Minecraft Resources on the Pot

So, we don’t just cover massively-massively multiplayer games here. We also cover stuff that can have huge scope, huge numbers of players contributing – look at the Minecraft Middle-Earth Project. IN short, we cover Minecraft.

Here’s a quick guide to the Minecraft resources on the Pot so far:

We’re going to be covering Minecraft a lot more in the near future, and including external links to great Minecraft resources too (like the canonical Minecraft wiki). So, if you have any suggestions, please do comment below!

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Useful Minecraft admin commands, op commands and server commands, and how to become a Minecraft admin or op

Running a Minecraft server? Then you’ll probably be distantly aware of Minecraft admin commands or “op commands”. They’re the scary code-like things that you can use to bend your server to your will. But fear not – in actual fact, Minecraft server commands are pretty simple to use, and extremely helpful for everything for removing unpleasant players to giving yourself the resources to build huge constructions.

First things first – how do you use them? Well, they only work on a Minecraft multi-player server – see Minecraft Single Player Commands for details on how to access the equivalent commands in single-player. Oh, and you can’t mess with skins at all – see our guide to Minecraft skins

You’ll need to be an admin or an op to access these commands. To become an admin, add your Minecraft name to the admin.txt or ops.txt file on the server, exactly as it’s spelt in Minecraft. If you wish to become an op, either add your name to ops.txt or ask an admin to promote you with /op NAME.

Once you’re either an op or an admin (the terms are roughly interchangable, although technically admins are higher “rank”, but Minecraft op’s commands and admin commands are the same), you can use any op command by pressing T (for talk), then typing the command. Don’t forget the forward slash at the start!

Dealing with people you don’t want around – banning Minecraft griefers

One of the most important functions you’ll have as a moderator or op on a Minecraft server may well be to remove or ban players you don’t want around, either because they’re griefing or for – hey, any reason you like, pretty much!

The first tool for dealing with tools (see what I did there?) is the /kick command. If you type /kick MMOMeltingPot, for example, then the MMO Melting Pot player will instantly be disconnected from the server. (Of course, you wouldn’t want to do that – we’re lovely.)

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The player can just reconnect if they want. If they do so, and you’re not happy about that, then you can follow up by using the /ban command in the same way. At that point, the player shouldn’t be able to reconnect to the server until and unless you pardon them (with the /pardon command).

Of course, because your name is connected to your Minecraft account, it’s fairly tricky to get around a /ban. Some griefers have tools allowing them to do that, though. In that case, you might have to resort to the /ban-ip command to ban anyone with their IP address (Internet address, essentially) from connecting to your server.

You’ll need to search through your server logs to find the player name, then match it to an IP address (a string of 4 numbers seperated by dots, like 61.15.243.23), then use that number with /ban-ip to ban their IP. However, once you’ve done that, they’ll find it very hard to return.

As with /ban, you can pardon an IP with /pardon-ip.

Dealing with people you DO want around

You can use server commands to be nice to people, too.

Two of the most common commands you’ll use to help people out will be /tp and /give. /tp teleports players to other players’ location – /tp MMOMeltingPot Notch, for example, will move MMOMeltingPot to Notch’s location, where we will presumably proceed to get all fanboy in an embarassing fashion. It’s useful for rescuing people who’ve gotten lost, fallen down, or otherwise done something inadvisable – or simply for letting people meet up to work on a construction together.

/give allows you to give any player any item. You’ll need the player’s name and the data value of the item – the latter can be found in the very comprehensive Minecraft wiki, here.

To use /give, you would type, for example, /give MMOMeltingPot 309 , to give us a pair of iron boots. If for some reason you felt we needed more boots, possibly for walking, you could instead type /give MMOMeltingPot 309[10], which would give us 10 sets of boots. Awesums. Now we has boots.

Finally, if you just want to chat to your fellow players in the Voice Of God, or at least the voice of the server admin, /say will let you do that – the message you type following it will appear to all players, with no player name attached. So, for example, /say this was a triumph will spam your entire server with the first line of a popular song.

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Minecraft skin guide: how to look like a king, a zombie, a knight, or Jesus himself

Getting tired of your default Minecraft character’s look? Well, it turns out – and I didn’t realise this either – that there’s an easy way to customise your character. Using Minecraft’s built-in skin function, you can use Minecraft skins to look like anything from a king to a zombie, a knight to a ninja, and a superhero to Jesus himself.

In a slightly blocky Minecraft fashion, obviously.

How to change your character’s skin

It turns out this is simplicity itself. In contrast to, for example, enabling the Minecraft Single Player Commands mod, which requires terrifying editing of the main Minecraft file, adding a new skin is a two-step process:

  1. Go to the Minecraft Preferences page. If you’re not logged in, log in.
  2. Upload the image you wish to use for your skin in the “upload image” box.

And you’re done! Your new skin will now appear in-game.

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Which skin to choose?

There are hundreds and hundreds of Minecraft skins out there. Some of them are awesome. Some of them are, erm, not so awesome. If someone’s griefing your server with a particularly offensive skin, remember you can use Minecraft admin commands to kick them off.

Here are a few of the MMO Melting Pot staff’s favourites:

  • Harry Potter skin – it’s surprising how detailed you can go with a Minecraft skin. Nice work! Download it
  • king skin – There are a lot of king-style skins around – to go with the Minecraft castle obsession. This is probably the best one we’ve found: Download it
  • Zombie skin – Playing on a multiplayer server and want to freak everyone else out? Choose a monster skin. This one’s only slightly less evil than doing a Creeper impression: Download it
  • Knight Skin – there are a lot of minecraft knight skins, but this one is particularly awesome in a Knights Hospitallar sort of way. download it
  • Jesus Skin – like Penny Arcade say, he is, apparently f—ing metal. Download it
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Songs to sooth the savage mob group

I’m continually impressed by the quality of the work that goes into MMO and computer game musical soundtracks. From the tremendous bombast of the WoW soundtrack to the understated mood pieces of Oblivion (guess what I’ve been playing lately), there’s some supremely impressive work out there.

MMO Gamer Chick has taken the time to highlight what she feels are the 5 best soothing tracks in MMOs, from Age of Conan to Minecraft, and I’m really glad she did. There’s some absolutely beautiful work out there that I wasn’t aware of:

Inon Zur is another genius in the music composing business and he does a lot of games. Rift actually has a pretty good soundtrack all around, but the first time I set foot in Stillmoor and I heard this beautiful tune I was floored. Still patiently waiting for the day Trion decides to release the soundtrack separately, digital download would be nice.

But this might not actually be as soothing as I think it is, because really, only the intro is like that and even listening to that part actually gives me chills every single time.

It’s easy to forget the power and quality of the music that plays as a backdrop to our worlds. Often we only remember it when it’s very in your face – all together now, Warcraft login screen music! – or a stunt, as in Forge of Souls. But there’s some remarkable work out there, and it’s great to have it highlighted from time to time.

What’s your favourite piece of MMO – or computer game – music?

_Quote taken directly from MMO Gamer Chick’s post.

Find MMO Gamer Chick’s homepage at http://mmogamerchick.wordpress.com/_

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Minecraft single player commands: how to download, install and use the Singleplayer Commands mod. Updated for 1.0.0!

Now updated for Minecraft Single Player Commands 1.0.0 (aka version 3)!_Ever miss the old days of Quake and Doom? One of the useful features that both those games had was a developer’s console – a little text window you could bring down, allowing you to type in commands to enable cheat codes or change the game in interesting ways. Well, it turns out Minecraft commands are accessible too – although you’ll need to download a mod called Minecraft Single Player Commands. Once you’ve done that, though, you can make yourself invincible, fly across your map, or make building easier and faster, all at will.

Let’s get going.

Oh, first, a quick note – if you’re in multiplayer, a completely different set of commands are accessible to ops and admins – see our article on Minecraft Admin and Op Commands. And you don’t need to use these commands to change your skin – that’s a simple process. See our guide to Minecraft skins

How to download and install Minecraft Single Player Commands

OK, I’ll warn you right now, this process is a bit scary.

Update – the Single Player Commands mod now includes an automated installer! Yay! See below for details

First of all, you’ll need to download the Single Player Commands mod – http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/94310-173-single-player-commands-v210-2/ is the best current download location. Whilst I’m happy for him to make some money, you might want to choose the Direct Download link for the latest version rather than the Preferred Download. The Preferred Download link goes through a rather scary-looking site called adf.ly which requires you to enable Javascript to download the mod – that site shows up on searches for malware and spyware, and generally isn’t even slightly trustworthy. The Direct Download link is perfectly safe, though!

Automated Installer – This new feature is a blessed relief if you’ve previously been used to the manual “hack the hell out of Minecraft” approach to installation. Simply run the Automated Installer, click “Browse” and select your Minecraft folder, then click once each on “Backup Minecraft” and “Backup Worlds” (to back up your files), before clicking “Install”.

You should then have a fully-installed version of Single Player Commands! If there are any problems with it, restore your backed-up version of Minecraft (from the “Backups” folder inside your Minecraft folder) and try the manual installation – see below.

Manual Installation – Once you’ve got the mod, you’ll need to install it. To do this, you’ll first need to download and install a program called 7-Zip (on Windows), which will allow you to open the main Minecraft file. Next, you’ll need to find your Minecraft folder (here’s a good guide for Windows Vista or Windows 7). MAKE A BACKUP COPY of Minecraft.jar now, before you go any further. Then open Minecraft.jar using 7-zip.

Now, delete the METAINF folder from inside the Minecraft.jar file, and copy all the files ending in “.class” from the Single Player Commands zip into the Minecraft.jar. Close the Minecraft.jar file, and copy all the files ending in “.jar” from the Single Player Commands mod into the same directory as your Minecraft.jar file.

If you’ve gotten this far, well done! It’s a rather scary process, but now you have access to all kinds of cool stuff.

So, I’m guessing you now want to know how to use Minecraft commands (of all kinds, including the Single Player Commands)? Minecraft makes it pretty simple – press “T” at any point within the game, then type in the command you want to use. There’s a full list of commands with the mod, but they’re not very thoroughly documented, so here’s a guide to some of the most useful ones!

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Minecraft cheat modes

Here’s some useful commands if you’re having trouble, as the song says, stayin’ alive, or otherwise want to make things easier on yourself:

  • Climb – New in 1.0.0 – allows you to climb any surface.
  • Damage – turns all damage to you on or off. Become invincible!
  • Falldamage / Firedamage / Waterdamage – these three commands, as expected, turn falling. fire and water damage on or off. Useful if you’re building something in the sky or underwater.
  • Freeze – Freezes all the monsters. They can’t move, and they can’t attack.
  • Repair – repairs the item you currently have in your hand to full durability. If you type “repair all” it will repair everything in your inventory.
  • Keepitems – toggles whether you lose your items when you die, or whether they’re still in your inventory when you respawn.

Movement commands

Want to float gracefully around the world? Then you’ll want these.

  • Ascend / Descend – Moves you to the next walkable surface above or below you – so you can teleport to a cave under your feet or a platform high above you.
  • Fly – Lets you fly! You’ll need to add a number after this one – “Fly 1”, or “Fly 10” – which controls the speed at which you fly. Try various numbers out and see!
  • Jump – Instantly moves you to the block your mouse is on. The fastest way of moving around a map, but it’s buggy, and may put you inside a block instead. Use Ascend or Descend if that happens.
  • Noclip – Like the old Doom/Quake “Noclip”, this cheat allows you to fly through anything – walls and floor included. Be careful where you turn it off again!
  • SetJump – Sets the height you can jump to. Be sure to use “falldamage” if you set it higher than 1, as otherwise you’ll injure yourself on landing.
  • Useportal – Transfers you from the main Minecraft world to the Nether and back again.

Building commands

One of the best uses for the Single Player Commands mod is to make building in Minecraft easier.

  • Dropstore – transfers everything you’re currently carrying into a chest next to you (which is created by the command). Very useful if you’ve done a Bit Too Much mining.
  • Instantmine – turns instant mining on or off, meaning that you’ll just have to click on a block with a pickaxe once to mine it.
  • instantplant / instantplant grow – instantly plants saplings where you click. If you use “instantplant grow”, the tree will also instantly grow to full-size.
  • Item – gives you an item – by default, a maximum stack of that item. You’ll need to know the item code of the item – here’s a good list – or the full Minecraft name of the item. For example, “item 326” would give you a bucket, as would “item bucket”

Fun stuff

And finally, the obligatory list of amusing things you can do.

  • Cannon – shoots TNT, primed and ready to explode, in the direction you’re pointing. You’ll need to give it a “strength”, which is the radius in blocks of the explosion. “cannon 7” will give you a standard TNT strength. “Cannon 128” will be… spectacular.
  • Explode – sets off an explosion under your feet. Probably best to have damage turned off first. Again, “explode 7” will give you a TNT-sized explosion.
  • Ride – allows you to ride any NPC like you would ride a pig. Go, Creeper Mount, go!
  • Exterminate – Kills the NPC you’re pointing at. With style.
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Why You Should Be Afraid Of The Dark!

Everyone knows the worst creepy crawlies come out when the lights go out, right?  Well, that’s quite literally what happens in Minecraft* – nighttime is notoriously unfriendly to downright dangerous. Bronte’s post over at Are we New at This proves how true this is – in fact, she says it was the “worst experience in her life”.

Worst, in, life – why am I featuring this? Bronte doesn’t say as much but I’d guess that while it was a pretty terrible experience in Minecraft terms she’s going to be going right back to play the next time she gets a craving to mine diamond, so there must’ve been some fun in it. What Bronte does manage to do is get across the feeling of danger, of being hunted, and how fatal making mistakes can be.

It was night time when I poured lava into that hole, not realizing that it was adjacent to wooden walls in the corner. A few moments later, as I had my back to the lava pool, putting new iron ore into the furnace for some hot, smelting action, I heard something sizzle and pop behind me. I turned around. The entire northern wall of my house was gone, only the glass cubes remained, and fire was quickly spreading

For anyone who’s yet to poke their nose in Minecraft like me, this is a great post. It reads like a mini-story and Bronte succeeds in giving us a window into it while still making us go “cool! I want to leave a build a house with all kinds of survival mechanisms and traps too!” Or maybe that’s just me….

What about you? Already play Minecraft and have tales to rival Bronte’s, or are you caving in and going to check it out now?

*I know Minecraft isn’t an MMO but… but… it’s Minecraft. And it might as well be given the coverage it gets.

_Quote taken directly from Bronte’s post_

_You can find Bronte’s Are We New At This homepage here_

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Developer Appreciation Week

So I’ve just stumbled over DAW, otherwise known as Developer Appreciation Week, in my blogroll. It seems to have popped up in multiple places all at once in mid-week, which feels a little surreal for a “week of aprpeciation”. Anyway, it does exactly what it says on the tin and it’s a great idea that any gamer – bloggers and non-blogger players – could get behind.

The idea was started last year by Scary Booster. He’s off to a flying start this year with a DAW post a day this week, so far praising Minecraft founder Markus Alexej Perrson and Greg Street, lead game designer in WoW. But why is he doing this, you ask?

Booster’s latest DAW post doesn’t focus on a specific developer but is an explanation of why he runs DAW. You might think the Aesop-style story sounds too good to be true but fluffy bunnies of cynicism aside, Booster’s reasons for doing this are spot on.

I don’t do this to get a developer to praise me for writing about them. I don’t do it for blog hits. As a matter of fact, my blog has about 12 the traffic it normally does. So why do I do it? Because it is the right thing to do. I play games almost everyday and the least I can do is tell the developers I appreciate it for 7 days out of 365 … there are a select few bloggers that understand DAW is about love, respect, and being positive. I want to thank those bloggers and any other blogger that wants to make a difference in the blogsphere.

Booster’s got a list of peeps who are joining in and celebrating game developers. He’s happy that folks are joining in with this week and it looks like he’d welcome anyone else wanting to celebrate with him – so whoever you are, blogger or player – raise a fresh article or a glass of your favourite hot/cold/alcoholic beverage to any developer you care to name this week. They deserve it.

So now it’s your turn – get involved or as little or as much as you like, but who do you think deserves to be celebrated most this week?

_Quote taken directly from Booster’s post

You can find Scary Booster’s homepage here_

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The Game That Inherited Good Gaming Pedigree is…

Minecraft. It’s a little sandbox game, word of which keeps popping up around the blogosphere. I mean, it just won’t go away. And not in a bad way – people are always saying how good it is. Keen over at Keen and Graev’s Gaming Blog seems very keen (no pun intended) on it, which is a good feeling to have when the game eats entire days out of your life.

Keen’s saying that’s what happened to her last Monday. Why? She says the game embodies some of the fundemental traits of the older games so many of us got hooked on and she just got sucked in. She says it’s a special gem, despite its fairly basic graphics. According to Keen, once she sits down to play the graphics don’t matter – they’re just enough to feed her imagination and get you engrossed in the gameplay, like games of old.

It’s a really short post so I won’t steal any of Keen’s thunder – she doesn’t go into much detail about quite what she was doing in the game for all that time, which is a real shame. But she muses on the fact that Minecraft’s very player-driven. She points out are a wide range of server types so you can play however you want, which works well with the whole idea that you can do whatever you want in the game.

I’m really curious about this game, partly because it keeps getting mentioned, a bit like Chinese whispers. Keens’ commenters seem to be a mixed bag though – so tell us, have you played Minecraft and is it worth loosing whole days? Or are you thinking about trying it out?

_No quote taken this time because it’s short – go on, go read it, you know you want to

You can find Keen and Graev’s Gaming Blog homepage here_

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