Meet the Players – ItSaSpOoKyMoNtH

How long have you been playing Minecraft?

For around 4 years (since 2017). I started playing on the PS3!

What made you start playing Minecraft?

I was walking through EB Games one day and saw Minecraft (the disc version). I loved it!

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)

There’s not a lot of those I’d say are me, but the closest I’m going to get is Artist.

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

Starting it the same way each time would get a little boring (in my opinion). I like changing (treehouses, skybase, a simple house). The were the only bases I can remember building though!

What’s your favourite ever build you’ve created?

My most favourite build has to be a very recent one. A very tall tower! It took about two weeks to build.

How many times have you beaten the EnderDragon?

No, I’ve never done it by myself (not including Creative Mode). The only time I did was on the PS3 with my brother (Rodger500, but to be honest, he did most of the work!

What does your LC base look like? What are some of it’s features?

Well my base (as well as the tower) is a little oak wood with a bridge through the lake and a mine behind the house. There’s also a storage house and a stable. Whitelisted and Blossomfall also live near me!

What’s your favourite block?

It’s got to be ancient debris. Not because it’s valuable, I just like the texture!

How about your favourite mob?

This is a hard one, but Endermen are my signature mob.

What’s your favourite thing to do in LibraryCraft?

I can’t have just one answer for this one! I like PVP (although I’m not that good at it), and building in the monthly competitions and Flat Creative.

School Holiday Pairs Creative Competition

As some of you may be aware, we’re in the process of migrating the current server over to a Bungeecord network – essentially, it’s three servers networked together. Players will only see one server when they log in, but it’ll be three sharing the load. Each will be responsible for a major aspect of the server – Survival, Creative and Minigames. It’ll mean we’re able to give a better experience for players, and will give us more room to expand. It’s a lot of work, but it’s very exciting! We’re almost there, but there’s a few final things to do.

Let’s talk School Holidays though. As we’ll hopefully be only just on the new LibraryCraft Network (the LCN) we’ve decided to not run a BedWars tournament this school holidays. This is so we can properly assess how the LCN is performing, without putting a potentially massive load on it when we absolutely need to depend on it. We’d rather see how it goes in regular play first.

We’re not leaving you with nothing though! What we’ll be doing during the entire school holidays is something a lot of you have been asking for – a Pairs Creative Build Competition. Here’s the information you need to know.

When: Saturday 25th September to Sunday 10th October 9pm
Theme: Free Build – build whatever you like!
Prizes: 1x $50 JB HiFi Voucher per winning player (plus diamonds for the top three teams – amount still to be decided).
No more than two (2) players per team.

Sort out your teams now so you’re ready for it. This is going to be fun! When you have your partnership locked in, please get in touch with JohnsanGeezo in game or in Discord to confirm them. Players won’t be able to add members to plots, but John can do it for you.

August Farm Competition Results

To celebrate National Science Week’s 2021 theme of Food: Different by Design, we’ve been watching our players build their best farms on plots twice the size as normal, and wow, they certainly delivered.

We also offered up some bonus prizes this month:
1st Place: 1x Sphero SPRK+
2nd Place: 1x LEGO Minecraft 21170 The Pig House
3rd Place: 1x LEGO 40385 Trophy

Here are the winners!

1st Place: crazycollie

This is pretty big. Not just the plots, but the win for crazycollie! Aside from a stunning build that has so much detail, this build secures collie’s place as an official Builder in the server with four wins in the competitions. Unfortunately this means that collie won’t be able to enter the competitions any more, but it does mean an official rank and role in the server, and bigger builds to come! Congrats crazycollie!

2nd Place: Doobiewinkle

Doobiewinkle went with Ancient Rome as an overall theme of the build, and his storytelling just shines through. It’s so cool to check out.

3rd Place: __B4C0N

I really liked the layout of this build, with the barn at the top of the hill, overlooking the lake. Very well done!

Honourable Mentions

We have three honourable mention this round, with players scoring some votes, but not enough to make the top three.

_pluto_9

Kursed7280084

OnceNoodles

A huge congratulations to all of our entrants! The level of detail across all the entries this month was something else. Prize collection will be sorted through Discord – on to September!

Meet the Players – Amori

How long have you been playing Minecraft?

I’ve been playing Minecraft since 2012, Minecraft has always been a enormous part of my life and I don’t regret spending my time on it!

What made you start playing Minecraft?

II started playing Minecraft due to me being bored and some major YouTubers like PopularMMOS and DanTDM started playing. That got me really interested in getting Minecraft, after a lot of nagging my parents finally got me Minecraft!

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)

I feel like I’m most suited to the Competitors role, I love a good challenge to face off against! And the LibraryCraft tournaments fuel my passions for competition because so many people are so good on this server!

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

I don’t play a lot of survival myself, but I like playing Minecraft with other people. It’s one of the reasons I play LibraryCraft so much, so I can interact with the community!

What’s your favourite ever build you’ve created?

My favourite build so far is my villager base on LibraryCraft. It has so much detail thanks to Cram during the LibraryCraft Big Base Swap, It carries a lot of memories of the past year with all the little unique stuff!

How many times have you beaten the EnderDragon?

I’ve defeated the EnderDragon around 10 times in my Minecraft history, all of those have been in LibraryCraft! I’ve never been bothered to actually kill the EnderDragon in solo Survival though.

What does your LC base look like? What are some of it’s features?

I have so many new features thanks to LCBBS! I’m not sure if I know all of them yet. But some of the most prominent ones are the auto smelter, a machine that smelts for you, and a contraption using seeds to produce bonemeal! And finally best of all, my auto book finder, which can find enchanted books of my choice but it’s still in progress.

What’s your favourite block?

My favourite block is most likely the emerald block for nostalgic and real reasons, back when I first got Minecraft my first creative base was made out of it. And I’ve got a ton of it in LibraryCraft to this day!

How about your favourite mob?

My favourite mob is 100% the Enderman. It’s got so many unique attributes and weird features, when I first met it in creative I was shocked by the sight of this unique mob! That moment still lingers in my brain to this day!

What’s your favourite thing to do in LibraryCraft?

I love to interact with the community! They’re all so nice and it makes my day better every day. You guys all make my day better and some of you I would consider better friends then some of my irl ones!

September Creative Competition – Enchanted Garden

We’ve had some exciting and big builds happening for August, and we’re looking forward to checking them out properly when we judge, but it’s on to September!

Enchanted Garden should be fun, as it allows you to make use of those beautiful new blocks that have appeared since we’ve updated to 1.17.1!

Rules

  • All building is in Creative Mode
  • Builders must use ONE plot only
  • All building must be done on the September Comp Map
  • Designs must be your own
  • Single player entries only – no team builds

Judging will happen during the first week of October.

As per normal, the September Comp world gate – located on the Warp Ship – will replace the August gate which will close to building at 9pm on Tuesday August 31st.

The gate will open on the Warp Ship on the morning of September 1st, so get planning and designing now – you’ll only have a month to build. Players Choice votes will also be open as usual.

LibraryCraft is now on 1.17.1!

That’s right, after a couple of days to update, we’re back! There’s plenty to check out on 1.17.1, with loads of new blocks, axolotls, goats (yet to be found) and more.

We’ve also got our new Shop system up and running, with diamonds as the main economy and the stunning new Trade Hall filling up with shops using the new Shopkeeper plugin. We’ve even got a friendly giant called Barry that stands guard and welcomes everyone in.

The new shops are proving to be a hit, so make sure you come over to the NewSurvival Trade Hall and check them out. There might be something you want! If you want to know more about the system, check out the video below.

Server Closed for Update!

If you’re trying to log in and it’s telling you you’re not whitelisted, we’re in the process of updating to 1.17.1, and the server is busy getting the world expansion sorted. It’ll take a while, but I’ll post an announcement both here and on the LibraryCraft Discord when it’s ready to go later tonight.

If you want to stay up to date with what’s going on, join the LibraryCraft Discord server and get in on the conversations! It’s a busy place.

We’re updating to 1.17.1!

Ok, the plugins are pretty much ready to go, it’s time to schedule this update to 1.17.1! There’s a few things to do, so it will happen in stages over the next week or so. Here’s what has already happened!

  1. The new Trade Hall on NewSurvival Trade Island has been built and set up! At the moment this is still empty. Once the shop systems have been swapped over, the Trade Hall will be open for business. Thanks to the awesome crew of players for building this. It looks incredible!
  2. The Richest Players list has been removed
  3. Referral Bonuses, more /sethomes and player heads have been changed from in game currency to diamonds.

Here’s what still needs to happen:

  1. The current ChestShop and /shop plugins will be removed.
  2. The Diamond Bank and Shopkeepers will be installed and set up for use.
  3. Posters will be created to help players with the new systems.
  4. All existing balances will be wiped.
  5. Plugins and datapacks will be updated and tested.
  6. The NewSurvival worldborder will be expanded from 5000 sq blocks to 7500 sq blocks.
  7. The new area will be preloaded to reduce lag.

The easy stuff like posters will happen Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th August, and I’ll be slowly updating the plugins as well. Without the main 1.17.1 update though, players shouldn’t notice a difference. It’s when I start swapping the economy systems over – then you should notice a bit of a difference.

Changing the economy systems over means that other things will be impacted too – mainly buying plots in competitions, and post office plots too. This needs to change from the currency costs to diamonds. I’ll be doing a bit of testing first (probably Thursday 12th and Friday 13th), now that the plugin is ready. Once I’m happy with it, I’ll wipe the balances, swap out the economy systems and I’ll send a message to everyone with what needs to happen. This will probably happen on Monday 16th.

After that’s bedded in, the big stuff will happen – firstly, the whitelist will be temporarily cleared, so only I can access it. This will all happen during school hours, so it shouldn’t impact many. The server will be updated to 1.17.1, I’ll test the plugins again, then I’ll expand NewSurvival, preload it, then re-add the whitelist and away we go! The new adminshops with the 1.17.1 gear that can’t be obtained naturally will also be added. I’m guessing this will happen on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th.

If you’re wondering why remove the whitelist, it’s so I can control the test environment. It’s also mainly for the preload – when this is happening, it takes the sole focus of the server, so players will feel some lag. It’s usually done after a few hours.

As you can tell, there’s a fair bit to do, and I want to thank you all for being so patient while we wait just a little bit longer. To sum up those dates:

Wednesday 11th August: Posters and Plugins
Thursday 12th: Plugins and economy changeover testing
Friday 13th: Economy changeover testing
Monday 16th: Economy Changeover
Wednesday 18th: 1.17.1 Update, NewSurvival Expansion
Thursday 19th: 1.17.1 Admin Shops

All things going well, that’s the plan. Hopefully things don’t change again!

Meet the Players – marginal_cas

How long have you been playing Minecraft?

Since I was around 7? I first got a laptop to play it when I was 6, but the laptop actually couldn’t run the game. I still have that laptop to this day, an old 2009 Toshiba. However, back then, all I knew how to do was blow up trees with TNT in creative mode. I honestly did not understand how to craft sticks, and assumed you needed to find them somehow. Fun fact: my most vivid memory from Minecraft in this time was a hardcore world where I trapped a creeper in a cave and killed it with cactus, while absolutely freaking out for no reason! Apparently it was just really scary to me.

What made you start playing Minecraft?

I used to watch a lot of stampylongnose videos, mainly hunger games and adventure maps. He was still well into most of his series’ then, and I never really got to see how to start a new survival world, thus never knowing how to play the game from scratch.

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)

I’m not sure! I’ve had a 1.7.9 world for a while, and that could be something, but I also really enjoy playing minigames (I play competitive pvp occasionally and would say I’m pretty ok at it. I’ve also tended towards challenge modes and hardcore worlds recently, especially lava rising and silly stuff like that with friends.

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

Oh I definitely mix it up. I typically do what I feel like, whether that be a crazy datapack in hardcore or a chill world on normal. Never on peaceful though. Never ever.

What’s your favourite ever build you’ve created?

I’m not sure, probably on an old minehut world with friends. I made a huge glass tower and lined it with lava. It absolutely ruined the sunrise and sundown from our little lakeside home, but it turned out pretty cool.

How many times have you beaten the EnderDragon?

I have not been counting. I speed run 1.14 a lot and have been getting into 1.16 hardcore worlds quite a bit recently too. I’d say I’ve defeated the dragon over 120 times? I’m not sure if that’s overestimating or underestimating myself, but I have quite a bit of time in doing stuff like just that. The dragon fight is one of my all time favourite boss fights of any game though.

What does your LC base look like? What are some of it’s features?

Unfortunately, I’m not too interested in starting from scratch in an already heavily played world, especially one that relies so heavily on economy at the stage its in. Maybe when the server comes to 1.17, as far in the future as that may be, I’ll get into it, but otherwise I’ll stick to the minigames and just chatting on the discord 🙂

LC: We’re getting closer to 1.17! Hopefully a few weeks out now – we’ve got a few plugins we’re still waiting on.

What’s your favourite block?

My favourite block is easily doors. Although they’re technically not blocks, I love having a bunch of doors in my hotbar for no particular reason while playing with friends. If they ask, I reply with ‘door things’ and its always a great experience. Also for creating endless door tunnels to leave a house.

How about your favourite mob?

Probably endermites. I like the concept of being an enemy that punishes you for pearling too much, and the idea of it just appearing after throwing a pearl is honestly cute. I’d hug one if it didn’t hurt me (does it bite?).

What’s your favourite thing to do in LibraryCraft?

Probably bedwars. I’d love to try the regular PVP minigame some day, but I’ve never seen enough people on willing to play it. I’d probably get more into the whole Laketown PVP thing, but that bases off of equipment I’d have to get in survival, and I’m personally not a fan of grinding too hard in Minecraft just to have slightly better stuff that only helps you against other players, and no real progressive advantage. Here’s to hoping there’s kitpvp on LibraryCraft in the future 🙂

July WA Landmarks Competition Results

Last month’s build competition was really exciting – seeing some real world locations in WA come to life in LibraryCraft. The players definitely delivered, creating some truly incredible builds. On to the results!

1st Place: __B4C0N

__B4C0N’s first win! Painstakingly recreating the Perth Mint, the sandstone and red brick texture looks excellent in this build. There’s also plenty of detail inside. Well done Bacon!

2nd Place: Doobiewinkle

Doobiewinkle (Countdodododo for those of you that are struggling to keep up with the name changes 😉 ) went with the Perth Belltower, and it looks fantastic! There’s plenty of detail inside, with the bellringer’s room and the bells included as well.

3rd Place: crazycollie

Being in Freo every day, this one is just brilliant. Dingo Flour looks spectacular! Well done crazycollie.

Honourable Mentions

We have three honourable mention this round, with players scoring some votes, but not enough to make the top three.

_pluto_9 – Crawley Boat Shed

DexterouzDingo – Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle

Strider_06 – Bathurst Lighthouse, Rottnest

A huge congratulations to all of our entrants! The quality this month was exceptional. We’ll look at incorporating these builds into a Survival world in the very near future. It doesn’t feel right to just clear it out and start again!