Hi gang! Now, I like writing guides from time to time and also like to think that some of my guides have actually managed to help a few players out. Thing is; I also think that some of these guides could still be useful for some of our new players. But here's the problem: I dislike bumping threads. Even if it is done once a month or so, I think it makes the thread look silly, especially when it involves a guide (if you don't believe me check some of my auctions, I came up with my "Shell bump rule" (bump the auction once per 24hrs) for that same reason).So I've been thinking about the next best thing; keeping them a little in the picture without risking to overdo it. And certainly no bumping!That's where I came up with this journal idea. Every time I write a new guide (which doesn't happen all that often) I'll eventually add it to this journal thread. So, say, after 2 - 4 weeks after I posted the guide I'll add a small review on the guide to this thread.Thread gets a small "bump" without bumping, all my guides get a little extra attention and most of all: no excessive bumping nor spamming. Overview of Shell guides (journal started the 14th of July 2015)Beware the Idle time-out!Empire Minecraft has a derelict policy. This means so much that if you stay away for too long (so not playing) then you risk that your residence(s) will eventually be declared vacant. Or, in other words, that you go derelict. This guide gives you some tips on what you can do to prevent it from happening.Last update: 9th of August, 2015; added the new derelict policy change.What happens if your supporter voucher runs out?One of the things you can do to prevent going derelict is to become a supporter. And it's easy; you can get a single voucher which will get you a whole month of "supportership" (see the 'supporter link' for an overview of all the perks). But one thing puzzles many players: do you lose all your stuff once your voucher expires? Not to worry folks, but there are some things which you need to keep in mind. And this guide will explain those.How to change your residence biome (and why).A biome is a virtual area in Minecraft which heavily determines how the environment will behave. For example: in biomes such as deserts and mesa's you'll see that the grass will turn brown instead of green. That's because the temperature in these areas is very hot, so the grass wouldn't get enough water. An opposite to that could be the 'Ice Plains' biome; here the temperature is very cold and that will result in water eventually turning to ice! Fortunately for us we can change our residence biome, and this guide explains how.Setting up Forge, LiteLoader and some mods (no, not moderators! ).Most of us will play vanilla Minecraft (I usually do too) but there are alternative versions which can really enhance your gameplay. Like, for example, the Voxelmap plugin: this would add a small mini-map to your main screen which helps you keep an overview of where you are. It can also mark points on the map to make it easier to navigate. This guide explains how you could set this up.Watching threads on the forums.The forum software used by Empire Minecraft, called Xenforo, is a pretty complicated piece of software which provides many features. This guide explains how you can watch threads; that can help you to keep an eye out on a thread even if you didn't respond to it yourself. What that does you wonder? Simple: warn you when there are new posts. This guide explains more about that.A guide on feature signs (and a cool, but dangerous, command)Aikar and the developers keep adding features to the Empire and it can become a little hard to keep track of them all. So at one time I decided to write a guide (this was one of my first I think) as my way of saying "thanks for all the hard work".I probably should do that again sometime, because there have been plenty of new features added and I know some of them still manage to puzzle players.So what's next?Now we wait Nah, this is my way to "bump" all my guides at the same time without bumping. As mentioned earlier: the moment I write a new guide I'll eventually add the link & a small description to this thread (but all without risking to overdo it).Have any suggestions?Don't worry: there is no such thing as a dumb questions. The only thing which could be dumb about a question is if you never ask it and as a result also never manage to find the answer to it yourself. If things puzzle you then I'd welcome suggestions on what to cover. And if you really don't like to mention what's puzzling you in public then always feel free to send me a private message.