“True Cost of Coal” mural opposite Miner’s Guild Store #001 chronicles mining

“The True Cost of Coal” mural by the Beehive Collective has appeared across from Miner’s Guild Store #001. So far the Miner’s Guild has not responded to inquiries for comment. The mural can also be viewed here and also comes with this narrative reading order guide. (backup mirror).

A new mural has appeared across from the Miner’s Guild Local Store #001 …
It is titled “The True Cost of Coal”
a closer look unveils many stories taking place at once and the mural can be read from left to right and top to bottom or bottom to top…
Is it opposite of the mining pick in protest of mining?
Well what do they sell here? And how did that Creeper get up here?


The new mural and spawn as seen from the miner’s guild local store balcony
The Earth Dragon Witch Jeruviel draws their wand and sign…


Event Promo

You’re invited! Free family fun & epic contest for the Hawaiian Kingdom


Don’t miss the free and open kickoff party for team Hawaiian Kingdom Minecraft Multiversity at HPU Esports Arena at Aloha Tower this Friday, June 22nd from 12 to 3pm. Learn more about this epic STEAM community storytelling and creative futurisms voyage by attending locally or watching live on

Jump on the servers from wherever you are and get into the fun now! We have an open roleplay server and two others with topographically accurate maps of all the islands of the Hawaiian Kingdom. We are actively engaged in the Minecraft community Summer 2018 Journey Through Time contest, utilizing our maps of the islands of the Hawaiian Islands to create, explore, and share pasts, presents, and futures of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Please Contact Us to officially join our build team.

Below are several posters for printing and posting or sharing on social media. Please share and we hope to see you there and/or on our live stream (which, yes, will also be archived on our YouTube channel!).



Hawaiian Kingdom Minecraft Team Kickoff Poster
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Hawaiian Kingdom Minecraft Team Kickoff flyers sheet
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AGILE Overview of Summer Programs 2018.jpg


Maximizing Control Minecraft Chat & Using Discord – Online Safety & Effective Communication

I have prepared this tutorial on disabling chat and using Discord for communications for anyone interested in having more control over the communications they engage with on Minecraft Java servers. For anyone using Minecraft Bedrock, see this article instead, especially the section “OTHERS CAN COMMUNICATE WITH VOICE, TEXT, OR INVITES.” The inspiration to write this tutorial comes from parent questions regarding online safety at a Minecraft Multiversity workshop that I gave at the Mānoa public library on June 2nd, 2018. Control over communications from the client/user side also has a lot of usefulness for the purposes of this course, so I am publishing this here. Beyond the concerns around child safety in multiplayer gaming that prompted me to look into this, I see at least a few reasons why this is useful. 1) it is helpful to filter out unnecessary noise in an educational setting that might otherwise prove distracting e.g. people who have nothing to do with the class and what we are studying sending distracting chat messages 2) control over communications by the user is crucial to democracy 3) utilizing Discord chat and/or voice instead of Minecraft chat allows for live chat and voice on specific channels dedicated to different functions, optimizing the effectiveness of our communications.

Here is how to disable chat on Minecraft Java (OPTIONAL):

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From the opening game menu, select “Options…”
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Then select “Chat Settings…”
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The default chat setting is “Shown” …
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In order to disable Chat, left-click until it reads “Hidden” OR “Commands Only” if you would still like to be able to see command lines displayed on screen
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You can also do the same process from the game menu after you are logged into the server. Press Escape (ESC) key to open the Game Menu and then select “Options…”
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Then select “Chat Settings…”
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Change to “Commands Only” OR
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Select “Hidden” and then click “Done”

I recommend using Discord for communications. For parents and, really, anyone wanting to know what Discord is and how it works, I recommend reading this Parentʻs Guide to Discord. For general public users accessing the AGILE Java Minecraft server, which is the primary site of our democratic experimentation, you can join the AGILE Discord server. I also recommend that participants create their own Discord servers specific to your own real and virtual world purposes (e.g. family fun, Minecraft townships and guilds, professional development & virtual world workshops etc.). For students enrolled in POLS/WS 394 and other official guest speakers to the class, I have created a server dedicated to our Advanced Democratic Practice & Theory Through Games class. Those who should have access to this server will receive the login information directly from me if you have not already. If you have something to offer our study and would like to join us as an official guest speaker, please contact me at with your qualifications and ideas for engagement.

Thanks for reading, please leave comments with any feedback or questions.