Post by Alex on Nov 17, 2014 18:44:26 GMT
Newcomer's Guide to Realm of Survivors
made by Alex (tell me if there's anything else I should add)
Whether you're a new player or an older one, this guide is here to help whoever needs it. If you're new, welcome to the server! You've got the necessary votes required to become whitelisted. You should become whitelisted as soon as a player with console access or in-game op notices your application. You may have to bump your thread if it goes by unnoticed. We get a lot of applications here, we promise we're not ignoring you! If you haven't got the votes, good luck with getting them. Be patient, not every member checks the applications.
A major aspect of the server community. The forum is like an archive of Realm history, where important and, most of the time non-important information is posted for all members to see. Certain boards (categories) on the forum are for important issues, such as bans and announcements, but most of the time it's just friendly communication between Realm members. Feel free to look around and check out what we have. Don't feel like you can't participate in any forum chat. The forum is there for everyone, so post away!
Try not to use the shoutbox if you are still waiting for votes. You will get the votes eventually, just be patient! The shoutbox is usually for nonsense talk or for immediate help, such as the server being offline or if an event is imminent.
It's not mandatory to use the forum, don't feel like it's a chore to go on it after you've applied and/or gotten in. However, you will miss out on a lot of server content. Whether that be a fresh ideas being implemented or an event coming up. You will be less of a part of Realm if you don't know what's happening!
If you've applied but you haven't gotten in yet - please refrain from voting for both yourself and other applicants, even if they're your friend(s). Only whitelisted members' votes are counted, so it's useless voting anyways. If you are whitelisted, try not to just vote yes/no on every application. Let the more experienced Realm members deal with applicants until you can see what we as a server are looking for in applications. This isn't mandatory, but it's recommended so that we don't get an influx of lesser applications just because we have a few more people using the forum.
If you've managed to get this far, congratulations! You can now play on the server like every other Realm player. The SMP server is the main part of Realm and considered as the hub of the community.
The server is 4GB and is hosted in the Bristol, England, UK. You should not have to worry about connection issues no matter where you are from in the world, at least not on the server side anyways.
The SMP IP is 188.8.131.52:25578
When you connect for the first time, you'll notice our spawn. There is currently a marketplace for players to be able to set up shops and there are community buildings spread around the area. Every map we have contains a spawn area in which most members of the community collaborate together to build up a town around the spawn point so that people can have a main place to go on the server.
When you spawn in simply fall through the middle of the tower - fantastically created by DSNorth into the water below. From there just follow the path down the hill to the main area of spawn. There is a building to your left which contains items for new players to take. Food, basic armour, weapon etc. can be found here. Feel free to take whatever you want, within reason.
Many people use spawn, either to meet up or to just work on builds together. You may bump into several players around spawn depending on the time of day and the timezone you are in. They'll most likely come and say hello to you and give you a tour. If not you'll eventually get a tour anyways, usually by our kind member FayaMoo.
At spawn you will notice a potion shop. Feel free to create potions here using the ingredients. As previously said, there is a marketplace for stalls and shops where players offer goods/services in return for payment - usually in diamonds. There are a wide range of goods/services available so look around! Feel free to create your own shop, but try to notify one or two server members beforehand to make sure you're building it at the right location.
Feel free to build anywhere you want, there are no restrictions in terms of building as long as you use common sense. When I mean common sense I mean not building a giant arena one block away from a humble little house. As long as you respect other peoples' building space you'll have no issues with building. On a side note: try to keep redstone and farms to a minimum. Whilst the server specs are fairly high we have over 80 whitelisted members, so during peak times if several players online at the time have farms or redstone active it will create server lag, which affects all of us.
We currently have two guardian farms, an iron farm, multiple spawner farms including blazes, a Wither farm, a pigman/gold farm and an Enderman farm (which is just for pearls, no XP.) There will be a register for players to use to see all the farms on the server, however not all are available to public, hence why some coordinates will be hidden. Some players need the resources from their farms for their own projects.
At spawn there is a main Nether portal. When you go through the portal you will notice a dome-like building which branches out in four directions, this is called the Nether hub - created by Futuregame, the hard-working German. The Nether hub connects bases from all around the map to a central point via the use of tunnels. Players from a base not at spawn simply create a Nether portal and dig a tunnel to the Nether hub and connect to an empty tunnel space. Feel free to claim an empty space on either level of the hub for your tunnel and start digging. The Nether hub connects bases from all around the map together so that it is easier to move around, especially since the Nether is 8 times smaller than the Overworld, so it makes travelling much more efficient.
People don't mind you looking around their builds, it's quite appreciated actually! Feel free to replant crops and maybe kill an animal or two if you breed them beforehand, but make sure it's an actual animal farm, not something decorative. Try not to look in other peoples' chests, if a player notices you going through players' chests they may become slightly suspicious, especially if there are reports of theft.
You may need to travel a fair distance to find a good spot to build. This map has been around since July and we've had many players on during that time. There is currently no world border but try not to go over 10k (I'm being hypocritical right here.)
Since we're a vanilla server, we do not have Bukkit. Everything you see is completely vanilla, including any server commands. We may use command blocks for server events, but apart from that everything else is legitimate. A few players have console access and are moderators/admins on the forum. These players kindly help out with managing both the forum and the server. There players are Nabbsky, Bordyr, theninjazorous, LadyNarwhal, RGCV, Draynth and myself, Specalios/Alexandros.
So you've joined the server, pressed tab, and noticed that it looks like a rainbow with all the coloured players names. These colours represent nothing right now, but that could change depending on the map and what players want. Some Realm cliques use a certain colour together, but you can still have any colour you want. Ask one of the people mentioned in the above section to give you a coloured name if you'd like. It can be any of the 16 available Minecraft colours (same as wool colours.)
We're not a large server, but we're not a small server either. We always have at least one player on the server, with around 15 players online at once during the evenings GMT time. The activity is highest during the evenings GMT time as that is when Europeans are online and when Americans start to come online, as well as Aussies and New Zealanders starting to wake up. You'll find that the server is pretty active, so you won't feel lonely!
Speaking of activity. Don't feel like you have to play every day as a chore. We all have other things to do outside of gaming, so we understand that people don't always play daily. New players who have not been on the server, forum or Skype will be unwhitelisted after a few days by myself. Please don't feel like that means you are not a part of Realm anymore. I only do this to make it easier to track who is active and who isn't. If you are unwhitelisted by mistake or simply return, yell at me in the shoutbox or send a message to someone for one of the players who are opped to find out.
We have an event server run by the founder of Realm, Bordyr. This server is also 100% vanilla but is used for server events outside of the SMP. We do events such as The Building Game, Spleef, Defend the Castle, Race for the Wool, Complete the Monument and our classic one, UHC. The event server is available for all whitelisted members but is usually offline unless there is a scheduled event. Scheduled events can be found on the event section of the forum. We usually have a group call on Skype for events.
The SMP also has a few events. Events such as fishing competitions, building competitions and soon-to-be horse racing events. These events are all vanilla and are optional, of course. There is usually a prize for winners, but it's just for fun really.
The event server IP is -cba to check-
Many players record on the server. If you would like to record feel free to! We enjoy seeing videos made by Realm members and gladly encourage recording. We have a section dedicated to videos, so post your videos if you'd like!
We have a very active Skype group. Skype is one of the primary ways of communicating with people on the server. 95% of the conversation on Skype is nonsense, but it's still interesting and fun to engage in nevertheless. You will usually be offered to join the Skype group, it's a large part of Realm, however it is completely optional and we all understand why some people do not want to join it. Feel free to send a contact request to alexhoulis on Skype and I'll gladly add you to the group. We have one main group and then several others for certain games such as Rocket League, War Thunder and ARK: Survival Evolved. The Skype group is basically a 24/7 chat room most of the time so you may need to disable notifications so that you don't hear a constant pinging from people talking on it. Skype is a large part of the community and, in my opinion, you are missing out on a lot of content if you are not a part of it, even if it's just for events. We have Skype calls fairly frequently when gaming.
We also have a TeamSpeak server. More details to follow.
We have many other games we play, such as the previously mentioned games. We have a section on the forum dedicated to certain games. So look around there!
So now you know what to expect on the server. We hope you stick around and enjoy your gaming experience here. Try not to stay isolated and get to know us! Have fun!