BlingCombat Bukkit Plugin for Minecraft

Let’s face it – PVP in Minecraft is, at best, subpar.  The combat mechanics are secondary to the gameplay, and many mods have attempted to change this.  SethBling’s Bukkit plugin BlingCombat does so in a gracefully simple way – by changing the game’s blocking mechanic.

 

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I must confess that I wasn’t even aware of the ability to block until several weeks after playing Minecraft.  By default, blocking prevents 50% of damage dealt to the player – pretty useful when combined with decent armor.  However, not very interesting at all.

 

SethBling’s plugin is mostly PvP oriented, though it can work with mobs as well.  With this plugin, two invisible resources are given to all players: an attack percentage and a blocking percentage.  By default, at a resting state, both percentages are at 100%.

 

  • Successfully blocking an attack causes one’s block percentage to deplete.

  • Blocking without being attacked depletes the blocking percentage.

  • Attacking someone who is blocking will lower your block percentage as well.

  • Attacking someone who is blocking lowers one’s attack percentage.

  • Unblocked attacks lower attack percentage at a lower rate.

  • Both percentages regenerate over time.

 

SethBling illustrates the effects of attacking and blocking in a video for the mod.  In his example, the following occurs:

 

  • Being attacked without blocking drains two hearts.

  • Being attacked shortly after blocking drains half of a heart.

  • Being attacked after blocking for a long period of time drains one and a half hearts.

 

A sound is played when an attack is blocked; its pitch is higher if the block is more successful.

 

As you can see, this plugin is quite complex coding-wise, but it is simple in its implementation.  It is easy to adjust to the new blocking mechanic, and combat quickly becomes intuitive.

 

See this plugin in action in SethBling’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6qx7f0G0Ik

 

How to Install BlingCombat Plugin for Minecraft

 

  1. Download the latest version of the BlingCombat plugin.

  2. Place the .zip file from step 1 into your server’s plugins directory.

  3. Run the server and wait for it to fully load.

  4. Restart your Minecraft server or login to your admin account and execute the /reload command.

  5. Run the server again.  The plugin should be properly loaded.

 

This plugin greatly boosts the skill required during combat in Minecraft with one simple mechanic.  Can you think of any other simple mechanics that would make PvP more interesting and competitive?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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