AvatarMC Soon™ - Issue 117: Netflix A:TLA Release Day

2024-02-22 20:07:00 +0000 UTC by TurboClicks

The day is finally here! After a years-long wait, the Netflix live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender has premiered. Perfect timing, as the original animation premiered one day earlier — 19 years ago in the United States — with a one-hour special on February 21, 2005. The special featured the first two episodes of the series: "The Boy in the Iceberg" and "The Avatar Returns."

In today's blogpost, we'll cover how we honor the animation and how we're looking forward to the future of the franchise.

Celebrating Cactus Juice Day Direct Link

To celebrate the series that started it all and inspired us to create this Minecraft server, we at AvatarMC like to partake in a yearly tradition dubbed "Cactus Juice Day."

U.S. audiences got their first glimpse of the Avatar Universe at 7 p.m. EST. This was midnight UTC on February 22 which is why the server has Cactus Juice Day for some time zones on the 22nd each year.

From midnight UTC on February 22 — for exactly 24 hours —when you break a cactus block, you have a chance that (alongside the actual item) cactus juice will drop. This will only drop once per time, so you'll want to keep placing and breaking cactus if you're looking to hoard it. Cactus Juice will typically be a potion of Nausea III.

Sokka holding cactus juice cup. Image from "The Desert" episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Live-Action Direct Link

We are so very excited to see the enthusiasm for our favorite franchise with the release of Netflix's new live-action. As the live-action showrunner and executive producer Albert Kim recently told IGN, "this is a remix, not a cover." Having new content like this breathes life into the franchise and will ultimately bring new fans into the fold.

Over in the AvatarMC Discord server, we've introduced a new forum channel called #live-action-discussion to host all conversation related to the live-action, with episode-specific channels and a general discussion channel. As you watch the new show, let us know what you think! What were your favorite moments?

Have a great weekend, and happy watching!

Aang, Katara, and Sokka flying on Appa. Image from Netflix's live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender

AvatarMC Soon™ - Issue 116: Meet the Team: Lore

2024-02-17 19:08:28 +0000 UTC by QuietDove

Hello! I’m QuietDove, and I lead the Lore Team for AvatarMC. In this blogpost, I’m hoping to give everyone a flavour of what it is our team does and what our aims for the server are.

Who are we? Direct Link

The Lore Team is predominantly responsible for writing quests, dungeons, and NPC dialogue.

As Team Leader, it’s my job to make sure our content fits in with both our server lore and the wider lore of the Avatar world.

Our goals Direct Link

Our long-term ambition is for the server to have a larger overarching main quest line, set ten years after the end of The Legend of Korra, and in a world where Korra herself is missing. Although this is very much a long term goal, we try to keep everything we create with this backstory in mind.

For the time being though, we are aiming to add several smaller quests and storylines set within this internal server lore. My aim is for the five Capitals to each have their own self-contained quest lines that will able to be played by everyone.

What if I want to join? Direct Link

If you’ve got a passion for storytelling, a penchant for writing dialogue, or a head swimming with story ideas, then please do apply.

Along with these things, you will also need:

  • A collaborative mindset - Be prepared for your work to be critiqued and take on broad suggestions that other team members might make. This is especially important as writing is only one part of creating content for the server. Scripters will need to make everything work, Artists will need to create NPC skins, and Builders will need to build the environments.
  • A basic understanding of scripting - Trust me, you only need a basic understanding! This will help when Scripters come to put your words into a script file and will allow you to make changes with ease. There is plenty of support available with this.
  • Some knowledge of game design - Creating quests is about so much more than dialogue. Crafting a quest that is engaging and not just an endless wall of text is the real challenge, especially when you have to do this within the confines of Minecraft!
  • Patience - Creating content can be a long process. As mentioned before, several teams will need to be involved in the creative process. In addition, your dialogue scripts will end up being much longer than you first anticipated, as additional scenarios will always need an extra line or two, just to stop the player from going off track!

Thank you for reading! Direct Link

I hope that’s given you a nice taste of what the Lore Team does and what our goals are. If any of that has whetted your appetite, then please don’t hesitate to get in contact and apply.

Lore Team Application