After a lot of research, discussion, feedback, more discussion, plugin searching, code writing, more feedback, and a dash of hair pulling, Sandlot Hardcore is back! We didn't want to launch another survival server that was simply more difficult than SVS, but otherwise the same. The aim of this relaunch is world exploration, staying alive, and having friendly competition amongst friends. We aren't expecting you to build a giant castle with regen beacons that eliminate any obstacles to survive. Instead, we have modified the core Minecraft experience in several ways to encourage staying on the move and exploring. General Gameplay The core Minecraft gameplay has been modified on Sandlot Hardcore in the following ways: The difficulty is set to HARD. The overworld, nether, and end are all 5000x5000 blocks. Your health will not regenerate by eating. Your health will not regenerate from regeneration beacons or golden apples. Your health will regenerate with regeneration potions or health potions. Golden apples cannot be crafted. Creepers will have a much larger explosion than normal when they explode. Creepers will destroy blocks when they explode, even in your claims. Creepers will set fire to anything nearby when they explode. Fire spread is on. Zombies will break down wooden doors, even in your claims. You cannot sleep in beds. If you die, you will respawn in a random location in the world. When you respawn after dying, you will be invulnerable to all damage for 60 seconds. When a player dies, everyone on the Hardcore server will get a message that a player has died, along with coordinates. Additionally, their head will be placed on a fence post to mourn their loss. Claims We are still allowing claims so that you can have a place to call home with all your essentials like a food stash and diamonds and iron to make tools. However, the claims will start and remain small. Everyone will start with 500 claim blocks, and you earn 100 claim blocks for every hour of gameplay, to a maximum of 2,500 claim blocks total. This will give you a 50x50 claim at maximum (the same size as a Creative plot). It's enough room to build some farms and have a home, but not enough for monolithic builds. Homes, Warps, and Teleportation There will be no /home, /warp, or /tpa commands. Your Minecraft survival skills will be put to the challenge as you navigate the terrain. To make navigation a little easier than having your F3 screen on all the time, you will be given a compass when joining. If you right click while sneaking with the compass in your hand, you will set your home location where you stand. Then, no matter where you are in the world, you can right click with the compass in your hand to make it point to your previously set home location. Custom Achievements and Points Leaderboard To encourage friendly competition, Sandlot Hardcore has a custom achievements system and a Points leaderboard. Here is how it works. Each custom achievement will award you a set number of points (shown below). Your base points have an applied modifier based on how many times you have died. Dying will have a massive impact on your position on the leaderboard, so be careful! The points are calculated with this formula: base points * (10 - number of deaths) * 10 The maximum number of deaths that will have an impact on your score is 10. This means dying 10 times will affect your score the same as dying 11 times or 50 times or 1,000 times. Some examples: JackenKracken has earned 55 base achievement points and has never died. 55 * (10 - 0) * 10 = 5,500 points. hamsrus1 has earned 115 base achievement points and died 2 times. 115 * (10 - 2) * 10 = 9,200 points. c0wg0d has earned 500 base achievement points and died 11 times. Since I have died more than 10 times, I would have the maximum modifier penalty on my score. 500 * (10 - 10) * 10 = 5,000 points. As you can see in the above examples, even though I have far more achievement points than hamsrus1, her score is much higher because she has died fewer times. Spoiler: Click for the full list of custom achivements and their point values Places - 20 oak fence, 5 points - 100 stone bricks, 10 points - 10 obsidian, 10 points Breaks - 100 stone, 10 points - 1000 stone, 100 points - 100 dirt, 10 points - 1000 dirt, 100 points - 1000 netherrack, 25 points Kills - 1 zombie, 5 points - 50 zombies, 50 points - 1 skeleton, 10 points - 50 skeletons, 100 points - 1 spider, 5 points - 50 spiders, 50 points - 1 creeper, 20 points - 50 creepers, 125 points - 1 enderman, 15 points - 50 endermen, 75 points - 1 slime, 5 points - 50 slime, 50 points - 1 zombie pigman, 25 points - 50 zombie pigmen, 150 points - 1 ghast, 15 points - 50 ghasts, 75 points - 1 blaze, 25 points - 50 blazes, 200 points - 1 wither, 500 points Crafts - Crafting table, 5 points - Diamond Pickaxe, 10 points - Diamond Sword, 10 points - Enchantment table, 25 points - Brewing Stand, 25 points Arrows - 50 arrows, 10 points Snowballs - 100 snowballs, 10 points Eggs - 100 eggs, 10 points Fish - 10 fish, 5 points Treasures - 5 treasures, 5 points EatenItems - 1 food item, 5 points - 100 food items, 50 points Shear - 10 sheep sheared, 10 points - 100 sheep sheared, 100 points Milk - 1 c0w milked, 5 points Trades - 1 trade, 50 points - 25 trades, 250 points AnvilsUsed - 1 anvil use, 15 points - 10 anvil uses, 100 points Enchantments - 1 enchantment, 20 points - 10 enchantments, 100 points MaxLevel - Level 1, 5 points - Level 10, 50 points - Level 20, 100 points - Level 30, 200 points ConsumedPotions - 1 potion, 25 points - 5 potions, 100 points - 10 potions, 200 points PlayedTime - 1 hour, 10 points - 5 hours, 500 points - 10 hours, 1000 points DistanceFoot - 1000 blocks, 10 points - 5000 blocks, 100 points - 10000 blocks, 200 points DistancePig - 100 blocks, 10 points DistanceHorse - 5000 blocks, 50 points - 10000 blocks, 100 points DistanceMinecart - 1000 blocks, 50 points DistanceBoat - 1000 blocks, 50 points DistanceGliding - 1000 blocks, 10 points - 5000 blocks, 100 points - 10000 blocks, 200 points DistanceLlama - 5000 blocks, 50 points - 10000 blocks, 100 points HoePlowings - 10 fields, 10 points - 100 fields, 100 points - 500 fields, 500 points Fertilising - 10 bonemeal, 5 points - 100 bonemeal, 50 points Taming - 1 animal tamed, 25 points - 10 animals tamed, 100 points Brewing - Should we use this instead of consumed potions? Fireworks - 5 fireworks, 5 points - 50 fireworks, 15 points MusicDiscs - 1 jukebox used, 25 points EnderPearls - 1 enderpearls used, 10 points - 15 enderpearls used, 10 points - 50 enderpearls used, 10 points Smelting - 10 items, 5 points - 50 items, 10 points - 100 items, 25 points - 1000 items, 50 points Custom Terrain To encourage exploration, Sandlot Hardcore is using a custom terrain generator like none you have ever seen before! There is nothing vanilla about it! Leaving Hardcore If you need to log off Sandlot or wish to go to another server, you can use /lobby from anywhere. There will be a 15 second warmup for this command to prevent players trying to escape death unfairly. When you return to Hardcore, you will be placed wherever you last used the /lobby command. Map Reset This new iteration of Hardcore is yet another experiment that we will continue to change and modify based on your feedback. As such, we will be resetting the map and your achievements and inventories frequently. Our goal is to have a consistent reset schedule and reset around the 1st of every month. Since we are just now launching, our first Hardcore reset will occur around May 1st. Feedback We would love to hear your feedback! I wrote a lot of the gameplay changes myself in a custom plugin just for The Sandlot, so I am sure there are going to be bugs. If you have general feedback (the world should be bigger, we should reset the map less often, we should add an achievement for killing Razz, etc.), you may post that here in this thread. If you have specific bugs to report (I can't get out of spawn, my compass doesn't work, etc.) please post those in the Bug Report forum. It's dangerous to go alone. Be safe out there!