Newsletter #60 for October 2023

Howdy folks!

It’s Tommy time! Community Liaison ThatTommyBoii reporting for newsletter duty!

We come to a new month so that means it’s time for another newsletter! We’re jumping straight in today!

PAXU and other conventions!

Want the chance to meet Joe at a convention? Here are some of the events he’ll be attending!

PAX Unplugged

Joe will not only be attending PAX Unplugged this year, but also holding a panel with fellow hermit VintageBeef!

The panel name is HermitCraft TCG: physical blessings of a digital world. Here’s the description!

Two Minecraft Let’s Players, Joe Hills and VintageBeef from the HermitCraft server, will share how their experiences making gaming videos prepared them for new adventures in the physical (or unplugged, wink) world. VintageBeef recently created a full trading card game in survival Minecraft, HermitCraft TCG, which was popular enough to justify physical production of over a million printed cards. Joe Hills, who helped him playtest the game, will lead him through a lively chat about the challenges of the playtest art direction and production pipeline for the TCG.

The two Hermits will also discuss other ways their work on HermitCraft has rippled out into the real world via charity events and audience meet-ups. If time allows, questions will be taken from the audience.

Isn’t that exciting?! I know I’d be thrilled to attend, I hope I can make it to PAXU this year! All of the details are being finalized, so for now I can offer you this tentative date, time, and location (subject to change):

Sunday, December 3rd at 2:30pm in the Mothman Theatre (Streamed to

You can buy badges to attend over at their website here!

Other upcoming conventions

Music City Multi Con ticket sales are open now! Get your tickets over at their website here so you can join in the fun!

Spring dates for TGD have been confirmed, so folks interested in attending can start putting that on their calendars! Here’s an overview of all the conventions!

Gamers Outreach Children’s Hospital visit and Go Kart update!

Joe has an episode out where he talks with Scar about his visit to a local hospital that received some of the go karts funded by the Gamers Outreach charity stream back in October last year!

You can find details and pictures available in the video, but as a quick summary, folks will be happy to know that the fundraising was a huge success and has already vastly improved the lives of children in hospitals across the United States. Gamers Outreach have even found ways to improve the karts in the future as they continue to help kids feel a little more joy in their lives.

Minecraft Servers

DS9 September Petitions

VOD and minutes are available here!

DS9 Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day parade

Our last B’Hala outpost build contest, oh my! This parade float build contest was in celebration of Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day, here’s a VOD if you missed it!

Thank you to team Warden Hunters for hosting! That’s a wrap on the B’Hala parades! Thanks everyone who hosted, and participated!

Haunted Mansion Build Contest

Even though our B’Hala parade build contests have ended, we still have the Haunted Mansion build contest! This was announced live at our August 2023 DS9 petitions, so here’s a refresher on the details!

  • Teams will build a haunted house mansion and landscape around it
  • The last day to build is Friday October 20th as the build window closes at the strike of midnight US central time, ticking into Saturday, October 21st. Judging will be later that very day at 1pm US Central time.
  • Your haunted mansion must be built at least 3000 blocks away from 0,0. Command blocks for teleporting far out are available inside the snowy mountain donut near spawn.
  • The goal is to be remote, and to also get a feel for what kinds of things you might learn from the experience to provide good feedback for the teleport system
  • There are otherwise no hard and fast rules, this competition is very loose! Everyone will get to present cool haunted houses that explore both the interior and exterior.

Winter Snow Globe Build Contest

This contest won’t launch until mid-November, but I thought a reminder would be helpful. If you can’t participate in our haunted mansion contest, worry not, there’s still our winter one!

So far the only details are that you can expect a specific build location with marked plots to build a winter landscape snow globe. The plot sizes will vary to allow different sizes of teams. The rest of the contest details are being withheld until the contest launches as we want everyone to have the same time frame to design builds for the contest when the time arrives.

Judging is scheduled for Saturday, January 20th at 1pm US Central time.

DS9 event schedule

  • DS9 Petitions
    • Saturday, October 21st, Noon US Central Time.
  • Haunted Mansion Build Contest
    • Ongoing until judging on October 21st, 1pm US Central Time.
  • DS9 Petitions
    • Saturday, November 18th, Noon US Central Time.
  • DS9 Petitions
    • Saturday, December 9th, Noon US Central Time.
  • DS9 Petitions
    • Saturday, January 20th, Noon US Central Time.
  • Winter Snow Globe Build Contest
    • Saturday, January 20th, 1pm US Central Time.

September Everstorm Closes

With the month coming to a close we also close the September Everstorm. The From the Fog mod was definitely our defining MVP mod of the month, but here’s a list of all the mods added that made September so terrifying.

  • betterthanmending-1.3.0.jar
  • ‘Book Of Experience 3.1.0.jar’
  • dungeons-and-taverns-v2.1.4.jar
  • everything-is-dirt-2.1.jar
  • fabric-api-0.87.0+1.20.1.jar
  • fabric-seasons-2.2.1+1.20.jar
  • From-The-Fog-1.20-v1.9.2-Forge-Fabric.jar
  • geophilic-v2.0.0-mc1.20u1.20.1.jar
  • HorseBuff-1.20-2.1.2.jar

Here are all the obituaries reported for September:

  • May was shot by a skeleton whilst trying to escape spawn.
  • eclogues was expertly handling a creeper when another creeper came from nowhere and blew up.
  • Arthr got bested by a creeper while investigating the ruins across the water.
  • MJ was doomed to fall fleeing from a skeleton he never even saw. That’s what he gets for coming out of the cave.
  • ruffboi did his best, but the creepers did better.
  • fancytoy got overwhelmed by a group of zombies while trying to secure a couple geodes.
  • quilavabucket died getting tag teamed by a skeleman and a zombie while stream watched.
  • Moonroses4u traveled 3000 blocks in a search for cactus. Two zombies cornered her, one with a sword. She leaves an unnamed horse with gold armor.
  • Centuritron succumbed to a Zombie with the aide of their old nemesis, a Creeper.
  • MagentaAvocado found the ravager in the mirror was closer than it appeared.
  • Beyr33 never saw the wither skeleton that killed him.
  • NJ went exploring for charity, rode the lightning but was skewered by the trident-wielding drowned.

The survivors of September’s Everstorm share these final reports:

  • Gritmonger was a consummate coward and risked nothing in trying to stay safe and stockpile resources in two-block-high bunkers.
  • Void raided dungeons, built a Skulk island, and decided to kill the dragon before the end of the world.
  • Kindalas almost died. Almost.

October Everstorm opens

October may be the scariest month of the year with Halloween as it’s crown jewel, but we already got our horror quota filled from September! This month you can expect a more welcoming spooky experience. How can this be? Well the only hint I can give you is that this iteration will be using the StarterKit mod on the server side to give folks a Halloween basket and treats when they first join. Please enjoy!

Pinball FX Weekly Tournament

If you’re interested in the tournament standings you can find that here. These placings are calculated on a player’s best 15 scores out of the whole series, so come and see how you can do! Here’s how folks held up in September’s weekly tournaments results!

September Winners

  • Week 9: The Machine: Bride of Pin•Bot results are available here and the winner was ToxxicGlitter!
  • Week 10: Theatre of Magic results are available here and the winner was ToxxicGlitter!
  • Week 11: Safecracker results are available here and the winner was ToxxicGlitter!
  • Week 12: Champion Pub results are available here and the winner was Joe Hills!
  • Week 13: White Water results will be available in the discord when the tournament closes out at the end of this week.

Congrats to our winners for their awesome pinball skills! Here’s what you can expect to play during October!

October Tables

  • Week 14: Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Week 15: Monster Bash
  • Week 16: Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Week 17: Addams Family

Do you have what it takes to join the ranks and climb to the top of the standings? Play pinball with us to find out! Details are under Activity-Sign-Ups > #weekly-pinball-challenges.

HermitCraft 9 Videos

Whoa, so many videos came out in September! Joe’s been spoiling us with it all! I don’t want to clog this newsletter further with video embeds, as not including the Gamers Outreach video linked above, there’s another 10 videos!

Instead, you can follow this link here that will take you to Joe’s HermitCraft Season 9 playlist. It’s conveniently placed right at the video after the charity update episode, so you won’t miss anything! Woohoo!

Streams and other content

Upcoming Streams

If you’re looking for a place to find out when Joe is streaming, have I got the answer for you! You can see a calendar of all Joe’s upcoming streams over at this page over here!

Get in the Halloween mood!

Do you want some spooky Halloween themed videos to get you in the mood for the holiday? You’ve come to the right place! These videos here have been selected by Joe for their seasonally appropriate themes and ambience.

Enjoy these classic Joe Hills videos!

So long for now…

Phew! What a long newsletter! Lots of love and care went in to crafting this for you lovely folks out there reading this! I hope you enjoyed, and if you’re celebrating at the end of this month, have a happy Halloween!

This has been TommyBoii reporting for newsletter duty.

See you around!