Starting again with Minecraft…

Now since you probably are not even aware that I have a professional blog, you will not know about the new way of working that I have had to adopt due to the ever increasing workload of blogging, streaming, radio presenting – oh and work! Don’t worry I am not going anywhere -I’m just going to be blogging to this site once every two weeks with my professional blog getting a waffle every other week. After saying that, you might think that the title of this waffle actually contradicts all of this “reducing my workload” but you know me when I want to do something or achieve something then that’s it, I become very dedicated and well – I’ll say it before you do- obsessed! so what am I going to do? Well I am trying my hand yet again at Minecraft!

So what is my new project? Well I am still desperately trying to get into playing Minecraft and this time I am determined to make some progress with it. In a vain attempt to achieve this I have come up with a cunning plan which will also make some helpful and useful waffles on this site. (BTW if you are not aware, I actually call my blog posts waffles – I’m not really making actual waffles!). Before I share with you my plan – pinky promise that you don’t tell anyone else – I thought it would be helpful if you had an update of the story so far.

Vanilla Minecraft Server :

  • The story so far… – A long time ago, not really in a galaxy far far away, I read about the educational benefits of Minecraft and so, after much research, created my own server for people to learn to play the game on. This started well and I even started to pay for a website for people to trade on, buy from an online store and share ideas and win competitions. As I started to gain more knowledge of the game, mods and different types of servers I thought I would branch out with my three players asking for a PvP server and people who watched my SWTOR stream asking if the server was ‘modded’. It took me a while to decipher these terms but eventually I thought I would expand my servers by including a Feed The Beast server (FTB), PvP and Skyblock with players being able to move between the servers via some mythical device I had heard of called a Bungee Server. I invested more money and created the servers, paying for a year’s subscription, only to find out that it wasn’t actually possible to join modded and vanilla servers together. I was stuck with the servers for the year so I did my best to improvise but, at the same time, my three players moved onto other things, and the server became deserted. But now, I think I have a plan to rekindle or just hopefully start to build a community once again.

  • FTB Server (Unstable) :

  • Feed The Beast Server – First action of my plan is that I have actually managed to create a Feed the Beast UnstableServer. I know! My PvP took a hit for my plan and was destroyed only to be reborn as the FTB server. I have to say that I had so much help from BigbSte and my hosting company Nitrous Networks and it took quite a while to actually get the versions all correct and working. I had only every played vanilla Minecraft before so this was something very different! I always knew that I had to right click on my wheat to harvest it but in the FTB version, the seeds remained in the ground! This was excellent – it really made my day! (so easily pleased). Playing on this modded server is actually completely new to me and so I am planning not to play as an admin but as a ‘normal’ player. My plan is to detail on this blog my adventures as I investigate how to play and the new equipment which I have now got access to. It is certainly not going to be a weekly thing but will detail what I find out about things for anyone else who is actually learning like me. As well as this, I’m going to detail anything on the admin side of things that I actually manage to get to work in case you are similar to me and trying to set up and develop servers.

  • Videos and Streaming – As you might be aware, my schedule for streaming, radio shows and work is quite hectic but I realise that if I don’t actually put some time into these servers I’m not actually going to get anything from them. So my plan is to create some videos and maybe even do some live streaming at various times so you can see me actually tackling some of the new items and admin side of things. Hopefully you will then be able to not only help me through the learning process but also maybe come onto the server and help me out! You never know we might actually manage to create a waffling community on the servers!

  • I realise that is not really the time for new year’s resolutions but I am going to make the commitment today to really try to get into Minecraft. By striving to create videos and waffles (i.e. blog posts) I am hoping that it will mean that I will work towards developing both my servers and understanding of the game. I’m not planning of becoming a super Minecraft entertainer, I just want to play the game, understanding it from both the player and admin side and share my adventures with you. So, if you are interested or think it might be fun then why not grab your wooden axe and sleeping bag, change into a suitable skin and come and join me … or maybe, in the future… us.

    As always, if you have any thoughts or comments on this post then please add them below or send them to me via any of the social media sites I frequent. You can keep up to date with my content by following me on Twitch, Twitter and Facebook. If you are interested in joining or playing Minecraft, then please check out my Minecraft webpage for details of joining the the server. Of course any subscribers to my YouTube channel are always appreciated.

    Have fun and I’ll catch you all later and, until then, consider yourself waffled!

    2 comments for “Let Me In! – Simon’s Cat – YouTube

    1. February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

    2. March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
      I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
      I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
      I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
      For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
      I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
      For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
      For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

      I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

      The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
      I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

      Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
      Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
      Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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