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Minecraft Servers ~ From Vanilla to Visionary

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Hello everyone, and welcome to a new blog!


I have been watching the server tab lately, and noticed many interesting new server types appearing. From new RPG to completely new genres, they are being created by creative PMCers. Considering Minecraft isn't too old, this is wonderful! When I first joined Minecraft back in v1.5 Beta (I know, I am not a true alphanian), all I remember were Survival/Vanilla servers. Now, just a little more than a year later, we have so many choices!


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~ First of all, Mojang instituted Creative Mode into Minecraft. This opened up a new genre: the Creative server. Of course, there were possibly some before this time, with people using Essentials /item command and Zombe's fly mod, but the Creative Mode made it easier to access desired blocks and for servers to regulate who was allowed to use it or not. One-click breaking enabled changes to be made more quickly, and the flight was just fast enough to provide an excellent way to move around builds easily. People do still continue to use Zombe Fly on many Creative servers since it provides a faster way to get around.


~ Brought in during the recent v1.3, Adventure Mode allows servers to make controlled PvP-only areas perfect for Survival Games (another relatively new server genre) and anti-grief Adventure maps.


~ New genres are created by Minecraft players all the time. Some base their server on movies, other games, or simply come up with their own idea. Others see a cool new map created by somebody and decide to make a server genre out of it.


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~ The first major genre to come to mind after Survival/Creative is RPG, which might have even been around since before I started Minecraft. People have been doing RPG game-play for a long time: Dungeons & Dragons, real-life scenarios, MMORPGs (such as World of Warcraft, FusionFall, etc.), and more. This being ported to Minecraft Multiplayer comes as no surprise. (I currently play on a great MCMRPG, A'Therys Ascended). Most RPG servers have created their own lore, terrain, and major cities/towns. As a genre, they are possibly the hardest to create well, and the ones that are good are very good.


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~ Another that comes to mind are prison servers. Kicked off by one of the best, MC-Convicted.org, they are big on PvP and small on creativity (except when it comes to the admins, who have to create a fun environment to keep people playing). They are also very social, since there isn't much else to do between server events. This also makes them hard to run, since the owner/admins have to keep people entertained most of the time. But they were a great idea, and continue to bring in loads of players.


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~ One that we all know: Survival Games servers. Started mostly when Team Vareide posted the first Survival Games map (based on the popular book/movie The Hunger Games), they are fun to play and bring people back time and time again to try and win. New maps are created all the time, major ones by Team Vareide.


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~ Recently, I had the honor to become a Mod on The Battle for Conwy Castle, a relatively new server type created by Rockslide. Another that brings people back to play again and again, it is based on Capture the Flag, but with custom plugins made specifically for the server. Flags of the opposing team lower as you 'capture' them, there are working catapults that launch stones/TnT at the enemy, and portcullises/drawbridges that function as you would expect.


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~ A very common type of server is one based on a popular map. Take Hypixel's work for example: almost all his newer maps have been made into servers that made the Server pop. reel. At one point, almost all the pop. reel servers were MCTF2: Dustbowl maps, some with custom plugins. The Walls also spurred a ton of servers into creation. However, these servers usually don't last, and get old after some time of fame.


Team Vareide's Survival Games map, as I mentioned before, is another example of this. That, in turn, was influenced by the movie.


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~ Servers based on other games are not that widely spread, but are usually interesting to see when incorporated into Minecraft. I saw a FarmVille-like server the other day on the Server popular reel where you start as a lowly farmer and work your way up.


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What's up next for server genres? Well, most definitely servers based on other people's maps. Anything Hypixel makes that's made for multiplayer will almost certainly make its way to a server.


Come up with your own idea! :D Think of something in real life that would be cool on a server. Recently, I thought of making a server based on running a hotel, but didn't have the resources to make custom plugins for it. Custom plugins are the groundwork for a great new server genre.


Maybe your idea will be the next Survival Games. Hard work and time are necessary to creating an amazing server, along with teamwork.


MC-Multiplyer has definitely come a long way since Vanilla.


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I hope you enjoyed your time today, and I leave you with this graphic:


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(Wallpaper for it HERE ;D)


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I want to hear your ideas! Comment below with your opinions on new server genres. :D


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Thanks for pop. reel guys. ;D


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Mallentadro
10/29/2012 4:13 pm
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I've gone around to many of these servers, since I have been playing mc since 1.3, but my all time favorite has to be Vanilla and RPG. Vanilla servers are normally great, where the players are in controll, and mods just make the rules and play along too. RPG servers are fun once you get on, thought it might be a chore to do so. From my experience the Admins who play god, start to think that they are god. It's so insanely easy to get banned. For real, its the only type of server I've gotten banned on, even though I dont break the lore, character, or rules. Its normally for trying to start a rebelion xD CRAP! Im waffelling, sorry. <:-)
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dingousa
10/29/2012 4:18 pm
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Yeah, after a long time on Creative mode, I sometimes like to relax and do Survival/Vanilla. I can do that mainly on A'Therys, and I even did it on my old server where I would go down to Survival mode and play with the players some.
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Mallentadro
10/29/2012 9:39 pm
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I've been meaning to get on A'therys, sounds like a lot of fun ;D See you round
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lynchyinc
10/29/2012 3:49 pm
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Very nice blog with some interesting and well formulated ideas.
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dingousa
10/29/2012 4:18 pm
Level 55 : Grandmaster Mage
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Thanks lynchy ;D
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iRorri
10/29/2012 3:32 pm
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I'm actually, subbing, favoriting and diamonding, just to remind me what to do next, for my projects ;)
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dingousa
10/29/2012 4:19 pm
Level 55 : Grandmaster Mage
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:0 *shakes Rorri's hand* :3
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iRorri
10/29/2012 4:22 pm
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;D
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scbCraft
10/29/2012 3:18 pm
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Im currently making a new type of server, not letting the secret out yet, dont want no copy-cats!
Custom plugins are going to be done by the end of the year hopefully :D (Im making 40 or so)
In december I might start doing spoilers :)
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dingousa
10/29/2012 4:19 pm
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Ooo, looking forward to it. :3
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