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JDRGaming Minecraft server

New Minecraft server and world

As of May 29, 2022, the JDRGaming Minecraft server is running Paper instead of Spigot. Paper has several advantages over Spigot in terms of performance. The version of Paper we're running is based on Minecraft 1.18.2.

NEW WORLD! The old world had a lot of ugly block transition issues, the cumulative effect of years of Minecraft server updates. There was also a lot of old mess caused by griefers. So I decided to start fresh with a new world. My apologies to anyone who had done any building in the old world.

Access via whitelist is now strictly enforced. I was able to identify a handful of players from the old server who were good citizens, and I've added them to the whitelist already. If you try to join but are told you're not on the whitelist, please fill out the access request form, and I'll start the process of adding you.

Because access to the server is now limited to whitelisted players, I've removed the requirement for making claims before building.

As always, if you notice any problems with the server, please use the About/contact link in the menu to let me know.

Log4j vulnerability mitigated on JDRGaming Minecraft server

There's a nasty vulnerability in the Log4j library used in thousands of Java applications, including Minecraft.

The JDRGaming Minecraft server is actually running Spigot, which is basically Minecraft plus some improvements. It's running Spigot version 1.17.1, which contains the Log4j vulnerability.

Minecraft 1.18.1 includes a fix for this vulnerability. If you haven't already, you should update your Minecraft client to 1.18.1. Run the launcher and it should install the new version automatically.

However, you won't be able to play on the JDRGaming server with a Minecraft 1.18.1 client. To do that, you'll have to create a special install of the Minecraft 1.17.1 client. The Minecraft launcher allows you to install multiple parallel client installations.

You can safely join the JDRGaming Minecraft server with your Minecraft 1.17.1 client, even though the server is currently running the vulnerable Spigot 1.17.1, because the server is now being run with a special option that mitigates (i.e. negates) the vulnerability.

The JDRGaming Minecraft server will be upgraded to Spigot 1.18.1 soon after it becomes available.

Minecraft 1.17.1

After a significant delay (due to Minecraft's new Java requirements), I'm happy to report that the JDRGaming Minecraft server is now running Minecraft (Spigot) 1.17.1.

I also performed forced full world upgrades for both the previous version (1.16.5) and then for the new version, which should minimize glitches and lag associated with block generation.

Minecraft 1.17.1 includes a load of bugfixes, mostly addressing fairly obscure issues. It also includes amusing changes like this one: "Non-screaming goats now have a rare chance to produce a screaming goat when bred".

I've tested the basics, including checking significant recent player constructions, and things seem to be okay.

If you notice any problems with performance, the world, or its contents, please use the About/Contact link above to let me know.

Minecraft 1.16.5

Minecraft 1.16.5 was released on January 15. The new version fixes two critical stability issues. There are no additional details on the release announcement page, but it's clear that these bugs need to be fixed ASAP.

Thankfully, the folks who maintain Spigot, the Minecraft server mod we run here at JDRGaming, realized that a quick turnaround was important, and released an updated version of Spigot almost immediately.

The JDRGaming Minecraft server is now running Spigot 1.16.5. If you notice any problems with the new version, please use the About/contact link above to report them.

Minecraft 1.16.4

Minecraft 1.16.4, released on November 3rd, fixes a few crashing issues, and adds a new 'social interactions' screen.

The JDRGaming Minecraft server runs Spigot, a collection of modifications to the Minecraft Java server that improve gameplay and server administration. Spigot development always lags behind Minecraft, so the JDRGaming server stays at the previous version until a stable update of Spigot is available.

I've just updated the JDRGaming Minecraft server to Spigot 1.16.4.

Please let me know if you notice any problems with the new version. Use the About/contact link in the JDRGaming menu.

Minecraft 1.16.3

Minecraft 1.16.3 was released on September 10. According to the release notes, the new version fixes a couple of bugs related to piglins.

Last night I successfully upgraded the JDRGaming Minecraft server to the latest version of Spigot, which is compatible with Minecraft 1.16.3. The GriefPrevention plugin was also updated.

Please let me know if you encounter any new problems (see About/contact in the menu at the top of the page).

Minecraft 1.16.2

Minecraft 1.16.2 was released on August 11, 2020. The new version is a minor update, which adds a few minor features (including experimental support for custom biomes), and fixes several bugs.

See the release notes for Minecraft 1.16.2 for the details.

As usual, I waited for a corresponding release of Spigot, and when that became available, I updated the JDRGaming Minecraft server. The basic upgrade was completed on September 1, and some additional adjustments were completed this morning, September 2.

Please let me know if you encounter any problems or have questions about the new version.

Minecraft 1.16.1

After a few technical issues yesterday, I successfully upgraded the JDRGaming Minecraft server to the latest server version. It's now running Minecraft (Spigot) version 1.16.1.

Minecraft 1.16 was released on June 23, with 1.16.1 following the next day. I usually wait a few weeks before upgrading the server, because it takes the Spigot mod developers some time to update Spigot to work with the new Minecraft version.

The release notes for Minecraft 1.16 list a huge number of changes, many of them related to the Nether. Well, this is the first Nether Update, after all.

The release notes for Minecraft 1.16.1 show that this is a minor bug fix update.

I've also upgraded the anti-griefing, security, and scripting plugins used on the server. Everything should work as before, although one of the plugins is an alpha version. So I'll try to keep a close eye on things over the next few days.

If you notice anything broken or not working as expected, please let me know. Use the About/contact link in the top menu.

Minecraft 1.15.2

Minecraft 1.15.2 was released on January 21.

The release notes for the new version list numerous changes and bug fixes. Many of them involve the recently-added bee and beehive features.

The JDRGaming Minecraft server is now running Minecraft (Spigot) 1.15.2.

NOTE: I also found and fixed a typo in the server's welcome message. The custom command for getting the claim tools is actually /giveclaimtools, not /getclaimtools. Sorry about that.

Full functionality returned to Minecraft server

On December 18, I upgraded the JDRGaming Minecraft server's world data. Upgrading world data can often resolve various kinds of problems, some of which cause error messages and sluggish performance.

I'm satisfied that the upgrade had the desired effect, in that the world seems less buggy and has fewer performance issues (e.g. lag). However, I failed to notice that the Skript plugin was no longer functioning normally after the upgrade.

Skript provides much of the functionality related to the new 'claims' and other anti-griefing security features. So none of that stuff was working.

I finally noticed the problem yesterday, and resolved it by upgrading Skript and deleting some out of date files. Claims and other scripting-related functions should once again be working normally.

I apologize for the screwup.

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