I'm doing so much that I forget to show other people, then I am really enjoying it. I can't wait till my wifi company installs fiber, one of the first things I'm going to try is a Kawaii World texture pack.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Hello Sweetie

I know, I started this and never update. Mo Creatures has caught up with vanilla minecraft 1.12.2, so we have cement now, yay! (and parrots, llamas, and a bunch of other junk, plus the flying glitch is fixed now.) I'm getting ready to work on something horrifically pink. In the meantime, here are some screenies of random stuffs I got over the last month. All pix click back to the official server page.

First off, my player shop renovation started this week. I'm a terrible showoff. I'm sorry, I just can't handle all that gold disappearing into server sell. It needs to shine! If you get on the Mo Creatures multiplayer server, this is at /warp YabloVH.


I have an open air shop that I'm experimenting with for mobs, like using a combination of magma blocks, soul sand, and cobwebs, but they're still slipping across the border. The surprised look on this husk's face when it suddenly got stuck sitting down in a boat... 😁 Anyway, players can't defend themselves on my shop claim, so I'm trying to find ways to show how useful my items are for defense. I could be boring and just close it all in, but the ambiance is pretty awesome like it is.


Server buy and sell are out in the open, too, but there's no mob griefing around spawn so I'm perfectly safe. (Wait, wonder if I can fix the code on my shop claim for that, I'll hafta check.) This lioness wants to EAT ME, haha. Sometimes zombies hug me while I sell stuff. One time a manticore butted me around like it wanted me to pet it, but it was really trying to bite me.


The time I bought a player head and looked like a creeper behind Beffles. Bef has a town/clan, btw, so newbies can get quick temp housing. Anyway, server sells player heads where you can have admin custom grab a head off a place like this and then keep the heads around like masks to wear.


Thanx to the claim moves from Haven, I have several sheer cliff cuts to play with. Others might become murals, but this was my first instinct. (I should fix that to look like the original symbols on the show.) Doctor Who fans know what this means. I think another player on MoC has done some Doctor Who builds, too.


This grab was pure accident, never had my screen freeze just like that before. The way the clay (now called terracotta) was cracking as I worked on breaking it out kind of looks like a molecule or a map or a cave painting or something. I wonder if all the blocks crack the same way? Maybe some have easter egg cracks that look like pictograms or something. (Starting conspiracy theories is a hobby... lol.)


THIS. First of all, please ignore that first line of chat, that person was having a bad night, but was reminded that Mo Creatures is a family server. The chat a little further down is unrelated and got really funny. Totally went Skynet there. (Tell me you know what 2001: A Space Oddessy is.)


And I just accidentally did a Doctor Who / Terminator smash in this post since Hello Sweetie is said to the Doctor, and Matt Smith played both the Eleventh Doctor and a T-5000 Terminator hosting Skynet. Here's a youtube vid, click that if you need more info.

Anyway, survival, player towns and shops, flying pets of all kinds, PVP arena, games and events, player chat in game and on discord- get your downloads for multiplayer server and jump in. I don't get a discount for saying this because it's free to join in. 😊

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Moving Mo Creatures to Valhalla

all screenshots link back to the moc website
Per my last post, this is what claim smashing looks like. I love it. I've got over 75K blocks (surface area, works out to about 19.25M bedrock to sky blocks) all together side by side, just waiting for me to terraform. This property contains 2 whole separate villages, all my material wealth, and a giant cash crop. It is also /clan home for my clan.

This is a celebrity among us. Kratos (Blood) writes the code, and recently we helped beta test a brand new Grief Prevention plugin- "A definitive all-in-one solution for protecting your servers and worlds against griefers, trolls, bullies or malicious players. It works out of the box and fully integrates with your permission plugin, although we strongly recommend the latest version of LuckPerms due to some bugs with other plugins."

Kratos testing Churist's player shop
We began the new 1.10 upgrade on a custom biome world called Haven, which I've written about a few times, but have been moving all summer to a new server world called Valhalla.


The server shops are nearly ready for the new economy, and the maze races and other events have already begun. They've also got a cool zoo coming along, displaying the cool creature pets, aquatic animals and fish, and bugs available in game. A zoom in below is tiger and cross breed on the left display, a wyvern in the center display (purple grass), lions further beyond between those, and much more.


The Mo Creatures staff are really awesome. I've been around a few forums and chats in fandoms, and I'm impressed at how well staff handle this gaming site, with players of all ages from all over the world. My friend Riv, who I call Kai in some of my older posts on Pinky blog, is one of the mini-mods now. This is on the /spawn wall near the instruction signs.



Moderator SarcasticPig made this cool staff poster.


The staff teased us this week with a fake server shop.


My favorite thing to do on Mo Creatures is organize (I'm weird), and I'm really good at doing the boring work while other players have fun building and collecting pets and going on hunts and killing each other in the PVP arena. Since I'm good at that stuff, I made a big player shop because I wind up with way too much of everything, so I sell it cheap for other players to use.


It helps that I've worked in a real store, lol.


I'm not sure if my prices will be changing when the server economy comes back up, but for now, everything is like a dollar store, lol.


Other players have shops too, but I think mine might be the only one that's dangerous, MWAHAHA. It's an open air shop, and I've been attacked myself several times by mobs spawning around me while I'm working. Shopping can't be boring if a person is buying on the run, right? 😁


This is me and my fairy horse, Smoak. I labored for the necessary breeding ingredients and Riv provided the horses. Riv has a really cool stable packed full of all kinds of horses and flying pets.


Almost forgot to mention the pool party! SarcasticPig built the most magnificent pool and invited everyone over. I thought Kity's swimsuit was adorable.


And of course we all wound up being chased by zombies just like in a scifi movie, it was awesome. I couldn't tell if TwentyOne was supposed to be a nudie or wearing a suit, and I apologized at one point for swimming up his butt going up a waterfall.


I've been dealing with internet issues for a few days, so I was very lucky to catch the big Haven wipe in person.


Me on a typical day. I look like I'm coming in on lunch break.


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Apart from Mo Creatures, I have done singleplayer and realm, but nothing else. I'm a super noob acclimating to server life, and it fills a sweet niche for me while I continue working on nerve fail recovery. This vid is about a year and a half old, from Riv's realm. I've never shared any of the vids I've gotten on this build publicly until now. Kai did all this, which I think is brilliant and quite a lot of effort, and since Kai/Riv is now a public mini-mod, I think it's cool to share what got me started on my own journey into minecraft and on into Mo Creatures with Riv. I love the creativity that minecraft inspires, and I've come to love the Mo Creatures server and the players who share their days there.

Monday, June 19, 2017

ok, I lied

Evidently I shook the world over that last post because this, lol. 😆


Not sure who all I rattled, but it's all good because THIS.


That entire village encased in a glass dyson dome moved INTACT over to Valhalla, the new server world with grief proof golden shovel claim. That means the custom terrain inside went along, too. This next is the old Haven view. I intend to continue my economics mockery with emerald blocks, and eventually this will be a tiny little Emerald City.


There's actually a funny story behind this village. On the Mo Creatures server, players are supposed to keep 250 block distances from other player claims. I was nice and let players claim near me because I was claimed out, and like who cares what happens off my claims, right? Till this guy starts asking for fence handouts, and of course I'm loaded because I strip mineshafts, and I swear I must've given him at least 8 stacks of fence. I didn't notice until later that two whole sides of my village claim had been claimed around and fenced with MY fence. At first I was like ok, cool, looking more metro here. Then it dawned on me that fences only a block apart can be jumped... Clever. And very, very sneaky.

I have no idea what the motivation was, but because another player was around my village so much, it got mobbed and I lost most of my villagers to zombies, thank you very much. Obviously I needed to control mob spawns AND access, but how? After a bit I thought what the heck, I have 2 double chests popping with glass blocks, may as well just seal it up. It took a few hours, but every bit of that, except for a small area filled by an architect, was done manually. I dug all that sand, smelted all that glass, laid all those blocks.

I noticed that player stopped logging in shortly after I did that. If he ever logs back in before Haven gets wiped, I imagine he'll be a little surprised to see his fence surrounding  a big crater now. Unless that was an alt avatar account for someone who is openly already known as someone else and already knows. It's just sweet that in the end I won, you know? That village now sits next to another village I claimed on Valhalla, and no one can ever do that to it again.

My giant wall claim also got moved already, and I manually moved my Thunderbird monument, so all that's left now is my main Yablo estate, because I stripped out all the smaller claims and condensed the material wealth. All we're waiting on is regen while the servers are down for work. I'm loving that my estate looks war-torn, and I'm going to keep it like that and say it survived the apocalypse. It'll be cool having all these original custom terrain builds all together on a big new claim, and I can't wait to terraform it all out into one big Yablo area. I was smart when the very first custom resource world was around, grabbing everything I could that is usually difficult to procure, and then I got enough money going with a big punkin farm to be able to buy even more cool stuff, so I'm going to have some real fun making Valhalla my home.

Sorry no more pix yet, but it is already starting to look really cool, plus player stores are up now and the market is being reconfigured and a new PVP area is being built up, and it's exciting to see everyone working together on this. I think my initial reaction mirrored others, but after a couple days cool down I could see that the flaw was in the spin. Bridging coherent communication between different insider job levels and player awareness is probably the hardest part of live server hosting with several layers of ongoing interaction, so going forward, I hope to facilitate a little by sharing more of what PinkyRobot (discord) / YabloVH (minecraft) is doing on MoC. At this point in time, those of us on the outside wait while those on the inside sweat over the code and loading work. Time to get a little housework done irl so I'll be ready when the server comes back up in a few days. 😎

Monday, June 12, 2017

RIP MoC

I think this says it perfectly.
This will be my last Mo Creatures server post. The server is being wiped again, and I'm too busy with real life to mess with that. I've had free hosting services yanked out beneath me before (some of you know my Xanga history and that I continue to be one of their investors), but having one host server wiped twice in under a year is not acceptable. I'm sorry, it was fun, but make a solid plan and fork out the money, guys. My whole web presence is riding on my own dime and independent of interaction ratings, so I say this in heartfelt seriousness.

You know they can do incredible things if they want to, right? If I can do this on my own on a laptop with nothing more than what's already on my hard drive, then coders can do much, much more when their hands aren't tied.


I'm more an html/CSS kind of person, but I understand how easy it is to copy/paste logs and save archives, even if one must go out of the way plunking an extra $300 down on an external hard drive while the ship is crashing. I'm going to say it- Gamers are the most impatient people on this earth. Y'all are young and feisty and immature and unseasoned at handling services provided. Personally, I still believe MoC staff are incredible, but of late, whatever (or whoever) is yanking all the strings this go round, fine, you win the server war for domination. I won't say anything else about that. The dream was a sweet one, but it's over now, I guess. I'm having an incredibly challenging string of real life months myself, so this perfectly syncs with me and I expressed myself accordingly.



And that's exactly it. Everything I did on MoC was performance art. I may have claimed and built, but it was on someone else's server, and that's the way life goes sometimes. I'm losing big builds twice in under a year now, and I could care less whether they are moved or wiped. It's like graffiti in a subway, right? We live in a transient world. What better way to express this than wiping servers over and over. I have been struggling to keep my own launch platform viable in a transient world. I should probably get back to that. So long and thanx for all the fish, as it were.






If I show back up on the new server, it'll be because people I care about are there. Otherwise, MoC on singleplayer is fine for my level of distraction needs in a hyperdriven world.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Derby Day!


The best part of the Mo Creatures multiplayer minecraft server is all the pet options, including the mega variety of flying mounts and all their different styles and colors.

Smoak was born on Derby Day! He is a cross between a pegasus named Zeus and a unicorn named Raziel. Smoak is a fairy horse, which required a number of acquisitions and specific instructions. Riv was awesome setting all this up for me. All pix click back to Mo Creatures.

Riv has a very cool horse farm with a full collection of mounts.


Zeus reminds me of the Pegasus I had on the old 1.7 server, named Austin Powers. He was awesome.


Getting their gear off and preparing them for the transformation into a new fairy horse.


This takes about 10 minutes. It's actually pretty boring.


They transformed into a new baby!


I wanted him named Smoak after Felicity Smoak on CW's Arrow.


The color transformation was magical and very fast, I barely caught it.


Smoak on the racetrack! 😁