As of today, I've been on hiatus from Barroncraft for 3 months. Unfortunately, building Minecraft mini games no longer interests me and it's time to move on. After talking with some staff, they are interested in continuing work. Therefore, I'm putting out a notice to anyone with the skills and funds to keep this project going. If you're interested, send an email to [email protected] and we can work out the details. If no one is interested, I'll be shutting down the servers on the 15th.
Thanks for the great games and fun times everyone, I wish you all the best :)
Update 1: For those interested in hosting, I have graphs of server usage over the last 30 days and the last 24 hours.
Update 2: We have decide to move the DOTA server over to NewBreed Gaming. The old IP should still work, but please change over to using
The dota server is now running on Minecraft 1.7 ;)
Mojang has stated that Minecraft 1.7 will probably be released this Friday. We won't be immediately updating so you will need continue using 1.6 to connect. I'll be posting here as soon as we have a test server available for people to play on. Once things become stable, the main server will be updated.
We've had a few minor updates since last time including:
- Banvote and LoginSecurity plugins added
- Minecraft scoreboard for kills
- Health displayed below player names
- Extra anvils in the special weapons shop
- Open fronted shops (no more dropping items behind the counter)
For a full list, check out the commit list. The readme file contains a good explanation on how to set it up. If you have any feedback or need help upgrading, send an email to [email protected].
If you haven't already notice due to the new link on the site, Barron Minecraft now has forums. For now, they are intended for discussing projects and ideas related to the offical servers as well as providing an area for people to apply to join the staff. More uses will probably be added in the future, feel free to discuss what you think they should be used for.
Thanks to a cool little patch from md_5, dota.barroncraft.com is usable with 1.6.2, 1.6.3 and 1.6.4 clients. Enjoy ;)
Due to the fact that the Mojang servers seem to be down, I'll be taking this time to move dota.barroncraft.com behind BungeeCord. Should be back up soon as the DNS changes over.
I've made a few changes to the site which should make it more friendly to cell phones and tablets. For those of you on desktops or laptops, try resizing the window to see how it works.
We recently had an series of incidents involving the impersonation of various moderator accounts. This was due to an exploit in the server version we were running. The server has been updated to the latest version and all bans from the last 48 hours have been rolled back. We will be taking active measures to prevent this from happening again. I'm sorry if you were the victim of any malicious activities while playing on the server. Please send any questions or comments regarding this incident to [email protected].
Due to an influx of players, I'm raising the slots on dota.barroncraft.com to 20. Enjoy the larger games :D
In preparation for moving our servers over to running on bungee cord, dota2.barroncraft.com and dota3.barroncraft.com will be going offline. The primary server dota.barroncraft.com will stay online.
Thankfully it seems that nothing broke with this update. As always, please report issues on the Github tracker.
Both dota.barroncraft.com and dota2.barroncraft.com will be offline temporarily for maintenance. Any connections will be redirected to dota3.barroncraft.com.
Update: Maintenance has been completed
The servers have been updated to Minecraft 1.6. Please report any bugs or issues you come across.
Well its been a while and quite a lot has happened since the last release. Some of the highlights include:
- Flame Sword has been nerfed
- Team health and items can be seen in the
- Additional commands:
- Moderator rank
- An anvil in the special weapons shop
- Staff prefixes in chat
For a full list, check out the commit list. The readme file contains a good explanation on how to set it up. If you have any feedback or need help upgrading, send an email to [email protected]
The host that dota.barroncraft.com runs on will be undergoing maintenance tonight. Any players joining will be redirected to dota2.barroncraft.com.
Update: Maintenence is done.
After much work, I've finally managed to automate the process of setting up new servers to run Minecraft Dota. To create your own, spin up a new server running Debian 7 or CentOS 6 and run the following as the root user:
wget -qO- http://barron.nu/install | sh
For more information, check out the Barroncraft Puppet Scripts page. It's rather sparse on documentation at the moment, but more will be added soon. If you run into issues, please report them on the Github issues page or send an email to [email protected].
I'd like to welcome our two new moderators Bluefishnair and Pyrofiredelta. They will be working to keep the servers fun to play on and free from cheaters. If you're interested in becoming a staff member, check out our applications page. Remember that you can contact the moderators at [email protected].
The servers have been updated to Minecraft 1.5.2. Please report any bugs on the issue tracker or to [email protected].
Exactly one year ago today, Hypixel (or Theory Movies as he was know as back then) released the map that we all know and love, Minecraft Dota. I initially posted a server on reddit and within minutes it was full. The system back then was rather crude, but over time it's been improved and has now reached the point where I think it's a reasonably well balanced and fun to play game. In celebration, I'd like to share some statistics from the past year of Minecraft Dota:
Common Chat Words:
- 274,742 connections.
- 120,627 joined team blue.
- 144,132 joined team red.
- 27,158 unique accounts.
- 25,742 towers destroyed.
- 4,084 games played.
- 345,760 deaths.
- 275,873 from other players.
- 31,965 from mobs.
- 10,094 infiltrating pirate's hideout.
- 7,793 falling off the map.
- 7,527 killed by the flame sword.
- 6,684 swimming for the flame sword.
- 2,757 chasing people into the enemy base/spawn.
- 2,492 by suicide.
- 309 from falling into the void.
- 198 from suffocation.
- 150 by pet wolves.
- 63 from explosions.
- 5 from starvation.
Some stats are approximations due to some early logs missing information. If you have a stat not listed here that you want to see, contact me to have it added. Stats were compiled using
vim. The big cloud of chat words was created using Wordle. I had a lot of fun putting all this together and look forward to another great year for Barron Minecraft. Have fun playing :D
Our awesome hosting provider Linode just doubled the amount of ram they offer on their servers. I'm working to migrate over dota2 and dota3 so while they are offline, both will resolve to the main dota server. Once the migration is done, they will come back online.
In light of recent issues with Minecraft Dota, I've decided to take a more drastic approach to balancing the map. This includes making the speed buffs much more fluffy, adding winter cheer to the team chests and giving a more explosive incentive for unlocking the special shops.
Edit: April fools! Servers are back to normal now.
More updates have been made to the Minecraft Dota server:
- Nexus upgrades now use hoppers so you can throw stacks of items in rather than one at a time.
- The Flame Sword and Aqua Helmet now have actual names! Also the Flame Sword has been nerfed to only have Fire Aspect II.
- There are now fences in front of the shops to prevent you from dropping items over.
- Command blocks now announce when each team is ready.
- An exploit involving early access to the Flame Sword has been fixed.
Great news everyone! I just finished migrating two of our servers to Newark, New Jersey and London, England. This means that US East and EU players will have nearby servers with minimal latency. You can see the updates on the servers page.
There have been quite a few issues since 1.5 was released, one of which was people dropping items behind the counters in shops. To fix this, the shop counters have been replaced with fences which do not allow items to be easily thrown over them.
The latest updates to the Dota server have been made public. This version is compatable with 1.5, however it contains a few bugs due to the update. It's also backwards compatible with 1.4, you just need to set 'snapshot-protocol' to false in bukkit.yml. There are some custom builds included on the wiki page. The one for SimpleClans retains compatibility for SimpleClansExtensions and the one for ShopKeepers adds unstable support for Spigot's 1.5 protocol. Please be sure to update to an official build of Shopkeepers once it becomes available.
I've updated /servers to pull information about how many players are online and what teams they've joined.
After a rather annoying issue with Shopkeepers, Minecraft Dota is back up and running on 1.5. This is done using the snapshot-protocol option of Spigot. If any more issue come up, please report them on the bug tracker.
Screenshot from the new map we're working on.
A new nexus counter mechanism has been added that uses tripwires instead of pressure plates. In addition, there are now colored team names. Please report any bugs or issue on the Github tracker.
The whole website has been rebuilt from the ground up using Jekyll and Bootstrap. This project has been in the works for a long time and I'm glad to finally be able to release it. You should definitely check out the new contribute page for ways to get involved. As always, the source is available for anyone interested.
The servers have been updated to 1.4.7. Please report any issues or bugs.
- Added potatos, carrots and bows to the exchange
- Helms are now available in the shops
- Better item detectors for the nexus upgrades
- Signs that denote the different lanes
The latest updates to the Dota server have been made public. Some major change have been made to the configuration, so it may be best to re-download everything and start fresh. As always, please report any issues you find.
Major updates and fixes have been made to the Minecraft Dota article on Barron Wiki. It now has fancy images showing various parts of the map and tables listing item costs in the shops.
- New command /towers that prints out a map of all the towers in chat.
- The game now announces whenever anyone joins or transfers teams.
- It's now possible to configure SimpleClansExtensions and disable team balancing.
Theses updates are on the live servers and will be made available in the next public release of Barron Minecraft Dota.
Due to the main servers filling up, I've added another server dota3.barroncraft.com. It should be coming online shortly.
Edit: Servers should be online now.
Both dota.barroncraft.com and dota2.barroncraft.com have been updated to Minecraft 1.4.6. Enjoy playing :D
Update: Within half an hour, the first server was full and now the second is starting to fill up. Did not expect this...
The server test.barroncraft.com has been updated to Minecraft 1.4.6. Some complex plugins such as NoCheatPlus has been disabled and only the basic functionality has been tested. Please report any issues on the Github bug tracker or the forum thread. Once things have stabilized, the main servers will be updated.
Update: Everything else appears to be working so NoCheatPlus has been enabled.
Currently working on re-doing the Barron Minecraft website in Jekyll and Bootstrap. I'm also building a live stats tracking site using Meteor and MongoDB. As always, the code is open source and can be found on my Github page.
The primary server dota.barroncraft.com has crashed twice in the past week. For this reason, I'll be swapping it out with one of our backup servers. The change will be done with DNS update and should not result in any downtime.
Minecraft 1.4 has been released. The servers with update when a recommended CraftBukkit build is made available.
The two hard drives for my development server arrived and have been installed. Development should resume shortly. First change will be the adding of hats to the game (because everyone loves TF2). Also, the servers have been upgraded from 16 slots to 20 slots. Unless issues come up, they will stay this way. I may even look into making them larger in the future.
I have a bit of bad news to report. This weekend the primary hard drive on my home server died. While all the data on it was backed up, I no longer have a local server to use for development and testing. Until I get a new hard drive for it, you won't be seeing many updates to the game.
In happier news, I've begun putting together recruitment for server staff. More on this will be posted later.
Colored nameplates have been added to the game. You will no longer have to guess if you should greet someone or attempt to kill them. Teammates show up as green and enemies show up as red. Please report any issues with this feature on the SimpleClansExtension bug tracker.
The custom map running on the servers has been made public in the Github repo for Minecraft Dota. A couple of minor changes such as ender chests and additional exchanges have been added as well. These changes will be released with Barron Minecraft Dota 4.1 some time in the next week. Until then, feel free to download and try them out. Just be sure to report any bugs you find.
The main server dota.barroncraft.com has been updated with villager shops. Quite a few bugs have also been fixed and a new anti-cheating system has been implemented. These changes will be made public soon along with the custom map that goes with them. If you can't wait, check out the testing branch on Github.
The latest updates to the Dota server have been made public. The new version features quite a few important bug fixes, Minecraft 1.3 compatibility and the /surrender command. Head over to Barron Wiki for more information. As always, please report any issues you find. You will also want to download the updated version of SimpleClansExtensions.
The second server dota2.barroncraft.com has been updated with NPC shopkeepers. This is a new feature and has not been fully tested yet so please report any bugs you find. If all goes well, the main dota server will be updated with these changes soon.
As many of you probably noticed, my currently published configuration does not work well with Minecraft 1.3. I'm working on fixing all the bugs and issues that came from Minecraft updating and once I'm sure its stable I'll publish it. If you want to try the new configuration out a little early, all the files are available from the testing branch on Github. This is extremely close to whats currently running live on the the servers and as far as I know, works properly.
The main server dota.barroncraft.com has been updated to 1.3. There are still some bugs remaining, namely a few towers are impossible to destroy. I'm actively working on a fix for the and expect to have it within the next few days.
Update1: This appears to be a bug with Bukkit or Minecraft itself, fixing this might take a bit.
Update2: Towers have been fixed. It's a bit hackish but it works, you can see the code on Github.
The secondary server for Minecraft Dota, dota2.barroncraft.com has been updated to 1.3.1. The main server will be updated once I'm sure everything is working correctly.
Update: Mob spawning has been fixed. If no more issues come up, the main dota server will be updated within the next 24 hours.
Mojang has released the latest update to Minecraft, promoting all clients to version 1.3. If you wish to continue playing on the servers, please avoid updating. We will move to 1.3 once a recommended build for CraftBukkit is released.
Currently Barron Minecraft is run entirely out of my own pocket as a fun hobby. A few people mentioned that they wanted to help offset hosting costs so I've added some links to the contribute page. Don't feel like you have to, the servers will continue running now and in the future regardless. However, if you do enjoy playing on my servers or use my configuration for your own server, please consider contributing in some form.
For those coming from Petri's video please be aware that these servers are still a work in progress. If you experience lag from the redstone, try installing Optifine and disabling particle effects. Any bugs or exploits should be reported on the Github tracker. Enjoy playing the game.
The latest updates to the Dota server have been made public. The new version features additional performance optimization, automatic server resets and quite a few bug/exploit fixes. Head over to Barron Wiki for more information. As always, please report any issues you find.
Changes have been made to the map to fix some known exploits. Players will no longer be able to climb over walls or rush for the fire sword a the start of the game. The shops have also been changed to prevent stuck items. These fixes will be made available for download once the map has been tested.
Due to the popularity of Minecraft Dota, our second server dota2.barroncraft.com has been brought back online. If the first server fills up, try connecting to this one.
The server running Minecraft Dota will be down on Tuesday , 06 11 for maintenance. The DNS for dota.barroncraft.com has been set to redirect to our second server which will continue to host Minecraft Dota during the downtime. If you have trouble connecting, try using dota2.barroncraft.com. Maintenance will last a 1-3 hours and should not impact players at all.
Update: Maintenance has been completed
If you haven't already noticed the new link in the site menu, you should know that we now have a wiki. All tutorials and write-ups on how the server works will be hosted on it. The wiki is currently in read only mode until everything has been moved over. If you have contributions you would like to make, send them in.
Minecraft Dota has been updated so it will automatically reset the map once the game is over. This means no more getting cut off in the middle of a long game or having to wait for a reset at the end of a short one. I'll be creating a writeup/tutorial on how this is done. In the meantime, you can check out the changes made to the plugin that allows this to happen.
Atlas server has been set up to run games of capture the flag. There is currently one map with a very basic setup. There are plans to add more maps and game mechanics in the future. Connect to ctf.barroncraft.com if you want to try it out.
The new redesigned site for Barron Minecraft is up and running. It used to be hosted on one of our Minecraft nodes but now has its own dedicated web server. The site has also been upgraded to Drupal 7 and given a visual makeover. Expect more features in the upcoming months.