How to Effectively Promote Your Multiplayer Thread
So, you're looking for advice about how to format your multiplayer thread? Or perhaps you'd like to optimize your existing thread to garner more views? In this guide we will cover the very basics of creating a clear and well presented multiplayer thread.
The aim of a multiplayer thread is to entice players to join your game, or help with your projects. To do this, we have to start from the very beginning:
Your thread title is important
The title of your thread is incredibly important in attracting people to your topic. Here are a list of ways to clearly format your titles:
Always create a clear, to the point title
Threads which do not have a clear title often look messy and unprofessional.
Include key details about your game or project in the title, using [prefixes]
Are you playing Survival? if so, put [Survival] in the title. Maybe you have specific type of Survival server. Maybe you have factions. in this case add [Factions] to the title. Perhaps your game is geared towards PVP? Add [PVP] to the topic title. If you often run building contests, add [Contests] to the title. If you are looking for friends, staff or need help building something? We have [Friends], [Staff] and [Builder(s)] prefixes also.
To Add Prefixes to a New Thread
To add Prefixes to an already created thread.
Titles which clearly display your game name, or purpose for your thread.
[Survival] [Factions] [PVP] Kingdom Quest
[Builder(s)] [Staff] Minigames
[Friends] [Help] New to Minecraft
Titles which are unclear, messy and non-descriptive.
WE NEED ONE MORE!
ATTENTION: More players needed!
Now for your threads contents...
The contents of your thread should be inviting, clear and descriptive
The layout and look of your thread is equally as important as your thread titles. Let's list a few things which will help your multiplayer thread stand out and shine:
Having either a banner, logo or some form of image at the top of your thread is a big plus. This will be the first thing potential members see and are drawn towards. Images and videos elsewhere in the thread will help a lot too.
Introduce your game or request
A short (or long if you prefer) introduction is important to explain exactly what your game or request is all about. If you're focused on PVP and fighting stuff, make this clear in your opening text. If you're more geared towards co-operative building, add this within your introduction. If you need help, let people know exactly what you need help with.
List your game's features
Do you have a list of jobs that your game has? If so, this would be a good time to list them. Similarly, if you have a list of member ranks, put them beneath your intro.
Being clear about your rules is incredibly important. Display them somewhere in your thread, or you may find people just do what they want.
Provide an application form
The best way to invite players into your game is to provide them with a list of questions to answer. This helps them know you're serious and helps you know who may soon be a part of your game.
Application form example:
Why you want to join:
How you'd contribute:
Keep the text formatting simple and clean
Format your threads nicely, but don't overuse bold, underline, excessively large fonts or a crazy amount of colours. Threads which over use text formatting can look messy and amateur.
That's it for now. If you have any questions or suggestions about formatting multiplayer threads, feel free to add them as a reply to this thread.
any advice on how to get people to join and play?😏
It would mostly have to deal with how you present your game. If you are wanting people to play on your survival server (for example), a question to ask yourself is:
Why would I want to join this server?
Put yourself in the shoes of someone who is looking for someone to play with. What would make your survival server stand out against any other survival servers? Do you have pictures? Do you play at a certain time of day? Do you speak the same language? Do you want others to have a mic?
Cant "make" a server on xbox like you can on PC. The host of the game is using his/her console AS the server. Thats the only way right now on console.... Unless you mean can anyone make an ACTUAL server that has purpose or is interesting/long running then yes, but that is VERY rare to find. Host must be dedicated to this, it takes a lot of time and patience to grow it.
Kiori Bug has a point. Ask yourself why would I want to play this server?
Make it stand out a bit. Ask yourself, what do I have to offer that other servers dont have? How is mine better or worse?
Take inspiration from other servers and hosts. See what they do that makes their server work and what makes their server bad. However this isnt a free pass to steal someone elses idea. Rather, take note, and morph your concept with things that you see work well with other hosts. Trust me, there are no more TRUE original ideas out there. Everything has been done, tried and true. All you can do is add YOUR twist, YOUR spin and style on things to make it unique!
Great servers also require dedicated people. Hosts that can run the game and moderators who are always willing to lend a helping hand. To be a great host requires delicate balance of being assertive while still giving the community the ability to shape and mold the server, allowing them to voice opinions and observations of everything. Delicate balance.
welll... technically you can make yourself a server if you buy a 2nd xbox, MC disc and Gold account. leave it running 24/7.. like i did. I just hope they allow more than 8 people eventually.
That's an option for those who have the money to spend on such things. Most expensive way to do it, and even then, u still run into the problem of problematic ppl while u are not around. Doesn't matter if u step away and leave someone in charge. You r asking for trouble when u leave the game running unchecked.
Now if you have a trustworthy group of ppl, great! But keep in mind, you can always count on people to be... Well.... People. If you have a lot to lose due to grief or cheating like duplication glitches, dont do 24/7. Take it from an experienced server host.
If you are a server host running simply survival games, then disregard what I said about not doing 24/7. But if you run RPGs like myself, or any other rule enforced servers, then take into account of how sneaky people will be to bend rules when there is nothing around to leave them checked. Lol.
there are all sorts of checks in place to secure your server. Daily backups. a team of trusted admin... it can be done. and if you get griefed, you just roll back to yesterday. Its all about managing smart. =)
Also i believe the question was, How do you make a server. Im nto sure how the discussion got on trolls and server management.
My answer is plenty relevant to this thread as it informs new users of the risks and what to look out for. Same as you, I inform others. So, I believe you are now sure how that discussion lead to this.
One other thing to consider. If you are not running a 24/7 server you should list your timezone and what times you are usually running Minecraft. You want to be adding people to your friends list that can actually play at the same time you do.
For people wondering how to actually make a server I can offer a bit of advice. I currently run 4 different parkour/adventure servers and have learned a lot along the way.
For my style of server the most important thing is being fair in your build and how you treat the people who come to your servers. Myself and my build team always make sure to playtest our builds to make sure everything is possible as well as fun and will not open a new area until it's ready. It's also important to help new players if they need it, at least a little just to point them in the right direction or to teach them how to overcome a certain obstacle.
It's my opinion that your attitude is also key. If you are rude, bossy or ignore your guests they will leave. Speaking of guests, that's a good way to view players on your servers, as guests who've taken their time and energy to play your world when they literally have hundreds of others choices of not only other games and activities but other MC servers. Treat your build team, staff and guests well and not only will they keep coming back but they'll bring their friends with them.