Requirements: What You’ll Need To Play
In order to play on the Waywardcraft server, you’ll need the following:
- A legally-owned copy of Minecraft and an active Minecraft account.
- 4+ GB RAM. If your computer has less than 6 GB RAM, though, you should expect the game to be pretty laggy.
- 64-bit Java. You can download it here (link). Windows users will want to download and install the 64-bit offline version (the one that ends with “.exe”). Be sure to uninstall older versions of Java first!
- Take a few minutes to read our Server Rules and our Getting Started Guide.
- Before you join, make sure you install Discord so you can chat with us! That link takes you directly to our Discord server, which you can access via a web browser if you’d prefer to not download it (though you really should download it… it’s a lot better as a standalone app)
Let’s Get Started!
Step 1 – Get Technic. To begin, you’ll need to download the Technic Launcher (link), then install it. You’ll want to move the launcher onto your desktop so you can find it easily (on Windows 7/ 8/ 10 machines, it should go into your Downloads folder).
Step 2 – Log In. Once you’ve got the launcher, log in using the same login info you use to join Minecraft.
Step 3 – Set Up Your Java/ RAM Usage. Find the “Launcher Options” in the upper-right corner of the launcher and click it. Now click the “Java Settings” tab. Under “Memory,” click the drop-down and tell Technic how much RAM you want it to use.
This needs to be set to a minimum of 2 GB, though we very strongly suggest using 4 GB if your computer has enough RAM to support that. The RAM you set here should be equal to or less than HALF of the total RAM your computer has. Using the bare minimum of 2 GB will almost definitely cause you to lag a whole lot. We’re sorry!
Step 4 – Download Our Mod Pack. Look for the big “Mod Packs” tab in the upper-left. Click that, and then search for “Waywardcraft.” Ours should be the only pack that pops up, and is titled “Waywardcraft 1.12 Edition“. You DON’T want our old 1.7.10 version. Found it? Great! Now just click “Install” in the lower-left corner.
Step 5 – Join the Server! When you’re all set, it’s time to join the server! Yay! Just press “Play,” wait for the game to load (this can take a while; it needs to load a whole bunch of mods, so be patient). You should know what to do from there. Our server IP is:
And hey, look at that! You’re on the server! Welcome!
Q: How much RAM should I tell Technic/ Java to use?
A: It all depends on how much RAM you have total. You don’t want to tell Java to use more than half of your computer’s total RAM, because your computer uses RAM for a lot of other stuff, too. If your computer only has 4 GB RAM total, you’ll only want to assign 2 GB to Java. Try and reduce video settings to improve performance, but still, expect the game to be laggy if you can only give Java 2 GB, especially when you’re visiting big cities or cruising around in vehicles. We strongly recommend giving Technic/ Java 3 GB (if you have 6 GB RAM) or 4 GB (if you have 4+ GB RAM). Only use 2 GB if you have less than 6 GB total RAM in your machine.
Q: I don’t know how much RAM my computer has! HALP!
A: This is something every computer owner needs to know, especially if you’re playing Minecraft or other games. To find out how much RAM you’ve got on a Windows PC, open any folder window and find the “My Computer” or “This PC” option on the left. Right-click that, and then click “properties.” You should see “installed memory (RAM)” in the information there.
Q: My computer is super-awesome. Can I assign more than 4 GB RAM to Java?
A: You can, but honestly, there isn’t much of a point. Our server and modpack will typically use between 1.5 GB RAM and 3 GB RAM, and averages a little over 2 GB on most machines. If you’re using more than 3 GB RAM in-game, you probably need to restart your client. If you really do want to exceed using 4 GB for Java, just make sure you aren’t using more than half of your total RAM and you should be okay.
Q: I’m on a Mac and I don’t know what’s happening!
A: We’re sorry, but we don’t know jack-squat about Macs. You’ll need to Google stuff and work it out on your own in order to get in and join our server. If anyone wants to write a Mac-specific guide, we’d be happy to stick it up here, and it would be worth some in-game monies, too!
Q: Can I play this on my console?
A: Nope. Buy a computer.
Q: How do I download more RAM?
A: *head explodes*