This activity forms part of the University of Southampton's annual Science and Engineering festival which is online this year due to the virus crisis.
If you just want to get started, read the rules below, then use Java/PC Minecraft v1.16 to connect to multiplayer server
A few years back we created a tool that takes open data from Open Streetmap and DEFRA to create Minecraft maps of English cities. Normally we let you explore these models at the science and engineering festival (and build on them and blow them up!). As we can't do that in person this year, we're going to have to take this online.
So what we've done is add forty thousand sign posts to our map of Southampton naming most roads.
To try this activity you will require:
Make sure you are on version 1.16 of Minecraft. Select [Multiplayer] and connect to server
southampton.mc.gg and if everything goes as planned you should find yourself on University Road outside the Library. [View on Open Streetmap].
Get around as you would as normal in Minecraft WASD to move, space to jump. You can't fly as that would be cheating and you can't break or build things or else we'd end up with bases and TNT holes everywhere!
If you don't have a paper map then a mapping up on a phone or a map website will work too.
A couple of things that we've added to help you get around.
Our special "skyhook" (an arrow in your inventory bar). If you "use" this it'll fling you up into the sky. As you fall you can drift a little , so this helps you if you get stuck in a hole. It also lets you have a cheeky look around. We've turned off damaging from falling, so you won't get splatted.
The point of this server is to learn and practice navigation so we are only providing two teleport locations for when you are lost, want to start over. You can teleport to the University of Southampton Highfield Campus
/warp uni and to the Bargate
Use a map to navigate from Highfield Campus to Bitterne Triangle. Or follow the sat nav:
Starting from Highfield Campus, use a map to find and travel to:
How quickly can you get all they way from the Bargate to the Airport?
If you live in Southampton, can you find your house and school? Can you find your way If so be smart, and don't tell anybody online where you live.
One person is at the computer and the other person has the map. The person with the computer isn't allowed to look at the map. The person with the map isn't allowed to look at the computer ... can you complete the solo challenges by working as a well oiled team? This probably works best in one household but maybe you could do it via a phonecall or video chat?
o or more players agree a race. It should start at either Bargate or Highfield Campus so you can make sure everyone can easily get their using
/warp bargate or
/warp uni. You should all agree a finish line. Suggested race routes:
Or pick your own.
Sure you can. But it is BIG. Maybe you can polish an area of Southampton to make it look more realistic. Maybe realistic is boring and you can make Southampton better or more futuristic. We'd love to see some screen shots-- contact Chris Gutteridge at email@example.com.
Download this file and unzip it into your Minecraft "saves" directory.
The data used to build this file is copyright DEFRA and Openstreetmap contributors. Used under open licenses. You may use and share our model under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license (CC BY-SA).
If you have any questions or ideas we'd love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.