Arkas from his first public appearance
Arkas, also known by his personal name Tijmen B (pronounced "tɛi̯ mən" in Dutch, anglicised as "taɪ mən), is a Dutch Let's Play commentator and a member of Mindcrack since September 2011, having join the Mindcrack Server after winning third place in the third contest.
Arkas was born and raised in the Netherlands, which he commonly refers to as Holland. Arkas lives in the North of the Netherlands. He speaks Dutch as his first language. He previously studied neurobiology at university but lost interest around December 2013. Arkas considered YouTube a full time job before returning to university in September 2014. His Minecraft username is a modified version of "Arkan", a gamer tag that originated from a Jedi roleplaying server, that was no longer available when he made his account.
For a long period of time, Arkas' YouTube channel had only one video, which was a video submission for Guude's contest to enter the server titled "Arkas' Arena Contest Entry". The video was not publicly available for a long time, but was republicized when Arkas hit 100,000 subscribers. Arkas' first video on the server was livestreamed to Twitch on 10 June 2012, but was not archived. His first YouTube video from the Mindcrack server, uploaded on 10 July 2012, earned him more than 10,000 subscribers overnight. Arkas cites encouragement from fans and other Mindcrackers, notably VintageBeef, as the reason he began Let's Playing.
Arkas had hinted at travelling to Paris for MineCon 2012, but did not attend for financial reasons. In April 2014, Arkas confirmed he would be attending EGX London held in September 2014. He made his first public appearance in a vlog on 29 August 2014.
|Game||Playlist or first video||Start date||Brief description|
|7 Days to Die||"Arkas Builds :: 7 Days To Die"||2 Mar 2014|
|OFF||"OFF"||25 Apr 2014|
|WindForge||"Arkas Plays WindForge"||17 Jul 2014|
|Space Engineers||"Cats In Space"||7 Aug 2014||Featuring Protostar and DeceptiBonk|
||See Garry's Mod|
|Map||Playlist or First episode||Start date||Brief description|
|Mindcrack Survival multiplayer||
|Mindcrack Feed the Beast Modded multiplayer||24 Feb 2013|
|Singleplayer mapmaking||"Arkas Builds An Adventure Map"||10 Oct 2013|
|Multiplayer mapmaking||"Building The Mindcrack Public Server"||12 Dec 2013||On the PlayMindcrack server|
|Modded survival singleplayer||"Life In The Woods"||25 Mar 2014||Using the "Life in the Woods" modpack by Phedran|
|Modded survival multiplayer server||"TerraFirmaCraft w/ Friends"||24 Apr 2014||Using "TerraFirmaCraft". Featuring Honneyplays, Pakratt0013, oddmast, DireDwarf, altblu and TibTuner04.|
|"Mayday"||"Mayday w/ JSano19 - Minecraft Adventure Map"||7 May 2014||Featuring jsano19|
|Ruins Of The Mindcrackers||"Minecraft - Ruins of the Mindcrackers w/ Pyro"||18 Jun 2014||Featuring Pyro_0 as Team Dank|
|"Lords of Minecraft"||"Lords of Minecraft"||18 Jul 2014||On the PlayMindcrack server|
- Arkas' builds on the server
- Arkas' involvements in the prank wars
- Arkas' videos on the server
- Arkas' videos on the modded server
Arkas was previously the most enigmatic member of the server due to his lack of videos and lack of appearances in other members' videos, until June 2012 when his voice was first heard during a prank by mcgamer and Nebris on Etho. He has been praised for his building and design in Minecraft, described as one of the best, if not the best, builder on the server.
In the Season 3 spawn village, he rebuilt his house at least three times, and also built a subway system which connected to his builds along with the spawn farms and mine. He had a gigantic floating disc in the middle of the ocean, the Mothership, which was undergoing reconstruction until the closure of the server. The Mothership connected to his spawn house through the subway and also to his Mycelium Village which was used as a villager supply by other members of the server. Arkas was a prominent contributor to BdoubleO100's Arena.
Arkas' first project on the Season 4 server was his jungle city, Arkasdam. He built up the city for a while throughout the season. At spawn he built a theater and a block exchange shop, later burning down the theater down due to his dissatisfaction with the build. His second major build was a dwarven village which was connected to Arkasdam and other places on the server with a path.
On the Season 5 server, Arkas immediately began work on a hilltop building that offered a great view over spawn. Arkas owned a rabbit, Snuggles, before it was killed by AnderZEL. A tomb near his spawn building was dedicated to Snuggles, with messages left by other members of the server.
In his spare time, Arkas creates music. Some of the music used in his videos is made by himself. When asked about releasing his music in March 2014, Arkas says "[his] music isn't ready for release," but since June 2014, has shared his music on SoundCloud. Through his love for music, Arkas often attends music festivals held in the Netherlands. He attended Lowlands festival in August 2012, and invited fans to approach him, but was not recognized by anyone.
Arkas is 197cm tall.
- mc_gamer (29 August 2014). "Guess who isn't the youngest Mindcracker?". Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/2eyxfv/guess_who_isnt_the_youngest_mindcracker/>.
- Mc_Arkas (29 August 2014). "Minecraft Mindcrack Server! (Facecam Hype!!!)". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/mc_arkas/b/563195660?t=2h41m12s>.
- GuudeBoulderfist (13 October 2011). "Minecraft MindCrack - S3E216 - Donator Special". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkeVMIEFAfU&t=516s>.
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- GuudeBoulderfist (1 September 2011). "Minecraft Mindcrack - 1.8 Contest Winners & Another Livestream!". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2yTcjFZ_K4>.
- Arkas (31 March 2014). "Arkas Builds Mindcrack - Episode 55 :: Q&A Part 1". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLULEvXgXG4&t=4m32s>.
- Mc_Arkas (24 September 2012). "Live building from the MindCrack server!". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/mc_arkas/b/333341844?t=1h1m15s>.
- Arkas (20 April 2014). "Channel Update - April 2014". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-XIQ5qPidA>.
- Arkas (22 August 2014). ""Catching Up" :: Mindcrack Season 5 - Episode 8". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw8bFgQO39I&t=7m18s>.
- Mc_Arkas (23 June 2012). "Live from the MindCrack server!". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/mc_arkas/b/322473377?t=9m30s>.
- Mc_Arkas (10 June 2014). "Mindcrack Crackpack! (Modded Minecraft)". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/mc_arkas/b/537054126?t=1h28m17s>.
- Mindcrack (16 July 2012). "Mindcrack Podcast - Episode 4". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2Hv2Wa8Czk&t=10m31s>.
- Dbloemers (21 June 2012). "Arkas' video". Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/vdvjm/arkas_video/>.
- MCArkas (19 May 2014). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/MCArkas/status/468391792795463681>.
- Muzzy91 (10 June 2012). "Arkas is streaming. Go. Now." Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/uv2it/arkas_is_streaming_go_now/>.
- Arkas (10 July 2012). "Arkas Builds: The Mothership Part 1". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czdm2R0h02g>.
- MCArkas (11 July 2012). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/MCArkas/status/223041961483960322>.
- Mc_Arkas (1 August 2014). "Mindcrack Season 5: Back From Holiday Stream!!!". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/mc_arkas/b/553566878?t=2h18m30s>.
- Mc_Arkas (29 August 2012). "Live building from the MindCrack server!". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/mc_arkas/b/330387851?t=25m>.
- Mc_Arkas (27 October 2012). "Live building from the MindCrack server!". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/mc_arkas/b/337105292?t=35m55s>.
- MCArkas (15 April 2014). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/MCArkas/status/456094722814377984>.
- Arkas (29 August 2014). "Face Reveal & Website Launch!". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5bDBlkfSZY>.
- Arkas (30 December 2010). Forum post. Minecraft forum. <http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/104118-minecraft-mindcrack-smp/page__st__20#entry1702632>.
- Arkas (31 March 2014). "Arkas Builds Mindcrack - Episode 55 :: Q&A Part 1". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLULEvXgXG4&t=15m23s>.
- SuperMCGamer (19 June 2012). "Mindcrack Prank Wars - A Slice of Nether". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kyyt3Mzp1I&t=2m55s>.
- BdoubleO100 (29 May 2012). "The Mindcrack Minecraft Server: Episode 42 - Thanks Doc!" <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rk4loP0geA&t=275s>.
- VintageBeef (10 May 2012). "Beef Plays Minecraft - Mindcrack Server - S2 EP68 - Nosey Neighbor". <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdOXWgK-Wgk&t=438s>.
- Arkas (19 September 2013). "Arkas Builds Mindcrack - Episode 20 :: It's All About Perspective". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ-IAcXp-b4&t=15m47s>.
- Generikb (18 September 2013). "Mindcrack Ep 37 - "The Hermit Security Agency (HSA)!!!" Minecraft Survival Multiplayer". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paovrTeQz6A>.
- Arkas (22 August 2014). ""Catching Up" :: Mindcrack Season 5 - Episode 8". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw8bFgQO39I&t=2m20s>.
- Arkas (31 March 2014). "Arkas Builds Mindcrack - Episode 55 :: Q&A Part 1". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLULEvXgXG4&t=9m6s>.
- MCArkas (13 June 2014). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/MCArkas/status/477585996461375488>.
- Mc_Arkas (24 September 2012). "Live building from the MindCrack server!". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/mc_arkas/b/333341844?t=26m>.
- MCArkas (15 August 2012). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/MCArkas/status/235880699800989696>.
- Mc_Arkas (29 August 2012). "Live building from the MindCrack server!". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/mc_arkas/b/330387851?t=17m21s>.
- Mc_Arkas (19 July 2014). "Mindcrack Season 5: The Beginning!!". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/mc_arkas/b/549149826?t=4h34m58s>.
- Mc_Arkas (23 June 2012). "Live from the MindCrack server!". Twitch. <http://www.twitch.tv/mc_arkas/b/322469456?t=15m45s>.
- Dinnerbone (23 January 2014). Twitter. <https://twitter.com/Dinnerbone/status/426354392263294976>.
- Arkas (21 July 2014). ""Touring The Kingdom" :: Lords of Minecraft - Episode 2". YouTube. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7Fl9HHVL9I&t=3m7s>.
- FKMC1 (19 July 2014). "Lord Arkas skin,inspired by Lords of Minecraft series!". Reddit. <http://www.reddit.com/r/mindcrack/comments/2b2grt/lord_arkas_skininspired_by_lords_of_minecraft/>.