Engineering Minecraft Build Off

Engineering Minecraft Build Off

In Minecraft, players explore a blocky, procedurally-generated 3D world with infinite terrain, and may discover and extract raw materials, craft tools and items, and build structures. You will need to own the Java edition of Minecraft (specifically the Java Edition - the alternative version will NOT be compatible with the tournament Minecraft server) to participate in this tournament. Winners will take home a $25 prize. Good luck!


Tournament Instructions

Once Minecraft has been fully downloaded and installed. Open the game, and click on play.

On the next screen, click on the “Servers” tab, and select “Add Server”.

The tournament server info is as follows:

  • Name: VCU Build-off
  • IP Address:
  • Port: 10050

The Server will then be added under “More Servers” at the bottom of the previous screen. Click on the newly added server to connect to it, and join the tournament world.

Tournament Details

The tournament will be a 1-3 person team-based building competition run over the course of 3 hours, with a 15 minute intermission (3 hours 15 mins total). Limit 3 people per team. If you have more than 3 people on your team, you will be disqualified.

Tournament Rules

  • The tournament server will be in creative mode which allows infinite access to building resources and flight mode within Minecraft to aid in efficient building
  • Usage of “Redstone” is highly encouraged, and will be weighted heavily by the judges due to its mechanical applications.
  • *Structures will be judged based on complexity of the overall build, functionality, and style.
  • Any structure of any type/configuration can be built, though anyone building explicit iconography will be banned without warning.
  • Any interference with other teams builds will result in a warning, and on a second occurrence, a ban.
  • Any attempts to access server admin functions will result in a warning, and on a second occurrence, a ban.
  • Player vs. player combat will be disabled, and “God” mode will be enabled.
  • Teams will be given a 256x256 block area to build within* (equivalent of 16 standard “Chunks” within Minecraft for those familiar).
  • There will be two judges observing the competition directly, and who will tally each team’s scores individually at the end of the competition.
  • Average of the 2 judges scores will determine the winner.

*subject to change going forward