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The children in my class would like a private lan server set up in school for MC. However I am a noob although I have played it via a vanilla server a while ago.

The school are willing to provide hardware and technical support but no financial for the immediate term until they are convinced it is worth while.

Do all versions of minecraft require a paid for username in order to play?

Is it possible to setup a private offline LAN multiplayer server which the children can play while in school to build etc? If so, would we still require at least one username?

I don't mind paying once I have seen it in use but don't want to throw away money. The school are not forgiving lol.

Any advice or links to articles on how to do this would be really helpful

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Get hold of Minecraft Teacher on Twitter - twitter.com/MinecraftTeachr he's already using Minecraft as part of his teaching so might have some good info for you. –  shanodin Dec 14 '13 at 9:11
    
You could try tweeting Notch, maybe he'll tell you the deal if there's any. –  user1306322 Dec 14 '13 at 10:50

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You can take a look at the demo version of Minecraft.

Yes, you will need one username for each player.

Also, take a look at MinecraftEdu

They offer Minecraft to schools for 50% off the retail price.

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Minecraft Demo can be used to host LAN, but it won't connect to a LAN server other than itself. So the only way to play Minecraft multiplayer without a paid account is to play the classic mode. It is, however, very old and only includes creative mode and limited maps.

For the actual up-to-date Minecraft, you need an account for each user. There seem to be ways to get accounts cheaper for schools, though.

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Classic version may be the option. I just want to see whether the kids take to it before paying out for a large subscription only for it to fall flat. The management of the school do not mind putting their hands in their pockets but wont do it twice. If this fails my credibility does so to when I have further budget requirements. –  brendon2001ad Dec 14 '13 at 8:54

The current regular version of Minecraft intends to have one license/account per player, but no license is needed for the server.

Therefore, the only expense to make this happen, beyond server hardware, is Minecraft accounts for any player who does not already have one.

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