As anyone familiar with the crafting-verse may know, the 1.3 update to everyone’s favorite built-it-yourself sandbox game went live yesterday August 1st.
If you haven’t updated your Minecraft yet, this is what you can expect from 1.3.
In the recent weeks, I’ve become interested in joining a multiplayer server on Minecraft while my college server is down for the summer. After some investigation into server communities, I decided I wanted to join a Brony Server, preferably one dedicated to creating canon recreations of Equestria. Here’s the deal with some of the multipony servers out there in the Craftverse:
Brohoof: Brohoof is probably the most prolific Brony server out there, while also being the most exclusive. In order to build officially on the server, you have to go through a rigorous submissions process. You must build a Ponyville themed house with a serious list of building parameters (also, no ability to dig below ground). 75% of all submissions get rejected the first go around. You only get two shots in Brohoof, so many many people fail both times and are barred from further submissions. While this is very harsh, it does mean the quality of their overall building is quite excellent.
The server is almost ALWAYS full, so good luck getting to log on with any regularity unless you make builder status (aka greenmanes).
As for the community, I found that many of the players are jerks. Builders fly around the submission area and mock players- telling them their houses are crap without offering any advice. Some builders do offer good advice – so it’s not all bad. If you are in freebuild or otherwise, people tend to be more isolated. As for the admins, some of them are extremely helpful and others are tools. It’s sort of a toss up.
EquestriaCraft: EquestriaCraft is a more relaxed Brony community, with still some great canon building. The submission process is similar to Brohoof’s, although the admins actually offer advice and give you a second try on the same submission house (instead of restarting like Brohoof) so there’s a bit more grace.
As far as community goes, the admins keep control over griefing with an iron fist, but that’s good. The players are pretty social and try to practice the whole love & tolerance theme of MLP (many of them are former Brohoofer’s who got tired of the community there). There’s the occasional annoying punk kid, but they usually get handled swiftly enough.
Even though I am not a part of this server, I wanted to mention the Official Brony Server of Planet Mine Craft: PMC’s official Brony server has the most complicated & extensive society structure of all of the Brony servers I came across. The way towns & citizenship works is outlined here. There’s a points system and competition system that makes this server distinct as a blend of both sandbox game and competition.
The owner of Brohoof linked his own personal blog site & MLP server list here (http://www.hoofbump.com/)