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Minecraft 1.14.4: lots of bug fixes

Minecraft 1.14.4 was released earlier today. The new version includes a lot of bug fixes, as outlined in the release announcement on minecraft.net.

As of about 7am July 19, the JDRGaming Minecraft server is running version 1.14.4. So far, it looks like the performance issues with earlier 1.14.x versions are mostly gone. Yay!

If you notice any new problems or performance issues with the JDRGaming Minecraft server, please let me know.

Game server outage and TPU stats

You may have noticed that all the JDRGaming game servers, as well as this web site, were offline yesterday (July 3) for a while.

The server hosting the game servers was due for a Linux upgrade, which was completed yesterday by 9am. The individual game servers came back online gradually thorughout the day as I performed various tests and fixed the inevitable issues.

There's just one major issue left to resolve: the TPU stats. Stats for rounds completed on TPU are still being recorded, but the web page that shows the stats is not working. I have to dig into the (rather old) PHP code and retrofit it for the version of PHP now running on the server. That could take a while.

Please let me know if you notice anything unusual with any of the game servers, or with this web site. Click the About/contact item in the menu above.

Minecraft 1.14.3

Another new version of Minecraft was released yesterday. Version 1.14.3 fixes a ton of bugs and reverts some features (such as enchanting) to pre-1.14 behaviour.

Unfortunately, it looks like Minecraft 1.14.3 is causing problems for a lot of players. In particular, the new launcher is not always working as expected. If you're having problems with Minecraft 1.14.3, you probably won't have to wait long for a fix, because 1.14.4 is apparently on its way.

The full list of fixed bugs and reverted behaviours can be found on the release notes page for Minecraft 1.14.3.

The JDRGaming Minecraft server is running version 1.14.3. I've tested it with my own 1.14.3 client, and found no problems. Your mileage may vary. Please let me know if you do run into any new problems.

I learned about Minecraft 1.14.3 via the official Minecraft Discord server, which I configured in my Discord client so that only posts to the game-announcements channel show alerts (otherwise there's a constant flood of alerts as people post to the other channels).

It's also worth noting that the folks who took on management of the Minecraft forum published a post about the new version, and seem likely to continue doing that in the future. The forum does have an RSS feed.

Minecraft 1.14.2

Another Minecraft update got past me without my noticing. The RSS feed on minecraft.net stopped working a while ago. Presumably they just want people to visit the web site daily, or hourly, or just keep a tab open to that page all the time, hitting the refresh button every few minutes. Or maybe wade through hundreds of irrelevant Tweets or Discord posts every day. Or something. Who has time for that?

Anyway, Minecraft 1.14.2 was released on May 27. The new version is mostly about bug fixes.

The JDRGaming Minecraft server is running version 1.14.2 as of June 7.

Minecraft 1.14.1 released

Minecraft 1.14.1 is a minor update that addresses a few bugs and makes some performance improvements.

Many of the bugs fixed in the new version are related to changes made in the previous version and affect villages and villagers.

The JDRGaming Minecraft server is now running version 1.14.1.

Minecraft 1.14 released

Minecraft 1.14 was released on April 22. The JDRGaming Minecraft server is now running version 1.14.

Minecraft 1.14 is also referred to as the 'Village & Pillage' update, because many of the changes (and there are a ton of them) involve villages and villagers. There's a long list of changes on the release announcement post.

Yet another reminder that Nintendo hates its biggest fans

What is it about Nintendo that makes them want to destroy the work of their biggest fans? It seems like the more love and effort you pour into a game port or remake of a game (all without any kind of compensation, aside from glory), the more likely it is that Nintendo will shut you down. Usually that happens when all your work is done and you finally publish. Sometimes Nintendo even approves your work in advance, only to shut you down anyway later on.

The latest move from Nintendo's "crack" legal team is to shut down a Commodore 64 port of Super Mario Brothers. Seven years in the making, there's no conceivable way that this work would ever hurt Nintendo's bottom line, or set some kind of legal or copyright precedent if it was allowed to live. But bullies be bullies, and Nintendo is one of the all-time worst. Seriously, screw Nintendo, and screw their idiot laywers.

The good news is that anyone involved with the emulator and ROM scenes is probably going to have no trouble finding the game. It just won't be available on any site that's easy for the legal geniuses at Nintendo to find.

TPU stats reset for 2019

It's a new year, so the stats for TPU have been reset. All the stats for 2018 are still accessible via TPU Stuff > Statistics [archive] in the sidebar.

In 2018, the overall points winner was Johnny James with 22.55, and the next closest player was Big Ed with 19.90. Keep in mind that points are calculated using a formula based on several factors: (((attacks*1)-tks+(heals/10)+(otherrepairs/100))/rounds_played)+kdrate. This formula is designed to reward players who take flags, heal players, repair vehicles, and don't team kill. The formula is always open for revision; let me know if you have any suggestions.

If you aren't interested in ranking by points, remember that you can always sort the TPU stats by another column, such as S/R (score per round), Score, Kills, Deaths, K/D (kills:deaths ratio), gold/silver/bronze stars awarded, TKs (team kills), attacks, rounds played, heals, or repairs.

Johnny James walked away with the top score in almost all categories in 2018. He had a K/D ratio of 19.4114, ahead of Big Ed in second-place with 17.0075.

The only place Johnny James didn't nab top spot was in S/R, score per round. The winner in that category was Tanos with 76.9231. Johnny James came in second, with 70.2736.

Congratulations to Johnny James and Tanos, and happy new year to all!