A Minecraft newbie guide from Mojang


Mojang has published a quick guide for newbie minecrafters. If you want to get up to speed with what your kids are doing in Minecraft, here is a guide to get you going quickly. Don’t let the kids distract you with recipes for ender chests or strategies for defeating ghasts. Stick to the basics when you are starting.



The Minecraft Generation – New York Times


An 11-year-old in dark horn-­rimmed glasses, Jordan is a devotee of Minecraft, the computer game in which you make things out of virtual blocks, from dizzying towers to entire cities. He recently read “The Maze Runner,” a sci-fi thriller in which teenagers live inside a booby-­trapped labyrinth, and was inspired to concoct his own version — something he then would challenge his friends to navigate.

Raspberry Pi minecraft server: not exactly as suggested

After learning about the Mineblock project, ( the Kickstarter is here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/haig/mineblock-a-small-affordable-minecraft-home-server ) I decided to make a project of making our own minecraft sever on a Raspberry Pi. The guides that I referenced in a previous post are accurate however I should warn you that there is a somewhat steep learning curve for both setting up your Raspberry Pi and installing a minecraft sever on it. There are those out there who will disagree however I would guess that most of them have previous experience with linux and the various minecraft server variations.

(What follows is a description of what we did. It is not necessarily a recommendation for any of the services, software and vendors we used.)

We purchased a Raspberry Pi kit from Canakit ( http://www.canakit.com/ ). The kit included a B+ model Raspberry Pi with 512 MG RAM, an SD card preloaded with NOOBS (a program to chose and install the operating system you will use on your Pi), a power adapter, an HDMI cable, a network cable and a plastic case. We also purchased a WIFI adapter for greater flexibility in where we ultimately placed our Pi.


(to be continued…)



Minecraft + Microsoft = ?

It looks like you're trying to play Minecraft


I can’t be too surprised at this news. One expects that, sooner or later, a small successful company such as Mojang (the maker of Minecraft) will sell to a large company. It’s hard to say what will happen when Microsoft owns Minecraft, however I can’t imagine that it will make things easier for those of us setting up servers for our kids. We will see…


What’s “griefing”?

According to minecraft wiki:

Griefing is the act of irritating and angering people in video games through the use of destruction, construction, or social engineering. Popularized in Minecraft by teams, griefing has become a serious problem for serveradministrators who wish to foster building and protect builders. Most players tend to dislike and frown upon griefing, while others feel it adds a certain degree of drama to the game. Trolling however, is different from griefing, because afterwards players give their items back, and repair any damage they did.