Minetest



  • Just learned about Minetest from @DustinB3403

    Has anyone used it? How does it compare to Microsoft's offering (which I've been pretty unhappy with.) Looks like it runs on Windows, Android, Linux, macOS, and FreeBSD. Pretty sweet. How do you run a server for this?





  • Installing on Fedora... dnf install minetest

    Sweet



  • @scottalanmiller said in Mintest:

    Installing on Fedora... dnf install minetest

    Sweet

    That's just the game, which has the ability to immediately go and start playing or join other online players.



  • I already fired up a game. So much nicer than Minecraft from first glance. Way faster and simpler.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Mintest:

    I already fired up a game. So much nicer than Minecraft from first glance. Way faster and simpler.

    You can install add-ons too. Which makes it all that much more expandable.

    I've never dug to far into it, but the mods I saw we're pretty cool looking.



  • Thank you @DustinB3403 my 8 year old is definitely going to enjoy this.



  • From the setting up a server page: Residential Internet connections tend to be unreliable and also have less upload speed.

    What kind of connection is required for a few players?



  • @bnrstnr said in Mintest:

    From the setting up a server page: Residential Internet connections tend to be unreliable and also have less upload speed.

    What kind of connection is required for a few players?

    The same kind of upload you would use for MineCraft.

    Being on ComCrap with 2.5 mb up ain't gonna work 🙂



  • it looks like it's not quite up to MC in features, but interesting.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Mintest:

    @bnrstnr said in Mintest:

    From the setting up a server page: Residential Internet connections tend to be unreliable and also have less upload speed.

    What kind of connection is required for a few players?

    The same kind of upload you would use for MineCraft.

    Being on ComCrap with 2.5 mb up ain't gonna work 🙂

    I've never played before, I have no idea what kind of resources it requires lol 🤷♂ I've always wanted to try it, just haven't for whatever reason.

    I have a DL360 G7 at home, with 100/15 internet, would I be able to host a world for a couple players?



  • @bnrstnr said in Mintest:

    @DustinB3403 said in Mintest:

    @bnrstnr said in Mintest:

    From the setting up a server page: Residential Internet connections tend to be unreliable and also have less upload speed.

    What kind of connection is required for a few players?

    The same kind of upload you would use for MineCraft.

    Being on ComCrap with 2.5 mb up ain't gonna work 🙂

    I've never played before, I have no idea what kind of resources it requires lol 🤷♂ I've always wanted to try it, just haven't for whatever reason.

    I have a DL360 G7 at home, with 100/15 internet, would I be able to host a world for a couple players?

    For maybe 5 players or so, yeah.



  • @bnrstnr said in Mintest:

    @DustinB3403 said in Mintest:

    @bnrstnr said in Mintest:

    From the setting up a server page: Residential Internet connections tend to be unreliable and also have less upload speed.

    What kind of connection is required for a few players?

    The same kind of upload you would use for MineCraft.

    Being on ComCrap with 2.5 mb up ain't gonna work 🙂

    I've never played before, I have no idea what kind of resources it requires lol 🤷♂ I've always wanted to try it, just haven't for whatever reason.

    I have a DL360 G7 at home, with 100/15 internet, would I be able to host a world for a couple players?

    yeah- but the sound and electricity wouldn't be worth it. A more modern box would cost you so much less in the long run.



  • @Donahue said in Mintest:

    it looks like it's not quite up to MC in features, but interesting.

    Depends on what you consider features. Open, fast, just works, can run your own server.

    I've only played with it for a minute, but "official" MineCrap is pretty awful. The basics are so flaky or they block the key features. Looks like it's Minecraft that needs to catch up.



  • @Donahue said in Minetest:

    it looks like it's not quite up to MC in features, but interesting.

    You must mean in mods, as in terms of features the original MC game is pretty plain too.



  • Looks interesting. Free is always good.



  • redstone for one is missing. There seem to be mods that add some of that back, but not everything. Also, nether and the end.



  • @Donahue said in Minetest:

    redstone for one is missing. There seem to be mods that add some of that back, but not everything. Also, nether and the end.

    So while I can agree that some things are missing, there are alternative approaches through mods in the game.

    MineCraft doesn't have Mese Blocks therefore that game is lacking



  • And in MC i can only dig or build 256 blocks deep. What is this, child's play. Minetest I can go 31000 blocks up or down!



  • @DustinB3403 said in Minetest:

    And in MC i can only dig or build 256 blocks deep. What is this, child's play. Minetest I can go 31000 blocks up or down!

    that part intrigues me



  • Imagine that ladder climb. . . FML lol. .



  • honestly, that part alone makes me want to try this. I always thought 256 was way way too short. It totally throws off the scale of things, and that fact that worlds were +/-30 million in X and Z made it even more distorted. I know there was the cubic chunks mod in MC, but as I understand it, lighting is a big part of why MC does't have a taller limit currently. I always wanted Large mountains, but even the ones that look good in MC still aren't really that tall IRL.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Minetest:

    And in MC i can only dig or build 256 blocks deep. What is this, child's play. Minetest I can go 31000 blocks up or down!

    What a difference THAT will make!



  • from what i read, the minetest worlds are 60k cubed. I can't think of any good reason to even go out that far on a standard MC map. The vertical distance is a big deal.



  • @Donahue said in Minetest:

    from what i read, the minetest worlds are 60k cubed. I can't think of any good reason to even go out that far on a standard MC map. The vertical distance is a big deal.

    Huge deal. I'd have been pretty happy with a 1K vertical!



  • The more I read, the more I like. Ultimately, it's just a way for me and the boys to enjoy spending time together. We also play a lot of board games and card games.



  • I just played for a second on my cell and it's a bit rough there for Android.

    Looks like it needs to be updated.



  • @Donahue said in Minetest:

    The more I read, the more I like. Ultimately, it's just a way for me and the boys to enjoy spending time together. We also play a lot of board games and card games.

    We've had the issue with Minecraft that it doesn't run on most of our computers (we only have a few Windows boxes for video games) and it runs poorly on tablets, and because of Microsoft's draconian controls, my kids can't play with the family. So this looks like it would solve that.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Minetest:

    @Donahue said in Minetest:

    The more I read, the more I like. Ultimately, it's just a way for me and the boys to enjoy spending time together. We also play a lot of board games and card games.

    We've had the issue with Minecraft that it doesn't run on most of our computers (we only have a few Windows boxes for video games) and it runs poorly on tablets, and because of Microsoft's draconian controls, my kids can't play with the family. So this looks like it would solve that.

    And there's plenty of games and mods, etc, for it too!