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Why you shouldn't use Minecraft Realms! The sneaky truth.

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fadohacolu avatar fadohacolu
Level 52 : Grandmaster Architect
Having used Realms for two months, I can confidently say that it was a poor experience. I am writing this in hopes that aspiring server owners don't make the same mistakes I did. I'll cut to the chase right away.

There are several elements to Realms that are not necessarily presented upfront. In fact, Mojang completely neglected to tell ANYBODY about one of the main features of Realms: Uninviting your friends.

At the get-go, I had invited a healthy list of twelve different friends to play on our world. During the first month not all of them got around to playing on the server. When I went to invite a new friend about three weeks into playing Realms, I noticed my whitelist had dropped from 12/20 to 9/20.

THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. Basically, Realms decided, arbitrarily and without my permission, to literally axe people who hadn’t played. Later on, after re-inviting those friends that had been axed, I realized that the timeline was even shorter than three weeks. I can’t give an exact number, but it was more along the lines of two weeks.

The reason for this is simple:

When no one is logged on to your Realms Server, it gets shut down. This is done in order to save Mojang money. The less people are whitelisted, the less people can play and therefore ‘turn on’ your Realm.

This is also the reason you can only invite 20 people to actually play. This might not seem like a big deal, but I can almost promise that you will NOT have all 10 slots full at any time, and if you do those occasions will be extremely rare.

This is also the reason Realms will kick you off after a few minutes of inactivity. You can’t step away from your game to let crops grow or ores smelt. Another important point is that the Realm will shut down entirely when no one is playing, and takes a long period of time to boot back up when a player joins an empty realm.

Mojang is attempting to make sure your Realm has as little uptime as possible.

My Current Server –
Cost: $5.00/month
Slot Limit: 12
Whitelist Limit: No Limit
Auto-kick: No Auto-kick
Server Startup: Instant

Realms Server –
Cost: $13.00/month
Slot Limit: 10
Whitelist Limit: 20
Auto-kick: ~10 Minutes
Server Startup: 10-30 Seconds

Realms has been designed to make server hosting ‘easier’. I won’t deny that the user interface is nifty, and it feels nice. But ultimately I became frustrated with all the little things that Realms did in order to pinch pennies. On my new server there I zero downtime, so I can join instantly. With Realms I had to wait for the server to boot up if nobody was on yet. I also might add that I experience less lag on the $5.00 server than on realms.

These all seem like minor inconveniences. And really, I wouldn’t have minded if Realms hadn’t cost me nearly three times more than my current server. And as I’ve shown you, the server I’ve moved to is already significantly better.

Anyone using realms is being ripped off as we speak. They cut corners and charge three times as much as a similar server. For $15.00/month is could have 30 slots with my current host. That’s only two bucks more expensive than Realms!

Yes, Realms is marginally easier, but you're paying for a fancy GUI for a server you cannot mod. Take a little time and learn how to run a real server, and your wallet will thank me. I'm willing to bet your players will, too

EDIT - 5-19-19

For some reason, over the past five years this post has garnered nearly 100k views, and still gets a couple hundred a day. For the sake of ensuring clarity, I did a little digging and found that all information I presented is still true. I also learned that realms only allows you to upload worlds 500 MB or smaller.

Realms will uninvite inactive players.
Realms is more expensive than other hosting servers.
Realms servers are still not moddable.
Yes, you can rent a server with 100% uptime that will allow instant joining
Realms still has autokick.

All that being said, the price for realms as dropped to $7.99.

Realms have gone through virtually no changes since their inception, and should only be used by people who are afraid to do the very limited work and research it takes to rent or host a server. Five years later, even at a lower price it is still a ripoff.

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01/29/2019 10:06 am
Level 35 : Artisan Imposter
kacybuggy avatar
05/14/2019 6:08 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Architect
fadohacolu avatar
06/22/2019 10:39 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Imposter
kacybuggy avatar
my realm doesnt automatically axe people that havent played

i have like 20 friends on there who never play, yet are STILL on the realm

i cant get a server

you know why?
i lost the files to getting the server
also im not paying 20 dollars a month to get one
(i pay 10 to get a month)
theres no limit on my whitelist

there just isnt

i invite a bunch of people each day/week
08/09/2018 5:32 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Indialien avatar
I get that this post is old and the OP is clearly a little kid, but this is just terrible advice for people looking into whether or not to get a Realm. If you don't want to read the whole post, TL;DR OP has no clue what they are talking about. Realms > everything else

I couldn't disagree more. Realms offers the smoothest, easiest to manage experience of any of the multiplayer options. I've played on and hosted more than my fair share of free servers or "5$" servers, and the experience is considerably worse on those than it is on a Realm. The game runs smooth as butter on a Realms; no lag, no getting kicked, no server overload, none of that nonsense.

Unless you are a child that role plays and wants to play with 20+ people just for the sake of it, the "cap" on Realms is not even slightly an issue. There's absolutely no reason to need more than 20 slots on a server.

There's no reason to complain about getting kicked for being afk when you can use several items in the game to afk with. I have gone afk over night too many times to count without being kicked from the Realm.

If your friends that you invited haven't played in 2-3 weeks, maybe they just aren't into the game? And if they do decide to come back, how long does it really take to re-invite them? 10 seconds? Is that really something to complain about?

The realm "shutting down" when no one is there is just common sense. No one with a functioning brain would pay to have a server run 24 hours even when no one is on it. If you seriously can't wait the 10-30 seconds it takes to log in when no one else is on, you have a problem with patience. I could maybe understand if it took several minutes to log in, but we're talking about seconds here. Has the plague of instant gratification ruined people so much to the point that they can't even sit still and be patient for 10 seconds? Give me a break already.

Paying 7 bucks a month for the smoothest experience you can have on a Minecraft Server is more than worth it. Realms isn't the problem, your inability to be patient and your entitlement is the problem.
03/25/2019 10:42 pm
Level 47 : Master Miner
PsychicTempest avatar
Good points, but the thing about uninviting players is absolutely true. About at the 2-week mark of my Realm, 3 of our players got automatically deleted from the whitelist, and one of them had been active the day before. So yeah

Also, curious how you manage to afk overnight? i've tried holding a function with a weight on my trackpad, which hypothetically should be fine, but i tend to be kicked after 10 minutes every time.
09/08/2019 12:21 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
ReubenZ avatar
I’m not sure if you have figured out the afk problem (its been about 6 months) but I’m leaving this for future reference to all the people reading this.

The simplest solution for asking is to hold right click on a trapdoor or full door, then unplug the mouse while continuing to rightclick. I’ve used this for the last few weeks on rhelms and it’s been working reliably overnight.
07/12/2018 1:44 am
Level 1 : New Miner
MasterCraftMineChief avatar
Well your first mistake is using realms as if you’re gonna run your own server, it’s more meant for like if you play with friends a lot on a world and you’re not always on when they are so they can just hop on without you, it’s not like a starter kit for servers
10/04/2017 8:36 am
Level 1 : New Miner
rohi avatar
Parent here, doing research on Realms, unfortunately, this post is the number one result on a variety of unrelated queries about Minecraft and Realms.

For future readers: the issue described appears to have been resolved in 2016. See post below "n the time since the original post, the price has been dropped, the service has gotten regular updates, and the whitelist cap is irrelevantly large"

The rest of this discussion is either off-topic, or simply insults being thrown by what I presume are kids.

I joined this site just to reply to future people from wasting time like I did reading this post

Planet Minecraft and/or the Original poster: Since the original complaint has been resolved, the responsible thing to do would be to either delete this, or mark it "Resolved" in the heading and title tag so that Google readers will not waste time on this irrelevant content.

Thanks for your time.
05/14/2019 6:07 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Architect
fadohacolu avatar
Original concerns are all still present. Whitelist size is actually largely irrelevant as auto-uninvite is still in play.
06/19/2018 12:42 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
VBoy avatar
This post is very old and the person who made it hasn't been active in years. It most likely won't be changed.
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