About

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MCAU is one of the top Minecraft servers in Australia. With over four years of continuous running, it has become the top destination for Australian Minecrafters.

We run a Survival world, Event world, and an exclusive Creative world for donors, plus more! Grief protection will be available to all players to use on Survival.

Our staff team work hard to ensure that your Minecraft experience will be fun and grief-free. If you have been banned and wish to complain, please do so on the Ban Appeals forum rather than by commenting here.

Donations are back!

After some head scratching and discussions, we’ve re-opened donations!  I’ve been trying to not take your money without a good reason as to why I’m taking it, and apart from the 30-odd-hours I spent writing all the new backend stuff for Donations, we’ve also got a brand new cluster of servers.

Yes, I’ve been spending your money on Minecraft. I know you expect me to blow it all on Blackjack and Hookers, but it turns out, computers are EXPENSIVE.

Admittedly, we now do own a massively large amount of computing power.  About 200 CPU cores, and 700GB of RAM, spread out over 25 HP Blades.  This is all good, but this has now exposed my next issue – we don’t have enough fast storage!

So my next purchase is going to be 18 500G-ish SSDs, and 3 servers to put them in, to act as our new Swift storage cluster.  Oh, did I mention we’re also now running on OpenStack?

Yeah, we’re nerding it all up here.  Anyway. Enjoy! And feel free to hit that Donations link up there and throw a few dollars our way 😎

 

New map on Friday! (…or sooner?!)

Hi guys!

The new map is here! It’s finally a real thing! We’ve been working hard to do the backend work required to get things going on the 1.8 map. It’s pretty exciting, and we’re going to be able to let people on this Friday evening! It’ll be happening at 6:30 AEST. Wooo! (That’s Brisbane time, by the way. NSW/Vic will be 7:30PM, SA is 7:00PM. I have no idea what kind of wacky time it will be in WA.).

Also, all you cool kids that have been donating to us all through the temp map period get an extra bonus: You can jump on the server and take a look around on Thursday night. I’ll be opening up the server to DONATORS ONLY at about 6:30PM AEST, and letting you play until 10:30PM AEST, Thursday night.

Thanks for playing on MCAU.

<3 hug.

Current State of Things

Good Morning MCAU!
Just writing this to let everyone know where we are at at the moment.

We’re still running the Temporary map(Frontier Justice!) and we’re still doing what we can on it to make it fun and reduce griefing.
If you want the 1.7 server it’s still reachable at 17.mcau.org

We’ve currently got a Parkour Event above spawn (With the prize for completing it a small love heart that will follow you around)
We’ve also got some small Halloween stuff going on like Trick or Treat and a SpoOoOoOoky Potion (Candy :p) Vendor (BGR has plans to expand on this)
If you haven’t checked in in a while the temp map spawn has also had a makeover for an overall better and cleaner layout and villager shops.

In Searching for a 1.8 plugin capable server news we’ve been evaluating/looking into a couple of different things:
Spigot – MD_5 has plans to get a stable 1.8 Spigot out by the end of next month.
Sponge – It looks like the going is still slow here but they’ve been making progress. It seems like this’ll be the long term goal
Glowstone – Working for 1.8 but is not at an acceptable level for a Survival server (mobs, hunger, health, so on don’t work)
Granite – Working for 1.8 but uses a new API which is far from complete and has no plugins (Watched them talk for an hour the other day about not having the ability to write a plugin to teleport players)
Husk – Came out of no where and has released next to no information apart from “We have a working 1.8 server” but you can’t look at it.

There are also some plugins like Carbon that require the 1.8 protocol hack version of Spigot but in testing we’ve come across some areas where it is unreliable (ex: They had a bug where anyone could crash the server with a specific command a week or so ago) and at best is only a short term solution.

So as you can see we’ve still been busy while waiting for a new 1.8 plugin capable server. Whether it’s testing out different server software or in the temp map case writing / making our own hacked together things (Big thanks to Terrorbite, Robotoraccoon, Giestes and anyone I forgot) or getting our butts kicked with command blocks to setup things like the Vault, Parkour, Villager Shops, Welcome Messages, Coloured Names, Trick or Treat, so on and so on.