Here’s How to Play Modded Minecraft on LAN

How to Play Modded Minecraft on LAN

Playing Minecraft on servers with friends is a popular way to enjoy the game in a new way. After countless hours grinding on your own, starting to play with your friends can feel like you’re playing an entirely new game. The fun and joy are enhanced with mods, but if you don’t want to play on servers and wish to play multiplayer locally? How do you play modded Minecraft on LAN?

To play modded Minecraft on LAN, you and your friends should all have the same exact mods downloaded and put in the mods folder. This includes exactly the same versions, numbers, and even configurations. The only mods you and your friends can use in different versions are client-side mods. From there, it’s a matter of Opening up your single-player world to LAN and sharing the IP address with your friends to join.

Now that we’ve covered the basics of how you and your friends can play modded Minecraft using LAN, I will seek to answer all the questions that might be brought up in the process of you setting up the server, like what constitutes a client-side mod and what are some other ways to play modded Minecraft using LAN if the method above doesn’t work in the rest of this article.

Client-side mods

Simply put, client-side mods change the game from a player’s perspective, not the entire world. Client-side mods do not affect Minecraft as a game and are usually smaller. A great example of a client-side mod is minimap mods.

OptiFine is likely the most popular client-side mod as it’s used to change animations, graphics, sound functions, etc… These changes are only visible to the player using OptiFine, and no other player is required to download it to play the game on the same server.


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The problem with client-side mods is that they can corrupt the world and start crashing the server, which you want to avoid since it’s frustrating when it starts happening.

I was once part of a zombie survival server and wanted to install OptiFine to get better graphics since I find that I enjoy the game much more that way. After some trial and error, I had to completely remove Minecraft from my PC, reinstall it, and play the game without OptiFine since I couldn’t enter the game while OptiFine was installed. My advice is, if you don’t need client-side mods, don’t use them and have the mods be the same.

Checking to see if all players have the same mods

You would think that setting up a server with all players having the same mods would be a walk in the park, but it can turn south rather quickly. Once it does, it’s time to detect what went wrong.

Going through each mod individually is unnecessary to detect what mods are causing problems. Just try to join the LAN server; the game should tell you which mods are causing problems and what you must do to join the server.

Forge Mod Warning Minecraft

Forge VS Fabric

When setting up a modded server, you’ll have the choice of loading all of your mods using Forge or Fabric. The choice is simply a matter of preference, but still, some things can’t be overlooked, which might ultimately make a world of difference between whether or not the server works and is easy to set up and manage.

Personally, I’d go with Forge since most you download have better compatibility and can run in the same instance, whereas you might run into trouble if you do the same with Fabric.


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Furthermore, with Forge, you have more mods to choose from. It’s simply a matter of how long Forge has been out. Fabric was announced in 2016 and released to the public in 2018, giving it less time for devs to make mods compatible with the mod loader. On the other side, we have Forge, which was released back in 2011 when Minecraft was officially released, so most mods will work with Forge.

Last but not least, Forge is the only mod loader that’ll tell you which mods are causing a player problems when attempting to join the server, so if you want the benefit of something telling you what the problem is, go with Forge.

LogMeIn Hamachi and Tunngle

Although Minecraft allows you to open your world to LAN to let other players join locally, you can use a VPN like LogMeIn Hamachi or Tunngle that allows players to play locally, no matter where they are.

Both could be considered in case there’s a problem with playing Minecraft through LAN the old-fashioned way, so let’s see how you can make a moded server using one of these VPNs. I’ll use Hamachi as an example since it’s more popular. I’ll divide the process into sections, so let’s begin.

Installing the client

  1. You’ll want to make a Folder on your PC first. You can name it whatever you like, but I suggest some kind of defining server name.
  2. Then, go to your chosen browser and download Forge. You have to download the version that matches the version of Minecraft you’re going to play on. (every player needs to download the same version). Once downloaded, run the application and choose the ‘Install Client’ option.
  3. For the person that’s hosting the server, they’ll need to run it again and choose the ‘Install Server’ option. Save it into the server Folder you created earlier.
  4. Go to the server folder and find the Eula text file. Change the part of the text where it says ‘false’ to ‘true’ and save.
  5. Then, run the Forge version again from the folder. It will start showing you that the server is running. You can type in stop in the bottom right text box to stop the server.

Allocating more RAM

  1. In your server folder, make a new text document, open it, and paste this code: java -Xmx3500M -Xms3000M -jar server.jar nogui pause
  2. Then, go to the Forge executable in the folder again and copy the name. It’ll be something like ‘Forge 1.19.2 – 32.55’. Paste the name into the text document with that code you just pasted by changing the ‘server’ part of the text and then save it as All files and name it start or run with a .bat following the name.

Setting up Hamachi

  1. Download Hamachi and save it wherever you’d like. Then run it to install.
  2. Then, open it and press the power on button.
  3. Choose the ‘Create New Network’ option
  4. IN the Network ID box, name your server and then set a password that users will use to join your server.
  5. For your friends to join, they’ll have to go to the network and join an existing network, type in the server name, and the password you’ll give out.


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The Mods

  1. First you’ll want to find the mods you want to download.
  2. Download the mods, making sure to keep all of them in the right versions (they should match the version of Minecraft that you’re running on the server)
  3. If you’re just a person that wants to join the server, go into %appdata% and then the .minecraft folder. Go into mods and place the mod there.
  4. If you’re the server host, you’ll have to do everything from step 3 but also go into your server folder, go to the mods folder within that folder, and put all the mods you wish to use there as well.
  5. Then, go to the server text document in your server folder.
  6. Open Hamachi and right click on the space where you see the turn on button.
  7. Click on ‘Copy IPv4
  8. Then, go back to the server document and paste the IPv4 in the server-ip section.

Here’s Why Your Minecraft Skin Keeps Resetting & How to Solve It

Minecraft Skins resetting

Minecraft doesn’t allow for endless customization when it’s a matter of adding your own personality to the game. It makes up for it because you can do practically anything in the world, but for those that want customization to be more straightforward, you can choose to upload your own skin instead of using one of the defaults. What if there’s a bug and you can’t show your skin off? Why does your Minecraft skin keep resetting, and how do you fix it?

The main reason why your Minecraft skin might keep resetting is that you’re probably offline. If getting online doesn’t help, you might also want to try and reset your skin on, or you might just have to wait it out because the problem is with skin servers and not you.

Are there ways to completely get around the reasons for skins resetting, and are there any other reasons why it might happen? How long has this issue been a thing, and why does it keep resurfacing as a problem? Let’s explore the answers to all the questions you might have in the rest of this article.

The basics of skin resetting

Before I go into detail about why your skin might keep resetting, I first want to move out of the way the likeliest reason why your skin might not show up in the first place. I do have to say that you might not always be the problem. Sometimes the people you’re playing with are the problem, and they must also change their settings.

In Minecraft, under Options, there’s a ‘Skins’ tab. You can go there and ensure the option to hide skins isn’t toggled on. This is a viable solution to the problem only if your skin never showed in the first place.


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Skins resetting on servers

Usually, we use skins to show them off to our friends and the people on servers. It’s a simple way to be recognized and stay remembered, but often, your skin will reset to the default Steve, Alex, or with newer versions of Minecraft, one of the seven other skins that have been added in 1.19.

The skins keep resetting on servers because everyone on the server is signed into Xbox Live, and when that’s the case, your custom skin can only be used for a limited time before it resets. To make a long story short, whenever you exit the game, it’ll change your skin to the last one you wore before the custom one.

To fix this, you’ll need to delete your cache. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go into your search bar on your desktop and type in temporary files
  2. You’ll then either be able to delete temporary files right from the search bar, or you will be able to enter the temporary internet files and then select the ‘Delete Files’ option.
  3. Deleting your cache on the computer should also delete the Minecraft cache.


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If you are worried about what will happen when you delete your cache, let’s see the potential risks of deleting your cache and how you can do it on a console.

As suggested in the guide on how to delete cached data, this is only temporary data and will not affect your gameplay, nor will it delete your worlds. You can also clear cached data on consoles. I’ll give you an example of how to clear cached data in Minecraft Bedrock Edition.

Clearing the cache should be the same across all platforms since Bedrock Edition has the option built into the game itself.

  1. Open Minecraft, and in the main menu, go into Settings.
  2. Then, scroll down and head on over to Storage.
  3. Once there, go into Multi Select
  4. Then, click on Cached Data and select all of the resource packs that you found there.
  5. Once you’ve selected all of them, click on Delete, and you’re done

Other players can’t see your skin, but you can

This problem has nothing to do with you and more with the settings of other players. If the players are your friends, you can ask them to change their settings for them to see your skin. If the problem is with other players that are a part of some larger server, likely, you won’t be able to do anything about it.

Apart from the option to hide skins, you also have the option to only allow trusted skins. By trusted skins, Minecraft is likely thinking about skins that you bought through their store.

To disable this option, players will have to go into Settings while in Minecraft, go to Profile, and toggle the Only Allow Trusted Skins option off. This will not, in any way, put you at risk of catching a virus r something else entirely.

Disabling the only allow trusted skins option Minecraft

Adding your skin as the default

Minecraft skins resetting isn’t something new. It has been a problem for some ever since the game officially launched. Back then, players used to fix the problem by adding their skin as the default. This means they made the game think their skin is the default, Steve’s or Alex’s.


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They used to do this by changing the resource/texture pack folder, finding the default Steve or Alex skin, and switching it up with your chosen skin. Unfortunately, it’s been a while since you could do this.

How Long Is a Fortnite Match?

How Long is A Fortnite Match

In today’s world, we’re surrounded by shorter content that gets us that dopamine high so that we can get it all over again once we change the channel, so to speak, to get another dopamine high all over again. Besides, the world is getting increasingly fast-paced, and we no longer have as much time to grind out our favorite games. With all these things considered, would you have the time to throw in a quick round of Fortnite, though? How long is a Fortnite match, exactly?

Numerous factors affect how long a Fortnite match is, but on average, you’ll have to set aside an average of 20 minutes for a single game of Fortnite. Of course, this is the time it’ll take you to end the match if you plan on winning or at least want to get close to winning.

So how is one Fortnite match conceived, and is there any way that a match might last longer than that? What was the longest Fortnite match ever, and is there a limit to how long a match can last? Let’s find the answers to these and many other questions in the rest of this article.

The longest Fortnite match

We must mention a few notable matches before getting into the longest Fortnite match in history. In 2020, a new record for the longest Fortnite match was set. It was made by Lazarbeam, an Australian Youtuber and professional gamer who played a match of Fortnite that lasted 1 hour, 15 minutes, and 39 seconds.

After the record was set, the X2Twins beat it quickly, but only by 2 minutes. The record was broken once more shortly after by Creamy and Lachlan, which made the X2Twins try and beat the record again. The record to beat was 10 minutes longer than their first set world record. Crazy enough, they beat the record again by over 30 minutes.

In total, the twins were in a single Fortnite match for 1 hour, 52 minutes, and 48 seconds and there is a chance that this record will never be broken again, but why is that?

Storm sickness

Storm sickness is a mechanic in Fortnite that gives players a debuff. It’s fairly simple to understand. When you enter a storm area, you will begin losing health until you enter a safe zone. The storm area grows and shrinks the playing area. Essentially, it forces the players to end the match early.


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There are 12 phases to the storm, but after the ninth circle, the storm no longer has a grace period nor a shrink time. The storm eye is the safe zone you can be in during the storm. So keeping in mind that eventually, the storm will kill all players in a match, how long will it take for the storm to completely close in and kill all players and end the match prematurely?

The Storm

Maximum Fortnite match duration limit

Well, every storm cycle has a grace period: the time it takes for the storm to start moving and closing in and a shrink time that decreases as you go through the storm cycles.

The storm forms 1 minute after the battle bus reaches its last stop. Let’s round it up and say that the battle bus reaches the last stop in 1 minute. In the first storm cycle, you have a 2-minute grace period and a 2-minute shrink time. The 2nd cycle has a 1-minute 30-second grace and shrink period; the third cycle has a 1-minute 45-second grace period and a 1-minute 30-second shrink period. The 5th, 6th, and 7th cycles all have a 1-minute grace and shrink period. Overall, the storm will completely close in without any storm eye to protect you in a little under 25 minutes. From then on, it’s just a matter of you surviving the storm, but that’s hardly likely.

So the duration limit depends on how fast the storm closes in. The storm duration and how fast it closes in can change as new versions are released. For example, in previous versions, the storm only had nine cycles, and the first cycle grace period was 3 minutes and 20 seconds. I won’t go into all the details, but the match duration will depend on the developers and how they think the game should be balanced regarding playtime.

The shortest Fortnite match

Funnily enough, the shortest Fortnite match lasted only 1 second. Of course, this can’t mean that the match was actually played. Instead, a player named GlitchKing, as his name would suggest, exploited an error that made him win the match after all the other players left.

Match length depends on skill level

This claim might frustrate some people, but that match length will indeed, individually, depend on skill level. Once you’re killed in Fortnite, you won’t respawn and continue playing like in Deathmatch game modes in other games. Once you’re dead, you’ll be presented with the score and your final placement. After that point, you leave the game, so for all you know, in your personal experience, a match can last 5 minutes.


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The better you are at the game, the higher the chance for you to finish first, which means you’ll play the entirety of the match. If not, you’ll play for a shorter amount of time.

Minecraft 1.20 Update ‘Trails & Tales’ Has an Official Release Date

Minecraft 1.20 Update Trails Tales Has an Official Release Date

Following a lengthy silence, fans of the planetary popular sandbox game Minecraft can rejoice as the release date for the long-awaited ‘Trails & Tales’ update has been revealed. 

‘Trails & Tales’ will arrive on June 7, 2023, Mojang revealed on social media.

The ‘Trails & Tales’ Update introduces several new features to Minecraft 1.20. It includes a new biome called the cherry grove, which is rare but beautiful with its pink appearance. Two new wood sets, bamboo and cherry, will be added, allowing players to craft and build with them. The bamboo wood set includes a raft that can be crafted with or without a chest.

A new mob called the camel will be introduced, which can be ridden by one or two players. The camel has long legs that allow it to travel anywhere, providing a safe mode of transportation as melee mobs cannot reach the rider. 

The second mob added to the game is the Sniffer. This was decided during Minecraft’s 2022 community mob vote. This gentle giant was once extinct but can now be brought back to the Overworld by finding its eggs, hatching them, and watching the snifflet grow into a full-grown sniffer. 

Cherry Blossom biome Minecraft

Players will also be able to share their stories through wearable storytelling. Armor trims are being added, which can be found in different dimensions of Minecraft. These trims can be dyed in ten different colors and added to armor using a smithing table, allowing players to showcase their victories and accomplishments to others.


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New features also include the ability to hang signs, providing a way to leave notes for friends or deceive enemies. Players can now create playable mob sounds by placing a mob head, including the new piglin mob head, on a note block. 

For those who want to document their adventures, a new chiseled bookshelf will be added, where players can safely store books, enchanted books, and even books and quills. Redstone can be added to the bookshelf for added movement, creating a dynamic library experience.

The update also brings calibrated skulk sensors, which are more sensitive and offer exciting possibilities for redstone contraptions.

The ‘Trails & Tales’ update will be available for download on June 7 for Minecraft: Java Edition on Windows, macOS, and Linux; and Minecraft: Bedrock Edition on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, and Chromebook. 

You can find out more about the update on the official Minecraft site

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