Evening Reading

QuakeCon is coming up! Yes, it's an even year, but that doesn't mean Shackers won't be in attendance. I also have a year of Quake Live Pro to giveaway to one lucky Shacker that attends. Keep an eye on chatty this weekend if you're there for details on how to win.

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From The Chatty
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    August 10, 2010 5:00 PM

    no Minecraft talk?

    I am disappointed?

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      August 10, 2010 5:00 PM

      is mercfox home yet :O

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      August 10, 2010 5:02 PM

      yeah, already swinging the banhammer

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      August 10, 2010 5:09 PM

      Well, I'm not talking about it because I can't get in because the server is full.

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      August 10, 2010 5:10 PM

      I don't know, are you?

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      August 10, 2010 5:15 PM

      Alright I broke down and bought the game. What do I need to know to get started?

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        August 10, 2010 5:21 PM

        Single player:
        Go to a tree, left click to punch / chop the wood, collect the wood blocks that fall, get 3 or 4.

        Press I (i) , then put 1 wood in the 2x2 crafting square to get boards. Put 4 boards in the 2x2 crafting square to get a workbench, which when placed on ground (right click) and used, will give you a 3x3 crafting square.

        All things to craft: http://www.echidnatribe.org/Minecraft/crafting.php

        You want to build a house / hut to survive the night. build it around your workbench.
        a door can be made with a 3 boards tall, 2 board wide rectangle in the crafting square.

        put 2 board vertically in the crafting square to make sticks. make a wooden pick, and wooden axe. chopping wood, and converting it to boards is the fastest way to get material to make a hut / house from.

        use the wooden pick to dig up some stone - make a stone pick and stone axe.

        Use a pick to dig up coal (stone with black flecks in it). coal on top of a stick make a torch. Torches won't keep monsters away at night, but it will prevent them from spawning in the lit area.

        look for iron ore - stone with salmon colored flecks in it - you need a stone pick or better to get the ore. Make a furnace with a 8 stone square, then smelt the iron in the furnace using coal. using the iron bars to make iron tools and armor. you need iron tools to mine gold or diamonds.

        Build a huge castle or explore a cavern!

        Wiki: http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Main_Page

        Most of the above is also applicable for multiplayer, but there is no monsters or day / night cycle in multiplayer survival yet

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        August 10, 2010 5:21 PM

        This might help or join the server and people will show you around.


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          August 10, 2010 5:28 PM

          Awesome thanks kaanasim and TroZ, reading info now. I think I'll check out single player first. Does anybody know how intensive the server is?

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            August 10, 2010 5:31 PM

            If you mean if the server gets full yes, you can't easily login at night.

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              August 10, 2010 5:34 PM

              Nah I mean like cpu, ram, bandwidth requirements. I have a linux box I can use but it is on a shared xen box so I can't monopolize cpu time.

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                August 10, 2010 5:38 PM

                From what I hear it can get pretty RAM intensive. MercFox and Haxim know what's up for sure.

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                August 10, 2010 5:41 PM

                I don't know about bandwidth, but a 20 person server is supposed to be able to run with 1 GB of ram for the server process. CPU should be bad, but exploring requires generation of new terrain, which seems to cause some lag, and so may be a bit CPU intensive.

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        August 10, 2010 6:05 PM

        No no no no no no don't listen to the above. The first time you play you should just go in blind, to single player. Have the fun of not knowing how to craft and what happens at night and blah blah. After you've learned to survive a night or two, then go and read about how to craft and do the advanced shit.

        Don't ruin that first "oh my god what am I doing what is that noise someone hold me" experience by going to the wikis before you experience the game!!!

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      August 10, 2010 5:25 PM


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      August 10, 2010 5:26 PM

      i dont know what minecraft is?

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      August 10, 2010 5:37 PM

      damn, merc's server is full. and i'm so close to reaching a milestone in my project.

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      August 10, 2010 5:46 PM

      let me in fags

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      August 10, 2010 5:55 PM

      Attempt to play a trick on Murray: Fail. Busteeeeddd. Haha. Merc enjoyed his giant tree, at least. Plenty of building material!

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      August 10, 2010 6:22 PM

      Weird Single Player Event: There's this little island across the water from my base. I went there once on the first night I made this new world, died, and never bothered to go back as I didn't lose anything but my tools, some wood and coal.

      Tonight I went back and all my stuff was still there on the island bouncing up and down. This is nearly 2 weeks later in real world time and many in-game weeks later. Anyone else had stuff not disappear like that?

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      August 10, 2010 6:32 PM

      Can I get a pretty good experience playing the classic version of the game to see if I like it or not (ie, what features are missing?)

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        August 10, 2010 6:43 PM

        Practically everything is missing from the free version, they are totally different. Free version is lego, Alpha is lego except you have to build all the lego yourself and when you're done a monster blows up your apartment.

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          August 10, 2010 6:53 PM

          Exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks!

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            August 10, 2010 7:08 PM

            In the free version you just select a block and put it in place, but in the alpha you have to mine the blocks you use and then combine some of those blocks to create other resources/tools in order to keep going.

            The alpha is far more time consuming in terms of being able to build something. Like if you want to throw up a gold castle you're going to have to mine resources first to create tools that will allow you to mine gold and then go hunting deep underground for hours on end to find gold resources...etc.

            Though 90% of the time you'll have this grand plan to go mining, and end up discovering some sweet natural underground cave system that you'll explore for days on end.

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