Jul 9, 2016
  • In vanilla Minecraft the compass is a relatively useless item. It doesn't point to the north or south but always to the world spawn point; the world spawn is a place where new players enter the game and where you will re-appear if you died without setting a personal spawn point ("reappearance point"). On the Empire however the compass has been completely re-purposed: it can actually point you to all sorts of important locations on the map. And you're in full control over this too!

    You can get a compass by crafting it yourself, but a better idea is to use the Empire Assistant. Use the /assist new command to get one if you lost yours. Not only is this a compass, it's soulbound as well; meaning that you'll never lose it, even if you die!

    Finding your way back to an outpost(top)

    If you're venturing out in the Wastelands or Frontier then you need to get back to an outpost before you can use certain EMC features again; things like teleporting or opening up your Vault. When you got a compass with you then all you need to do is follow the red needle, this will direct you straight to the outpost you came from. As soon as you enter the wilderness then the compass target will be automatically set to the outpost you landed on.

    Finding where you died to retrieve your items(top)

    We've all been here before many times: you die, drop all your stuff and you're back to the outpost you came from. Now what? There is a command /deathlog (/dlog in short) which will show you to the coordinates where you died, but there's an even better way to find this place again: using your compass.

    If you die then your compass will automatically point to your deathpoint. So all you have to do to retrieve your items is simply following your compass. This is also why using the Empire Assistant can be so beneficial: because it is soulbound you never lose it, not even if you die. And since it is a compass it simply works as you'd expect and will help you retrieve your gear.

    And once you retrieved your items then this command will point your compass back to the outpost again: /compass spawn.

    Finding your bed (personal spawn point)(top)

    Using a bed on the Empire will set your spawn point. Meaning that if you die you will End up near this area. This can be very helpful to prepare yourself for a dangerous mission. If you somehow manage to get lost then your compass can help you with finding your way again. Use the /compass bed command and it will point to your bed. This can help finding your base in the wild without having to rely on coordinates.

    Finding a specific area(top)

    Your friend is waiting for you at a specific location and sends you his coordinates (you can easily find out where you are using the /loc command). There is no need to start staring at the Minecraft debug screen (see F3) in order to find these coordinates, just use your compass!

    You can point your compass to a specific location using the command: /compass set <x> <z>, where x and z represent the x and z coordinates (the 1st and 3rd number in a Minecraft coordinate).

    Some in-game examples(top)

    Here are some examples of how some players on the Empire use their compass.

    Finding a mini-boss again(top)

    You're busy mining while suddenly you hear a loud noise and a red message appears on your screen: a mini-boss has just spawned. You really want to fight it but right now you'd be no match because you don't have the right equipment on you. Or maybe you want to bring your friends along first.

    No problem with a compass. First you use: /loc to display your coordinates, then you press F2 to make a screenshot. This will help you to retrieve your location later. Then when you're ready to hunt the mini boss pull up your screenshot and point your compass to the coordinates. For example: /compass set -360 425. (this example assumes a Momentus around -360,70,425). Follow your compass and you'll soon find the mini-boss.

    Securing your items and finding your base again(top)

    You and your friends have been busy mining in the Wastelands and you got a good haul out of it. You guys prepared yourself by making a small mining outpost and even used beds to spawn nearby in case a monster kills you. But since your inventory is getting full you decide to head back to Town, store your items, and head right back.

    A compass can really help out here: By default a compass will automatically point to the outpost you spawned on, but if yours isn't you can make it to by using: /compass spawn. Now follow your compass and you'll soon be on the outpost. Once you emptied your inventory you can easily find your base again by using: /compass bed. Now the compass will point to the bed you last used, and in this case it was the bed near your mining operation.

    Overview of compass Commands(top)

    • /compass spawn- Points the compass to the nearest outpost around you.
    • /compass death- Points the compass to your most recent death point.
      • This is done automatically as soon as you die.
    • /compass bed - Points the compass to your most recently used bed.
    • /compass set <x> <z> - Points to the compass to a specific coordinate, where x and z are the respective coordinates which you can see when using either /loc or F3 (debug screen).
    EMC has many features to take advantage of that revolve around certain aspects of multiplayer Minecraft.

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