Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mein Mods Part 1: Plugins & Packages

I have mentioned before an interest in providing additional functionality my server, in order to help maintain it as well as giving players lots more content to play around with. But how will I accomplish this? What packages am I or the community interested in? What will be required before this can happen? What does this mean for players on the MeinKraft Online server? In this post, I hope to somewhat answer these questions.

First off, Craftbukkit build #1597 has been promoted to recommended status! This means we are now using Bukkit for the underlying Java file, which in turn means I can now start adding server plugins! Currently I am following these plugins:

I already have some of them installed, but not configured. (The configuration is the part that takes time and makes them actually useful!) Most are currently up-to-date, and more will surely follow this short list. But for those of you wondering; what is a plugin and what can they do? A Bukkit plugin is a mod that changes how the server behaves in order to make things easier for the admins/players, or to add a function that is not available to vanilla servers. Plugins cannot change core minecraft files, or add any new ones. Mostly, it can change how the server talks to the client, but it is surprising how many innovative ideas can spring from such a simple concept.

I perfer to roll my own suite of server tools, instead of installing a general all-in-one huge plugin package. Currently on the list is plugins that prevent players cheating, adds chat/help functionality, set player permissions for plugin use, adds ability to protect blocks, multiple world/dimension support, and a couple other miscellany. Of note are the Spout and MyHome plugins. The MyHome plugin will be available to all members of the community, and allows each player to bind a “home” to a certain point in-game. Players can then warp to that location using the /home command, and can also invite other players to warp to their home. In the future there will also be public warp points.

I will get more into the Spout plugin and Spoutcraft in my next posting. I also need to say what the Technic pack is all about. For now, I thought I'd at least get some more info out there ^_^

Until then, may you fulfill your responsibilities with dedication.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Status of the Modding Community

It has been some time since I last posted, so I thought I'd better bring anyone who reads this up to date on our current status. Minecon has come to pass, and with it the final release version (1.0.0) of Minecraft! While this is a landmark indeed for Mojang and all the fans of the Minecraft game, it leaves the community split for a temporary time.  For those who want to upgrade their clients to version 1.0.0, it means leaving behind (most) community mods and plug-ins. This is until the developers of those mods and plug-ins can update their code for 1.0.0 compatibility. However, since Mojang has not released an official mod API, the developer community have some of their own tools to support altering code.  This can be frustrating enough, with some mods that use the same API tools working well together while conflicting with others that use a different developer environment.  But it gets more complicated when one group of devs are trying to update their API, other devs that use that API cannot update their mod until the underlying API has completed the update process.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pingdom monitoring

It truly is amazing just what one can do these days on the internet.  I am checking out lots of free services over the web that makes building an infrastructure easy.  One very useful tool I have come across is Pingdom, which is an online monitoring tool for a website or other server machine or service.  Basically, I pointed it to my Minecraft server, and now I get notified if something goes wrong!  You can check out the publicly published monthly report at the link above, or subscribe to my twitter feed @ElenduOnline for to-the-minute status update.  Well, a report is sent out 9 minutes after loss of contact, to be precise.  I may decrease the time sometime later (perhaps if I get a static IP address?)

Seems as though I have lots of powerful tools, including a website (, no less than two blogs :P  and a Facebook page.  The only thing this community is lacking so far is more members and content!  I do hope this takes off as a growing player community :)

We'll see once I start getting the final tweeks to the server and install the modifications.  Bukkit still has not released a stable release!  Sad.  If anyone has a suggestion or idea for any modifications or how to implement them, I would love to hear from you!  Email me, or you can join our forum discussions thread.

Until next time, may you enjoy learning new things. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Server is back online!

I got my new router!  I decided that I didn't wanna wait, and ended up purchasing the Netgear N600 Dual-band Gigabit router from Fry's Electronics.  Special thanks to Maximum PC for their reviews of the kick-ass award winning WNDR3700 and the crappy successor, the WNDR4000.  They are one of my most favorite magazines.  However, in the end I decided I wanted a model with more features (including printer/scanner sharing).  Say hello to the Netgear WNDR3800.  It has similar performance to the WNDR3700v2, but a plethora of more features and an intuitive interface for configuration.
NETGEAR Rangemax WNDR3800 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router Premium Edition
(Whew!  What a marketing mouthful!)

After some trouble with java acting fluttery and weird, I decided to reinstall the Java Runtime Environment altogether, and it worked!  Now that Minecraft is back up and running, feel free to join my server at the address  Entering that address in Teamspeak3 will join my voice server channel!

Hope to see you all online!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Technical difficulties bring server down

I'm sorry to say the game server will remain down until I can find a replacement for my Linksys BEFSR41W router.  For some reason the Qwest router at the other location was having trouble sticking to just one dynamic IP address, even with the connection always on.  So I moved the server back home, where I have cable internet (instead of dsl).  However, my old router stopped working!
I am currently pondering about getting a Netgear N600 Dual-Band Gigabit Router.

Netgear Rangemax WNDR3700 Webutation