After learning about the Mineblock project, ( the Kickstarter is here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/haig/mineblock-a-small-affordable-minecraft-home-server ) I decided to make a project of making our own minecraft sever on a Raspberry Pi. The guides that I referenced in a previous post are accurate however I should warn you that there is a somewhat steep learning curve for both setting up your Raspberry Pi and installing a minecraft sever on it. There are those out there who will disagree however I would guess that most of them have previous experience with linux and the various minecraft server variations.
(What follows is a description of what we did. It is not necessarily a recommendation for any of the services, software and vendors we used.)
We purchased a Raspberry Pi kit from Canakit ( http://www.canakit.com/ ). The kit included a B+ model Raspberry Pi with 512 MG RAM, an SD card preloaded with NOOBS (a program to chose and install the operating system you will use on your Pi), a power adapter, an HDMI cable, a network cable and a plastic case. We also purchased a WIFI adapter for greater flexibility in where we ultimately placed our Pi.
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Raspberry Pi is an open source design for a small computer suitable for DIY projects. It is the basis for the Mineblock project, however ambitious souls can make their own. Here’s a link to a guide below. You will need some basic skills in setting up your Raspberry Pi in the first place however there are online and hard copy sources for this. The advantage of using a Raspberry Pi is principally it’s footprint: It’s very small.
Earlier this year, eight-year-old Jivan Armen logged onto a Minecraft server in his home in east Vancouver to start building something new, as millions of his peers do each day. Jivan loves roller coasters and had begun constructing one to transport sheep throughout his world. Then disaster struck.
A griefer logged on and set his roller coaster ablaze. There was no recourse; only tears. Jivan ran to his father for consolation. “It’s not a great introduction to the Internet,” Jivan’s 46-year-old father Haig says. In fact, since then, Jivan has been shy to log into his favorite game out of fear of abuse.
Later, on the 10-minute walk to school, Haig shared the experience with other parents, many of whom echoed poor Jiven’s tragedy. “They all said that inevitably some jerk gets on their child’s server and ruins everything,” Haig says. Fortunately, for Jiven and the children of Vancouver, Haig Armen has a solution.
About a year and a half ago, Haig began working on an ingenious device called the Mineblock. A physical object powered by the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer and not much larger than your hand, the Mineblock does just one thing: run a private Minecraft server.