Welcome to the Tested.com/Game-Central.org/PC Gamer/Twitter Friends Minecraft Server
(but mostly Tested)
-the server is not afk friendly. AFKing consumes compounding amount of bandwidth and CPU cycles and should be avoided. Passive minecrafting is fun, but should be avoided. -do not make changes to other people's creations or attempt to infringe on their building space without their permission. If you're unsure if something belongs to someone, assume it does. -do NOT raid chests. -the golden rule: don't be a dick. -Have fun!
I'm new... help!
We've got you covered. There isn't an ingame tutorial (yet), but here is some material to help you get started in game.
[Text] Mind the Gap - Rock Paper Shotgun's own Minecraft guide to getting started.
Alright. I'm ready.
Cool. You can join the server at minecraft.xantar.net. The server works on a light-moderation, heavy-consequence basis: if you do something that really ruins the gameplay for other players, you can be handed a lengthy account ban on the server. Offenses and account suspensions on the Minecraft server are in no way affiliated, linked or related to your Whiskey media/Tested account - they're two separate entities, and you will not receive a ban on the forums for anything done on the Minecraft server.
To get into the Minecraft server, you'll first need to register and purchase a paid account at minecraft.net. After you have done so, you can either play the the game through the browser, or download the client .exe from the Minecraft website. Please note that you'll need Sun Microsystem's Java to play Minecraft. Once you have accessed the game (either through the desktop client or through your browser), you will want to click on 'Multiplayer' and type in the server address, minecraft.xantar.net.
I can't build... or do anything, really. Help!
If your name is white, then the issue is that we don't know who you are. If you have already requested membership, then you don't NEED to fill out the forum, but if you have not requested membership (and need to) - PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM. Do NOT post in this forum asking for your membership to be approved, it only clogs up discussion!
Server Warp Points
The server has some warp points built in for easy moving around the server. Use /warp <shortcode> - think of these similar to airport codes.
WGT : Will's giant-ass tunnel
NCN : NormChantinoble
TCL: Toucan Land
NWS: New Willstanbul
ANA: SpartANA / ANAthens
Due to popular demand, the server is cartographed every Friday around 3PM MNT. The server usually experiences an hour of downtime while this happens. You can find all of the cartographs right here. Careful, all of them are over 9000 pixels large (seriously), so downloading them can cause quite a burden on your connection (if it's slow)
Misc Server Information
The server, at the moment, is running on my desktop at home. A core i5 rig w/ 4GB of RAM, on a lowly DSL connection. Both CPU time and the upstream of my connection seem to bottleneck server performance, but upstream bandwidth seems to be the bigger issue and upgrade solutions will be looked into shortly. The server runs on a near-24/7 basis, with downtime every Sunday night, 11PM - 8:30 AM. These times are rough, so don't be surprised if you're playing until later. The server automates backups every hour on the hour. If you experience lag (which you really shouldn't), you know why - >60MB in tiny files and many folders are being archived. The server is not running any 3rd party mods at the moment, but a guest-member-trusted-admin system may be investigated to prevent griefers and keep the server running a bit smoother due to less randoms.
I'm going to leave the server running until Tuesday sometime. It's still running w/o problems, so that's nice. The backup service works nicely, but after only a day and some, the backups have reached 256MB in size. change-based backups? would be a smart idea.
(I survived by pillaring if you were curious:p What I want to know is if I hit a zombie in the face with a diamond pick axe repeatedly and nothing happens but I can punch him and he dies... well wth :P lol)
That's terrible. Who doesn't have 13 bucks to support a one-man indie dev shop that's producing one of the greatest sandbox experiences ever made? Hell, I feel like sending notch even more money to make up for these jackasses.