We starting using 1.13 new feature called data packs. This allows for custom recipes, blocks, drops, and more. Basically changing the way the vanilla mechanics work. We are using 3 data packs on the server: Custom Advancements, Modified Mob Drops, & Custom Recipes. You may have noticed mobs dropping weird things, this is added to make things more realistic and interesting. I mean when you kill a cow, it should drop bones. Little things like that. But the main reason for this post is the custom recipes.
We’ve added the ability to craft spawners and 4 mob eggs: Zombie, Zombie Villager, Skeleton, & Spider. The reason for this is because of lack of dungeons. There are a few of those huge dungeons scattered about, but no real 8×8 room dungeons. However crafting the spawners are rather expensive and require things like end crystal, nether stars, and even a dragon head.
Once you place down the spawner there is no picking it up again. So make sure you get it right the first time. To use the spawner you have to place it. Then right click it with one the 4 spawn eggs. You could have your own xp farm in your base. Some of the other recipies are there to gain some of the new blocks such as coral, and the double stone slab block. SOme of the recipes are there to tweak things and make it a little easier for you.
If you have any questions, let us know in the #minersplay-general Discord channel.