You Are Minecraft – a (literally) massive thank-you to Mojang

Since the alpha version of Minecraft was unleashed upon the world, back in the dim and distant past, numerous players of the game have taken it upon themselves to express their thanks to Notch and the Mojang team for creating this amazing game. However, I’m not sure that there are many – if any – which rival the scale and collaborative effort that’s gone into You Are Minecraft

Beginning at the start of April, the trio of German Minecrafters behind You Are Minecraft have been exhorting the community to come to the YAM public server and build an avatar of themselves, in a massive effort to have 100,000 avatars created before May 19 – at the time of writing, nearly 76,000 had been created, so do head on over to the server (details of how to get there are on the YAM website), and get building! The project’s attracted a fair amount of attention, especially from Mojang and ez themselves, and Jeb has gone so far as to create his avatar on the server:

Jeb's rather snazzy avatar of himself, including a squid, and a blocky representation of his cat, Newton.

Jeb's rather snazzy avatar of himself, including a squid, and a blocky representation of his cat, Newton.

The server has special software implemented to prevent damage from water, lava and fire, and also stop sand and gravel from falling. Also, the guys have measures in place to roll back any griefing which might take place on the server, and a specialised chat client, which only shows messages sent by people within 150 blocks of you, so you won’t be swamped with messages! There’s also a livemap available at this link, and while in the game, you can use a command to get a specific link to the location of anyone’s skin on the livemap page.

A tiny, tiny fragment of the 75,000+ avatars presently built on the You Are Minecraft server, like 21-st century Terracotta Warriors.

A tiny, tiny fragment of the 75,000+ avatars presently built on the You Are Minecraft server, like 21-st century Terracotta Warriors.

After May 19, the plan is to deliver the map in person to Jeb, in Stockholm – in the form of an aluminium box, designed to look like a Minecraft chest, containing a USB drive with the actual map downloaded onto it! (The same map will be available publicly, though sadly not in an aluminium chest.) But to accomplish this, the team needs to raise 1,500 euros ($1,943 / £1,203 at the time of writing, via xe.com) for flights to Stockholm, and a hotel room for two nights. So YAM is calling for help from the community to fund this little trip – if you want to donate to help get the map to Stockholm, head over to the You Are Minecraft site, click the “HELP US!” link at the top of the page, and you’ll be whisked down the page to the donation button.

So, if you want to do your bit to help complete this impressively ambitious “thank you” message to Mojang – whether building, donating, or both – head on over to the You Are Minecraft website… there are only a few days left to hit the 100,000-avatar target!

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