I knew my son would be happy once he got home from school that we had a server that we could connect to. While he was at school I set it up and made sure that we both could connect and spawn in a safe place, which I built. We played for a long time. He died more often and needed my help too often. He also has this annoying tendency of getting right in front of me, especially while I'm mining or attacking, so he gets hit by me often enough. This is the thing that frustrates me most about the game now. Also having him next to me and constantly saying, "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!" gets annoying, too. So, we're going to have to learn some Minecraft server courtesies like not walking right in front of someone while they're attacking a mob.
The one visual difference between us is that he has a custom skin. I don't know how or why as I haven't researched skins, so my character, "GregoPeck," looks like Steve. Usually, I die less and have a higher level (they go hand in hand). I've learned some very basic commands, since I enabled Cheats, such as healing and teleporting characters to each other. I often use it to heal myself or teleport him to me as we get separated. That's something else we do, is get separated. I often go wander, looking for something, and he ends up going on way ahead or in another direction. This is also due to how often I mine things I see, like coal. However, by wandering off, he came into a pack of wolves. He tamed two and bred for another. He was jealous of my level (47 or so) and I was jealous that he had dogs.
Today, he said he was jealous because I was at a high level and I had started on the server earlier than he did and therefore had more of an advantage. I also had a house built, caves found and mined, wheat farm going, and was working on getting some cows penned up by the time he joined. So, today he wanted me to create a new world for the server, so we could start out and build together. I didn't know how to do this, but my habit is to get on Google when I want to know how to do something. While I read a simple solution, I found my own. I created a backup folder in the server folder and moved the world folder to it. This I did after closing down the server. Then I restarted the server and we were on a new world together starting out. Luckily we spawned near a few caves and didn't have much trouble getting iron and coal. So, for now, we've set up camp just inside a cave in a hill. The cave ended up leading to a ravine in which we found red stone, waterfalls, and lava. He found a diamond, but lost it by dying in lava.
Anyway, if you'd like to join our server, please let me know and I'll be happy to send you the IP address (and port number) so you can use "Direct Connect" after clicking on "Multiplayer" in the main menu. I'm not sure how long I'll have the server up, but I'll try to keep it up as long as I can. I explained to my son why it's better that my super computer run the server instead of his. I usually leave my computer on and have so far only closed the server to reboot my computer or it. Anyway, we'll see what happens.
What's next? Oh can't you see it?! Terraria. Yes, sometime in the future we'll look into that. =)