I used to have a Minecraft server running on my computer a couple of years ago. It was super simple to set up and it always ran smoothly. But that was all in OS X. Today, my kids want to play Minecraft together across the LAN. I'm booted into Windows 8.1 so I figured I'd give it a try without rebooting. It's a bloody nightmare.
I'm sure that someone else would just know what is wrong and properly configure it. But it shouldn't be this complicated. Running a local game should be easier than a server with internet access. But with Windows, it is definitely not.
I'm rebooting to OS X to give it another go.