EMC Philosophy on AFK farms

Nov 24, 2016
EMC Philosophy on AFK farms
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    What is an AFK farm?(top)


    An AFK farm is a player build structure which allows players to gain resources while they're standing still next to the structure (afk: Away From Keyboard). The players presence is required so that the area in which the farm resides is kept loaded in the servers memory.

    There are roughly 2 types of farms to distinguish: XP farms and Mob ("monster") farms (also called grinders). An XP farm focuses on providing the player with (easy) killable mobs so that they drop XP orbs to pick up to gain XP. A Mob farm (or grinder) focuses on mob drops. It kills mobs without any interaction from the player and then collects the items which they dropped (like how a zombie drops rotten flesh when it's killed).

    AFK farms and (vanilla) gameplay(top)


    Farms can play a big role in Minecraft gameplay because they can provide large amounts of XP and/or items in a relatively short time-span. This can help players focus their attention on other areas instead of repeatably hunting mobs in order to gain those dropped rewards.

    However, farms can also hold the risk that players focus their attention solely on obtaining these items without actively participating in the game anymore.

    EMC's philosophy on the usage of farms(top)


    Empire Minecraft understands that farms form an important part of the Minecraft gameplay and will continue to acknowledge that fact. However, the importance of active gameplay will always come before the importance of passive farm usage.

    Therefore, please be advised that it is very well possible for future updates to impact the usage of farms, especially if the use of those farms consist of nothing more but idle player presence. However, EMC has no intention to specifically target XP farms which require player interaction nor any grinders for mob drops. But if an update provides a better game experience at the expense of (afk) farm usage then the gaming experience will always be higher priority.

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