Introduction I've been noticing many beginners taking up Minecraft in our server, and instead of having to burn time explaining a thousand things to all of them, I thought... "Why not make a dedicated thread that they can refer to?" So here's the thread! I wrote this for the beginner to Xeal Minecraft. Feel free to pm me on stuff to add on, so we won't clog up this thread like mad. My reference list: http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/ http://www.youtube.com/ http://www.google.com/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Starting out in Xeal There are two ways you got onto our server. First, a friend referred you to us. If that's so, then congratulations! You have a guide to show you the ropes, teach you what to do and what not to do. Second, you found us. Well, no worries since we have staff and various players who would be more than willing to show you around. You'll be fine! Regardless of how you found us, the point of this thread is that there are still things unique to Xeal and Minecraft that you can easily miss out. As with any other multiplayer private server out there, the first thing you must do now is to read the rules. Yes, read it now: http://xealgaming.net/pages/rules/ After you have read the rules, I bet you're wondering where the heck you were when you spawned and went through the registration process. You're in The Hub, a place where you can't hurt or destroy anything because it isn't yours. In The Hub, take your time to explore the world around you. You will be coming back to this place from time to time. Poke at things, step on pressure plates, don't be afraid to die in The Hub. Go ahead, drown in the AFK Zone's waters if you wish. Just explore until you are satisfied. During your first few minutes of exploration, you may notice the chat seems to be going crazy with everyone speaking all at once. Next, you will notice that everyone has either Novice, Initiate, Adept, Skilled, Expert, Legend, Donor, Donor+, Helper, Builder, or Moderator just before their name. View attachment 876 Those are Ranks. Those titles are divided between Player and Staff ranks. At this point in time, you only need to know that playing on Xeal for 10 hours will allow you to apply for the rank of Initiate. Being an initiate simply means that you now know enough of the game and server to explore the world on your own without giving up and dying repeatedly from mismanagement of hunger. To learn more about player rank application, check out this thread: http://xealgaming.net/threads/read-before-applying-or-instant-deny.256/ Now you may be wondering: What's this voting thing that the server keeps spamming me about? Well, for people new to private servers in multiplayer games, Xeal is a private server founded and run by Wuggle. Most private servers run on two models: Free to play Pay to play Being a pay-to-play private server requires royalty fees paid to the game studio, assuming they don't issue you a lawyer's letter. With this in mind, an overwhelming majority of private servers are free to play. However, this means that the server relies on various sources of income to survive. Some private servers use paid advertisements, but what Xeal does is to use a donation model. If you like Xeal, donate. It doesn't have to be a huge sum, a couple of dollars from everyone every month will keep the server hardware alive and thriving. Voting is important because it gets Xeal more players. Imagine a scenario where Xeal can host 499 players, but we have less than 10 players on our server. It would be no different from hosting a small LAN party with friends. With so little players on the server, it will become a single-player experience 95% of the time. So while you have your fun on Xeal, set aside a few dollars every week and save up to donate to Xeal. Take just 10 minutes everyday, to access the voting page to vote for Xeal. You make a huge difference in determining the kind of experience you get on a private server, so don't ever give up voting and donating. To find all the links for voting, go here: http://xealgaming.net/pages/vote/ By the way, if you're playing on a cracked version of Minecraft, some of the voting sites may not register your vote. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Using Basic Server Commands Now, you need to learn how to use the server commands properly beyond just login and register. As a Novice, there are many commands available to you on Xeal that vastly improves the quality of your life as a beginner on Minecraft. The very first thing that you must do is to check out the All Commands List by the founder here: http://xealgaming.net/threads/all-commands-list.675/ Executing any command in game requires you to begin the command with a backslash. For example, if I wanted to set a new warp point for myself, it would look like this: /sethome AnySingleWordHereOfYourChoice Then, the server will respond with an acknowledgement or a denial of my command. That is basically how you use server commands. The critical commands that you must be familiar with are listed in priority as follows: /helpop /sethome /home /delhome /bal /kit /sell /jobs /pay /msg /tpa /tpahere /go shop /warp /stats /plotme /tptoggle /go hub Some commands require longer inputs to work. That brings me to my next point: Using the in-game /help function. This isn't meant to be a comprehensive manual on Xeal's Minecraft experience, so I will teach you how to be independent. Go on. Type /Help in the chat and explore the commands yourself. Alternatively, any command followed by a question mark will tell the server to show you what other available secondary commands are linked to it and so on. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jobs and Survival After leaving The Hub, you may be staring at some of the houses that other players have, and wondering how long it would take for you to reach that point of luxury. Don't worry. Xeal gamers are generally nice, and they will take time to give you some food or items to start you on your way. My advice for you is this: Don't feel pressured in Minecraft. Minecraft is one of those rare games that allow you to play however you wish. Before you wander too far away from The Hub, my suggestion is for you to choose a job first. Jobs help you to earn money very quickly and also ensure that you will always have sufficient money to buy food using the /kit command. Read the descriptions carefully, and explore how each job earns you money and experience points (exp). Exp in this game is used for enchanting books and items, so be aware that certain actions can cause you to lose exp. For example, as a miner I cannot place ore blocks down as I lose exp from doing so. So take your time to look through the jobs available and choose any three jobs. There are three points to note in choosing jobs: Farming potatoes and carrots earns you thousands of dollars very very quickly with minimal risk and equipment needed. You only need a bucket, hoe, lots of land, and the potato/carrots that you get from /kit. From that point on, every harvest can be used to make increasingly more food and sow more plots. This is taking into account that the act of manually breaking crops and selling those same crops earn you money! Eventually, you get to a point where you can venture into automated meat farms. Mining and digging are the slowest in their rate of earning money. As a miner and a digger, I have broken about 54k blocks and broken 399 tools. I still have less than $100k in my balance. I spend time fending off monsters, and spend too much money on repairing tools. Much of my time is also spent chopping trees for charcoal and wood to make torches, plowing through crop fields so that I have food to feed myself and not starve. The good thing is that I earn exp really really quickly as a miner and digger. I can enchant at least 4 books within the span of 2 hours. You find resources like redstone, lapis lazuli, diamonds, and emeralds very quickly. To earn money quickly, I highly encourage being a Ranger as well. Enchanter, Brewer, Blacksmith, Ranger, Fisherman are all unique jobs that offer you a very different style of play. Take time to think about what you might enjoy doing, so there is no rush for you to choose a job!