Minecraft Infographic: The Little Block That Could

See our first Infographic, using Minecraft statistics!

See our first Infographic, using Minecraft statistics!

Paradise Craft – A quick look

Having played Minecraft for a while we thought we would quickly look at some of the multiplayer servers out there. We first played some MineZ which we cannot recommend highly enough but then we thought we would try something new and we stumbled across ParadiseCraft.

The server went live on the 28th May and we jumped on a couple of days later. Unfortunately the server is under populated (just us and the admin at the time!) but for reasons we will describe below we doubt that will be the case for long!

Spawn and Starting Area

So, after jumping into the server at Mc.ParadiseCraft.Net you are prompted to download a resource pack and make a password. Simple enough.

Paradise Craft Starting Area

Paradise Craft Starting Area

With your usual minecraft HUD you are greeted with a box of text detailing your PvP stats. Luckily it is translucent so hasn’t been distracting / annoying as of yet. In the starting area you are given multiple buildings in which to buy your weapons, armour and other bits and pieces (there are handy signs allowing you to teleport to these in the first building you come across!).

Paradise Craft Shop

Paradise Craft Shop

As the helpful newbie guide explains you need to go to the shop and they recommend a shotgun or rifle. We chose the shotgun! The guns are all labelled and we were impressed with just how smoothly everything was going and how polished this server was! It was surprising considering how new it is. (The ammo however wasn’t labelled! So the idiot that I am bought pistol ammo for a shotgun… punching zombies instead of shooting them, although satisfying, is nowhere near as effective as shooting them!).

PvP Area

So, you are kitted out, you have your shiny new gun and you want to shoot stuff. You hop on a plane and are “flown” (teleported) to a drop site. Literally a drop site. You jump from the plane into a pool of water underneath and procede to explore the world. Below are a handful of screenshots of this incredible map.

Paradise Craft Abandoned City

Paradise Craft Abandoned City

Paradise Craft Abandoned Rail Tracks

Paradise Craft Abandoned Rail Tracks

Paradise Craft Cathedral

Paradise Craft Cathedral

We were blown away by this map. It is huge and every building and structure is just… mind blowing. The Cathedral for example above, not only is it great to look at in the centre following a small parkour puzzle is a hidden treasure… we wont say what but go find it for yourself! The map has chests of loot dotted all around it. Oh and also mobs. Skeletons and zombies aren’t much of a match for the wary explorer however.

Great Potential

This server has great potential but there isn’t a lot more we can write at the moment as we didn’t get a chance to get to the meat of the experience. The PvP! The server has been remarkably well setup with everything we came into contact with working perfectly. With the epic scope of the map we can see PvP being immensely enjoyable, the variety of weaponry too is large.

We were lucky to be on with the admin at the time (DonDomis) and after a quick chat he lent us a bazooka… you know. Just to have a look. A cool addition to its explosive capabilities is the lack of fall damage when it is equipped so rocket jumping is a satisfying way to reach the high ground. Check out our YouTube video of the bazooka below.

 

Minecraft: Great Britain and the Ordnance Survey

Having posted already about the Danish attempts to map their entire country in Minecraft we felt it was only fair to give a shout out to those that have mapped the UK with Minecraft!

Minecraft UK from the Ordnance Survey

The UK created in Minecraft using Ordnance Survey OpenData.

You can download the file here, but we warn you it is almost 4GB!

You spawn in Southampton along the south cost of Britain. You can then (if in creative mode!) fly around the UK and visit your home, cities or even climb the Great British mountains.

A few co-ordinates for you…

London: X = 10632  Y = 100  Z = 24422
Mt. Snowdon: X = 5218  Y = 200  Z = 20913
Shetand Islands: X = 8900  Y = 100  Z = 4969

It is great to see companies creating new and novel ways of mapping the world, especially when it makes exploring a 3D UK as easy as jumping into minecraft.

This new “GeoCraft” is being used in schools to encourage Geography students to interact with their world. The beauty of minecraft is that the students may interact with the world they see. As you can read here it is being used to encourage children to think about the environment and “build” solutions!

 

KitGuru: 1:1 Denmark Exploded

(THIS IS NOT OUR WORK! IT HAS BEEN REBLOGED FROM http://bit.ly/1rUzByH)

Last week the Danish government revealed its 1:1 scale replica of Denmark in Minecraft, the map was later put online to let curious players explore the country. However, things started going wrong pretty quickly when gamers were joining servers  just to blow up Danish towns and rebuild American flags and tanks on top of the rubble.

Chris Hammeken, Chief Press Officer at the Danish GeoData Agency, gave a statement to state media outlet, DR (translated by The Register): “Several large Danish towns have been levelled to the ground and a lot of new things have been built all over the place. We don’t have a complete overview yet, but we’ll probably choose to reconstruct Copenhagen and the other cities.”

denmark_minecraft_vandal

A lot of work went in to this replica, it took 4000 billion blocks to build and the map is over 1TB in size, so as you can imagine, the government weren’t planning on allowing people to blow it up. Dynamite was actually blocked on the servers to avoid this sort of thing but The Danish Geodata Agency failed to disable the minecart with dynamite item.

Areas that have been damaged will be re-built when necessary, the Danish government also recognises that these things happen in Minecraft and as a result, it doesn’t care too much that this has been happening:

“We consider that as a nature of playing Minecraft – elements are broken down and new are being created.Therefore we will not reboot the demonstration of Denmark in Minecraft. But occasionally we will rebuild minor areas if buildings are removed and nothing new is being created. We are very happy to see so many players around the world creating fancy nice things and have fun.”

KitGuru Says: A complete 1:1 scale of a country is seriously impressive, the fact that it took 4000 billion blocks to build and the map is around 1TB in size shows that a lot of dedication went in to building this. Obviously, we don’t all have 1TB free to dedicate to one Minecraft map so it will be off-limits to some but that hasn’t stopped 200,000 people downloading it so far. Have any of you guys checked out the Denmark map? We had something similar happen with Britain last year when a map of the country was re-built in the game.

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