about 2 years old
Like singleplayer, but with other people.
A dedicated server with friendly admins and a few helpful mods (bukkit and custom plugins to enhance gameplay). Being a vanilla server, everything is mined and built by hand. Hacking, cheating, griefing and stealing are not tolerated.
What is VanillaCraft About?
In the very beginnings of Survival Multiplayer, the term vanilla did not mean an "unmodified version of minecraft". The server software was so basic that in order to have a public server, modifications were required. The term "vanilla" had a different meaning designated by the minecraft community at the time. It meant that effort had to be spent in order to create something in minecraft. This was because minecraft was both evolving from creative multiplayer into survival and because the software was so basic that it was very easy to duplicate items. The goal of vanilla servers was to play without using any exploits or play creative like many other servers did at the time. There were even vanilla magic servers that were extensively modified and yet retained the quality of requiring a certain amount of effort to do anything. We renamed the server to VanillaCraft for this reason.
That said, our server is modified (all modifications are custom and exclusive) and does not fit the current technical definition of vanilla. We kept the name because we kept the idea that any creation that has been made with effort is worth more. Following this concept, everything, even administrative structures, is made entirely from gathered materials and built by hand. We do not allow flying, speed hacking, or spawning items for anyone, including staff. Our teleporting/warping is very minimal, very few are available. To make up for the lack of instantaneous transportation, we have a massive subway system dubbed the Grand Central Network that spans most of the 12,000 by 12,000 map. It has taken hundreds of players and months of effort to make this subway system because of materials and coordination with Grand Central Station at the center.
Our server is one of the oldest, as a result we have roughly 20 full sized towns and many more villages and, more importantly, we have an effective, polished anti-griefer system. Part of it is through several modifications we have developed, and the other is our well trained and experienced moderators. We probably have one of the largest ban databases with detailed descriptions of each ban and have a variety of techniques to weed out the griefers from the non-griefers.
We also weekly events, unique biomes, custom modifications, and more.
So come and check us out!