How dare Mojang test things!

So it's common knowledge now that Mojang have started to test updates with small groups of people before releasing them. We, Bukkit, are one such group and we're usually first in line. People don't seem to like this idea though, thinking that testing builds before releasing them is a complete waste of time and that testing is their job as a player during Beta.

This is quite strange. Every update before now that contained any bug of any type, people screamed loud and clear: "WHY DON'T MOJANG TEST THESE THINGS BEFORE RELEASING?!". Huh.

See, there's a huge difference between us testing cutting-edge builds and the general community testing the gameplay. We make sure you can actually run the game, that it doesn't crash on launch, and that things work. The communiy tests the gameplay and everything else.

To give you some small examples of things we've encountered so far:

  • Entities of any type can become invisible or even half invisible.
  • The game will crash if you die.
  • Sometimes ...

Pig Tails!

I has a pig! :D

Piggy shot 1 Piggy shot 2

Ok, there's a story to this I promise. It's not just because I love fluffy toys. That only had a small part in it!

Back when we were house hunting, you may remember that we found a house that came with its very own pig. A toy pig, mind, but a pig none the less. We didn't get the house, and this was a great loss - who can go back to regular houses after something like that? We need a pig with our house now!

So the good chap Grum, another one of the bukkit team, realised this and decided to send us our very own piggy. He also bought one for himself too, because piggies. It came from an Amazon seller somewhere in England; I live in England and Grum lives in Netherlands.

This was about 3 weeks ago. His came almost instantly, from England to Netherlands. Mine never came at all. After many yellings at the sellers, he got a refund a few days ago ...

Minecraft 1.8 soon!

Yay, minecraft is updating! To 1.8! And then again soon after with more features! :D

I both love and hate these periods where updates are coming. I love them because I actually have stuff to do, it's always interesting reading all the new changes in the code, and it's actually quite fun (in a sadistic manner, I guess) racing to be the first mod to release.

I hate it, because I always see complaints like "omg bukkit will take forever to update, I'll have to make a backup then switch to vanilla and wait for bukkit then restore the backup and then update bukkit and then update bukkit plugins it's so much work!"

Our update times lately are within the hour, sometimes minutes for experimental releases. Updating to bukkit will take you all of 1 minute, and updating your plugins is not needed (except for the VERY few that stupidly use native api which guarantee them to break very often. But that's true of other mods too). This puts ...

I'm cursed!

So, we at Bukkit made a huge announcement a few days ago: We're now with Curse, and through them we've managed to launch the ultimate Minecraft modding site. It's quite an exciting time for us, and we're hoping to expand onto this in the future with some much bigger plans.

Purely incidental, this happens to also mean that I now have a job! I'm now contracting my time out through my own company, which sounds more fun than it is. I have no idea how to run a company :( I need to find an accountant. Tax scares me, and I can't pay myself yet because of it. :(

I've paid this months bills (rent/etc) so I'm safe again, so a huge thanks to everyone who donated and put up with the adverts. I'm not out of the woods yet until I manage to figure out how to pay myself through my company, though :(

In completely unrelated news, I'm doodling basic ideas for a game in ...

Back to reality

Okay, Ola is here and we're having lots of fun, but it's time to get back to work.

I'll be making some more Bukkit tutorials starting tonight, finishing up on the carpet plugin and maybe going into something a little more adventurous (if you have any suggestions, leave a comment! I'll be glad to do anything that's helpful!)

We've managed to get enough money to pay our bills and rent and stuff, thank you all for your support! I got £80 from donations and (some day, when google let's go) £50 from ad money. Much more than I expected! Huge thanks to the three people who donated (v1sper, jrtc27 and FlayaN), iChingPow for his kind words and everyone else for putting up with the adverts! :D

I'm currently planning out some big changes for Bukkit stuff soon, including researching a possible new security system (let's be honest; allowing any plugin to do whatever it likes without you knowing... it's not good), Material enum aliases (with ...

5 hours!

In 5 hours, I will set out to the airport to pick up Ola. That is all.

(Yay!)

In other news, £28~ in Adsense stuff since yesterday, and a very generous £20 donation from a reader. Huge thanks! Shame I can't get the adsense money until a month or so, could really use some kinda expedite method in it. But I'm not complaining, huge thanks to you all for putting up with the adverts and double thanks to FlayaN for his donation!

To the airport! :D

Money woes

Those of you who are brave enough to browse the internet without blocking adverts (be honest, none of you :D) will have noticed there's now an advert on the right-side menu on my blog. Last resort, but I kinda need the cash.

Turns out, due to legal trouble and taxes and stuff, I won't have any sort of income until it's too late. I have rent in a week and already being slapped with many bills for water/etc, and I only have enough to pay the rent for that month and nothing else. Long story short, I don't have enough money to live. I will soon, hopefully, but not now. I don't even want to think about shopping :D

Please feel free to help a bone out and hit me with a donation (or, equally as valuable to me, a hug). It'd really help me, but you don't have to!

In better news, my beautiful Ola is moving in with me on Monday. I'll be leaving ...

And now here I am, in my own house

So, I moved in yesterday. Spent the whole day packing and unpacking and putting things back together and stuff. Exhausting! But it's all done and I said my goodbyes to my parents and now here I am all alone, in my very first home.

It's scary, but I can get used to this. There's all sorts of weird unfamiliar creeks which I'll have to get used to, and for some reason the whole house sometimes violently shakes and screams whenever the bathroom hot water tap is used. I'm assuming it's air and it'll pass, but I'll get it checked out if it isn't.

I ordered a pizza yesterday to celebrate, and the bloody delivery guy was wandering around looking lost on the other side of the street. I yelled him over and it turns out we're going to have a lot of trouble with nobody knowing where our house is. We're number 11, the house directly next to us is 15, and there's ...

Yay, I have a home!

So I got the keys to the new place. It's beautiful. I've decided to go with BT for broadband (note: we can only get ADSL, 5~ Mb/s downstream if we're lucky, and it's BT or virgin) and it'll be going into effect on Monday the 8th of August. So there's my move-in date. 8th!

I've taken some pics and put them at my google+ page, if you want to head over yonder.

Exciting times :) Wish me luck!

Bukkit video tut: Episode 2!

Second episode is up, now with 500% extra sound.

Clicky! (Source here)

In this episode, we'll give a command to toggle the red carpet + a permission for who can use it. Hopefully it should be simple to follow!

In other news, today is the day I receive dozens of spam emails from long forgotten websites wishing me a happy birthday. Suddenly I just realized I am now 20 and can no longer claim to be a teenager and blame things on that. Oh well, here's to another year!