Welcome to my little website! I'm Ellpeck, though I usually go by Ell. I'm a student and programmer from Germany. I do a lot of stuff, actually. My life is pretty busy.
Here is a list of some of my bigger projects as well as some things you might know me from.
For a more exhaustive list of my projects, you can also check out some of the sites in the Social section.
🏡 Tiny Life
Tiny Life is a fun simulation game that tries to capture the essence of games like The Sims, but in an isometric pixelart style. It's published by Top Hat Studios, and it's currently in Steam Early Access.In development Check it outGet it on Steam
💡 Actually Additions
Actually Additions is a rather popular Minecraft mod that I used to work on. It's become widely known in the modding community and has reached over 30 million downloads by now, which is crazy. I don't work on it anymore myself, but it's being maintained for current versions by someone else.Maintained CurseForge pageReport an issueOnline manual
🌲 Nature's Aura
Nature's Aura is a Minecraft mod about collecting, using and replenishing the Aura naturally present in the world to create useful devices and unique mechanics.Side project CurseForge pageModrinth pageReport an issue
🚋 Pretty Pipes
Pretty Pipes is a simple to use, all-inclusive item transport mod for Minecraft. It features simple pipes that can be upgraded using modules to accomplish much more advanced tasks.Side project CurseForge pageModrinth pageReport an issue
🖼️ Obsidian Custom Frames
Custom Frames is an Obsidian plugin that turns web apps into panes using iframes with custom styling. Also comes with presets for Google Keep and more.Side project Check it out
MLEM Library for Extending MonoGame is an addition to the game framework MonoGame that provides extension methods, quality of life improvements and additional features like a Ui system and easy input handling.Side project Get it on NuGetSee the website
🎟️ Touchy Tickets
Touchy Tickets is a fun idle game for Android that has you selling tickets with various theme park attractions. You can download it for free on the Google Play Store, as well as see its public source code.Released Google Play StoreSee the code
These are other websites where you can find me and the things I do, including the pages where I publish my code and games and where I sometimes stream and upload videos. This list also includes a lot of ways to reach me.
⚠️ Some of these sites may contain mature content.
- I post most of my Sims 4 builds on the gallery as Ellpeck. I also post screenshots on my Simstagram.
- My Nintendo Switch friend code is SW-5281-8834-6801.
- My AC: New Horizons Dream Address is DA-4030-6437-5104.
Sometimes, some people ask me some questions about myself or my projects, so I decided to compile a list of some of the answers in a Q&A-like fashion so that I don't have to keep repeating them. If you're curious about me, this might be interesting to you!
Q: What are your pronouns?
A: I'm assigned male at birth and quite comfortable with that, so I go by he/him most of the time. My own gender isn't really that important to me, though, and I usually also include they/them as an option.
Q: How old are you?
A: I'm years old. This automatically updates now, too, so I won't ever forget to update it again!
Q: Where are you from?
A: I am from Neuss, Germany and I currently live in Neu-Ulm, Germany. I lived in Aachen, Germany for a while as well.
Q: Why are you called Ellpeck?
A: Well, it actually isn't as interesting of a story as some of you might hope. Long story short, when I was little (and was, apparently, very bad at English), I decided to make a YouTube channel called "LetsPlayEveryGames." Shortly after, I also made a Minecraft account that I was going to call the same thing. At the time, though, there was a limit for how many characters your name could have, and so I opted for calling myself "LPEG" instead. When a friend of mine came along and started trying to pronounce that name, instead of saying each individual letter on its own, he started pronouncing it like a word: Ell-Peg. ...Ellpeck. I liked that pronounciation and so I stuck with the name.
Q: What should I call you?
A: In general, most of my friends online call me Ell nowadays, which is also what I go by on Twitter and Discord in terms of my display names. My boyfriend calls me Peck online, but I generally don't like it when other people do so. If we meet in real life, you can call me Ell or Julian, the latter of which is my real name.
Q: What languages do you speak?
Q: How do you make games?
A: I usually use the .NET-based framework MonoGame together with some libraries to make it a bit easier, including my own library, MLEM, which you can read about in the Projects section.
Q: When are you updating your Minecraft mods?
A: If you're asking about Actually Additions, I don't work on it anymore. If you're asking about any of my other mods: Don't. I'll do it when I feel like it.
Q: What's your job/occupation?
A: I'm currently studying Computer Science at Ulm University. I don't have a job on the side or anything, though.
Q: Are you for hire?
A: You can commission me to make a Minecraft mod for you. You can find more information on my commissions page. For other work, you can check out my page on LinkedIn.
Q: What do you use to code?
A: For Java, I use IntelliJ IDEA. For C#, I use JetBrains Rider. For most of my other projects, which are usually rather small, I use Visual Studio Code.
Q: What's your favorite programming language?
This is my blog, where I post about gaming, programming and life. The featured posts are the ones you'll probably be most interested in, but you can select a different category to see every post.
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📚 My Favorite Reads of 2022
🚢 The Cruise That Changed it All
📦 Of Abby, Love and Butt-Shaped Pillows
📚 My Favorite Reads of 2021
🎉 Vince, a Party and Brandon
🐶 Dog-Earing and Other Terrible Reading Habits
🍝 Ketchup, Mayo and Barbecue Sauce
🤡 One Year of Tiny Life, and Cursed Comment Time
📅 Jed's Things to Avoid in Life
👫 Emily's Fake Boyfriend
❤️ Em & Ben
💻 Your Minecraft Modding Questions, Answered
🔮 The Future of Actually Additions
🤷 But Do You Really Care?
⛔ Oh God, Please Don't Port Actually Additions
⬇️ How to make a Rock Bottom mod
⚔️ Big Projects
🗡️ Small Projects
⚙️ Why You Should Mod Minecraft
☕ Java Tutorial, Part 7: Overriding Methods
☕ Java Tutorial, Part 6: Inheritance
☕ Java Tutorial, Part 5: Things I Left Out So Far
☕ Java Tutorial, Part 4: Classes and Objects
☕ Java Tutorial, Part 3: (Static) Methods
☕ Java Tutorial, Part 2: Intro to Conditions and Loops
☕ Java Tutorial, Part 1: Hello World
😔 About Cross-Platform and Motivation
✨ Blogs are Cool, I Think
💸 Support Me
Most of the projects you know me from, I work on in my free time, but by supporting me, you help out with all of my projects equally. As I'm a student, a bit of extra cash is always helpful for me, and it feels especially good when it comes from something that I enjoy doing a lot. ❤️
🪙 Buy Stuff I Made
Some of the stuff I make is directly for sale, and buying it is an easy way to support me! For example, you can buy my game Tiny Life on Steam.
☕ Buy me a Coffee
Ko-fi is a great site that allows you to send me just enough money to buy a coffee. And I love those. You can also use it to send monthly payments, but the other sites in this list are usually better for that.
⭐ Become a Patron
Patreon allows you to support me on a monthly basis with an amount of money of your choosing. You can also get fun rewards, like player accessories to impress your friends when using my Minecraft mods!
💻 Sponsor on GitHub
GitHub Sponsors is basically Patreon for programmers, and it provides a monthly support option, but it also allows you to make one-time payments. Here, you can get the same rewards as you get on Patreon.