There is some sort of a global "player id" that identifies you to Minecraft servers. This id has a 1:1 relationship with a game state on a server. Is it possible to get a new game on a server without getting a new id (without buying a new copy of Minecraft)? This would make it possible to start from fresh on a server one doesn't control.

I think that the whole idea of there being a single game state associated with a single user id is, on its face, absurd. When you play locally, you can have as many games as you wish. The same should be possible on a server. I have no problem with having a unique id so that someone can ban me etc. I just wish there was a way to have more than one game state (player state) on a server, so that I could explore different strategies etc.

My question is not about impersonating another player, nor avoiding bans, etc. I simply wonder why online play limits the functionality present in the basic local Minecraft - namely that you can have more than one game state.

  • would be intresting if my answer meets your claims...
    – Gerret
    Aug 11, 2014 at 16:11

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That would be very bad, if it would be working. It is of course not working. The game is linked with you account and it is not possible to change that.

The ID was earlier your in game name. With your name you will be identified from the servers. The name is not changeable in an easy way. The only way is to contact the support (but they wont change it).

Now it is working with a unique ID (v1.7.6). Means you are able to change your name but not your ID.

This version provides complete support for identifying players through unique IDs and not by names, so that no matter what a player is called they will remain banned/whitelisted/oped/etc on servers.

from mojang

The reason why you cannot change your ID is because server owner have a problem to identify you. Means if you are banned from a server, you should be banned and not have a chance to join.

Answer for your edited question:

The functionality on a server is basically the same as on a local game. You actually can not have more "games", but you can have more worlds! On a Server it is exactly the same (if the owner has build it like so). If the server owner has nothing edited and just has a bunch of different maps, you have a "new game/status" on every map. There is nothing limited.

Anyway the chance that there is a server that is build up like that is very low, because everyone wants to keep his items and build just one house and that on just one map. If there are more than one map it is likely a mini game map, pvp, skyland or whatever.

There is no possibility (legal and playable on all "online" servers) in any way to get a new status/"game" on a server by changing anything at your client or on your account.

The only way is to ask the server owner to delete your user data from the server.

  • actually the ID changed to a GUID rather than your player name to assist in name changes Aug 7, 2014 at 14:48
  • @ratchetfreak yea you are right thx, I searched for it an found it also on the original site. I put that in my answer!
    – Gerret
    Aug 7, 2014 at 15:20

To directly answer your question: No it's currently not possible because Mojang did not program it that way.

Your question is essentially: Why did the developers of a game not implement this feature? Who knows?

I agree with you it would be a great feature to on each server be able to create progress saves as a different entity in each save but still be identifiable as the same person but it is simply not a feature at the moment.


Yes, there are multiple name changing mods out there but a bunch of them are either within hacking clients or really glitchy. Also, in order for the name change to actually work, the server must be in offline mode. There is no easy way to find out if it is actually offline.

The hacking client i use is called nodus in case you were wondering. Inside the nodus hacking client, in order to change your name, just enter either the multiplayer menu or the options menu, there should be an add account button. Press that and fill out the desired boxes.

Note: They are just called hacking clients, they don't do any literal hacking, they just allow you to break blocks faster, add a forcefield, walk on water, fly, use the x-ray mod, and much more BUT most servers also have anti hacking client addons or mods that will just ban automagically you from the server if you are caught using them.

Another note, if you wish to start fresh on a server then politely ask the owner of the server to delete your account by going into the the worlds folder and entering the players folder and finding your minecraft id. The path of this would be [server_folder]/[world_name]/players. What ever is in the [] is the whatever the folder might be named.

  • @Gerret I don't want to impersonate anyone, just disassociate myself from the state on the server to start fresh. I find it very strange that a such a simple thing isn't available. Aug 7, 2014 at 14:33
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    @KubaOber The "id" wich you are autenticated with the server is mostly the name. There is also the possibility to use youre ip address. But youre name is not changeable. The only way is to buy a new one or contact the support. The way of Baked Potato will work mostly but only on offline servers that do not check youre name. With offline i mean the online mode of the server
    – Gerret
    Aug 7, 2014 at 14:35
  • @KubaOber Well this isn't entirely impersonating, you can make up a new name. Also, judging by your previous question, if you want to start fresh on a server, either start a new server or politely ask the server OWNER(not the mod or anything) to delete your name file from the world's folder. Also, if this "simple" thing was incorporated there might be a lot of chaos from people actually impersonating others and it is also very difficult to code. Aug 7, 2014 at 14:38
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    @KubaOber that "simple thing" would be a huge problem for server maintainers, they wouldnt have a unique user to deal with then. Aug 7, 2014 at 14:50
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    @BakedPotato Ye no problem, I cleared and edited my answer now. I think now it is easy to understand. Keep in mind I am just telling you the legal way and the way you are able to play on all onlinemode:true servers!!
    – Gerret
    Aug 7, 2014 at 15:14

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