Only, I think I may have fucked this all up.
Earlier, grilling burgers with a beer in hand... okay wait, needs a few sentences prior.
So they love Minecraft. I have no fucking idea what the point of this game is. In an effort to hang out with them more on their own terms, I bought a copy of the game and set up a lan server for us to play on together. Even after I got sucked in and obsessed with them I still have no fucking idea what the fuck the point of this game is, but fuck me if I'm not going to get a suit of diamond armor and kill that stupid fucking dragon for wrecking my castle. Nevermind that I said "Hey kids watch this" and used operator powers to summon it, but that's why you don't ops and drink. Anyway.
So sitting out there earlier, beer in hand, flipping burgers while the kids are talking about how awesome it was going to be sleeping outside, I laughed my fatherly laugh and said: "I will give whoever sleeps out there through the night 50 diamonds in game." Which is, I dunno, like a fucking billion real dollars.
They should have given up by now, or at least one of them. Instead, one came in to get another book and a light to read by. The one who is terrified of the dark so badly the entire house is always lit up so brightly it's used as a landing alignment by McGuire.
This is not going to end well. I just wanted to write it out so someone else could lol before the house caught fire at 1 am or something.
Then I played it.
Now, I have underwater homes, an apartment building with balconies and an indoor waterfall, a castle with 20 treasure chests (CUZ SHIT'S GOTTA BE ORGANIZED!!!).
"Sometimes, you only see a pattern because you've been staring too long."
“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.”
― Pema Chödrön
50 diamonds? Each? Dude.
My 10 yr old and my Dh play it. More than once I've been called downstairs by husband who excitedly shows me what ds built , while he proudly declares.."This boy is going to be an Engineer"… which yeah, sure he is, because he's brilliant and my kid, but more importantly I have no idea how we've reached this conclusion from him building some weird complicated pixalated buildings. Also, I am forced to stand with a gaggle of ten year old nerd boys at the bus stop while they talk about this every morning and I REALLY don't get it because I don't even play.
Right. Do you know how hard those are to come by legitimately, son?
I do. I wasn't thinking at the time. Earlier today, in fact, I made DS8 play escort while I fought a trio of witches, a dozen zombies and a few skeletons to get at a cluster of 4 diamonds above a lava pool. "DAD THERE MUST BE A SPAWNER" "No, it's just FUCKING DARK" I didn't say that, btw. I won't even teleport them anywhere if they can walk it. I don't like using ops because it's not fun.
I can't pretend I said 15. They already worked out what they could make with 50 diamonds before the conversation was done.
It is 11:30 and they are still out there and quiet.
This bribe is FUCKING AMAZING.
That sounded fucking weird.
DS13 plays Minecraft all.the.time and I have no clue what the point of the game is, even after a year of watching him
ETA: What that ^^^ should've said is that I'm scared to play Minecraft at night because the zombie's voices scare me and I'm a big wuss.
[This message edited by Ascendant at 11:42 PM, July 25th (Friday)]
It's almost 1 AM. They appear to still be asleep, but I am not. There is something wrong with the world because this is how other peoples lives go.
Other peoples lives are AMAZING.
If this becomes a regular thing I can see myself being talked into moving a public server running Twilight Forest and Millenaire and doing full time admin duty just to get them through bedtime and sleeping through the night like this.
On a side note, if you don't have those mods, you should go get them. They're like the difference between vanilla Mount & Blade Warband and.. well, and your favorite epic mods.
They are asleep and not killing each other, and nothing is on fire. This is so exciting.
Twilight Forest is like.. if Neil Gaiman made a mod for Minecraft, and Millenaire is like if Paradox made a mod for Minecraft. Which, thinking on it, is probably as close as Neil Gaiman will ever get to making a Paradox Grand Strategy game, which is probably a good thing, because it'd be like American Gods - somehow okay but all wrong at the same time.
I need to stop posting because I am so giddy about the kids sleeping. But I am afraid of going out there to make sure they *really are* and then totally freaking them out because who wants to wake up to my fucking face looming over them in the darkness with an insane grin on? "HEY GUYS ARE YOU ASLEEP?" Self defeating.
I don't think you're a wuss for the zombie thing. Dead Space bored me after an hour. Zombies in Minecraft, I take precautions. Though I will get to level 49 or so and then before I can place a torch, 3 creepers spawn around me and explode me to pieces. Not the strangest thing. 3 little zombies, riding chickens, flying up from the darkness? With swords. They were weird. g_r looks over and says "What the actual fuck?" and I say "Watch this" and I killed the chickens and the zombies fell into the chasm and did that poof thing. But, 3 little zombies, flying up from the darkness on chickenback. That was odd.
I must not go check on them. Jabbering on the Internet is better than waking them up.
[This message edited by StillGoing at 12:03 AM, July 26th (Saturday)]
Oh, and try skydiving. It's epic.
[This message edited by Myname at 12:27 AM, July 26th (Saturday)]
I tried Minecraft PE on my iPhone a while ago - frustratingly small interface for what it's supposed to do. Too bad they don't make it for WiiU!
This game is the devil around here. My boys are obsessed. My BFFs husband got them hooked, and they play all the time. (PC, Xbox30, PE - anytime, anywhere)
I was totally uninterested until we started doing Mods. Now I'm hooked too. There are so many insanely creative people out here.
Although it does cause trouble. DS 1 got mad at DS 2 for breaking his scooter. Says fine -- goes in the house, blows up the side of a mountain, creates a "lava fall", and ends up burning down the compound DS 2 has been working on for weeks. .
Me - 36 BS
Him - doesn't matter
Say goodbye to the rest of your summer.
I'm better at the early game, never gone to the end. DS8 loves playing with me. I may have to get a second Mac so we can play together like we used to (she used her mom's Mac before S). Right now we play it together on the 360. We just made it to the nether on the 360 for the first time.
I like to play survival and get to the point where I can automate with redstone and rails, then I usually start the next game.
I should really try sticking to one map and seeing just how far I can take it. The one on the server I run is getting very nice.
It's very nice because adults and kids can play, as you can just decide what you want to do at any one time. So some people will focus more on automation and getting things "just so", productivity and automation. Littler kids will goof around in creative mode and have fun, or do survival killing zombies style. The openness and "no particular goals" lets each person make it what they want. And all in the same map.
It really is satisfying. And it's the best $20 I've ever spent on any platform.
With my awesome and mighty Admin powers I don't need to farm. I don't use the op powers generally unless I have to (that whole "Hey kids watch this" incident played no small part in that) but the whole sleeping til 7 and behaving as wonderfully as they have in years merits some server magic.