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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Nether portal linking for new portals

The Nether Hub is a unique site on Tech Fortress, an ever-growing system not found on many other servers. Founded by ibbo2000, the hub is used to travel long distances quickly. Most players often build a nether hub not too long after establishing a home to quickly meet up with other players on the server.

Due to Minecraft's singleplayer design, a common problem for new players is that their new portal would link to somebody else's portal in the nether. Going back through this linked portal causes the new player to end up in somebody else's house, which is likely hundreds of blocks away from their home! The only way to resolve this issue was by manually creating a new portal in the nether, which often had to be done by ibbo2000. As one might expect, if ibbo isn't online, the player would have to wait until he comes online and has time to fix the issue.

After a few years of proposing different ideas to resolve this issue, Tech Fortress now has a solution to mitigate the need for manual intervention:

Newly-created portals in the overworld will attempt to avoid linking up with existing nether portals. In other words, new portals created in the overworld will more likely also create a new portal in the nether.

This should reduce the issues of new portals being linked to existing portals in the nether, allowing new players to venture into the nether, and if they survive, to return back to their home via the new nether portal.