The Epic Ending to The Book of Trust Minecraft Game

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Entrance to The Land of Demolition

I needed to sit down and write about what happened during our Minecraft club today, the final day of The Book of Trust.

But since it’s a story, I’ll start with the end.

Although it’s The Book of Trust, it has one far away coordinate, 641000 x 50 x 641000 and it is The Land of Demolition. So we ended the winter term on this turf and it was far and away the most popular exercise we’ve ever done. Destroying large structures is not easy, and as I whip up things in Tinkercad, I can work on a much larger scale; the grey rainbow is 50,000 blocks, (I think).

When Tony broke the server and wiped out the world, we stared at the screen totally dumbfounded – each student in the lab got kicked off the server at the same time. The kid looked at me, and we all talked about how we’d overloaded the world and now it was gone.

“Tony,” I said to the kid. “I think it means you won the game.”

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I had this image that The Book of Trust would have a vintage cover and embossed lettering. The final version was actually just a printout with a single staple in the corner. The front is the server address – written a few times so we could cut apart the page and hand out the address on slips of paper. But things were so hectic, we never got around to cutting it.

So the basics of The Book of Trust are explained here, but the summary is that it’s a Minecraft lesson plan to create a hidden treasure hunt. Before the project started, on our regular server, the kids had built a lot of stuff – and some of the structures had been destroyed.  So the premise of the BoT is that you teleport to a location so far away, no one could ever find it without the coordinates. All the coordinates to these places (called ‘turfs”) are in a book, and that book is called The Book of Trust. Only student who have a history of participating respectfully have access to the book. For the first pass at a treasure hunt, we would build a structure in Tinkercad and import it into Minecraft. (I know this is sacrilege, but we have our own, unique rules and goals). So we import these enormous structures into Minecraft. A frozen yogurt dispenser looks like a statue to an ancient god.)
The kids powered through it and created amazing structures, each kid who attended regularly got a coordinate done, and they visited the studnts’ turfs and placed “Myname was here” signs.
demo2But the second to the last day or the term was the one in which we explored the treasure hunt and we had the last day free. So I imported a giant structure and my challenge was this: could 5 students, in 6 sessions, destroy the whole turf? My bet was no. On Tuesday the kids pounded with TNT and barely left a dent. So they spawned dragons to attack. Then on Thursday, we installed command blocks and Tony (all names are changed) put in 5,000 fireballs. Which was neat and lagged the server. Then he set a blast radius of 9999999999999.
And that was all it took to vaporize the whole world, which technically means to students won the challenge.
So that concludes The Book of Trust. The new term starts on 3/31 and we’ll go forward with a new Minecraft activity again.