October Build Competition – Amusement Park

The September Build Competition looks really exciting. I’m looking forward to taking a proper look through – there’s so much Star Wars!

Next month, we’re planning something fun, and we want your input. This is how you give it to us! The competition theme is Amusement Park.

As you have hopefully seen by now, the Survival worlds on the server will be reset. This allows us to do some new and fun things on the new world, including creating our very own theme park!

Whatever you would see at an amusement park is fair game – rides, sideshow alley, food areas, the entrance gate, whatever! Selected entries will then be moved to a new amusement park on the new Survival World.

Just like last time, click the sign on the corner of a plot to claim it. It will cost you $5. Please don’t remove the sign! It spams the backend when there’s a sign missing.

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 October Comp world
  • Designs must be your own – no copying from online!

Judging will take place during the first week of November. The October Comp world gate – located on the Warp Ship – will replace the September gate which will close to building at 9pm on Wednesday September 30th.

The gate will open on the Warp Ship on the morning of October 1st, so get planning and designing now – you’ll only have a month to build.

August Creative Competition – Results

It’s been a huge competition for August! National Science Week 2020 is long since over, and we’re in to the new September Space Competition. The votes have been tallied, including the all important votes from the WA Maritime Museum (that were worth double), and the results are in!

This is exciting, as it kicks off Emerald Points Season 2, 2020. It’s a fresh start! Let’s get stuck into the results. No screenshots this time – we’ve got a fancy video showcasing the winners, and a few honourable mentions!

This video will also be shown in the WA Maritime Museum in Perth!

First, the results! We had some truly amazing builds that all showed some real thought and research into how each base worked. Well done to everyone that submitted an entry! You should all be really proud of the work you did. Every build had something that was really clever.

1st Place: CramoisieStar

This base had a beautiful look and feel to it. It was uniform in style and had an excellent layout, as well as some brilliant scientific aspects to it – we loved the animal room!

2nd Place: zxw4

From the elevator down to the bottom of the ocean to the amazing entry dome featuring the new Nether trees, this was a really exciting build to walk around. The WAMM staff particularly loved the interpretation of Subastian – the ROV that was on the RV Falkor.

3rd Place: SpeedCat998

The detail in this build was exceptional! The submarine was excellent, and we were very impressed that power was thought about throughout the base, including using daylight sensors as solar panels.

Congratulations to our three winners! We’ll be in touch to sort out prize handovers.

Check out the video for the in game footage of our winners and some honourable mentions.

September Build Competition – Space

We’re almost at the end of one of our biggest monthly competitions with August’s Underwater Base builds! It’s been brilliant working with the WA Maritime Museum, and getting all of your questions. You’ve come up with some great ones! We’re really excited to get the responses back.

Next month we’ll be getting back to our normal monthly competitions, with Space!

This one is going to be fun! We’ve got a special space world ready to go with rectangular plots all ready. The plots are 50 wide, 50 tall and 100 long, so there’s plenty of room. Like with August, we’re using our new method of competition claims.

Click the sign on the bottom corner of each plot to claim it. It will cost you $5. Please don’t remove the corner blocks or the sign! The central glass blocks can be used to start your builds.

It doesn’t have to be spaceships! If it’s space related, it’ll work – go full science fiction.

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 September Comp world
  • Designs must be your own – no copying from online!

Judging will take place during the first week of October. The September Comp world gate – located on the Warp Ship – will replace the August gate which will close to building at 9pm on Monday 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.

Survival Build Competition – Results

After around five months of building, the Survival Build Competition has come to a close. Builders were asked to build a house and at least one farm in Survival mode, with items gathered from the main Survival map and bought from the server shop. We’ve seen some incredible builds, and here’s the top three and some honourable mentions, just like always.

1st Place: Xx_Aidan_xX

After months of collecting items and stocking up, Aidan finally created this stunning modern style house, complete with swimming pool. It’s beautiful.

2nd Place: _xXDedukKingXx_

In his standard ‘go tall’ style, King reached for the skies once again with this incredibly detailed and unique build.

3rd Place: EvaLPS

Lastly, Eva went back to the farm with animals and colour galore.

Honourable Mentions

Here are the entries that scored votes but didn’t quite get there.

Tapukoko888 designed this interesting house with some really nice landscaping.

Tapufini888 went with a big treehouse, but unfortunately left out a farm with crops or animals! This was an impressive build.

_ghost5 went with a multi-story build and enclosed farming area. This looked really cool.

Lastly, FreoCraft2 built this really cool series of buildings.

Congratulations to everyone who entered! I’ll be in touch with the winners this week. Some JB HiFi vouchers are on John’s desk with your names on them!

For those of you that have still got builds on the world and want to get them moved to the Survival World, get in touch with JohnsanGeezo as soon as you can. The world has been closed, but John still has access. In order to move them, he will need coordinates of where to move them, and enough clear, flat space to move them to.

July and Emerald Points Season 1 Results

July’s Gates competition is complete, the votes are in and have been tallied, and it’s also the end of the first Emerald Points season!

We had some really interesting entries this month, asking players to build a gate for the coming boss battle world. Unfortunately we’re still waiting on a few things for that to work, but the gates was the first step, so we’re on our way!

On to the results.

1st Place: ShaesWings

ShaesWings created a brilliant looking striking cobra, with the gate hidden in the mouth. This is super cool!

2nd Place: Minxinspace

Minx built this volcano, which would fit in superbly with any Nether build.

3rd Place: Arsomegirl

Finally, Arsomegirl went to the End with this imposing portal building, complete with two End towers.

Honourable Mentions

Here are the other builds that scored votes but just missed out!

Tapukoko888 went big with this End gate design.

EvaLPS built an awesome EnderDragon head.

MrsMood designed an underwater build with some excellent symmetry.

And _xXDedukKingXx_ also went tall with this unique build.

Emerald Points Season 1 Results

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

Here’s the results:

Congratulations to _xXDedukKingXx_, Tapukoko888 and Xx_Aidan_xX for taking out the first season! We had a really close result, with third place coming down to the total votes received during the season. Congratulations to the rest of our points scorers. We’re all really looking forward to Season 2!

I’ll be in touch with the winners this week to tee up some prize collection times. Bring on Season 2!

Season Changeovers and New Competitions

It’s the end of July tomorrow, which means the end of our first Emerald Points Competition season! It all comes down to this. We’ve had an amazing few months of builds – Ships, Treehouses, Winter and Gates. Next season will be just as awesome, and the points tally will reset, but there’s also a few other big things coming up! We’ll let everyone know who wins mid way through August.

The July world will be changed to Adventure mode on Friday night, so make sure you get your last changes in! The August world will go live on Saturday morning.

In case you forgot, the prizes for the end of Season 1 are:

  • 1st Prize: 1x Steelseries Apex 3 Gaming keyboard
  • 2nd Prize: 1x $50 JB HiFi Voucher
  • 3rd Prize: 1x $30 JB HiFi Voucher

August Creative Competition – Underwater Bases

The August world will also have a new method of claiming plots of land – similar to how shops are purchased in the Trade Hall. Right click an available plot’s sign to give yourself access to the plot. Please limit yourself to one plot only.

Make sure you submit a question for the WA Maritime Museum Science team to be eligible to win one of the amazing prizes they’ve provided. This is a very unique opportunity to ask questions of the team who have been to the deepest parts of WA’s coastline, so make sure you don’t waste it! The first wave of questions are due on Sunday August 2nd, with another wave due mid August, in case you missed out.

Survival Build Competition

Tomorrow also means the end of the Survival Build Competition. It’s been around 5 months since we started it and we have some amazing entries!

From Friday night the Build Competition Entry world will be set to Adventure mode so changes can’t be made. This means that any home that’s used as a regular base needs to be moved to the regular Survival world. Please contact JohnsanGeezo in game or Discord to get this sorted out.

The prizes for the Survival Build Competition are:

  • 1st Prize: $50 JB HiFi Voucher
  • 2nd & 3rd Prizes: 1x $25 JB HiFi Vouchers each

LibraryCraft Head Games

August also brings a new competition – the Head Games! Each mob will now have a chance (some much rarer than others) of dropping their head on death. Registration costs one diamond, and you need to name it with your name (using a nametag) before dropping it down the central hopper at the Head Games Headquarters (the HGHQ). JohnsanGeezo will also be adding in one diamond BLOCK to the winnings pot for every player that enters. So far we have 8 players, so that’s a lot of diamonds!

The competition will go until the end of November, and the prizes will go to 1st, 2nd and 3rd. All heads must be submitted into your own hopper, located on the second floor of the HGHQ. Thanks to Vinemon for creating the building!

Bring on Season 2 and all those new things!

August Build Competition – Underwater Bases – with the WA Maritime Museum!

It’s just under two weeks until the end of July, and we have had some great entries in the Gates competition so far, but I want to get everyone excited for what is next.

In August we’re teaming up with the WA Maritime Museum to celebrate National Science Week. 2020’s theme is Deep Blue, so we’re asking you to build your best Underwater Base. Builds must be themed around one of the following topics:

  • Research Base (underwater research in shallow and deep water)
  • Camoflaged Base (hiding from the monsters of the deep)
  • Exploration Base (searching for a new place to live)

We have created a brand new custom world just for this competition, with huge 100×100 sized water plots. Each plot has a small section of beach. 

The WA Maritime Museum has also provided some extra video content for players, covering some deep sea exploration missions in WA. This content will be useful in getting the most out of your builds! Each player will also be able to ask questions of the expedition team themselves.

Rules

  • All building is in Creative Mode
  • Builders must choose ONE topic above
  • 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

Each base MUST include:

  • A way to get inhabitants and supplies from the Base to the surface (each plot has a section of land)
  • Living Quarters
  • Research laboratories (plants and animals)
  • Water and Air filtration systems (use your imagination)
  • Ocean access for marine life study and exploration (shallow and deep water)
  • Submersible craft or ROV (remotely operated vehicle)

Judging will happen during the first week of September. Judging will be based on both aesthetics (how it looks), and functionality. The WA Maritime Museum staff will be judging the entries as well, with each WAMM vote counting for two moderator votes.

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 Friday 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, thanks to the WA Maritime Museum. To qualify for these prizes, a question must be submitted to the WAMM Science team. More information on this is available in game. Regular Emerald Points prizes will be given out as usual – it’s the start of a new season, so points will get reset!

1st Place: 300X 8-LED USB Digital Microscope
2nd & 3rd Places: 25x Brass Monocular Spyglass

These are some seriously cool prizes, so I’m looking forward to seeing the builds and getting your questions!

In the mean time, keep building those gates!

June Winter Competition – Results

The moderators have done another round of voting so here are the top three for June! We had over 25 entries this round. That’s huge!

Like every month, each moderator chose their top three and submitted the votes to me. I then tally them up with each vote getting a score – 15 points for a 1st choice vote, 10 points for 2nd, 5 points for 3rd. The points were added up and the three top points scorers got the wins.

1st Place: Xx_Aidan_xX

In the space of a solid 5 hours of building, Aidan created a beautiful snowglobe! The shaping of this is stunning.

2nd Place: _xXDedukKingXx_

King once again reached for the skies with a large floating castle and a dragon.

3rd Place: TapuKoko888

Koko submitted a very clever Santa’s village. There was so much detail, including a hidden underground Santa’s hideout, and Santa’s sleigh!

Honourable Mentions

Like last month, there were a few players that scored some votes, but missed out on the top spot.

FrankieSquid8 created this cozy winter house with a very nice interior.

Rodger500, built a series of igloos and a roaring campfire amongst the snow.

EpicCracker29, submitted a very nice winter village with a couple of houses, an igloo and a great looking beacon housing.

Finally, ___cosmic__ included a beautiful secluded campsite amongst snow covered trees.

There were so many more entries that were all fantastic builds – a massive congratulations to all who entered. Check out the video above.

The Winter world will be available for a little while longer to get any final Player’s Choice votes in. The top three Players’ Choice builds will get some extra in game cash.

We’ve got one more month to go before the end of the very first season of the Emerald Points competition. The tally so far is:

  • _xXDedukKingXx_ – 35 points
  • Tapukoko888 – 20 points
  • Xx_Aidan_xX – 15 points
  • toothless_spy – 10 points
  • IcyDragon27 – 5 points
  • EvaLPS – 5 points

It’s still anyone’s game! Any of the current placeholders above can sneak in to get a prize at the end of July. It’s getting exciting now. In August we start again with a new season and new prizes!

Congratulations to all! Let’s keep building – we’re looking forward to seeing the Gates!

July Build Competition – Gates

It’s just over a week until the end of June, so finish your Winter builds and get ready for July! This month we’re doing something a little different – Gates.

JohnsanGeezo is currently setting up a new custom world with some customised bosses to battle. This custom world will have a central gate area, with five different regions, home to different bosses. The regions (so far) will be Valley, Dark Forest, Ocean, Corrupted/Nether, and The End.

We want you to design our five region gates! The best gate designs (hopefully one for each region) will then be incorporated into the new Mob Battle World. 

Rules

  • All building is in Creative Mode
  • Builders must use ONE plot only
  • Choose a theme for your gate (Valley, Dark Forest, Ocean, Corrupted, End)
  • All building must be done on the July Comp Map
  • Designs must be your own
  • Single player entries only – no team builds
  • Actual Gate designs must meet certain criteria in order to work (see examples in the competition world by the world Gate)
  • Gates will not be functional while in the Competition World

Judging will happen during the first week of August. The July Comp world gate – located on the Warp Ship – will replace the June gate which will close to building at 9pm on Tuesday June 30th.

Also, we will still be choosing an overall top three for the Emerald Points competition. There will hopefully be five different gates that will be moved to the new world.

The gate will open on the Warp Ship on the morning of July 1st, so get planning and designing now – you’ll only have a month to build.

Player’s Choice Votes – Winter

Late next week the moderator team will be judging the Winter entries, and like with the Treehouses, you can add your votes in too. The gate to the Winter world will be available on the upper deck of the Warp Ship. The Winter world will be set to Adventure Mode so no more building will be able to happen, and it will be available for two weeks for players to check out. Voting is done by sending JohnsanGeezo a mail using /mail send JohnsanGeezo.

Players are not allowed to vote for their own entry, and must choose their top 3 builds (you can’t vote for the moderator’s builds). Players are also not allowed to buy or bribe for votes. If you are caught doing this, you will automatically be disqualified from getting Player votes for that month.

The top three entrants in the Players Choice will also get some in-game currency. For more information about the Emerald Points Competition, check out the article all about it.

Get in touch on Discord or in game if you have questions! We’re looking forward to seeing those entries!

May Treehouse Competition – Results

The moderators have cast their votes, the votes have been tallied and here’s the top three! We had 16 entries this round.

Like last month, each moderator chose their top three and submitted the votes to me. I then tally them up with each vote getting a score – 15 points for a 1st choice vote, 10 points for 2nd, 5 points for 3rd. The points were added up and the three top points scorers got the wins. This round we also had a tie for first place, so in future we will be counting how many individual votes the tied entries got, to separate them. If it’s still a tie, then we’ll do a build off. No need for that this time!

1st Place: Tapukoko888

Koko created a brilliant treehouse hotel, complete with beautiful gardens and a detailed welcome lobby. I particularly liked the stained glass flower on the front wall.

2nd Place: _xXDedukKingXx_

King went big this round – really, really big! This beautifully crafted autumn tree had a brilliant shape and was situated on a large hill.

3rd Place: EvaLPS

Eva submitted a dense forest with plenty of wildlife inhabiting it, plus a nice hidden house at the top with multiple levels. The birds in particular were a very nice touch!

Honourable Mentions

Like last time, there were a few players that scored some votes, but missed out on the top spot.

TapuFini888 created this very cool flame tree, using magma and honeycomb blocks for the leaves.

Jackolanten1, a Star Wars fan, made an Ewok village on Endor.

Finally, Ghostrealm2001 included a very nice garden glasshouse in his treehouse!

There were so many more entries that were all fantastic builds – a massive congratulations to all who entered. The June world looks great already – bring on Winter!

The Treehouse world will be available for another week to get any final Player’s Choice votes in. The top three Players’ Choice builds will get some extra in game cash.

Mid Season Prizes

That brings us to the mid-season prizes! We’re halfway through our shorter first season, so that means some prizes will be given away. Here’s who has won, and what they get! I’ll be in touch with everyone next week to organise a prize pickup.

_xXDedukKingXx_ with 25 Emerald Points, takes home a $25 JB HiFi Voucher, with Tapukoko888 (15 pts) and toothless_spy (10 pts) both taking home a $10 JB HiFi Voucher.

Congratulations to all! Let’s keep building!