Meet the Mods – Quirtle

It’s been way too long since we’ve done one of these – the first one (me – JohnsanGeezo) was back in March! Let’s get back into it, with our newest moderator, Quirtle.

How long have you been playing Minecraft?

I started playing Minecraft in 2009, I would have been in year 9 at high school when it came out. It was one of my first multiplayer games with my school friends. I played it constantly, long after everyone that I knew moved on to other games. It has been amazing being able to see the survival genre take off, ‘randomly generated open world’ was not a phrase that existed pre Minecraft.

What made you start playing Minecraft?

I played a lot of games in high school, probably more than I should have. I liked Team Fortress 2, Sims and Age of Empires. I did not know if other people at my school played games, it was not popular the way it is now. When I heard some guys in my friend group talking about a new game that they were going to play together I asked for an account too. The rest is history after that. I found a screenshot from a Minecraft server in 2011, back when MSN was cool and you could only make servers through LogMeInHamachi.

What type of Minecraft player are you?

We’ll use the following list – based off Mumbo Jumbo’s video – 20 Different Types of Minecraft Player, with a couple of modifications.

  • The Gadget Guy (loves making little redstone contraptions around their base to make life easier)
  • The Resource Hoarder (everything gets stored in piles and piles of chests, even if they don’t need them)
  • The Monument Builder (they always have to have the biggest build on the server)
  • The Autofarmer (farms have to have pistons, daylight detectors, the works)
  • The Explorer (no set base, everything they have is in their inventory. They just walk)
  • The Subterranean Hermits (their entire base must be underground)
  • The Artist (all the pixel art!)
  • The Competitors (minigames is their jam – PvP, Spleef, Parkour, all that)
  • The Code Wizards (whether it’s command blocks or crazy complex redstone)
  • The Mod Fans (Vanilla Minecraft? Nah – bring on the mods and plugins)
  • The Medieval Builders (villages, ships, the lot)
  • The Modern Architect (modern houses, modern resource packs, lots of concrete)
  • The Challenge Fan (Skyblock, Survival SuperFlat, Hardcore Mode – bring on the challenges)
  • The Long Gamers (using the same world since 1.8 or before – such dedication)
  • The Minimalist (a simple house and a few farms will do fine)

Probably a combination of a Mod Fan and a Medieval Builder. I really like making medieval builds and incorporating mods that bring magic and fantasy into the world. Back when I used to play Thaumcraft on a FeedTheBeast server I would make towns run by these cute little golems that I set up to sort my inventory for me.

The think that I like about mods is that they can make the game interesting again if you ever got bored of the classic Minecraft experience. Once I made the mistake of introducing someone new to a modded game of Minecraft. That was a mistake.

Do you start a world the same way every time, or mix it up?

I usually plan to do something different then end up doing the same thing every time. I tend to avoid mining and prefer to stay on the surface building, farming and creating big towns to keep the villagers safe while I max out their trading.

Have you beaten the EnderDragon before?

I have, I did it once for bragging rights then never did it again.

What’s your favourite block?

I like glowstone, it is the easiest and most beautiful way to light up your house. It also makes a very nice streetlight when placed on some fence or iron bars.

How about your favourite mob?

I really like the villagers! Every time I play a game I like to find a village and settle down nearby, that way I can defend the village at night and build it up during the day. The village and pillage update was a very welcome surprise.

Ever played in Hardcore? What’s your favourite game mode?

No way, I don’t think that I have the patience for Hardcore. I like the classic survival experience on normal mode, that is what I started Minecraft on so that balance just makes sense to me. I play games to relax and be creative, hardcore mode’s permadeath would probably make me rage quit into the abyss.