The Sandlot will support name changes soon (most likely sometime this week). This is a Very Big Deal. I recommend you read this post, then read it again so you understand just how big of a deal it is. Why should I care? As I'm sure you know by now, Mojang (the creators of Minecraft) have allowed players to change their Minecraft name. You can change it once every 30 days, with an additional 7 day grace period where your name cannot be used by anyone else if you want to change it back. Names used to be the unique "key" that unlocked all of your data on every Multiplayer server you've ever used, including The Sandlot. It's what kept track of your claims, your plots, your locked chests, shops, stats in PvP games, balances, enderchest contents, your sethomes, job stats, and the list goes on and on. Basically it's everything that makes you you, as far as Minecraft goes. I have been working hard on updating all of our old plugins that used to store everything with your name as the key to use the new Mojang key, called a UUID (Universally Unique IDentification). Hunger Games balances, kit purchases, and stats were the last pieces of the puzzle that were updated to UUID, and I am very confident that ALL data on ALL servers across The Sandlot are now UUID ready. This means that name changes should have no effect on loss of items or data, and that we are finally able to support name changes. That being said, it is going to be YOUR responsibility to notify us if there is any information that has vanished or is otherwise incorrect once this name change support goes live. A report that says "I think I had 600 tokens in HG before, now it says I have 10" will be ignored. Backups will be taken of course, but restoration from backups is tedious and should only be done as a last resort. Minecraft identity Your name is the only identification you have on The Sandlot. People know you by your name. If you change it, people won't know you. Let's look at this scenario. I, c0wg0d, change my name to b33fg0d because I think it's funny. I tell everyone, it's me c0wg0d, isn't my new name funny?! A few weeks pass and my computer breaks. I can't get online for a couple more weeks because I'm waiting for parts. The 37 day grace period is up for the name c0wg0d, and @b12arr01973 changes his name to c0wg0d. Who's the real c0wg0d now?! This is the reason that I, personally, do not like name changes. It's going to be a constant struggle for anyone that has changed their name to tell people who you used to be, and many players will no longer trust you. You should think very carefully about changing your name. Rules regarding name changes When we get a new whitelist request for a player, we expect them to have a clean and family-friendly name. While you are now free to change your Minecraft name, it still needs to be family-friendly and follow our rules. If your new name violates our rules in any way, you will be temporarily banned for 30 days, and you will be required to choose a new family-friendly name before being allowed back on The Sandlot to play. This is not negotiable. If your name is extraordinarily rule breaking, your ban will most likely be permanent with no chance for appeal. Additionally, if you change your name to something that is very similar to a moderator name, like c0wg0d1 or hamsrus2 or V1rgeric, you will most likely be banned until your name is changed to something else. We cannot allow others to attempt impersonating us or giving us a bad reputation to new players who don't know the difference. Forum names The forums will be updated to support name changes as well. I am investigating ways to make this as easy as possible for you guys. When I have more information about it, I will let you know. It is probably going to take me a few weeks until I can support name changes on the forums. Questions? If you have any questions, ask away!