Hi gang!So today AyanamiKun and me enjoyed a good mining session on Utopia, something which almost couldn't happen because initially Aya intended to go Iron instead of Gold (which means you can't access the Utopian Wilderness). But thanks to Krysyy that got all sorted out for the better and yeah. A-mining we went And that gave me an idea. Sure; if you want to know more about Utopia then its wiki page is but a click away. But I wanted to go a little bit deeper than is suitable for the wiki, so I figured I'd write a small review. Also because I hope that this review might give you guys a better feel and understanding what Utopia is all about. And who knows; it may even persuade you to check it out for yourself.Now, I know that most of you will probably already know about the things I'm writing here, but with reviews such as these I also try to keep new(er) players in mind who may not be aware of all these things yet.Utopia - The supporter serverUtopia, accessible using the /utopia command in-game (or by connecting to utopia.emc.gs as server name) is a server which, as its name already suggests, is "somewhat different" from the regular servers which we're used to (smp1 to smp9, also referred to as "SMPs").For starters the staff is really happy to see new players and they'll even reward you for visiting!A freebie chest at the Utopia spawn area, what could it give you?... of course the question is "reward me with what?"; they don't call Simon B4dman for no reason But just to be sure: even though Utopia is usually referred to as a 'supporter server' this does not mean that you can't visit if you're not a supporter yourself. In fact, you should. Utopia also has shops and common builds which you'd also find on an SMP server. The main difference is that things are usually a "little" bit bigger.Huge residences!When you join the Empire and don't immediately run off into the Frontier then you'll get your own 60 x 60 residence. Fully protected, fully grief-proof by default and all yours to do with as you please. Now, obviously I am not aware of every other server out there, but in general I think 60 x 60 is a pretty large area to own.Utopia however is "a little bit" bigger. The residences there are four times the size of a regular one. So instead of 60 x 60 you now get 120 x 120! Of course there is a fail save put into play: every player can only own 1 Utopia residence. This is to prevent it from filling up too quickly.So what to do with all that space? That is a good question. My 2 cents (but please realize that I am obviously a little bit biased): if you like building and you'd like a large protected area to build on then Utopia can definitely be an option for you.The best part: if your supporter status runs out then you do not lose your Utopia residence. For more info on that please see this guide: What happens if your supporter voucher expires?Just to give you guys a bit of an impression, here are some examples I've come across with:This is my immediate neighbor who made a nice water structure.As you can see my game didn't even load in the whole residence. Things are really that large sometimes.The Utopia mall on 5555, made by Mr_Poof_.I asked Aya, who joined earlier, to stand on the dome so that you guys got a better impression of the actual size of this building. This is honestly a huge undertaking.The residence of our own ElfinPineapple, the really cool part is located below ground though Bonus points for those who recognize the residence in the background Day / night cycle?Do you notice anything strange up there? I didn't snap those pictures quickly after another, plenty of time passed because I've been busy chatting, looking at residences, had to tend to a new horse (more on that in another post!) and so on... Yet in every picture up there it's daylight Coincidence?I think not dear reader It's not a bug, its a feature! The sun never sets on any world in Utopia (except for the Nether & End, those don't have day/night cycles to begin with). So its always daylight. This means that when you're working on your residence you'll never have to worry about adding extra lighting so that you can see what you're doing when night falls. Simply because night doesn't fall, ever!But there's more...Do you know when the monsters come out? As with every good fairytale those monsters always come out at night. Or, more technically, monsters ("hostile mobs") can spawn in areas which have a light level of 7 or lower. Yet on Utopia the sun doesn't set, anywhere. Not even in the wastelands. Which means... Yups, you might have guessed it: no hostile mobs on the surface!Aya and me having some fun in the Utopian wastelands; we discovered a railroad, really close to spawn too!Of course you do need to be aware of thunderstorms. When that happens the light levels also drop, meaning that you suddenly will come across nasties from time to time Also keep in mind that mini-bosses such as Marlix & Momentus spawn despite any light levels. That can only be controlled using your player settings, see the /ps command for that.Less griefing?Now, this is not an official Utopia feature, but it is something which I noticed several times. And the above picture is yet another fine example of this experience. The Utopian wastelands can only be accessed by supporters, you'll need to be gold or diamond to go there.Yet this also means that you'll only come across players who actually support the Empire. Now, that is obviously no guarantee that they will never do bad things, but I do think its fair to say that generally speaking (warning: major bias follows!) you have less chances to come across a scammer, cheater or griefer when dealing with a supporter.Please note that I'm not claiming that all non-supporters are potential cheaters. Nonsense. Nor am I claiming that no supporter would break the rules. But it is my opinion / impression that things such as griefing are less of a problem on Utopia than on other servers.But on that note: same applies to the End by the way... Did you know that every server has an End world? There is one major issue though: you can't teleport there like with the Frontier & Wastelands. Only the overworld & nether can be accessed this way. To reach the End you'll actually have to find yourself an End portal and use it. And surprise, surprise... Although griefing does happen from time to time it doesn't happen as often as on other (more easily accessible) areas.Maybe food for thought?Down we go!Ever came across a nice chasm or cliff and noticed all sorts of cool blocks below? The only problem: how to get there safely? And if it can be helped: without wasting too much tools so that you have something left to use for mining (voter tools help!).Well, that's another cool feature: no fall damage.Of course, the trick is not to try this on other SMP's after a long Utopia session Just jump in and off you go, no worries about dying here. Of course, this also presents a major disadvantage: you won't be able to do much head farming on Utopia About that mining?That is actually a story in itself...As you probably know we're really close to a wasteland reset at the time of writing. Meaning that every server gets a new wasteland with fresh ores for us to get. See the picture above? That is a fully undiscovered cave, Aya and me (we went separate ways) collected at least 2 stacks of iron, 2 stacks of coal blocks and approx. 20 diamonds (also from some enraged mobs). We sat pretty close to an outpost and yet this cave (accessible from above, we jumped right in thanks to the lack of fall damage!) was completely untouched.We were no more than 200 blocks away from the outpost!And that too is an advantage of Utopia IMO. I once dug out nearly a sc full of bricks (the red/white pattern ones) and all thanks to Utopia.