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 : 126.96.36.199:25637
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) : 188.8.131.52:25638
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.
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Have fun and I’ll catch you all later and, until then, consider yourself waffled!