Sterlcraft » Starters Guide
Sterlcraft is a somewhat basic Bukkit-type server, but those who are accustomed to vanilla Minecraft might not understand how to use many of the features available, or what features are available. Following is a simple guide which should help new players get the hang of the server in a jiffy.
Before anything else, though, read the rules.
This guide is a work-in-progress!
The first few days
Upon first joining Sterlcraft, you'll receive a starter kit consisting of a set of iron tools, 32 wood and 8 loaves of bread. Your economy balance starts off with Σ1000, which should enable you to buy some basic things from the shops in town (easily located by selecting “Shops” on the server Dynmap).
Player-versus-player (PVP) combat and hostile monsters are enabled from the get-go. Only the Spawn building itself is immune to hostile mobs; once you exit, you're on your own! If you're unfamiliar with Survival mode and/or the combat system, you can skim through the combat tutorial and crafting recipes on the Minecraft Wiki.
You can gather crops and/or animals at the public farm (coords. -160, 210) to sate your hunger. However, for each animal you slaughter or take, you should breed the same animal enough times to compensate for what you've taken. Similarly, when reaping crops, plant the corresponding seed or root to compensate.
If you need somewhere to sleep and set up camp while you gather supplies to build your home, you can simply use the beds located in the basement level of the Spawn building. Alternatively (and preferably), there's a hotel north-west of Spawn (coords. -235, 160). Each room contains a bed, chest and furnace. To use the elevator within the building, right-click on the signs that say “Lift Up” or “Lift Down” to go up and down, respectively.
Horses don't usually roam around spruce forests, but they can be found near Spawn so new players can easily acquire and tame one. Saddles are usually difficult to come by, but on Sterlcraft you can buy one near the stables (coords. -240, 170). This will enable quicker traversion of the server's extensive network of gravel roads (visible on the server Dynmap).
If you prefer to travel on water—or if you wish to go past the main continent on which you spawned—perhaps boats would be more useful. There are docks and canals spotted throughout the server, even more extensive then the roads. Marked waterways are depicted on the Dynmap as well.
When you inevitably die for the first time, don't be alarmed. Type
/back to teleport back to the place you died and gather your items and some of your experience. Be careful, though; if you died in a lava pit or at the bottom of the ocean, you'll just get scorched or suffocated again!
Teleportation functionality similar to
/back can also get you to Spawn, your dwellings and (in the future) some other hotspots. You can mark up to three homes using
/sethome home_name, and travel to any of those spots at any time using
/home home_name. Typing
/overworld simply takes you to the Spawn building, and
/sandbox will take you to the Pixel Art and Sandbox worlds respectively.
As stated in the rules, you shouldn't build right near the Spawn town unless you're competent and well-dressed. However, anywhere else is completely free game! An extensive network of roads, railways and waterways is available with which you can explore uninhabited areas. If you're looking for a specific biome, check out the Biome map on the Dynmap; beware that it might just take a while to find what you want!
Griefing and protection
As the server logs block interactions (and can easily roll back changes), a grief prevention plugin isn't installed. In other words, you can't prevent someone from desecrating your build, but you can get it restored exactly as it was if it does end up desecrated. In previous incarnations of Sterlcraft, prevention plugins caused more trouble than good: false positives popped up all the time; players claimed more than was necessary; and the programs themselves were buggy and resource-intensive. What to take away from this convoluted paragraph: your items and builds are safe, though in a different way than other servers.
Contrary to what was just said: you can prevent unauthorised players from entering your house and/or taking your stuff. Simply right-click a chest, door, furnace &c., and LWC will do the rest. This—as opposed to a full grief protection system—helps prevent opportistic theft, making players who want to grief put in a lot more work than would be otherwise.
Cheats and Creative mode
Upon joining the server, you'll be in the ~Player rank. This comes with limited abilities, however; you can only play in basic Survival mode with a restricted set of blocks. Once you're found to be trustworthy by the staff and community, you can advance to the ~Member rank. This allows you to toggle flight with
/fly, use lava and fire, and even
Further up on the ladder is the ~Artist rank, awarded to those who show significant abilities in overall playing. This opens up accessing “secret blocks”, WorldEdit and other useful tools to streamline building. Politely ask a staff member and you might just get it!
The Craftbook plugin supplies—amongst several other features—a TreeLopper functionality. If you cut down a piece of wood with an iron axe or better, it takes all the leaves and logs above it and drops them, somewhat mimicking a real-life fell of a tree. While this is useful for clearing land or farming trees, it can be really annoying and even detrimental to building, as TreeLopper doesn't discriminate between the natural and the manmade. To toggle the functionality, simply
Interacting with other players
While you can play lone-wolf and isolate yourself from other players, it's more fun to play together! Sterlcraft implements some commonplace features to streamline and simplify the multiplayer aspect of Minecraft.
Sterlcraft implements the simple, currency-based Essentials economy. To pay another player for items or service, use
/pay player. To check your balance, use
/bal. And to see what an item might be worth, you can use
/worth. That's all that's to it.
If you wish to automate the selling and/or buying of goods, however, you can set up a ChestShop. All it takes is a sign and a chest! There's a small market square in the center of town (southwest of the Spawn building) where you can set up a couple chests if you'd prefer; or, if you want to go full-on and sell lots of things, feel free to erect your own store!
In addition to teleporting to major places on the server, you can also teleport to another player as well as request they teleport to you. Simply type
/tpa player_name to request to teleport to them, or
/tpahere player_name vice versa.