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Re: Preparations for EVOMC21 - Meant for current and past moderators #evomc21 #planning

Vance Stevens
 

Hi all,

It seems we are interacting mostly in Discord, but just to let you know we have called a meeting there in two hours time, for co-moderators, in Discord. The time of the meeting is 
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=EVOMC21+Co-mods+confab+Dec+12%2C+6+am+PST&iso=20211212T06&p1=234&ah=1

The agenda for those who have access to the document (i.e. EVOMC21 co-moderators) is here
https://docs.google.com/document/d/19UbZWEE86q328xrTNsE__Mzi7QNHW_Lr5UhmADZZAp4/edit?usp=sharing

If you are unable to make it to the meeting please leave us your feedback in that document.

Vance


Re: Preparations for EVOMC21 - Meant for current and past moderators #evomc21 #planning

Vance Stevens
 

Dear all,

This is quick follow up on my last mail, the first of many follow-ups as we gear up for the start of EVO Minecraft MOOC the second week in January. It is mainly directed at the moderators of EVOMC21 who are members of this list, but those who are not moderators are welcome to sit in on these emails and also to reply if you have any opinions on our discussions.

The first thing here is to let you know that our session has officially been accepted this year, as of yesterday Dec 6. I have posted the acceptance letter in our organizational document which only moderators can access. You can find it through its table of contents. If you are a moderator and don't have access to this document please request to join it:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/19UbZWEE86q328xrTNsE__Mzi7QNHW_Lr5UhmADZZAp4/edit?usp=sharing

Our weekly organizational meeting last night, Dec 5, was attended only by me and Dakotah. I found it very entertaining to have a chance to talk to Dak and pick his brain topics ranging from his philosophy of education to what I could do with all the lapis lazuli I was finding while mining at level 11, which I was in fact doing while talking to him, multitasking.

I'll ask in Discord what people want to do about future moderator meetings, but we are using that and Groups.io to try and reach people where they live, so to speak. Some of us hang out in Discord, others respond to email, most of us are on Facebook, but that's not where we should do our moderator planning.

It could have been that our meeting Dec 5 conflicted with the start of the OpenSim conference which I had thought started the hour after we had scheduled our meeting. It was a two day conference, Dec 5 and 6, but it's Dec 7 where I am now and I was just listening to the last of the livestream. It's all on YouTube, all of them going back for as long or longer than EVO Minecraft MOOC has been in play (2015). The live stream for this year appears to have just ended.

Our Google Doc tracks all the issues needing resolution as we move toward start of EVOMC21 about a month from now. If you are a moderator and wish to be involved you should be checking there. A couple of things added since last week:

The opening session of EVO 2021 will be on Sunday Jan 10. The "official" registration period goes through Jan 11, so we could have our EVOMC21 kickoff Sat Jan 9 (the official start date of EVO 2021) or on Monday Jan 11, the "official" end of registration, or whenever we feel like it. I suggest we have it in Zoom and create a record explaining how people can get into Discord and where we live on Facebook. Decisions, decisions :-)

Apart from that, the items in our document (which would in turn be the agenda for our meetings) remain pretty much the same as last week.

Our group of moderators has been doing this year after year and in essence we get into Minecraft, get newcomers to follow us there, and interact with everyone in Minecraft and in Discord / Facebook (with Groups.io an option for people who aren't on FB or need help getting into the other two spaces). One of the more important issues is whether or not to have a community space on the server as we have had in previous years and if yes, who will create it. Also, do we have a program of regular or ad hoc meetings? If so, there is a schedule there where people can be writing in their suggestions.

I suggest we use this Groups.io to begin with as a place to rally troops before we all head off into battle on the server, and to pick up those who straggle in once we're in session, but there has been push back on that from two coordinators and we need weigh-in from others. The question is what instructions to put on our front page at http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/ to tell people what spaces to join in order to communicate with us, just FB and Discord, or groups.io as well.

Any thoughts on any of these issues from any on this list would be appreciated.

For a full list of issues please see the moderators-only document. We need to settle them there and in Discord, or here on this list. If issues remain unresolved when we start our session, they will become non-issues and we'll do what we usually do, play in Minecraft and welcome others there and show them around and get them familiar with the environment as a space for professional development and its potential for use with students.

Best,
Vance


Preparations for EVOMC21 - Meant for current and past moderators #evomc21 #planning

Vance Stevens
 

Dear members of Minecraft MOOC groups.io

Ten of you are moderators of the upcoming EVO Minecraft MOOC for 2021. Six of you have been moderators in past years, and the remaining 10 members of this list have joined us as participants in one of our recent EVOMC sessions. This message is addressed to all current and past EVOMC moderators who wish to be involved in planning our upcoming EVOMC21.

Some of us have been meeting in Discord once a week for the past few weeks. We plan to meet next on Dec 5 at 1400 UTC. Moderators are welcome to join us, or if that is an inconvenient time for you, we could add additional times, if you want to meet with us and discuss some of the many issues that we have been tackling over the past few weeks.

We have been documenting these discussions and issues here, 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/19UbZWEE86q328xrTNsE__Mzi7QNHW_Lr5UhmADZZAp4/edit?usp=sharing.

This document is accessible only to current and past moderators. All but three current moderators (or moderator family teams) have already requested and received access to this document and I am now sharing it with the other three current moderators, so that all those most concerned can be involved in planning (past moderators may request access if interested).

There is a table of contents in this document where you can easily find an overview pointing to issues that might interest you or that you might like to be involved in.

One issue that came up in our meeting yesterday was the issue of this groups.io and how it should be used in the upcoming EVOMC21. To catch up on this issue, please see the part of the document starting here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/19UbZWEE86q328xrTNsE__Mzi7QNHW_Lr5UhmADZZAp4/edit#heading=h.5r8wxevrttrt

And then the action item here
https://docs.google.com/document/d/19UbZWEE86q328xrTNsE__Mzi7QNHW_Lr5UhmADZZAp4/edit#heading=h.uim7odwthjge

Note that I plan to poll you on your opinion on this issue before the EVO CfP (call for participation in this case) goes out around Dec 6.

Thanks all those who are participating in our planning toward having a successful EVOMC21 this January-Feb, and to those who have joined us as participants in the past, welcome back. You can visit what we are developing for you in the usual place, http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/, and of course you can follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/evomc/.

Hope you and yours are staying healthy,

Teacher Vance







If you are planning to join us in 2021 please fill in the Google form

Vance Stevens
 

Hi all,

The Google Form for 2021 is ready at https://forms.gle/K2WhQAZNUg698ZCV7. If planning to participate in EVO Minecraft MOOC 2021 it is essential that you fill in the form.

Moderators please fill in the form (to test and provide feedback). The form is designed to help us accept those who fit in with our policy description, given in the ABOUT section of our FB group and here,
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/141007341/2021_Week1#Whatyoucandoifyourapplicationisnotaccepted
(you can feed back on this too).

The form is used to help us identify who is on our server in any given year, for us to be able to whitelist you on that server, and for us to provide stats and demographics requested by EVO at the close of EVO sessions in February each year.

Even if you have filled out the form in previous years, please update the current form for the current year.

Thanks,

Teacher Vance


From what is a server to setting your client up to get you on the EVO Minecraft server #faq #help #minecraft_installation #ServerInfo

Vance Stevens
 

Hi,

I hope we can get back to using this list more productively. I've been carrying on a conversation in FB which I hope I can direct over here.

These conversations are tagged. That's useful because the information here can be retrieved in a way that contributes to knowledge.

Just sayin'

Here's the conversation I was holding in FB, a bit scattered, and really hard to follow in FB without copying it and pasting it somewhere you can read it on one page, as I've done here. At the end I invited my interlocutant join this group.io and carry on this conversation here.

FAQ
Recently I use Discord and gradually learned that when they say “server” they actually meant a “group.” This fundamental misunderstanding prevented all of my comprehension. I thought I had to set up this little computer as a server which would cost several hundred dollars?

My Answer
ah, sorry about that. No, we have a server running and you are welcome to be whitelisted on it. We are gearing up for 2021 now. 
 
Q - Wait. In this case, “server” means Minecraft group, right?

A - Not quite, a server is any computer that hosts "server software" that allows others in its network to interact through the "server". Discord requires a server, Facebook requires a server, likely an array of them, and Minecraft MOOC has a server. You have to be whitelisted on our server.

You can find out more here, http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/
In the sidebar there you can find informaton about our server, how to join our group in discord through its server, etc.

Before you can join us you have to get your copy of Minecraft from Mojang. Instructions are at
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/137427609/how2joinUs 
Once you've got a user name let me know and I can have you whitelisted on our server.
 
Q - I am still having some difficulty comprehending (You are so advanced gamer! (-;) 
When you say "server" of Facebook, it refers to something like this.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_(computing)
However, when you say, "server" while using Discord, it simply means a "group" such as "SIG Virtual Worlds & Serious Games Eurocall/Calico.
That's why I was confused. Are you saying using the term "server" as the former (device), which is more commonly used----not the latter (group)?
 
A - The Google definition is correct "In computing, a server is a piece of computer hardware or software that provides functionality for other programs or devices, called "clients". This architecture is called the client–server model."

And that's what discord or FB is, it's a computer somewhere with this computer server software on it that "provides functionality for other programs or devices." So you log in on your computer to their server and you enjoy the functionality offered (through your client software, accessible through your browser).
 
For Minecraft we have a computer set up somewhere with Minecraft SERVER software on it. You install the CLIENT software on your computer. When you join us you log in to Minecraft on your client software and configure it to connect to our server. Here's how.
 
First you have to set your client to connect with our server by following instructions here http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/141007461/2021_server_info#Howtoconnectwithourserveratmcevomcnet
 
This isn't updated yet for this year but the server address is correct, mc.evomc.net
 
Then you have to get the correct version of Minecraft which happens to be 1.16.1 and here's how you do that (updated for this year). 
 
Why don't you join our list serv at https://groups.io/g/minecraftmooc/ and I can talk you through it better there

^V^


Upcoming Event: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session - Sat, 02/15/2020 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session

When: Saturday, 15 February 2020, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, (GMT+00:00) UTC

Where:Haliwell Minecraft Server 1.14.4 and EVOmc Discord

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Organizer: Dakotah Reedstone and Caroll Rainbow Dakotah Redstone and Carol Rainbow

Description: Join Dakotah and Carol on Haliwell Server 1.14.4 continue with your learning and get caught up.
Plan to communicate in Discord (Dakotah likes to yak) :)

Do you have any questions, ideas, suggestions? Bring them if you like.


Upcoming Event: Play and Learn - Sat, 02/15/2020 1:00pm-2:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Play and Learn

When: Saturday, 15 February 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm, (GMT+00:00) UTC

Where:EVO Minecraft and Discord Servers

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Organizer: Jane Chien and Vance Stevens

Description: Yes, we've reached the last week of EVOmc and it's time to reflect. However the playing and the learning continues.

Join us to continue exploring, building, trading and learning.

If you have questions, ideas, suggestions bring them all with you.


Upcoming Event: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session - Fri, 02/14/2020 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session

When: Friday, 14 February 2020, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, (GMT+00:00) UTC

Where:Haliwell Minecraft Server 1.14.4 and EVOmc Discord

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Organizer: Dakotah Reedstone and Caroll Rainbow Dakotah Redstone and Carol Rainbow

Description: Join Dakotah and Carol on Haliwell Server 1.14.4 continue with your learning and get caught up.
Plan to communicate in Discord (Dakotah likes to yak) :)

Do you have any questions, ideas, suggestions? Bring them if you like.


Upcoming Event: Play and Learn - Fri, 02/14/2020 1:00pm-2:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Play and Learn

When: Friday, 14 February 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm, (GMT+00:00) UTC

Where:EVO Minecraft and Discord Servers

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Organizer: Jane Chien and Vance Stevens

Description: Yes, we've reached the last week of EVOmc and it's time to reflect. However the playing and the learning continues.

Join us to continue exploring, building, trading and learning.

If you have questions, ideas, suggestions bring them all with you.


EVO2020 wrap up and BIG THANKS to our VERY ACTIVE moderators and participants!! #evomc20 #LiveEvents

Vance Stevens
 

Dear all,

Those of us who have been active this year in EVO Minecraft MOOC have had a very stimulating and rewarding session. All of us have been learning continually and there is always more to learn. Some of us have been learning to come to grips with Minecraft, others have been pursuing the seemingly infinite depth of the game for our own enjoyment and to try and better understand how we can leverage that in our classrooms with out own students who also seem to enjoy playing, and learning through Minecraft.

I want to especially thank our moderators who day after day for the past 5 weeks have been meeting at consistent times in world. Jane and Olivetree's recurring 1300 and 1800  events on our classic 1.12.2 server, faithfully maintained by Aaron, and the 1930 UTC time spots at Halliwell thanks to Dak and Carol have been kept throughout the EVO session, a first for us this year to have so many sessons, as can be seen at our live events archive here
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/134715012/2020_Live_Events

These sessions have attracted a number of participants, not many as in other EVO sessions, but we hope that over the next few weeks we can tease out the recollections of those who have attended. Tilly for example has been keeping notes, and Olivetree mentioned last night that she was working on a record, and Bobbi Bear and I plan when we finally get a bit of respite back in Penang to get some of the pictures posted in Discord and FB and from our own computers into our archives at the link above. If any others have pictures you want to share, please post them to one of those places.

Our upcoming events also mentions this one
http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/page/134715012/2020_Live_Events#SunFeb161400UTCWrapupandclosingceremonyofEVO2020

That's for the event just recently annouced from the EVO Coordinators regarding the upcoming official closing ceremony of EVO 2020 this coming Sunday at 1400 UTC.

I'll sign off on this email now, but annoucement is pasted below (and the essential details are at the link above)

Hope to see you in Zoom Sun Feb 16 1400 UTC

best,
Vance

Dear Members of EVO20,

You're invited to join our wrap up of EVO20 sessions. 

Please check your timezone for the exact time: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Wrap+Up+EVO20&iso=20200216T14&p1=1440&ah=1
 
Topic: Wrap Up of EVO20 Sessions 
Time: Feb 16, 2020 02:00 PM Universal Time UTC
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 210 143 084
 
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Hope to see you at the live online meeting. 
EVO20 Coordinating Team 
 

Dear Members of EVO20,

You're invited to join our wrap up of EVO20 sessions. 

Please check your timezone for the exact time: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Wrap+Up+EVO20&iso=20200216T14&p1=1440&ah=1
 
Topic: Wrap Up of EVO20 Sessions 
Time: Feb 16, 2020 02:00 PM Universal Time UTC
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 210 143 084
 
One tap mobile
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Dial by your location
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        +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 210 143 084

Hope to see you at the live online meeting. 
EVO20 Coordinating Team 
 


Upcoming Event: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session - Thu, 02/13/2020 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session

When: Thursday, 13 February 2020, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, (GMT+00:00) UTC

Where:Haliwell Minecraft Server 1.14.4 and EVOmc Discord

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Organizer: Dakotah Reedstone and Caroll Rainbow Dakotah Redstone and Carol Rainbow

Description: Join Dakotah and Carol on Haliwell Server 1.14.4 continue with your learning and get caught up.
Plan to communicate in Discord (Dakotah likes to yak) :)

Do you have any questions, ideas, suggestions? Bring them if you like.


Upcoming Event: Play and Learn - Thu, 02/13/2020 1:00pm-2:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Play and Learn

When: Thursday, 13 February 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm, (GMT+00:00) UTC

Where:EVO Minecraft and Discord Servers

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Organizer: Jane Chien and Vance Stevens

Description: Yes, we've reached the last week of EVOmc and it's time to reflect. However the playing and the learning continues.

Join us to continue exploring, building, trading and learning.

If you have questions, ideas, suggestions bring them all with you.


Upcoming Event: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session Cancelled - Wed, 02/12/2020 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session Cancelled

When: Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, (GMT+00:00) UTC

Where:Haliwell Minecraft Server 1.14.4 and EVOmc Discord

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Organizer: Dakotah Reedstone and Caroll Rainbow Dakotah Redstone and Carol Rainbow

Description: Sorry guys, today's session with Dakotah is cancelled because of a doctor's appointment that he'd forgotten about.

Join Dakotah and Carol on Haliwell Server 1.14.4 continue with your learning and get caught up.

Plan to communicate in Discord (Dakotah likes to yak) :)

Do you have any questions, ideas, suggestions? Bring them if you like.


Upcoming Event: Play and Learn - Wed, 02/12/2020 1:00pm-2:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Play and Learn

When: Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm, (GMT+00:00) UTC

Where:EVO Minecraft and Discord Servers

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Organizer: Jane Chien and Vance Stevens

Description: Yes, we've reached the last week of EVOmc and it's time to reflect. However the playing and the learning continues.

Join us to continue exploring, building, trading and learning.

If you have questions, ideas, suggestions bring them all with you.


Updated Event: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session Cancelled - Wednesday, 12 February 2020 #cal-invite

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Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session Cancelled

When:
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
7:30pm to 8:30pm
(UTC+00:00) UTC

Where:
Haliwell Minecraft Server 1.14.4 and EVOmc Discord

Organizer: Dakotah Reedstone and Caroll Rainbow Dakotah Redstone and Carol Rainbow

Description:
Sorry guys, today's session with Dakotah is cancelled because of a doctor's appointment that he'd forgotten about.

Join Dakotah and Carol on Haliwell Server 1.14.4 continue with your learning and get caught up.

Plan to communicate in Discord (Dakotah likes to yak) :)

Do you have any questions, ideas, suggestions? Bring them if you like.


Upcoming Event: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session - Tue, 02/11/2020 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session

When: Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, (GMT+00:00) UTC

Where:Haliwell Minecraft Server 1.14.4 and EVOmc Discord

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Organizer: Dakotah Reedstone and Caroll Rainbow Dakotah Redstone and Carol Rainbow

Description: Join Dakotah and Carol on Haliwell Server 1.14.4 continue with your learning and get caught up.
Plan to communicate in Discord (Dakotah likes to yak) :)

Do you have any questions, ideas, suggestions? Bring them if you like.


Upcoming Event: Play and Learn - Tue, 02/11/2020 1:00pm-2:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Play and Learn

When: Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm, (GMT+00:00) UTC

Where:EVO Minecraft and Discord Servers

View Event

Organizer: Jane Chien and Vance Stevens

Description: Yes, we've reached the last week of EVOmc and it's time to reflect. However the playing and the learning continues.

Join us to continue exploring, building, trading and learning.

If you have questions, ideas, suggestions bring them all with you.


Upcoming Event: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session - Mon, 02/10/2020 7:30pm-8:30pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session

When: Monday, 10 February 2020, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, (GMT+00:00) UTC

Where:Haliwell Minecraft Server 1.14.4 and EVOmc Discord

View Event

Organizer: Dakotah Reedstone and Caroll Rainbow Dakotah Redstone and Carol Rainbow

Description: Join Dakotah and Carol on Haliwell Server 1.14.4 continue with your learning and get caught up.
Plan to communicate in Discord (Dakotah likes to yak) :)

Do you have any questions, ideas, suggestions? Bring them if you like.


Upcoming Event: Play and Learn - Mon, 02/10/2020 1:00pm-2:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Play and Learn

When: Monday, 10 February 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm, (GMT+00:00) UTC

Where:EVO Minecraft and Discord Servers

View Event

Organizer: Jane Chien and Vance Stevens

Description: Yes, we've reached the last week of EVOmc and it's time to reflect. However the playing and the learning continues.

Join us to continue exploring, building, trading and learning.

If you have questions, ideas, suggestions bring them all with you.


Event: Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session #cal-invite

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Hinderval University "faux" orientation workshop-a play session

When:
Monday, 10 February 2020
7:30pm to 8:30pm
(UTC+00:00) UTC
Repeats: Daily, 6 times

Where:
Haliwell Minecraft Server 1.14.4 and EVOmc Discord

Organizer: Dakotah Reedstone and Caroll Rainbow Dakotah Redstone and Carol Rainbow

Description:
Join Dakotah and Carol on Haliwell Server 1.14.4 continue with your learning and get caught up.
Plan to communicate in Discord (Dakotah likes to yak) :)

Do you have any questions, ideas, suggestions? Bring them if you like.

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