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The story of the bone and the bukkit

January 1st of this year marked a very special day for me. It's hard for me to believe it, but my dear little Bukkit turned two years old. As cheesy as it sounds, I still remember writing that very first commit as if it were yesterday.

I figured now was a fantastic time to give you a history of the project, its impact on my life, and how everything came about to turn into the huge megaproject that it is today. Some of this may be new information to some people, and some of it may be a little out of order, but I'll try to do my best to make this a worthy read. Whilst the Bukkit project was the best thing that has ever happened to me, it didn't come without some big mistakes and sore spots. I may tell you about those, but they're not easy to write about and may involve a handful of politics.

Before we jump straight into Bukkit, let me take you back to late 2010 and introduce you to another server modding platform formally known as "hMod". Minecraft at this point was in Alpha 1.2 and modding wasn't as much of a thing as it is now. hMod was created by a guy known as hey0, and was an attempt to make a more customisable version of the server without having to learn how to code yourself. That may not sound like a modding platform... and that's because it wasn't created to be one; it just kinda ended up that way. It came with a few handy utilities for server owners such as some commands to control the server with (/ban, /give), a whitelist (this was huge!), and a message of the day. These ...

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Blizzcon and meetups!

So I got back from my trip to Blizzcon last week. It was lots of fun, I met most of the curse peeps, and the rest of the bukkit team were there too so we all met for the first time in person!

The flights were rather bad, I managed to get my name on some kind of blacklist somehow which got me a long random security check before I even checked in for my first flight! They asked me a bunch of random questions, such as if I had any letters from the bank as proof of address on me (why would I bring that to a holiday :(), and took my luggage to a special screening area with half a dozen employees watching the baggage screening monitor closely like it's about to explode. Personally, I'm blaming my new beard.

After some long meetings with Curse, we took a trip out to Disney Land for teambuilding. I managed to break my phone pretty early on, not quite sure how yet but I think I must have crushed it. It was ok at first, just a cracked screen but worked, however it's pretty much dead now and I think I'll wait for the Nexus Galaxy and buy that when it's out.

I managed to get sick pretty early on, and I lost my voice for blizzcon so I didn't get to spend much time there - I decided to just sleep it in. I did meet Gabe Newell though! Invited him to the Curse afterparty, he said sure but didn't come :( Ola met with Richard A. Knaak + Christie Golden and she was really excited about that!

The Curse party was excellent, lots of people there - famous and cool - and it was pretty fun. Unfortunately, loud ...

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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 my free time. I need to learn opengl + 3d math and make a start on this, I think it could have potential. The math is going over my head though, so far :( 3D math vs taxes; eep!

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