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The Pokemon Server: A History

Started by synderfin, Jul 28, 2019, 04:06 am

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synderfin

Jul 28, 2019, 04:06 am Last Edit: Sep 11, 2019, 11:31 pm by synderfin
So today is my 8 year anniversary on the server and I'm starting a new project. After my colossal retelling of my time as a builder last year, reaching over 7K words, I have run out of big stories for the time being. However, after reading my post, stuffjunk jokingly suggested I should write a history of the Pokemon Server, which is exactly what I'm going to do!

The Pokemon Server: A History

This is an ongoing project that I will continue to add to and develop, with the goal of producing an inclusive look at our entire shared experience on the Server. To begin I'm going to work my way through the signs displayed in the secret Great Library, listing the biggest events in Server history, and explain them. Some of these events are before my time or without my involvement and I'll need help from those that know the details. Admins; feel free to make edits/additions to my post.

I'm not sure how this project is going to evolve from here. I'll continue to work on it when I feel like it but I also want input from the community. If you have something you want to write about, an event or fond memory, feel free to do so in replies to this thread. Let's pull together everything we can remember!
I have an ongoing list of random server memories on a Pages document of mine. Within the week I'm going to copy that list onto here and expand on each point. Even if you just have a few dot points of server memories, feel free to share.


Prelude
The Pokemon Server was founded on May 8th, 2011, by three users; ILickWindows, Paradox1223 and Gladosexe. These three were members of a Steam friends group called 'Just Plain Ol Gaming' or JPOG for short. The idea was to recreate the world of Pokemon in Minecraft, with a PvP system that would allow users to challenge player-run gyms and eventually become champion. To begin with they built the Kanto region from Red and Blue, however, at the time creative mode was yet to be introduced to Minecraft, meaning the region had to be built in survival mode. For this, they brought on many people to help with the project, such as later admin 1cec0ld, who had to plant and maintain a birch tree farm to supply the wood to build the Nugget Bridge as his first contribution.
With the first region complete, the server was ready to become one of the most popular and long running servers in Minecraft history.

The Big Events

First Champion
The first user to collect all 8 badges and become champion was Thort, who also managed to reach the level of admin. A monument was built at the summit of Mt. Silver to commemorate Thort, making him the 'Red' of the server. The warp to spectate elite/champ fights was also affectionately called '/warp stfuthort.'

The 1ce Age
Shortly after being appointed to admin (c. May 2011), 1cec0ld was given full access to the server's files as the blindly trusted, tech-savvy fresh face. When trying to add rules to the Essentials config.yml, however, they added the rule 'don't be rude,' which broke the entire file and disabled Essentials for a day. This provided for an iconic beginning to this new admin's career.
Still not as bad as ILickWindows accidentally deleting the server ...twice.

Iron Door Incident
Rigby was trying to WorldEdit in some iron doors at a house in Pewter City(?) but accidentally had one of his WE markers left on the other side of the map so when he //set the doors it covered the whole map in them. This crashed the server, meaning the doors had to be cleaned up by hand.
Surely such a simple mistake wouldn't happen again...

Lonely Furnace Meeting
Vitto3332 was bored and began a trend of leaving random furnaces all over the place between Viridian City and the Cycling Road (c. 2011).

Admin Castle
This was a giant castle build that was copied on by the staff team to be an admin-exclusive location. It was located far north of Pewter City and was out-of-bounds to regular users, by use of a WorldGuard region. All we could see from a distance were the stone towers and custom builds and pixel art surrounding the complex. In later years, when's its use began to fade, 1ce replaced it with a custom build.

Pewter Police
Player-former police department to protect new users. Led by yours truly. For the full story: https://www.pokemonserver.net/forum/index.php?topic=5836.0

The Teams (Resistance, Exile, Gemstone, etc.)
These were player-formed factions that worked together on shared wild bases and feuded with each other.
The link above covers most of what I know about the teams. I'm sure there are those that could provide a much deeper look at their formation, history and operation, if they feel inclined.

Redwool Incident
Much like the Rigby's iron door incident, 1ce was trying to WE in some red wool in his alt Gilguy's house, on that account. He accidentally left a marker in Gil's VIP, however, causing a large chunk of the map to be turned to red wool, between the bank in Viridian City all the way to Goldenrod City. 1ce managed to stop the server quickly but WorldEdit had already processed certain blocks - mostly chests in the bank, resulting in a lot of manual reimbursing of items.
The period of server downtime caused by this incident happened on my 1 year anniversary, inspiring me to write my first server story (about my 1st day) while we waited. So in a way, this history project may never have happened if not for this event occurring on July 28th, 2012.

Zombie Mountain KOTH
Back in 2011/2012, then admin zombiedood built a giant mountain with surrounding hellscape environment. It was located in the middle of the sea out past Cinnabar Island, in a massive hole that reached bedrock. With the radiating lava to compliment, it was a terrifying sight. Zombie would often run King of the Hill events where the first player that could reach the summit of the mountain would win a prize. However, it was not an easy climb and often Zombie would fly around and ambush the competitors. If you died, you'd respawn in Pallet Town and do your best to rush back. It was a fun event while it lasted. Eventually the mountain was removed, for reasons I'm unaware.

Mob Arena
For a while the server had the Mob Arena plugin, which would allow players to attempt to survive in an enclosed space while constant waves of mobs would spawn. The staff retrofitted a number of iconic builds around the map into mob arenas, including the Pokemon Tower and the Ruins of Alph. The Pokemon tower required at least five players, making it into a fun group challenge inside the ominous interior. We would fight together until we'd be eventually be overwhelmed by the increasing difficulty of the waves, all the while receiving op item rewards. A fond memory of mine was when our group in the Pokemon Tower started to get overwhelmed, we all rushed to climb atop a monument, where we held in a circle, doing our parts to keep the oncoming mobs from reaching us. It was truly epic.

TeamSpeak Karaoke
Our old TeamSpeak server had a great many functions including hosting admin meetings and being a general place for people to chat (until it was taken over by the Germans). One ongoing channel was 1ce's karaoke where 1ce would occasionally sing along to songs for everyone to listen to, such as 'Call Me Maybe.' I fondly remember one time tuning in to 1ce finishing with "I'm glad you came, I'm glad you came (all over me)."
Paradox and Oddy also had a rendition of I'm a Barby Girl that was mesmerising. I believe it was recorded by I tragically don't have a copy to share.

PokeNews
For a short while, the server had a partnership with a member of Machinima. Through this birthed a short-lived, 2-episode YouTube series called 'PokeNews' which was a high-production, comedy series that covered the big news of the server, such as elite fights and other pvp events that I was too unskilled to be apart of. The hosts were Oddyguy and Zoomzen and they're guests for each episode were Rigby and DjScorsy. Sadly the videos were (recently) privated so I cant share them. My most noteworthy memories were Dj progressively stripping as the interview continued and everything always devolving into a fight to the death at the end.
Eventually 1ce nuked the Machinima base and the PokeNews Studio with it after the partnership ended.

Zombie's End
When the End was first added to Minecraft, it was out-of-bounds to most players on the server. However, then admin zombiedood decided to turn the floating island into his own estate. He built a large mansion there but could only show it off to members of the staff team that could access it. I learnt this the hard way by winning a Christmas present raffle to get to visit it but not being able to with my permissions. I do remember hanging out with Zombie and then moderator Anniiee one time and Anniiee transcribing her experience from getting to visit. While there, Zombie locked her in his underground dungeon where he had also trapped a bunch of endermen to keep her company.

The Great Castelia Flood
The curse of the misplaced WE marker strikes again! Back in the days of our first Unova build (c. 2012), Tene was Worldediting in some light blue wool as part of our Castelia City build. However, they accidentally miss-clicked and left one of their WE selection coords back on Route 18, causing a massive flood of light blue wool to blanket Castelia and its surroundings. This caused the server to crash, meaning it all had to be cleaned up by hand. The catastrophe has become an iconic memory of the New Map project.

Trial Mods
Traditionally, the admins have collectively approved new moderators. However, in January 2013 they had the idea of letting each admin choose someone to be their personal 'trial mod' who they would be responsible to train and monitor until they had proven themselves competent enough to become a proper mod. This lack of collective oversight led to some problematic choices. Chief among them was Casseyx3 who Ali chose due to having a crush on her but ended up being kind of crazy and ragequit after getting demoted, due to Ali already having a mod. Mariofighter3 also caused a drama from using his mod powers to break a sign in someone's house that insulted him. Overall, this idea caused a number of dramas and somewhat of a revolving door of mods until it was discontinued. A few trial mods did make it through the process, however, such as Archiesalt.

Kirpi's Copy
Probably the most archetypal villain and adversary of the server, Kipri2011 was once a member who liked the idea of Pokemon in Minecraft but didn't like some of the decisions of the admin team. As such, he downloaded a program that allowed you to copy the maps off of different Minecraft servers. Kirpi used this to steal our map and with it started his own Pokemon Server.
However, he was no match for the apparent charisma(?) of 1ce who was able to persuade Kirpi's brother into giving him operator permission. 1ce then immediately banned Kirpi's brother, along with Kirpi himself, before inviting everyone from our server on and giving us all OP. We then proceeded to mass grief Kirpi's server. This was a fun event as we essentially got to see what it was like to destroy our own map that was always protected.
It amounted in a chaotic experience with lava and tnt going off everywhere, while the chat was filled with spam. At one point, Mario tried to ban every one of Kirpi's staff but accidentally banned 1ce in the process, who was using the nrs_joy account.
I personally remember trying to spawn in the newly introduced wither and it not working and then was covering the Pokemon Tower in lava when the server eventually crashed under the lag from the mass WE lava griefing.
Safe to say, after this point, Kirpi didn't try to steal our map again...

Cianwood Sugarcane Fields
Originally started by Gilguy (1ce's alt) then expanded by other users, this was a ginormous field covered in sugarcane, stretching row after row for hundreds of blocks. Hidden out past Cianwood City, this was a relatively secret location that only a handful of veteran players knew about. They provided a great opportunity for players to level up their mcmmo herbalism stat with multiple levels gained just from one run through of the boundless fields. Tene and Omastar's herbalism got so high that people accused them of hacking. There was a fire pit at the fields so people could discard their leftover sugarcane stacks from the leveling. However, one user (me) decided to keep all their sugarcane stacks and start an enterprise. SharkCo. sold the highest quality, low-cost sugarcane on the server!

1ce City
1ce decided to replace Admin Castle with a city, which he created as a test using a Minecraft plugin that generates towns and cities with basic building designs in a grid formation. He would go onto use this plugin on his idea for a religion-themed server.
The city was a cool build to explore with ice for the roads.
1ce ended up nuking 1ce City, leaving a giant crater.

Pixelmon Server
In 2014, with the revival of the Pixelmon mod, the staff decided that we would finally fulfill the 'WhErE aRe AlL tHe PoKeMaNs?' question we received from many new users not expecting PvP despite having no mods installed. Using Bukkit Forge, we were able to release our own pixelmon server, alongside our PvP one, letting people choose which version they preferred. For the map we used a draft version of our new Kanto build. The server operated similar to the PvP server, with hunger still implemented to many's dismay. To buy the Pokemart items, such as new pokeballs, you would trade mob drops from defeated wild Pokemon.
Something unique was that the gym system operated in order, meaning you had to defeat Pewter first, then Cerulean and so on rather than challenging in any order you liked. However, this slower process along with the fact that there was not much else to do beyond challenge the gym system resulted in many people abandoning the Pixelmon Server. While the mod served as a cool gimmick, it didn't offer much long term fun as simply an inferior counterpart to the games.
Regardless, it was interesting while it lasted. My most noteworthy memory was the time 1ce accidentally lit my newly caught vulpix on fire, killing it. As reconciliation, he spawned me in a shiny vulpix to catch, which I named Sasha.
Eventually the server was shut down with only the PvP Server persisting.

Completion of the New Map
The New Map was the great build project started in Feb 2012 that was not completed until April 2019, causing it to be an ongoing occurrence while many of the other events on this list were taking place. While the original map, built in May/June/July 2011, had only Kanto and then Johto later that year, this project sought to have a new line-up of every region and was eventually released with Kanto-Sinnoh, with later regions in WIP to be released at a later date. Many redos and epic tales took place over the adventure.
For the full story, primarily from my perspective: https://www.pokemonserver.net/forum/index.php?topic=5855.0
The following major events are covered in this link:
-Archie/War Nether Incident
-Voxel Hoenn
-Super Smash Bros. Server

Feather Fight for Champion
An epic battle for the first champion title on the New Map that took almost 2 hours due to the battle rules only allowing feathers as weapons.
For the full story (and videos): https://forum.pokemonserver.net/index.php?topic=17.0
Formerly known as sharkfin1997/cynderfin
Only user who knows what 'ltns' means :/
Owner of SharkCo.
Sheriff of the Pewter Police
Donator
All regions builder
Fuchsia City Gym Leader
Official MC forum watcher
Favourite server quotes:
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Showdown Playlist: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11VhccY0GsKyHRUFT8LyRGKMmSIidbOrzvkCa_TpgBUo

tenebrae


1cec0ld

Don't we have a post character limit? Good grief. TL;DR pls

synderfin

Quote from: 1cec0ld on Aug 16, 2019, 11:53 amDon't we have a post character limit? Good grief. TL;DR pls
Don't worry, my next story, "1ce's appreciated contributions to the conversation: an obituary" will be leagues shorter!

But also ty ty for reminding me to add to the post. Still gotta convert my big list of server memories. :v
Formerly known as sharkfin1997/cynderfin
Only user who knows what 'ltns' means :/
Owner of SharkCo.
Sheriff of the Pewter Police
Donator
All regions builder
Fuchsia City Gym Leader
Official MC forum watcher
Favourite server quotes:
Click to see: ShowHide



Showdown Playlist: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11VhccY0GsKyHRUFT8LyRGKMmSIidbOrzvkCa_TpgBUo

1cec0ld

Obituary? What died, my appreciated contributions or the conversation?