ShelLuser
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ShelLuser

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As much as I love the Empire I'm also getting mixed feelings... No offense but: still on 1.12? How many years has it been and even more so: how many servers already successfully upgraded? I have a theory: "overspecialize and you breed in weakness"... (see comment section). Feb 12, 2020

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    1. 607
      Lol, your about page is getting extremely long. :P
      1. ShelLuser
        ShelLuser
        I started using it as a bio :)
        Feb 14, 2020
    2. ShelLuser
      As much as I love the Empire I'm also getting mixed feelings... No offense but: still on 1.12? How many years has it been and even more so: how many servers already successfully upgraded? I have a theory: "overspecialize and you breed in weakness"... (see comment section).
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      2. ShelLuser
        ShelLuser
        Now why can't I like comments? (ok, ok, I am pushing it, I know, pls no kill me!) :)
        Feb 12, 2020
      3. Krysyy
        Krysyy
        Another bit of info, this is the first update we've had in quite sometime that you can expect some actual server offline maintenance to make sure the conversion happens safely and securely.
        Feb 12, 2020
      4. TomvanWijnen
        TomvanWijnen
        Regarding world resets: it's quite likely that I, amongst many others, would see a world reset as a good reason to leave, so I'm happy that a lot of effort is being put into ensuring the conversion will happen properly. (it's of course a pity that this effort has to be used for this relatively "stupid" thing, but alas.)
        Feb 12, 2020
    3. ShelLuser
      You know you haven't played Minecraft in a while when you see horse armor in your inventory and think: "Wow, Oppressor MkII in Minecraft?" :P
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    4. ShelLuser
      Well, one thing worked. I'm still gold :)
    5. ShelLuser
      Pardon me for sharing random (but honest!) banter: "oooh, Steam likes the Empire (link glewed up) => EMC is awesome confirmed :)"
      1. Kephras likes this.
    6. ShelLuser
      that moment when you log off EMC, then remember you wanted to visit the time capsule.. oh dear.
    7. ShelLuser
      A new year and I can suddenly log on without 2fa? errrr....
    8. Nickblockmaster
      Happy New Year Shell 🎉
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    9. ShelLuser
      Yups, it is official... 5 years ago (+ 12 days) I first landed on EMC... how time flies, and how I love the Holiday season.
    10. itskaribu
      I know it's been a while since we've talked, but I remember ages ago when you use to check up on me and when I was clearly out old PM's I saw one of yours and I'd thought I'd say thank you for being someone who was there consistently.. even if we weren't the best of buds.. hope all is well :))
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      2. ShelLuser
        ShelLuser
        I have been on and off (mostly off) due to personal reasons but as you can see I never forgot about the Empire ;) if I didn't I wasn't gold right now 8) Thanks for your comment, I really appreciate it!
        Dec 19, 2019
      3. itskaribu
        itskaribu
        anytime!

        I just read my message and realized I put clearly instead of clearing.. gotta love being sleep deprived :)
        Dec 19, 2019
    11. ShelLuser
      OMG.... I am an official EMC elder now? 5 YEARS on EMC? How time flies and ... I still <3 you guys, seriously. Sure I have my criticasts and complaints. And obviously the Empire would be just as popular as <censored> with me at the helm. uuhmm.....
      1. TheKutesyKiraboo and BreezyMan like this.
      2. ShelLuser
        ShelLuser
        #(1: that's a lie, #2: most servers are getting really close, this isn't a "pissing contest" anymore. NOW think about this: EMC isn't 1.14 and here I am placing them amongst servers who are. Why would I do that... hmmm ;)
        Dec 11, 2019
    12. Kaddrii
      Hey shel! You were also one of my earliest friends, or person who I met and remember! Thanks for being so nice to me and being there for the community. If you want to keep in touch, reach out to me over discord! Goodbye Shel :)
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    13. ShelLuser
      Gold for 6 months, b00m baby! :-) Instantly, and if you ask Aya or me: also well deserved!
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    14. ShelLuser
      For the record: I seriously admire the back end routines for supporters. Aya & me support right close to my birthday and we'll see where we take it from there. But I LOVE it either way. "Gee, I'm plain, help! => b00m! => Group changed to ...".
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      2. ShelLuser
        Nov 9, 2019
      3. ShelLuser
        ShelLuser
        and before anyone thinks to bug me about profile spam: if you take that step then I am honesly outta here. Yah, pardon the poke back but I tend to take some games too seriously ;)
        Nov 9, 2019
      4. AyanamiKun
        AyanamiKun
        wtf is profile spam suppose to be? ^.^ dont answer, i dont wanna know, lol!
        Nov 9, 2019
    15. ShelLuser
      On the road right now, on my way home. Can't wait for a nice relaxing Minecraft session.
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    16. ShelLuser
      Is it me or is Minecon 2019 the most lackluster event so far? I mean: it's hardly about Minecraft anymore (new block!: honey block, except it's just basically the slime & soul sand combined) but more so about people I don't care about.... Gimme Minecraft updates!!
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      3. Nickblockmaster
        Nickblockmaster
        Yes yes yes! Gimme more posts like this! 100%
        Sep 28, 2019
      4. Nickblockmaster
        Nickblockmaster
        Live-streaming minecon is just pure dumbness. Bring back the convention.
        Sep 28, 2019
      5. 607
        607
        But we don't want new content, we want stabilisation, to help EMC update. :P
        Oct 17, 2019
    17. ShelLuser
      The more I mess with my cellphone the more amazed I get 😎
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      3. 607
        607
        Cool! Is it a smartphone, though?
        Sep 22, 2019
      4. ShelLuser
        ShelLuser
        @607 Was that directed at me? Yah, I got a smartphone running on android 7 earlier this year. Loving it :)
        Sep 23, 2019
      5. 607
        607
        Aw. :P
        Sep 24, 2019
    18. ShelLuser
      Had a (major) fallout with Paypal resulting in me removing my account (took me 3 weeks before they let me!) and now I never want to deal with them again. Fortunately for me my creditcard has been approved today :)
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      2. ShelLuser
        ShelLuser
        Most credit cards also have refund options, and some even provide extra insurance on payments. As to paypal: they blocked my account without any warning because I wasn't using my real name. So when I did sent them a copy of my ID they refused to unlock it because the name on my ID didn't match with my paypal name....
        Sep 22, 2019
      3. ShelLuser
        ShelLuser
        Of course adding cash has never been a problem, but using my own cash? Noo... If they feel like it they can block you and you're helpless. "Please contact support by phone" (which I did): "No, it's better to sent support an email", stuff like that.
        Sep 22, 2019
      4. ShelLuser
        ShelLuser
        It took me 3 weeks before they finally provided me with an option to request my cash be transferred to a bank account. A few days after I hinted at looking into legal support. Odd how quickly things get solved when you mention a lawyer. Sounds really solid and trustworthy to me (not). Paypal is nice as long as it works, but if it doesn't.... well, never again for me.
        Sep 22, 2019
    19. ShelLuser
      Considering the way things went I'm quite tempted to bring GripCEO back and make my new alt a more official and easier to recognize alt :)
    20. ShelLuser
      EMC is the kind of server you somehow keep coming back to, despite the active version. I know I do!
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      2. itskaribu
        itskaribu
        fact
        Sep 13, 2019
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    About

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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.

    Update:

    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.

    Update:

    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:

    http://www.planetminecraft.com/member/shelluser/

    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...