Frequently Asked Questions

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As there are only so many things we can put on the signs in the Rules login area or Spawn, here is an ongoing compilation of answers to questions players often ask on MCO.

What do I do?

What do I do?

MinecraftOnline is a Survival Multiplayer (SMP) server. You are expected to mine and craft just like you would in singleplayer survival with the exception of leaving other players' builds alone unless you have permission. It's as simple as that.

If you would like help getting started, see: A Beginner's Guide To MinecraftOnline.

What can't I do?

There are only a few rules you need to learn to prevent yourself from being banned. You can read them in-game in the Rules Hall (/rules), or in much more detail on the wiki under Category:Rules.

Is {mod name} allowed?

See the Modifications page for questions about game mods. When in doubt, ask in the game chat.

Building

Where can I build?

You can build anywhere that another player has not. If your build blocks another build that is already in progress, staff may move or remove your build so the other build can continue.

Please do not attempt to build inside or under other player's builds. You wouldn't want some total stranger moving into your house and living under your stairs. Don't do it.

If you are not great at building, please do not attempt to build within Spawn walls, as builds not qualified good by the admins may be moved away, or even destroyed in a worse case scenario.

Can I have free food/tools/armor/diamonds?

This is a survival multiplayer server. You're expected to play survival-style, and to mine and craft your own materials. It's possible that you might be able to trade with other players or buy from player-maintained stalls at /warp DiamondMall or other shops, but generally the process is to find an open area and start punching trees.

How do I claim/protect my builds?

On MinecraftOnline, it is unnecessary to use plugins to claim or protect your builds. Protection of builds are enforced by the staff team instead, who will permanently ban anyone who tries to grief/modify your build without your permission.

We chose this approach to enable greater build creativity (builds will not have to be limited to neat boxes), as well as to foster a good community that would rather not break the rules, instead of being forced not to.

Why can't I break blocks?

The vast majority of the MCO map is unprotected by plugins. That's not to say that the map isn't protected. The rules, our staff, and our logfiles protect the blocks that belong to other players.

However, certain areas are protected to allow players time to get used to the server and its rules before breaking them accidentally or on purpose.

  • The Rules Hall is permanently protected from modification by players.
  • The center of Spawn around the Visitor Center and Spawn Pond is permanently protected and a safe area from PvP.
  • On the entire map, everything above y:128 is protected from modification by players with less than 100 hours online time. This is a a holdover from before the build height was raised, and gives established players a safe place to build that is protected from those less experienced with our Rules.
  • The entire area inside the Spawn Wall, a 701x701-block square centered around the spawn point, is protected from modification by unregistered players. Once players /register or have 100 hours or more of time online, they are granted the ability to modify available areas inside the Wall. Though, high build standards exist within the area, and low quality builds may be removed by admins.
  • The entire underground below the Spawn Wall from y:60 to bedrock is protected from modification by players with less than 100 hours of time online. This is to minimize the extensive tunneling by new players. Once a player has over 100 hours, they can build below Spawn, but by then it is hoped they'll have decided on their own not to.

Okay, so how can I go to somewhere where I can break blocks?

  • The easiest method is to use the /wilderness command, which will teleport you far from most player builds. There may still be builds nearby, do not grief them.
  • There is the Nexus teleportation system, a network of teleporters that branches out across the map.
  • There are numerous Warps that can take you to many cities and towns and places of interest, from which you can adventure out looking for open areas.
    • Use the /listwarps command to get a list of available warps, then use the /warp command to teleport to a specific destination.
  • There are a number of roads that lead out of Spawn in every direction, both at ground level and elevated. Most are marked with a white quartz line you can follow to make sure you're on the correct road.
  • There is the Freedonia Rail System, which charges a few cobble for a minecart ride along the map-spanning FRS system.

I found an old base that looks abandoned. Can I just move in here?

Not unless you have permissions from the owner.

Even if the base is years old and the owner has not logged in for a very long time or is banned, their build is protected by the Rules and you are not allowed to modify it.

How can I set my spawnpoint?

You can sleep in a bed, which will change where you reappear when you die. Otherwise, you'll reappear at Spawn standing in the Spawn Lake.

You can also use the /sethome command which will save your homepoint. Then you can use /home at any time to immediately teleport back. This not only returns you to your base, but can keep you from dying by teleporting you away from danger to your personal safe spot.

How can I lock my chests?

  • You can place any non-transparent block over the top of them -- Wool is the most recommended block for this. This prevents players from opening the chest without removing the block. If they remove the block or break the chest without your permissions, staff can find their name in our logs and permanently ban them. The threat of a permanent ban keeps most players from touching your stuff.
    • Transparent blocks do not block players from opening chests. These blocks include:
      • Other chests
      • Stairs and slabs
      • Glass and stained glass
      • Redstone blocks
  • Registered players can use the /lwc command to protect two chests. LWC protections prevent the chest from being broken or accessed by unauthorized players.
  • Enderchests are a good place to store items, as no players can access your enderchest inventory even if the break and steal the enderchest. Enderchests can hold Shulker Boxes, which can in turn store a large number of items.

Someone stole items from my chests! Can I get it back?

That depends.

  • Did you lock your chests? If so, the player griefed to get in. They'll get banned and staff will recover your items for you.
  • If you did not lock your chests... well, you're not getting your items back. They played by the rules and got the items fairly.

Can I take stuff from other people's chests?

That depends.

  • If the chest is open and uncovered, you can take whatever you want from it. Simple stealing isn't against the rules.
  • If the chest is covered with a block so that you cannot open it, you are not permitted to break the block or the chest to get at the items inside. That isn't just stealing. It's griefing.
  • Placing a Hopper underneath a chest to remove items is also grief; this is known as "additional grief".

Can I take crops from farms?

First: Have you tried /warp farm? This will give you access to easy and free food without any uncertainty. But if you still want to break that crop...

It depends. This is one of the rare exceptions to the rule that you should not break another player's block.

If you do not have to break blocks to reach the farm, and there is not sign saying you cannot, then it is generally allowed to harvest crops from another players farm, on the condition that you then replant those same crops, so the player's farm can keep working properly.

If you just wipe out all the crops on a player's farm without replanting, that is griefing, and you may well be banned.

Am I allowed to kill the animals/villagers?

Yes, you may attack and kill any and all mobs that you are able to.

Player versus Player combat

Another player just hit me! They can't do that, can they?

Actually, yes they can.

Player-versus-Player combat, or PvP, is part of Survival. It's just something you're going to have to protect against, just like any other ingame threat like Creepers or lava.

Where's my stuff?! Give it back!

You've been looted. It's not your stuff anymore. They own it now.

Can I kill other players?

Up to a point, yes. PvP is part of survival. You can attack and kill and loot other players and they can do the same to you.

However, if a player targets another player for PvP over and over to deny them the ability to actually play the game, this is a behavior admins have termed "Bullying" for convenience. It is potentially bannable.

If you keep killing a player to stop them from being able to do anything, staff will likely give you a warning. If you keep the behavior up, staff will ban you from the server. All bans are permanent.

Server-Specific Features

How do I get a white name?

You Register.

Why do you guys have like those colored stars before your name?

See Donation (giving money) and Store (by voting).

What are these weird floating Ender Pearls?

These are Teleport Trails.

Why did I get {random item}?

This is a random Hourly gift.

Does this server use custom textures?

The vanilla textures are unchanged, but there are additional custom textures; see MinecraftOnline Resource Pack.

Is keep inventory on?

No.

I want to travel to the Nether/End, where's the portal?

  • Nether portal exists everywhere, but there is one right next to the Spawn Hall.
  • Only limited End gates exist. The easiest places to access to are Batugus Labs (Nexus Red 2 -> Batugus) or Emerald Mall (Nexus Lime 1).

All rules still apply in other dimensions, so don't grief unless exempt.

When are you guys updating?

Soon, hopefully. Currently our server uses the Sponge API for its plugins, and as of writing there are no stable builds of Sponge for the most recent versions of Minecraft. However, both MinecraftOnline and Sponge developers are working on porting their respective software to newer versions, so please be patient in the meantime.

Why do blocks keep reappearing when I try to break them outside of protections?

This is a known issue, caused by the server's low TPS (ticks per second).

The developer team are working on improving server TPS, but it takes time to optimize a codebase of our size, so please be patient. In the meantime, you should consider obtaining enchanted tools to help alleviate the lag.

Commands

From in-game, type /help for a list of server commands, or see Commands.

Where did I just die?

Use command /deathinfo to see the coordinates of the last place that you died.

Is there a /tpa command?

No. This is survival. You walk around from place to place. There are some fast travel options like /warp or the FRS rails system or the Nexus teleport system, but you can't just teleport wherever you want, unless you vote for months to get higher rank kits.

Can someone teleport my friend to me? Or teleport me to my friend so we can build together?

Probably not*. You can use the /nearestnexus or /nearestwarp to find the closest fast-travel location to where you want to go. From there, you can use the coordinates of where you want to go to guide you. Have both you and your friend press F3 and use the XYZ coordinates displayed in the upper left corner of your screens to guide one of you the remaining distance to the other.

* staff and some long-time players can teleport other players, but they have no obligation to do so, and it is generally rude to ask without a very good reason

How do I set my spawnpoint?

Each time you die, you'll respawn at your spawn point, which by default is the Pool at Spawn City.

If you sleep in a bed at night, your personal spawn point changes to the bed location.

Is there any other way to get back to my home? I don't want to die!

You can save your home with the /sethome command. Then you can use the /home command to return to it at any time without needing to die first. It's very helpful if you're about to die from lava, monsters, players, or falling, but you might want to make your home point standing in water so if you're escaping fire, the water can put it out.

It is worth noting that unlike other servers, we only allow players to set one /home at a time to preserve the survival multiplayer feel of the server.

History

I heard this was the oldest Minecraft server. Is that true?

It depends on your definition of Minecraft server.

  • Both MinecraftOnline.com and another server called Novylen was started on the 4th of August 2010, when Minecraft multiplayer was officially released.
  • MinecraftOnline is tied with Novylen on being the oldest SMP server on what is now known as Minecraft Java Edition.
    • Nerd.NU is the oldest server, however it was started in June 2009 on the browser or Classic edition of Minecraft, which is a different game to Minecraft Java Edition.
      • They also reset their original world and many other worlds after. Eventually they shut down their SMP world. Their current worlds are much newer than ours.

The world that Novylen hosts is slightly older than MinecraftOnline's world, as Novylen's map pre-multiplayer was the server owner's personal singleplayer world, while MinecraftOnline's map was made on the day multiplayer was released.

But I heard 2b2t was the oldest server. Isn't that true?

No.

  • 2b2t is the oldest Anarchy server. They don't claim to be the oldest server ever.
  • 2b2t is not an SMP server like MinecraftOnline.
  • MinecraftOnline is about four months older than 2b2t which started in December 2010.