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JDRGaming Minecraft server

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.

Minecraft 1.15 and 1.15.1

Minecraft 1.15 was released on December 10, followed by 1.15.1 on December 17.

Minecraft 1.15.1 fixes a few bugs introduced in 1.15, and improves performance.

Minecraft 1.15 is considered a major upgrade from 1.14.x. From the release notes:

... added bees and bee-related items, such as beehives, honey bottles and honeycombs. Alongside adding bees, this update focused on fixing bugs and improving performance, as well as adding numerous features that were originally Bedrock Edition exclusives.

The JDRGaming Minecraft server is now running Spigot 1.15.1.

Minecraft server re-launch

The JDRGaming Minecraft server is back online after about a week of downtime for upgrades and enhancements.

The main reason for these changes is the amount of griefing I've observed in recent weeks. Simply banning griefers (most of whom are, sadly, children from unhappy homes), isn't enough. More protection and admin tools became necessary.

If you're one of the griefers I've been dealing with, or someone who idiotically insists that griefing is 'part of the game', please ask your parents to get you help for your mental health issues. You're almost certainly a budding sociopath.

What's new

  • It's no longer a 'vanilla' server. Vanilla servers just don't have enough tools for dealing with griefing. Instead, the server now runs Spigot, which is a set of tools that enhance vanilla Minecraft. It's the same world, with (mostly) the same rules.
  • You can (and really should) 'claim' locations in which you intend to build. You can also claim areas in which you've already built. Once you've claimed an area, nobody else can change anything there unless you explicity give them access. The server will notice when you start building and offer useful hints about claims. Use the new command /getclaimtools to get a pair of items that help with claim management. This list of GriefPrevention commands should help.
  • Several other grief prevention measure have been enabled; for example, to limit the spread and effect of fire and explosions.
  • New commands: /sethome and /home. The former allows to you remember your current location as your home location, while the latter will teleport you there.

If your constructions on the server have been damaged by griefers, I apologize. I did try to restore a version of the world pre-griefing, but wasn't able to find one that undid all the damage without also undoing legitimate building. Hopefully the new anti-griefing measures will limit griefer activity in the future.

Comments? Concerns? Suggestions? Click About/contact in the top menu to find ways to reach me.

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