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omg... I'm now an EMC relic; been on EMC for 9 (!) years?! How time flies... it's amazing. Dec 15, 2023

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    1. ShelLuser
      omg... I'm now an EMC relic; been on EMC for 9 (!) years?! How time flies... it's amazing.
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      2. We3_MPO
        Yeah. I was 11 when I first joined but turned 12 less than 75 days in. Now I'm 20, soon to be 21. Nine years can make a big difference!
        Dec 18, 2023
      3. MoreMoople
        Congrats on 9 years!
        Dec 19, 2023
      4. Nickblockmaster
        Congrats on 9 years of service!
        Dec 20, 2023
    2. ShelLuser
      It's really nice to see so many familiar faces and such!
      1. Pokku8, ultiPig, Trwe and 2 others like this.
    3. Vortixin
      Where’d you go come back? I wish to bother you
      1. UltiPig, We3_MPO and ShelLuser like this.
      2. ultipig
        Sep 16, 2023
    4. ShelLuser
      Sorry but... from my POV it doesn't suit EMC to act like a huge big server while they aren't. You can be SO MUCH MORE if you don't act like something you're not right now. </vent>
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      2. Nickblockmaster
        Gradually changing the server paralleling to the shifting interests of the players would have been the saving grace EMC needs, though without change sadly, the servers will continue to dwindle. = ( Salvation starts with change. I hope they don't let it go to ruin.
        Sep 25, 2022
      3. Joy_the_Miner
        Ah, I've missed these~ Welcome back Shell, even if it's just for a brief moment! :D
        Sep 27, 2022
      4. MandalorianPvP
        I think they should make one new SMP and put up maybe a world download for the past SMPs, a server with 20 players can't sustain 10 servers without it feeling a little dead. Having one large server would bring a lot more ease to build public projects like nether highways, cities and autofarms. I know by experience, it's much more fun playing multiplayer MC when you don't have to type commands to get to other places.
        Oct 1, 2022
    5. ShelLuser
      Shell teen: laughing at Al "4 touchdowns in one game" Bundy, that game is chaos and no fun.. Shell at the time of writing: on the edge of the seat watching the official Superbowl 50 re-run as well as owner of an NFL gamepass. How times can change, GO Panthers ;)
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    6. Tuqueque
      Hope you are doing fine Shell! I recently returned to EMC, so I'd be happy to reconnect :)
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    7. ShelLuser
      I just confirmed that EMC is also on Reddit, I am a happy camper 😁
      1. UltiPig and wafflecoffee like this.
    8. ShelLuser
      Unlike my once favorite texturepack EMC doesn't suck. Their website says: "download pack!" but the small letters meant: "Pay up you cheapskate!". Such a waste, esp. since I donated LONG before that. of course now I can pound sand. UNLIKE EMC... which is why... yah ;)
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    9. ShelLuser
      EMC is the kind of server you hop back on for a "quick session" and then go to bed at 4am :P
      1. ultipig
        I do this every day!
        May 14, 2021
      2. fadedmartian
        piggies require sleep
        May 15, 2021
    10. ShelLuser
      EMC is that kind of server you always come back to... LOVING the perm protect, best. feature. ever!
    11. ShelLuser
      upgrade status
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      2. 607
        Delete it. ;P
        Feb 25, 2021
    12. triphora
      Nooo you didn't :o
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      2. ShelLuser
        Nope, I absolutely didn't do it. I declare myself totally innocent because I never heard of Steam 😎 wait.... 😁
        Dec 24, 2020
      3. triphora
        Dec 24, 2020
    13. ShelLuser
      I need to upgrade my status because the last one didn't really work, but I have my mind set on that project anyway and have been working on it on and off for the past months.
      1. ShelLuser
        You know you've been away for too long if you failed to realize that your last profile post is also your status.... 🤦‍♂️
        Dec 9, 2020
      2. 607
        Alternatively, post an update and delete it to have no status. ;)
        Dec 10, 2020
      3. ShelLuser
        You know when things go down the drain if you know you know and didn't do anything (but get some sleep) :)
        Feb 24, 2021
    14. Nickblockmaster
      Happy Thanksgiving!! 🍽🦃
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      2. ShelLuser
        Almost a month too late, but thanks! :) meh, time is short when you're busy.
        Dec 9, 2020
      3. Nickblockmaster
        That’s alright - Ain’t that the truth
        Dec 10, 2020
    15. TomvanWijnen
      Hey there! :D
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      2. ShelLuser
        m000 long time, no see! Yah, rough times but can't ignore EMC during Minecraft snapshot season!
        Oct 7, 2020
    16. 607
      Wow, thanks for the gold supporter voucher! :o
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    17. 29672057602
      Heya, couldnt help notice your pic! I recently started watching neon genesis evangelion and tbh Im pretty hooked into it hahaha.
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    19. ShelLuser
      Back to gold :) The fun part is that I don't even really need it but we all know that gold is gool :P And one last public "thank you" (again) to Kryssyy for her help with my "support mishap" (you can't get 4 resses back when gold ;))
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      2. Joy_the_Miner
        Welcome back my man. :D
        May 28, 2020
    20. ShelLuser
      Minecraft had a 200million player peak. I am happy to have been player 199,666,513 who made it all possible ;) ( I made up the number but NOT the total amount).
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      2. 607
        Considering what happened with Aya, I wouldn't have been surprised if you were player 200,000,000...
        May 26, 2020
      3. ShelLuser
        No idea what you're talking about ;) Anyway, I'd be surprised considering that I've been playing Minecraft for over 5 years now ;)
        May 26, 2020
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    Home page:
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    I suppose I fall into the 'geek' category. I'm an IT professional and I basically learned most of it myself. "In my days..." we didn't have much I(C)T studies; perhaps apart from learning how WP5.1, Lotus 1-2-3 and dBase worked.

    Messed with computers most of my life (started with a C64, BBC Electron and later expanded to 286, 486 and the more modern machines) and often went way beyond merely "starting programs".

    Main hobbies: Scooter, synthesizers / sound design, Minecraft, watching a movie with my gf on a Saturday evening (<3), reading.

    About synthesizers:

    My tools of trade are Ableton Live (suite edition) powered by the midi controller known as 'Push'. Reason, which is plain out a music platform of its own and Max... the multimedia visual programming language which pretty much allows you to build anything you want. It's also incorporated into Live and known as Max for Live ("M4l").

    For the record: I own both... M4l as well as full Max license. This stuff goes deep.

    About Minecraft:

    My girlfriend introduced me to Minecraft in March 2014, and I was quickly hooked. Especially the redstone parts managed to grasp my interest, even though I had little clue on how to use them.

    3 days after discovering Minecraft I discovered the multiplayer communities, found a server I took a liking to and it was a very nice and educational experience. Eventually I lost my motivation; partly because of the way the server was run but mostly because of an upcoming map wipe. After playing and working very hard for 6 - 7 months only to realize that it would all go kab00m was too demotivating for me.

    "If I need to start all over anyway, then why not look around for other alternatives?".

    This is where I found the Empire. December 2014.

    I've been online for nearly 2 months at the time of writing, and I've now reached a point where there's no more doubt in my mind anymore: this is where I belong.


    It seems that my opinion is shared by "the powers that be", because on March 2015 I got invited to become part of the EMC Contribution Team, an invitation I obviously took on both handed. I'm very excited, mostly because I take joy in the fact that people recognized and appreciated the things I've done so far; and have now put an official "label of approval" onto it.


    As of October 2016 I quit said contribution team because I didn't feel motivated enough anymore. EMC is all about having fun for me, and as soon as something stops being fun then that's where I'll have to draw the line. For me a title becomes meaningless if you can no longer enjoy it, and I'm not really the kind of guy who needs to have status symbols. I'd rather let my actions speak for themselves :)

    Update (17th November 2016):

    It appears there are some wild rumors going about regarding me leaving the contrib. team, and I feel I need to squash those because after my last somewhat critical public remarks (critical is -not- the same as negative!) some people apparently thought that I somewhat became anti-EMC or something.

    Yes, I might sometimes criticize the staff and/or their actions. But that does not mean that I suddenly started hating on them or something. That's plain out ridiculous.

    Update (20th January 2018):

    As of some time I can no longer like other peoples posts. Nor can Aya who has been somewhat associated with me ever since we met (none of us mind). But if you wonder about it, now you know why.

    Update (1st February 2018):

    I'll still be doing plenty of posts (and occasional tutorials) on the Empire, but have decided to limit myself to EMC topics only. Every other project which addresses Minecraft in general will be posted to another location:

    Think about redstone tutorials, plugin reviews, command block tips and tricks, and even a way to create your own Herobrine mini boss :D If you're looking for me then that's where you'll find me.

    Update (August 2018):

    Having been honored with the 'Member of the Month' award earlier this year led me to re-evaluate some aspects and I decided to try and discuss my previously mentioned withdrawn like ability with the staff. And we came to both an understanding and mutual agreement which fully resolved that problem.

    Update (September 2018):

    I'm a little bit in a pickle right now because the person who sporadically plays using the AyanamiKun account has shared some discomfort with me regarding some previous aspects. They found "another place" and intend on playing a bit more frequently "over there". Where this leaves me, I dunno, but the one thing I do care about is GRIP (even though it's pretty dormant) and I've made preparations to secure the community efforts no matter what.

    tbh this is pretty much the only place you'll read about this and this is also all I'm willing to share. But being me I just had to share it somewhere, even though I'm convinced no one is going to read this :)

    Update (late September 2018):

    I am no longer actively playing on the Empire. No hard feelings, I still respect & admire this place, but on the other hand I also think the developers are turning the survival experience into something unrealistic and highly unbalanced; this isn't expanding Minecraft; it's contradicting it (hostile rabbits? yah, duh!).

    One of the reasons I took a liking to EMC in the first place was because it didn't alienate players from Minecraft itself. I can no longer say that.

    Update (2019 - now):

    Despite everything I said above I cannot help shake of the feeling that no matter what: I had a good time. And it was all provided to us for free. Yah, I can't let that slide by.

    I've had some luck on both the stock exchange as well as spiking up interest in my (small!) IT business and getting someone crazy enough to buy it from me.

    Of course they were after my customers but heck, that's business for you (and I not only informed said customers, I also helped 2 of them move onto another provider for a small fee. Should I ever re-start a business of my own they're seriously going to consider jumping back). Time will tell of course.

    But because of this I kinda felt like having fun. Both Aya and myself are now protected under the cloak of the permanent derelict protection. For the record: no abuse (or overuse). Aya always fancied a quarter (4 resses) and she got 'm (again) on SMP8. Me? Yah, I'm happy with one on Utopia and one for myself on SMP2. .. and my 2 official 'previous' resses of course. As for the 3rd derelict voucher.. I don't even recall what I did with that but I do know that it went to a good cause :) (I probably undersold it because at this point in my EMC life I don't care about money so much anymore).

    Then I decided that I should talk it out with staff and I did. I got to understand their point of view and they honestly saw mine for what it is. Results? Aya has normal forum access again, no holds barred, but staff would appreciate it if we didn't bid up against each other anymore also because in the end we kinda share the same assets.

    I do miss the sprees but then again I also understand staffs point of view (somewhat). They have a point when they worry about "foul" play, in the sense that an auction gets more value while in the end most in-game money comes from the same source (it wouldn't be the first time when Aya or me dumped some extras onto the other to cover for costs).

    It's a fair point I suppose.

    In the overall I'm slowly picking up some pace again. I won't be involved as much as I was at the start (so I think) but ... EMC is special in its own way.

    Comments about staff leaving?

    Note: I'm only talking about the staffers who some people started asking me questions about. Questions I never addressed until now.

    Yah... I can understand the motivations behind it. Because in the end the whole show is ran by one person and their will is law. And honestly? They're not very flexible about new ideas if you ask me. In fact... they're more like a control freak. When things get out of their control they don't try to deal with it and steer things into the right directions but instead try to enforce whatever they want.

    Works great if you're into that kind of thing, but for creative people who try to go broad it's a nightmare.

    Supervising people isn't only about telling them what you want them to do and spelling it all out, it's also about putting trust in them to do the right thing. Even if that sometimes goes outside of your comfort zone, especially if you're well aware that the intentions are all the same.

    Comments about 1.12 vs. 1.14?

    "Overspecialize, and you breed in weakness". No offense intended!

    EMC has some very interesting custom features but in the end it's also limiting them from upgrading. That's roughly all it is. And the stories about "instability" only get you so far, especially if you take into consideration that the Spigot project is already using 1.14.

    That's the project EMC is build on. Well, it's based on Paper and PaperMC is based on 1.12 whereas Spigot, the project they forked, is now 1.14.

    At this time I don't understand anymore. What does better speed gain you if you're way behind the facts?

    ... overspecialize...