So, Minecraft

The Minecraft logo.

 

Yeah, I totally play this from time to time. Usually I start a Survival world, then get tired with the BS that is MC Survival, and switch to Creative for an epic build instead. Then I
– abandon the build halfway through
– go to find a multiplayer server
– get fed up with the BS that is MC multiplayer ;D
– repeat process from the beginning.

Still, sometimes I do things I feel like taking screenshots of, so I might as well show off here.



For reference, the game itself can be found here:
Minecraft.net

The texture pack I am using in some of my screenshots is called Sphax PureBDcraft, and can be downloaded for free here:
BDcraft.net



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A castle built on a basic flat grass world.

A castle that went a bit overboard.

This was originally meant to be just a small 8×8 square where I would test out how much I could fit into such a small space. After building one room I built another, and eventually I had a castle.


The main characters from the webcomic Eight Bit Theater.

The main characters from the webcomic Eight Bit Theater.

The crazy crew from Eight Bit Theater. Actually, the sprites are from the first Final Fantasy game on the good ol’ NES. I picked these 4 to replicate in MC due to the webcomic, though.


White Mage from Final Fantasy 1, in Minecraft.

A White Mage sprite, reconstructed in Minecraft.

Ah, yes. What would the Light Warriors be without a White Mage to heal them whenever they get hurt? Any healer’s patience may run thin after a while, though.


One of my friends in Minecraft. Both he and his horse wears golden armor.

One of my friends in his old Minecraft skin.

A friend of mine in all his Minecraft glory, He is one which I have been on several servers with, and together we have built a few nice things.


A red-haired girl playing Skyblock Minecraft.

Place me and this girl on Skyblock, and it will probably end in disaster.

Another friend of mine, a girl with a knack for Minecraft Skyblock. Most of the floating islands we have built on eventually exploded, though. Totally not our fault, oh no!


A semi-circular arena built in Minecraft, modeled after Roman arenas.

What is a multiplayer game without an arena to duke it out in?

Me and my aforementioned friend built this arena on a local LAN game I hosted. We felt the need to use the desert setting for what it was worth, and a Roman arena is what we ended up with. I took about an hour or two to lay Redstone wire between the arena doors and the spectator booth, so the match can be controlled by an arena assistant.

After this screenshot was taken, we also decked out the entrance with some statues, and added a fireworks-and-flower launcher to the roof of the “emperor’s seat”.



To ease the somewhat tedious work on that arena, I had this song playing the background:

Glory of The Empire by Circus Maximus.

Spotify link
YouTube link

An awesome song. Well worth a listen, I would say.

Multiplayer programming

I haven’t really been doing any net-based stuff at all with Game Maker so far, but now I have started practicing. I have created a simple shooter that works via LAN, but establishing a connection through the internet seems to be a bit troublesome. I think this is because of router settings, and something called port forwarding that may sometimes interfere.

So it works on LAN, and via a Hamachi network (simulated LAN), but not internet. If anyone wants to test the connectivity for me, you can download the file below:

http://www.mediafire.com/?oxgow4ci9k3hl72&lt

After selecting name and character, there are two buttons: HOST and JOIN. Clicking HOST should take you to a red screen if successful. While in that mode, a connection can be established by someone clicking JOIN and typing in your IP. If you are testing on your own computer, use the default 127.0.0.1 address. If you are going via LAN, find your connection details in the control panel and use the IPv4. If you are going via internet (it will most likely not work), use http://whatismyip.org; to find your IP.

If you do test, please tell me the results in a comment below. Thanks. 🙂