Meet the Players – TypedStream5948

How long have you been playing Minecraft?

I have been playing Minecraft for 6 years now, The earliest version I have played is probably 1.9, The Combat update! This update also was one of the first updates with the end cities.

What made you start playing Minecraft?

My sister started, but I’ve gotten much better than her. I also keep on teaching my younger sister how to do things like I can, though she hasn’t caught up, yet!

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 am a subterranean hermit! My whole base is underground with some secret bits there, like my blackstone Nether secret base. I also have a sugarcane and bamboo farm hidden down in there!

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

I mix my worlds up a lot, but I label them accordingly, like my redstone testing worlds have redstone test #1, and Tree House Base. I definitely hope Mojang adds folders, I might crash my PC with all the worlds!

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

My favourite build is definitely my 2020-21 LibraryCraft build. It is an underground base with multiple different hallways, it is also the one I’m in right now, though I still change bits and bobs around the place, just to make it look better. Extra details, like nice little hidden light sources, and secret buttons that do certain things…

How many times have you beaten the EnderDragon?

I have beaten the ender dragon about 10 times, but only 8 of them were solo. My first time, I didn’t know how to, so I called up my friend to help me out! We were so bewildered when the egg was there, we didn‘t know what it was!

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

My base has a lovely bedroom, with some secret entrance to my underground part, which has a massive bamboo and sugarcane farm, and a armour room! I also have a nether portal, and an extra bedroom.

What’s your favourite block?

My favourite block is the diamond block, maybe because I have a lot of them in my enderchest on the LibraryCraft server! (32 to be exact) Though it is a big seller, especially when I buy things, I usually pay with diamonds, or diamond blocks.

How about your favourite mob?

My favourite mob is a cat! I am still trying to find one on LibraryCraft, as I don’t know where a village is close to me either, which is kind of sad as I usually find one on my survival worlds.

What’s your favourite thing to do in LibraryCraft?

I like to go mining, but I also like using blackstone, as it is probably the most common block in my base! With over 1 shulker box already used in my base, it has loads and loads of blackstone, and blackstone bricks.

May Library Competition – Results

May’s Library competition has been shelved (get it?) , our awesome mods and judges have submitted their votes, so here’s the results, plus the honourable mentions! We had a really hard time picking the winners this month – all feedback from the moderators was that the entries were next level! You should all be really proud.

1st Place: crazycollie

In true Collie fashion, we’ve got an absolutely breathtaking Hogwarts inspired library, filled to the brim with plenty of Harry Potter books and details. This is beautiful and was amazing to walk through. Well done Collie!

2nd Place: _pluto_9

Coming in second place for the second month in a row, Pluto has created a stunning quartz and glazed terracotta build with a difference. The design here is very eye catching, and is a very grand entrance leading up to the library in the back.

3rd Place: bforkcan

Formerly known as B4C0N and (confusingly) SpeedCat995, bforkcan has gone for a more rugged stone look with this build, reminiscent of a traditional library. It’s really well thought out! A very nice use of the poster sign too. 🙂

Honourable Mentions

A whopping six other builders also scored votes but didn’t quite get across the line. This just shows the quality of builds we had this month!

Kursed7280084

Countdodododo

I have to say as a librarian, this concept of Count’s was great – a VR library. Hold a book and walk through a portal to check out the story in virtual reality! I wish this was a thing…

MammothPizza

xdboonana

Albuman

xGodPVPx

Congratulations to all our winners and honourable mentions! The winnings will be sent out soon. Speaking of winnings, given the economy system will be changing very soon, the in-game prizes for our top three builders from this point on will be diamond blocks! 3 for first place, 2 for second and 1 for third.

Bring on the Nether and the final competition for the season!

LibraryCraft and 1.17 Part 1

So we now know that Caves & Cliffs Part 1 will be released to the general public on June 8th – Tuesday! A few things are going to change, but remember – we have to wait until our plugins are updated before the server can be updated.

Just a reminder, 1.17 Part 1 is only going to be adding new blocks and mobs (glow squid, goats and axlotls). The world generation for the actual caves (plus the Warden) is not until 1.18, that will come in early 2022. 1.18? Yep, that’s what Part 2 will be called, as it’s pretty big by itself, so it gets a major number.

Because the world generation won’t happen until at least the start of 2022, we won’t be adding a new world in this update. OldSurvival and NewSurvival will stay for the time being. As the Survival worlds are preloaded with a worldborder, all of the explorable land has been explored, so nothing new will spawn in the current worldborder of 5k x 5k, so we’ll be expanding the NewSurvival worldborder to 7.5k x 7.5k. Yes, Some blocks will generate in the game – like amethysts and copper. If you want those new items, you’re going to need to go exploring in the new areas! For the other items that won’t naturally spawn, they’ll be available in a new style of shop, for a price of a certain amount of diamonds. Those same items will be also available in Creative Mode.

When Update 2 comes out and is available for us in 2022, OldSurvival will go, NewSurvival will be renamed 116Survival, and a brand new 118Survival world will appear, in all it’s worldgen glory!

After 1.17 comes in, we’ll be removing the current /shop system and the ChestShops plugin, and adding two plugins – The Diamond Bank and Shopkeepers. The Diamond Bank allows for storage of diamonds in a digital vault. Holding diamonds in your hand, enter /deposit and they’ll be safely stored away. Entering /withdraw will get them out. Shopkeepers uses villagers with custom selling interfaces – much like what you see already, but players can add the items they want to sell, for either an amount of diamonds, or to trade. They work really well, and shopkeepers are also able to be changed to different mobs.

Still confused? Ok. When we get 1.17 Part 1 in the coming month, we’ll:

  • remove the current /shop system (we’re not really using it anyway, except to get more money)
  • remove ChestShops.
  • Current /balances will be wiped and removed.
  • Add The Diamond Bank and Shopkeepers as the primary shop systems. These would be used on both OldSurvival and NewSurvival.
  • Competition plots will be free (more info on this soon)
  • Competition prizes and referral bonuses will become diamonds, not money.
  • More /sethomes will be diamonds, not money.
  • Heads will be free to purchase, except player heads, that will cost diamonds.
  • Players buy a special villager egg worth a diamond block for use in their shops. Small shop plots will also cost diamonds (more info on this later)
  • AdminShop Villagers will be available at NewSurvival Trade Island so players can purchase the 1.17 items that do not naturally spawn, for diamonds.

Importantly, the biggest thing for you all to do right now is to start mining for diamonds! We will not be exchanging balances for diamonds. We will also be asking those of you that have built shops in the Trade Island to start tearing them down – the plots we use will be customisable, but much smaller.

Meet the Players – JtripleM

We’ve met a bunch of our moderators, time to meet some of our players! First up is JtripleM.

How long have you been playing Minecraft?

I think I’ve been playing Minecraft since about 2012-2013 which makes that about 7-8 years now. It feels very weird to know it’s been that long!

What made you start playing Minecraft?

What made me start playing Minecraft was one of my mates. I remember going over to his house and playing this new game he got called Minecraft on his PS3.

I remember me and him being terrified of Herobrine and constantly watching YouTube tutorials on how to spawn him into the game back in 2013!

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)

Good question! So many options on the list but the one that describes me the best I reckon is a Medieval Builder. As most of you probably know by now, I love building in Minecraft, probably my favourite thing to do actually and I really love the medieval style! If you’ve seen my current survival base, it is a castle. I’m planning to build a village and medieval trading ship at the dock!

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

I usually start off my survival worlds by mostly exploring the first day whilst collecting materials such as wood and iron. I usually run out of time in the day and end up being chased by zombies and other monsters. Usually spend my first night in a dirt hole in the ground!

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

That’s a hard one! I really like some of my builds so it’s hard to pick my favourite one. I think my favourite build on the LibraryCraft server would have to be either the PVP lobby or the Empire State Building with King Kong climbing up the side. Both builds were really fun to make!

How many times have you beaten the EnderDragon?

I could not tell you how many times I’ve defeated the EnderDragon because I actually don’t know! I know that sounds a bit cocky but I think it’s my mission in Minecraft to kill the dragon. I load up a new world and everything I do is preparation to that big mission! A Minecraft world isn’t complete without killing the dragon in my opinion.

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

My LibraryCraft base looks like a Medieval village (well, will look like one soon). I have a Medieval Castle with stone castle walls all the way around but are yet to add many buildings. We have a dock where I am also planning to build a medieval trading ship! We have storage rooms, bedrooms, enchanting rooms, everything a good base needs is in our castle!

What’s your favourite block?

That’s a tough question but I think my favourite block would have to be the spruce log block. This is my favourite block because it is my favourite block to build with and can be made into so many other handy/good things such as spruce planks, spruce stairs, sticks etc.

How about your favourite mob?

My favourite Minecraft mob is definitely the Zombie. The only reason this is my favourite is because it is pretty easy to defeat and can’t ruin my newly built house. Looking at you creepers!

What’s your favourite thing to do in LibraryCraft?

My favourite thing to do in the LibraryCraft server is definitely building new things and lobbies for the server as a builder. The thing I love about building for the server is that it can be anything you want, with such a wide variety of block choices, you can go crazy!

LCBBS – The Changes

Around a month ago a group of 12 players took part in the LCBBS – the LibraryCraft Big Base Swap, where pairs of players swapped bases and modified them in their style. It was great to see the excitement in the chat and Discord, so now here’s some of the results! Not every base was able to be worked on (life sometimes gets in the way and that’s okay), but here are some of the bases with the biggest changes. You can see the previous images in the first post about the LCBBS.

Zashu

This was a fun one – I took on Zashu’s base, and added a fallen temple area in the corner, a new mega portal, a hidden super smelter behind the Among Us spaceman, a stable for the animals under a cliff, a chicken coop, and the biggest job of all, clearing out the huge chest monster that covered the entire base!

JohnsanGeezo

Zashu went all out with my base, completely redesigning the house, and adding so much more! I honestly love it. It’s incredible! A campfire area, large outdoor table, bridge, more farms, ship and…

…even a full private library in the basement. It’s phenomenal. Thanks Z!

Cotal

Now known as sweedish and thanks to _keq, Cotal’s base had a huge overhaul, with heaps of aesthetic changes that look great.

The farms underground are also beautiful to check out.

Cram_

To be perfectly honest I’m not sure what’s changed here – I think the portion in the centre at the bottom is new, as well as the big torch? Either way, it looks cool! Nice work Flash.

SuperHeroFlash

On the other side, Cram changed heaps in Flash’s base, with more terrain changes and details galore. It looks excellent.

Jish_Le_Fish

Jish’s base (thanks to B4C0N), got a good overhaul, with most noticeably (to me at least) saw the farm areas getting an overhaul. It looks great!

TurtleBoy2929

TurtleBoy got a good deal, scoring a couple of excellent builders in JtripleM and CrazyCollie1205. The changes here are pretty monumental! I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Wow.

That’s it! We’ll be sure to do the LCBBS again in the next Minecraft version, with all that beautiful new cave world generation. Thanks to everyone who took part!

June Build Competition – Nether

It’s the final month of Season 1, 2021’s Emerald Points Competition – we’re finishing the season off by heading to the Nether!

Here’s the rules.

Rules

  • All building must be in Creative Mode
  • This is a Single Player Competition – Team builds are not allowed
  • Builders can claim ONE plot only
  • All entries must be built on the June Comp world
  • Designs must be your own – no copying from online!

Judging will take place during the first week of July 2021. The June Comp world gate – located on the Warp Ship – will replace the May gate which will close to building at 9pm on Monday May 31st.

The gate will open on the Warp Ship on the morning of June 1st.

April Wild West Competition – Results

The April Wild West Competition has been wrapped up, the moderators have submitted their votes, so here’s the results, plus the honourable mentions. We had a few less entries this month, but they were still all great to explore!

1st Place: Countdodododo

Count notches up win number two with a phenomenal train build – the classic train going over a large bridge that’s been destroyed is almost a staple Wild West scene, and it’s been executed really well. Great job Count. There’s even a bonus croc!

2nd Place: _pluto_9

Formerly known as frankie8_, _pluto_9 has created a stunning Wild West town, with a hotel, Sheriff’s office, stable, cemetery and train line running through. It must have a good water source nearby, as the greenery just pops. Well done Pluto!

3rd Place: Kursed7280084

Kursed also built a small settlement, with plenty of livestock around (including someone auctioning off a rare jeb_sheep (a sheep that cycles through various colours). I love the mineshaft that was included here too.

Honourable Mentions

Three other builders also scored votes but didn’t quite get across the line.

CrazyCollie1205

SpeedCat995 (B4C0N)

_Dragonlover_

Congratulations to all our winners and honourable mentions! The winnings will be sent out soon! Good luck with all your library builds – they’re looking great so far.

Caves & Cliffs Update and A New Economy

As some of you may know, on Thursday Mojang released the latest snapshot for 1.17 development. Given the size of 1.17, they’ve decided to change a few things up and split 1.17 into two releases.

The Summer Update focuses on blocks and mobs, and then the Holiday release for World Generation. Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is around September. There will be updates to our plugins during that time so we will get the blocks, but they won’t automatically generate in the game. Some will – like amethysts and copper, but the rest will only be available in Creative Mode. Mobs that we’ve seen in snapshots already will appear though.

Because the world generation won’t happen until at least the start of 2022 for us (we need to wait for plugin updates to happen first, which take some time), we won’t add a new world just yet. OldSurvival and NewSurvival will stay for the time being.

As the Survival worlds are preloaded with a worldborder, all of the explorable land has been explored, so nothing new will spawn in the current worldborder of 5k x 5k, so we’ll be expanding the NewSurvival worldborder to 7.5k x 7.5k. If you want those new items, you’re going to need to go exploring in the new areas!

For the other items that won’t naturally spawn, they’ll be available in an AdminShop, for a price of diamonds. When Update 2 comes out and is available for us in 2022, OldSurvival will go, NewSurvival will become 116Survival, and 117Survival will appear, in all it’s worldgen glory! Speaking of those AdminShops…

LC Economy 2.0

We’ve noticed over the last year that our economy has stagnated. Balances are being collected in order to be the richest, some shops are asking for payment in diamonds or emeralds, shops are mostly empty (save 2 or 3), or prices are exorbitant. There’s a solution that the Mods and I have come up with.

We’re planning on using two new plugins: The Diamond Bank and Shopkeepers. The Diamond Bank allows for storage of diamonds in a digital vault. Holding diamonds in your hand, enter /deposit and they’ll be safely stored away. Entering /withdraw will get them out. Shopkeepers uses villagers with custom selling interfaces – much like what you see already, but players can add the items they want to sell, for either an amount of diamonds, or to trade. They work really well, and shopkeepers are also able to be changed to different mobs. Check the Shopkeepers link above to see it in action.

Anyway, here’s what we’re proposing. There’s two choices. To vote, log in to the server and cast your vote by selecting Option 1 or 2.

Option 1

When we get 1.17 Update 1 in September, we:

  • remove the current /shop system (we’re not really using it anyway, except to get more money)
  • remove ChestShops.
  • Current /balances will be wiped and removed.
  • Add The Diamond Bank and Shopkeepers as the primary shop systems. These would be used on both OldSurvival and NewSurvival.
  • Competition plots would become free
  • Competition prizes would become diamonds, not money
  • Heads would be free to purchase, except player heads, that will cost diamonds.
  • Players would buy a special villager egg worth a diamond block for use in their shops.
  • AdminShop Villagers would be available to purchase the 1.17 items that do not naturally spawn, for diamonds.

Option 2

We do the same thing (without the AdminShop Villagers) when 1.17 Update 2 comes out in 2022.


So – the choices are we change to the new system in September (Option 1), or January 2022 (Option 2).

We think this will revitalise the economy system and make mining for diamonds all the more crucial! Diamond trading works extremely well on other servers, without the need for complicated economy systems. Diamonds are also much more versatile in the game! We think this’ll be an awesome change. It might take some getting used to, but we can do it!

May Build Competition – Library

To celebrate 2021’s National Library & Information Week, happening from May 17 – 23, we’re asking our players to build their best Library! I’m very excited about this one.

Here’s the rules!

Rules

  • All building must be in Creative Mode
  • This is a Single Player Competition – Team builds are not allowed
  • Builders can claim ONE plot only
  • All entries must be built on the May Comp world
  • Designs must be your own – no copying from online!

Judging will take place during the first week of June 2021. The May Comp world gate – located on the Warp Ship – will replace the April gate which will close to building at 9pm on Friday April 30th.

The gate will open on the Warp Ship on the morning of May 1st.