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PvE server
Pve logo.png
Server address pve.nerd.nu / p.nerd.nu
Current map revision Revision 29
Map revision started 2022-10-07
Map revision completed (current)

The PvE (Player versus Environment) server allows players to battle the environment and mobs while working with, instead of against, other players. The emphasis is usually on collaborative building and friendly competition. The entire map is PvE, without player-on-player damage, with limited exceptions for a few PvP-enabled arenas.

PvE is known for its large, active, and friendly community. Players often use Mumble to coordinate building and events, such as spleef matches. The subreddit and wiki are used extensively by PvE players as well.

PvE is currently on revision 28. See the specific page for the current revision.

NOTE: The cartograph is currently being hosted at http://nerd.nu/maps/pve


Before connecting to the PvE server, make sure you have read the rules. There are rules universal across all servers and a few more specific to PvE; you are responsible for following all of them.

Read the rules!

Server history

Revision Number Start Date End Date Comments
&01 2011-01-17 2011-03-12 First revision
&02 2011-03-13 2011-05-19 Map corruption
&03 2011-05-20 2011-07-09 Map became full, as well as laggy
&04 2011-07-10 2011-09-15 Minecraft Beta 1.7.3, and switching hosts
&05 2011-09-15 2011-11-18 Minecraft Beta 1.8
&06 2011-11-20 2012-02-18 Minecraft 1.0
&07 2012-02-19 2012-05-18 Return of Biome/Phoenix Terrain Mod
&08 2012-05-18 2012-08-01 WorldPainted
&09 2012-08-10 2012-10-30 Minecraft 1.3, vanilla
&010 2012-11-05 2013-03-13 Minecraft 1.4.2, modified terrain starting 1000+ blocks from spawn
&011 2013-04-06 2013-09-27 Minecraft 1.5, vanilla+WP terrain with Terrain Control in the corners
&012 2013-09-27 2014-02-28 Minecraft 1.6, vanilla with plumps
&013 2014-02-28 2014-08-29 Minecraft 1.7, vanilla with plumps
&014 2014-08-29 2015-02-20 Minecraft 1.7, vanilla with plumps
&015 2015-02-20 2015-08-28 Minecraft 1.8, vanilla with plumps
&016 2015-08-28 2016-01-08 Minecraft 1.8, vanilla with plumps
&017 2016-01-08 2016-05-27 Minecraft 1.8-1.9, WorldPainted trees and mountains
&018 2016-05-27 2016-11-11 Minecraft 1.9-1.10, WorldPainted trees and mountains
&019 2016-11-11 2017-04-14 Minecraft 1.10-1.11, WorldPainted trees and mountains
&020 2017-04-14 2017-09-22 Minecraft 1.11, WorldPainted trees, mountains, structures
&021 2017-09-22 2018-03-16 Minecraft 1.12, WorldPainted trees, mountains, structures
&022 2018-03-16 2019-01-04 Minecraft 1.12, WorldPainted trees, mountains, structures
&023 2019-01-04 2019-07-26 Minecraft 1.13, Custom Nether/End generation
&024 2019-07-26 2020-03-13 Minecraft 1.14, Vanilla overworld, Custom Nether/End generation
&025 2020-03-13 2020-10-30 Minecraft 1.15.2, WorldPainted trees, mountains
&026 2020-10-30 2021-06-25 Minecraft 1.16.3-1.16.4, WorldPainted trees, mountains
&027 2021-06-25 2022-01-22 Minecraft 1.16.4, Vanilla overworld/nether, Custom End
&028 2022-01-22 2022-10-07 Minecraft 1.18.1, Vanilla overworld/nether, Custom End
&029 2022-10-07 (current) Minecraft 1.19.2, Vanilla overworld/nether, Custom End

New PvE maps sometimes correlate with new major Minecraft releases, but not always. In general, each revision lasts 3 months or longer.

Eventually though, every map fills up and we start fresh. The old maps aren't permanently destroyed; they're available for download at nerd.nu/backups. The old maps also have a habit of making cameo appearances during special server events. In any case, don't fear the reaper. Build and rebuild! We have become exceedingly efficient at it.

Each map is unique. Revisions 1-4 were notable for its fantastic modified terrain, characterized by floating islands and deep underwater caverns using BiomeTerrainMod/Phoenix Terrain Mod. Revisions 5 and 6 used vanilla map generation instead to avoid the large mountains and overhangs that interfered with city construction. Revision 7 returned to a toned-down custom terrain mod, while for revision 8 the map was manually terraformed using WorldPainter. Revision 9 went back to vanilla.

Map revision 1

The Reddit PvE server began with a period of early-access for those that donated during the drive for a new server processor and memory, and is currently open to the public. During the move from the period of early access to public availability, inventories were reset and chests were deleted, though the map remained the same. There was also an ongoing contest to create the spawn for the new server when it came online. The first map soon became came corrupted due to noise machines and other crazy redstone machines, as well as different glitches and bugs. It also became very laggy. They said goodbye to the first revision suddenly but expectantly.

Map revision 2

PvE revision two was when the server really gained pace, with stricter rules on structures that cause lag and more people talking about it. Most of the users from revision 1 returned, and many many more joined. This map included the hunt for Atlantis. Many towns sprung up, and eventually the map became too full. All of the dark room grinders were causing lag and crashes. This reset was very well prepared for with "The End is Near" signs popping up everywhere, as well as many parties/photo shoots.

Map revision 3

The next map came up quickly, quicker than many people had expected, and the well publicized hunt for pumpkins began (many screenshots on /r/mcpublic, as well as forum posts). This acted as great advertising for the server. This map also contained the famous and infamous Newcastle, which really put a focus on creating, helping, and residing in different towns. A grinder registration room was set up to avoid the lag and crashes of the last map. This map ended and was reset abruptly, when the server's hosts were being switched to protect against the DDoS attacks.

Map revision 4

The next map once again started with a search for pumpkins, however not as major as pumpkins were plumped this map with Phoenix Terrain Mod. Another thing Phoenix Terrain Mod generated was large dirt towers connecting overhangs to water/land. This map includes a mobile spawn held up by balloons - this, which slowed the map filling up, and the return of the grinder registration room meant near 0 crashes on this revision; until near the end when the StarGate plugin stopped functioning. This map came to an end when 1.8 arrived, due to its vast array of new terrain features which required a map-reset.

Map revision 5

Map revision five lasted a pretty decent amount of time, few towns popped up due to the monster mega-town Brom. Brom in itself, though, was massive and amazing. There was also an under-city called UnterBrom which was 1 block below most of the city; so any place you dug led into a massive underground collection of buildings. This map lasted until the inevitable 1.0.0.

Map revision 6

The sixth map saw a hub system focused around the nether gates located on each cardinal axis, which gave rise to a flourishing rail network for convenient travel. The numerous smaller towns also led to the PvE spleef league forming in this revision, seeing nearly a dozen teams in regular play. Many players united to complete the Überproject shortly before the revision ended.

See PvE r6 for more.

Map revision 7

Map revision 7 started although many players felt that the map wasn't old enough and there was a lot of free space but other argued that it would be easier to new players come to play and that it was difficult to find place to build. This map revision was also return of terra moded maps. Rev 7 also held the infamous 5K quest. A fearsome obstacle course filled with traps, puzzles and misdirects that stretched a total of five-thousand blocks. Over one hundred players managed to make it out alive by the end, molon knows how.

See PvE r7 for more.

Map revision 8

The PvE map was reset to revision 8 on May 18, 2012. Revision 8 features vanilla ore distribution and terrain generation. The surface has been modified with WorldPainter.

See PvE r8 for more.

Map revision 9

The PvE map was reset to revision 9 on August 10, 2012. Revision 9's terrain is 100% vanilla, and features a smaller initial map size. These measures were taken to help increase server stability.

See PvE r9 for more.

Map revision 10

The PvE map was reset to revision 10 on November 5, 2012. Revision 10's terrain is 100% vanilla until 1000 blocks from spawn, at which point it switches to modified terrain.

See PvE r10 for more.

Map revision 11

The PvE map was reset for Minecraft 1.5 on April 6, 2013. Revision 11's terrain is once again a mixture of vanilla (modified with WorldPainter) and terrain control. However, the generation process this time is very different. A circle comprising the center of the map contains the vanilla/WP terrain. The four corners each contain a beautiful and terrifying Terrain Control landscape. WorldPainter was then used to blend and connect the areas. Kind of like Rev 8, there are large coherent bodies of water that flow and interact with the map as a whole in a way that "makes sense." On August 6, 2013, rev11 was upgraded to 1.6.2. Changes are noted here. Revision 11 ended at 6:00PM on September 27, 2013.

See PvE r11 for more.

Map revision 12

The PvE map was reset for revision 12 on September 27, 2013 at 7:30PM EDT.

See PvE r12 for more.

Map revision 13

The map is entirely vanilla generated with NO world painter and NO terrain control. Ore is slightly plumped, with Glowstone and clay being ores on the map.

The PvE map was reset for revision 13 on February 28, 2014 at 8:00PM EST.

See PvE r13 for more.

Map revision 14

The PvE map was reset for revision 14 on August 29, 2014 at 8:00PM EST.

See PvE r14 for more.

Map revision 15

The PvE map was reset for revision 15 on February 20, 2015 at 8:00PM EST.

See PvE r15 for more.

Map revision 16

The PvE map was reset for revision 16 on August 28, 2015 at 8:00PM EST.

See PvE r16 for more.

Map revision 17

The PvE map was reset for revision 17 on January 8, 2016 at 8:00PM EST.

See PvE r17 for more.

Map revision 18

The PvE map was reset for revision 18 on May 27, 2016 at 8:00PM EST.

See PvE r18 for more.

Map revision 19

The PvE map was reset for revision 19 on November 11, 2016 at 8:00PM EST.

See PvE r19 for more.

Map revision 20

The PvE map was reset for revision 20 on April 14, 2017 at 9:00PM EST.

See PvE r20 for more.

Map revision 21

The PvE map was reset for revision 21 on September 22, 2017 at 9:00PM EST.

See PvE r21 for more.

Map revision 22

The PvE map was reset for revision 22 on March 16, 2018 at 9:00PM EST.

See PvE r22 for more.

Map Revision 23

The PvE map was reset for revision 23 on January 4, 2019 at 9:00PM EST.

See PvE r23 for more.

Map Revision 24

The PvE map was reset for revision 24 on July 26, 2019 at 7:30PM EST.

See PvE r24 for more.

Map Revision 25

The PvE map was reset for revision 25 on March 13, 2020 at 7:30PM EST.

See PvE r25 for more.

Map Revision 26

The PvE map was reset for revision 26 on October 30, 2020 at 7:30PM EST.

See PvE r26 for more.

Map Revision 27

The PvE map was reset for revision 27 on June 25, 2021 at 7:30PM EST.

See PvE r27 for more.

Map Revision 28

The PvE map was reset for revision 28 on January 22, 2022 at 2:00PM EST.

See PvE r28 for more.

Map Revision 29

The PvE map was reset for revision 29 on October 7, 2022 at 6:30PM EST.

See PvE r29 for more.


Details on the current revision's transportation here.


Each revision, players tend to build extensive road networks, connecting particularly well the densest area of the map between and including spawn and the various cities. Due to this organic nature, the style of roads vary all over the world.


Like the road network, many players are fond of creating rail networks as well. These range from complex underground networks, to scenic world-spanning surface rails, to one-off links. There is no central authority for managing this network; it's all player-driven. The exception is the spawn station, which mods manage. Players can request spawn hookups using a /modreq.

Most cities have a centralized CARTS station or two to help you get to where you want to go. Note that you'll need to craft your own minecart.

Nether portals

Originally, "StarGates" were used to travel quickly around the map; but they have since been replaced with Nether portals as of Minecraft Beta 1.8. All Nether portals are pre-built and are considered communal property; players cannot make personal portals. Each revision features a central Nether portal at spawn, and at least four more nether portals. There are also rumours of extra secret portals for players to find. These usually get discovered and become common knowledge within the first week of a new revision, but not always.

See the coordinates of the current rev's nether portals

End portals

The End dimension is supported as well. There are three strongholds per map, each with a portal that can be activated. Unlike the Nether, it's completely up to players to find and conquer the End.

City & Organization Subreddits

See also