[PC Game] Minecraft HF server info and game discussion

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What's this then?
Minecraft is a game about mining and building things. I'm one of the admins on the Halforums server for the multiplayer portion of the game, where we build a virtual village monument to our madness. It's all very puppies and sunshine and you should join us. It's open for free to Halforum users and will stay open until meteorites destroy my apartment.

How do I get in?
We just got on a shiny new host, paid for by Dave. It's got mods that lets us set user access levels, meaning any new users logging in will be able to look around but not change anything. For security reasons, you need to ask an admin for a higher access level, preferably in this thread so you can introduce yourself to everyone at the same time.

Anyway, for now, you'll find the address right here:

Should you wish to speak with your fellow builders, there's also a Ventrilo server available at 66.135.59.124:3804.

Are there any rules of conduct?
I have a high opinion of this community, and I haven't really felt the need to articulate a list of do's and don't yet. Not all things are self-evident to a n00b though, so here are a couple of bullet points:
  • Don't be a douche.
  • Don't alter other people's creations without their permission.
  • Don't clutter the skyline with ugly things like single-block dirt towers. They can be seen from far away and ruin the view for everyone. Of course, dirt towers are useful as building scaffolds and are allowed as temporary tools.
  • Be VERY careful with fire. One spark the wrong way and you could burn a whole forest. If you look at the cartographs below, you can see that someone already started an accidental fire in the east. Funnily enough, it's frozen in time until someone comes within viewing distance -- when that happens most of the trees in that whole area will burn. I hope it'll look all scorched and bad-ass after that, but if it doesn't, I'll have to delete those chunks or generate new trees in an editor.
I just joined the server and blocks keep respawning as I mine them!



The initial player spawn point is protected from alterations. You'll have to move away from it to be able to change anything.

Where do I start building?
Don't be afraid to build where convenient. People tend to bugger off into the distance so as not to bother anyone. This makes it hard for others to see your stuff and the server difficult to navigate. An area that looks like a neighbourhood is also far more interesting than ones with isolated structures. If an area is empty and doesn't look like someone's backyard, it's yours if you want it. Should you accidentally build where someone doesn't want you to, I can always use my admin powers to move your work if it's above ground.

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Ragnar admins
The admins are noaxark, GasBandit, twitchmoss and Dave.https://www.halforums.com/members/dave.1/

Ragnar player names
Some of us used different handles when registering for Minecraft. A list of known aliases follows, with the forum handle to the left and the in-game handle to the right.

noaxark - tabasko_saucer
Azurephoenix - Avatarus777
drifter - mr_bogus
Far - Farwielder
David - dave_terry
First Lady Puffinstuff - stienman
Gusto - kmiller52
TwoBit - 2_Bit


Maps of Ragnar
GasBandit and I try to render fresh maps of ragnar on a regular basis in order to track progress.

Click here for a high-res Google map of the server (last updated 2011-05-20*)
Click here for an archive of cartographs (last updated 2011-05-20*)http://An archive of cartographs can be found here (last updated 2011-02-28)..

*I tend to forget to update these dates.

Multiplay.co.uk http://www.multiplay.co.uk/server running hmod with the MinecartMania and MagicCarpet plugins. Read about them here.
 
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MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

visit sunny ragnar!

SEE! the testament to gasbandits ego that is the worlds largest can of beans!

MARVEL! at the size of mount awesome!

GET LOST! in the maze of doom! (its 30x30 and made of solid obsidian!)
 

Gusto

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MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

STUMBLE! into Moleville and never get out!
 
MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

BEWARE! The lonely hermit to the north!






You know, being canadian, building my "little" shelter to the north was entirely coincidental but works out very well.
 

Gusto

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MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

You know, being canadian, building my "little" shelter to the north was entirely coincidental but works out very well.
I built my structures on the southern beaches. :)

THAT IN MIND :

If anyone finds any clay and they don't intend to use it, let Gusto know! It's hard to find and I'd hate to switch materials after one floor. :(
 

figmentPez

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MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

Find random cow hide just laying around Gasbandia:



No really. I was just exploring the castle, when I came across two different piles of cow hide, laying there on the ramparts.

---------- Post added at 02:30 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:22 PM ----------

In my single-player world I set out in search of new landscapes, hoping to find snow. I did not find a winter wonderland, but I did find...


Pumpkins!

I also found some pretty impressive landscapes:

The foundation for my minecart track can be seen on the right, eventually there will be a tower. This is the second expansion to my minecart system, out from my home. No pics of the first one because it isn't complete.


This would have been a dangerous area if I weren't playing on peaceful.





I found a lot of desert. I will never run out of sand now.

Notch needs to make clay more common.
 

GasBandit

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MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

That happens pretty often because of the royal gardens having cacti and open flames. Critters spawn on the grass, then get themselves killed and the items fall over the side.

In related news, I really ought to get around to re-wording the signs on the rooms and such... for some reason, copying them over erased all the signs.
 
MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

I think I'm going to try and pop on later tonight and start building something... should be amusing at the least :)
 
MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

Thanks for the recommendation of the RPG pack Noaxark, its gorgeous.
 
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MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

I mentioned this briefly in the introductory post, but I'd like to elaborate. Someone* must've accidentally started a forest fire in the east, but then left the area, which halted the simulation and spread. The end result is a fire frozen in time, waiting for an unsuspecting passer-by to unleash an inferno of flames. I quite like that idea, actually, and if I find the time, I'll go there myself and record the whole thing with FRAPS.

*Oh, don't feel bad, man. Shit happens ;)

The frozen fire as it looks on the cartograph:
 
MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

Isn't it entirely possible that it's just a ground level lava flow that his some combustible materials?
 
MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

I mentioned this briefly in the introductory post, but I'd like to elaborate. Someone* must've accidentally started a forest fire in the east, but then left the area, which halted the simulation and spread. The end result is a fire frozen in time, waiting for an unsuspecting passer-by to unleash an inferno of flames. I quite like that idea, actually, and if I find the time, I'll go there myself and record the whole thing with FRAPS.

*Oh, don't feel bad, man. Shit happens ;)

The frozen fire as it looks on the cartograph:
I was wondering why that fire wasn't spreading from cartograph to cartograph. It makes sense now, though, it's not simulated until someone visits the area.

This has some wonderful implications for fortress protections and traps...
 

GasBandit

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MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

I've built a level above the hell portal to start a sort of transit hub. As Notch is fixing minecarts (they already work to a large degree, just no additional chunks load while you're in it, an easy and quick bug to fix I would think), I've went ahead and built trams to and from Gasbandia to the central transit hub. As people (like, say, the dave guy who built his stuff way up north) start to get spread out, they could add levels to the transit hub and build a tram out to their site for quick and easy access.

I recommend waiting until after the next patch or so however to try out the tram to Gasbandia... as I mentioned, they're still a little bugged, and if you ride off the edge of the loaded terrain, it is possible you might crash in such a manner that you can't log back onto the server without noax closing and reopening the server exe.

If anyone needs a primer in how to boost mine carts (much faster than powered minecarts) I recommend the below video:

 
MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

The marketing agencies have made their way into the server.




 

figmentPez

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MineCraft HF server info and game discussion

If anyone needs a primer in how to boost mine carts (much faster than powered minecarts) I recommend the below video:
I'd watch the follow up videos as well. Among other things they show how to build a more refined, slightly more compact return for the booster (uses two fewer track sections, isn't as wide). The more advanced stuff with redstone and automated cart delivery systems looks tough to plan out, but the better booster design is quite nice.
 

Gusto

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Thanks to whoever dropped off iron, coal and especially clay to my household earlier! Although whoever left me a driveway made of wooden pressure plates - what's that all about?

Fnord, I dropped off some pumpkins I found at your front door, I know you were lookin' for some.
 
Nooo, my beautiful thread. I brought 15 pages of joy to the forums and you want to just kill it like that. :(

Cool, we have a server, thank you. :)
 
I started building a small structure last night... it's near that gigantic tree tower of fnordbear's... and thanks again for helping me out last night fnordbear (and others). Man the server was lagtastic though last night. Still fun, but it took a heck of a long time just to dig some dirt.
 
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I started building a small structure last night... it's near that gigantic tree tower of fnordbear's... and thanks again for helping me out last night fnordbear (and others). Man the server was lagtastic though last night. Still fun, but it took a heck of a long time just to dig some dirt.
I hear many people are simply turning their servers off awaiting a fix. I won't, though, since you people seem to have the patience of OCD sloths and will play in spite of anything :)

I will however restart the server occasionally, as it seems to help.


Hey Noa,

Have you thought of making an official Ragnar texture pack with the Painterly Custom Graphic Pack maker Thingy ?
Do you mean for clients or for use with Cartographer or both? In any case, I think people prefer to pick their own texture packs for their clients, and Cartographer crashes for me whenever I try to use it with PainterlyPack :/
 
Do you mean for clients or for use with Cartographer or both? In any case, I think people prefer to pick their own texture packs for their clients, and Cartographer crashes for me whenever I try to use it with PainterlyPack :/
Mostly I meant make a texture pack and add as an attachment to this thread for folk to download. Sort of a "Use this if you want, this is what the server admin considers the official look."




Anyway I have played off and on all night...time for me to rest a bit. Later.
 
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Do you mean for clients or for use with Cartographer or both? In any case, I think people prefer to pick their own texture packs for their clients, and Cartographer crashes for me whenever I try to use it with PainterlyPack :/
Mostly I meant make a texture pack and add as an attachment to this thread for folk to download. Sort of a "Use this if you want, this is what the server admin considers the official look."[/QUOTE]

I frankly don't see much benefit to it, especially at this point when people have already built their stuff with their own texture packs in mind. Also, I can't very well endorse PP when I prefer the RPG pack myself ;)
 
Speaking of texture packs, I found out how to make them work with the new menu system. The pack must be in a .zip folder that contains JUST the textures. So it should look something like texturepack.zip -> all the texture files, not texturepack.zip -> texturepack folder -> all the texture files. Then just upload the .zip folder using the in-game menu. Finally, my world is pretty again!
 
So I'm putting an official land claim in here.



Hopefully this doesn't interfere with anyone else... I don't think it will as I was on there last night building and scouting around there.
 
I wish there was an in-game GPS (ie, display coordinates of character position) so we could officially claim sections of land. I worry about treading on other people's toes without realizing it...
 
New resident! Beachfront holiday house/area now under construction in the north/east on the inlet (just past the burma shave billboards).

Contractor seeks coal for the creation of glass - donations and tips on where to find some greatly appreciated.
 
Is there a way to change your name that shows up to people in Minecraft or are you stuck with the one you registerd with? I only ask because I have a feeling some people (myself included) have different names from their Halforums names. Maybe we could compile a list with peoples alternate names so we can know who is actually online? Just a thought anyways.
 
Is there a way to change your name that shows up to people in Minecraft or are you stuck with the one you registerd with? I only ask because I have a feeling some people (myself included) have different names from their Halforums names. Maybe we could compile a list with peoples alternate names so we can know who is actually online? Just a thought anyways.

Nope.
 
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Let's do a quick who's who, then. If your in-game name is different from the one you use here, post it and I will compile a list later. I go by tabasko_saucer myself.
 
Mine is Farwielder in minecraft, not that that's a difficult one to decipher. As Cheesy said, we started settling a bit north of spawn.
 
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