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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! 😁


Monday, March 27, 2017

slain by brian


Brian turned out to be an enderman, lol. Everyone stopping and going wut. Yeah, let's name our enemies. I should name something Thurman or Dickweed. "slain by Dickweed"

By far the most entertaining part of multiplayer global chat is player death announcements. The convos are good, too, the fights are funny, the lengthy discussion drags even feel like family in their own way. I just lurk through most of it, keeping my head down working away with one eye on the chat rolling through.

Players have started running across my dungeon claim. I don't know what else to really call my Jacky claim. I name my claims to make the /claimslist coordinate teleports I want easier to find among all my stuff because of the addon strips I have on main claims. Maybe one of these days I'll come up with something cool and rename it all, but for now, this is my Jacky claim, the big obsidian field burped out of the bowels of the earth into the thick jungle.


Remember when I was hacking this whole area out and putting up that super multi-story dirt retaining wall? click --> exactly That whole wall has been replaced with mossy stone brick and nether fence, every single bit of it mined, smelted, and crafted by yours truly. That's a great way to rake in experience points, by the way. I was able to enchant so much stuff. The stuff behind the wall is still beautiful and wildly treacherous jungle. I've lost count of how many times I've been killed out there.


Long time readers of my blogs have probably seen me mention blogging being a sort of performance art for me. I think that is carrying over into Mo Creatures. The old server had a jobs list for players to earn money while playing, but this new server has a /warp sellshop where the main currency is, of all things, pumpkins. When new players arrive and ask how to make money, a chorus rings out Grow pumpkins. As you can imagine, I'm making a mockery of that. Behold my dungeonesque scene, where pumpkins are the prisoners on ghastly exhibition. I release them from the tethers that bind them during mass executions, rows and rows of faces stricken with horror. It's extra cool that they all grow facing north, so rows of them face the main wall, knowing they can never escape. Note the 'armored' guard. I put armor stands around the work hut and dressed them in dyed leather and pumpkin masks. I had way too much fun designing and creating this.


I love the obsidian monoliths thrusting up from below. I thought about tearing them down, but covered them with vines so I could climb up and get other viewpoints. They lend to the whole grim finality feel. There is no escape. Obsidian is almost unbreakable.


"We're all in our places with bright shiny faces." (From The Children's Song, more history here.) Right, you noticed I can't help going there. Click for the video- Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall


Everyone here is a prisoner. If anyone manages to escape, they face immediate execution.


Things are more pleasant down below in what I've been calling the Experiment Room. Beneath the horrible dungeon is beauty.


Stepping through the reveal.


One of the first things I made was a blood bath. I have no idea why. Maybe I'll find out in my psychologist's office.


Stepping on the magma to get out inflicts damage.


I really can't help showing off my ores. I silk touched every one of these and set them aside for builds. I feel like I'm creating a sort of display room for a home improvement store.


My faux hearth is huge. I like running through the fire.


On the other side will be fun cool passages to explore. This project will keep me busy for months.


Coming back the other way to the Experiment Room.


Here we are under a field of obsidian and magma up top. It feels private and secret here. I'm thinking about renovating it like a sort of wealthy boss meetup area.


Several private areas will be available for cocktails. The sand wall means we're nearly under the river. If I dig it out, the whole Experiement Room will flood.


I thought it fitting to make the entire secret meetup area look perched on bone block. It's still very unfinished, but the idea is set up.


There is so much more room underneath to do lots more stuff. I'm making little surprises all through the underground property that belie the torture going on above ground in plain sight.


You can ride the waterfall down into an immense cavern. I don't own all of that down there and can't light it up, but players could use night vision potions to go fight the mobs.


And that's kind of what I'm aiming for with that claim. The whole thing will be open to public so others can run around as they please through it. No one can grief me, so it's no big deal.