Minecraft is a multi-user virtual environment (MUVE) . The creative and building aspects of Minecraft allow players to build with a variety of different cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. The environment encourages creativity and helps to build on team skills and working together to reach personal goals. Unlike Second Life, Minecraft requires users to purchase the initial game after which there are not any other forms of additional purchases required.
Rockcliffe R&D Campus
Rockcliffe’s virtual campus in Minecraft is available upon request and is only available to Rockcliffe members and their students. The campus uses most of the popular modular extensions (Feed-The-Beast Revalation), which contains a mix of magic, tech and exploration, as compared to the basic version.
Unlike Second Life and Opensimulator, Minecraft is one big region. We mean really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to Minecraft. As such, members can ‘stake out’ different areas for special purposes including classrooms, workshops, and makerspaces.
Rockcliffe also has available a dedicated space for orientation and initial landing of students upon request.
The Rockcliffe Minecraft Campus is available to upon request. Due to the size (virtual land mass) and the necessity to initialize the environment every so often we generally keep the environment off-line until needed. Members can request access at any time however.
All areas with Rockcliffe’s Minecraft Campus are designated as Moderate however there is no specific age enforcement. In general the environment is focused on either adult-learners or supervised K-12 guided experiences. Children under the age of 18 may be required to identify their sponsor. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a sponsor.
Rockcliffe’s social communities are tied to the forums and community areas in other MUVE environments. Currently there are no specific Minecraft in world communities to sign-up to however avatars in-world may approach Rockcliffe volunteers in the main campus landing area at any time.
Unlike Second Life and Kitely, Minecraft doesn’t have an economy. All goods are either part of the environment or need to be created by residents.
Create Your Own Experience
There are lots of different things to do in Minecraft however for most people who have never been in the Minecraft MUVE before, the Beginner’s guide is a great place to start. Here, the player can learn how to survive the first night in two different formats: in an overview with goals or in a step-by-step instruction. The player can choose which one they want to use, but both will help the player accomplish the same goal.
Available upon request, the Rockcliffe Minecraft Campus has a dedicated Community Gateway area that remonstrants many of the items and features available in the environment.
To start you need a paid version of the Minecraft software.
When going through the set-up instructions, remember that Rockcliffe uses the enhanced Feed-The-Beast modular extensions that do not work with ‘vanilla’ Minecraft servers.
Rockcliffe Main Destinations
Once you have signed into the RUC Minecraft Server, the main landing point will always be the Rockcliffe Campus. Teleports to any specific makerspaces or other key destinations will be provided by your sponsor or though your initial Minecraft set-up.
Professional Members can request a ‘vanilla’ Minecraft instance through the myRockcliffe Membership Portal.