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Find the item, return the item, every four hours. Enjoy the grind!

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Grindatron minigame in Minecraft, as featured on the Creeper's Lab.

Every four hours, a target is generated: for example, 1 x elytra, 2 x snowball, 8 x stone, etc. The players must then gather these materials and place them in an enderchest placed somewhere, ideally at the spawn point of the world. Successfully providing the set item gets them a point!

This means there are six potential targets to complete every day, keeping the players busy. A scoreboard is displayed to show how many targets each logged in player has succesfully accomplished. A limited amount of energy given forces the players to strategize their moves.

To force people to return to the spawn point, regular players aren't allowed to place their own enderchests.

This event is designed to run for multiples consecutive days. Using a full month before a reset is the suggested duration.

How to play

To understand how this is played from a player's perspective, see this guide on our wiki. Note that Merit Points are exclusive to the Creeper's Lab, you're free to implement your own rewards as none are built-in. Completed cycles for each player can be found in the grindatron__cycles_players table.

Setup guide

  • Download the plugin and place it in the plugins/ directory of the server.

  • Start and stop the server to create the configuration files.

  • Edit plugins/IOGrindatron/config.yml to set your settings, described below.

  • Place an enderchest near spawn, where people will be able to submit their targets.

  • You can edit the content of grindatron__possible_targets to add or remove targets as you see fit.

  • To start a new game cycle:

  • Stop the server.

  • Empty the tables grindatron__cycles, grindatron__cycles_players, grindatron__players, grindatron__players_daily

  • Restart the server.


database.host: Database host database.port: Database port database.base: Database name database.username: Database username database.password: Database password


/target: Get the target of the current cycle



Why is this plugin reliable?

I use all of my plugins on my own servers, and I like my plugins to be stable, reliable and low maintenance. Breaks on version upgrades are not expected, but should they happen, they will be quickly fixed.

Support my work

If you enjoy my work, I welcome sponsors! I've been running Minecraft servers since 2011, developed several plugins and tools for server owners, and I'm now working my way through releasing many of them. Your support would go a long way toward encouraging me to put more time and effort into this, plus fix any issues that might be discovered over time!

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Published onApril 26, 2023

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