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Minecraft Camp 2017 – The End of an Era

It was a really fun week with our Crafters.  They went on epic quests, fought big baddies (sometimes of their own design), and built amazing structures.  We hope to see our Crafters back next year–and have new Crafters join us!

Have a great summer–and Happy Crafting!

Minecraft Camp 2017 - Group Photo

Minecraft Camp 2017 Crafters (photo credit:  Matthew Sanders)
L-R, Front Row:  Crafters Victoria, Boyd, Alex, Evan, and Steven
L-R, Back Row:  Crafter Annalee, Counselor Bryson, Camp Facilitator Mr. Cook

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Going out with a Bang…

We had a great camp this year, with lots of modding, building, and–of course–crafting.

The camp ended with a one-two punch of awesome:

1.) Crafter Boyd created the insidious “Shadow,” a malevolent force of pure evil.  The students defeated this (very, very difficult) NPC after a long fight, and received whatever they requested as a reward (within reason; “infinite emeralds” was, unfortunately, impossible to fulfill).

2.) After giving the students ten minutes of PVP action–they’d been begging for it all week–Counselor Bryson (“Mr. Willis” to the Crafters) created a MASSIVE TNT block to end the game with a bang.  The explosion was so huge, it crashed the server!  No worries, though–Mr. Cook saved the game map right before the carnage.  Maybe next year’s Campers can rebuild?

Some major destruction to end camp.  But from Chaos comes Order.

MCC Day 3 – Mods!

We’re gearing up for Day 3 of Minecraft Camp 2017.  We can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of camp!

Today, we’re hoping to play with some mods.  We tried to run the Custom NPCs mod yesterday, but forgot to install in into the server mod folder (it was in the local client mod folder on all computers).  What a rookie mistake!

The mod is up and running now, and we’ll soon have Crafters populating a world with random monsters, villagers, and other critters.  Pray that our server doesn’t crash!

Other mods we will attempt today (time-permitting):

(Caution:  we can’t vouch for the safety of some Minecraft websites.  Usually the sites themselves are clean, but the mod downloads are often surrounded by click-bait ads and deceptive download links.  Proceed with caution and read carefully when attempting to download a mod.  We are not are not responsible for any viruses you may pick up from the links above, or for any problems mods might create for your build of Minecraft.  Information provided here is for informational and educational purposes only.)

For the technically curious, we’re running an older build of Minecraft, version 1.7.10.  Fortunately, the modding community is a robust one, and we’ve been able to find older versions of mods that are compatible with the build we’re using.

Installing the mods is easy enough.  We paste the desired mod into the client mod folder on each system.  That folder is usually in C:\User\[username]\AppData (and so forth), which is a hidden folder on most Windows systems.  We also have to put it in the server mod folder.

Fortunately, our build comes with a launcher with a convenient link to the mod folder, which makes installation of the mods a snap.

Mod with care!  Mods can significantly alter the game, and can come with unintended consequences.  Read carefully and make sure you know what you’re doing!  Most mods require the legendary Forge Mod to work properly.

 

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Screenshots from Day 2

We’re already halfway through Minecraft Camp 2017–we can’t believe it!  Our Crafters are making some amazing stuff (and our Counselor Bryson made a tower out of pumpkins).  Check out what they’ve been cookin’ up today!

 

A Pumpkin Tower, lots of houses–including a big one–and a HUGE explosion.  The students will colonize the crater tomorrow; there’s already talk of a prison (!) and a vault going in.