Make giant sculptures in your neighbourhood
Pave the streets with gold
Turn your home into a castle
Subvert urban design: cover it with flowers
… or simply…
Dip your toe into Minecraft for the first time
“Minecraft my home” is a re-creation of St Loyes as a world in the Minecraft game. It lets you explore your neighbourhood in a new way, imagine new possibilities for it, get rid of the things you don’t like, and put in the things you do. You can experiment… ask what if? You can express your frustration with your workplace or school in safety! Or you can be subversive, and make small changes that question the status quo.
For example, I think much of St Loyes has been designed with the car in mind, rather than people. So I’m interested in where people walk anyway – crossing a dual carriageway halfway between pedestrian crossings, or cutting a corner, or taking a shortcut through a hedge – and am laying red carpets for them.
You can go anywhere, even fly. You can destroy or build, dig down or plant, lay railway track or spawn donkeys. The world is your (very blocky) oyster.
How to get going with the St Loyes world in Minecraft
The St Loyes map is available to download for computers (Java Edition for Windows/OS) and mobile devices (Pocket Edition/Windows 10). The Pocket Edition version is as automatically generated (see below). The Java Edition includes some corrections I made to the map, and my addition of Working with Gold Towers. You can explore and play in this world in singleplayer mode, and you can set up Pocket Edition multiplayer and interact with people in the same room.
The map is also available on a multiplayer online server. I’m sorry, I’ve chosen to host the Java Edition only. It all gets expensive and complicated otherwise. There can be up to 16 simultaneous players on the server, and I will run it until about October.
I’ve created two crib sheets with more information – for newbies and old hands! The first is more detail on how to get access to Minecraft and to the St Loyes world. The second is what I would have found helpful when I first encountered Minecraft – one of RAMM’s maps of historic Exeter – and had no idea even how to move around the world! So it’s got the basics on how to move around, build, and chat, as well as some locations in St Loyes where you can teleport.
for desktops and laptops
How the St Loyes world was created
This activity is created in partnership with Exeter City Futures. They generated St Loyes in Minecraft using the Geocraft software, which takes as its inputs open data from Defra and OpenStreetMap. The colours on OpenStreetMap give the land use – buildings, grass, water, etc; and the Defra LiDAR data give the surface level and the height of buildings and other features.
It’s a great start, but because it’s all automated there are inevitably quirks. For example, railways and bridges don’t quite work; part of Kings Heath is flattened; and there are some interesting water spouts. In the Java Edition, I think I found all the water spouts and turned them into trees, and I rebuilt the railway (while on a train to London – it was a very odd sensation laying track forward while travelling backwards!). Feel free to make any more corrections.
Exeter City Futures have their own Exeter 2025 Minecraft Challenge. See their website for more information.
The “Minecraft my home” world is provided as part of the “Working with Gold” project for you to play, experiment and create.
I plan to make it available for six months, from May to October 2018, but reserve the right to withdraw or restrict access at any time, including for the duration of the meet-up on 26 May. I am not responsible for server outages.
Beyond providing two crib sheets on accessing the world and basic Minecraft play, I am not providing any player support. Please ask the nearest 10 year old!
Please play nicely! I reserve right to kick out and block players found abusing the world.
You agree to give permission to me and others to take screenshots of what you make in the world. You are welcome to take screenshots of the world, but you can’t make commercial use of them. We are all bound by the Minecraft licence agreement at https://account.mojang.com/documents/minecraft_eula.