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How did YOU find VeteranCraft?
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June 20, 2012
3:23 am
ryanpitts
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It would be great if anyone who sees this topic will simply leave a post here telling me how they found VeteranCraft.

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June 20, 2012
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Minecraftforum, went for the first server that had "no whitelist" and seemed nice.

June 20, 2012
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ryanpitts said
It would be great if anyone who sees this topic will simply leave a post here telling me how they found VeteranCraft. This will help me figure out how to expand on the ways we are getting most people from.

Went to google, typed ''minecraft smp servers" - clicked to page 9 to avoid all the servers with like 300 people, clicked on the first one, and now I'm hooked :)

June 20, 2012
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I started playing Minecraft this past November, and I went to a server list and picked the first one: a 500 slot server, where you could build something awesome and come back in 6 hours and your structure was completely gone and the land it was on was a gaping hole with no evidence that you had even built something.  It did have the residence plugin though, so I went to google to search for residence commands, and wound up on the VeteranCraft wiki page for the residence plugin.  It was so helpful that I bookmarked it and came back to it a lot.  The language in that page has a lot of references to VeteranCraft, so I went to the main VeteranCraft site and thought I would give the server a try.  The rest is history!

I'm not sure which search terms I used, but I wonder if we could "SEO" the wiki pages to get them to rank higher when people search for help?  Terms like "residence plugin help", "bukkit residence tutorial", "minecraft residence commands", etc.

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June 20, 2012
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Surprisingly, a Facebook ad!  I have Minecraft "liked," so it showed up.  It mentioned mature and legit, which caught my attention, and the rest is history!

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June 20, 2012
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Ironically I left WoW wanting to find a game online that I wouldn't spend my entire off work time on, and something i could just "put down" whenever I felt like it.  Found Minecraft by way of watching my 8yr old nephew playing on mommy's computer.  Sat down, got hooked after reading up on a few OS topics online.

Thought "this is great".  later that week, I found out Sickrick6 played MC, with his buddies on VC.  VC was my first server I had ever joined.  Had a little kaphuffle with meatbawllz first day, but he slapped my wrist, then my arse, and told me to get back into the game.

I've done the creative game, and played on my own single player maps, done the NBTEdit thing, but im liking the find it, and build it technique that VC provides.  no mods, no hacks, no cheaters, no pvp unless in select areas.  Im a busy guy at work, and when videos are rendering, I log into MC.  But i like the safety of knowing if i go afk, i wont get camped, buried, or killed for what little I have in my inventory while I'm tabbed out.

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June 20, 2012
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Wow, thanks guys for the insight. This is really interesting.

@brian: a while back, we did rank #1 for 'residence commands' but it got shaken up a bit since we moved the site around, but you make a great point about SEOing the wiki. I would love to add more pages to the wiki, and it is on our list of 'to do'. I'm thinking one way is to offer players some shillings if they contribute to the wiki.

As far as SEOing it, the good news is MediaWiki or wikis in general are very SEO friendly when it comes to on page, because of the nature of title tags and linking between pages using relevant anchor text, but we certainly can peek more into it and improve it.

One thing I suspect will start to happen soon, if it isn't happening already is our forums (since the new forum CMS) are being indexed by Google, which made our site go from 76 indexed pages to almost 1,400 indexed pages. Leaving many more opportunities for people to find us by searching something that one of our forums might give insight on. Who knows, it could be someone googling a player's name to look into them, then find them on our ban reports forum.. One interesting thing I've found is we get about 1-2 hits a day from people doing a google image search for 'minecraft ship'. It just goes to show adding more quality content of all kinds helps us in the longrun.

I'm still interested to see what more people say. Howd' you get here?

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June 20, 2012
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Thanks for the replies so far, guys! I just google imaged Minecraft ship and ours was in the "line" of pictures second from the top. Laugh

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June 20, 2012
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jonthepope found VC looking through servers on Minestatus I believe.  He and I had played on a server we rented with some friends, but nobody else was on but us so he decided to look up some alternatives.  He checked them out and played on VC for a few days I think before he told me about it.  I hopped on the day he told me, and we found the formerly desert peninsula that has become Bilgewater 😀

June 20, 2012
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I had just gotten to the point that playing on 1.3 was boring on a single player world. So I hit up planet mine raft and started to try ou different servers. Everyone I tried had some problem or another, mainly either all the space abOve ground within 200 blocks was occupied or the moderators we 5. I hit veteran craft and was instantly invited by SK5 to join pacifica. The rest is but a memory.

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June 20, 2012
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My friends MrXyphron Matyve Ehvsoi Scottiefinn and Jumboworm told me about it and i decided to try it and I can't get off now.

June 20, 2012
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Someone I knew from another game introduced me to Minecraft just after beta release. I played on his server for a little while, but I disagreed with how he "moderated" his players. He had a bit of a god complex and enjoyed randomly blowing up people's things, as well as striking them with lightning if they complained about it. He literally wanted to divide us into factions that each worshipped a moderator.

After leaving that server, I joined a few others, but it always seemed the divide between those who “had” and those who “had not” were too great. Simply donating a few dollars would give you access to things like World Edit, and donor griefing was rampant. I stopped playing Minecraft after so many bad experiences... but earlier this year I was bored and on Facebook and saw the advertisement for VeteranCraft. I liked that it was tagged as mature, and did not have the horribly excuse for a plug-in that is townie. 

I still remember my first day here. Someone was asking if anyone could fix a 3x3-piston door, (an update had rendered it broken) and I volunteered. I did not have any tools or such on me, and I ended up getting annoyed with this person because they would not spawn me a pickaxe to work with. Any who, I was new... and the person I was helping was Meatbawllz.

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June 20, 2012
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Well I just got off my third server.  Server 1 was a building server, which I liked, but only consisted of 3 members and the server wasn't really 24/7.  My second server wasn't too bad but was always griefed.  I ended up being co-admin and dealing with griefers rather than playing minecrafting wasn't really my thing.  My last server was pretty good.  Now I was co-admin on that server as well, but there were too many questions involved the integrity of the server. Main problem was that after each big patch release, the admin reset the world, which I was not in favor for, so all my hard work I put into the server was gone with each patch release.   Also what was happening is that if you were a trusted member, you were already a moderator, which gave us a running total of over 30 moderators.  The server really took a dive when the guy who owned the server decided to go straight survival.  So here we have a world with a lot of nice buildings and stuff created in creative and now we're going into survival.  It turned a lot of people off.

One of the people I used to be on the server found himself a new home.  I asked him if I could join the server and he told me "no offense, but I'd rather play a server with people I don't know".  He directed me to mcservers and to find a server to play on there.  I tried literally 10 servers, one of them I almost decided to call home but I decided to search some more.

Then I found Veterancraft. The thing that impressed me the most about Veterancraft was a very solid foundation, there were no grays.  The people who played on the server were very proud of the fact that it was a 100% legit server with a no bullcrap attitude.

Can't complain one bit and I'm here to stay 😀

Hopefully this essay wasn't too much to read 😉

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June 21, 2012
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Meat I think we are all half waiting for your turn. Why did you start VC?

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June 21, 2012
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gunnerling said

Meat I think we are all half waiting for your turn. Why did you start VC?

I could definitely explain this one for him, but what'd be the fun in that? Smile

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June 21, 2012
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Let me tell you the tale of how I came to Veterancraft. One day, about two years ago, my editor asked if I could look into Minecraft as a possible programming topic. The intent didn’t initially pan out because of hMod’s unstable nature, but the game stuck with me. For the next few months I hopped around a few servers fraught with technical and administrative problems, finally relegating myself to playing single player and delving into the bowels of reverse engineering Minecraft to write client hacks. My inner nerd was happy.

I didn’t return to multi-player until I was snubbed by two elitist pricks, err… friends of mine, on their BulletProof Pixel radio show for not playing Minecraft SMP. After relenting to give it another try, I was fortunate to become a member of a server hosted by their friend and had a ball of time crafting and tweaking the game. Things went well until fiscal problems caused a “civil war” amongst its denizens. Sadly, after the battles were fought the resulting compromise wasn’t what I had become accustomed to.

While my friends decided to stay, I trudged through the wastelands a broken Minecraft player with no home desperately searching for glimpses of an oasis; casting searches on Google and Yahoo and pouring through mind-numbing posts on PMC and MCF desperately seeking keywords such as mature, professional, community spirit, and so on.

After a few false leads, I had composed a Top Ten list of things that I cared not to see in SMP. Unsurprisingly, for most servers visited it wasn’t hard to tick off many items after only a single hour of play. After my 10th try, I thought I had finally found a potential home, but chose to hedge my bet by looking for at least one more.

By now, I had become an expert at sifting through recommendations weeding out overblown, delusional descriptions and gauging the maturity level of system admins. But seeking another potential home seemed bleak; link after link, description after description were quickly whittled down to nothingness. I almost missed Veterancraft if I hadn’t glimpse out of the corner of my eye, Meatballwz blurb – “not run by a 12-year old.”

Intrigued, Veterancraft became my 18th stop, and in hindsight, my final one. It was within minutes of logging on that I met ryanpitts offering to give a tour of the land - a good sign – prompting me to print out a fresh copy of my check list. After another hour of play I met Meatbawllz, still with nothing checked off on my list. Three more hours and the list was still as pristine as when it was first printed. I found my second potential home!

My decision between the two was going to be based on a week-long evaluation of both servers. Fortunately, server #10 committed Harikari the following day. The kids, who included the system admin, were out of school and my check list was marked up within 30 minutes of logging on. Good bye!

After another week on Veterancraft, playing 4-5 hours per day for a solid week, it only had 1 check mark against it, and of all the other 9, it was the least offensive. I couldn’t believe my luck. Short of a few server hiccups, which are easier to fix than people problems, I knew I had a new home.

Ten months later, which seems like a lifetime sometimes, Veterancraft is completely ingrained in my life style. Rarely is there a time that server logs aren’t scrolling by in a window on my computers at home and work. I wish I had more time to actually play and build in the game, but nonetheless I’m building behind the scenes, underneath the game. With 34 plugins and continuous releases of new features, I have plenty of opportunity to build or fix things either ourselves or in conjunction with other plugin developers. It’s more important to make sure that our server(s) are ready for everyone else to play and build and be ready for things coming down the road. But sometimes, late at night, I secretly yearn to place blocks and let the creative side of my brain have a chance at play.

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June 21, 2012
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I used to play on Terracraft where alot of people on this server used to play except back then i didnt talk to any one i just read the chat and piped in every now and again then one day i try to log in and it was gone.

I floated around for awhile but couldnt find a single server that i liked i pretty much gave up on minecraft, Then meat posted a message on the terracraft facebook page saying he was starting up a new server and wanted people to join from Terra. (i think atleast my memory isnt that great ^_^) 

I jumped at the chance to play with those people again as they seemed like so much fun when i joined there was maybe 2-3 people already on the server i cant really remember now but it gave me a chance to join in and actually talk to people as it didnt feel like i was a newcomer joining an already established server, Shortly after i applied for staff and the rest most of you know.

June 21, 2012
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Meat I think we are all half waiting for your turn. Why did you start VC?

Shortly after the 1.4 update (pumpkins), my brother (Phunn) texted me a link to a youtube video. The video was a guy showing the basics of the game, how the world is yours to modify, but you need to survive zombies and spiders, it pulled on my inner geek and pioneer at the same time. I'm NOT a gamer. I have a PS3, and like 2 games. Both COD. I haven't played it in like a year. But this game was different because it was like the future was a canvas and unwritten.

A month later, Phunn and Shotwall and I started a little server on Phunn's home computer just so we could try out the multiplayer aspect. It was pure vanilla. It was funny looking back what we considered epic builds now are dwarfed all over Vetronia. I was in Hawaii on vacation I believe, and I remember finding out my cousin had a public server. TerraCraft. I was like... What? Me and Phunn met with him at Burger King and talked about joining forces to see if we could make this a sustainable venture, applying our various skills and talents. When I joined Terracraft for the first time, there were like 15 players on, and I was met by ryanpitts myself lol. He was very friendly. Anyway, when my title was changed to co-owner it kinda put the community up in arms for a bit. "Who's this noob that's all the sudden co-owner".. But eventually they warmed up to me and i became kind of the spokesperson for the server.

TerraCraft's fate was sealed the moment our cousin (the founder of TC) got bored with Minecraft. He was overpaying for hosting, like $300 a month, but had less than $100/mo in donorships. That also helped seal it's fate. Along with the files being constantly corrupted and the back end looking like a rats nest. Rather than contacting us, the co-owners about the hosting bill he simply let it expire, and everyone was left hanging.

I still wanted to carry on with the venture, but it was simply not going to happen with TC. So I took all that I learned, and concocted VeteranCraft. I was determined to address every issue that was wrong with TC in VC. Low donorship, terrible technology, the complex of privileged staff (don't get me wrong, the staff on TC were great guys, but the fact they could spawn items left other players seeing staff as privileged, and I didn't think it was fair to anyone). I decided to make things legit pretty early on, and reached out to the old TC community who would become the 'seed' community of VC. Some of these early players have been playing together since 2010...

I had all the pieces in place, well, all but the tech end. I put up a position for server technician, and had a few people apply who over promised their skills and didn't even ever log back in game nor have any loyalty to VC. (Note to players: If you ask about becoming staff 10 seconds after logging in, you'll never be staff.). Finally Frelling applied as a tech. A guy MORE than qualified for the job, was already a donor, and had spent a good amount of time in game, already loyal to the server. It was too good to be true. Now the final piece of the puzzle could be in place to fix all the flaws with TC. A server that would be here tomorrow. Now, a year later, we're just getting started, but we have a great community, great staff, great feel in game, awesome builds, and all legit, which is something to be proud of.

 

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June 21, 2012
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Here is the epic long journey/tale of how I found veterancraft. One day I walked into my brothers room (xeried, NOT DANTE) and saw he was playing on a minecraft server. I wanted to play with my little brother and so I went and got on minecraft and it was veterancraft. Dante did the same thing with me. :O The End

June 21, 2012
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Good story meat, I hadn't heard all the details of this story before. That's also an amazing story you told, frell. I hadn't heard anything about it yet!

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