That was Soundwaves Minecraft 2015

So how was Soundwaves Minecraft for you this year? 🙂 For me (SabineMine), 2015 was possibly the most active Soundwaves Minecraft Project yet… I spent most of my afternoons online, and had a great time digging out my big hole (if you get a copy of the world – see below – and look at it, it’s just the beginning of a big mine – my residence is called SabineMinesHere – and that’s what it turned out to be!), having a look at what others were doing, exploring the Nether and playing a little bit in our parallel Survival world.

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So many things went on during the week, people came and built their competition entry, and then stayed to explore, build something together, go on adventures in the Nether or the Survival World, and then there was, of course, the online party – that party zone was amazing, thank you so much, everyone who helped prepare it!

The Wrap Party

One day’s rest for the players, a day of preparation & judging for the ops – and then it there was the party on Sunday. After a week of making new friends online, of meeting old friends again (and being very impressed by their ever-increasing Minecraft building skills) and spending time with them in our world, this is where we got to see (nearly) everyone in real life. I think our project is very special in that it brings together Minecrafters across a range of ages, who are all part of the Skerries community. Where else can you play on a safe server with people you know in real life? Great to put faces to names.

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The one-hour party was full-on. Printouts of many of the builds! (By no way each of them, but loads and loads.) A video of our world! A Lego corner! A colouring table! Popcorn, marshmallows and other treats! And of course: The Minecraft Build Off, ably orchestrated by Wututui aka Ciarán. As you can see from the pictures, people were busy!

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Images: Caroline Curley.

All our 2015 winners

It was an indication of the great buzz we had on the server this year that so many came to the party – practically all players were there on Sunday. And in my mind, everyone who was part of the 2015 project was a winner. Having said that, we did have a few prizes to give out… First of all for the competition on the day:

The Minecraft Build Off

26 participants. 2 minutes per round. 3 rounds. A lot of excitement and cheering from the crowd. And then it was clear… the winners were:

1st: Pukamay (again!)

2nd: Cocopoppy

3rd: Trevorpat

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Images: Caroline Curley.

And the 2015 Soundwaves Minecraft Project Winners are….

For the fourth time now, Liam O’Donnell http://liamodonnell.com/  aka Praxismaxis did the judging. Liam is an award-winning author, teacher, and Minecraft fan. He came online from Toronto, where he lives (very useful for a judge to come from far, far away), and we spent a very pleasant yet busy four hours online on Saturday afternoon, virtually walking around the server while he told me via Skype what he thought of the build, and how much he enjoys judging this competition, and how he’d love to come to Skerries soon (he has family in Dublin and is overdue a visit there), while he was filling in a shared Google doc with his comments and rankings. Technology, eh? Minecraft server, Skype, Google docs all at once!  [We’ll have to have a mini party for him when he does come, what do you think?]

In some categories, we had more entries than in others, so Liam picked between 1 and 3 winners and up to two Honourable Mentions.

Skerries Category, Minor Miner (2nd class and younger)

1st place: Cartmaster: Rockabill.

2nd place: Stampyjackcrilly: ImageDepot

Fantasy Category, Minor Miner (2nd class and younger)

1st place: SamuelP2007: SeaCastle

2nd place: 123danamal: TheTowerOfSkerries

3rd place: AwesomeDog2007: Megacinema

Skerries Category, Junior Miner (3rd and 4th class)

1st place: Tennislad: TennHouse

Fantasy Category, Junior Miner (3rd and 4th class)

1st place: BayernMo: stumble_stairs

2nd place: epic_olaf64: RapunzelsTower

3rd place: IronMiner2015: lasership

Honourable Mention: TREVORPAT: BIGHOUSE

Skerries Category, Senior Miner (5th class and older)

1st place: theloopyunicorn: StormInATeacup

2nd place: IRISHPROGAMEZ: BlueBar

3rd place: CILLIAN676: CrowMan

Fantasy Category, Senior Miner (5th class and older)

1st place: Hogmaster234: TheParkourPalace

2nd place: CILLIAN676: SoundwavesCastle

3rd place: theloopyunicorn: BigSteve

Honourable Mention: Riona2003: treetops

Honourable Mention: pukamay: arcade_machien

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Images: Caroline Curley (additional images: Michael McKenna, Skerries Camera Club).

Do have a look at their builds (and the many other great creations) on the 2015 world, which you can download for yourself (see below)!

The 2015 world for you to download

Would you like to “own” our final Soundwaves Minecraft 2015 world? Then follow the link.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/85f9awslerukiwf/MCSW2015.zip?dl=0

Download the zip and unzip it, then place it into your Minecraft Worlds folder. To find that, go to file manager and search for %appdata% – you should see a folder called .minecraft – and inside that folder, find the folder “saves” and unzip the Zip file into it. It should look like this:

click here to search for Minecraft where to put your world folder

Now, a word of warning – it’s just a copy of the world, without all the bells and whistles that came with the server, so no protecting, /home, /spawn etc. But on the upside – it’s yours to do with as you please! 😀

A bonus fromDescent-2015cover-700H our judge: A free Minecraft eBook for you to download!

Liam O’Donnell, our esteemed judge, is also an author of books for young readers, and he has written a number of Minecraft-based books. He has kindly offered a free copy to the participants of the Skerries Minecraft Project – all you have to do is to go to this link http://liamodonnell.com/free-minecraft-book/ and enter your email address, and “Descent into Overworld” is yours.

That’s it for this year!

We’d like to thank Storm in a Teacup in MinecraftStorm in a Teacup for sponsoring the three first prizes in the Skerries category, and Caroline Curley for the fantastic photographs she sent us. Additional photography
by Michael McKenna, Skerries Camera Club.

A big thank-you to Soundwaves for giving us the opportunity to run this unique event, to Ciarán McKenna, organiser, tech wiz & op, and Mat May, organiser, creator of this accurate Minecraft representation of Skerries, designer of our posters, certificates, badges. I myself, as organiser and op, had a great time and hope that we’ll see you again!

In 6 days from this...

In 6 days from this…

... to that: Note all the builds in this Minecraft-generated map of

… to that: Note all the builds in this Minecraft-generated map of “our world”!

Don’t you just love our 2015 video?

And here are lots and lots of screen shots. Enjoy! Click into any pictures to see them large! “Esc” to get back to the blog.

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