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The World of SMP -- Multi-player Minecraft

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While the experience of learning the game is largely one of solo-play, with most gamers spending their first hundred real-life hours or so in playing their own single-player maps in which all of the progress that they make is theirs and theirs alone, eventually you will want to branch out to the multi-player side of the game if only to have the experience...  Before you do that there are things that you need to know, and sometimes written though often unwritten rules that you need to follow.

The first thing that you should be aware of is that the SMP side of the world of Minecraft happens because someone -- be they a gamer like yourself, a fan site, or a gaming company or gaming site -- has chosen to install the Minecraft server software and host an SMP Minecraft server.  It may be a public (open) server, it may be a private one that requires you to fully ID yourself and create a verifiable account, but regardless of which, it is about Minecraft and gamers playing with each other.

There are two types of SMP Server -- Creative and Survival.  The Creative-type servers largely exist for the purposes of gamers helping gamers with large builds or the construction of experimental projects, but either way the function of this sort of server is usually built upon a foundation of players helping each other or the server admins towards a common goal.  Creative servers generally have very serious rules about griefing (griefing is when a player does things that are calculated to upset or harm other players), specifically forbidding that sort of behavior.   If you find yourself on a Creative server it is your obligation to seek out the rules boards (signs) and read them so that you understand how you are expected to behave while visiting there.

Survival-type public SMP servers tend to focus upon a mix of player-vs-the world and player-vs-player, and some of these servers actually encourage griefing and player-battles!  But do NOT assume that this is ALWAYS the case!  The first thing that you should do BEFORE you start to adopt a strategy is to seek out and read the server rules so that you do not run afoul of them and find yourself being kicked off of the server and perma-banned.  Seriously, a lot of admins do not give second chances; they will presume you read the rules and so any infraction that you commit was intentional. 

On servers where grief play is allowed you will quickly discover that there are players out there who have made a study of the play style and are very very good at it.  So good that you often do not know whether to scream or cry or both once they get their hooks into you! 

If you are not familiar with the term, a  "Griefer" is a player who obtains joy or satisfaction from doing things to other players that upset them -- whether that means taunting them, insulting them, or simply destroying their work (or any combination of these activities) -- you should be aware that while a tiny number of servers allow this sort of play, the vast majority do not. Many servers ban, expel, or otherwise prevent griefing, but some follow the theory that griefing adds to the 'flavor' of the game.

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Jan 20th 2015 Guest
SMP stands for Survival Multi Player. Therefore, there is no such thing as Creative SMP. that would be CMP.
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