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Ways In Which Ravencraft Is Not 'Vanilla'

A few words from Anna on exactly what 'flavor' of Minecraft we are.

I think I can say with confidence that it is not possible to run a Minecraft server of any size on stock, vanilla Minecraft. Once you get past 3-5 users, you really need a better performing server. We run Paper, which takes Spigot and adds more changes and tweaks, including a complete replacement of the 'stock' redstone engine.

Both Paper and Spigot make, and allow administrators to make, configuration changes that alter gameplay. Tuning Paper to run well with 20 players on involves a lot of tweaks, which take us even further from strict vanilla gameplay -- but hopefully in ways that are not too noticeable.

Just by starting the server we're already veered away from absolute vanilla purity. But, almost no one stops there: servers add plugins and data packs to enhance security, provide information, ease some of the irritations of multiplayer gameplay on a public server, or just add a little fun.

Ravencraft's additions broadly, are aimed at implementing the minimum number of significant changes needed to have a safe, playable server, or they're aimed at adding a little fun and convenience.

What you won't find here are game changing additions that many, many servers seem fine with: A shop plugin, "/sethome", warps, jobs, factions, loot chests, voting incentives, MCmmo, Towny or any of that stuff which, IMHO, turns the game into something almost unrecognizeable.

The tables below spell out our plugins and data packs: what they are, what they do, and our intent in having them. This should enable you to decided for yourself if we are too vanilla, not vanilla enough, or just right.

Plugin
Function
Nature
AnvilColor
Permits use of chat color codes when naming an item on an anvil
Fun
ColoredSigns
Permits use of chat color codes on signs
Fun
DiscordSRV
Discord/Server chat integration
Community Engagement
dynmap
Dynamic online map of the world
Information
Essentials
Colorized chat, chat prefixes, commands such as /craft, /ec and /nick
Chat enhancement; Server maintainability
GriefPrevention
Anti-grief and land claim system; Prevents explosions from breaking blocks above sea level
Security; Player enjoyment
GSit
Allows players to "sit"
Fun
GuestMode
Restricts new players to "visitor" status
Security
HasteBoost
Enables instant mining of deepslate with a netherite pick & Haste II beacon
Convenience
PermissionsEX
Back-end tool for user and user group management
Security
PortalHelper
Generates coordinates for portal placement
Convenience
SmoothSleep
Accelerates the passage of night based on the fraction of active overworld players in bed
Making multiplayer work better
TalkingBot
Responds to keywords in chat with predifined information
Information
WorldBorder
Allows admin to set per-world soft world borders
Server capacity conservation
WorldGuard
Used to spawn-proof certain areas (it can do a lot more, but this is the feature we use)
Convenience
This is not an exhaustive list: Some purely administrative / security plugins are not listed.

Data Pack
Function
Nature
anti enderman grief
Prevents Endermen from moving blocks
Player enjoyment
anti ghast grief
Prevents Ghast fireballs from breaking blocks
Player enjoyment
armor statues
Enables creation of "statues" via posing armor stands
Fun
double shulker shells
Shulkers always drop two shells on death
Player enjoyment
dragon drops
Dragon always drops an elytra on death
Making multiplayer work better
more mob heads
Mobs have a chance of dropping their heads when killed by a player
Player enjoyment
player head drops
Players drop their heads when killed by another player
Player enjoyment
redstone rotation wrench
Players can craft a tool to rotate redstone blocks that have 'facing' eg: Droppers
Convenience
silence mobs
Players can quiet captive mobs with a specially named nametag
Convenience
terracotta rotation wrench
Players can craft a tool to rotate glazed terracotta blocks
Convenience
track raw statistics
Enables tracking of player stats
Information
track statistics
Enables tracking of player stats
Information
unlock all recipes
Unlocks all recipes in the crafting book at once
Convenience
charcoal to black dye
Adds recipe to convert charcoal to black dye
Making multiplayer work better
coal to black dye
Adds recipe to convert coal to black dye
Making multiplayer work better
sandstone dyeing
Adds ability to dye sand/sandstone red
Making multiplayer work better
universal dyeing
Adds ability to re-dye wool, terracotta, cement powder
Convenience