Paul Soares Jr. (born: June 1, 1966Minecraft gaming YouTuber. He is known for his survival skills and his series "How to Survive and Thrive" which teaches new players how to play Minecraft. Paul also has the distinction of having uploaded the oldest Minecraft Lets Play on YouTube, and even though he is known for Minecraft, he has done Let's Plays of other games (as he is a PC gamer) such as Skyrim, DayZ, or Mist and is a former member of the Mindcrack server.) is an American
Paul is a husband and father who lives near Boston, Massachusetts and runs his own computer repair company. He is married to MinecraftMom (Paul does a survival series with MinecraftMom called "Man, Woman, Minecraft" seasons 1 and 2) and his three kids go by Jumbomuffin, Remmi, and Chiefchirpa (originally known as Lofar in Minecraft). Unlike other Minecraft players, Paul does not swear. But, he will occasionally say "damn" or "crap". Paul owns a second YouTube channel named PaulieOnTap, which he does swear on. The channel was used for posting mature gameplay rated for ages 18+. It has been abandoned for over 5 years and has been steadily losing subscribers ever since. When asked why it was abandoned, Paul said "I can't manage two channels". Paul decided to make his first video on YouTube "How to Survive your first night in Minecraft" when he found Minecraft in the summer of 2010 because there was really nothing about Minecraft out there, and the game was just getting popular, and the wiki was there but it was very small, so he wanted to teach beginners how to play the game. His video got a lot of attention and Paul decided to make more "How to Survive in Minecraft videos" (his most-watched video is "How to Survive in Minecraft episode v2, with close to 9 million views) and his fame escalated from there. He even had his own website for questions and discussion, punchwood.com, but it was discontinued for unknown reasons. Since 2014, Paul has cut back on Minecraft content and does a wide variety of other games instead. He currently has a few Minecraft series', other than occasional snapshot/update videos.
Minecraft Dad is one of Paul's most popular series'. The premise is that Paul plays Minecraft with his children, JumboMuffin, Remmi, and ChiefChirpa (Lofar), with the occasional visit from MinecraftMom. Paul and his kids do a variety of different things on the series, including playing and building on their multiple family servers, doing adventure maps, and showing off their public server, and going on adventures in Minecraft. However, since the 1.3 update, Minecraft Dad was mostly replaced by Punchwood Island Family Survival, which they have decided to always record. Since the abandonment of Punchwood Island, the series has had a small amount of new episodes added.
Man vs Minecraft
One of Paul's most known series is Man vs Minecraft. A show where Paul plays a man named Pablo Punchwood, who has to survive living in the world of Minecraftia while following a set of rules.
It starts out when Pablo is dropped off by his staff in the world of Minecraftia to survive for 14 days. After surviving, the staff sends him a plane to fly away. The plane, however, crashes down in an area full of evil creatures that are not usually seen in regular Minecraftia.
So Pablo creates a hole (and later a treehouse) to live in when he sees someone. He runs to meet him, only the person turns into a werewolf, scaring Pablo back into the hole. The following day, Pablo meets a dog, who becomes his companion. He names the dog Wilson because of a dream he had. Pablo and Wilson meet the werewolf as a person so Pablo can kill him. He knocks the person off a cliff but he survives. Pablo made a home in a tree for him and Wilson. Pablo then realized that he forgot stuff in the hole. He goes to get it and the werewolf attacks. After a long battle, Pablo kills the werewolf. Then Pablo decides to go underground to find recourses to help himself out. Then Pablo sees a pegasus. Pablo thinks the pegasus can take him home. But Pablo knew that if that where the case, he would leave Wilson behind, but he still tries to saddle the Pegasus, only to find it disappeared, so he goes around the island but doesn't find it. Then some Ogres start wrecking Pablo's hole but he is able to save himself. Then he fixes his plane and adds another seat for Wilson to ride with him. They land in an abandoned village and Pablo tries to get water from a well but slips on moss and falls into the well. He finds a secret entrance to a Stronghold, which houses a Portal. Pablo is still able to escape back to civilization with Wilson. He then decides to bring his staff to the Village and survive in the portal's land called the Nether.
He goes into the Nether and realizes that part of the portal was taken, deactivating the portal. Pablo believes this to be caused by a group of evil people called the Obsidian Knights. He meets a zombie pigman known as Stubs and the two become friends. Pablo's staff would give him water to survive on through their side of the portal. He and Stubs grew a tree to supply wood. Pablo thought that Stubs was just in the way, so he killed him. Stubs' friends attacked Pablo, but Pablo killed them all. He then made peace with the zombie pigmen. The staff then stopped sending water. After looking for a while, Pablo found the Knight's fortress. There, Pablo found out from reading that the Obsidian Knights hid the portal piece in the lava. He drank a fire resistance potion and swam into the lava and found it. His lack of water began to kill him slowly. Pablo then made his way back to the portal and returned to Minecraftia. He searched for Wilson only to be knocked out by goblins. Pablo awoke in a cell next to Wilson and found out that the goblins killed his staff and destroyed his plane. Pablo and Wilson broke out and ran away into a taiga forest. Pablo built a hot air balloon and flew off with Wilson. Once again, they crashed and fell into water. They swam to shore and found a strange portal surrounded by flowers and mushrooms. Pablo fell in, followed shortly by Wilson. They arrive in a land called The Twilight Forest and have to try and survive once again.
At first, Pablo went into a mound and made his shelter there, but then he decided that the mound was too dangerous (the mound even had goblins in it), so he moved into a giant hollow tree (as the trees are very tall in The Twilight Forest). Then Pablo explores the forest a bit and finds strange ruins of houses and wells. As he explores more, he finds a large courtyard. Inside of the courtyard is a giant snake-like creature that, whenever it tries to escape the courtyard, "respawns" back in the center with full health. Pablo thinks the snake might hold the key to escaping, so he faces off against the "Naga" (as he calls it) unprepared, gets defeated, and heads back to his shelter. Then, Pablo decides to move out of the hollow tree into one of the old abandoned houses because the tree has no ceiling, so Pablo and Wilson get wet when it rains. Then Pablo does some spelunking and finds a strange plant called liveroot, which can be made into ironwood, used for crafting tools. Pablo explores some more and finds a giant castle filled with monsters. Pablo proceeds to go into the castle (but leaves Wilson outside) in hopes of finding a way to get back to Minecraftia. He eventually gets to the top after discovering many sub rooms and finds a "Lich" waiting for him, which chases Pablo and Wilson out of the castle.
Then, Pablo feels that he is ready to take on the Naga, and after creating a good strategy, kills the Naga and gets scales which he uses to craft some armor. Now Pablo feels ready to take on the Lich, because he thinks that books stored inside the castle may hold the key to getting out of the forest. So he goes back to the castle and finds that the Lich has two forms. One duplicate that can't get harmed, and the real Lich. Despite this, Pablo is able to defeat the Lich and he drops a variety of stuff, including a staff that spawns zombies that fight for Pablo. He then proceeds to clear the castle of monsters and look at all the books in hopes of finding something worthwhile. After a lot of searching, Pablo finally finds out in a book that the way back to Minecraftia is a portal constructed by filling a hole with water, located in shade, surrounded by flowers and mushrooms, and it needs a diamond to be activated. He remembers that he had a diamond in his house, so he goes to get it but finds his house burnt and his chest with the diamond inside stolen. Pablo goes to the hollow tree and the mound, but finds his chests there have been stolen too! Pablo suspects the goblins that live inside the mound stole it so Pablo goes into the goblin lair deep in the mound and fights through waves of baddies until he finds his diamond. He and Wilson then leave the lair to go create the portal. After several unsuccessful tries, Pablo finally creates the portal to escape the forest, and with Wilson, he goes into the portal. He ends up in the same portal he went to the Forest from and finds an abandoned shelter there and sees a journal that says two of Pablo's staff members, Benny and Lenny, were told my Monk Villagers that they saw Pablo's balloon flying above the village, so the staff waited a year and a half for him to come because apparently 1 day in The Twilight Forest is equal to a month in Minecraftia. The journal says that the Monk Villagers could help Pablo so he proceeds to go to their village by traversing through a jungle and sees that he no longer has magical healing when his belly is full. He gets to a hill overlooking the Village and Pablo checks to make sure the village hasn't been overrun, but a creeper creeps up on him, explodes, and Pablo gets severely wounded. The season ends with the Monk Villagers finding the wounded Pablo and taking him to their village to heal his wounds.
NEEDS TO BE UPDATED FOR SEASON 5
Season 6 has been planned since 2014, Paul even made multiple videos saying he was working on it, to get everyone hyped up for the first episode. But as of February 2020, it has not yet aired and no episodes have been recorded.
Tale of Kingdoms
One of Paul's other popular series is Tale of Kingdoms. The Tale of kingdoms series is about Paul playing the Tale of Kingdoms mod, which basically lets you play in "medieval Minecraftia" where you start in a guild and you must fight to increase your path to kingship and eventually create a kingdom. In this mod, Paul plays as Sir/King Punchwood, and it is basically a very silly, goofy, and funny role-play series where Sir/King Punchwood works for the guild master in order to become a king and get his own kingdom. Sir/King Punchwood is joined by a variety of NPC's, as the mod has many NPC's, including his squire who assists him in battle, Beanz. Paul plays the Tale of Kingdoms mod with the Mo' Creatures mod as well, so he has more animals, more enemies such as werewolves, ogres, and ghosts, and the ability to have pets. Sir/King Punchwood has had a variety of pets which include:
- Munch 1 the goat (a goat which Punchwood accidentally got when he was trying to tame a cat which will eat anything, but unfortunately disappears and is believed to have been eaten)
- Gamera the turtle (a turtle which Punchwood gets but Punchwood must kill Gamera because of "copyright issues"
- Munch 2 the goat (a random goat which Punchwood gets as a replacement for the old Munch, but dies in the same episode he is gotten in)
- Cornbread the unicorn (a unicorn which Punchwood breeds with bread, thus his name. Punchwood can ride on Cornbread just like a horse, and he becomes his steed)
- Munch 3 the goat (a replacement for the other Munches and lives a while longer than the others because he is safe behind Punchville's walls. It is unknown what happened to this Munch as it just disappeared. It is believed it got crushed by a building)
- Mr. Tuttles the...turtle! (a turtle which Punchwood gets as a replacement for Gamera. Tuttles gets lost after Punchwood is looking for a location for his kingdom, and leaves him behind. Later Punchwood does get Tuttles back and puts him in a pen, and eventually, Tuttles becomes a massive tortoise.)
- Sir Mouser the cat (a cat which Punchwood got to get rid of all the annoying mice and named him "the mouse catcher of the land." Unfortunately, Sir Mouser did not do his job very well and he was a "crazy" cat as he repeatedly hurt Punchwood. Sir Mouser got killed after the City Builder dropped/created a building above him, squishing him
- Pickles the pegasus (a pegasus that was just in the kingdom, Punchwood bred it and named it Pickles. Pickles, just like Cornbread, can be used as a steed, but unfortunately for Cornbread, Pickles eventually took over as Punchwood's steed because Pickles can FLY!
- Sassafras the unicorn (a unicorn which Punchwood got to be a mate to Cornbread, but other than that, Sassafras doesn't do much)
- Pu the panther (a panther which Punchwood got when it was just a little kitten, Pu was meant to be a replacement for Sir Mouser as mouse exterminator, but eventually Pu grew into a big panther, so Punchwood couldn't use him as mouse killer because he would eat everyone in the kingdom. Then Pu became a guard cat to guard Punchwood's castle house (his castle house was outside the walls so it wouldn't be affected by anything inside the walls, and Pu roams around Punchwood's castle house's perimeter)
- Munch 4 the goat (a replacement for the OTHER 3 Munches, who hasn't died yet...)
- Irongut the goat (a goat which Punchwood got while rebuilding a village destroyed by the Reficuls, when Irongut ate some netherrack)
Tale of Kingdoms ended with a total of 68 episodes on March 13, 2013. King Punchwood threw a giant party to celebrate peace in the land. Afterwards Paul did another silly role play mod to replace Tale of Kingdoms, called The Legend of Hoodie, using a variety of mods (Ars Magica, Extra Biomes xl, Bibliocraft, etc.). It tells the story of Hoodie, King Punchwood's mage, and his journey from a youngling to a master wizard across the lands of Ars Magica!
The Survival Games
In the first one, Paul created a plan to survive, only to find out that he can't break things or build. He changed his strategy to run for the center to get whatever is in the chest. When the games began, Paul was quick to the center and quick to leave. He didn't stay to watch Seamus and Syndicate die. Shortly after, CaptainSparklez killed Ihascupquake. Paul found a chest with a bow and a lot of arrows inside. Paul saw Paperbat swimming towards him in the lake, mistaking Paul for Sly and was going to give him a sword. Paul was too eager to wait for Paperbat to get closer and he shot him. Paperbat got scared and swam away. Paul searched for a while before meeting up with Paperbat and Paul began to fight him but accidentally threw his sword at him. Paul fell in a hole and watched Paperbat run away with his sword. While Paul was searching for a new sword, AntVenom killed Seananners. Paul paid no mind to that though. He found Paperbat and killed him. Paul then got his sword back. For the rest of the day and the following night, Paul was searching for people to kill. Monsters began to spawn to lead Paul to the other players. Paul seemed to like the idea, whereas CaptainSparklez, AntVenom, and Sly didn't. The following morning, AntVenom killed Sly, leaving him, Paul and CaptainSparklez. Paul searched all day for the two and by nightfall, he met AntVenom, completely decked out in enchanted diamond armor. Paul was at a huge disadvantage but he shot Ant, barely scratching him. Ant and Paul fought in a waterfall with lava behind them. When AntVenom was far away, Paul began to eat a golden apple to heal his wounds. While eating, Ant ran towards Paul, swung his sword and sent Paul flying into the lava where Paul burned and died.
In the second, Paul did not go to the center, only AntVenom did, followed by killing Seananners. Paul immediately met Chimneyswift while running and warned him not to try anything. While AntVenom was killing everyone, CaptainSparklez was getting trapped in a building because Sly, Seamus, and Immortal were on a team and chased him there, Syndicate was climbing the tallest tower, Luclin was climbing vines and searching trees and Chimney was trying to make mushroom stew, Paul was searching houses for stuff. He saw Paperbatvg and Ihascupquake fighting in a house. Paul ran in to join the battle and came in to see Cupquake's dead body. Paperbat was injured from the battle, so Paul killed him claiming "His fans are gonna kill me!" Syndicate killed Chimney, only to be blown up by a creeper, AntVenom killed all of Sly's team and CaptainSparklez fell to his death leaving only Paul, Luclin and AntVenom. Paul met Luclin in a tree but refused to kill him, for Luclin was his friend. Luclin had no weapon so Paul gave him one of his five swords as a peace offering. Paul left then, to go to the center, where he called Luclin and Ant to have a big, blowout battle. He began to smash the hedges when AntVenom came up behind him and set him on fire. Paul turned around and battled Ant. Though death was imminent, Paul continued fighting to weaken Ant to a point where Luclin could kill him. Paul then burned to death, surprisingly the same way he died in the first and the same place he came in.
Paul is also a former member of the Mindcrack Server, a private "vanilla" Minecraft Server founded by Guude Boulderfist in 2010, which is used by well-known people who make Minecraft videos, like Paul. When Paul first spawned in, after a tour by Guude, he had to build a house in spawn town. Since the new Hobbit movie had just come out at the time, Paul built a Bag End replica as his first house. Then Paul had to go to the Nether hub and set up his world. So when Paul came out to his world through a portal, he found 2 Villages right near, and a large hill overlooking a lake. Since Paul was still in the Hobbit mood, he called this place "Lonely Mountain" and built a house in it. But there was a jungle next to Lonely M that Paul did not like, so he called in the B-Team (Generikb and Bdouble0) to burn it down!
Paul Plays Minecraft 1.9
In 2013, the original Paul Plays Minecraft series was started, and eventually abandoned after 45 episodes. Later Paul announced he would revamp the series, motivated by the all the new updates to Minecraft since the abandonment. The new series began when Minecraft 1.9 was released, Paul showcased and explored many of the new features. In the 30th episode, Paul traveled and found a fjord (a long, narrow, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs) where he planned to build a Viking-inspired town. After this, however, the episodes stopped and the series was abandoned.
When Minecraft 1.12 was released, Paul revamped the series, and nine more episodes were produced until it was abandoned yet again.
Paul is currently planning to start a new let's play series when Minecraft 1.16 is released.
Non - Minecraft Lp's
Even though Paul is famous for his Minecraft videos, he has his fair share of non-Minecraft videos which include...
- Terraria (Terraria is basically a 2-D version of Minecraft, and Paul has played both single-player and multiplayer in the game)
- Indie Game Test Drives (A video series where Paul plays a variety of indie games in the hopes that the viewers will get interested in the games, thus helping out the indie game developers)
- Skyrim (Paul plays as the Nord Helgraf Frosthammer in the popular game Skyrim.)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Paul did a series of videos on the game Star Wars: The Old Republic. But he did not make it as a let's play, he only made it as a beginning tutorial on the first parts of the game)
- Civilization V (a series where Paul plays Sid Meier's Civilization V with his daughter Remmi and other people)
- DayZ (Paul plays the Arma 2 mod DayZ both alone and with other people such as Luclin, who he is great friends with, and Wolv21. Paul has also made a series about MineZ, which is the minecraft version of DayZ, which he also occasionally plays with Luclin, Wolv21, and Paul's son JumboMuffin also shows up. The series has since been permanently abandoned.)
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Paul also does an LP on the remake of the 1994 PC game XCOM, which Paul played back then. Paul also has a system where he names members of his squad after YouTubers that put their name on the list, and those YouTubers make fan fiction for their character. The series suddenly stopped and has since been permanently abandoned)
- Cube World (Paul plays an indie game called Cube World, which is like a mix of Rpg's)
- 7 Days to Die (This series was originally on Paul's regular channel, but he moved it to his second channel, PaulieOnTap, to keep his main channel family friendly. He has since posted all of the recent new episodes on his main channel after the abandonment of PaulieOnTap)
- Mist (Similar to 7 Days to Die, posted on his main channel)
List of Lp's and Video Series
- How to Survive and Thrive in Minecraft Season 1 (ended)
- Minecraft Dad (inactive/abandoned)
- Man vs. Minecraft Season 1 (ended)
- Minecraft Mods, Maps, and Texture Packs (inactive/abandoned)
- Minecraft Beta updates (ended)
- Blast to The Past (Minecraft Alpha Dogs) (inactive/abandoned)
- Terraria (ended)
- Man vs. Minecraft Season 2 (ended)
- Man, Woman, Minecraft Season 1 (ended)
- Minecraft Skyblock (inactive/abandoned)
- Minecraft Beta 1.8 (ended)
- Minecraft Beta 1.9 (ended)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (ended)
- Minecon 2011 vlog (ended)
- Minecraft Update Test Drives (inactive/abandoned)
- How to Survive and Thrive in Minecraft Seasons 2-7 (inactive/abandoned)
- Man vs. Minecraft Season 3 (ended)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (ended)
- Minecraft: Tale of Kingdoms (ended)
- Civilization V Multiplayer (ended)
- (Vechs Super Hostile Map #10) Spellbound Caves (ended)
- Minecraft 1.2 Adventure (ended)
- (Vechs Map) Minecraft: GIFT Map Co-op (ended)
- Minecraft Survival Games #1 and #2 (ended)
- MineZ (ended)
- Soaring No Longer (Singleplayer Hardcore CTM) (ended)
- (Vechs Super Hostile Map #11) Lethamyr (with Paul, Luclin MCWB, and Wolv21) (inactive/abandoned)
- Man, Woman, Minecraft Season 2 (ended)
- Man vs. Minecraft Season 4 (ended)
- Punchwood Island: Family Survival (inactive/abandoned)
- (Vechs Super Hostile Map #14) Waking Up (ended)
- Waterfall Caverns 404 (ended)
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown (ended)
- Paul Plays Minecraft (inactive/abandoned)
- Mindcrack SMP Season 1 (ended)
- Man vs. Minecraft Season 5 (ended)
- (Vechs Super Hostile map #12) Inferno Mines (inactive/abandoned)
- Mindcrack Ultra Hardcore Season 9 (ended)
- Terraria Co-op (Paul, Avidya, Coe, and X) (ended)
- Minecraft: Legend of Hoodie (ended)
- Mindcrack UHC Season 10 (ended)
- Mindcrack Season 2: Brave New World (inactive/abandoned)
- Attack of the B-Team SMP (ended)
- Attack of the C-Team SMP (inactive/abandoned)
- Lego Worlds (inactive/abandoned)
- Slime Rancher (ended)
- Fallout 4 (ended)
- Ylands (ended)
- Paul Plays Minecraft 1.9 (inactive/abandoned)
- Jalopy (inactive/abandoned)
- Salt (inactive/abandoned)
- Delver (ended)
- Captive Minecraft (inactive/abandoned)
- Stonehearth (inactive/abandoned)
- Costume Quest 2 (inactive/abandoned)
- Hello Neighbor (inactive/abandoned)
- Pixelmon (inactive/abandoned)
- Kona (inactive/abandoned)
- Ark: Survival Evolved (inactive/abandoned)
- Raft (inactive/abandoned)
- Green Hell (inactive/abandoned)
- Minecraft Alien: A Crafter´s Isolation (inactive/abandoned)
- Tattletail (ended)
- Miscreated (inactive/abandoned)
- Age of Wonders III (inactive/abandoned)
- Kingdom (inactive/abandoned)
- It Lurks Below (inactive/abandoned)
- Starbound (inactive/abandoned)
- Terraria Dad (inactive/abandoned)
- Project Zomboid (inactive/abandoned)
- Minecraft Madpack 2 (inactive/abandoned)
- Black Mesa (inactive/abandoned)
- Dawn of Man (inactive/abandoned)
- MUTANT YEAR ZERO (inactive/abandoned)
- Fallout 76 Father and Son Co-op (inactive/abandoned)
- GTA 5 Father and Son Co-op (inactive/abandoned)
- Thief Simulator (inactive/abandoned)
- Subnautica Below Zero (inactive/abandoned)
- SoarvivorCraft (inactive/abandoned)
- Generation Zero Gameplay (inactive/abandoned)
- Outlaws of the Old West Gameplay (inactive/abandoned)
- (Vechs Map) Minecraft Iceolation Playthrough (ended)
- The Division 2 Gameplay Solo (inactive/abandoned)
- Generation Zero Gameplay (inactive/abandoned)
- YOU vs MINECRAFT (inactive/abandoned)
- Don't Escape: 4 Days in a Wasteland Gameplay (inactive/abandoned)
- Oxygen Not Included Full Release Gameplay (inactive/abandoned)
- Cube World (inactive/abandoned)
- Desert Skies Gameplay (inactive/abandoned)
- Littleworld Gameplay (inactive/abandoned)
- Forager 2019 Gameplay (inactive/abandoned)
- Vintage Story Gameplay (inactive/abandoned)
- Mist (inactive/abandoned)
- No Man's Sky Beyond (inactive/abandoned)
- Minecraft 1.14 Playthrough (Testing New Updates) (inactive/abandoned)
- PINE Gameplay (inactive/abandoned)
- Minecraft Sevtech: Ages (Modded Minecraft Survival) (inactive/abandoned)
- Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Gameplay (inactive/abandoned)
- Minecraft Dual Survival Hardcore 404 (inactive/abandoned)
- Minecraft Amped Achievers (inactive/abandoned)
- The Long Drive Gameplay (inactive/abandoned)
- RLCraft Modpack (inactive/abandoned)
- Stranded Deep (inactive/abandoned)
- Craft The World (inactive/abandoned)
- Unturned (inactive/abandoned)
- Indie Game Test Drives (ongoing)
- Minecraft Hardcore Survival 404 Challenge 2020 (ongoing)
- Minecraft Lord of The Rings (revamped)
- The Long Dark (revamped)
- Stardew Valley (revamped)
- 7 Days to Die (revamped)
- Man vs. Minecraft Season 6 (planned)
- "It's me, Doctor Professor Dumble Franken Not-Handrick Soares" (Attack of The B-Team)
- "THE CHICKEN IS A SPY" (How to Survive and Thrive Season 1)
- "The cake is a lie, the pie and chicken are spy's" (How to Survive and Thrive Season 1)
- "The FUN Path" (Vechs' Maps)
This page was created on August 12, 2012 by LukePrower.