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avatar Greytopher
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Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
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Hi guys, Greytopher here with (obviously) another blog, coming straight at ya. In this installment of my 43rd blog, I will talk about teamwork, in relation to Minecraft and PMC of course, of how you're not alone in what you do. No matter what you do, to overcome something, you don't have to do it alone. It's a team effort. Let's begin, shall we?

*I also want to notify everyone that in a month or so notice, I will be starting on writing my first novel (over 60 pages, which is the minimum for my school assignment). I aim for a hundred pages or more, so let me know in the comments if you guys want to eventually see the outcome of it. It will be about the Italian Renaissance (1504) during the Borgia political drama.*



A Team of One?

As long as you may think, there's no 'i' in 'team'. Literally, look at it. THERE'S PHYSICALLY NO 'I'. But, to the main point, you don't need to do things yourself. Doing things yourself can be good in times. Sometimes, but not all. In most cases, people need the help of one another to get along through the day, to talk about their home life, what's struggling them or what they're happy about.

When someone is alone, maybe it's by choice. They could be that kind of person who perfers to keep to themselves, rather than be in the middle of a cat fight between two girls over a boy. The reality is: there are different types of people wanting to do different types of things. But, in the case that I'm talking about, some people need an extra hand, or a careful ear to help them get through their lives.

If you're building a major Minecraft creation by yourself, sometimes you can feel a bit overwhelmed. I, being a builder before I ever was a writer, know that feeling all too well. You feel like you can't complete it, and it's too much for one person to finish soon. The bad thing about this situation is: sometimes, you can get a little scared to ask for help, or more so, who to ask. I think the real question is: what are friends for? They are there for you when you need it, and by polietly asking, you could get help on your Minecraft creation.


Too Afraid to Ask For Help?

Sometimes, we're all a little afraid to ask for help. Maybe the person we're asking is a scary realitive or a friend. Maybe the person we're asking teases you and makes fun of you a lot. Or maybe, you're just too shy, or afraid you'll be embarrassed when you ask. All of these things are completely normal, and you shouldn't worry about these variables.

Let me let you in on a little story of mine: I, to this day, am still afraid to ask for help. I'm not embarrassed to say it, and I'm not proud that I have not grown up to get around my own social status that stops me from asking others. As long as I can remember, I've had a problem for asking for help. I've been too nervous to do anything, and that's why at a young age, I wasn't very good at what I did. School, to be percise, was hard since I never asked the teacher for questions. I always just sat there, staring at my paper, not knowing what to do.

To this day, I build Minecraft creations. I ask myself: should I get help? Nah, I can do this on my own since I'm a good builder that needs noone! I can never finish a build that I start now, since I'm afraid to ask for others help. I give up good land since I take it all, then spam it with these unfinished buildings. The only thing that I can seem to complete is blogs, and that's only because it takes me little time to write them. If it's a long term project, sorry bro, don't count on me for those.

But, I don't want you to get discouraged of what I do. I want you guys to ask for their help when killing creepers, or to ask for their help when you're about to battle another faction. The point is: you don't have to do things alone. Someone will always be there, willing to help you by your side. Don't take it on yourself, it can sometimes be a bad idea.


Giving Up on Projects...

As you probably know (and my brother, Goodman415 knows this all too well...), I can't really finish a Minecraft project anymore. To be honest, it's because I've got noone to work with. I want to do things by myself because I'm a control freak when it comes to making things, so I'm self conscious with who I work with. Either way, I don't allow myself to have anyone work with me, and with that, I'm stuck with what I got: myself.

That's EXACTLY what you don't want to do. You don't want to exclude yourself from others, when you obviously need them. If you don't use the resources around you, you will end up like what my projects are: old and forgotten. For me, I loose inspiration fast. I need to complete something while I still have the idea in my head. I can never do projects at months at a time.

But, that shouldn't shape you into the same habits that I do. If you make a project, decide quickly: should I ask my friends to help too? Maybe they want to help. Maybe, even if they're not good builders, it'd make their day to help you build your creation. In a way, you're helping yourself while your helping others. Who knows who you're helping, maybe it's your little brother, or a ultimate fan boy. Whatever you do, you're not alone.



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12/09/2012 2:49 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Skinner
Kaduu
I now realise that I work alone...
,,Let's build a obsidian castle!''-me
,,Nah...It's boring.''-my friend
,,Then I will build it myself''-me
,,Are you kidding?''-my friend
,,Nope.''-me

Some minutes after

,,I'm tired...I even didn't finished the foundation...I GIVE UP !!!''-me
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11/28/2012 4:51 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Blacksmith
Ras al Guhl
hi, this is really a good post, and hope everyone works in team, world will be a better place.
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11/27/2012 9:57 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Narwhal
over.fritz
Every time I try to make something big - I always end up in two positions. Going solo or asking a VERY well trusted friend to help. It's always the two of us because I can never feel safe building with three - things get mixed up, data is transferred incorrectly, and in the end you have a steaming pile of random crap that makes 0% sense.

At least your honest Grey! I <3 your literary work and best of luck on your novel!
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11/22/2012 11:09 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Skinner
Zetrix
I have the same problem. I'll get inspired to do something, but when I start to build it I start to want to give up because whatever it may be is too big or complicated even when I know I can do it. I usually end up with something like my Archer Training. I'll make a small part now and another small part long after. But I can never seem to finish them.
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11/21/2012 6:21 pm
Level 23 : Expert Architect
LeonBass
I think I've had a hard time asking for help as long as I can remember. All I know for sure is that I'm going to need to work with a couple of people as a team if I ever want to beat the record of how long Minecraft animations are. They are usually 30s to 4:10 long. It might be hard to beat the record, but I'm willing to try it (my goal is a 10 minute long animation). Awesome blog again, Grey! Btw, good luck on the novel.
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11/21/2012 6:24 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Best of luck on your animation, I would love to see the outcome of it!
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11/21/2012 6:27 pm
Level 23 : Expert Architect
LeonBass
Thanks
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11/21/2012 4:33 pm
Level 31 : Artisan Creeper Hugger
Rock_TM
As usual, good front page images for people to see =)
Also, the classic words from your keyboard have inspired us ALL again! =D
Another thing, there should be an assassin in your novel called 'Rock' ;D

Loves ya Greytopher! (No homo)
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11/21/2012 5:22 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
xD Thanks, Rockstar.
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11/24/2012 6:57 pm
Level 31 : Artisan Creeper Hugger
Rock_TM
No no no no no! You must become a Narwhal again, thats what brought us together in unity and peace ;)

Now that your a pegasus were not gonna get along as well =( ;)
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11/21/2012 4:25 pm
Level 27 : Expert Narwhal
The Diamond Creeper
There's a Me in team. No, but good job. x3
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11/21/2012 5:16 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
All I see is a 'EM'!
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11/21/2012 7:03 pm
Level 27 : Expert Narwhal
The Diamond Creeper
Erm. True. But if you switch around the letters then it'll work. x3
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11/21/2012 1:21 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Artist
AllstarBrose
There is an i in TEAM. It's in the A-hole.
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11/20/2012 11:24 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Architect
X108
Grey, There is no "I" in team, but there is "Me" "tEaM

Anyways, great blog as usual!
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11/20/2012 11:27 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
I can only see a 'EM'. :)
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11/21/2012 12:02 am
Level 12 : Journeyman Architect
X108
haha whateveeeer you say!
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11/22/2012 10:12 pm
Level 27 : Expert Narwhal
The Diamond Creeper
Didn't see this comment when I posted mine. Fail. x3
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11/20/2012 9:16 pm
Level 29 : Expert Pixel Puncher
Haasman29
I................... Always get nervous to ask for help.

Anyways, good blog, and I give up on a lot of stuff because I feel I can't do it or whatnot.

Greytopher, Why are you so epic?
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11/20/2012 9:57 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
I get that a lot. :3
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11/20/2012 3:04 pm
Level 23 : Expert Dragon
FreedomsFlame
Love this article. I am just like you in that when I build things I like to do it with my own style so I can't let anyone else work on it with me (could be the OCD talking, but nevermind that). Anyways, I've been looking for a good server where I can just build whatever awesome thing my horribly detail-oriented mind dreams up next. I put detail into the areas almost nobody will ever look. It's a bit of a problem because I end up just quitting because I can't do a general layout and then detail, I have to do it a piece at a time, every little detail, and as the build progresses I hit on a style that I like and go back and completely redo the beginning to match that detailing style. Honestly, this is probably just a personal issue.

My soul has been laid bare . Please, trolls, FEAST UPON MY ENTRAILS!
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11/21/2012 6:33 am
Level 85 : Elite Terraformer
lentebriesje
What i see in the screenshots of your projects on PMC i don't think you are building to detailed tbh xD in comparison with really bad builders you might be more detail oriented, but if you want to build with others you should just surround yourself with higher quality builders. Especially creative greylist servers will be worth looking at, greylisting in general will make sure the quality of the builders whom are greylisted is higher. It might not be easy to get greylisted, but it would be worth it.
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11/20/2012 6:43 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
I'd say a good server to start on detailed buildings would be PwegoServer, Insomnia, or Serenity Server USA. You can look up the first two on PMC, the last one I think can be found on Youtube.
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11/20/2012 8:58 pm
Level 23 : Expert Dragon
FreedomsFlame
Thanks, I'll check those out! =]
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11/20/2012 12:19 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Lad
3D
I'd love to see the outcome of your novel, also nice blog :D
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11/20/2012 6:42 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Thank you, 3D. :)
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11/20/2012 12:14 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Ladybug
Mymagic12
I'm gonna be honest, when i'm building a town, you better stay the heck away from me! xD

Ask any of my server friends, they'll remember. When I make community towns I don't care how much work it is, I will build this town my way or it ain't right, rather you think you can do better or not~

*Imagine me snapping my fingers in a Z formation"
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11/20/2012 6:42 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
That's how I feel; I can't let anyone else touch my work, unless I know that they're extremely better than me...
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11/20/2012 6:45 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Ladybug
Mymagic12
Oh also, I think I missed the text, but good luck on your novel! I know it's not going to be published or anything, but still, have fun. ^-^
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11/20/2012 6:45 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Thanks! I kinda hope it could be published, but it doesn't hurt to aim high!
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11/20/2012 6:48 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Ladybug
Mymagic12
That would be delightful, I'd buy it if it ever got anywhere near me, hehe. :)
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11/20/2012 11:52 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Nether Knight
Psykoschlumpf
Personnaly, I do my projects by myself, and only if something is wrong, people notice me. I sometime get help, especially when I get lazzy, to push me to continue.. Am I wrong? xD
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11/20/2012 6:42 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
No, completely fine. Sometimes you need others to 'push' you forwards... my brother is that same exact person (in a good way!).
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11/20/2012 11:36 am
Level 50 : Grandmaster Pony
juicy_orange
wat dose da pic sai??
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11/20/2012 6:41 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
*slaps juicy*
R U SRS.
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11/20/2012 11:29 am
Level 26 : Expert Ninja
Knyghtfalcon
Hey grey, Knyght again.

I don't know if you have seen my comments in your blogs before ( They kinda get buried) but I'm a pretty long time fan of your blogs.

This basically describes the problem i have, only when i ask for help on forums, i get small trolls who do nothing to help, or griefers that act cool until I'm not online. A lot of times i get people who don't like the project and try to change it entirely. Any suggestions, besides an insanely large intricate post with tons of specific requirements that will end up with no one applying?
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11/20/2012 6:41 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
I'd say, ignore the trollers and haters out there. More than likely, if your project is good, the majority of people will say it is. If a lot of people try to give constructive criticism, I wouldn't take it as a negative note, but more so something to improve on.
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11/20/2012 8:01 am
Level 16 : Journeyman Dragon
JackOrmel
Holy crap. You have just defined my problem with doing projects. Now what do I do, because I don't really have any close by friends who play minecraft a whole lot. Help!
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11/20/2012 10:28 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Try to make new ones, the best you can. Or, if you're really desprate, go onto the forums and say 'looking for builders!'. Maybe that'll somehow work.
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11/20/2012 4:08 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Dragon
JackOrmel
And I may have one more problem. I have no clue how to set up a server, or if I ever should. (Seeing as this isn't my computer) But Even If I could, all the tutorials don't make any sense to me. Any ideas how I would enlist such help? (Other than LAN, which oddly enough, hasn't been working lately either...)
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11/20/2012 6:39 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Well, the only thing I would recommend is Youtube and looking it up... or, if you have money for it, buy one from a server hosting company like Beastnode.
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11/20/2012 7:01 am
Level 27 : Expert Lemon
CrAfTiNg_KiNg01
Another great blog from Greytopher. Can't wait to hear about your novel about The Italian Renaissance! :D May The Assassin's Creed guide you and your awesome pen of awesomeness and your awesome keyboard of awesome rainbows and narwhals and whatnot. :D
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11/20/2012 10:27 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Haha, thank you. ;D
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11/21/2012 4:15 am
Level 27 : Expert Lemon
CrAfTiNg_KiNg01
Welcome. :D
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11/20/2012 3:50 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Teddy
im alone
on a friday

pls grey halp.
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11/20/2012 10:20 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
hah.
nub
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11/20/2012 12:32 pm
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Teddy
u broke mi hart.
crei
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11/20/2012 6:38 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
i iz gld i dd
cuz u nub
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11/20/2012 3:20 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
MoonsPod
i tried working with people when noxcrew were recruiting builders, the only problem i had was talking to their team via team speak, couldn't get used to talking to strangers iv never met, or even seen before x3
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11/20/2012 10:27 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pig
Greytopher
Yeah, it's definitely a lot more awkward to do that, that's why I try to know them better before I ever try to talk to them via Skype or something. ;P
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