Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Pokemon Day. How many of you have picked up Sun and Moon yet? That's all fine and good, but are you looking for something to complete them? Something a bit more... blocky?
I'm introducing today my first attempt at a Minecraft modded server, featuring PixelMon - play Pokemon within Minecraft! Budding trainers will be exploring the new region of Takao (map). There are a total of 429 different critters that can be found and collected at this point.
I must say that this setup is more primitive than I wanted it to. It has taken a lot of time to get to this point, yet it'll need more attention before it gets to the level I want it to be. Some key components are already in:
- DynMap (server map)
- Home and area protections (by staff)
- Global chat link-up (+ IRC integration)
Note that chests are NOT locked by default in there, so protect your stuff accordingly. The world itself is mostly untouched, so everything needs to be done. Wanna be the very best, like no one ever was? To catch them is your real test? You want to travel across the land to fill up your Pokedex? Then get busy!
One important thing to note: basically the entire mode runs separately to everything else we've had so far. Updates are separate, plugins are different, the achievements or stats tracking don't apply to Takao, etc, etc. The only thing in common is the IRC link-up so you can chat with everyone else, and that Creeper's Lab touch you've come to love.
There are several key gameplay differences to vanilla Minecraft. Of course, you can find and battle Pokemon, so they're all over the place, spawning differently in each biome. Minecraft's mobs are disabled, so no green explody cucumber to surprise you. The gameplay is still survival, so you need food, and you can freely build structures. The world is seeded with a lot of various new ores and elements, as you can craft your items. Craft Pokeballs? Sure! Build a healing machine? Why not! Find crystals to obtain various effects? Go ahead!
There are multiple NPCs scattered around the world, either to spout standard RPG dialogue or to battle you. Likewise, you can choose to challenge other players at any time by getting close and throwing your Pokemon at them! Villages will often generate with a Pokemon Centre and a Pokemall to heal your critters and let you buy and sell items. Gyms will sometimes appear, or special shrines with rare goodies inside�
A world border with a radius of 2000 blocks has been set. Like in any good JRPG, The furthest away you get from the center, the stronger the monsters become. The current maximum level of wild encounters is about 35. The world radius and max levels will be increased over time.
Everything about PixelMon is currently modeled after Generation 5. To avoid stepping on Nintendo's shoes, the team deliberately chose to stay behind a generation. Now that Sun and Moon have been released in most regions, they'll start working toward Gen 6 features and critters.
We're currently running the latest beta of PixelMon 5, which is built on top of Minecraft 1.10.2. That means that the latest blocks and gameplay items are available (excluding the recently released 1.11). My plan is to go through the betas then land on whatever stable version is offered.
Note that, this being modded, it's entirely possible that updates will not be doable without a full server reset. That means we might stay on 1.10.2 indefinitely - we'll see for sure if there's an upgrade path as time goes on.
How to access
PixelMon runs fully independently from the rest of the network, so you can't access it from the lobby. Instead, you need to first setup your client by downloading either Forge or the PixelMon launcher (details on this page), then connecting directly to:
Note that this server is whitelisted. If you already did the standard procedure: great, you've got access! There is no visitor mode this time around, so registration is a must.
OMFG modded wat!?
Yes! Consider this a trial run. I fully plan to stay focused on vanilla survival, as we've been doing for the past five years now. I'm adding this as an additional gameplay option not only for the current player base, but to attract new faces as well. We've got a lot of Pokemon fans around, so this felt like a natural option to explore first.
Just ask, I'll be happy to answer them! Be sure to read the installation and update instructions first so you can set yourself to join.