POSTCARDS FROM REJECTLAND: THE COMPLETE COLLECTORS' EDITION
Postcards from Rejectland, in six instalments, chronicles my Minecraft adventures from being a bare noob in version 1.2 to the early days of version 1.8, when it was retired due to the concept behind it seemingly vanishing forever.
When I first registered my copy of Minecraft, my canonical username (ironlord) was already taken, by someone who I would hope has not abused it - so I decided to use my username from what was then the Formula One Rejects forum instead (dinizintheoven). This derives from a memorable headline in the UK's otherwise worst newspaper that has more than the occasional habit for coming up with them, and Pedro Diniz's Ligier bursting into flames at the 1996 Argentine Grand Prix was the source for that headline. (Watch the incident here, if you dare.)
Once I'd picked up some of the bare basics in a Creative world and developed an idea for a suitable house, I started my first proper Survival world and made everything in it related to Formula One Rejects in some way. Despite my preference for all things Norse, the default "Steve?" character was rather darker in hue - I thought it made him look more South American, and because I couldn't be bothered to create a custom skin or even look for one, I renamed him Pedro, after that same driver who I took my username from - that seemed most appropriate.
Armed with only a piece of paper bearing the number -3838928590255333458, Pedro ventured into the unknown and found a place to build a bunker by a river. Four months later, the first Postcards filtered through from this strange new world with what Pedro had built in that time, they wouldn't be the last, and so it went on throughout 2013 and 2014.
Sinclair's Foundry was created in version 1.8 to be a more "industrial" world, with Rejectland continuing to run alongside it as a more "organic" world - manual farming, minimal machines, a near-dearth of automation. However, round about this same time, Formula One Rejects suddenly disappeared, and though the messages given by co-owner Enoch Law were rather cryptic, some of us eventually worked out what had happened and why (and I won't reveal it here). The forum which kept so many of enthralled with discussion of the drivers and teams at the wrong end of the grid was revived in February 2015 as Grand Prix Rejects, but the driver and team profiles and many other articles have yet to see the light of day again, if indeed they ever will. By this stage I had already decided to retire Rejectland in January 2015, with only a few of the projects completed that I had planned for the 1.8 cycle. I still visit occasionally, but there's nothing more to be built there. This is a closed chapter.
It is very important to note here that the descriptions of each screenshot remain written as they were at the time of each original update - hence, if there were additions in the future I didn't know were going to arrive (such as the 1.8 trading revamp that allowed the sale of potatoes, carrots, pumpkins and melons), I've left it as the act of speculation it still was then. Don't go telling me you know better.