Stardust Library

Lā Kūʻokoʻa o Hawaiʻi & Making Kin with the Machines

The latest additions to the Stardust Library collection from work just completed…

First we up we have the entire section titled “la kuokoa historical overview” excerpted from the holiday edition of Ka Nupepa La Kuokoa, BUKE 18, HELU 43 (NATIVE HAWAIIAN STUDENT SERVICES UH MANOA), which summarizes this Hawaiian Independence holiday in English and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi:



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& the first of a five part book that will contain the complete “Making Kin With the Machines” by Noelani Arista, Suzanne Kite, Archer Pechawis, and Jason Lewis which is one of ten Journal of Design & Science‘s 3.5 Resisting Reduction Competition Winners



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New to the Stardust Library? See our tutorial post here.

Stardust Library, Tutorials

Announcing, Stardust Library


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The AGILE Command Book is a simple Google Sheet that is publicly shared for people to access, contribute, and share learning artifacts that can be uploaded to the AGILE MC Multiversity or other compatible Minecraft environments.

AGILE Open Command Book

In order to contribute you can simply visit the book at and add to the suggested books list under the tab “Books (suggested)” OR, for those with the knowledge or willingness to try, you can complete a Minecraft book of your own (see Book Editor Tutorial) and fill all columns in the sheet for your entry as you go. Here are the columns of the “Books (existing)” tab explained:

  • Minecraft Book Author: the name of the person or Minecraft avatar that has crafted the Minecraft book–if you have no intention of venturing to the Minecraft world but only want to produce something for the denizens thereof to engage with, you can either use your real name or create or use whatever pen name you desire for this entry
  • Stardust Library Call # (SLC#): this is the unique number assigned to your text for the purposes of organization within the multiple virtual world library. You can take a look at the “Call # system (work in progress)” tab and try creating a number yourself that you think fits, or you can leave this entry blank
  • Item: this is the actual item that is being produced, the book. So far I have been using the “Title” space for the books to put the SLC# and then including the title of the book in the “Lore:”/description category. For example, the purple text in the image below is what shows for description and the white text at the top is the title:
    SLC# = HK.USOC.2018.02.24 (Hawaiian Kingdom, US Occupation, Date)

    What you name the item in the spreadsheet space should be generally what you think it should be referred to as and does not need to match up in a precise way with the programmed content (e.g. the above example has deZayas Memo in the spreadsheet with a much longer description naming the item in-world).

  • Original author & title or citation: here is where you cite the original author of whatever content you are adapting to a Minecraft book. In some cases I have kept it short and simple, but when I can I simply grab the APA Citation from whatever library website I am using if that is available. In any case, just put as much as is sufficient here to appropriately credit the author(s) of the original work
  • Link to online source: if you adapted a source that is primarily an online source or for which you have a relevant URL, put that in this space
  • Notes: any notes you want to add regarding the process of creation, useful information to other users and collaborators such as potential uses or needed fixes (e.g. I was struggling with one of the books for awhile but did not want to lose the code, so still posted it but marked it as BROKEN TEXT in Notes & then later fixed it)
  • Command vLatest: this is where you will share the command that you have created to summon whatever book you are adding to the list
  • Command v1.0: this is where older versions of the command for a particular item go once they have been updated and a new command takes the vLatest slot… will need to add additional columns for multiple version numbers soon enough…
  • Library Signs: this is where commands that generate signs regarding the specific book you have created go, they can be used to easily mark the book’s presence in the library to patrons

Whether you have any idea about Minecraft or any interest in virtual environments and learning of any sort or not, please consider contributing to the Stardust library by adding suggested works (i.e. things you believe to be conducive to cultivating caring and effective people) to the library list  at

…AND make sure to check out the three part series by Keanu Sai, Ph.D. published in neaToday on the U.S. Occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom, whether you read it inside the Hawaiian Kingdom archive inside the AGILE Multiversity Minecraft environment or on the National Education Association website, and spread the word too!



Minecraft 1.13.2 Book Editor Tutorial

Curating a library inside of the Minecraft AGILE Multiversity campus?

[UPDATE: scroll to the bottom of this post for how to add hyperlinks to Minecraft books]

This is an example and tutorial of a wondrous tool provided by Minecraft Tools called the Book Editor.

Step 1: Create or locate the content you wish to have in your Minecraft book(s) and have it ready to copy and paste (we use some letters from the Anti-Annexation Protest Documents and  the February 24, 2018 United Nations memorandum to the State of Hawaii in making this tutorial)

Step 2: Go to

Step 3: Begin pasting the contents from your first text into the box that contains the text “Minecraft Tools book”, making sure to replace that text with your desired text. Only post up to 13 lines of text per page.

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Note that this is “Page 1” and you will need to continue adding an additional page by clicking the blue [+] box for each additional 13 lines of text. About 25 characters fit per line. You can either edit your own hyphens and line breaks in to try and condense the text as much as possible or use the method we did and focus on copying, pasting, counting lines and consistently checking the preview for accuracy and completeness.

For example:

We take the Liliuokalani, 1893 to Sanford B. Dole  excerpt from Blount Report

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For a shorter text like this, you can try copying the entirety and pasting it all into the first page, count the lines, and move all the remains after the first 13 lines to a New page by re-copying and deleting everything past those first 13 lines…


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Here we count the first 13 lines by holding Shift and pressing the down arrow on the keyboard to highlight the text of each line as we move down…

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Make sure to use the preview function and check for errors as you go along too!


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And so we repeat the process for Page 2, all the way until we complete the text. By default, each Book & Quill is limited to 50 pages unless you are working with mods, so if you are working on a longer text you will want to divide your work into multiple volumes, beginning with Volume 1 and adding a new volume repeating this process in a new volume until done.

In our experience we had to keep the book names short and simple, and also avoid too lengthy of an authors name to avoid errors in our final product. Additionally it is important to keep to a limited number of characters per line in the “Book description:” field if you choose to use it, otherwise your description will appear off-screen in game.

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Note what happens when entering too many characters as a single string in the book description…
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Avoid this by breaking up your Book description with regular line breaks…

Here is an example of Title, Author, and Description field entries that worked out well…

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40 Characters or less per line in the Book description seems to turn out well for us…
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Once you are ready to try your book, click “GENERATE THE COMMAND” and then click the yellow clipboard icon to copy the text
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Then you will need to get a command block, and paste the code from above into the console and set up a lever, pressure plate, or button to activate it…

You can conceal the command blocks below ground and use levers and plates on adjacent blocks to activate them…


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If attaching a button or lever directly to command block, hold SHIFT key and then right-click to do so. Right click again to activate… it worked!



And here is our example that we worked on in the images above:



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Here are our other texts so far:


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The above Minecraft book images were all made from the February 24, 2018 United Nations memorandum to the State of Hawaii, the E Hō Mai page of the Aloha ‘Āina Project, and the UH Hamilton Hawaiian Collection section featured below:


How to manage claims on worlds [Grief Prevention & Multiverse Core required]

The following images and captions are a walkthrough for cofiguring Grief Prevention land claims alongside the Multiverse Core plugin on your Minecraft server.

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This tutorial will show us changing the properties of two worlds: Middle Earth
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MiddleEarth currently disabled, we will add a line to enable claims here
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anarchy world
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Currently disabled, we will be adding a line to the config to make sure it stays this way
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Exit Minecraft and make sure your server is stopped. In this case we are working with which is shown as stopped above
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Access your server folder via whatever FTP client you prefer, to get your FTP info access info using hosting see here
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Locate and open the plugins folder
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Locate and open the GriefPreventionData folder
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Download the config.yml file from there
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Before you enter, make sure to get a full look at the world names in your Multiverse
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ASIDE: While you are in the config you might consider adjusting the max claim blocks per player and the rate at which players accrue claim blocks. The default max is 2,000 and I changed ours to 9,999 and kept the accrual rate the same.
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Note how in our case here some of the worlds have no entry at all yet under Claims: Mode:    …. in order to make it exactly how we want we will specify
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I have added all the lines 14-17 above as new entries, note that anarchy has claims Disabled while MiddleEarth says Survival. Claims that are created will still be protected while in Creative but writing Survival will enable to claims to players in Survival mode.
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After you have saved your updated config.yml use the method above to upload or simply drag and drop it from whatever folder it is saved to on your disk back into the folder you got it from on your Minecraft server using your chosen FTP client
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Yes, Overwrite!
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Re-activate your server
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In the anarchy world, land claims are still disabled, success!
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and it looks like they are now enabled on MiddleEarth! (to create a claim, simply Right click on the first corner of your desired rectangle using a golden shovel)
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(and then right click on the opposite corner) Test claim successfully created!
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Type /abandonclaim while standing in your test claim to get rid of it if it is not meant to stay.



RC Mailbox Minecraft Plugin Tutorial

Note: Skip to step 3 if your server already has RC Mailbox installed.

Step 1: Have your own Minecraft server capable of running Spigot and Bukkit plugins (this test/tutorial was done on the AGILE Multiversity server which is currently hosted by and running a Paper 1.13.2 jar)

Step 2: Install RCMailbox plugin [see how to install plugins tutorial here]

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Step 3: See the images below for an example of how to send and receive mail, including sending to offline players!

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The first thing I tried was /mailbox open … this is the message you get if your mailbox is empty!
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I then try sending the golden shovel in my hand to myself…
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That doesn’t work…
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But I can send it to Endmanking using /mailbox send EndmanKing, the item in my hand is sent!
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Now I use the above EssentialsX command to give myself a Book & Quill

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I write a letter…
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and I sign & close it…

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Then I type and enter /mailbox send EndmanKing … success!
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Now I try sending more than one item at a time using /mailbox sendmore EndmanKing
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I select and move 64 Iron ingots and a Bag of gold to the send space…
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I press the escape (ESC) key to exit the sendmore menu and… success!
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Now I log in as EndmanKing to see if it works…
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I type /mailbox open and press ENTER…

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Awesome it’s all there, I move it to EndmanKing’s inventory…
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& open and read the test letter… cool stuff!!
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Event Promo

DnD meets Minecraft in Goblins & Kyn vs Indus Knightz Open Beta


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Excerpt from registration form:

Welcome to the AGILE Multiversity! Our constantly growing ocean of energies is unstoppable.

This form is to help us optimize our organized play experiences of and throughout the many many worlds that we are on the Academy for Gameful & Immersive Learning Experiences’ AGILE Multiversity–whether it be our Minecraft server or any of myriad linked Dungeons & Dragons or other roleplaying games or some combination thereof.

By filling out the form completely you earn a custom magic item (something *nice*) and an additional 1,000 land claim blocks which can be potentially used in any world you can access. And many many worlds there are.

After email, the first set of questions regard you as a real life person, outside of the game-worlds. Everything beyond that pertains directly to your role as a multiversal character in the AGILE Minecraft Multiversity.

✮For Dungeons & Dragons resources please check out this great list by Teaching with DnD at
✮You can join our campaign on Roll20 with this link:
✮Or on D&D Beyond with this link:

✮If you are new to Minecraft Java, use Method 1 on this WikiHow with our Minecraft server address to join us:
✮Our Minecraft server address =
✮Our Planet Minecraft page =



Plugins in use on our Minecraft Multiversity Server

With our planetminecraft page out and whispers of a tournament coming soon to our newly launched Spigot Minecraft server, we thought it might be helpful to publish this post covering the range of plugins we are currently using. This shows the range of increased capacities of play on our server which remains accessible by all using the latest vanilla Minecraft version (Java 1.13.1).

Here they are:

AGILE Multiversity Spigot Plugins

Advanced Achievements 5.9.3



Wonderful plugin great for minimizing possibility for players to grief one another notably including an easy to learn and use land claim system, separation (mutual muting) of players, and control over PvP possibilities. See manual and commands and tutorial here.


Allows players to self-select into a total of 3 jobs that they receive XP for and server money for, the latter of which can be used for whatever you decide to input for as administrators. On the AGILE Multiversity server, server money can purchase portals and world slots. Custom jobs can be created and the default 12 are: Hunter, Farmer, Enchanter, Explorer, Woodcutter, Miner, Builder, Digger, Crafter, Fisherman, Weaponsmith, Brewer.


Creates a variety of wands and 85 spells that players can learn over time as they develop their magic powers.

Multiverse-Core-2.6.0.jar   [Tutorial video]

Allows for the importation of many worlds (don’t go overboard though!). This a obviously a key plugin for the AGILE Multiversity server as we specialize in multiworld interworld roleplay and tournaments as a methodology for optimal play and learning.


Allows for creation of skills and character classes in game that come with different special abilities (e.g. faster mining, bonus items from smelting, gathering, faster run speed etc.).


I am still not sure the extend of this plugin and if it really is essential or not. It changes the commands around in ways that are easier (e.g. /gamemode creative and /gamemode survival become once again /gamemode 1 and /gamemode 0 as they previously were). Plus you get the ability to poison, un poison, and turn people invisible and apparently much else…


Apparently a useful plugin for having multiple people who are “staff” operating the server. Good for enhanced administrative functioning which tends to translate well into teaching of course. I haven’t used this yet.


This is great and I don’t think requires much tinkering. As soon as I added it to the server I am able to use commands to pull up basic game stats for each player, useful also for classroom purposes to easily see how much time and what kinds of activities different students are developing in or focusing on.

The New Economy

I’m not sure how to use this yet but it is essential together with the Vault and Jobs plugins to have a fully functioning economy where currencies, including designated items and virtual currencies, can be created.


Essential for full use of the Jobs plugin. I haven’t configured this on my server yet and it is necessary to do anything with the money from jobs. However, I just installed the above

… don’t forget to vote for us on planetminecraft and to come play on our server located at

See you there!

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