So, how does it work with servers now. Is it pretty much mandatory to get the monthly subscriptions and have your own private realm if you dont want your buildings ruined by others etc? Or can you find empty servers that my friend and I can build on without peopel bothering us?
I am extremely inactive nowadays and haven't actually played more than 15 minutes in the last year, but if you look you might be able to find a good server that fits your needs. Also, I highly discourage realms, unless you absolutely need the convenience factor. Buying a server is cheaper per month in a lot of cases. If you'd prefer to keep it simple, go with a realm. Otherwise, a cheap server is a decent option too. This is assuming your friend is also on the java version. This is where Microsoft's naming really gets frustrating. Ask him if he has windows 10 edition or java edition.