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.
So you were googling for how to set up a server for your kids to play minecraft (PC/Mac version) on because they are being griefed or you are tired of them having to see the rough and sometimes obscene language in the chat on many of the public servers. Maybe you are also hoping to find a cheaper solution than Minecraft Realms or there is some hardware/software issue holding you up.
Let’s back up. If you want to set up a server of your own that will allow you to have only those players you approve to play then you have three choices:
- Minecraft Realms ( https://minecraft.net/realms ) – This is probably the most convenient solution. It is available directly through the minecraft software you are already using. The game is hosted on Mojang’s servers so they take care of all the work on that end and you don’t have to fiddle with the firewall setting on your network as the minecraft .app . It’s available in almost all markets now. They only thing you may balk at is the price. I think it is priced fairly however you may want to consider the long-term costs if you kids are going to play together over a year.
- Amazon Ec2 ( http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/ ) – This is do-it-yourself solution, but with someone else’s computer. If you are not already familiar with the nuts and bolts of unix and the concepts of server and client software, you have steep learning curve here. You will need to run and administer this using a number of tools to control a remote computer. On the up side, Amazon offers a year free for their lowest tier of service. Here are some good tutorials on how to set it up:Setting up a free Minecraft server in the cloud – part 1 http://www.blog.gartonhill.com/setting-up-a-free-minecraft-server-in-the-cloud-part-1/
HOW-TO: Run a server on Amazon EC2 http://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/support/server-support/server-administration/1892104-how-to-run-a-server-on-amazon-ec2