Introducing the Do Space MineCraft Universe
November 9th, 2016 | Dale Kipple, Community Technologist
We are happy to bring you the Do Space Minecraft Universe on Thursday, November 10th at the Do Space Anniversary event. You will be able to explore a growing world that includes Do Space, a library, a school, and even an amusement park with a working roller coaster. There are areas available for you to build in and places to explore. You will start in the Do Space where you can check out our Minecraft presence then feel free to explore the rest of the city. Once you are ready to begin building visit the library where there is a tutorial (reference) section or short stories that will take you to new places.
To connect to the Do Space Minecraft server login with your Minecraft account, go to multiplayer, and connect to the server Minecraft.dospace.org. That address is only available from within Do Space while connected to our network. With that out of the way, here’s why we have a Minecraft server and some specifics about our setup. It will be necessary for each user to have their own account when using the server for personal enjoyment but it will still be free to use during a class that is taking advantage of Minecraft at Do Space.
While doing my research for this blog post I decided that rather than try to restate why Minecraft is good for learning I would let someone, who did I far better job already take up that task. Go ahead and click on the link to take you to a video on the PBS Idea Channel website then when the video is done come back for information on our server.
I truly enjoyed that video but there was some information presented that may lead to misunderstandings about what we have here at Do Space. The Minecraft server here does not support mods or modifications. These are things that can change the way the game looks not just the way that it acts. The problem is that these mods have to be installed on both the server side and the client side, the computer you use. This requires a lot of work to keep things up to date and functioning. Instead, our Minecraft server uses plugins that only need to be installed and maintained on the server side. This also means that we have what is called a Vanilla or plain Minecraft server that only uses standard Minecraft blocks and textures with no added character models.
Finally, I would like to thank the many volunteers that have helped bring this project to life. For constructing buildings like the in world Do Space, School, and more we thank you. For tracking down plugins to manage the server and for later projects we thank you. For sharing advice and expertise with server management we thank you. We could not have realized this project without everyone’s help so again, thank you all.