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How to Download Your Builds

We can’t upload our world this season (too big!), but Mircokroon has been kind enough to make a program that downloads the world as you walk around in it. We’ve put together a short guide on how to use it on a Windows computer. The process isn’t all that different for other operating systems, so feel free to follow along with the video (or the written guide below).

Video Guide

Here are some links that you’ll need in order to follow along with the video

Written Guide

Download and install Java 17 (or above)

To begin, you’ll need a working Java installation (either 17 or greater). Here’s a link to where you can download Java 17 if you don’t already have it installed. Feel free to use other resources, such as a package manager. Download and run the installer for your OS.

Download and run the Minecraft World Downloader

Now that you have a working Java installation, download the Minecraft World Downloader. Here’s a link to where you can get it. If you’re on Windows, you probably want the .exe. Any operating system can use the .jar file.

Make sure you have Minecraft open. The stock launcher is suggested for this, though others will work with additional configuration needed. Run the world downloader, then navigate to the “Connection” tab along the top. In the “Server address” blank, enter play.voidtreemc.com and press Start.

Connect to the local proxy

Launch Minecraft, then click “Multiplayer.” Rather than connecting to the server itself, click “Direct Connection” at the bottom, and enter localhost:25565 into the “Server address” field. Finally, click “Join Server”

Walk around!

You should be able to walk around and interact with your copy of VoidTree like you normally do. While you’re doing this, keep an eye on the world downloader window. It should appear to draw a map centered around you as you walk. This map will be initially shaded red, but will gradually turn into the proper color of the terrain. Once it has done so, that area of the map is saved.

Your next job is to walk around to save all of the areas that you want a local copy of. Remember: if you don’t visit somewhere with the world downloader running, it won’t be saved. Be sure to give the map displayed inside the world downloader time to update (the red shading will update to proper terrain). After you’ve saved everything, close Minecraft. Wait a moment or two, then close the world downloader.

Move the saved files to your Singleplayer worlds

Now that you’ve saved all of those regions, the next step is to move them to your Minecraft singleplayer worlds folder so that you can access your copy. Head to the directory that you ran the world downloader in (this is likely your Downloads folder). You should notice that the program has created two new folders: cache, and world. Copy the world folder to your singleplayer saves directory.

For Windows users, this is located at %appdata%\.minecraft\saves.

For Linux users, this is located at ~/.minecraft/saves.

For MacOS users, this is located at ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/saves.

Copy the world folder there, and you’re good to go! You should be able to access it as a singleplayer world now.

You’re done!

Good job! Try to join your singleplayer world, and you should notice that it has a copy of all the places where you visited with the world downloader active. You may have to teleport yourself to some of them using coordinates. The command is as follows:

/teleport <my username> <x> <y> <z>

See you in the next season!

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First Inaugural VoidTree Survival Build Competition

The building competition area. We’re looking forward to seeing it get filled in.

It’s our first time doing this sort of thing, and we expect there will be some surprises. We appreciate your help finding problems and making VoidTree more friendly and stable. We look forward to seeing what you do in our playground.

How does it work?

We’ve created a contest venue in the ocean with nine plots. If more than nine people or teams want to compete, we can create more.You get a week (from the 18th until the 25th) to finish your build before the plots get locked for judging. We’ve pre-selected three judges from the community (not staff members) to choose the first, second, and third place winners. Plots are 32 square blocks across, and can go as high or as low as you like.

Theme: Life on the Sea (or under!)

Captain Ember’s ship, located outside the phantom arena.

The theme of the competition is “Life on the Sea (or under)”. Builds can range from pirate ships and houseboats to ocean temples and giant jellyfish. The judges are instructed to vote based on which builds fit this theme the most, and are aesthetically pleasing.

Rules

  1. Stay inside your plot. Your plot includes the border of oak planks, and you can remove or edit the border as you see fit.
  2. Do not copy builds from the internet. Finding furniture or patterns online is permitted. Put up signs crediting any builder you use for more than a tiny bit of inspiration so we can appreciate what you did that was unique.
  3. As judges cannot fly, they will only evaluate what they can see from the ground.
  4. Teams are fine as long as you share a plot.
  5. By entering the contest, you are agreeing that we can use screenshots on our website and to publicize VoidTree elsewhere.
  6. After judging we will unlock plots so that you can re-use your blocks.
  7. Be excellent to each other.

Prizes

  • 1st place: Bee kit +50 bonus town blocks
  • 2nd place: Fish kit + 30 bonus town blocks
  • 3rd place: Cow kit + 20 bonus town blocks

The winning builds will be featured on our website for everyone to see.

How do I participate?

You can get to the build competition by typing /warp build_comp. Ask a staff member to assign a plot to you. If you’d like to share a plot with a friend and work on your build together, you can — just make sure that you’re prepared to split the prizes if you win.

After 11:59pm eastern US time on the 25th, all plots will be locked so that our judges can do their job. We’ll announce winners on Discord and on a blog post before the weekend is over.

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Voting Stats

Season Two is here, and pretty much everyone has been voting regularly. We keep a database of information about player’s votes for three reasons. The first is so that we can make sure players have the right number of packages and streak level. The second is to balance the rewards to make sure they’re all appealing. The third, of course, is a bit more selfish:

Stats are fucking cool, okay?

Periodically I find myself looking at the voting stats just to see how they’ve changed. It’s interesting to watch it evolve over time, and some of the charts can be quite pretty.

A breakdown of average voter reward choices, including data from both Season One and the beginning of Season Two

The chart above shows the way that players choose their payout for their voting reward packages, on average. It’s been interesting to watch it evolve; last season the Material section was a lot larger. We diluted the material reward pool so that it wasn’t just diamonds and ancient debris, and since then much more people have been choosing monetary or experience instead. Ultimately though, the way that someone chooses to open their voting package is a personal choice — so how do each of our players choose their voter payouts?

A histogram showing how frequently each player chooses each of the voting reward categories. See if you can figure out which player you are.

Of course, voting serves another purpose besides getting in-game rewards for players. Every vote makes us slightly higher on Minecraft server listing sites, and increases the chance that new people can find our small server. We’re currently rank 84 on best-minecraft-servers.co, rank 987 on minecraft-mp.com, and rank 180 on minecraft-server-list.com’s land claim section.

Every vote helps! Thank you for helping us find new players.

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New Spawn Eggs

We have a list of creature spawn eggs that we are considering putting up for sale. You get to choose which eggs.

What type of spawn eggs would you like to see in Winter’s inventory? Use this link to vote. Choose as many as you like and then click ‘Vote.’ The top two will be added to the phantom vendor inventory for players to buy with VoidCoins.

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Voting for VoidTree

Since we added in the option to vote last week, we’ve had various issues with it not working while offline, rewards not working, etc.

I am happy to announce that voting for VoidTree has been tested and works on all 4 links, regardless of whether you’re actually online while you vote. You can open your rewards packages with /openpackage.

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What’s new with Phantom Events this week?

We’ve been hard at work on improving the Phantom Events for everyone. To make them more available to our players, we’re hosting a bonus event this Monday, September 6th. So, what’s new with this event?

  • New weapon: Slayer Sword
  • New potion: Flight potion
  • New phantom: Kamikaze phantom
  • The Mother-of-all-Phantoms now drops bombs on players and has 3x the HP

We hope everyone can make it. The event is taking place at 2:00 UTC (22:00 Eastern). See you there!