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David and Toby give us a rundown on this week's Minecrafty goodness, including the elusive "Minecraft Realms" feature, currently in testing!

So wait, what is Minecraft Realms?  It appears to be an in-development alternative to server hosting, where users will be able to start a server up at the push of an in-game button, and invite their friends to play, all from within the game.  I have had a chance to test this out myself, and so far, it has been very easy to understand and use!  A very promising feature indeed.

Youtuber BebopVox has also compiled a list of currently known features about Minecraft Realms:

  • Mojang hosted servers through a company like Amazon or Multiplay
  • Currently free for 100 people during Beta
  • Passes were given out randomly to help test
  • Looking to charge in the future, unknown price for how much time
  • DanFrisk from Mojang leading the project
  • Currently no permissions for op/mod etc... as a host.
  • Overall keeping it simple to play with friends, 1 click play.
  • If invited, you cannot make a server, only those 100 people can
    • currently, only 100 players were invited to test this feature, and they can invite whoever they like to their Realm servers.  However, even if invited, those players do not gain the ability to make a Realm server of their own.  Not just yet, that is
  • Currently only 1 server can be made at a time if hosting
  • Hosting a max of 4 people

You can read more details about Realms in his Reddit thread, and of course, on the official Wiki!

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#1

OpelSpeedster

Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:36 AM

That looks nice, but way too limited...

#2

aaron4412

Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:00 AM

I hope it is not to much. I think 5-10 bucks for 90 days sounds fair.

#3

Doctor_Who_

Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:09 AM

I think i'm going to stay away from realm since it's only 4 players.

#4

Yoshi_Hatsune

Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:52 AM

Dang! Notch sure looks young without that mustache and beard on him. I bet it'll take months for that to grow back.

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toatanu
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:59 AM

Darn... I didn't know that Mojang would charge for this. Oh well.

View Postsimen671 said:

Do you guys think Dinnerbone is giving a hint here? Or is he just Dinnerboning?

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:02 AM

[quote name='Doctor_Who_' timestamp='1362362948' post='21245095']
I think i'm going to stay away from realm since it's only 4 players.
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No worries! I don't think many of us will see that for a long time. Everyone I have see with it is either a huge youtuber or has allot of money and went to minecon.
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#7

DragonHeroBlaze

Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:11 AM

I want to see the improved Ender dragon fight be for PC as well.
It's unfair to give it to just XBox.
Check out the spoiler for my weather suggestion and a list of other topics of mine I think you should see.

#8

Markwell99

Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:51 AM

Interesting feature. The game keeps growing!

#9

RedDragonRunner

Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:06 AM

You have got to be kidding me!  I've been working on a  mod that I had dubbed as "The Realms", and now I have to come up with an entirely new name for it...

#10

Flyingbox

Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:39 AM

[quote name='RedDragonRunner' timestamp='1362380786' post='21247968']
You have got to be kidding me!  I've been working on a  mod that I had dubbed as "The Realms", and now I have to come up with an entirely new name for it...
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MINECRAFT REALM =/= "The realms"


...Also these current features are that of the beta test. These current features are not indicators of what the final product of realms will be.

#11

RedDragonRunner

Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:07 AM

[quote name='Flyingbox' timestamp='1362382742' post='21248190']
MINECRAFT REALM =/= "The realms"


...Also these current features are that of the beta test. These current features are not indicators of what the final product of realms will be.
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This may be, but if they call it Realms at all, then I will want to change what I am calling my mod so as to not confuse people.

#12

crocodileman94

Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:25 PM

Why the heck do they make an xbox exclusive Enderdragon update that the PC users has been asking for since he was revealed?!

#13

darthvader45

Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:37 PM

Seriously, charging for server hosting?  So Minecraft Realms was the "in-game persistent server" feature?  I am definitely NOT gonna use it.  Sorry Mojang, close but no cigar.

#14

manufarano

Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:16 PM

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#15

Bashful_Giant

Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:40 PM

So, as predicted by many people on these forums, MC Realms is a Mojang's attempt at server hosting.

We should have seen it coming with the intro of LAN play and SSP server commands.

#16

nitrocrafter

Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:43 PM

I honestly have no idea how they came up with payment for server hosting after a very successfull mojam event.
don´t tell me mojang is lacking money? They must be working on something big.
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:52 PM

Soooooo kind of like lan but alot of people not on a locally accessed network
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#18

Julian_GameMaker

Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:05 PM

In theory, this would be a way for a small group of friends to have their own private server, without dealing with griefers, lag, and the such... again, this is just in theory, we shall see how it turns out in the future
PRETEND THERE IS AN EPIC BANNER RIGHT HERE! oh, fyi, i need beta testers: http://www.minecraft...or-the-captain/

#19

companioncube42

Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:08 PM

Has anyone noticed that in snapshot 13w09a and above where it says 'Smooth Lighting: Off' the 'ff' are supposed to be capitals, not lower-case letters! lol :)
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Wristrule

Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:43 PM

[quote name='Shourin' timestamp='1362366165' post='21245828']
No worries! I don't think many of us will see that for a long time. Everyone I have see with it is either a huge youtuber or has allot of money and went to minecon.
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Yep, sure seems nice and random to me.  Look at all of those capes wavin' around on the realms...

Also, does anyone remember that old, first gen MMORPG, "The Realm?"  An old clunker like that might jump at the chance to scab some money off the name at some point.