Chilled out, friendly Minecraft server
Just thought I'd give you all an update on what's been happening with the new servers. Some of you probably know by now, that we're back on a rented host; it's a bit of a beast - quad core Xeon 3.7Ghz, 64GB RAM, mirrored 2TB SATA3 drives and 300 Mbps network.
This power allows us to run multiple servers on the same machine, and you can jump between them in game, without logging out and can chat to other players even if they're on a different server. It's really quite cool :)
So, we've got 7 servers running; one lobby and 6 differently themed servers to play on. To jump server just type / followed by the server name in chat or if you're on the lobby server, you'll find portals that you can just walk into.
Lobby - This is a small floating island world. When you enter, you'll be in Adventure mode with god switched on. You'll see the portal buildings here that take you to the other servers, or you can just jump with the server join command. Type /lobby in game to get here....
As chat bots go, we all know that Marvin is a bit of an egomaniac and now he wants his own chat show.
He's looking for Itchy Dog players to answer some searching questions about Minecraft and step into the spotlight in a series of interviews in his blog here on the site.
Are you a celebrity? Do you like chicken?
Marvin needs to know the answers and tell the world.
Post in the comments if you think you have what it takes to upstage our self-centred, but oh so loveable bot.
When I set up Itchy Dog, I just wanted to make a server where people could hang out and enjoy a game together without having to deal with bigotry, egos or just plain dick-headery. I'm pleased to say that our regular players and staff are united on this front and any form of harassment is quickly stamped out meaning that Itchy Dog is a chilled and relaxed place to play Minecraft.
You might wonder why we're even making a fuss out of this; well, here's the thing. We've had new players ask whether it's OK for someone who identifies as LGBT to join the server, and for some people, having to ask that in public can be a big deal. We've had other players join, who have kept their personalities hidden for fear of how others will react (and let's face it, prejudice is all too common in online communities). Then there's the issue of certain terms coming up in general chat that people can find offensive.
So, what I'm saying here, is that Itchy Dog is a welcoming and inclusive server and we have an absolute zero tolerance policy for any type of harrassment or bigotry. I think our first Server Rule sums up our attitude quite nicely:
"Be respectful of people.- no discrimination (racist, homophobic comments or sexual harassment will get you permanently banned). If you cannot abide by this rule then leave now."...
If you're on the lookout for a friendly Minecraft Server, then why not come on in and have a look around on Itchy Dog?
You'll receive a warm welcome from our small, friendly community and you can jump right in as a guest. As a guest, you'll have the Puppy rank and can explore the worlds and meet the other players. You won't be able to build yet, but on the other hand, mobs won't target you and you can use the /heal and /eat commands so you don't have to worry about dying.
We've got built in grief protection to keep your builds safe and our active staff are always happy to help you out and make sure you enjoy your game.
There are three worlds to explore:
Itchy Dog: This is where you'll start with a vanilla survival play style.
ChewToy: This is a creative world where you can let your imagination run free.
DogEatDog: This is our PvP world. You can even lay seige to other players, so intrigue and cunning is the name of the game here.
I know you're all a smart bunch of puppies; that's why you play on Itchy Dog. Am I right?
And I'm fairly sure you'll all find your way around this new stuff quite easily, so I just wanted to point out a few things to get you going.
There are four main components to all this:
EasySocial - this is the activity stream and basis for your site profile
EasyDiscuss - this is the new forum system
EasyBlog - this is the new blogging feature that lets you write your own stuff on the site
Komento - this is the commenting system
Now, the neat thing is, these are all integrated; your profile is consistent across all of them and your activities in each earn you XP Points that go towards Achievement Badges. (More on this later).