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!

New Features coming to LibraryCraft

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been going through the feedback from our recent annual survey. There’s been a lot! Thanks to all of our players and parents that submitted feedback, and congratulations to xdboonana, _pluto_9 and Albuman for scoring a $50 JB HiFi voucher!

We’ve set up a space on the New Survival spawn island with large posters of all our feedback. There’s also an opportunity for you to provide more feedback to our responses, with some books and quills and a chest. We want to know what you think! The feedback has also been posted to Discord, for more chances to talk to the team.

On to the changes! In addition to setting up some team challenges, survival structures and hopefully some more minigame maps, there’s two big changes that we’ll be implementing soon.

New Roles

We’ll be adding a new Mentor role in both Discord and in game, for the players that are awesome at helping people and showing new players around. This one is currently being set up and requirements figured out, but we think it will be an excellent way to help new players out. Stay tuned in game on /news and in Discord to find out what the requirements will be.

We’ve also added the Projects role and some pronoun reaction roles to the Discord too. The Projects role will be given to those players that currently have the Projects rank in Discord.

PVP Survival

The biggest change we’ll be implementing is the addition of a new PVP Survival World! Here’s the plan.

  1. We remove The Broken Sky – not everyone plays on it, and out of all the Survival play so far, TBS accounts for only 0.5% of it.
  2. We also remove Laketown PVP.
  3. We replace them with a custom Survival world of around 3000 x 3000 blocks, which is open to PVP.
  4. Claims will not be allowed on this world.
  5. Dynmap will be turned off for this world.
  6. The world is a separate inventory, and enderchests will also not be allowed.
  7. Graves will be turned off.
  8. While PVP will be allowed, ALL other rules will still be in play. No TNT, no cheats, showing respect etc.
  9. You’ll be allowed to loot items from people’s chests, so hide them well!
  10. No griefing will be allowed on this world. No destroying bases for the fun of it. You can make a two block hole to get into someone’s base, but that’s it.
  11. The world will only last for a term plus school holidays, then it gets deleted.
  12. The world will be OPT IN ONLY. If you come to the PVP Survival world, you understand that you may be killed on sight. No coming to check it out and ask for stuff back. A protected spawn island will be set up, where PVP will not be turned on.
  13. The Nether and the End won’t appear. Instead, loot crates will appear with some gear in them.
  14. Players can (and are encouraged to) form alliances.

The biggest takeaway from this is that this is not an anarchy world. Rules will definitely still apply. If players break the rules in the world, they will face the penalties. Below is an image of what the spawn island in this world will be in it’s unbuilt form. We’re getting close to opening this world up!

We’re excited to find out what you think!

June & Emerald Points Season 1 2021 Results

And that’s a wrap on the end of Season 1, 2021! The June competition is complete, the votes are in and have been tallied, so here are the results.

We had some brilliant entries this month, when we asked you to build something Nether related. On to the results.

1st Place: _pluto_9

Pluto gets a win! Creating a spooky but beautiful looking Nether portal representing a sword hilt, with the different biomes of the Nether scattered around.

2nd Place: crazycollie

This time around Collie has built some floating islands with some of the new Nether biomes, a house, and a fantastic looking portal in the centre.

3rd Place: W1indfall

Going tall, W1indfall (formerly _B4C0N and all the other names) has built a stunning spiral tower/cloud/monster? with some excellent use of light in the centre. This looks super imposing and eye catching. Well done!

Honourable Mentions

We have five honourable mention this round, with players scoring some votes, but not enough to make the podium finish.

Countdodododo

Axeflames

_dragonlover_

Tapukoko888

Speedcat998

Emerald Points Season 1, 2021 Results

That brings us to the end of the first Emerald Points Season for 2021!

Here’s the results:

Countdodododo – 50 pts
crazycollie – 45 pts
_pluto_9 – 35 pts
W1indfall – 25 pts
JtripleM – 15 pts
Kursed7280084 – 10 pts

Congratulations to Countdodododo, crazycollie and _pluto_9 for taking out the season! This season has seen some massive entries and stunning builds. Congratulations to the rest of our points scorers. We’re all very excited for Season 2, 2021!

Countdodododo takes home a brand new pair of Audio-Technica headphones, crazycollie gets a $50 JB HiFi voucher, and _pluto_9 gets a $30 JB HiFi voucher.

I’ll be in touch with the winners in the coming days on Discord to tee up some prize collection times.

August Creative Competition – Farm

July’s WA Landmarks competition has only just begun, and the builds are looking excellent, but I want to get everyone excited for what is next. August means National Science Week, and as we did last year, the August competition is bigger than most.

In August we’re celebrating National Science Week’s 2021 theme of Food: Different by Design, so we’re asking you to build your best Farm. (Thanks to Keralis from HermitCraft S7 for the unbelievable build above!)

We have changed the plot sizes for this competition, with big 104×50 sized plots. (Don’t ask about the extra 4…)

Here’s the rules, with some extra ones!

Rules

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

Each base MUST include:

  • Farms need to be carbon neutral. Generation of power can be by water wheel, wind turbine, solar panels etc. Anything carbon neutral.
  • Farms need to show evidence of
    • Irrigation
    • Harvesting
    • Storage
    • Transport of resources in and out (roads, gates etc)
    • Homestead/living (can be partial, or a facade if need be)

Judging will happen during the first week of September.

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

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

Prizes

The top three designs will win an extra special prize, just for August! Regular Emerald Points prizes will be given out as usual, along with diamond blocks.

1st Place: 1x Sphero SPRK+
2nd Place: 1x LEGO Minecraft 21170 The Pig House*
3rd Place: 1x LEGO 40385 Trophy

*Please note that the LEGO Minecraft set has been opened once to be built for review on bricktasticblog.com, before being broken down and bagged. All parts including spares are included.

Who’s excited? We are!

Meet the Players – Countdodododo

How long have you been playing Minecraft?

I have been playing Minecraft since about 2014. 15, 16? I don’t really know but the first edition I played was PlayStation 4 with my sister, I remember playing in the Christmas texture pack and trying to kill undefeatable Santa with sticks (a retextured iron golem) After that I started playing MCPE in 2018 because it seemed cool and all the cool people at school had it. Now I play Minecraft Java.

What made you start playing Minecraft?

I can’t remember but I guess I must have just tried playing it on the PlayStation and liked it. As I said before I got MCPE because I thought it might be fun and all the cool kids were playing it. I started playing Java because LibraryCraft on MCPE was very glitchy and all my builds kept losing blocks and glitching.

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)

Well, I’m probably the Minimalist, I’m not a hardcore gamer so as long as I can get what a need relatively quickly (except for glass, why glass, if I could have infinite of every block I would definitely have GLASS) I am also a medieval builder, my whole base is a village! If you don’t know, I love history (just ask me to sing the first verse of Rule Britannia). I’m also a bit of an explorer.

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

I mostly start up a world the same, build a nice, simple wood house and make a mine. I mainly explore the overworld and sometimes venture to the Nether. I’m I bit of a noob to be honest and I only have good stuff on LibraryCraft because of the /back command. (Oh, thank God for /back).

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

That’s a hard one, I never really made any good builds until I started entering the LC build comps. My top three are probably my April comp build, my February comp build and my January comp build. I have so many other that I really like such as a church I made in MCPE or my November 2020 comp build.

How many times have you beaten the EnderDragon?

Oh, haha. Get ready to see how noob I am! I have defeated the Ender Dragon multiple times in LC but I don’t count that as legitimate because LC has /back, /home and the lot. I have also killed the dragon multiple times in creative. (hahahaha) So all in all I have never killed the Ender Dragon legitimately. One day I will… One day.

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

This one is interesting because my base is a town. It originally started as my little house in a village, but it has now grown to many buildings created by many different players. There is a village house, a big lake, a watchtower, players’ offices and so much more. I like having a town and I am hopefully planning to make DoDoVille, which is my town’s name, in 1.17 Survival. If you want to visit me or read about DoDoVille come down and ask for a copy of the History of DoDoVille. (Yes, I legit made a book about a town in a block game).

What’s your favourite block?

My favourite block is definitely the netherite block. It looks so cool and on top of that it is very valuable. Unfortunately for me, even though this is my favourite block, because it is so hard to get, I only ever get my hands on it in creative.

How about your favourite mob?

I don’t really know. My favourite mob is probably the Iron Golem, they are really cool and can do lots of damage (I don’t like these guys when I accidentally hit a villager.) I also like dolphins and PARROTS.

I also really like Herobrine, but he’s not a mob (Yet…)

If you have seen me before you will also know that I have an immense hate for the illagers. I kill every illager I see which has led me to kill over 2000 pillagers in over 60 raids.

What’s your favourite thing to do in LibraryCraft?

My favourite thing to do on LC is definitely the monthly comps. They are so fun to build and it lets my imagination run free. It’s amazing to see what other players on the server can build as well. Some of JTripleM’s and Crazycollie’s builds are amazing. But above them all there is a newcomer, _Pluto_9 who has some amazing talent they have been hiding. (just look at their May comp build, I mean AMAZING) I wonder how this morphed to talking about builders?

Thanks for reading about me!

-Count