Thursday, August 30, 2012

Turtle, Banned Items & LUA

I was on the server again today, build a lamp sign for the spawn & I also managed to map navigate points for the turtle to travel to the spawn & my underwater lab. I was also able to add the banned items to the Blocker plugin. For the majority of the day I was helping rich2011 setup a mining turtle to excavate then drop the resources in a chest. I was able out much but tomorrow is the anniversary of Safebox & therefore I'm going to hold a celebration on the server. Beforehand I'm going to attempt to learn a bit of LUA to understand the ComputerCraft program better.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

War of Gods, Infinite Error Loop & Pet Turtle

Managed to guard Admin Island against normal users. Hacker & I had a fight however because he claims one of the plugins is causing errors. We had what I would call a War of Gods, he kicked & banned me, I undid his damage, kicked him then unopped him. He still had access to the console & forced the server to restart. Fortunately the other two players & I quit & joined the game again before he restart it so when we joined everything was fine. Hacker on the other hand lost all build activity since his last login. We eventually cleared things up but not too soon after we all disconnected with time out errors. Originally I thought the hosts were updating their servers but eventually a member of support contacted me claiming that it was someone's redstone contraption that had cause an infinite error loop (eg. setting a timer to turn itself on). I deleted the world & replaced it with one from Hacker & mine's private server. I worldguarded Admin Island again & created a better spawn. I also gave myself a pet turtle from the ComputerCraft mod. Still trying to figure out LUA code that will let it go to specific co-ordinates.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Admin Island, WorldGuard & Minoria Files

Today I was able to start work on my house on Admin Island. Someone else started griefing, he wasn't at the same time as me but I've set the server to jail him next time he joins. I've taken the server offline until I can WorldGuard the island. I've also decided to release the source files for Minoria once the game is complete. This will allow me to start work on my next game.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Turnout, Minecraft Celeb & Mushroom Island

Today was an utter success! Got quite a few people on the Tekkit server launch. Two fans from the fb page, a moderator from a server I've previously played on (as well as being someone I know personally) & even a celeb among Minecraft modders. Creator of the SkyrimCraft mod, madcrazydrumma whom is actually the brother of one of the fb fans. Should have a good day tomorrow, gonna start work on the mushroom island!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tekkit Server, Teleporting & Official Statement

Today I was able to purchase the Tekkit Server. I've installed a few plugins to prevent grieving & undo explosions as well as teleport request system so I don't continually get asked to teleport players around. Hacker & I were once again arguing about the status of the bukkit & Tekkit servers. This is official: The Safebox Tekkit server is hereby the official Safebox Minecraft server until further notice given by me!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Return to Minoria, Plugins & Argumentative

I took a break today from Minecraft & Tekkit & continued working on Minoria. I managed to map half the base level of the map. Also I've started making a list of plugins I'm going to install in the Tekkit server. A couple of moments ago I was talking to Hacker about the servers & unfortunately we had a bicker about which server should be the official server. I still don't care what he says, the Tekkit server will be the official Safebox server!

Friday, August 24, 2012

New Website, Speed & Server Release

Today Horus was updating the website with a new layout & a new colour scheme whilst I was attempting to speed up Minecraft & Tekkit. I succeeded & now I should be able to join the Official Safebox Server with minimal lag. The server releases sometime between now & Wednesday, I'll post the IP when it's on.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

GCSE, Under 20's & PermissionsEX

Today was very productive. I got my GCSE results, changed my ringtione be to Under 20's & started working on plans for the server. I'm not going to go into any details just yet but I will say I am being very generous with PermissionsEX!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Minecraft Servers, GCSE's & Cutting Short

So today I was trying to get a hold of Hacker to speak to him about Safebox's Official Minecraft & Tekkit Servers. I eventually got a hold of him & we agreed we would each run a server. Unfortunately that's all I did today because tomorrow is a massive day for teens in the UK & me also. It's the day the GCSE results come out, hence I'm going to cut this blog post short & get some sleep. Goodnight Internet!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Java Support, Rental & Hacker

Today I was looking for a free Tekkit host or a free VPS that supports Java applications. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any that didn't need to be rented every month. So I'm considering purchasing one instead. Hacker, however, may wish to keep looking for a free one but in the meantime I've given up.

Monday, August 20, 2012

VPS, Miscalculation & More Miscalculation

I've been playing Google today by looking or free Minecraft Tekkit server hosting & VPS's. However my search was misbegotten as I was unable to find any suitable hosts. Also I accidentally miscalculated the size of the map whilst designing today. I just barely managed to fix it by cropping the top of it, hopefully it won't happen again. Ive also realised Minecraft Tekkit series won't be ready in time for 31st August, which is the one year anniversary of Safebox. I planned to release episode 1 in the newsletter which also falls on the same day.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Day Off, Server Lag & Upgrade

Today's post is more personal as today is a Sunday & I take a break from my projects on this day. So instead I played a bit of Tekkit after I eventually port forwarded my pc & laptop. I lagged incredibly much, so I started googling for a processor compatible with my motherboard (as my current processor is the cause of my lag). I haven't found one thats faster than my current processor but when I do I'll consider getting it. Hopefully I'll get it updated before I start recording my MC Tekkit series!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Mapping, Competition & Trailer

I got very little done today due to the warm weather, but out of what I did get done, I didn't get much. I finally started to map the world in Minoria basing it off another video game. I'll be hosting an ongoing competition for whoever successfully guesses the map used. The winner will get an in-game prize of thier choice. Also I've started to make a trailer for my upcoming Minecraft Tekkit series (again, still unnamed. Open to suggestions).

Friday, August 17, 2012

1.3.1, ερτυθ ιοπας δφγη & Gamescom 2012

Today I was considering several things to do with my upcoming Minecraft series. What should it be called, what's it about, what mods will use? I eventually narrowed it down to 1.3.1 mods, as they're the most recent & the 1.3.1 update has more features. Also I've decided to use the map from ερτυθ ιοπας δφγη: ξκλζχψω βνμε ρτυθιοπ in Minoria. As the game progresses & I update it more, I shall add new maps & new locations for the players to explore. Also the Safebox newsletter continued this week with a Gamescom issue. Horus stated that he wasn't fond of the games at Gamescom hence the lack of games in the Top News section.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mann VS Machine, Saving Space & Episode One

I took today off from working on any of my projects to play the Mann VS Machine TF2 update. I waited an hour & a half just to join a server (behind 7683 people) which had 3 seconds left on the clock. I eventually figured a way to play an MvM match by creating a server with the map which had downloaded when I was on the other server. Long story short, you don't need 6 players for an MvM match. You need a f*cking army, I mean seriously, they just keep coming O_O !

Back to game development, I'm using the Last Days Revival Minecraft texture pack for the Minoria update. Also I'm attempting to make the Minoria world as open as I can by using only two maps. One for the outdoors & one for the building interiors.

Over the past few days I've been making several tweets about the status of my upcoming Minecraft Tekkit series. The first episode will be uploaded on the closest Saturday to 31st August (which is the one year anniversary of Safebox) & the uncut version (aka the behind the scenes version) on the following Sunday. I'll be uploading an episode every week. That's it for tonight's blog post, see you all tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Desktop App, NeoSky & Nate&Sie

Today Horus was able to finish making the Safebox desktop app. Whilst I simultaneously was able to repair my Tekkit PvP after I inadvertently locked myself out of the start location. I've uploaded the map to the website under the downloads section. Also NeoSky sent me the title for Minoria which I think looks pretty impressive, I've updated every forum that the game was posted on as well as updating the Minoria website. I've spoken to Nate & Sie about them taking part in the Tekkit PvP & they said they'd think about it. Also one of their Admins said they would take part. I still need another two teams to take part, I'll be in one team with Hacker.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

169 Minus 168, Day Z Parody & Secret Game

I've managed to skin 168 of the mods being used in my upcoming Minecraft series down to just 1. I forgot about the Single-Player Commands mod, also I'm going to continue working on the alpha 1.0 update for Minoria which will now be a Day Z parody.

On a more ambitious note, I've already got a third game idea in mind. Not gonna reveal anything just yet!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Someone Else's Dirty Work, 168 & The Series With No Name

I've had Horus design the map for my upcoming Minecraft series whilst I prepare the mods & plugins that I'll be using in the series. I've installed 168 mods, and that's just the client-side mods. I haven't even started yet on the server mods or plugins, but I should have them done within the next few days then I should be ready to start filming. I still don't have a name however, I'm open to suggestions via my twitter @Safebox360!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Minecraft, YouTube & NPC's

In this entry I'm going to talk about an upcoming Minecraft series I'm working on. Its a little different that other YouTube series as it's only me starting in it. Not only that but there are working NPC's which will contribute to the main storyline. And these aren't just your standard sit-there-and-look-pretty NPC's, no these ones are able to move, can be equipped with weapons, armour, can follow me, can say certain things at certain times, the works! I'll keep you up to date with progress on the series as well as Minoria via this blog.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Real As Can Be

I've taken the last couple of days to come up with ideas for Minoria. I've realised that a technique called geomorphing is an incredible help for making an open world. Also I've decided to make this zombie MMO as realistic as I can within the constraints of the program, I will allow users to kill each other & scavenge the bodies for supplies. I'll also have randomly spawning food & weapons to keep players stocked up as well as set locations where the zombies will spawn. Any input into this game is appreciated. Any ideas can be tweeted to me @Safebox360.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Living Impaired & Tekkit PvP

Horus & I had our debate about whether to make Minoria a time travel MMO or a zombie apocalypse survival. We had an impartial twitter follower listen to our points then decide who's idea to go with. They voted for Horus so I'll be updating Minoria over the next week to make it a zombie apocalypse. Also I'll be creating a Minecraft Tekkit PvP map & I'm hoping to get some YouTubers such as Nate & Sie & XerainGaming to play it.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Run for your life!

Horus & I were having a Skype meeting yesterday & we stumbled upon the idea of a time travel MMO for Minoria. He Skyped me again today & said that he's now considering a zombie survival game similar to Day Z. We're arguing over which idea to go with, but we need to decide on an idea quick as I'm going away for a week on Friday & I want to spend the time designing Minoria.