"April 19th, a day of innocence and a day of discovery." Well, here I am two years down the road, or rather down the hall, as I sit writing what's probably going to be the longest novel The Hive has ever seen. Seeing as it's April, there's probably not going to be a more appropriate time to post this puppy for another solid year. After two years of playing and countless attempts to tell this story, I'm going to present it in an "as-complete-as-you-can-get" version of everything that's gone on, and yes: that does mean there will be drama for anyone out there who just reads for the juice. However, to get to the juice you will have to work your way through everything: and I do mean everything. On August 3rd, 2008, when I was just a little 10 year old, I joined a online foruming / game reviewing network simply called "Gamespot" under the name Arenamaster89. The name had a bit of an origin, and came from two different sources. "Arena Master" came from my love of the game "The Elder Scrolls: Arena" which was actually an old DOS Game that came out in the 90's that I used to play all the time when I got it on my computer around '07 or '08. The "89" came from "Darkfairy89", which was my account name on the online RPG game "Runescape". I recall my brother naming the account and me going along with it, but because Darkfairy was taken it suggested 89. Around 2010 I joined another online foruming network called "Tomb Raider Forums" (Obviously dedicated to the game Tomb Raider) under the name CuteLilDragon. I thought the name was so adorable, and it was in 2011 when I started up my first youtube channel, "BigGreenMovieMachine". I posted some basic Tomb Raider videos I made after discovering how to do editing with the source files and make modifications, I would then work little stories around these modifications. Members of the community were always interested in my work and all seemed to enjoy it, but because the game had such limitations I truly had a hard time creating clips for it. If only there was some game that I could do whatever I wanted and work with others to create videos. But wait, there was: I just didn't think of it at the time. In January of 2011, roughly 6 or 7 months before I opened up BigGreenMovieMachine, I purchased myself a copy of Minecraft under the name "The_Arena_Master". It was derived from my earlier gamespot name, but I decided to alter it in a manner that made it look more polished. I had discovered Minecraft after seeing a simple video of it with someone running around in a sort of wood sky-fort that they had made. I had no idea what it was, but it looked interesting enough. I tried it out for about a week, and then knew that this was the game for me. While I played it on and off, nothing really happened with me and Minecraft during 2011, despite the fact that I had been playing it for a year in that time span. I simply played the game for the love of survival as well as practiced a tiny bit with other players on servers. My oldest surviving Minecraft screenshot. Dig the FPS. July 31st, 2011. After several months of creating Tomb Raider videos, I eventually began squeezing all the fruit from the juice and felt the need to move on to something else. In January of 2012, with the help of a buddy of mine "Tiddlyfish" (Known in Minecraft as "Master_Tiddly") helped me create my first ever video in it. We recorded it on a small but dedicated survival server in which the owner would occasionally provide us with Gamemode C to help us record our video (Although, while in GM C we typically got a stack of diamonds and stashed them away when he wasn't looking ). We recorded the video in a span of 45 or so minutes and I edited it in another 25 or so. The video was then uploaded to BigGreenMovieMachine, however it was a complete flop. It gained little to no attention, but we still persisted. We recorded another "PTA" video which, once again, received no attention (And I'm fairly certain we did some footage for a third, but that's never seen the light of day). Recording my first ever Minecraft video. January 29th, 2012. It's obvious the videos weren't working, and because I at the time had no Minecraft community to relate to (I knew absolutely no one at the time who played it, whether it be on Gamespot or TRF) so I went back to recording Tomb Raider videos since I had a bit more ground there. While I still occasionally made Tomb Raider videos, I started to gain more interest in Minecraft and became a bigger part of survival servers. I persistently played on them in February of 2012 and I even started foruming on them a tiny bit with enjin. In March of 2012, I became an active contributor to a survival server called "TheValiantJourney" in which I both helped build the spawn and created a little trailer for it. This was an extremely exciting time as I was able to show off some of my early building capabilities as well as some of my editing skills (At least, at the time I thought they were skills, today it's nothing all that remarkable). I became a more and more active member of The Valiant Journey and on March 23rd I was an active member of the community as well as, now, a staff member. March 23rd, coincidentally, was also the day that "The Hunger Games" movie came out in theaters. At the time I was well familiar with it, countless people in my class had read it, but I had little to no interest in seeing it. On March 30th or 31st (It was definitely one of these days, as we came home later that night and the guy we went with had already seen it) my brother and his friend offered to take me to the movie with them. I wasn't keen on it, but I decided to go with them as I wanted to take a bit of break as well as see what all the fuss with the series was about. The trailer I made for TheValiantJourney, it was taken off around April and this is the first time it has been seen in over two years. March 22nd, 2012. As I sat down in the theater, I was basically prepared for a 2 hour bore-fest, but it was quite the opposite. Something about the whole story just grabbed my attention and it was truly an interesting yet enjoyable film. I knew the character was going to live, but it still kept me on my toes wanting to see what happened next. For some reason, I really liked the forest that they were in. It was almost scary, and it creates for an interesting arena as opposed to a very standard flat region. As I came back on my way home, I knew I had seen something that was truly great and on my way home something clicked. I was thinking about Minecraft and what I would do on the server while thinking about Hunger Games when *Click*. I thought, what if they put the two together. As I got home and rushed onto the computer I looked a tiny bit into it. While I did come across a few "Hunger Games" Minecraft styled videos, none of it was really what I was looking for. All of it was basically a survival map with people fighting from items they obtained in 4 or 5 chests in an unequally circular cornucopia. So, it was back to The Valiant Joruney for a bit. In early April of 2012 while playing on The Valiant Journey, the owner installed a plugin called "The Survival Games" along with Vareide's map. Although there were only 6 or so people on the server, we managed to play an SG round (On the Survival Games 1 Map). I don't know how I remember this, I think it was just the excitement, but I actually managed to dominate the arena. Once we got down to 2 people the owner teleported me to the other player who was camping on a distant island. I then wrecked him (gg, 6.5 hearts) and he then proceeded to rage (This just goes to show, there were Survival Game ragers before MCSG was even a thing..) Working on the Valiant Journey spawn, this photo was taken March 3rd, 2012. I don't recall being Moderator at the time, but the owner did loan me Creative so I could help build. So, now that I'm familiar with Survival Games I start to look into it a bit more. I play a tiny bit on small Survival Games servers, but none of them are still the quality I'm looking for, so I continue to play on Valiant Journey while occasionally doing Survival Games on their server. I knew that the idea had potential, but no one was really executing it in the way I hoped. Somewhere else within the country, someone had the exact same idea. However, this person made the idea a reality. Chadthedj was starting to organize a server chain simply called "MCSG", and it wouldn't take long for me to discover it. On April 18th, while I was playing The Valiant Journey on a typical Wednesday night after getting home from school, I came across MCSG. I can't remember the exact circumstances in which I found it, from memory I once again googled Minecraft Hunger Games but this time with more promising results. I tried to join a server, but I got a message saying "The slots are reserved for staff members due to testing". The next day, I came home from school and once again tried to join the servers but once again I came face to face with the same message as before. I created a forum account asking about it, and was greeted by a developer who stated that the reason I couldn't join wasn't because all the slots were reserved, but because the servers filled up easily. Even in its heyday MCSG filled up, fast. I eventually got into a game on the 19th and started becoming an active member of the community, both on the forums and ingame. Within a day or so, I was already becoming some sort of "Pro" by being capable of both playing ingame as well as switching between tabs to browse the forums: a tactic that was unheard of at the time. It's what helped me build as a name as I posted while I waited out long games. Doing what I said earlier with the multi-tab. Dig the skype, I literally only had 2 contacts on it. April 20th, 2012. Around April 20th or so I popped on Valiant Journey to tell the owner about the awesome new servers that were coming out, but he dished it out about how I "Wasn't being dedicated to him" and how I need to "Stop playing on their servers or I'll be demoted" even though I had only been off his server for like a day. I saw SG as a much superior server, and I was fed-up with the owner constantly getting after me (This wasn't the first time, he would even dish it out on me when I was helping him but he didn't like the way I helped) so I decided to nuke the spawn (Which I actually made..), de-op any staff members, ban as many names as I could, and then I created a sort of "Lag-Hole" in which whenever you came near it the server would crash. Within a day or two of playing (I might have won on the 20th, but I for sure won on the 21st) I was already starting to win constantly. The game was quite tricky and was by far the most challenging Minecraft experience yet, but I came out, truly, like a master. The real question was, how was I winning with such ease at such an early juncture in not only my gaming "path" but as well as MCSG's career. It hadn't even been out for a week. The answer was that I had been familiar with Minecraft for over a year and was constantly on PVP servers practicing and defeating opponents with more ease as time went by, despite the fact that I was playing with a Mac magic mouse. To be honest, I always had a bit of a "knack" when it came to gaming it general. I noticed this at an early age of whenever I would play games with my brother how I would typically come out on top, even if it was a game that he showed me. It could be strategy, button mashing, anything. I tend to have a way of just being able to pick up a game and get into it very fast. This would become apparent later in my whole Minecraft journey. So, as I become more and more familiar with Minecraft I also see a couple names popping up here and there. I was obviously familiar with Chadthedj and Zombietracker, but I was also starting to see people such as TheRandomMan1000, IAmChristian, or ThatDamnWalrus (Who was actually the person who inspired me to get a walrus skin). As well as enemies and hackers, I came into contact with allies and helpers, OMGJustin and Demanter being the prime examples. Having met Demanter, who was also a walrus, we formed some sort of pact and quickly began playing rounds together. I was good on my own, but with a teammate I quickly became nearly unstoppable. We played together, and by the end of May my name was already right next to the top of the charts, but someone else was up there and he spat down on me like I was filth. ImKiko, more then likely the cockiest player who was ever at #1, was a blatant hacker. Everyone knew he hacked, but hardly anyone really knew how to record Minecraft gameplay well at the time. Well the tools were there, everyone was still getting fairly settled in. Around late May, ImKiko was at the top of the leaderboards and he trash-talked anyone who posed a potential threat to him. I wanted to stop him, and I knew Demanter could help me. Demanter and I weren't the only ones who wanted to stop him though, a user by the name of OMGJustin quickly started popping up in games and before we knew it we were forming a team. Together, Demanter, Justin, and I managed to rocket our way up to the top of the charts. The leaderboards as of May 25th, 2012. Although our future was looking bright, a storm was working its way through the town. As the community grew, Chad saw that it was apparent he needed some help to keep the community under control so he decided to bring in staff members. At the time, I was adamant against the whole idea feeling that the whole staff would eventually grow more out of control then the community and Chad would eventually fade from involvement. Countless staff members started to begin being recruited and I hated the whole idea of it. In response to it all, I made a thread about my disdain towards how many were joining. In a rather gruff comment, I ended up calling a new moderator a "wise guy" on the thread as he was telling me off and how my thread seemed silly and they needed a staff that was large. Interestingly enough, I decided to apply to be a staff member. I felt that I might be capable of helping Chad with the community in a way as well as not trying to be too serious. A problem lots of staff members had at the time was that they took the whole thing extremely serious and even if someone made a joke about them they would take it as an insult and try to use their powers to get them in trouble. I would do just the opposite and laugh along with them if they cracked a silly joke about me. During the time that the application was being looked into, Demanter, Justin and I worked restlessly to work our way to the top of the boards. By the end of a week or so of non-stop efforts, I ended up near the #1 spot with Demanter and Justin bubbling under with a rank of around #35. Around a week after I applied, I received a letter on June 2nd saying how I was accepted for application. In a burst of joy I quickly rushed onto skype to tell Demanter about it all. "DO IT! DO IT!!!" I remember him saying in a whole mood of joy as I told him about the letter. I was so excited, but at the same time there was something wrong and I knew it would create a serious problem within the interview process. I was nervous about it all, as I felt I might be denied due to both my age (I was only 13 at the time, and I had a feeling that would see right through me when I said I was 17... Although they don't seem to with some of the staff members later on) as well as the "wise guy crack", and I was exactly right. I got on the teamspeak and was thrown into a teamspeak chat with both C4_85 and Karoleigh. Having nothing rehearsed and no preparation, and as well as not being able to come up with anything on the spot like I can now, I floundered around when they asked me about the thread and within 30 seconds or so I was told I wasn't getting moderator. I was furious at the time, because I knew I was capable of being a moderator and I saw it unfitting that C4 and Karoleigh were pushed to an Admin role almost instantly despite the fact that they would do things such as spam on threads, swear in public channels, and constantly rage. I made a thread going against them on the forums as well as how I felt that the moderators being recruited were not capable of proper moderating (And from memory, I still don't think they were. They were truly awful), much to Demanter's approval, and he also ended up posting a thread in my defense. Both threads were deleted and we both received our first MCSG warnings. The thread I made going against the staff members. Notice the point score on the bottom as well as my top score, this was when I was about to break into #1. June 2nd, 2013. The thread, naturally, was deleted almost instantaneously and I went into a fit of rage as I knew that it was more or less likely deleted by the admins who were trying to cover their tracks. I recall going into a teamspeak with Karoleigh and Demanter and we both got after her saying exactly what we thought she was trying to do and how she was covering her tracks. C4 sat in for a bit of it, but mostly listened and cooked himself some dinner (How I remember that detail I don't know..) Karoleigh obviously wasn't pleased with our "rebellious nature", but we felt that she was basically getting all of her moderating techniques out of the "How Not to Moderate" book. She went into cussing fits and eventually threw us out. Demanter, Justin, and I were not impressed with her behavior. But we all decided to brush it off and just get back into the game. I managed to eventually climb into the #1 spot for a extremely brief period of time, but proved to everyone that you don't need to hack in order to be #1 (A claim many people made at the time, and was very truthful). I started becoming a bigger and bigger part of the forum and ingame community and my name was pretty much legendary by the end of June. Everyone who had been on the forums longer then 2 minutes knew who I was, whether they wanted to or not. I was at the top of the leaderboards, top of the scoreboards, and the highest posting member. In an interesting twist of fate, I met FinsGraphics sometime in early June when I was starting to peak in my fame however he was still just learning the ropes. At the time, his speedart series still wasn't going to be out for a while, and for a brief while I actually had a bigger name then him (Which is something that is crazy to think now, seeing as the man has over 100,000 subscribers on his youtube channel). We were never too tight, but we were still pretty close and teamed fairly often just for fun. Teaming with Fins. June 2nd, 2012. It was around this time when I first started encountering one of MCSG's finest players, but one I couldn't stand. Bigmike4life, later known as "Vorgs". The man was always getting into trouble some how, but he was friends with Justin so I tended to put up with him. I noticed that his name was shooting up the leaderboards faster than anyone was even capable of comprehending, so I decided to watch him play a round. On the Survival Games 1 map, I watched him do something very unusual: he started the game by running away from corn and collecting seeds. After he collected some, he made way to a room called the "Casino" (Nobody had ever gone here before, hardly anyone knew it even existed). Basically how the casino works is you would throw 8 items into pressure plates and a dispenser would open up briefly and shoot out an item. However, Mike wasn't part of the system. The moment the dispenser opened up he would jump up and go inside the dispenser. It was filled with bread, a iron sword, and a redstone torch. Once you had the redstone torch you would place it in an exact spot and it would open yet another dispenser that would shoot out a piece of iron armor. However, using the same strategy as earlier, he would jump up and go inside it: thereby giving himself full iron armor and a diamond sword. Within 2 minutes of the game's start, the man would be fully decked. I quickly began doing the same strategy, and it's how I climb faster and maintain my rank. It didn't last for long though: Around mid June, C4 caught me doing it and threatened to ban me. He then told chad about it and they fixed it. By late June I was starting to really go all out with the "Just Have Fun" attitude and started caring less and less about my leaderboard position. As a result, I slowly made my way down the charts, but I was still having quite the time. In probably my most bizarre time, I started luring players to a building called "The Hotel Room" which was located high above the city of Survival Games 2. I would basically seduce players by telling them I know where a bunch of chests are, then I would sneak them into the room and tell them to wait till night. When night fell, I told them to lay in the bed for an easteregg which they did. After that, I would hop up and teabag them. I don't know why I did this, and it's still weird as all hell, but I did it to over 15 people and a whole thread was made dedicated to this fine art. Over a year and a half later, my friends occasionally do this to mock me as well as for a bit of a reminder of the good old days. The seduction of Bigmike4life. Interestingly enough this guy actually ended up being one of my biggest enemies in a matter of days to follow. June 23rd, 2012. It was truly a fun yet crazy time, but a really good time to be a major part of the game. However, something happened that completely ruined my experience. In late July / Early August, a senior staff member (I think we can probably all guess who...) flipped a sort of "Lag Switch" that as a result made the forums basically unable to load for me. I've recently discovered that this is a feature with Xenofro called "Discouragement". Basically how it works is if the staff doesn't want you on their website but they don't have evidence to ban you they'll "discourage you", which makes the website load extremely slow for you and specifically your IP. Every time I would switch pages it would take a good half a minute. While it wasn't an IP ban, it was probably worse as it was there but basically taunting me. It truly sucked, but I still managed to pull my through by occasionally posting on my phone or just having my bodies read some stuff off to me. In early July, Survival Games 3 came out. While I at first thought the map looked good, I quickly became scornful of it and basically spat on it all. I thought it was a huge step down from the masterpiece that was SG2. It didn't have nearly the amount of trivial rooms that you would find yourself in and was instead a giant jungle. It was a bit in the style of SG1, but I felt a forest was more enjoyable then a giant jungle. Today, the map is probably one of my favorites, and this is mostly due to the reason that the maps, in my opinion, got worse and worse as time went on. My first game ever on Sg3. I actually managed to win as a I strategically planned a chest route before the map was put on the servers. July 7th, 2012. By late July, I was truly getting done with MCSG. Not due to the community, anything but that. More so on the staff's part, especially Karoleigh's. She was constantly getting after it with me, and I felt she was always doing something that I knew wasn't fair or right. However, whenever I called her out she would just blow me off. I actually went on to email Chad in mid July about Karoleigh's behavior to which he would reply "I'll warn her". Even after the supposed warnings, Karoleigh's behavior still ensued with me and I had it. After the forums lagging and with the feeling that the ingame quality was deteriorating, I went onto Skype and told Karoleigh what I thought of her. I told her that she might be a nice person, but how I don't think she is capable of the position she has now. She brushed it all off, much to my aggravation. I then continued the conversation by asking her about the "Jefeperro" incident (Which, basically, involved Jefeperro tryharding her to death, then her forcing deathmatch, and then her crashing the server when he was about to win). To that, from memory, she simply replied that it was nothing of my concern. I then proceeded to call her a steatopygias and asked if she knew what it was. She said she didn't, so I calmly said "Google it, then post the results". As it happened, "Steatopygias" means "Large Rump". She was, least to say, not happy. Right then she decided to put an end to it all and permanently ban me from everything MCSG related. I basically pounded my desk in a fit of rage, but I knew it was nothing that serious and it was already starting to come to an end. While I thought there might have been a bit more to see, I truly did know that the wheels were starting to fall off. With both the new maps as well as the lag switch, I was honestly just wasting my time by sticking around. There was little left and Demanter started to drift away. Justin went on to actually become #1, with a little help from some of his friends. It's always nice to know that I had the honor to team with him for as long as I did, and even from his early stages I knew he would climb high on the boards: and I was right. Although my span on the "Classic" MCSG phase only lasted for a short time, and I was on the leaderboards for even shorter, it was still a lot of fun and I look back on those few months with a lot of joy as well as nostalgia. My last ingame screenshot of Survival Games. July 19th, 2012. So, around this time I have nothing but time as I still have all of August to burn away and already went on my Summer Vacation. It was unfortunate that I couldn't have been banned a bit later, but you win some you lose some. So, in order to keep myself entertained during the summer I decided to go on and browse for more servers. I knew that I wanted to stick with Minecraft, as it was still my favorite game at the time as it's the only one (Well, the only game I had at the time) where you have the whole foruming as well as ingame aspect (And you weren't required to pay some high membership fee). My friend who I recorded my first video with earlier, Tiddlyfish, brought to my attention that there were actually other Survival Games servers that you didn't have to worry about the staff with. I was interested, so I decided to try it out a bit with him. When we joined the server, I almost instantly knew something wasn't right. For a start, there wasn't even a lobby, and there were also no maps. The server we were on was one of the countless "Clone" Survival Games servers that were trying to meet up with the hype but had extremely flawed plugins. For those of you who don't know, around July or August of 2012 there was a huge swarm of servers like these that started appearing. Every single one of them had no point system, you were allowed to freely break blocks, and there was not a single chest (Let alone cornucopia) in sight. It obviously wasn't the same, but I played a bit of it with him and we had a good time. The really big problem was that my friend was playing on a cracked account, and as a result it was a cracked server. Users would constantly be getting banned for hacks, but all they would do is do a simple name change and they were back again. There were also no staff members except the owner who occasionally popped by, so you'd have to pray he was on to see it. It obviously wasn't the same, but it was a nice way to pass the time. I knew I wouldn't be doing it for long though and that it wouldn't last. Every time Tiddly would die, we gave him his proper respect. August 1st, 2012. Around early August I decided to become a member of Planet Minecraft and I joined the forums. There obviously wasn't any "Planet Minecraft" server chain, but it was interesting to see all these players showing off different servers and chains. I tried a few out, but most anyone knows that larger professional chains don't need to advertise on Planet Minecraft. I decided to start building a few maps for Planet Minecraft to which they received mixed reviews. It got very old after a while to just build projects for no reason, so within a matter of days I lost interest. On August 9th or 10th, I came across a survival server somebody, by the name of Wizard101guy20, was talking about on the Planet Minecraft forums. There was hardly anyone on, but he seemed dedicated and he actually agreed to give me OP. At the time he was working on a spawn (Which was truly hideous) so I decided to literally start to reconstruct the Valiant Journey spawn onto his server. Much to his disapproval, he started raging and saying how we don't need a spawn and how his is fine, so I didn't really have a chance to build the thing before he nuked it. I knew the kid was pretty power-crazy right away, so I kept a basic distant between us and just let him do his thing. I wasn't capable of making my own server (Especially on my Mac, I just found too many hardships and flaws no matter how many times I tried) so I basically used him and his server as a bit of a stepping-stool that I could use to work projects on. On April 10th he showed me a video that him and a buddy made. I can't remember the exact concept surrounding it, I recall it being about ways to troll Steve. I saw the video, and it was an extremely typical video that would come out of most any kid who was playing on a cracked account on a ghost-town of a survival server. It was literally the first day I was on and I already had OP: August 10th, 2012. The video was 360p, it was choppy, the editing was god-awful, and there was no music and you were just listening to utter silence (Which only made your cries of misery while watching the video more audible). I knew the video sucked, and I pretty much hinted that it did. "Like you could do much better!?", to which I replied to him "I probably could". We started to get into a bit of a heated argument, but when I showed him my BigGreenMovieMachine channel he was a bit taken back. He was actually impressed by the 60 or so subscribers I had on the channel and he basically thought I might be some sort of "Next Big Thing" so we teamed up to make a video. I created the channel on the early August morning of the 11th, and I named it "WalrusExplosion". I'm still not sure where the name came from, but, in my opinion, is a truly brilliant name. The first video we created was called "A Day In the Life of Steve" and it was a bit of a machinima that only really starred Steve because Wizard was playing on a cracked account and wasn't capable of changing his skin. The video was awful, but for my first ever time using Sony Vegas to edit and one of my first attempts to create a Minecraft video it could have been a lot worse. Thought to be lost for many months as it was removed from Youtube, I recently discovered the video on the hard drive of my old computer. Originally recorded and uploaded August 11th, 2013. So, after I made the video and showed it to him he was truly pleased. We had hardly any following (I messaged it to a couple buddies on skype, that was it) and it only received 1 or 2 comments, but he was determined as he thought he was going to become famous. "Let's do another one!". So we did. The second video we did was titled "The Adoring Fan" and I actually persuaded VebbiHD (I wonder if he remembers this video..) to be a part of it. With two actors, we were capable of a bit more, but as a writer I still basically resorted to copying from others. I had no idea what to do, so I literally ripped an idea right from an "ItsJerryAndHarry" video. In their video, a man chases Jerry and Harry and congratulates them on their sub count, in "The Adoring Fan" Vebbi chases down Wizard and tells him about how he loves their channel. The video wasn't very good, but it felt like a bit of a step-up from the first one, so I edited it all and uploaded it. There truly was nothing to edit and the whole process took less then 30 minutes as all I did was add captions and a music track that played in the background. It literally took less time to record, edit, and publish then it does for me, today, to simply record the first few segments of a video. Anyway, once I had it all set up I published it under the title The Adoring Fan. "Another! Another!". Wizard101guy20 was literally extremely driven to make videos, and as a result we managed to make 4 videos on August 11th. "A Day in the Life of Steve", "The Adoring Fan", "How To Annoy Your Neighbor", and "Falconcraft". All the videos were hastily made, and it showed. The only photo I have with any sign of video-making going on. Judging by the location and the pig, this was "How To Annoy Your Neighbor". August 11th, 2012. On August 12th we made another two videos (This time we actually made sets, would you believe it?) and they were a bit more promising from the first day's work. One of the actors in the videos recorded on April 12nd was named "Z0mb13_HOARD", and to this day I still have him on my skype and we'll occasionally talk about the channel together. While he isn't as active, he played an extremely big role in early Walrus Explosion videos and helped me when it came to dealing with Wizard. So, now we're starting to establish the videos as well as a tiny bit of a following. By August 13th, Not even half a week after we did our first video, we were already getting into debates with Wizard. I know the kid was power-hungry and literally crazy, but not to this extent. While we were working up another video (This time called Hotel Steve) wizard101guy20 eventually started to rage at us on and on about the video. The reason being was that it was taking way too long and how he was bored and how we all suck, etc. Zombie and I both rolled our eyes and then tried to continue to record some more scenes for the video, but Wizard cut it short. He de-op'd us both, banned us from the server, and then shut it down. Zombie and I both skyped each other pretty much like "Um... Okay?" and I made do with the clips I had and made "Hotel Steve". It wasn't finished at all and there was literally only one scene in the whole video, but I still uploaded it. After having seen the video, Wizard101guy20 unbanned me and was trying to get me back on. He went on about how sorry he was, etc. But truth be told he had done things like that in the past day or so and I didn't feel like I had to put up with it. "I can probably get us a server, just give me a couple days" Zombie messaged to me on skype. I decided to basically just end it there, and I knew Wizard would never change, so I ended up actually giving him a little back and de-op'ing him and then banning him. I'm not sure if it had something to do with the server or what, but he was literally unable to join back in. It took him a good hour to properly get an alt name running and join back in, and by that time I was long gone. I actually recall popping on the server later that night and he was all alone, just playing survival by himself, when then he got into a rage and banned me. I actually recall trying to join the next day to see, and much to my disbelief I was actually unbanned. I then logged off from his server for the final time laughing as I did so. So, now Zombie has a server up and running and before anything else we record an update log. It was a bit of a thank-you to everyone who subscribed (We had 37 subscribers or so within a matter of days) and it also covered the whole issue with Wizard101guy20. Later that day Zombie and I were back at the whole "Machinima" process and we recorded a video called "The Richest Cow". It wasn't anything noteworthy, but compared to the videos with Wizard it was a huge step up. The videos started getting a bit more attention and by April 20th we had already hit the 50 sub mark (That's not to say without effort though, I would literally go on servers and advertise my channel for hours on end). Zombie and I were pleased, and the future was really looking bright for us both. On the set of "A Day In the Life of Chuck". August 20th, 2012. With the week passing we continued to work on videos, but now with a standard 1-2 day gap in between so we could harvest ideas. It was a matter of "Quality over Quantity". Around this time I actually received a hater on my channel, which really got to me and actually inspired me to make a video about it. Someone was, unfortunately, going on every single one of my videos with several alt. accounts and disliking them all. More then likely, wizard, he was the only person who would really care enough to do it. We still perused our career none the less and were determined to make good videos, no matter what the costs. On August 25th, one day when I woke up for school I went to FinsGraphic's channel and noticed he had made a speedart for a server chain called "MCTF2". I was honestly happy for him, and was surprised by his amount of subscribers. It truly was a twist of fate when he ended up coming out on top, despite my promising rank and position in the MCSG community. After having seen the MCTF2 speedart, I decided to check out the forums. Much to my liking, the forum was constructed using the Xenofro interface (Which was what MCSG used) and I was quickly captivated and started to play on it. When I got home from school that day it was pretty much all I did. So, as time went by I became less interested in the channel and more interested in MCTF2. Around August 31st, Zombie and I began our most elaborate video yet, "If Movies Were In Minecraft". Filmed with the help of the Nodus "Freecam" option, the video starred Z0mb13 and I (In the rare case of both actor and director) and was quite a hit. At the time, it raked in several hundreds of views for us and we were extremely happy with the results, but we started losing interest in the channel. I recorded another couple videos such as "All the Chests in Survival Games" but then that was it. Despite being one of the lower quality videos on the channel, it is the most popular. Originally published September 1st, 2012. With the rise of FinsGraphics came a whole new wave of youtube channels, Speedarts. They were becoming especially popular among the MCTF2 and MCSG community alike. Interested in it all, I purchased a wacom table and quickly began drawing. I created yet another channel, this time called "WalrusArt". It was much in the style of FinsGraphics both editing wise and drawing wise, but the channel overall failed. To tell you the truth, I simply wasn't ready for it yet and I didn't have a large enough fan base to carry over to the other, so it was far too difficult to try and carry the weight of both of them under my shoulders. After doing some speedarts, I pulled the plug on the channel as I just couldn't see myself doing it in a year's time and I felt there was no need to do it as the tracks were already being covered by Fins, no need to go over them again. So now I was just going to get into MCTF2 and I would worry about the channels later, I needed a bit of a break: however, I didn't quite take one. On MCTF2 I quickly started to notice my name rising up the leaderboards, and once I noticed this I dashed my way to the top. I played nonstop (Well, as little "nonstop" as possible, I still had school) and managed to find myself at the #1 rank in a matter of weeks. My strategy was a simple one, but it worked. I actually spawn-camped at my own spawn and would open up the doors and throw out bombs to enemies crossing by. I also figured out you can regenerate your health fully by retyping your character class if you're in your spawn room. Things were starting to look very good, as once again I was #1, I was actually back playing with good old Demanter, and I was quite friendly with the staff and I felt the administrators were of very fine quality (Especially Exer, the man knew what he was doing). However, when CommunityMC gave up the rights of the server to MCSG things took a turn for the worst. At first I was excited as I saw this as my "Calling Card" to come back to MCSG. I could get into a conversation with Chad and say "Hey, you know I've been active with MCTF2 and it's all looking good, and since MCSG was all a bit silly and things have changed perhaps I can come back.", however just the opposite happened. One of my last screenshots on MCTF2. Demanter and I made.. um.. quite a team. September 23rd, 2012. During a livestream from MCSG that was promoting MCTF2, Chad played a bit of Survival Games and then, much to my excitement, said he was going to stop by MCTF2 and play a bit. I actually ended up in a server with him to which he said "Oh it's The Arena Master!", I happily responded "Chad! Remember me? " and he actually said back "Yes Arena! I remember you! We all remember The Arena Master". It was looking great for me as Chad still knew about me, and I had a feeling I could come back: especially since Karoleigh and C4 had been fired (Or at least, I was near positive. I was hearing from countless sources they were out. I found out it was true later when I saw Karoleigh rage about it on Twitter). So, now I'm just doing what I loved to do, play a bit with the MCSG community and start to get really into the game. However, during the livestream I was constantly asking why I was banned and if I could be unbanned. Nobody really said anything, especially Chad. That's what really got to me, Chad has a tenancy with me to read everything I say but not respond: whether it be email or just a message in a chat he just chooses to play it quiet. So, anyway, in the game Chad jokingly said "Arena you were banned on MCSG? We should ban you here" and then he laughed. Clankstar didn't find it quite so funny though, and actually ended up permanently banning me from the game. In a fit of rage I pounded my fist on the desk as I was once again kicked out from a server chain unfairly. The first time was for a matter of a Admin raging at me over skype, and this time I was only being banned for the MCSG ban (Which wasn't a fair ban in the first place). None the less, on the 12th of October I was permanently banned from MCTF2. So, now I'm back to square 1 yet again. I do a bit of work on a map or two that I made as well as start to collect some old music recordings from my favorite duo of the time "Simon & Garfunkel" and trade and share them with folks. Around this time I actually tried to pop on to MCSG to see what would happen, and to my amazement I actually got into a game. As it happened the old ban panel was completely cleared in a rookie mistake and I was able to play again. I didn't want to however, things were completely different since I left. The maps were different, the community changed far beyond what I was used to, and I still couldn't access the forums. I knew that it was all there waiting for me, but I just wasn't ready yet. I started to slowly become less interested in Minecraft, at least I was, but when my friend CandyFTW messaged me on Skype telling me about yet another community I basically popped up like a groundhog out of its hole. The community, this time, was called "TIMV", and it looked like Chad wasn't going to take this one. Owned by the popular youtuber "Vareide". My first ever picture on TIMV. October 28th, 2012. So, now I'm becoming an active member of TIMV. I'm constantly playing and becoming involved, yet again, with the community. As I become more involved with the community I start to feel that this truly is my new home. After a good month or so of constant playing, I managed to (For an extremely brief amount of time, not even a week) hit #1 on the TIMV leaderboards. It was a nice accomplishment, and I truly felt once again at home. I'm not playing for a good couple months when (I can't say for sure when, I think November?) I get busted for giving away the TIMV maps via PM. It was a truly idiotic move on my part, and I wish I never did it. (And no.. Don't PM me asking for the maps). Around this time I begin to redevelop my interest in MCSG and started to play on it more and more. I would get on skype with some old buddies and we would have a good time. Around January or February of 2013 I went on Teamspeak to try and talk with a staff member about my forum ban in hopes of getting it unbanned. Fairly quickly I was in a teamspeak with Antster and Bic, and from the moment I first met Bic I disliked him. He was very surly at the time, and I could tell I was probably going to have the same difficulties with the staff, but he was kind enough to work with me on my ban, let alone unban me (Which is more then I can say for a lot of staff members) as well as flick the lag switch (And yes, it was a thing. I told him about it when I tried going on the forums and he said he would fix it. Less then a minute later the lag was done. I'm still not sure what the whole deal with it was). So now I'm getting back into MCSG for the second time and meeting up with some old buddies. We're partying in the hotel room, locking people in rooms with cake, all that good old stuff we would do back in beta. I really began to get a taste of just what exactly MCSG had come to. There were loads more maps, these weird furry creatures named baccas, and it was probably the most active Minecraft server chain I had ever seen: at the time it was crazy popular and people from miles around were coming onto the servers. It was a bit strange as I was still the "Old Timer" who liked having 2 maps, but here were these people who were complaining about how there were too few maps.. I was seducing a player on SG2 when TheGreatTito popped up out of nowhere. He literally came into the room with us. He has a video of this floating around somewhere. February 19th, 2013. Interestingly enough, in early February I ran into a game with FinsGraphics. I was hoping that we could also reflect on the good old days when we would team, but instead he saw me as a target. As I followed him around the lobby asking if he remembered when we teamed, he basically denied and said that he has no idea who I am. It was upsetting, because we literally used to talk very often, but I guess I can see how a good 8 months later he might not remember. However, my opinions of him would be completely ruined soon enough. While we were in a game on SG1, Fins started to prove quite a threat and actually ended up doing a bit of trash talking. I went after him and steamrolled the little guy and made him as flat as the paper he draws on. He then proceeded to rage, place a bounty on me, and then in the next game said how people should target me and how the only reason he died was because he lagged (Which he didn't... It was a complete bunch of bunk). One of my favorite things to do if someone is raging and desperately wants to target me in the next game is to just leave. I don't know if anyone realizes this, but if you leave when someone wants nothing more than revenge after you kill them they will be infuriated. So anyway, back to MCSG. I was playing for a bit when I start to see lots of drama happening on the MCSG forums. People are making countless threads about their friends being banned and how MCSG was being unfair (Which wasn't a new concept at all to me.. So I didn't really get what was up). I discovered after a good hour of digging (They really tried to keep it down) that a new server chain called "The Hive" was coming around and that it was slowly ripping its way through MCSG and taking a large crunch of their audience. At first I was upset at The Hive and wanted nothing to do with it, I felt like it was basically a big bully that was coming through and punching MCSG in the ribs and saying it was better. At least, that's the way it was hyped up to be at MCSG. The thing is, all the threads praising The Hive on MCSG were deleted, but anybody who trash talked it got to have their posts kept, so my ideas were obviously a bit influenced. Most who know me tend to know that I don't have my ideas easily manipulated, so I managed to pull my way out of it. I played on The Hive a tiny bit to see what the fuss was, and while at first I didn't really see any reason to switch I decided it might be for the better as I felt the maps were of much better quality and the members of the community were better both socially and ingame. One of my first screens on The Hive.. I never did get those babies. February 25th, 2013. So now I'm basically becoming an active member of The Hive and loving it. The hub was a great place to joke around and everything seemed to be going good. I also had a new computer which meant I wouldn't have to play on our old rundown IMac and I could play on a fast and solid FPS computer, which also was a promising sign of new videos. I started to play some Hive with my brother (Who absolutely loved TIMV) as well as with some old and new friends of mine both from MCSG and that I was meeting on The Hive. This was truly a great time, and was probably near as good, if not better, then the summer of MCSG. Around the 1st or 2nd of March I finally discovered how to make my own server, and once I had it set up I quickly started to get back into a bit of a youtube phase. I called up a few old friends including WalrusBiscuit, VebbiHD, and a few others and we all teamed up to make a video: the first being my "Comeback" video called "If Movies Were In Minecraft: Part 2". Not only was the video a directing and editing triumph, but it also received positive reviews among fans and general viewers alike and people were excited to see what the future had to offer. The video was truly the greatest I had made up to that point, and I truly can't even tell you how it came out like it did. I hadn't been editing for months upon months, and the last videos I edited were truly mostly stink bombs. I guess the long break as well as watching loads of Minecraft machinimas from the likes of CraftedMovie and ItsJerryandHarry did a bit of help. On the set of "If Movies Were in Minecraft 2". March 5th, 2013.