Just wanted to remind everyone that we will be on our Terraria game tonight(9/9) @ 7pm PST spawning and killing the Wall of Flesh. This will flip the world to hard mode.

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Tungsten wrote on 08/09/2012 at 10:29pm

I'll be there unless my daughter is exploding or something.

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 08/09/2012 at 11:13pm

I'm going to try and get on a little early to help set up an area for the fight and brew up some potions and whatnot.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/11/2012 at 05:19am

So what's the plan? How much longer do you plan to keep it going?

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/11/2012 at 05:32am

Good question. I'll keep it up most of the weekend and turn it off Monday morning to give people more time to have fun.

It's been a fun ride :)

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/11/2012 at 05:33am

Ok so I guess that's actually all of the weekend :)

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/11/2012 at 05:40am

So, followup question-- why not keep it on? ;)

Or if you just don't want the network overhead or the box taken up by something constantly, what are our other options to keep it going? For just the 5 or so of us who play regularly, a paid server somewhere probably wouldn't be worth it.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/11/2012 at 06:03pm

Originally the server was an experiment. Would people play a CG hosted game? Would there be interest? It's something I've thought of doing for a while now and Terraria seemed like a great game to try it with and I believe it turned out really well!

I wanted a limited run because again, I wasn't sure if it would stick, it did. I am hosting it out of my house and it's fine and all but I'd like to reboot the machine and maybe try scheduling other games we could play together.

I plan on doing another CG Terraria game in the future as well so no worries on that. Having a full time win box hosted somewheres might cost a bit, no idea I just manage servers on Amazon and use Heroku so I've no knowledge of the Win side of things.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/11/2012 at 06:04pm

Plus when the game shuts down I can distribute the map file for everyone to have. :) which is cool.

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 08/11/2012 at 08:26pm

As an experiment I'd say it worked out really well then. :) I also would like to see the server keep going (There's new, tougher versions of the bosses we haven't fought yet!) but I'd also be cool with taking a break and then come back to Terraria. Maybe even on a new map that we set up now that we know more about the game. For example: I will not build NPC houses on ground level where wraiths can just float in and kill them. :P

If we do stop the Terraria server for awhile, what game are you thinking of hosting next?

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/11/2012 at 11:54pm

I would be cool with a map reset when you decide to start it back up. We could do ao much better job next time around, and we could get back to where we are now pretty quickly since we are all hardmode ready.

Definitely looking forward to the next game, whatever it may be.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/11/2012 at 11:56pm

And yeah, wbs, I took out the bottom level of the npc housing earlier and built it up again since they kept dying repeatedly and showing up in random houses.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/13/2012 at 12:02am

Another thing that we should do in a new world (or a tip for you to use in your own personal worlds):

I kept noticing large chunks of town missing, and had no clue what was causing it. Just now, I saw it. A new enemy, the clown, comes around in Blood Moons in Hard Mode. It throws bombs that blow up huge chunks of blocks.

One way to keep them out is to set up a lava moat with active stone blocks so you can switch them off during the blood moon to keep enemies out.

For those that spawn in town, you can use dungeon bricks for everything within a few blocks of ground level (so the gray bricks I put in could be dungeon bricks, and everything for the first few rows up as well, including the walls). The smiley face grenades the clown throws won't destroy those.

Also, active stone blocks around NPC housing will let you keep people on ground level if you want. This won't help with goblins, since they can pop in anywhere, but they won't be deterred by houses on the second level anyway.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/13/2012 at 12:24am

Clowns that throw bombs? Wicked! What did they destroy?

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/13/2012 at 03:23am

Lots of ground around houses. Luckily nothing really substantial just bricks and walls around ground level. One got stuck in the ground and went about 50 blocks deep.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/13/2012 at 03:25am

I think the way the game calculates everything, nothing will spawn unless someone is there to see it. I happens to go afk right before the blood moon and came back to all that destruction.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/13/2012 at 04:34am

Cool, I checked the village looks fine. Did you repair it?

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/13/2012 at 02:14pm

Yes, I had tons of dirt and gray bricks from when I dug out the trench around town.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/13/2012 at 03:05pm

Cool, thanks. Ill ensure the next time I see the Blood Moon I aim for Clowns.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/13/2012 at 08:15pm

Yeah, the next world we do, I've got some ideas to keep us safe :) I've been drawing some out, and I'm going to test them in a new world this evening.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/14/2012 at 03:00am

OK, to keep bothering everyone and bringing you back to this post... :)

I spent the night busting the hell out of demon altars. Probably about 15-20, Jon may be able to give an exact number by looking through the server logs. I may be overshooting it, honestly I'm not sure.

So, when we get the world file sent to us, you can go nuts on ore farming. I haven't touched any ore tonight, but I have seen quite a bit of each, especially adamantite when I went on a jaunt to the lower depths. (side note: Does anyone keep wanting to call that Adamantium? *snikt*)

So what's the final word? When's the server going down?

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/14/2012 at 05:13am

Lets shoot for August 18th. I take er' down, bundle up the map file and ship it off with a fond memories post.

Then we can talk about the next events we want to have. Open to suggestions, have some myself.

Oh and fear not, another Terraria server is in our future. I'm glad this will be finite, our next crack will be better in a lot of ways.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/14/2012 at 12:59pm

Well then... anyone want to shoot for some boss fights between now and August 18th? We have the upgraded versions of the Eye, Eater, and Skeletron awaiting.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/15/2012 at 12:34am

Sounds fun to me. What day/time?

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/15/2012 at 04:06pm

If you're closing it down on Saturday, I guess we could shoot for Saturday! That should give us some time to get geared up. All adamantite gear, etc.

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 08/15/2012 at 04:33pm

Saturday night? I should be able to make it on then. Let's kill some bosses! :)

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/15/2012 at 04:36pm

I'll get back in and try to smash some more altars between now and then. There's now one almost directly under town that I will leave alone. Any others are fair game.

Tungsten wrote on 08/15/2012 at 07:06pm

I'll do what I can. School starts up this weekend, so I'm a bit busy. If I can't make it, it has been fun. Looking forward to the next server.

On a side note, what other games could we do this with (other than minecraft)?

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/15/2012 at 08:00pm

I wouldn't be opposed to Minecraft. I played it for a couple of hours and wrote it off, but after Terraria I'm second guessing that decision.

I do like the idea of something with small(ish) dedicated servers, and I love creating things with you guys. I don't know of anything else in that bag o' tricks.

Or, maybe we can do Diablo in a few weeks when it gets patched up :) It would be hard to stay within level range though.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/16/2012 at 12:59am

Was talking to @WhiteboySlim today about it and I think go a different direction with Lord of the Rings Online. Its a free to play MMO thats pretty fun. We could all play on the Riddermark server and just have fun Hobbit style.

I have a Dwarf but I may re-roll as a Hobbit or Human. Anyways, after you do the newb zone stuff its not to hard to get between the zones to meet up with people.

Thoughts?

Oh and about this Saturday I can do that depending on the time.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/16/2012 at 02:44am

I may sit that one out, may not. With the exception of FFXI I've never liked an MMO, and the reason I stopped FFXI is because it quickly started feeling like work. Plus that's not really something you play for a few weeks and then move on to something else.

But I may give it a shot if that's where we go.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/16/2012 at 02:56am

Its just a thought. I picked it up for a few weeks and let it go. Its mostly quests, crafting, killing stuff and joining up with your party.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/16/2012 at 02:30pm

Sure, sorry if I sounded more critical than intended :)

I don't know if anyone has any experience with TF2 (I do, just on 360, so nothing like what's available now on PC) but they just released a full co-op expansion, Mann vs. Machine. That may also be worth looking into.

You should do a poll after a few games come up in discussion. :)

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/16/2012 at 03:48pm

I am thinking Team Fortress 2 might be a good option too. Ill circulate something soon. :)

Tungsten wrote on 08/16/2012 at 09:58pm

Les Do it

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/17/2012 at 01:19am

Cool. Sounds like a Plan then!

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/18/2012 at 03:01am

OK with regards to Terraria and the bosses tomorrow, I went through and smashed about 10 more altars. They're getting harder to find, and thus more annoying. But hopefully by now there's enough ore around for everyone to make some good gear.

If there's enough interest, how about tomorrow at 10 or 11 EST (7 or 8 PST)? It's Saturday night so I should be wide awake for longer than my normal weekday time. Or I can do earlier. Or we could do Sunday. I'm wide-open this weekend for the first time in ages-- no plans AT ALL.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/18/2012 at 03:05am

See you tomorrow!

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/18/2012 at 07:02pm

OK, I have made a hardmode boss arena, to the east of town. You'll see the platform leading up to it that can be toggled on or off right outside, above the greenhouse. I also dumped a ton of cobalt, mythril, and adamantite in the lost-and-found so if anyone needs new gear, now's the time! Please only take as much as you need, and as I said before, there should be plenty ripe for the mining after destroying all those altars.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/19/2012 at 06:27am

The new arena is rad. After you left WhiteboySlim and I tried The Destroyer.... Wow. We died a few times and it de-spawned. Ive had that happen where you die and the boss leaves. Odd.

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/19/2012 at 02:29pm

I think if everyone is dead at once the boss will despawn

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