When I realized I just passed the 2000th post mark, I started thinking…and as one of the oldest members here I looked back at what a journey it’s been. If you don’t care, then stop reading now cuz I’m about to wax nostalgic on y’all.
I started playing the game with 1.0.1. I got all the benches and explored my little single player world (which is still my main SP world). I traveled all the way around and made a little castle. Then I put the game aside for a few months. I checked out the new features in 1.1 and 1.2 but what really got me stoked and into the game again was the multiplayer release. Blockserver.net started up with some trial servers which were free at the time, so numerous players created them. I joined this little server called William. I think the owner must have been 8 or 9 because he was a capricious little twerp that would randomly admin/unadmin whoever he felt like. A group of players build a hub of bases, but we kept getting griefed, so the whole group would cross the next ocean and build there. Then we’d get griefed again and move again. It was rather funny.
Then suddenly, the trial expired and the kid obviously wasn’t paying to keep it going so the server was turned off. I was a bit sad, but I set off to find a new server home. I found two. Rabbithole was already pretty established. White Rabbit had converted a single player world she had uploaded to blockserver. Westeros was the other one and it was the first theme world I had been on. But Rabbithole was super active, and I see names on the forum that I recall from those early days, like Gollark, Calumon and Weegee. We suffered repeated griefer attacks, especially from Dash but we always banded together to rebuild White Rabbit’s golden palace near spawn. Then I got hacked using the old name copy hack and my inventory was dumped somewhere. I was mad. So I changed my name to fit the theme of the world and became Mad Hatter. From then on I avoided leaving my name to be vulnerable (long story).
Trains were added and we built a subway/train line. And power stations, restaurants, cathedrals, undersea cities, sky cities, and PVP arenas. Then White Rabbit had to move overseas and could no longer maintain the server so she left it to me. This was undoubtedly my number 1 home.
Then one day, a player named Elmouchas arrived. He was an awesome builder, but he also saw our little handcar PVP arena and saw some potential to make it bigger. We both realized what fun it was to challenge ourselves with jumps and balancing in what became, I’m certain, the first handcar park.
We decided to partner up and start a whole new server where we could build more tracks and I obtained a copy of the original City of Stars from Red Eagle (I was also an original member of MGN). That became Skylands. Elmouchas build the Mario Kart park. I built other tracks and we pretty much used handcars to go everywhere.
That server pretty much paved the way for me to create Skylands Arena where handcars were the focus from the ground up and I merely continued to experiment with what I could do with track configurations. I’ve taught some others, and learned from others along the way. But it’s always been fun. When others say they’re bored, I think, “Huh, I have never had that feeling playing Blockheads yet.”
And I probably never will.
Thanks to Dave for providing an awesome ride.
(but I’m still hoping for handcar flips to get added)