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Minecraft Spotlight - PersonalClimate

Welcome to the Friday Minecraft Spotlight! In this issue we will cover PersonalClimate, a plugin by BleedObsidian.

As the name of the plugin implies, it gives players the ability to change the weather from their end; similarly to the server commands.

The difference between this plugin and the server commands is that the first only affects the player that executes the command. This means that both time and weather will remain unchanged for everyone else. Also, if a player sets the time to daytime while it is actually night, this does not mean that hostile mobs will disappear; as they are still being handled by the server.

Simply follow these steps and your players will be enjoying this plugin in no time!

  1. Download the latest version of PersonalClimate from here or here.
  2. Place the "PersonalClimate.jar" file in the "plugins" folder, located in your server's main directory.
  3. Start or reload your server.
  4. Enjoy your newly installed plugin!

We also had the opportunity to hold an interview with BleedObsidian. Read on to learn more about the development process behind PersonalClimate!

How did you get into Minecraft?
I first found out about Minecraft on YouTube, I found many videos and couldn't stop whatching them. It then drove me to buy the game and here I am now.

What server do you play on, and would you like to tell us more about it?
I mostly play on the BoxHead Networks server (play.bhnetworks.net), which im currently helping develop a brand new and unique gamemode called "Spacebox". It allows players to explore space and create a spaceship by creating 'parts' and finding resources on far away planets. Here is an extremly old alpha video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77PdZyZfqmM

What made you decide to become a plugin developer?
When I found Bukkit and saw that they had an API that you could use to completely change the mechanics of a server, I was amazed. I already knew Java very well and discovered how fun it was to make my own changes to Minecraft.

What was your motivation for this specific project?
I was actually looking through the Bukkit documentation and saw that you could change the time/weather for a specific player. The idea then emerged that it would be useful to have a plugin that players could use to set their own time and not effect anyone else. I used this plugin myself on my creative server to stop players arguing about the time/weather.

How did the community respond to the plugin’s first public release?
As this is certainly not my most popular plugin, there was not much of a bang; but there was a handful of people that found the plugin very useful including myself.

Roughly how long did it take to finish the first working version of PersonalClimate?
PersonalClimate being a very small scale plugin, it took me around 1 - 2 days to complete.

Have you come across any challenges during development and, if any, how did you handle them?
Not really, PersonalClimate uses a very basic and simplistic framework.

What was your favourite development tool for this project?
My favourite development tool for this project would be my IDE of choice: Netbeans.

Have you learned anything new from this project?
The only thing i really learnt from this project, was more about the client-server model that Bukkit uses.

What stage of PersonalClimate's development process did you enjoy most?
My most enjoyed development process of this project was testing the plugin and seeing the affects of isolated player time/weather.

And what is your favourite aspect of the plugin itself?
My favourite aspect of PersonalClimate is being able to set the time/weather but ony for you!

Are you currently working on any other plugins or updates?
I am currently working on Spacebox and a replacement/sequel plugin for Showcase: ItemCase

In addition to your Minecraft plugins, have you ever released any custom content for other games?
I don't really do much plugins/mods for other games, aside from 1 or 2 Terraria mods.

Aside from your own projects, what are some of your favourite plugins from other authors and why?
One of my old favourites was Showcase; The reason i liked this plugin so much was it made all of those shops so much more visual and intresting, it allowed players to quickly see where they could buy/sell their items.

Unfortunately it is no longer maintained but i am developing a replacement/sequel: ItemCase

Do you have any advice for other potential plugin developers?
Be creative! Plugins allow you to potentially rewrite and change the mechanics of Minecraft, your plugin can help communities manage their server or change the gameplay of 1,000's of people.

Reaching the end of the interview, we would like to thank BleedObsidian for taking the time to answer our questions and of course for developing the plugin in the first place!

PersonalClimate is a neat little plugin that lets players change the weather and time of day easily. As it only affects inidividual players, everyone can pick their favourite.

Thanks to MadPixel for the Minecrafter font.

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