Playing on an SMP or survival multiplayer server is an incredibly fun way to play Minecraft.

SMP servers give Minecraft players the ability to create their own in-game universe. SMPs often include established community rules and stories entirely created by players on the server.

Perhaps the most famous SMP is the hugely popular Dream SMP, which includes Minecraft YouTubers like Dream, GeorgeNotFound, Karl Jacobs, TommyInnit, and many more.

For players who want to start one of these highly interesting multiplayer worlds but aren’t sure how to go about it, the following provides a general overview of creating a Minecraft SMP.


Minecraft SMP Basics for Beginners

Create server

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The first step in creating an SMP in Minecraft is to set up the server with a brand new survival world.

There are many online tools that host an SMP server. Some offer free services while others cost money and offer some additional benefits. Since there are so many, Minecraft players need to research everyone they find and determine which server service is best for their SMP.

Once the decision is made, whoever is setting up the server will have to share the address with anyone else who will join.

Since this step only requires one party, the idea later comes that whoever sets up the server has an advantage over the others as that beginning player has the ability to control whether cheats are turned on or off.

Therefore, players may want to set a number of technical rules in the game before starting the server for the first time.

To play with friends

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When playing on an SMP, gamers are always advised to play with people they are familiar with. Not only will this make the experience a lot more fun, it will also make it safer to spend time online with friends rather than strangers.

Playing with friends allows Minecraft players to build their SMP in their own unique way full of inside jokes and personal lore.

While playing, it is a good idea to have a voice call with everyone else within the server to facilitate communication. This can be done through a number of different services, such as: B. Discord, a popular online communication tool in the gaming community.

Beat the game

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In order for an SMP to reach its full potential, players need to unlock as many items, elements and skills in the game as possible. This requires beating the game by killing the Ender Dragon and possibly even the Wither.

Fortunately, SMPs usually involve two or more actors. With multiple players involved, defeating the Ender Dragon will be easier than ever. It is much more fun to go looking for your fortress with friends.

Once everyone has worked together to defeat the game, any player can reap the benefits of survival after defeating the main boss.

Building a community

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The best thing about Minecraft SMPs is the community, rules, and lore that can be created.

Both during and after the game, players can work on developing their own city, country, or how the players want to define it.

Everyone can have a home or there can be common ground. The community can be closely connected, or it can spread far and wide across the world. The possibilities are endless and are entirely up to the SMP members.

Those in SMPs can even assign jobs to themselves. Since everyone will be playing for survival, certain things will need to be actively done, such as collecting food or making potions.

This means that there are opportunities to build quests, or maybe even trading systems, that are similar to the communities within villages.

Now that the participating SMP players have established themselves on the server, all that’s left to do is explore the rest of the world around you and conquer the land by expanding their builds far and wide.

For more inspiration, watch one of the latest Dream SMP videos here:


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Edited by Sijo Samuel Paul