New Mods!

Our Crafters requested some mods at the end of camp today.  As I detailed in a post last year, we’re running an older version of Minecraft (version 1.7.10, Stable Build 22), which is what MinecraftEDU ran on before Microsoft obtained the property.  The new version of MCEdu runs only on Windows 10, and we’re still running Windows 7 (which, let’s be honest, is much more stable anyway), so we’re content to run our older build.

That said, it does limit some of the mods we can run, and our Crafters’ eyes are bigger than our spunky l’il build can handle.  As such, there are always a few mods that we simply can’t run; sorry, Crafters!

But Fortune smiles on the bold, and every year we manage to get some cool new mods working with MCEdu 1.7.10.  After camp today, Mr. Cook and Counselor Bryson got two much-requested mods, the Backpacks mod and the Extra Golems mod, to work!

That means that around 9 AM tomorrow, students will be begging for sweet new backpacks and diamond golem pals to hang around with.

As always, a brief disclaimerplease mod carefully.  We can’t vouch for the safety of some Minecraft mods that are out there.  As I wrote last year, some mods are perfectly safe, but are on websites riddled with click-bait and pop-up ads.  We’re not responsible if you pick up a nasty computer virus while trying to add zombie unicorns to your child’s build of Minecraft.

Note, too, that mods can seriously affect gameplay, and some mods are more like “total conversions” than simple add-ons (such as the popular Pixelmon mod that we’ve run in past years).  Also, some mods simply won’t “talk” to each other—they won’t work together!  Be sure to do your research before installing mods.

All the technical notes aside, we’re excited to see our l’il Crafters’ faces light up with delight when they get here tomorrow morning.

Happy Crafting!



Day 1 Done!

Day 1 of MC Camp 2018 is in the books!  The kids dug up an ancient villain’s tomb; rediscovered the old village from last year’s camp (Crafter Alexander:  “I remember everything!  The memories are flooding back to me!”); and one little piggy got a sweet home.

We’re always struck by Minecraft’s ability to inspire the imagination of young and old alike.  It’s also a strikingly beautiful game.  Here’s a screenshot of the Twin Lava Falls in our world (“Minecraftia”).

We’re exciting for Day 2!


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.


It’s Back! Minecraft Camp 2015

“Back by Popular Demand”

Our massively successful Minecraft Camp is back for 2015.

June 15-19 on the TBCS campus.

  • Work on our very own MinecraftEDU server and in Classic Minecraft
  • Use one of our iMacs or PCs, or bring your own machine.
  • Combination of structured team gameplay, and free play.
  • Collaborate, learn new skills, make new friends.

To find out more, call Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate




A most civilized day

Today was a great day: with most of yesterday’s tech/connection issues sorted out we had a full day of working on the village/world/civilization.

Our ‘crafters built structures, water supply, started rearing animals and worked out a system of trading goods and services. All with a minimum of griefing – although some horses did mysteriously go ‘missing’…

Tomorrow I’m sure some will want to continue with this mission, and we”ll also start looking at installing mods, both in reg MC and in EDU.