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Alternative ways to grief servers

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Soo, I haven't played minecraft in a few years and I recently re installed it as soon as I got a much better computer. Aside from the cool ocean updates, a lot of loopholes have been fixed so hacking is no easy task. I decided to browse a couple of servers...hopped on vanilla and started deconstructing houses and stuff only to get banned...not really that vanilla... but  then I found a server that a high school alumni who was admin on one server. Turns out that it is a FURRY SERVER! And yes it is as cringy as it sounds. There are custom paintings that says "Wombat woman is watching" with a picture of the cartoonized animal owner of server.

I play casually on it and discover that there are a lot of plug ins that help you gain advantage in the game, such as lucky blocks you accumulate as you're mining and a super easy level up system where you gain XP for enchants...JUST BY WALKING, and other simple activities. The owner said that she coded all the plugins herself which is pretty cool. At the same time though, this allowed me to access higher level equipment easily, like an 'explosive pickaxe' which mines out a 3x3x3 per block hit. It's like a creative nuker but in survival game mode. This is a potentially devastating tool.

As soon as I made a base as far away as possible to not be discovered, I found the best way to make walls for my base was pouring water over a lava fall from the top of the map. Quite massive. Anyways during the manufacturing of cobblestone from lava, other players were complaining of lag and an admin on there was just clueless and was entirely unaware of what I was doing. I realize that water on lava falls caused decent server lag. Multiply that by multiple lava falls and you have whats comparable to a smoke screen, as well as stupid amounts of cobblestone just being made.

That got me thinking, griefing and other kinds of activity such as lava construction or redstone timers is just in game server stress testing

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PigHunter    300

Man I haven't played in years.

 

An old way that works pretty good, especially on cracked servers, is to take about 20 alts. Write a script that logs them in and out as fast as possible. It'll crash most servers that don't have specialized protections against this. Another way to increase the effectiveness and require fewer alts is to walk all the alts to different locations on the map that are far out and then log them in and out.

 

That lava thing you discovered is actually pretty applicable to anything. If you can do anything that will require a large amount of block updates it'll bog down servers with shit hardware. You can also drop a large amount of items where more than one player is, assuming they don't have plugins to deal with this.

 

Lava where player set spawns is always fun.

 

Abuse of poorly made plugins is always a good route. Most servers where the owner makes the plugins that are medium sized have pretty terrible plugins that are very very abuse-able. Just have to think outside the box. With the walking as XP thing you could set something on your W key to auto gain experience for hours. That explosive pick axe thing may be able to destroy things that are a block inside protected areas. If you can program you'll likely be able to make any item a nuke depending on how she designed it.

Key to finding exploits is to use things how the developer has not thought how you'll use them. Be creative and try things out, think outside the box. You'll always be shocked by what you can find.

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sixfivejay    1

Haha. That's really cool. It's sort of sad that Mojang fixed most of the loopholes like you said. There are still hacked clients out but it's nothing compared to the feeling of old Minecraft greifing. There are still a few servers up to grief if you actually play in the betas. There's currently a running project called something like the Nostalgic Project. It's a server in the betas that surprisingly works with it's own launcher. Although it has been hit already a few times last summer. Anyways interesting story again. I had a good time reading this.

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