Once again, I feel the need to explain myself pre-post. I had no clue what I was getting into. Most of the terms I heard in my MCE course today were slightly foreign. Servers, LAN hosts, Plug-Ins, Mods and more-OH MY! This truly is one of those posts written simply for my own clarification, and if it helps someone else, I am glad!
SERVERS: A computer that hosts Minecraft worlds for Multiplayer games. Defined by instructor as “software living on a computer”. It can be any computer, anywhere in the real world, not the Minecraft world.
There are 4 different ways to host a game for Minecraft:
|LAN||A single player game person can go to the menu and open their game to a Local Area Network. The computer (and the MC world on it) is now open to people who are on the same Wi-Fi. If you have 18 kids on iPads in the classroom, one of them can host the game so all the kids in that room play together. Lag time in the game becomes an issue if you do it this way.|
|Localhost||The server software is on a computer, and the game players connect to that server on that computer. If it was on my laptop, I can still play the game on that computer while allowing others access to the world. If I host a server, it allows me greater access to mods, plug-ins and more. Others connect to this game through an IP address. If you do not have a static IP address, people have to enter it every time they play.|
|LAN Host||This is how Minecraft EDU is set up. There is a computer, somewhere in the building (perhaps in the server room) which is dedicated to running MC. This reduces load on the PC, as you are not playing and hosting, and it reduces lag time in the game. Students probably couldn’t do MC assignments at home as they wouldn’t have access to the server. However, it does protect the world and players from “outside world” players.|
|Cloud||This is one of the more “powerful” ways to host a MC server as you pay for someone to host. They put aside space in their server for your game. You still have control of the world and can change it up, but a company has invested in the right type of server which tends to make it “robust”. This method is safe and durable, but it might not work in school settings with FOIPPA.|
- Downloaded from minecraft.net
- Basic gameplay server
- Customizable gameplay
- Can add in plug-ins, mods, protections
- No longer in service due to US copyright laws.
- SpigotMC.info has replaced it by stripping the illegal code and reconfiguring it
- Not official Minecraft
- Functionality of Bukkit
- Minecraft EDU uses Forge
- On the website, use 1.7.10 as recommended version
Server Side Plug-Ins
-give the server host control of areas, actions and objects
-affect everyone in the game on that server
Client Side Plug-Ins
-each player can make a mod to his/her MC version on their computer
-does not affect game play of all
Interestingly, a host can use a Server Side Plug In to block a cheat mod such as X-Ray for all players by putting a “BLOCK X-RAY” plug in. As host you can put in protected areas in the world, and as a player, you can add a mod that others may not have.