Your Land server release on Friday, 1800 UTC (1900 CET)

Welcome to Your Land!

Explore, fight, mine! Build, harvest and win big on the minigames.
Meet friends, tame wildlife and fight hostile monsters.
Unravel secrets, help the citizens defend the town and shape the future of this world.
Settle down somewhere, open a shop in one of the cities and prepare for dangers.
Travel via airship or sailship and overcome the challenges on your journey.

It’s Your Land, Your adventure and Your story.

Watch a sneak preview on twitch, where we stream the servers capital city 24/7:
https://www.twitch.tv/bailiffofhaven

Join the discord server and invite your friends:
https://discord.gg/PCaFzkU

Walk around yourself with a Minetest 5+ client:
server address: your-land.de
port: 30000

In case something goes wrong, tell us in the bugtracker:
https://gitea.your-land.de/your-land/bugtracker

We’re looking forward to meeting you.

Modding sources as of June 2020

Dev Wiki

When I started making mods for the server, I was first pointed towards the dev wiki: https://dev.minetest.net

It is fairly outdated and even according to some devs, should not be used as a primary source of information. Still, I found it quite useful in the beginning and it has some example code, but seems to be less maintained than most other sources.

Modding book

The modding book of rubenwardy helped me get started for real: https://rubenwardy.com/minetest_modding_book/en/index.html

It has working code examples that solve problems next to every mod developer will have now and then. The same guy made the Node Box Editor (https://rubenwardy.com/NodeBoxEditor/) and has a more or less minetest-y website: https://rubenwardy.com/. He runs the content db (https://content.minetest.net/) and the famous CTF server vps.rubenwardy.com:30001

Official Modding API

This is the one go-to address no mod developer can avoid. It looks crude, but has the most current information about the minetest api, because it’s maintained by the devs themselves: https://github.com/minetest/minetest/blob/master/doc/lua_api.txt

This link points to the latest version of the document, if you want them for a specific prior version take a look at the same position in the branch your version is in: Just replace the “master” for your version. For 5.1.0 it is https://github.com/minetest/minetest/blob/5.1.0/doc/lua_api.txt

If you want to search it, use your browsers search function.

Official Modding API in pretty

You dislike the official modding API because it is not fancy enough? Someone niced it up for you: https://minetest.gitlab.io/minetest/

It has the same information as the Official Modding API. I use it when I need to understand a distinct topic and avoid misscrolling into some part that has nothing to do with it. It also has a search built in.

Content DB

While the content db itself does not have any hint on how to make mods, you can go through the source code of every mod made public on the content db: https://content.minetest.net/

That’s a great source for finding code examples. I downloaded every mod that is in there and whenever I want to look at a code example, I can be 99% sure it’s somewhere in the downloaded mods and I can take inspiration from them or weed out the issues my code certainly has or when I can’t wrap my head around some concept.

Humans

You are not alone. There are humans who make videos on modding Minetest, most of which may be outdated by the time you read this. You can still take a look at them, most things won’t have wildly changed. The youtuber I understood most of what he said was Nathan Salapat. While the rest of his website may also be of interest, you can find his modding videos here: https://nathansalapat.com/minetest/modding

There are plenty of other youtubers, if you find a modding tutorial that does not cease to exist halfway through or is at least educational and entertaining to some degree, drop me a line and I’ll include it in my list.

On twitch, there seems to be only one french guy who often streams about making mods: https://www.twitch.tv/sys4

Humans you can ask

When I have questions that cannot be answered by any of the above sources, I go bugging those who know way more than I do. You can find those helpful humans on the Unofficial Discord Server https://discord.gg/6W84ytH or on the forum in the mod-section: https://forum.minetest.net/viewforum.php?f=46

More?

You found a source I did not list, want to add something or debate the usefulness of one of those sources? Feel free to drop me a line.

Getting started in Your Land

You want to play Minetest, especially on the Your Land server? Goes like this:

  1. Download the official Minetest 5.1.0 Client for your Windows/Linux/MacOS here: https://www.minetest.net/downloads/Download Minetest
  2. Find your downloaded file and extract it to a folder. Unzip Minetest
  3. Open the game. The exe file/binary is in the bin folder.Start Minetest
  4. Go to the “Join game” tab and insert into the input fields: Ingame Minetest

address: your-land.de
port: 30000
name: a name of your choice
password: a password of your choice

Click [Connect], you will load into Your Land.

What you do next, is up to you. Go through the tutorials, enjoy the Minigames, explore Haven, go fighting, mining or farming. Or start an adventure of your own.

Visit the Spawn Stream on twitch.tv at https://twitch.tv/bailiffofhaven or on the discord at https://discord.gg/4wGMfM if you want company, but you may also set off on your own. Good journeys, adventurer!

Show me what you built

Everyone started out with a mud hut. They usually look like this.

Then you venture further, and half a year later your mudhut has evolved.

What happened? In my case, I just went through all the blocks available, discovered there’s already much I can do with them, but thtere’s manymany more out there. I installed a nice texture pack (Thank you very much, drummyfish!), I installed some mods from the content database and watched some videos on youtube. Even Minecraft videos might help.

Then I went sightseeing. There’s plenty of people who build on all kinds of servers. I visited some, but I am only one and you are many. Show me what you found! I’d appreciate you naming the server, the location ( coordinates) and most of all the creator.

Her second day

I have a wife. While that is not uncommon, it is not neccessarily common that one’s wife goes playing Minetest with you. Yesterday I introduced her to the server I had set up for us and today I got woken up by her screaming “The cow reappeared and it is eating our crops!! What do I do?”.

Until yesterday, she had found Minetest rather dull and uninviting, having learned the basics in Wuzzy’s great Tutorial and then she jumped directly into MTG (short for MineTest Game). MTG is the standard game shipped with Minetest. It has the very basics of most features, but lacks next to every interesting mechanic. No mobs, only basic farming, few biomes and no idea or explanation what to do with it. There are way more games than only MTG, but you have to find them, download them, install them and start them. Also, you have to select one of those games over MTG. Which one? We’ll cover games in a futures post. Also, we’ll have a section monitoring the completeness of games and we’ll bundle Minetest with a selected few of these games for you to download, so you don’t have to make your first steps in Minetest with MTG.

Still, most games and servers use MTG as an excellent basis and build upon it. Want to set yourself a home? Comes from MTG. Wanna ride in a cart? Comes from MTG. And much more. On the other hand: Having features doesn’t make something automatically appealing, especially to those who come into contact with the Minetest universe by themselves, compare Minetest to other games they could play and then leave, because they weren’t properly introduced. We’ll compare Minetest to similar games in yet another future post. My wife was introduced to Minetest by me, but she is an excellent example of a new player who would have turned their back on the Minetest universe without digging deeper, never to be seen again. If she was into voxel games in general, she might have ended up in a more appealing direct competitor, if not … well, nevermind.

Currently, a new player most likely MUST dig deeper, if they wish to enjoy the game. What can one do? Either one can join a preconfigured server, go through the trouble of finding a game that they like or make a game themselves, list non-exhaustive but in ascending order of difficulty, at least in my opinion. Also, each option has other benefits and drawbacks.

Finding a nice server is as easy as finding the “Join Game” button and making up their mind which one to try. We’ll cover different servers in a category, hopefully looking at server properties like the owner, the history or the playerbase. Benefits of joining a server include more people to play with, some already existent buildings to look at (and draw inspiration from) and a hopefully well balanced selection of mods (the Minetest name for plugins). Those mods provide players with the ability to tame mobs, go farming, fighting or mining or just stroll around to gaze at whatever the other players have already built with them. These other players are a adouble edged blade: They can really get on your nerves, especially on pvp servers. But they can also provide valuable help and consultation. I experienced the latter far more often than the former on the servers I joined. Other drawbacks are that you need to take additional steps to safeguard your constructions against those who would tear them down for fun and that you don’t “own” your building on your local computer. Server gone, building gone. Internet gone, server not reachable, building (at least temporarily) gone. Servers are discussed here on the Minetest forum.

Finding games is only slightly more difficult than finding a server to join. As of 5.1.0, you go to Content, click the “Browse online content” button in the lower left and select the “Games” category in the upper right. The difficulty is finding a game that works and that is to your taste. If you are brand new to Minetest, you may want to attempt the Tutorial by Wuzzy. If you like something Minecraft-y, you can go for MineClone2 also by Wuzzy. If you feel like experimenting, you may want to try any other game, but keep in mind, some may be work in progress or utterly failing to entertain you. Games are also discussed here on the Minetest forum.

Making a game or setting up a server yourself is more than half a paragraph, so we will not cover it here. I already set up a server, so there will be definetely something about that somewhere in the future, but I never created a game. Maybe when I get my hands on a game creator, they can answer some questions.

When I started with Minetest, there was no one to teach me. To make it easier for those who want to start, this fanpage exists. At least if you are not as “lucky” as my wife, who got dragged to Minetest by someone who already fell into some of the potholes and guided her straight through them. Today, we spent a nice afternoon farming and mining and looking at the basics of crafting. We even got three cows and two sheep and I died from a Dungeon Master and my wife saved my mine-life from another. I will use her as a lab rat. Muhaha.

Hello Minetest

As you might have guessed from the title, this site is a fanpage dedicated to Minetest. But isn’t there an official website dedicated to Minetest? Yes, there is! But there’s plenty of stuff going on in the Minetest universe, that isn’t covered yet, but still relevant to Minetest players. That’s where your-land.de chimes in. We feel there’s a dire need for more Minetest related content, because this game is awesome!

Also, there’s plenty of people who would like to play a free, open source voxelbuilder game, but have no clue Minetest exists. Those might want to explore the getting started guide to find their way around.

Why is this a fanpage? Because we are in no way affiliated with anyone. We don’t accept ads, we don’t need to please investors, we do this for fun and because we felt the need to.

That said, we still live in the Minetest universe. We run a server of our own, we use the Minetest software. We not only depend on all those awesome people, we appreciate very much what they created, even when we sometimes criticize something.

Over here, we’re going to explore stuff no one else does. In a very selfish move, this website also serves as my personal brain extension: It took me a multitude of guesses and research, to make some things work in the Minetest universe, so I took some notes of how I did it. Not only to help point future me in the right direction, but also to save you some time when you want to accomplish similar objectives. To answer some more questions, there’s a FaQ section.