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[[File:2015-07-08 UTDallas Mall.png|frame|right|'''Figure 1:''' The UT Dallas Trellis and spawn point for our Polycraft World Servers]]
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[[File:2019-02-05 UTDallas Mall.png|thumb|400px|right|'''Figure 1:''' The UT Dallas Trellis and spawn point for our Polycraft World Servers]]
 
==Quick Links==
 
==Quick Links==
*Don't have an account yet? - [http://www.polycraftworld.com Register]
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*[https://www.polycraftworld.com/ Polycraft World Mod Website]
*Haven't installed the mod yet? - [[Install Polycraft World]]
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*[[BEST Robotics Polycraft COVID Challenge|BEST Robotics Polycraft COVID Challenge]]
*Need the latest version? - [https://polycraft.utdallas.edu/downloads Direct Download]
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*Polycraft World [[Tutorials|Tutorials]]
<!--*Want to see the latest $5,000 weekly scholarship competitions? - [https://www.polycraftworld.com/portal/competitions/ Scholarships]-->
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*Find us on Social Media: [https://discord.gg/6CMKMauPU2 Discord] | [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaapEM51t4ZfB4JH0nOHsKw YouTube] | [https://www.facebook.com/polycraftworld Facebook] | [https://www.instagram.com/polycraftworld/?hl=en Instagram] | [https://www.reddit.com/r/polycraft_world/ Reddit] | [https://www.twitch.tv/polycraftworld Twitch] | [https://twitter.com/polycraftworld Twitter]
  
==Introduction==
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==Patches & Bug Fixes==
[http://www.minecraft.net Minecraft] is a popular world builder computer game in which each voxel in an artificial world represents a block of material such as wood, dirt, stone, water, glass, etc. Players are immersed in a 3-D world in which each block can be mined, chopped, dug or harvested and rebuilt elsewhere. Players collect resources to build better tools, collect rare resources and begin to build civilizations on massive multiplayer servers. Every 10 minutes, night falls and enemies emerge. Players must fight, or build structures to protect themselves. As the game progresses, players can mine materials like redstone which can be crafted into diodes, switches and triggers and allows users to build circuitry in this virtual world. YouTube videos show monumental constructions of working computers, automatic farming and mining and replica castles and civil structures. Millions of users interact in these creative virtual realms.  
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See latest updates for [[BEST_Robotics_Polycraft_COVID_Challenge#Patches_and_Bug_Fixes | Round 1 COVID Challenge Bug Fixes here]].
  
Polycraft World is a comprehensive mod for Minecraft that introduces features ranging from petrochemical refining and harvesting of new ore types to the construction of polymers, plastics and many specialty items based on the new additions. Enterprising players can build [[Tree Tap|tree taps]] and extract [[Bag_(PolyIsoPrene_Pellets)|natural rubber]] from trees to build rubber blocks, [[Pogo_Sticks|pogo sticks]] and more. Adventurers can find above ground [[OilField|oilfields]] and mine custom minerals and elements including [[Copper_Ore|copper]], [[Tin_Ore|tin]], [[Nickel_Ore|nickel]], [[Platinum_Ore|platinum]], [[Palladium_Ore|palladium]], [[Silver_Ore|silver]] and more... Engineers can construct [[Machining_Mill|machining mills]] to make [[List_of_Molds|molds]] from metal ingots such as [[Titanium_Ingot|titanium]], [[Magnesium_Ingot|magnesium]], [[Manganese_Ingot|manganese]], [[Cobalt_Ingot|cobalt]], [[Nickel_Ingot|nickel]], [[Antimony_Ingot|antimony]], [[Tungsten_Ingot|tungsten]], [[Platinum_Ingot|platinum]], [[Bismuth_Ingot|bismuth]] and [[Aluminum_Ingot|aluminum]] and from alloys such as [[Brass_Ingot|brass]] and [[Bronze_Ingot|bronze]]. Materials scientists can create [[Injection_Molder|injection molders]] and [[extruder|extruders]] to melt process a whole range of polymers into [[Running_Shoes_(PolyIsoPrene)|running shoes]], [[Scuba_Mask_(PolyIsoPrene)|scuba gear]], [[Plastic_Brick_(1_x_1)|plastic bricks]], a host of [[List_of_Gripped_Tools|gripped tools]] and more... Aspiring chemical engineers, can advance into the age of [[Bucket_(Crude_Oil)|oil]] through [[Distillation_Column|distillation columns]], [[Steam_Cracker|steam crackers]], [[Merox_Treatment_Unit|merox treatment units]] and [[Chemical_Processor|chemical processors]]. This allows the production of increasingly sophisticated polymers and other materials that opens the door for overpowered items such as [[Jet_Pack|jet packs]], [[Scuba_Tank|scuba tanks]], [[Flame_Thrower|flame throwers]] and [[Phase_Shifter|phase shifters]]. This and more awaits in Polycraft World!
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==Introduction to [[Polycraft World Mod|Polycraft World]]==
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'''Polycraft World''' is a comprehensive mod for Minecraft designed by Students & Faculty at UT Dallas that introduces features ranging from petrochemical refining and harvesting of new ore types to the construction of polymers, plastics and many specialty items based on the new additions. Enterprising players can build [[Tree Tap|tree taps]] and extract [[Bag_(PolyIsoPrene_Pellets)|natural rubber]] from trees to build rubber blocks, [[Pogo_Sticks|pogo sticks]] and more. Adventurers can find above ground [[OilField|oilfields]] and mine custom minerals and elements including [[Copper_Ore|copper]], [[Tin_Ore|tin]], [[Nickel_Ore|nickel]], [[Platinum_Ore|platinum]], [[Palladium_Ore|palladium]], [[Silver_Ore|silver]] and more... Engineers can construct [[Machining_Mill|machining mills]] to make [[List_of_Molds|molds]] from metal ingots such as [[Titanium_Ingot|titanium]], [[Magnesium_Ingot|magnesium]], [[Manganese_Ingot|manganese]], [[Cobalt_Ingot|cobalt]], [[Nickel_Ingot|nickel]], [[Antimony_Ingot|antimony]], [[Tungsten_Ingot|tungsten]], [[Platinum_Ingot|platinum]], [[Bismuth_Ingot|bismuth]] and [[Aluminum_Ingot|aluminum]] and from alloys such as [[Brass_Ingot|brass]] and [[Bronze_Ingot|bronze]]. Materials scientists can create [[Injection_Molder|injection molders]] and [[extruder|extruders]] to melt process a whole range of polymers into [[Running_Shoes_(PolyIsoPrene)|running shoes]], [[Scuba_Mask_(PolyIsoPrene)|scuba gear]], [[Plastic_Brick_(1_x_1)|plastic bricks]], a host of [[List_of_Gripped_Tools|gripped tools]] and more... Aspiring chemical engineers, can advance into the age of [[Bucket_(Crude_Oil)|oil]] through [[Distillation_Column|distillation columns]], [[Steam_Cracker|steam crackers]], [[Merox_Treatment_Unit|merox treatment units]] and [[Chemical_Processor|chemical processors]]. This allows the production of increasingly sophisticated polymers and other materials that opens the door for overpowered items such as [[Jet_Pack|jet packs]], [[Scuba_Tank|scuba tanks]], [[Flame_Thrower|flame throwers]] and [[Phase_Shifter|phase shifters]]. Though expansive, Polycraft World is actively played by players of all ages. We use our game to teach elementary kids all the way through college-aged students about science, chemistry, materials science, and engineering.
  
==Major Differences from Vanilla Minecraft==
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==Introduction to the [[BEST Robotics Polycraft COVID Challenge|2020 BEST Robotics Polycraft COVID Challenge]]==
*You will start the game in the center of UT Dallas campus and not be able to edit things. You can venture outward, explore the UT Dallas campus or warp to your own [[Private Property]] using [[Private Property|these teleport commands]].
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'''Register for the Challenge:''' [https://www.polycraftworld.com/ www.polycraftworld.com]
*[[Communication]] over long distances has become more sophisticated.  
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*Your preferred world will merge all private property you own into a global file every 24 hours and resync will all game servers. Thus private property syncs across the universe of Polycraft World servers.  
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We are working with BEST Robotics leadership to design a tailored, competitive challenge in an open world environment for BEST Robotics teams. For this challenge, teams will face a never-before-seen challenge in '''Polycraft World:''' a highly transmissive strain of COVID-19 infecting tens of thousands of the non-player characters (NPCs). Using new items and inventories designed especially for this challenge, teams will be required to craft personal protective equipment ([[PPE Armor|PPE]]) like facemasks and body shields, create [[COVID Test Kit|COVID testing kits]], build health [[COVID Challenge Clinic|clinics]], develop [[Syringes|treatments]], and mass-produce vaccines to cure all NPCs on the servers.
*Each week, a new [[Polycrafter of the Week |$5,000 scholarship competition]] will be announced for the "Polycrafter of the Week" starting Sept. 3, 2015.
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Each team will have a [[Private Property|private property]] where they will craft their way through a series of milestones (building a clinic, testing 50 patients, etc.) and will accumulate points rewarding their efforts. If your initial [[BEST Robotics Polycraft COVID Challenge#Private Team Properties|Team Space]] lacks the necessary resources to rapidly expand, head to a [[Base Camps|Base Camp]] as a mining/harvesting outpost to grab the needed blocks and items. The competition will be divided into two stages – initially, teams will be asked to build [[PPE Armor|PPE]], create a Clinic, craft testing kits, and develop and deploy treatment kits to test, quarantine, and treat symptoms of sick villagers. In the second stage (i.e., “championship round”), teams will return to their private property and will have to create a Research Lab to aid them in their development of a COVID vaccine that will forever eradicate this illness. The highest scores will be awarded to teams that can mass-produce vaccines in enough quantities such that everyone in Polycraft World will be safe.
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Each stage will be time-limited – while the milestones can be accomplished in-time by a single player who is also an advanced Minecrafter, the expectation is that teams can work together to finish the tasks in a much shorter time. Part of the game play will require teams to enter puzzle rooms in-game that will test their knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics through questions and clues. Completing these challenges will provide rewards to teams that will give them more points and provide rewards that help them on their way to complete the major milestones. Teamwork is rewarded in these challenges, with some puzzles being difficult to do without friends. Details on milestones and crafting instructions for the COVID items will be made available through the Polycraft World wiki at the beginning of each stage.
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While Minecraft knowledge will be helpful to teams, pre-existing Polycrafting knowledge will not be needed for teams to compete successfully.
  
 
==Item Page Links==
 
==Item Page Links==
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* [[Unformatted Recipes]]
 
* [[Unformatted Recipes]]
  
==Tutorials==
 
'''Section 1 - Getting Started in Polycraft'''<br>
 
1.1 Craft (''Level 1 - You will be a Level 1 Polycrafter when you make a [[Crafting_Table|crafting table]]'' ) <br>
 
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6weFDi6y2d8 video]] - craft and deploy a [[Tree Tap|tree tap]] <br>
 
* video - smelt your first [[Block_(PolyIsoPrene)|polyIsoprene block]] <br>
 
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFFRptJ67js video]] - craft a [[Pogo_Sticks|pogo stick]] <br>
 
1.2 Smelt (''Level 2 - You will be a Level 2 Polycrafter when you craft a [[Furnace|furnace]] and [[Tree Tap| tree tap]]'' '')<br>
 
* [[https://youtu.be/tvtZMDH4utg video]] - craft a [[Machining_Mill|machining mill]] and mill your [[Mold (Gasket)|first metal mold]] <br>
 
* [[https://youtu.be/RN64Ql4E-Ac video]] - craft an [[Injection_Molder|injection molder]] and try molding your first [[Running Shoes (Walker)|running shoes]], [[Grip (Natural Rubber)|grips]], etc. <br>
 
* video - prepare for an undersea adventure by molding [[Scuba Fins (Beginner)|scuba fins]], a [[Scuba Mask (Beginner)|scuba mask]] and a [[Flashlight|flashlight]] <br>
 
* video - craft an [[Extruder|extruder]] and try extruding your first [[Fibers (Natural Rubber)|fibers]], [[Hose (Low Pressure)|hoses]], etc. <br>
 
1.3 Mill, Mold, Extrude (''Level 3 - You will be a Level 3 Polycrafter when you build a [[Machining_Mill|machining mill]], [[Extruder|extruder]], and an [[Injection_Molder|injection molder]]'')<br>
 
* [[https://youtu.be/P2KzasddKtk video]] - craft a [[Distillation Column|distillation column]] <br>
 
* video - distill your first [[Bucket (Crude Oil)|bucket of crude oil]] <br>
 
1.4 Distill (''Level 4 - You will be a Level 4 Polycrafter when you build a [[Distillation Column|distillation column]]'')<br>
 
* video - craft an [[Industrial Oven|industrial oven]] <br>
 
* video - craft your first fueled inventories: [[Fueled_Lamp|fueled lamps]] and [[Spotlight|spotlights]] <br>
 
* video - how to make [[Block (PP)|PolyPropylene (PP)]] and [[Block (LDPE)| Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)]] <br>
 
* video - auto upcycling in [[Plastic Chest|plastic chests]]: keeping your chemicals straight <br>
 
* video - craft a [[Steam_Cracker|steam cracker]] <br>
 
* video - cracking alkanes into alkenes: a guide to better plastics faster <br>
 
* video - manufacturing [[List_of_Rubbers| medium grade rubbers]]
 
1.5 Crack (''Level 5 - You will be a Level 5 Polycrafter when you build a [[Steam_Cracker|steam cracker]] '')<br>
 
* video - craft a [[Merox_Treatment_Unit|merox treatment unit]] <br>
 
* video - sweeten fuels to extend life and to power [[Jet_Pack|jet packs]] and [[Flame Thrower|flamethrowers]] <br>
 
1.6 Treat (''Level 6 - You will be a Level 6 Polycrafter when you build a [[Merox_Treatment_Unit|merox treatment unit]] '')<br>
 
* video - craft a [[Chemical Processor|chemical processor]] <br>
 
* video - process plastics to improve their properties: faster shoes, better gripped tools, bouncier blocks, etc. <br>
 
1.7 Process, Condense (''Level 7 - You will be a Level 7 Polycrafter when you build a [[Chemical Processor|chemical processor]] '')<br>
 
* video - craft a [[Condenser|condenser]] <br>
 
* video - craft an [[Oil_Derrick|oil derrick]] <br>
 
1.8 Frack (''Level 8 - You will be a Level 8 Polycrafter when you build an [[Oil_Derrick|oil derrick]] '')<br>
 
* video - petrochemical refining at scale <br>
 
* video - getting to ABS and Plastic Bricks <br>
 
* video - rapid construction with Plastic Bricks <br>
 
 
<br>'''Section 2 - (Advanced) Engineering Automation in Polycraft'''<br>
 
2.1 - A Drastic Fantastic Elastic Tactic: the Natural Rubber Farm (video - coming soon) <br>
 
2.2 - Need for Speed: Creating a Shoe Factory to equip your server (video - coming soon) <br>
 
2.3 - Handling your New Grip on Life: Mass manufacturing toward gripped tools (video - coming soon) <br>
 
2.4 - Distilling it Down to the Basics: How to automate petrochemical refining (video - coming soon) <br>
 
2.5 - Bouncing to New Heights: How to set up a parkour adventure (video - coming soon) <br>
 
2.6 - Flame-broiled Steak - Using flame throwers and cattle to feed your server (video - coming soon) <br>
 
 
<br>'''Section 3 - (Expert) Polymer Tech Trees --Coming soon'''<br>
 
3.1 - PolyIsoPrene (Natural Rubber)<br>
 
3.2 - Low Density PolyEthylene (PE)<br>
 
3.3 - PolyPropylene (PP)<br>
 
3.4 - PolyStyrene (PS)<br>
 
3.5 - PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC)<br>
 
3.6 - Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SBR)<br>
 
3.7 - Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS)<br>
 
3.8 - PolyEthylene Terephthalate (PET)<br>
 
3.9 - PolyCarbonate (PC)<br>
 
 
<br>'''Section 4 - (Experts Having Fun) Polycraft World Competitions --Coming soon'''<br>
 
4.1 - A flamethrower, jetpack aerial battle for air supremacy. <br>
 
4.2 - The floor is lava: bouncing your way into an air castle. <br>
 
 
==Changelog==
 
'''Welcome to Polycraft World - Version 1.4.0 Released''' - On Friday, Nov. 13 at 2:30 p.m. CST, we updated the [[UT Dallas]] servers with a new Polycraft World Mod JAR and installer. We have added a Bioengineering focus, so that you can take [[DNA Sampler|DNA and cells]] from mobs, heat and culture the cells, grow animals and synthesize mobs. This means you can now more easily bring animals to a watery base. We have made minor recipe modifications. We have set the stage for our economics engine, with [[Inventory Swap]] and [[World Merge]]. If you change your [[Master World]], the update will not propagate until the next time the servers restart, each morning (CST). This prevents inter-world item stack arbitrage. Enjoy...<br>
 
 
'''Version 1.4.0:''' - Coming soon 11/13/15, an odd date.
 
* Added [[Inventory Swap]]s
 
* Added Bioengineering via [[Cell Culture Dish]]es, [[DNA Sampler]]s, and [[Spawn Egg]]s.
 
* Removed the recipe for the [[Phase Shifter]] and the [[Magic Pogo Stick]]. Don't worry, these are still available in creative mode for your offline entertainment.
 
* Added the Beryllium server and [[World Merge]] to sync among all three active servers: Helium, Lithium and Beryllium. Helium is for alpha and beta testers and is where the work on UT Dallas campus occurs. This is limited to a very small group. Lithium and Beryllium are the public world servers.
 
* Each night between 4 and 5 a.m. CST, [[World Merge]] occurs. Master worlds will change over at this point and remain for the next 24 hours to circumvent arbitrage. World merge takes all the most recent updates from all private properties on all servers and pushes them to our cloud (Microsoft Azure) storage. Changes are then propagated to all servers. Thus, your private properties will be consistent across the universe of Polycraft World Servers.
 
 
 
[http://polycraft.utdallas.edu/downloads Version 1.3.6 - Updated 9/17/2015]
 
* Fixed whitelist, server, portal communications by passing all usernames as lowercase strings to accommodate capitalization issues.
 
* Fixed recipes for making [[Powder Keg (PolyVinyl Chloride Pellets)]] and [[Sack (PolyVinyl Chloride Pellets)]] so that cleanrooms can be constructed.
 
* Added in recipes for different versions of nylon and enabled the production of a [[Parachute]].
 
* Fixed issues with random teleporting when you enter forbidden properties.
 
* Fixed issues that [[Private Property|teleport]] you to the surface if you run into forbidden properties while mining.
 
* Added [[Base Camp]]s, single chunk private properties in the southeast. Once you figure out their coordinates, you can teleport back and forth from them to your private property and use them for more efficient mining.
 
* Silicon and cinnabar will only spawn in chunks that had not been loaded when they were added, so you will have to do some exploring to find these materials.
 
 
See less recent [[Polycraft World Versions]].
 
  
 
==Found Bugs? Want to help?==
 
==Found Bugs? Want to help?==
 
We will continue to update the game to fix bugs and add compelling content into the future. Thank you for your support. Interested in programming? building new in-game items? working to make the wiki? general helping? Trust us, there's plenty of fun stuff to do. Shoot an email to the Polycraft World team at [[mailto:support@polycraftworld.com support@polycraftworld.com]].
 
We will continue to update the game to fix bugs and add compelling content into the future. Thank you for your support. Interested in programming? building new in-game items? working to make the wiki? general helping? Trust us, there's plenty of fun stuff to do. Shoot an email to the Polycraft World team at [[mailto:support@polycraftworld.com support@polycraftworld.com]].

Latest revision as of 18:04, 20 November 2020

Figure 1: The UT Dallas Trellis and spawn point for our Polycraft World Servers

Quick Links

Patches & Bug Fixes

See latest updates for Round 1 COVID Challenge Bug Fixes here.

Introduction to Polycraft World

Polycraft World is a comprehensive mod for Minecraft designed by Students & Faculty at UT Dallas that introduces features ranging from petrochemical refining and harvesting of new ore types to the construction of polymers, plastics and many specialty items based on the new additions. Enterprising players can build tree taps and extract natural rubber from trees to build rubber blocks, pogo sticks and more. Adventurers can find above ground oilfields and mine custom minerals and elements including copper, tin, nickel, platinum, palladium, silver and more... Engineers can construct machining mills to make molds from metal ingots such as titanium, magnesium, manganese, cobalt, nickel, antimony, tungsten, platinum, bismuth and aluminum and from alloys such as brass and bronze. Materials scientists can create injection molders and extruders to melt process a whole range of polymers into running shoes, scuba gear, plastic bricks, a host of gripped tools and more... Aspiring chemical engineers, can advance into the age of oil through distillation columns, steam crackers, merox treatment units and chemical processors. This allows the production of increasingly sophisticated polymers and other materials that opens the door for overpowered items such as jet packs, scuba tanks, flame throwers and phase shifters. Though expansive, Polycraft World is actively played by players of all ages. We use our game to teach elementary kids all the way through college-aged students about science, chemistry, materials science, and engineering.

Introduction to the 2020 BEST Robotics Polycraft COVID Challenge

Register for the Challenge: www.polycraftworld.com

We are working with BEST Robotics leadership to design a tailored, competitive challenge in an open world environment for BEST Robotics teams. For this challenge, teams will face a never-before-seen challenge in Polycraft World: a highly transmissive strain of COVID-19 infecting tens of thousands of the non-player characters (NPCs). Using new items and inventories designed especially for this challenge, teams will be required to craft personal protective equipment (PPE) like facemasks and body shields, create COVID testing kits, build health clinics, develop treatments, and mass-produce vaccines to cure all NPCs on the servers.

Each team will have a private property where they will craft their way through a series of milestones (building a clinic, testing 50 patients, etc.) and will accumulate points rewarding their efforts. If your initial Team Space lacks the necessary resources to rapidly expand, head to a Base Camp as a mining/harvesting outpost to grab the needed blocks and items. The competition will be divided into two stages – initially, teams will be asked to build PPE, create a Clinic, craft testing kits, and develop and deploy treatment kits to test, quarantine, and treat symptoms of sick villagers. In the second stage (i.e., “championship round”), teams will return to their private property and will have to create a Research Lab to aid them in their development of a COVID vaccine that will forever eradicate this illness. The highest scores will be awarded to teams that can mass-produce vaccines in enough quantities such that everyone in Polycraft World will be safe.

Each stage will be time-limited – while the milestones can be accomplished in-time by a single player who is also an advanced Minecrafter, the expectation is that teams can work together to finish the tasks in a much shorter time. Part of the game play will require teams to enter puzzle rooms in-game that will test their knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics through questions and clues. Completing these challenges will provide rewards to teams that will give them more points and provide rewards that help them on their way to complete the major milestones. Teamwork is rewarded in these challenges, with some puzzles being difficult to do without friends. Details on milestones and crafting instructions for the COVID items will be made available through the Polycraft World wiki at the beginning of each stage.

While Minecraft knowledge will be helpful to teams, pre-existing Polycrafting knowledge will not be needed for teams to compete successfully.

Item Page Links


Found Bugs? Want to help?

We will continue to update the game to fix bugs and add compelling content into the future. Thank you for your support. Interested in programming? building new in-game items? working to make the wiki? general helping? Trust us, there's plenty of fun stuff to do. Shoot an email to the Polycraft World team at [support@polycraftworld.com].