I regret to inform you all that as of tomorrow our IP address may change and that I unfortunately do not know the new IP Address yet, I'm not a happy bunny to say the least, please see email I received from my host today:
I Have made a complaint with help from SteerpikeSister:
I am also looking into setting up correct DNS records to point play.yams.me to the server.
I will update this topic once I know more, please inform any players you see on that the ip address may be changing and to check the forums for updates.
For a long time now I've had an idea how creating a game around dragons in minecraft and while it seems other Minecraft servers have now had the same idea I decided that I'd still like to give it a go now that it's more technically possible than before with command blocks, other servers use custom made plugins.
I have spent the past month building and perfecting this ender dragon game in any spare time I've had on YAMS and today I'm very pleased to announce that "Dragon Dodge - Sky Island" is now as ready as it will ever be to accept players, I can then get feedback from you kind people to then improve.
But wait... what is Dragon Dodge you ask? Well the game involves being spawned on a floating island where you must survive the dragons attacking you without any weapons, run and dodge them! The last player standing alive wins the game.
If people enjoy this, then I may look into creating another version further down the line: floating castles, airships, a nether ship or island in lava and more....
If you would like to play grab yourself some friends and head down to the bottom of spawn tower where you can find the "games, events and build" room, there is a room in here for the game.
Hurdles I encountered when designing this game included:
How to design the area, I asked in the forums for builders but only one helped, thanks SteerpikeSister.
How to teleport players one at a time into a setup pod, teleporting all together causes the pressure plate to stay on.
How to setup a general team/scoreboard and death checks.
How to check when there's only one player left in an area or check last player alive and not dead.
How to spawn enderdragons in unloaded chunks as command blocks don't allow this.
How to set blocks in unloaded chunks as command blocks don't allow this.
How to stop the ender dragons flying off and not attacking players.
How to reset a world.
As always please post feedback so I can improve as this was a very challenging game to design. Thank you and enjoy!
As ColorShuffle has proved popular amongst the players on YAMS I have decided to setup TNT Run too.
I've been meaning to do this for quite some time now as a few people have suggested similar games to me before
but I've just never got round to it, so with the Future of YAMS lingering (though I believe I've made a decision - hopefully a good one) I thought id get this up and running, you may have noticed I've been quite busy finishing things on YAMS like this.
So for those of you that don't know what TNTRun is, basically its a mini game where players start on layer of sand and every block that they step on disappears. If a player falls through the hole they fall down to the next level of sand and so on until they reach the last level of sand. The last player who doesn't fall to the bottom wins the game.
To join, in chat type: /tr join 1
You do not have to worry about items/xp on you that will be saved and returned to you afterwards, the only time it wont is if a server crash/restart happens during a game in progress.
P.S. Please report any bugs as I haven't had anyone to help me test playing it with yet, well except TheTimeMeddler!
In support of this project I've gone one a small mining trip and have donated the following to the Spawn Town community room:
Iron - 132
Redstone - 708
Diamond - 19
Gold - 32
Coal - 572
Lapis - 168
Smooth Stone - 1683
Quartz - 448
Wool (white) - 32
I hope this is sufficient to at least get you guys started and it probably isn't a patch on the kind of resources you guys can deliver but I hope it helps. If anyone thinks they'll need anything else please let me know and I'll go and grab it.
I assume you mean animal farms, unless food and saplings are running away?
Talking about farms.... I believe steer wants to move/make farms in the big flat area we have now where there used to be plots, the plots were removed as they never got used. I suggested to steer that if she is doing that then to make the farms interesting... let me explain my idea:
So you all know we have the wood land / forestry area *cough* my idea *cough* well I was thinking something similar where that flat area is near the tracks where old plots were, but make it for farms and instead of just having lines of standard farms have them dotted around farm houses and such and even integrate the trees into it too, have lots of tree areas all around that you can chop down and replant but not necessarily in linear fashion (like sandbox etc) so while there would be signs saying these trees can be cut down it would like like a feature.
Farms/reeds etc could be a long a stream river that goes down to the big river/lake at bottom.
And mushrooms could be inside a cave.
Of course would require quite a bit of terraforming, but I think it could be nice touch instead of the same old farms in a row.
I did have a picture to share... but Flickr is down.
Hopefully you understand what I mean, let me know what you think. I'm trying to convince steer.
P.S. Steers away for a week tomorrow... so while she's gone we shall party! Muwhahaha!
January 2014 is coming to an end, wow where has time gone? To wrap January up I have decided to set up the Death Sentence arena map from Hypixel.
Death Sentence is a competitive arena map that challenges your Minecraft combat skills and agility.
Both Multiplayer and Singleplayer modes are available and have different gameplay.
The goal is to survive the customized monsters that are constantly coming at you and reach level 20 as fast as you can. Kill the chest-headed monsters to gear up, avoid the invincible heavy armoured zombies and don't fall in the void!
The multiplayer mode is competitive, the first player to reach level 20 wins the game and get to choose one of the 3 death sentences for the losers. PvP has to be turned off but you can use your flint and steel or throw monsters at your opponent to disturb them!
If you want to play singleplayer mode, your goal is to get the best timer on the clock.
Sound interesting? If so you can find a portal to it at the bottom of spawn tower, enjoy!
You will have to use "/warp spawn" to go to /spawn (turned off) unless you know the hidden spawn tower warp I talked about in The Future of YAMS post.
P.S. Leave items + XP levels at home, you will loose them!
As many of you know as part of YAMS 3rd Anniversary celebrations we played a minigame called ColorShuffle, this involved you being spawned into a multicoloured arena floor where you were given a piece of coloured wool in your inventory hotbar and you had to run quick to that corresponding colour mat before the rest of the colour floor collapsed beneath you... anyone not standing on the correct colour would fall and loose.
Everyone really enjoyed playing this and some of you asked to see it come back again, so I'm happy to announce that ColorShuffle is here to stay for as long as the plugin works and doesn't cause issues!
To join, in chat type: /color join 1
You do not have to worry about items/xp on you that will be saved and returned to you afterwards, the only time it wont is if a server crash/restart happens during a game in progress.
Ever seen the archaeological dig just out side of spawn on the west bound red rails? For the next few days you'll be blasted back to the past. Go and take a wander through the tunnels and see what you find.
Wow... just wow... 3 years of running YAMS, when I set-up YAMS 3 years ago I had no idea we would still be here today, but I'm glad we are, while there have been both bad and good times, it's been an enjoyable experience and I'm proud to be a part of our family friendly community server.
For the previous 2 anniversaries I gave story timeline posts of YAMS, detailing key things that happened in YAMS at what times. You can see them here (YAMS 1st Year Anniversary / YAMS 2nd Year Anniversary).
This year I'm not going to give you so much a story timeline, but rather explain to you why we run YAMS the way we do so you can get a better understanding of YAMS and help us shape the future of YAMS. You can read this post here (The Future of YAMS for 2014).
But before you disappear into the future...
I would like to invite you all to celebrate 3 years of YAMS with me, this Saturday the 11th of January 2014 at 4:00pm GMT / 11:00am EST / 10:00am CST / 8:00am PST (See correct time for your country by clicking here) for a very special community event.
I will also be holding various other community events from now till then... keep an eye open for details in this topic/post.
If anyone wants to do anything in YAMS to celebrate 3 years just go ahead and do so, if you think you need approval for something just ask a member of staff, I'm sure they will ok it or help you get it approved, it's all about celebrating.
YAMS is 3 years old today the 9th of January 2014. I truly cannot believe YAMS has been going for 3 years, with nearly 2 of those years being in our current world. Itâ€™s been an enjoyable experience so far but you can make it even better by helping shape the future of YAMS.
I'm here to discuss why things are how they are in YAMS and what the future holds for YAMS.
I also would like to find out from the community what they think has and hasn't worked well and how we should proceed with the future of YAMS, if at all there is a future for it?
Let me start my going into detail on the various aspects of YAMS both past and present:
A family friendly community YAMS is a family friendly community orientated server and I wouldn't want it any other way. I truly believe in having a community where everyone can happily coexist. YAMS just wouldn't be the same without the community atmosphere.
Spawn tower and the rules A spawn tower has always been present on YAMS; it gives a great vantage point of the centre of YAMS.
Spawn tower hasn't always had barriers to prevent you from getting down quick, in fact there used to even be signs in the very old spawn towers encouraging you to jump into the water. Unfortunately however it became apparent that some people were not bothering to read the rules and instead jumping from the tower and running away, since then we have always forced users to walk past the rules room by having fences and such on the top preventing players from making excuses of not having seen the rules.
A lot of people say to me you should place a warp at the bottom of spawn tower so we can get down quicker, my answer normally goes along the lines of there are warps everywhere you only need to find them. Itâ€™s true, the people that usually ask are just not looking hard enough, whereâ€™s the fun in having a warp thatâ€™s in plain sight, itâ€™s much more fun and rewarding to find hidden warps, they are there, yes even right at spawn tower, you just need to look.
The first original spawn tower didnâ€™t have many rules in it; I had decided that I would start off with little rules and if the community decided to break my trust then I would add rules as required. When first starting off I had no idea that there were people out there that actually had fun in destroying others people creations a lot of the rules you see today are there because at some time or another someone did something to abuse our trust that made us add a rule.
Every so often I consult with staff and ask them whether there needs to be any changes to the rules, be it adding or removing rules, changes are made as required. It was only very recently that we updated our current rules, I removed quite a few and made a few of them clearer.
I also try and improve the spawn tower in general, such as working out the recent issue of huge FPS lag when 1.6.4 came out, I spent a lot of time working out what the issue was and once I found out that it was signs I spend time finding out solutions, the quick solution was to remove as many signs as possible and allow people to use the Optifine Mod while work was carried out on creating a new tower. It was unfortunate that we lost a lot of the rooms, but Iâ€™m very happy with the new tower and does make tours quicker, plus the old signs (stories, events etc) are still in YAMS, they have just been moved to other areas.
Sandbox and approval process When YAMS was first opened to the public, there was no sandbox, people could join and build anywhere without prior approval. This at first seemed quite nice however it soon became apparent that this wasn't working especially as we were becoming even more popular, the community started to become more disjointed with people all over the place.
After a few months we started to look into ways to fix this and we came up with the idea of having a Sandbox, players would be able to build a temporary home here so they could explore YAMS properly and meet everyone and choose a town to move too, making them feel a part of the community, after all being a part of the community is our number 1 rule.
The whole sandbox system has changed many times through YAMS history, sometimes it was simple other times it was more complex and tedious.
At one point you could become semi approved; this meant that I had seen your house when you were offline, but I wanted to see it with you in person, this wasn't to be awkward but rather because I wanted to actually talk with you and show an appreciation for your house and help you, a lot of server admins donâ€™t take time to get to know their players, I wanted to. This semi approved process gave me that once chance to have 1 to 1 time with you seeing your house without anything else getting in the way. Unfortunately however meeting players was a problem some players could only come on for a few hours and I wasn't on at those times. It was decided that for the new world, the one we are in today that this semi-approval process would go.
Today the sandbox process is much more streamlined but I am still the only one to do sandbox approvals, this isn't a power thing but rather it still gives me a chance to actually be involved in a players first steps in the YAMS community, of course they donâ€™t have to see me online anymore to get approved but I do try and find out when that player is on and talk to them and leave tip signs in their house, I even like to help players build their sandbox houses when they are struggling.
I believe we have fined tuned the sandbox experience as best as possible. I fully understand that there are still things some players see as an issue: too many signs, plots too small, still complicated etc. Itâ€™s not easy making everyone happy, getting the balance between things just right. Too few signs and players wonâ€™t understand. Too many signs and people lose interest. Bigger plots less plot numbers and players concentrate too long on their sandbox home and forget about all the towns they need to explore and that sandbox is much more than just building a nice house.
The towns When YAMS was first opened to the public, just like sandbox there were no set towns, people could join and build anywhere without prior approval. This at first seemed quite nice however it soon became apparent that this wasn't working especially as we were becoming even more popular, the community started to become more disjointed with people all over the place.
It was decided that we would try to regroup people by creating specific towns in high populated areas; some players had already started building towns themselves so we had a starting point for most of them but this gave us a chance to define those towns properly and put someone in charge of that town who could approve builds within that town, approvals had to go through me before.
In our first world, we had all sorts of different types of towns/places you could live at different times in the first world included: Plankville, Creeper Swamp, Woodbridge, Highland Cliffs, Splinterz, Beachside, Enderville , Tumbleweed, Winter wonderland, SinkCity, Saidai, Hakakai Island, Birchville (removed during town restructuring) and The Lyonesse Inn (A massive underwater hotel never completed before our move to the new world).
As you can see it was a big list, this is where a lot of confusion occurred even more so when not all towns were towns you could move into from Sandbox, but rather they were towns where you could rent/buy with iron/diamonds etc a predefined building/room that you could only change the interior of so the exterior of the house was kept in line with the town theme, for example Japanese.
It also didn't help that not all towns had the same plot sizes; this caused players to be drawn to the towns with bigger plots.
Now we had regrouped most players (there was still lots of disjointed players in the wild), we could start working more closely with players and have a better sense of a community, of course not everyone was happy with this change as they were used to building wherever they wanted but I do believe it was the right decision to make, having everyone all over the map was pretty crazy, it was hard knowing who was who.
One of the biggest problems with so many towns was that we didn't have enough staff to cover all towns or staff were appointed for that town then disappeared, leaving the players confused as to what they could or couldn't do and who to speak to, myself and my team were picking up the pieces time and time again.
When it came to a new world, we had a chance to structure things properly and thatâ€™s exactly what we did. We now have 4 plot based towns one for each main cardinal direction, with the main town station being 1000 blocks away from the centre of spawn tower.
The towns are this far away are for multiple reasons:
It makes it easier for people to understand coordinates.
It puts a nice distance between towns, so we can build lots of nice and interesting buildings/projects/areas at the side of the tracks for people to see between towns.
It gives towns enough area to expand without having to worry of getting in the way of others.
It makes players aware of just how large an area we have to play with, which would hopefully inspire some big builds.
Town themes When YAMS was first opened to the public, there were no town themes. Some buildings were wonderfully themed themselves while others were not so nice on the eyes. Some players created town style areas for themselves such as wooden planks in woodbridge and cobblestone in Highlands Cliff before they became official towns for the community.
As time went by towns were officially formed and town themes given to those towns.
Having town theme styles was a choice that some were happy with while others were not. Some of the reasons behind it were:
It gave towns a personalised style; they were not just a collection of random houses of all types of different materials.
Players could build towards integrating within the town, feeling like they were a part of the town style and not just another random person building another random house.
Some people would build wonderful things that looked wonderful and would probably feel very welcome in any town regardless of what materials were used (even wool), but others struggled building a house with so many materials to choose from not knowing what looks good together. Picture a cube house made out of dirt/cobble/white wool/pumpkins/sand and gravel, not a pretty sight. Limiting the materials helped people, of course 2 years ago there was less materials then there are now so we had less options of what would go well together.
Our current world town theme styles were chosen based on discussions about what the community would like, we had to take many things into account such as:
How easy it was to get those materials.
Would people enjoy using them.
Would the materials look nice together.
The main materials of our current town styles are as follows:
Cobblestone for the main walls.
Mossy Cobblestone for small amounts of detail on walls.
Dark spruce logs for detail such as corners/rims.
Oak plank stairs/slabs for roof.
Cobblestone stairs/slabs for roof.
Dark spruce logs as extra detail for roof.
Stone brick for the main walls.
Mossy and cracked stone brick for small amounts of detail on walls.
Oak pine logs for detail such as corners/rims.
Oak plank stairs/slabs for roof.
Stone brick stairs/slabs for roof.
Stone brick as extra detail for roof.
Oak, spruce, birch and jungle planks for the main walls.
Oak, spruce, birch and jungle logs for detail such as corners/rims.
Oak, spruce, birch and jungle stairs/slabs for roof.
Acacia and dark oak are not currently allowed.
Smooth stone for the main walls.
White stone slabs for detail such as corners/rims.
Stone brick stairs/slabs for roof.
White stone slabs for roof.
Stone as extra detail for roof.
As you can see some towns have a better selection of materials than others, letâ€™s take Maplehold as example.
When maplehold was originally chosen as the wooden town there was only one type of plank (oak) and 3 types of log (oak, spruce and birch) this was fine at the time but as Minecraft progressed so did the types of wooden logs and planks available to Maplehold, though I am currently stopping acacia and dark oak from being used.
I and the town moderators regularly discuss town themes/styles and what amendments we can make to the town rules, thereâ€™s a lot to take into consideration such as would a new block look ok in that town and would all the towns community be happy to change their houses to fit in with the new style, also would it cause any problems for others towns.
We try our best to allow things; we are not trying to be difficult rather make the general community is happy and make sure that as best as possible no one town is disadvantaged.
Town plots As you know all towns have plots, thereâ€™s a multitude of reasons why, let me explain a few things about plots:
Some people like being in a plot as it gives them a place they can call theirs, others donâ€™t like them and feel too restricted.
We decided to go town the plot route so people felt like they were a part of a town and had people next to them, giving more sense of a community instead of people living out in the wild never to be seen.
The current 14x14 plot sizes were chosen for all towns as that way no one town had an advantage over others, the plot size seemed reasonable. The size was even as people preferred having double doors in the middle rather than a single door.
In the previous world an average plot size was 12x12 but a lot were even smaller! Only the town of beachside had a section were there was very big plots of 19x19, players who were seen to be active within that town, would be invited to take a bigger plot, this caused some unfairness.
There is currently no set block height for houses, the town rules state â€œYou must only have 2 levels above ground to your house.â€ along with a pointy roof and attic inside on top. The reason that there isnâ€™t a block height limit is that we trust players not to build ridiculously high houses and also because itâ€™s another rule/restriction to add, despite what some people may thing, I donâ€™t want to keep adding restrictions, quite the contrary. Most rooms are not more than 3-5 blocks high anyway so most houses are all roughly the same height so no one person can over tower others. On a few occasions people have built very high houses and we have had to speak with them and explain why we would like their houses shortened. I believe that while sometimes no height limit can be confusing, it allows you to be flexible in your house design and not have to worry about going those few blocks over a height limit.
You can currently dig 11 blocks down from plot level so you could in theory have your basement split into 2 floors of 3 high with double flooring, before September 2013 it was 8 blocks down.
Beautifully themed non plot based towns Just to add to what I explained above about town themes/plots.
You will probably have seen lots of beautiful non plot based towns created in Minecraft, but while wonderful looking (mostly done in creative) normally these towns consist of lot of vacant houses (the town is for show) or when people do live in them they canâ€™t really alter much of the structure outside as it will ruin the impression of the beautiful town theme.
These towns are normally created by a specific group of people that know what the town should look like, leaving no room for others to join in and those that do want to take part are not sure how to start or feel like they cannot do anything better than what the others are doing anyway.
Saidai the Japanese themed town from the old town reminds me a little of this, there were 2 people working on it but after their absence no one knew what to do about the town.
What the town of snowheim does in our current world with their plots is something I've always thought was quite nice, the way the plots are on different levels and different paths is quite nice as it makes the town seem less plot based compared to other towns that have a cluster of plots all huddled together.
Public building requests I have always made it clear to town moderators that they should actively engage with the players of yams from all towns. I am fully aware how restrictive plots can be at times, so Iâ€™ve always wanted to make sure that there are building projects going on within the towns that any player from any town can come and take part in without anyone needing to be on to guide them. Unfortunately even though we have warehouses full of resources for players to use so they donâ€™t have to use their own materials on public builds sometimes thereâ€™s a lack of participation from players all round.
Any player wanting to build something in YAMS only need post in the relevant section of the forums (town topics for town buildings and community building project forum for other non-town buildings) and ask if they can build it, itâ€™s not so much for approval but more so others can show their interest in wanting to help before approval is given, so many times have we approved things only to have them unfinished while the person who started it goes offline for months and months.
Have a look at the past few last pages of each town topic and youâ€™ll see thereâ€™s plenty going on within towns and actually quite a lot still going on out of towns, anyone forgot about the Ender Dragon statue? Thereâ€™s even a warp for that. It's /warp dragon
The mining world When YAMS was very first setup, mining was allowed in the main world, this didn't seem like a problem at first but as we became bigger and bigger it was soon apparent that this was a bad idea, not only did it mean there was a limited amount of resources and we would never have the new resources but also that people were digging tunnels into other peopleâ€™s houses and projects.
Our solution was to have dedicated mining areas which could be regenerated back once cleared (some where encased in bedrock), but this was problematic. Luckily once we had upgraded YAMS processing speed and ram we had another solution, the mining world!
Our current mining world is refreshed every update or so, when I think itâ€™s ready for a change. People who say thereâ€™s not enough ores are just not looking hard enough, I routinely check ore percentages to ensure the world is still useable for both new and existing players.
The mining world rules have changed a lot through the times, I'm hoping the rules we have now in the mining world are much more friendly and open then what we had before. Some of the core principles of the mining world have stayed through the times though, such as the mining world being a place where you mine not build your house.
The nether world We do not currently allow people to build individual nether portals, not because I donâ€™t want people to visit the nether but rather because it allows players to have fun exploring YAMS while looking for the community nether portal. It also helps organise the nether refreshes and having one central point for the nether rules.
The end world
There is currently no public way to get to The End as it brings up a few issues, one being that thereâ€™s not really much you can do there once you have killed the dragon or the person that does may end up with load of experience levels while others get none, though some people may want the end stone. Instead we use The End for event dragon killing, that way we kill the dragon as a community just for fun. I did plan to do an event to The End, if the dragon statue was finishedâ€¦ but itâ€™s still not.
The test build world Some of you may remember that in the old world we had a place called the test build area, a 200x200 build area where you could pay 1 - 2 diamonds (fee was later removed) to build anything really, as long as it wasnâ€™t offensive. Every month the area would be cleared and you would have to pay again if you wanted to build anything.
Unfortunately however even after we removed the diamond fee this didn't really take off; I think a lot of players didn't use it because you still had to use your own resources, such a shame more people didn't use it as people were always saying I was being too restrictive, yet here was a place people could build with freedom and they didn't use it.
Over a year ago and a year after the original test build area, we opened in our current world the test build world, this was a slightly different approach to what I had before, this time it was more about having a place to allow people to show their ideas and designs to others of things that could be included in YAMS rather than build anything you like.
You do of course have to find the test build world portal, but isnâ€™t that part of the fun on YAMS? Finding all these hidden treasures out there and thereâ€™s plenty of clues, like did you know the hot air balloons can see the portal to the test build world portal?
Other worlds Every so often we open up other worlds on YAMS; a quick count gives me over 30 unique worlds. From past old world backups to adventure worlds and free build worlds. We really have been to a lot of different worlds. Just a shame that as many things on YAMS you open up these things and sometimes players donâ€™t visit, yet they say thereâ€™s nothing to on YAMS!
The transportation system YAMS has always been known for its extensive rail systems, the rails in minecraft were something that got me playing more in Minecarft before YAMS, so let me explain a bit about the rail system in YAMS:
Our current rail system is in grid format for quickest understanding and access to towns.
Every town station is 1000 blocks away from spawn; corner stations (like the oasis) are also 1000 blocks away from town stations.
Some people think that the rails are too long, but thereâ€™s good reasons for them:
They allow you to see things on the way to where youâ€™re going.
They help you get a better understanding of the layout of YAMS in a grid fashion, as each town is 1000 blocks away from spawn you can work out your coordinates easier.
You donâ€™t need to sprint to a town which requires food/potions as well as having to hold down buttons, you can just pick up a provided minecart and press a few buttons and youâ€™re off, you can even quickly go AFK and do something while you wait for the cart to take you.
They are still one of the fastest ways to travel excluding the newly added horses
Banning You may be aware, our current policy here at YAMS is once you have been banned we had good reason to do so and we will not unban you, unless there's been a mistake, which is very rare. Our policy is this way because usually if you've done something we can forgive you for we will jail instead that way giving you a chance to explain yourself, though if you don't turn up for months to discuss it, then you may be banned. I've done some unbans in the past and they never turned out well, since then I stick to no unbanning.
Of course no unbanning does present its own issues, some players move on while others just cant take no for an answer and instead go on a pathetic revenge, I've received my share of unwanted abuse. These players do not get unbanned, but they do show me that we did the right thing in the first place by banning them, anyone who abuses me, my staff and the community or wants to harm our community in general doesn't deserve to be a part of our community.
Wrapping up Thereâ€™s so much more Iâ€™d like to tell you about YAMS and why we do things the way we do, but I've already spent way too long writing this post and I really donâ€™t want to bore you (8 full pages long in word at this point excluding images). I hope that you find everything above fascinating and I have given you a better understanding of YAMS so you can help contribute to its future. Maybe you'll even go exploring a bit more... just like this person in the image below having fun on an adventure and yes all the images in this post are from YAMS at one point or another.
The future of YAMS is the title of this postâ€¦ and Iâ€™m here to tell you the future of YAMS is:
That's itâ€¦ thereâ€™s nothing to say, the future of YAMS is open for debate, it's a blank slate, there is currently no planned future. I want you all to take some time and think about what you've learnt above and post constructively below on what you think should happen with YAMS. To get you started Iâ€™ll give you a selection of things to think about, but please donâ€™t just answer these think of your own too, these are just to help you think of what to say:
Is there a future for YAMS?
We've been in our current world for 2 years now; how long do we have left?
What would get people involved more in building public builds?
Are the current town themes ok?
Is there a better way than plots?
We have a test build world but would a free build world work too? Or would it just make players neglect the normal world even more, not helping on community projects, as free build can be very much do your own thing rather than help the community.
What could make the YAMS experience better?
Ok good luck with your posts everyone, Iâ€™m looking forward to your replies and please comment on each otherâ€™s posts too, this is a discussion forum, so letâ€™s discuss!
I wish you all the best for 2014 and hope you accomplish everything you would like to do in life. A big thank you to everyone that has supported me both in and out of YAMS. I couldn't have done it without you my friends and community, keep that support coming!
Worth noting that YAMS will be 3 years old this 9th of January 2014, so feel free to post anything you want to see happen for the anniversary below.
There will also be a Future of YAMS post coming sometime this week, so look out for that, I will go into details of why some things are how they are in YAMS now and what the future holds for YAMS. I will be asking for constructive feedback on what you want to see happen to YAMS.
Many of you will remember that nearly 11 months ago I installed the Chairs plugin, after finally finding one that worked properly. I was very happy and so were others. Unfortunately however between Minecraft 1.5 and Minecraft 1.6 the Chairs plugin stopped working, eventually there was a resolution but this required installing an additional plugin that did some hackery magic, I didnâ€™t really want to install a plugin that did this (going against the bukkit api) so I decided that for now the Chairs plugin would not be installed.
Well today Iâ€™m very happy to say, the Chairs plugin returns! This plugin allows you to sit on chairs (stairs). Read below for more info, it's a little different this time.
To create a chair:
Create a 1 - 3 wide set of stairs (any type) with or without signs/item frames for arm rests.
To take a seat on your new or even existing chair:
With no item in your hand, stand 1 - 2 blocks away (takes some getting used too) and right click on the stairs (No need to hold shift this time). You will then be told you are sititng down. I decided to make it so you must not have any item in your hand so itâ€™s less likely you end up sitting on chairs when you wanted to place a block instead.
To stand up from a chair:
Press shift on your keyboard, just like minecarts and horses etc...
Destroy the chair your sitting on.
You cannot sit in an already occupied chair!
Ho Ho Ho... Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.
Haha ok it's not quite Christmas time yet but thats no reason to not get in the spirit.
I don't currently have anything officially planned this year for YAMS, so I thought id ask all you happy Elfs what we should do, scrooges need not say anything.
Last year we did:
Created the Christmas village not far from Snowheim.
North pole world, which was a YAMS Christmas world, with creative turned on for that year so people could build even more fun things.
South pole world, very fun to explore as it was all made of snow and ice with interesting things to find.
YAMS Christmas Carol Concert 2012, Redstone Christmas music, with gift vouchers and Minecraft prizes!
YAMS advent calendar which had presents inside for each day!
Little things here and there...
So what do you all think we should do this year?
We finally have a new spawn tower, come and check it out.
As I'm sure you all know by now, signs cause huge FPS drops (lag), there's a bug report about it on the Mojang issue tracker, you can and I suggest you up vote the issue!
But in the mean time while we wait for a fix (wont happen if Mojang doesn't see it as an issue - hence needing votes), we are trying our best to cut down signs and find other ways to reduce lag, which is why we have this new tower, we have cut out 3 floors of signs and placed them elsewhere:
The events section is now located in the park.
The tips section will move to the University of YAMS.
The stories section has been lost in time, though I do hear there's an archaeological dig happening in the desert just outside of spawn, on the red Perivale line, might be worth a look.
The new tower is a combination of the winning spawn tower design from the spawn tower competition along with a lot of added features to tailor it to our needs. I'm hoping you will like this new tower design, thanks to those that helped me.
Google maps street view has managed to get inside the tardis...
Here's how to see:
Click this link
Move your mouse around a bit. The standard Google Maps directional arrows should pop up, with one little addition: a pair of double arrows. Click those. (Note: If youâ€™re enrolled in the new Google Maps UI beta, the arrows might not appear. Instead, hit the up arrow on your keyboard.)