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    Bigtycoflex reacted in 28/09/2014 - YAMS Halloween 2014   
    Halloween is on its way, shops and supermarkets are already starting to stock Halloween things!
     
    But what about YAMS? What are we doing? If anything?
     
    We have done some fun stuff for Halloween in the past, see posts:
    13/10/2011 - YAMS Halloween 2011 01/10/2012 - YAMS Halloween 2012 04/11/2012 - YAMS Halloween themed area 02/10/2013 - YAMS Halloween 2013 09/11/2013 - YAMS Halloween Mansion Hosts Infected 09/11/2013 - The Ender Dragon Statue  
    What do you want to do this time? Some ideas to get you started:
    Expand the current halloween (/warp spooky) - I have fixed the 3x3 door, seems all pistons stopped working in the Halloween area, spoooooky... Build a new ride. Build some new statues New themed area inside the Halloween area, like the nether section. Use the ender dragon for something, though it's in a completely different location so a teleport to and from inside would probably be needed. A Halloween world An adventure world - there's plenty out there on sites such as planet minecraft. An mini game map. Halloween related plugins. The return of fang... That should get you started, please start discussing!
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in Lookup a crafting recipe in game [FEEDBACK]   
    We have 17 votes for YES and 0 for NO so consider this implemented. :)
     
    Just type:
     
    /recipe item_name_here
     
    Hope you find it useful! :D
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in 10/08/2013 - August 2013 recruitment of CSO's   
    YAMS is now over 2 and half years old and we are still alive and growing, and though it's not at the same rate as it once was, it's still great seeing both new and long term members come on YAMS and enjoy it for what it is, a community.
     
    We loose for a multitude of reasons, that being: their personal lives are busy, not agreeing with the way I run this community or because they got themselves banned.

    We don't do enough self promoting as I'd like but at the same time I don't like shameless self spam promotion. I know servers that go around spamming everywhere they can think off, I don't agree on this. We mostly rely on these forums and word of mouth. Server lists don't always work and when they do they attract the wrong kind of people, stealers, griefers, trolls etc...
     
    I do want more players to join us and work harder on having more active players instead of players that come on and then go away for months at a time, we do so many great things on YAMS it’s just such a shame that so much of this is not seen by people out there.

    I try and leave whitelist off as much as possible, but sometimes it has to be on, normally because of a lack of staff on a certain times (that's not saying I want my current staff to have to be on 24/7, it's not fair on them) or because we have had trouble makers.

    When I take whitelist off, sometimes it seems like the staff suddenly disappear at no fault of their own (lunch, dinner time, going out etc). It seems whenever I take it off, I end up being the only member of staff on the server and have had to do multiple tours all at once, now I don't mind doing the tours at all but as an admin I have loads of other stuff to do to, do I give a tour to a new person of fix something that’s been annoying current players? Trying to balance it all out can be quite stressful at times, so I end up putting whitelist back on until more staff come back on.

    Now most of YAMS is setup so if there is no staff on new players can still work things out (if they read all the signs) however I like the personal touch, it's not something you see at a lot of servers, someone greeting you and actually helping you around, though some people say things like "what don't you trust me why are you spying on/following me" its not that at all, its more to help them out so they know exactly what to do and wont get in trouble later.

    Unfortunately however a lot of players do eventually get themselves in trouble, this is mainly due to there not being enough follow up from staff. Once they have left someone in Sandbox they should regularly keep checking up on this player over the next couple of days or more to ensure they are doing well and understand the approval process, even help them on their houses if need be.

    So this should be happening but it doesn’t always happen as there's so many other things that need doing on YAMS too, not to mention the fact that people also like to play (I don't blame them) instead of feeling obligated they have to do yams work all the time.

    Anyway I know I've said this many times before and I'm sure I'll say it again and again, but id like to get these things sorted and take whitelist off more, every day I see people join and get refused because of whitelist, we used to be in the top 1-5 of various Minecraft Searches. Searches such as: Family friendly minecraft server, Family friendly minecraft servers, banned from minecraft and many more but we have now fallen onto page 2, this is not good...

    So why not just take whitelist off and try and get them to sign up to the forums? Well as I said above it’s the amount of people with authority we have on the server; we still have various time zones in which no member of staff is on! We have various protections in place but as I said earlier I like new players to be shown around and explained everything when they join. This can be done by regular members if no member of staff is on but this doesn’t always happen or happens badly as they are missing the required training or don’t fully understand the rules themselves.

    It's just a shame that when I do take whitelist off we end up putting it back on a lot because of griefers and such. You try and be nice by allowing people to come on your server and they treat you, your staff and the server badly – it’s not nice for anyone. Safe to say these kind of people are always dealt with. It's just such a shame that you give them a 15 minute tour only to see them banned an hour down the line.

    Ok so enough rambling, it's time to recruit more staff so we can have whitelist off more often!

    Here's a little information about what a Community Support Officer job entails:

    1. Greet new players.
    If you love to meet new people, you are proud to show them around this great server, help them find resources, give them building ideas, or just chat with them for company then you already have the most important skills. :)

    2. Reinforce server rules.
    Are you familiar with the server rules posted in Spawn Tower? Do you encourage players to read or re-read them when they don't seem to know/remember how to behave? Would you feel comfortable muting players who can't seem to control what their fingers type in public chat? Can you handle the pressure of putting someone in jail when they get caught breaking the rules? Are you willing to investigate the reason behind the behaviour and give them a second chance? Do you set a good example for others by just being you? ^_^

    3. Report bannable offences to Mods/Admins.
    Occasionally there are times on the server when all the Mods/Admins are offline for a moment. As a CSO, it is important to document griefing by taking screenshots of the damage or the playerlist of people online at the time. Do you mind taking a little personal time to contain/clean up griefed areas? Do you feel comfortable posting in the forums, something along the lines of “I saw so and-so do such and such today and here are some screenshots of the damage along with locations." :ph34r:
     
    4. Be a part of a team
    As a CSO you would become part of our team of staff so you would need to work well in a team, can you work well with others? From time to time I seek advice from all staff on changes I which to implement in YAMS, can you actively take part in these with good feedback?
     
    5. Acceptable to job role change.
    Understand that from time to time you job role may change and you may be asked to help out on other things that are totally unrelated to what you normally do but that give a benefit towards the community. You may also get the opportunity to be in charge of a public building or specific Job. If you are shown to be active and good at what you do, then there's also chance for progression to Moderator.
     
    6. Enjoy knowing that you are part of the reason YAMS is the best place to spend your Minecraft time!
    Think about what you like most about YAMS and how to keep it being a place you visit to get a good dose of community spirit. We have such diversity here with people from many ages, interests, and countries. We might each have our differences but the best thing about all of us is that we have so much in common. We just have to get to know each other to find out what those common interests are and to introduce new ideas to share. That's what community is about, so if you would like to support the YAMS community, apply to be a trainee CSO.
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    To apply, you must be registered on the forums in order to reply to this post (keeps it open and fair). Please give a brief summary of why you think you would be right for the job and what you can offer that others cant. Take a moment to look back over previous applications (April 2013, January 2013, August 2012, April 2012, October 2011, June 2011, April 2011) if you need ideas of what to say but please be original and bare in mind that a lots changed since them applications (don't just copy and paste we will know).

    Also it doesn't matter if you post now, or wait until someone else posts, your post should be your words not someone else's and anyway your post is not the only part we base your application on, we will also base it on things such as your previous forum activity, severity of past crimes and how much time you have spent in game and when you are on are you helping the community.

    We want to know which assets you will bring to the staff team. Why you and not that other person? B)
    Good Luck!

    Closing Date: 1 week from date/time of post.
    Amount of positions available: undisclosed.
     
    Past applicants (who were unsuccessful before) and ex staff (who's circumstances have changed) can reapply, hopefully you have taken previous feedback into consideration.
     
    This topic is for applicants to post their applications only. Please do not post other stuff or like other peoples posts, thanks.
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in who wants to see what i just spent my afternoon doing?   
    just finished this: 
     
     
    really chuffed with it. :D
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in 09/01/2013 - YAMS 2nd Year Anniversary   
    Today the 9th of January 2013, YAMS is officially 2 years old - wow!

    I have interesting things to tell you... but first I'd like to tell you somewhat the same story from last year about about how I started playing Minecraft and how YAMS was born, as we have new players who may not have seen that post.

    A brief story of YAMS

    In October 2010 I was watching my brother play Minecraft Classic and Alpha round my house and it looked quite interesting, something we could both play together. I’d always wanted to play a sandbox game where I could build anything. So on the 9th of October 2010 I purchased the account “darrenstraight” and started playing Minecraft properly with my brother on a home server, we built quite a few maps together while he was over at mine, it was very fun, I remember building my first minecraft track that went on for ages cutting through the land and water.

    Between November and December 2010 I started looking for various servers I could join, servers came and servers disappeared, it was hard times in the minecraft server world. I eventually came across one I quite enjoyed however it annoyed me that they kept changing the spawn point every time the current spawn town got griefed, so instead of trying to fix the town they just moved on to another part of the map and built a new town, this meant I was doing a lot of walking between my old house and new house if I died. However I managed to shorten the time it took by building a connecting tunnel between my houses, however people of course bumped into them from time to time and ended up at my house but only if they took the correct secret path! Eventually I gave up on this server because of these issues and though my memories of it are slowly fading away I still remember the good times.

    One server I found in December 2010 was called Something Super Awesome, it was fairly well setup so I was hoping this might be the one; I read the rules and found a place to build. I went about meeting new people and such however it was not meant to be, as I was banned without explanation or reason. I tried contacting them but no luck so knowing my blog can get good traffic I decided to make a [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/blog/2010/12/28/banned-from-minecraft-something-super-awesome-server"]blog post[/url] on them to attract their attention – it worked! Better than expected actually, if you loaded up Google and searched using phrases such as “banned from minecraft server” my blog post was top. So I certainly grabbed their attention. However I was not unbanned and to be honest I didn’t really care if I was they had already shown what type of server they were and I didn’t want to be a part of it.

    In January 2011 I decided it was time to put a plan into action, I was tired of finding servers that kept resetting the map every week, appeared and disappeared or were just disrespectful. I knew there was an increase of Minecraft servers out there now, but I thought to myself if they can do it so can I, maybe even better especially with my IT and leadership/management expertise.

    On Monday the 9th of January 2011, 3 months after first having purchased my minecrfat premium account, I purchased a basic Minecraft 8 Player Slot server running hMod, it was what we had before bukkit. Take that Something Super Awesome I thought!

    I gave myself a deadline of the 14th of January 2011, by which point I had hoped to have everything setup and ready with the help of my brother "Brainsss". However sods law that around this time I was having internet connection problems and then Minecraft Beta 1.2 was released! It seemed as this project was doomed to fail! I didn’t however let any of this hinder my spirit so I invited those that wanted to join to request so in my blog post comments so I could send them the ip address and at least get some sort of player base started.

    On the 21st of January 2011 the server ip was still not publically known and unfortunately "Brainsss" was also having internet access issues preventing him from helping out, so I decided to get [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/blog/2011/01/21/january-2011-screenshots-of-my-minecraft-server/"]some pictures[/url] out there on a blog post hoping to get some attention from people to come and help before it went public. It worked, I received two comments one being "TheTubbe" who was our first ever member!

    On the 26th of January 2011, Yet Another Minecraft Server better known as [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/blog/2011/01/26/yet-another-minecraft-server-yams-now-public/"]YAMS went public[/url], it didn’t have much at first, just a very basic cobblestone town but that was the idea of it, right from the start the number 1 rule was always be a part of the community so I hoped people would get involved in expanding the town.

    On the 9th of February 2011 YAMS had a total of 50 users and from a basic cobblestone town we had grown into a nice little community, on the 12th of February 2011 I decided to put what I had learnt from past communities I had managed into action by setting up the forums, it proved a success amongst members as it gave them somewhere to discuss how we should progress with YAMS.

    Things from then onwards started to get busy on YAMS, our little 8 player server with 500MB of RAM was maxed out every day/night. So on the 25th March 2011 I decided it was [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/32-25-03-2011-server-upgrade"]time to upgrade[/url] and we upgraded to a 12 player slot server with 1024MB RAM, this helped a lot and allowed the community to grow and by June 2011 we had 1100 Players ever join YAMS, of course there was a fair share of bans just as there is unfortunately still today.

    On the 6th of June 2011 we appointed our first CSO and also had another [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/197-06062011-server-upgrade-and-cso-news"]server upgrade[/url], this time to what we have now which is a 24 player slot server with 2048MB Ram, not everyone was happy about this and some felt it was taking away the little community we had, however I don’t regret the decision to upgrade we are still going strong as a community and them extra player slots along with the extra processor allocation and RAM has helped us be able to play around with plugins more for events, before we couldn’t do this without putting a strain on the server.

    On the 27th of August 2011 [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/827-27082011-restructuring-towns-on-yams/"]I announced[/url] that big changes were coming to YAMS as towns were going to now be more restructured with town moderators and a continuation of using more plots instead of live anywhere you like. 6 months before this I hadn’t expected that we would have this many people, so these changes while not all welcomed were necessary in order to keep YAMS tidy instead of turning into another dead end server filled with random mess everywhere, which was staring to happen in some areas as we didn’t know if players were coming back or not. I also knew this was a chance to see if this would work for future plans I had.

    On the 9th of October 2011 [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/1090-09102011-new-test-build-area-open/"]a test build area was opened[/url], I still wanted to allow player to be creative as I knew we had restricted them in towns somewhat now. It was wasn’t hugely successful however due to its location being quite far out and the fact that a lot of players didn’t want to use their own materials, along with the fee you had to pay, though this was shortly removed. The test build world we have today accomplishes what back then I couldn’t.

    Shortly after this on the 18th of November 2011 YAMS had it's [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/1164-18102011-mining-world-now-open/"]first mining world[/url]. Before this people could mine anywhere in the normal world, however it wasnt long before people kept hitting peoples basements and messing up all the YAMS terrain and there were also the issue of not having new ores, this problem was solved by creating a section that I could regenerate time and time again and people could only mine there. This worked well for some but was time consuming for me and wasnt really that fun to mine it. This is why the mining world was born.

    Now that we could have multiple worlds, we started having more fun events, castaways, halloween, christmas and lots of others!

    On the 9th of December 2011 it was time to announce to the members of YAMS [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/1439-09122011-the-future-of-yams-for-2012/"]the next big change[/url] for YAMS, I had been informing members that a bigger change was coming for some time. The change was a new main world, it was time to say goodbye to our current world and start a fresh world with everything setup much better for new and current players. Of course there were a lot of people who were very sad because of this, but it's something that needed to happen as you can read yourself from the post I link to above, our current world was falling apart.

    It wasnt all sad though, a lot of fun was had building The Ark and filling it with items for the new world. Every player was allowed to take 2 double chests full of items to the new world. Deciding what to take was interesting. You can find more info about The Ark at [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/1482-new-world-the-ark/"]this post here[/url].

    Also we had a chance to say one big goodbye for the old world as in January 2012 we celebrated [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/1579-06012012-yams-1st-year-anniversary/"]YAMS 1st Anniversary[/url] in style, as we time travelled through time seeing YAMS at different stages throughout the past year. It went on for a bit longer than expected but was certainly a very enjoyable experience and even had a little twist to it at the end in which the whole of water around spawn was lava and dirt was netherack! Not to mention other things… but I’ll let you read the post!

    On the 18th of February 2012 [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/1439-09122011-the-future-of-yams-for-2012/page__st__40#entry9712"]we finally moved to the new world[/url], the world you build your house in today. It was a fun and interesting experience especially as every single member had to go through sandbox including myself and all staff, a lot of us had never gone through sandbox before, the sandbox process was setup quite a while back in the old world but we still had loyal members who had been here before that.

    On the 13th of September, nearly 7 months after having moved to the new world, it was time to give the community another chance at remembering where we had come from. [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/2693-13092012-yams-adventure-back-in-time/"]The YAMS Adventure back in time[/url] event happened, we visted the old world as it was the day we moved.

    On the 6th of October nearly a year after the initial attempt at creating a test build area, I gave it a second shot, this time as separate world with extra "features"… In my opinion this has proved a success, of course you have to find the portal to it, which is a problem for some people but if you read the posts, such as the [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/2782-06102011-new-test-build-world-open/"]main one about it[/url] and the [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/990-yams-server-information-and-commands/"]YAMS Server info post[/url], you'll soon find it, it's really not that hard. But hey here's another clue for you.... Did you know it takes just under a minute to walk to the entrance from the bottom of spawn tower but it's not as a nice of a walk as walking round the outskirts of spawn, it only takes 6 minutes and 15 seconds.

    So now 2 years on since YAMS was first started, we have now had over 3000 players join us and while we have lost many good people along the way, both for being banned (we try not to invoice bans but sometimes they leave us no choice) and leaving on their own accord (time to move on), we have gained lots of new interesting, fun and exciting people too. I believe YAMS is what you the YAMS Community make it to be, you will get as much back from YAMS and the community as you put in, if not more!

    YAMS the dictatorship

    Something that sometimes gets brought up by the community is how we can be too restrictive on building permissions; well yes we are certainly are more restrictive than what we used to be, but for good cause. Before you could pretty much build anywhere but that was when we had a very small community.

    I stopped the build where ever fashion very early on to some extent as people did just that, they started building all over the place in no orderly fashion and not as a community as I had hoped, I decided that Id approve peoples locations on an individually basis around landmarks/big builds, this worked well to some degree but was very time consuming.

    So sandbox was invented along with town plots, this freed up more of my time letting me spend more time with my community and plan events and such. I just wish more people would post in the town topic forums with what they want to see in each town and even get involved in their town projects more, or even help out in other town projects for that matter; maybe you could all make that your YAMS New Year resolutions? ;)

    Anyway I bring this up as recently I was told as I have been in the past that YAMS is a dictatorship, this is quite upsetting as I truly believe I do the best possible for YAMS to balance an orderly server while still providing some freedom, I don’t want us to just be like other servers out there where everything’s a mess.

    There’s plenty of projects out there you can help out on, I make sure of this as I know you are somewhat restricted with your town houses, so if there’s anything you want to build in a town you only need to get it approved by a town mod (posting in the forum topic) and out of town projects by myself in the community build section.

    Sure I don’t always approve everything but I do take everything into consideration and point you in the right direction if I thing there’s something else you could help out on, I also combine peoples various ideas into projects.

    So to those that think YAMS sucks or is a dictatorship, maybe you should investigate what we have first and fully understand how we run things before making a judgement, whats interesting though is how many people get banned then regret doing what they did and try and plead their case to come back saying they haven't found another server out there like YAMS with a community.

    The future

    I could go on forever there’s so much more to say… but how about we celebrate instead and look towards the future of YAMS.

    The celebrations

    I would like to invite you all to celebrate 2 years of YAMS with me, this Saturday the 12th of January 2013 at 4:00pm GMT / 11:00am EST / 10:00am CST / 8:00am PST (time zone converter [url="http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html"]link here[/url]) for a very special community event.

    If you plan on attending this event please tell us in the comments below so we can get some idea of how many people are turning up and who.

    But hey you don't have to wait till the weekend to celebrate, why not celebrate now? Create your own celebrations with the community? It doesn't have to be something complicated, it could just be: Treasure hunts, boat/running races, capture the flag, pvp and spleef games, hide and seek and whatever else you can come up with! If you need any help, just ask! :)

    More details about the main event will be revealed on the day but for now why not take a look at over 2623 screenshots of yams, taken by me over the past 2 years ([url="http://www.flickr.com/photos/darrenstraight/sets/72157627030523694/"]see this link here[/url]) and discuss the past 2 years of YAMS in the comments below.

    Thank you for being a part of the YAMS Community. :)

    P.S. Each town will be receiving a present from me this afternoon, you will have to find it (wont be hard), but please don't ruin the surprise by opening/touching it, there will be instructions for your town moderator on what to do with it, they should follow the instructions with community members present and share whats inside with their towns community how they best decide, could be fair sharing or made into a game or anything really. :)
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in Grandparents   
    I hope you can all indulge me for a brief post that is away from the fun of gaming and is a little sad.

    Our lives are shaped by a multitude of people that we encounter throughout our lives. Some friends, some family, and it always hurts when we lose them. Last year I suffered my first big loss in the shape of my Granddad, it was a surprise that no one truly saw coming. But a year on and I still remember him and the stories of his life that will now live on through me, my sister, my cousins, and the next few generations who we will recount those stories to.

    Stories such as how his nickname when growing up was jamjar, as he used to collect old jam jars to sell for spare cash, or how when he was a boy during world war II he collected his ration stamps to buy a suit, on his way home wearing that new suit a bomb went off and he got sent flying through a greenhouse (tearing the suit to bits) when the ambulance came the paramedics declared that there was nothing they could do, luckily (for my granddad as well as my existence) an American GI was walking past, saw the incident and said no we can save him. My Granddad lived till the age of 82.

    This morning about 15 minutes prior to writing this sentence I learned that my other granddad who throughout my live has been known to me as my Ollie died peacefully in his sleep, age 76, after suffering from cancer, lung problems, as well as various other problems. He lived a long and varied life, and his memory will also be fondly remembered for generations to come. For example how, he originally trained to become a blacksmith when the time come that he had to sign up for national service. He and his friend decide to sign up for the Merchant Navy and they got a little drunk beforehand, when they went to sign up his friend took the right turn, my Ollie took a wrong turn and signed up for the Royal Navy. Although he had this mistake he spent many years serving his country even though he would just say was his job.

    My Ollie was one of the strongest people I have ever known.

    I am sorry for the depressing tone of this post, but to be honest the typing has helped me to release some feelings that I needed to get out. We all have people in our lives that we will miss when they have gone, but remember, just remember those memories that make them special and they will never die in our minds and in our hearts.

    Now I'm going to go, but I am going to leave you will a thought and a challenge. Tell the people who you care about that you love them and give them a hug, tell your friends hey your awesome and then shake their hands (see Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World), and most of all remember the good times but never the bad.

    Robert
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in 23/10/2012 - YAMS and Minecraft 1.4.1   
    Minecraft 1.4.1 has been pushed back a day and will be released Thursday the 25th of October 2012, though I expect the version number may change a few times by the time we move over to it.... what do I mean by the time we move to it?

    Well we cant update the server to Minecraft 1.4.x straight away for the simple fact that we have to wait until Bukkit / CraftBukkit and various plugins have updated themselves to the latest version of Minecraft, without these plugins we could not guarantee the smooth running of YAMS. There is currently no statement from Bukkit concerning Minecraft 1.4, however as soon as they post one, if they do, I'll let you know.

    We have in the past sometimes run castaway world, in which we go pure vanilla with a new world, this means no plugins at all and anything like that. However as before this time round with so many projects on the go within YAMS we will not being doing this. We need to focus on the Halloween area within the main world!

    I suggest you do not update to Minecraft 1.4. However should you wish to go and play 1.4.x without us then please make a copy of your bin folder or the minecraft.jar file so you can come back and play on YAMS if you get bored!

    It is important you do this before you update if you wish to come back to YAMS before we update.

    Bin folder located at the following locations ( “~” = username):

    [b]Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003: [/b]C:\Documents and Settings\~\Application Data\.minecraft
    [b]Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and R2:[/b] C:\Users\~\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft
    [b]Linux:[/b] /home/~/.minecraft
    [b]Mac:[/b] ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft

    You can also find this location by going to Texture Packs (on the main menu) -> Open Texture pack folder -> Then going up a level till you see the bin folder. Or for example on windows you could type in your explorer bar %appdata%/.minecraft

    If you forget to do take a copy of you bin file etc, you will need to use a program like [url="http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/800346-tool-mcnostalgia-211-now-works-with-124/"][color=#0F72DA]McNostalgia[/color][/url] to come back, however bear in mind this takes a while to update.

    As always I will keep you updated on the latest news of updating, if you have any concerns relating to YAMS and 1.4.x please feel free to ask in here and I'm sure someone will be able to answer you. Though some questions we wont know the answer too till it happens!

    Last time Bukkit took 5 days lets hope for something similar, though bear in mind this wasnt a fully stable version but I wanted you lot to come and enjoy the server again, so please remember things may take a little while to be fully sorted.

    Thank you,
    Darren and the rest of the YAMS Staff.
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in 13/09/2012 - YAMS Adventure back in time   
    Wow where has time gone? Nearly a year ago, on the 18th of September 2011 Mojang gave us Minecraft Beta 1.8 [url="http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Adventure_Update"]The Adventure Update[/url], a major update to Minecraft focused on fighting, exploration, and adventuring.

    [media]http://youtu.be/tYoO9XkCCHg[/media]

    But how many of you remember what it was like to be a fighter, explorer or adventurer in YAMS first world? Yes there was a world before the one we are in now! We have been in the current one for nearly 8 months now.

    The poor world was struggling to keep up with the times but still survives in the archives collecting dust. It’s time to uncover it for an adventure back in time to the last days of YAMS 1st world.

    This Saturday the 15th of September 2012 at 12:00pm BST ([url="http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=YAMS+Adventure&iso=20120915T12&p1=136"]click here for your time[/url]) the adventure begins for at least 24 hours.

    You can join in at any time! There will be things to do throughout the 24 hours.

    How to get there will be explained on the day, latest news of what you can do will be posted here.
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in EA Offer To Buy Valve For $1,000,000,000   
    *Shouts* A VERY BIG NOOO FROM ME......

    Glad[size=1]os[/size] to see see this part "Despite the billion dollar offer, Newell said Valve would prefer to "disintegrate" than ever sell out."

    ​They didnt want battlefeild on steam criticising valve, instead creating their own distribution software "origin". So they don't deserve to own Steam or any other part of valve. I dont like origin (its half software half web based, it requires installer + web plugins), if EA got hold of Steam they would ruin it!
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in The Second Edition Of: 'Free Bread Day'!   
    Great I'll be there..... but can I just say something? Nams do a free cake day! And ryan... free record day?
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in Just to lift the mood a little...   
    I'm sure a few Avengers fans will get the reference

    [img]http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a59/crispybobgizmo/hulk.jpg[/img]
    It was a snap of the moment thing 8P Thought it was rather good for me. Haha.
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in 09/08/2012 - August 2012 recruitment of CSO's   
    Next week it will have been 6 months since we started the new map we are on now (look out for an upcoming post this week sometime) and while we have been steadily growing we have lost quite a few players along the way either due to their personal lives, not agreeing with the way I run this community or because they got themselves banned.

    It's time we started promoting YAMS more and work on having more active players instead of players that come and go months at a time, we do great things at YAMS it’s just such a shame that so much of this is not seen by people out there.

    We have yet again been relying heavily on whitelist for the past few months, normally because of a lack of staff on (thats not saying I want my current staff to have to be on 24/7, it's not fair on them).

    With this said I do routinely take whitelist off, but every time I do it seems like the staff suddenly disappear at no fault of their own (lunch, dinner time, going out etc). I on many occasions recently have been the only member of staff on the server and have had to do multiple tours, now I dont mind doing the tours one bit but as admin I have loads of other stuff to do to, do I give a tour to a new person of fix a bug that’s been annoying current players? Trying to balance it all out can be quite stressful at times, so I end up putting whitelist back on until more staff comes back.

    Now most of YAMS is setup so if there is no staff on new players can still work things out (if they read all the signs) however I like the personal touch, it's not something you see at a lot of servers someone greeting you and actual helping you around, though some people say things like "what dont you trust me why are you spying on/following me" its not that at all, its more to help them out so they know exactly what to do and wont get in trouble latter.

    Though a lot of players do.. And that’s mainly due to there not being enough follow up from CSO's. Once they have left someone in Sandbox they should regularly keep checking up on this player over the next couple of days or more ensuring they are doing well and understand the approval process, even help them on their houses if need be.

    So this should be happening but it doesn’t always, the other day for example I found out that there was a player in sandbox that had been there nearly 2 months and a half. This is something that should have been picked up on my by CSO's ages ago but yet no signs what so ever had been left in his house even though the player had been on a few days ago... did this player never get a tour? Had he not read the rules? Had he not been explained by anyone the approval process?

    I need to spend some more time with my CSO's individually and actually work out why things like this are happening/not happening, but unfortunately right now I’m stuck doing lots of other jobs that could easily be done others, as an example, the other day on the day of the update I planted cocoa bean plants for everyone in sandbox, the next day I come on and they have all been taken and not replanted, so I wasted time organising replanting and talking to the person who didn’t replant (there were signs saying to do so). Another example is everyday people keep on putting their signs up asking for approval (but hasn’t followed the instructions) I waste inspecting someone’s house only to find out they haven’t completed all the required steps.

    I expect the same somewhat happens for the other staff were they are caught up in things that could have easily been solved if we had more time, staff etc.

    Anyway id like to get these things sorted and take whitelist off more, every day I see people join and get refused becuase of whitelist, we are in top 1-5 of various Minecraft Searches. Searches such as: Family friendly minecraft server,
    Family friendly minecraft servers, banned from minecraft, cool and awesome minecraft names and many more....

    So why not just take whitelist off and try and get them to sign up to the forums? Well as i said above it’s the amount of people with authority we have on the server; we still have various time zones in which no member of staff is on! We have of course various protections in place but as I said earlier I like for new players to be shown around and explained everything when they join. Of course this can be done by regular members if no member of staff is on but this doesn’t always happen or happens badly as they are missing the required training or don’t fully understand the rules themselves.


    Whitelist is currently off now, so I'm going to see how things go. It's just a shame we end up putting it back on a lot because of griefers and such. You try and be nice by allowing people to come on your server and they treat you, your staff and the server badly – it’s not nice for anyone. Safe to say these kind of people are always dealt with but again, it's wasted time especially if you give them a 15 minute tour only to see them banned an hour down the line.

    Ok so enough rambling, all of this yet againhas prompted me to recruit more staff so we can have whitelist off more often!

    Here's a little information about what a Community Support Officer job entails:

    [b]1. Greet new players.[/b]
    If you love to meet new people, you are proud to show them around this great server, help them find resources, give them building ideas, or just chat with them for company then you already have the most important skills.

    [b]2. Reinforce Server Rules.[/b]
    Are you familiar with the server rules posted in Spawn Tower? Do you encourage players to read or re-read them when they don't seem to know/remember how to behave? Would you feel comfortable muting players who can't seem to control what their fingers type in public chat? Can you handle the pressure of putting someone in jail when they get caught breaking the rules? Are you willing to investigate the reason behind the behavior and give them a second chance? Do you set a good example for others by just being you?

    [b]3. Report bannable offences to Mods/Admins.[/b]
    Occasionally there are times on the server when all the Mods/Admins are offline for a moment. As a CSO, it is important to document griefing by taking screenshots of the damage or the playerlist of people online at the time. Do you mind taking a little personal time to contain/clean up griefed areas? Do you feel comfortable posting in the forums, something along the lines of “I saw so and-so do such and such today and here are some screenshots of the damage along with locations."

    [b]4. Enjoy knowing that you are part of the reason YAMS is the best place to spend your Minecraft time![/b]
    Think about what you like most about YAMS and how to keep it being a place you visit to get a good dose of community spirit. We have such diversity here with people from many ages, interests, and countries. We might each have our differences but the best thing about all of us is that we have so much in common. We just have to get to know each other to find out what those common interests are and to introduce new ideas to share. That's what community is about, so if you would like to support the YAMS community, apply to be a trainee CSO.

    [b]5. Acceptable to job role change.[/b]
    Understand that from time to time you job role may change and you may be asked to help out on other things that are totally unrelated to what you normally do but that give a benefit towards the community. You may also get the opportunity to be in charge of a public building or specific Job.


    To apply, you must be registered on the forums in order to reply to this post (we like to keep things open). Please give a brief summary of why you think you would be right for the job. Take a moment to look back over previous applications ([url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/1951-01042012-april-2012-recruitment-of-csos/"]here[/url], [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/1047-01092011-october-recruitment-of-csos/"]here[/url], [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/127-24052011-cso-applications-for-june/"]here[/url] and an older one [url="http://www.darrenstraight.com/minecraft/index.php?/topic/54-12042011-community-support-officers/"]here[/url]) if you need ideas of what to say but be original and bare in mind that a lots changed since them applications (dont just copy and paste we will know). Also it doesnt matter if you post now, or wait untill someone else posts, your post should be your words not someone elses and anyway your post is not the only part we base your application on, we will also base it on things such as your previous forum activity, severity of past crimes and how much time of course you spent in game and when you are are you helping others.

    We want to know which assets you will bring to the staff team. Why you and not that other person?

    Good Luck!

    [b]Closing Date:[/b] 1 week from date/time of post.
    [b]Amount of positions available:[/b] undisclosed.
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in South: Maplehold   
    Anyone else want to discuss what else should be built? Where should this shopping centre/stalls etc be? I'm also supprised maplehold doesnt have a proper tree + tree house yet! Is this something people would be interested in?
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in 1000 YAMS Forum likes, thank you!   
    A massive thank you to everyone who has liked my posts over the past year or so, I have now achieved my 1000 like goal. I guess I better set myself a new forum goal now? In the meantime, please find a little present in your town house. Sorry sandboxers I haven’t got round to you..
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in SteerpikeSisters Birthday   
    Thanks for posting, I took a few but not as many as I had liked, Im so busy organising these events and getting people around and what not that I never get time to just take it all in and be a tourist! But anyway here's a selection of some I took:

    [URL=http://img338.imageshack.us/i/20120702181224.png/][IMG]http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/5609/20120702181224.th.png[/IMG][/URL]
    [URL=http://img151.imageshack.us/i/20120702181231.png/][IMG]http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/6311/20120702181231.th.png[/IMG][/URL]
    [URL=http://img576.imageshack.us/i/20120702181245.png/][IMG]http://img576.imageshack.us/img576/8586/20120702181245.th.png[/IMG][/URL]
    [URL=http://img51.imageshack.us/i/20120702182159.png/][IMG]http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/9306/20120702182159.th.png[/IMG][/URL]
    [URL=http://img715.imageshack.us/i/20120702182444.png/][IMG]http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/826/20120702182444.th.png[/IMG][/URL]
    [URL=http://img14.imageshack.us/i/20120702182438.png/][IMG]http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/449/20120702182438.th.png[/IMG][/URL]
    [URL=http://img17.imageshack.us/i/20120702182850.png/][IMG]http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/8683/20120702182850.th.png[/IMG][/URL]
    [URL=http://img62.imageshack.us/i/20120702182900.png/][IMG]http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/2543/20120702182900.th.png[/IMG][/URL]
    [URL=http://img171.imageshack.us/i/20120702183441.png/][IMG]http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/1272/20120702183441.th.png[/IMG][/URL]
    [URL=http://img717.imageshack.us/i/20120702183444.png/][IMG]http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/2893/20120702183444.th.png[/IMG][/URL]
    [URL=http://img201.imageshack.us/i/20120702183649.png/][IMG]http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/5435/20120702183649.th.png[/IMG][/URL]
    [URL=http://img402.imageshack.us/i/20120702184615.png/][IMG]http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/2090/20120702184615.th.png[/IMG][/URL]
    [URL=http://img535.imageshack.us/i/20120702190254.png/][IMG]http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/1909/20120702190254.th.png[/IMG][/URL]
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in South: Maplehold   
    [color=#0000FF][b]Maplehold update:[/b][/color]

    Captain_Marbles is now charge of Maplehold. Good luck goes to him and thanks goes to SteerpikeSister for her previous help in Maplehold.
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in Spawn Town Fun Room [OFFICIAL]   
    Some of you may be familiar with ElseJon's fun rooms. He had one in his house in creeper swamp town in the old world and has one now in farefall (you should ask to see it when he is on).

    These so called fun rooms are just a bit of silly fun really, they contain many floors (downwards) with different activities:[list]
    [*]Mini versions of games like spleef and arrow shooting etc.
    [*]Water slides and railways etc.
    [*]Wacky redstone contraptions.
    [*]Questionnaires.
    [*]Sign boards where you can post your favourite music/movies etc.
    [*]And more...
    [/list]
    Id like to create a more official one in spawn town (replacing one of the other buildings), a fun room the whole community can help build.

    I'm sure ElseJon has loads he would like to suggest (please do Jon). But I would also like to get everyone else involved so post your suggestions here, you can suggest whole floor themes (themes could be biomes / pirates / stronghold / nether / futuristic etc) or you could just suggest ideas / games / question boards / you'd like to see on each floor.

    It's all just a bit of fun really, YAMS needs more fun.

    If I get enough responses then this project will go ahead.

    Thanks,
    Darren
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in The Evil Moderator   
    Finaly with this post #666 I am a truely Evil Moderator Mwhahahahahahahahahaha!!!

    [attachment=427:evilMod.png]

    PS. I am struggeling to post again...
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in CTF Arena [SUGGESTION]   
    Good videos you two! We had some great games! Though I swear thats not me coming out of the wrong team exit twice... wait he got the title of "Moderator" cant be me im an "Admin" ... must be an imposter!
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in CTF Arena [SUGGESTION]   
    So here's Capture the flag through my eyes....
    I thought the music was very fitting...

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I8u3CBC4cw&feature=g-upl[/media]
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in Wedding Invitations   
    The band backed out and the cake was the wrong flavor. They needed to postpone.
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in Anti-Build Challenge #1 [OFFICIAL]   
    Griefing time, yeah!
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in North: Snowheim   
    Hi all Snowheimians

    There is now a location for the Mob Farms...If you follow the paths around it is a plot right at the end of a road...it is marked by a sign.

    Take a look at the area and make some sugestions on how you think it could go. We can then see if a concesious can be made

    But remembre that there must be areas for a couple of each type of passive mob.
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in North: Snowheim   
    Welcome to Snowheim,

    A quite peaceful town situated in the frozen north of YAMS. Snowheim boasts beautiful views of a snow covered forest. With cobblestone houses with a dark wooden trim, do you feel that you could make this your home?

    While above the ground may be quite underneath is another story. Each home will be connected to the Underpath, an underground tunnel system connecting every home in Snowheim. Connected to this pathway you will find all the public farms and buildings of Snowheim.

    Town buildings and attractions include:
    The Library Biggest farms in YAMS Ice rink Lake near future castle grounds. The cobblestone tree. Town plot regulations:

    Materials for main outside walls:
    All types of cobblestone materials. Small amounts of mossy cobblestone for detail. Dark spruce logs for detail such as corners / rims. Materials for main outside roof:
    Oak plank stairs and slabs Cobblestone stairs and slabs. Dark spruce logs as extra detail. Materials for other outside areas within plot area:
    All types of glass for windows. All types of fences, iron bars, walls for balcony rails. Small amount of other materials for outside furniture such as lampposts, glowstone. seats, tables etc Dimensions and plot sizes:
    Your plot size is 14x14 this includes your house walls. Do not build on or over the imaginary plot border marked in the 4 corners by fences and redstone lamps. You must only have 2 levels above ground to your house. You may have a pointy roof with an attic inside. Basements are allowed, you will be encased in bedrock. Exceptions to going over plot line by 1 block only:
    Slopped roof overhang using stairs or slabs. One high row of leaves as a shrub around the house base. Flowers + pots, ferns, vines, tall grass and bushes. Signs, torches and trap doors flush against your wall. Small window boxes at 4 or more blocks above ground. If not sure just ask! Don't forget we have /modreq Eviction / House removal due to inactivity:
    If you are going to be inactive please tell us for how long by posting in the forums or leaving signs at house. If you are inactive for months, don't take part in the community, break town rules or even just login and out to try and reset your inactive period we may remove your house and you will have to start back in sandbox! :( If you would like to use any other material not specified here you must contact the staff member in charge of this town to have it reviewed.
     
    We ask the above so all houses fit in nicely with the town style.

    When asking for sandbox approval you do not need to specify which part of the town you want to live in, only the main town name.

    When you are approved please move into the first available plot next to someone instead of going out of the way.

    Staff member in charge:
    Nikki_Nutta
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    Bigtycoflex reacted in 19/04/2012 - ryanfenton and Captain_Marbles promoted as moderators   
    Today I would like to congratulate ryanfenton (Ryan) and Captain_Marbles (Nick) on their promotions to Moderator.

    Ryan has been helping on quite a few projects recently and is always there on hand when there’s either a tour to do or he needs to be used as a guinea pig, likewise with Nick, he’s always friendly and helpful and has done some great videos of YAMS.

    I wish them all of the best and I look forward to working more closely with them as they still have a lot to learn, id especially like to see them get more involved in working with everyone in the community, not just the usual regulars.

    Please wish them luck too.

    Thank you.
    Darren
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