Follower Server Basics

This is a basic tutorial on how to do things on my Follower server.

  1. Claims: You will need to make a stick, that is the basic item to claim a spot.  There are premade 13×13 claims outlined in cobblestone, but you’re welcome to claim any area you’d like.  Minimum claim size is 10×10, but the maximum you can claim when starting is 13×13.  Just right-click with your stick on 2 corners of an area to claim.
  2. Claim Bonus: You earn 50 additional claim blocks every hour you play so after a few hours you can claim much more than your initial 169 (13×13 blocks)
  3. Claims keep your stuff safe – anything in your claim can ONLY be accessed/broken by you.  Additionally, anything others have claimed are protected to that user.
  4. Community Areas – There are tons of community areas that are not claimed – be respectful of these areas – and help contribute to their creation/maintenance!
  5. If you wish to give up a claim you have, type: /abandonclaim while standing in that claim.
  6. FOOD – There is a shared wheat farm in the center of town you can use until you have your own food source going.
  7. Mailboxes – you can craft your own mailbox using 5 iron, a chest, and a piece of wool (more on this later)
  8. Rules: Be respectful
  9. Client-side mods: Anything that does not affect other people, or allow you to fly or “cheat” (auto-kill mobs, etc) is acceptable.  You can use shaders, mini-maps, etc, but the server will always work with Vanilla 1.8.X client.
  10. Rewards/Events – Every Friday night at 9:30pm Eastern, I will run a live event.  There are often rewards for participating in events.  Additionally, I will reward players who go above and beyond and do awesome builds or set up really great things or help others.  Rewards could be custom items, rare materials, additional claim blocks, pets, etc.
  11. Have Fun: The goal of this is to play minecraft with a bunch of other awesome people.

Origins of WizCraft The Wizard Llewyn Follower Server

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A world where peace brought about unrest, and magic users – while rare – were extremely powerful, is where Llewyn originated from.  Fueled by a mixture of curiosity and a desire rule over larger domains, wizards gathered to create spells powerful enough to both create and travel to new dimensions.

At first, they served as an extreme luxury to the wealthy – a completely secluded place to vacation, or a place to send ones enemies.  As uses grew, the temptation to abuse the power grew as well.  Dimension creators became organized, and began to eliminate competition in whatever way they could.  With competition gone, illegal activities (and their prices) rose significantly.  The ruling council hired the remaining dimensional travelers to try to find and stop crimes.  For a time, Llewyn was the council’s elite and most senior ranking traveler, but as his success grew, so did the bounty on his head.

During an assassination attempt, Llewyn barely escaped by hopping into a relatively unknown dimension.  Instead of returning home, he spent the next six months crafting a spell to create an entire dimension that would keep himself and friends safe.  Despite having left all his possessions, Llewyn was excited at being safe and having the chance to start an entirely new world.

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Self VS Identity

I’ve spent the past 8 months building a persona “TheWizardLlewyn.”  He is a live-streamer on twitch that plays video games, creates video games, tells stories, and runs an interactive storytelling system.  In many ways, he is me.  His stories are mine, his experiences are mine, but in many ways he is not me.

To explain a bit better, I must share a funny story from the other day when I was signing Dexter – my 4 year old – up for the next season of “Story Time” at the library.  I had to fill out a form with a bunch of information.  Son’s name – nailed it.  Son’s birthday – nailed that one too.  Library card number – I cheated and looked at my library card, but still answered correctly.  Then I got to the hard question.   “Your name.”  Easy, right?  Want to know what I wrote?  “Daddy.”  Ok – to be truthful, I stopped at “Da” but you get the picture.  I spend tons of time with my son, to the point where I think of myself as “Daddy.”

I do my best to be a good role model, so as Daddy, I don’t curse, I talk through my frustrations, I shy away from adult topics, and I constantly promote healthy eating and habits.  What I also do is censor myself – quite a bit.  When he acts inappropriately – but in a funny way (kids are masters of this) I prevent myself from laughing and try to tell him what he did wrong.  When a funny situation arises where the humor would be above his head or something I would be embarrassed about him repeating – I won’t say it.  From my experience, this is pretty normal parent behavior (although some parents are a little less censored than others).

Add to this my professional persona.  In 2010, I started writing as a journalist, and speaking at conferences.  In attempts to differentiate myself (and not simply by my baby-face that often was a point of teasing) I decided to dress to the nines.  I would wear black dress pants, white-button down shirt, suspenders, suit (if cold), and a nice hat.  All this while others were mainly in business casual.  Thankfully, it was well appreciated, and for many has been seen as part of who I am.  In fact, I’ve had certain colleagues fail to recognize me while I was wearing regular clothes and no hat.

The personality that someone knows you by – that persona – is a powerful thing.  If it remains consistent, it makes people at ease.  People like to know what they can expect, it makes them comfortable.  But what happens when different personas collide?  When professional colleagues tune in to watch Superhero Delivery Service?  When Dexter gets old enough to watch one of my streams – or watch a youtube video I made?

I’ve actually spent a great amount of time figuring out what my personas would be.  My vocabulary, my reactions to certain situations, and my clothes have been thought about in advanced.  When thinking about streaming – I’ve always wanted to be PG, inclusive, and as funny as I could be without being offensive (BTW – Most really funny jokes are offensive to someone.  I have nothing wrong with that, and love comedians like Chris Rock, Robin Williams, etc, but that’s not the type of humor I’d want to do on my channel).

All of these personas are technically me.  None of them are disingenuous, but the struggle I’ve been having recently is – as these other personas take up more and more of my time/life – will it absorb my self?  Which begs the question – who am I?  As I’ve learned through the years, who I am can and does change (thankfully I’ve been able to change for the better and shed some of my more obnoxious traits).  But I think of myself as the words I want to say, but swallow.  For example, when the kids are playing at the park, and one of them says something horrible (not realizing what it really meant) and I want to blurt out “that’s what she said.”  Or even being able to play something like “Cards Against Humanities.”  While I can play that in private, I can’t possibly imagine playing it on stream – or the repercussions it might have to my streaming persona or my business one (some argue it would boost my stream, but is my business persona ready for that?  No.)

It seems a trend – I’ve had a handful of discussions lately with different people about a struggle for identity.  Friends questioning their gender identity, their sexual orientation, their motivations, you name it.  Feeling alone in their struggle was a common thread – as if they were the only ones struggling with identity.  In fact, many times in my life I felt as if I was struggling with my identity – both who I was and who I wanted to be.  Maybe it is wisdom, or maybe just years of reading Taoist and Buddhist writings, but I’ve come to see this process and both completely normal and an exciting part of life.  Instead of a crisis of self – I now see an exciting opportunity to pick whatever path I want.  Additionally, I’ve learned that knowing yourself fully is not a requirement to being happy – and often knowing yourself does not mean putting a label on, or putting yourself in a box, but being comfortable with your choices and actions.

Medieval Fantasy – A RPG in Minecraft

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Starting Friday December 18th, I’ll be opening up a semi-public Minecraft server which will host an RPG based survival world.

How will it work?

The server will be open to all followers of my twitch.tv channel, TheWizardLlewyn.  It will be Minecraft version 1.8 and will make use of a few server-side plugins to prevent grief as well as add some fun RPG and other game elements to the game.

Weekly Events

Every Friday at 9:30 pm Eastern, during my live-stream, as Game Master, I’ll run an event on the server.  Archery contests, Parkour Challenges, Build challenges, and a bunch of other events.  Myself and a few select members of the community will be Game Masters who will be playing in creative mode and helping to weave a story.  Castles from evil enemies will be constructed for players to explore, and lore will be weaved using signs in game, as well as blog posts here.

Survival Minecraft

The server will be – for the most part – a normal survival server.  To start, everyone will be part of the same community/castle working together, but as the number of active players grows, I’ll introduce factions that can choose to ally of fight for power.  Outside of events, players will be able to claim plots of land, build as they see fit, and make their home.  Active players may be given special missions – outside of standard events – which will be rewarded upon completion.

Server Details

For server details, and to be whitelisted, make sure you are following my twitch channel: http://twitch.tv/thewizardllewyn and request to be whitelisted during my Friday event streams, or send me a PM on twitch.  Thanks and have a great day!