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avatar dingousa
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
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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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10/29/2012 4:13 pm
Level 22 : Expert Cake
Mallentadro
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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10/29/2012 4:18 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
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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10/29/2012 9:39 pm
Level 22 : Expert Cake
Mallentadro
I've been meaning to get on A'therys, sounds like a lot of fun ;D See you round
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10/29/2012 3:49 pm
Level 81 : Elite Architect
lynchyinc
Very nice blog with some interesting and well formulated ideas.
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10/29/2012 4:18 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
Thanks lynchy ;D
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10/29/2012 3:32 pm
Level 42 : Master Nerd
iRorri
I'm actually, subbing, favoriting and diamonding, just to remind me what to do next, for my projects ;)
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10/29/2012 4:19 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
:0 *shakes Rorri's hand* :3
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10/29/2012 4:22 pm
Level 42 : Master Nerd
iRorri
;D
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10/29/2012 3:18 pm
Level 24 : Expert Modder
scbCraft
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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10/29/2012 4:19 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
Ooo, looking forward to it. :3
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10/30/2012 9:20 am
Level 24 : Expert Modder
scbCraft
I cant make my custom bukkit yet :(
My laptop is refusing to open bukkit with eclipse :3
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10/29/2012 10:22 am
Level 15 : Journeyman Explorer
y a n
isn't mc.war a new type of genre - custom coded shooter?
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10/29/2012 9:33 am
Level 36 : Artisan Dragon
Lord_Sauron_
You are quite the artist with these graphics :3
Nice blog. Diamond!
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10/28/2012 6:55 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Artist
Oxinthacy
im a true alphanian, been playing minecraft since it didnt even have sound! XD
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10/29/2012 7:32 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Network
Tirbouchon
me too :)
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10/28/2012 6:36 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Ninja
Xcano
Diamond!
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10/28/2012 5:49 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Ninja
Xcano
I found this very inspiring and I am working out the mechanics for a new genre but I need a good plugin developer with lots of time. :(
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10/29/2012 3:19 pm
Level 24 : Expert Modder
scbCraft
I would help you out but im currently working on 40+ plugins & a custom version of bukkit :(
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10/28/2012 6:44 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
Keep at it! ;D
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10/28/2012 6:53 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Ninja
Xcano
I posted a forum for plugin developers to apply at! Hope I get some applications!
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10/28/2012 5:39 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Architect
distortion
Battle for Conwy Castle was a great server, but I got falsely banned because I was doing "too" well -_-
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10/28/2012 1:01 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Explorer
LickTheLizard
This was actually quite enjoyable to read. A scrumptious morsel for my thoughts.
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10/28/2012 4:04 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Pirate
BadOreoNinja
lol i like how you put that
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10/28/2012 11:32 am
Level 39 : Artisan Grump
Seska Rotan
A very good submission. Keep it up. :)
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10/28/2012 11:45 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
Thanks Seska ;D
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10/28/2012 12:29 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Grump
Seska Rotan
No problem. :)
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10/28/2012 11:04 am
Level 50 : Grandmaster Pony
juicy_orange
i like survival games and plain survival servers :3
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10/28/2012 11:45 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
I like Survival Games too, but plain public survival servers are difficult to manage (see Dilemma of Survival Servers :3)
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10/28/2012 12:17 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Pony
juicy_orange
i know, I'm a mod on one :3 sometimes people can be really annoying poops Dx
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10/28/2012 10:56 am
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Wizard
jkush321
Very soon I am releasing a new plugin for a new game mode. I will link to it
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10/28/2012 10:57 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
Nice! Creativity AWAAAYYYY.
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10/28/2012 8:01 am
Level 11 : Journeyman Explorer
Nngag
This helped me find 3 great servers.
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10/28/2012 8:33 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
Glad to hear that. :)
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10/28/2012 3:00 am
Level 5 : Apprentice Network
zombspider
I <3 Cowny!
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10/28/2012 10:58 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
Me too! ;D 'Tis amazing.
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10/28/2012 12:44 am
Level 30 : Artisan Explorer
Zemor
I'm thinking of making a modern city server, where you live daily life in an urban city.
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10/28/2012 12:33 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
marc3333
That sounds like a RP server
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10/28/2012 8:33 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
That would be interesting. Policemen to enforce the law. :0
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10/27/2012 7:44 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Warrior
poonjab1_0
Hey, don't forget horror servers. I am planning the best silenthill server ever.
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10/27/2012 9:17 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
Ooo, haven't heard of any. :0
If you do, I will include it in the blog. :3
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10/28/2012 12:35 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Answer
BIO
that's amazing I love silenthill
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10/28/2012 8:54 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Warrior
poonjab1_0
it will take some time, since we are waiting for craftbukkit to fully update to 1.4. But it will be worth the wait.
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10/29/2012 4:27 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Answer
BIO
Can't wait!!!
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10/27/2012 6:32 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
marc3333
Ah fusion fall thats one name I thought I would have never see again...

But I agree and also Im trying to apply to that RP server I love a good roleplay server!

But one genre I see WAY to much in PVP
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10/27/2012 5:44 pm
Level 29 : Expert Miner
bobbybka
PLEASE BRING DINGOLAND BACK
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10/27/2012 5:22 pm
Level 25 : Expert Network
RiotShielder
Pumpkins!
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10/27/2012 5:14 pm
Level 27 : Expert Narwhal
The Diamond Creeper
Great blog!
I don't know how to post pictures in comments so...
Here's a link. :P
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10/27/2012 5:16 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Mage
dingousa
It doesn't work. :0
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10/27/2012 5:23 pm
Level 27 : Expert Narwhal
The Diamond Creeper
Nuuuuu.I spent, like, half a minute making it! >:UAnyways, here's what it said. xD

One does not simply earn a diamond from me,

But you did.
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10/27/2012 4:14 pm
Level 24 : Expert Geek
alexbeast12
Great job Dingo. The way you presented the blog is amazing. Diamond for you!
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