|A shot of the Vancraft Spawn Area|
|The Spawning Chapel where they had the drop party|
|Some kind of Mushroom-related house|
I find it interesting how much I am trusted when joining Minecraft servers once I tell them I’m over 21 I spose it’s just all the griefing, immature and distrustful younger generation that people were suspicious of. It’s happened quite a few times actually so the advice I give is if the server has some of kind Teamspeak/Ventrilo or any type of voice server get on and say hi, you’ll be amazed of how far that goes with trust once people hear you and if that isn’t available then some random acts of kindness will go far too i.e. giving someone a gift of iron bars or even diamond if you can spare goes a long way too. I’ve learned over the time i’ve played on random factions servers that you need create a reputation of integrity for yourself in the community if you want to remain part of one.
Rei's Minimap it's quite useful when you use the marker options so you can see how far away everything is to you and that's useful when you want to get as far away from spawn as possible.
|I called this "the blasted desert"|
|Horsey come down!|
|The Swamp, as taken from the edge as you can see the green from the forest biome is covering half of the tree. This also happens with the water as you can see from the edges of the swampland the water is murkier.|
Now you might be thinking, “isn’t this a survival PvP server” why would you want to think about building a large structure when it might get destroyed, and unfortunately I really didn’t think that all I could focus on was creating a brand new funky creation that I always do. I don’t know what gets into me maybe I just don’t like PvP but I don’t know why I keep joining servers that have it, maybe for that extra element of danger I guess? So anyway, I picked the lake, made myself another hole and got building. One thing I found during my extended period in the swamps is that they were one of the hardest biomes to build things in, their dark in texture, there’s water everywhere and they seem to spawn the most amount of monsters out of any biome I’ve seen including Slimes which can see you wherever you are and their splotchy moving noise is hella annoying. I also found that I would have to deal with a Zombie horde every night, I even tried creating pits and traps to kill them all but unfortunately since their AI upgrade they don’t just walk blindly towards you and fall down the hole in between you and them anymore so you have to be a bit more creative and unfortunately I wasn’t.
|The main resource room of my underground base|
Over the course of building I had to add a few extra rooms to my underground base inc. a bedroom, a room for the, anvil, incinerator and nether portal and I also covered up my pit trap and started digging downwards to gather enough cobblestone to cook to smooth stone to then turn into stone brick. Basically not much happened after that, I just started building and kept building with amazingly no interference from any players, the main problem was the monsters that made life difficult but that’s what it’s like building on a survival PvP server.
This was one of the more difficult builds that I’ve done as
it required a lot of underwater work which was a major pain especially when you
don’t have access to any kind of underwater breathing potion, as I forgot to go
up for air quite a few times and ended up dying on occasion. Basically what I
wanted to build was a temple that was half underwater so I started at the
lowest point of the pool and built in a
supposed square around the bottom with stone brick and putting in
glowstone on the rows every so often to be able to see what I was doing. And
then basically I just kept building up and up and mining down and down heh. I voted for the server any time I could and used the money to purchase more stone brick.
I’d almost finished the temple and was mining the last bits of stone I looked
up and it was quite a damn long way up there, like I was some kind of miner
looking around the huge cave of other miners, except it was just me but anyway.
I built in a pyramid style right up to the waterline using stone bricks and
steps though when I was directly on the waterline I noticed that the steps make
that weird gap in the water so I had to leave that part without the stairs and
then continued to the top which I filled in and made a roof across it with the
glowstone in the middle of the poles supporting it.
The next stage was to make a stairway down into the temple
itself which didn’t take very long as there was only a few levels till I hit
the sand island in the middle of the water inside the temple. Having become
bored with building this creation I was just going to leave it as a quiet
temple of solitude then Vandorann kindly helped me rid the water from inside
the temple, so then me and another very helpful member of my faction whose name
I unfortunately cannot remember started digging out the inside and removing the
excess water left behind until we’d got down to the level that I started the
While we were doing this so many zombies and monsters appeared that we
decided to wall off the entrance to the temple and add an iron door just to
make things easier. I cleared out the floor and used the sand I had left over
as a base for the downstairs level, I wanted sand down there as there’s
something tranquil about cool sand in an underground place though I suppose it
would be more suited to a beach or desert, there was also a section in the
corner where I left a pool of the excess water which added to the tranquillity.
|The incinerator and Anvil room|
|The Nether portal, I had to create a gate around it as at one point I had a zombie pigman walking around.|
|Underwater building be a pain, also doesn't quite look very good with the stairs, hopefully they will fix that at some point.|
|That's a looooong way down.|
|The finished outer temple.|
|Dredging out the lower temple.|
|The door and some shots of the inside of the Temple|
I didn’t do much else to the temple as I’d kinda had enough, I added a few torches and christened it “JDman’s sunken Temple of Solitude” and that was it really. I may re-create it in creative mode in the future thought. I’ve now shut off my home base to the world and will log in from time to time to see if anyone has found it since that Lockette has been removed but my Temple of Solitude will always be there.
|Higher view of the temple.|
|The temple using Rei's Minimaps large surface map|
So that’s that really, I’ve gone off to play some Star Wars the Old Republic and of course Battlefield, I’d just like to thank everyonething on Vancraft for an awesome time and hope to see you guys again.
|Probably my favorite shot of the Vancraft server, the lonely path to the red pyramid house, the texture pack really makes it quite picturesque.|
Only the lonely