A Visit to Mojang, Makers of Minecraft

This summer my Minecraft-mad boys (aged 12, 10, and 10) got the thrill of their lives: a visit to Mojang and meeting Notch, its creator. If you've never heard of Minecraft, it would be hard to know where to start except to say that it's an amazing game that fosters a ton of creativity and deservedly has an astoundingly vibrant community. Hopefully, there were enough superlatives in the last sentence to make you want to check it out :-)

Visiting Mojang is no easy thing: these guys are extremely busy and well, they're in Sweden while we live in California. The geographic challenge was overcome when my wife Katrine took our sons to Norway to visit relatives. Stockholm, home of Mojang, is but a 6 hour train ride from Oslo.

Over to Katrine:
As they so wanted to visit their Minecraft Heroes, the boys sent personal letters to Notch to accompany the Minecraft newsletters they had created as homeschooling projects. I followed up with a phone call and emails to Carl, the CEO. He invited us to visit on one of their gaming Fridays. He emailed me the code that opened the door to get in the building, that was pretty cool! Carl showed us all around the Mojang office, we met the Scrolls crew in a separate area where we  couldn't take pictures, and other Mojang'ers with Notch in another room decorated with the soon-for-sale wallpaper. 
They made us feel really welcome and special, and even though Carl was going on vacation the next day, he had time to show us around, talk to us and introduce us to his colleagues. He invited us to play games in the orange game room, and just hang out as long as we wanted.

Thomas, Alexander, and Daniel meet Notch. Not always easy to smile when you're meeting your hero :-)
Daniel shows Notch and Carl the winged chest plate mod he & I coded together in Java (lets you fly by jumping and fall to the ground like a feather).
Alexander shows Carl some of his Minecraft constructions.
Cool artwork!
Throughout the visit, Notch, Carl, Jens, Daniel, and the rest of the team were really welcoming and kind, and Notch even smiled non-commitally when our Daniel told him he should include the winged chest plate in a future version of Minecraft! ;-)

See you at Minecon! (Look for 2deckalex, 2deckdan, 2decktom, 2deckmom, and 2deckpaul at a minecraft server near you :-)
1 response
Wow, that's the first I heard of this!

What a wonderful thing to have arranged, and how great for the Minecraft crew to have accepted.

Let the boys know what a rare opportunity this was. And a wonderful time for people with geeky interests to grow up.

I spent so much time when I was young just explaining the things I was interested in . . .