Getting Started - 2023 Best Robotics Global Logistics Challenge

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Signing Up

Instructions for PC users with Mojang Minecraft accounts

  • Register as a Student with BEST Robotics
  • Download and Install the Polycraft Launcher here.
  • Sign in on the Launcher with your Minecraft: Java Edition Mojang account
  • Hit PCW Update
  • Hit Play Polycraft World
  • If this fails, try signing on with the MultiMC launcher (instructions below)

Instructions for Mac users or PC users with Microsoft Minecraft accounts

More Detailed Set-Up Instructions and Installation FAQs

Troubleshooting and Gameplay FAQs


  • Parent/Teacher/Mentor BEST Robotic accounts are not eligible to participate in this challenge and will not be able to link with Polycraft World.
  • The Polycraft Launcher is experiencing some issues fetching libraries with some users' accounts. If this happens, we recommend you try signing on through MultiMC
  • Problems with your Team's Private Property? Have your entire team log out from the server. Wait for 60 seconds, then try logging in again.
  • Problems with starting Round 2? Make sure to click 'PCW Update' on the launcher before joining the server for Round 2. Note: this option is not available until Nov. 2021.

Gameplay FAQs

How to I access my team's private property?
You can type "/teamspace" to be teleported to your team's Island Manufacturing Nexus.

How much time do I have left? and What's my team's score?
You can monitor your score and time remaining here. Numbers are updated every day around 4pm Central Time.

When does the challenge end?
Your team will be judged via your final Distribution Score earned during the 6-week challenge. Our scoring analytics will log all of your team's actions on our servers that accrue points (see scoring). May the cleverest and most efficient logistics gurus win...

How do we 'submit' when we are done?
No submissions are necessary! The scoring analytics is logging your actions so we will know when you've successfully completed a task. You can also use 'b' and 'v' as described in Score Through the Aegis to see your statistics and score. We encourage you to post snapshots of your progress on your own social media and we may choose to feature your extreme creativity on our global website.

Are there any 'due dates' for when these tasks are due?
The Challenge start time will be announced in a few days and is likely to kick off near the ides of March. Beware...

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Challenge Assumptions

The 2023 BEST Robotics - Global Logistics Challenge assumes a basic familiarity with Minecraft. If you are new to the game, we suggest some Vanilla experimentation in your own private world before the challenge starts on the Poly Craft World Island Manufacturing Nexus. If you are new to the Polycraft World mod, there are several open servers to learn about advanced petrochemistry, electrical engineering and college level chemistry and materials science, now or in preparation for next year's challenge or because you love experiential learning of fairly sophisticated concepts and love playing Minecraft.

Overview of Delivery Bots Game Mechanics

Delivery Bots will arrive on the shores of your own Island Manufacturing Nexus every Minecraft day at 10:00am (every 20 minutes real time). Once warehoused the Delivery bots begin to work throughout the day to help you advance your mission by collecting and shipping goods from your Island Manufacturing Nexus back to the larger Polycraft World Society. You will earn points Distribution Score as you become better and more efficient at the underlying operations and logistics and manging and distributing goods. You and/or your team can creating specialty equipment in the Workshop, and synthesize chemicals in the starting laboratory. Every Minecraft evening at 10:00pm (every 20 minutes real time, 10 minutes offset from arrival) Delivery Bots will bring your goods to help out your team into your own Supply Chests in Central Receiving within your thriving Distribution Center Plot, which you can then be expanded to grow the efficiency of your operations even more!

Pro Tips

1) 3D Printing enables rapid scale: While your Minecraft skills are not in question... a burgeoning city is made up of A LOT of blocks. The modern marvels that are 3D Printers can make the impossible possible by empowering you to build a large city in record time. Special Power Tools] also can help with rapid demolition. Do you have what it takes to master this new exciting world of making and breaking.

2) Your Delivery Bots are eager to help you, if you let them: Your Delivery Bots are just as invested in your Island Manufacturing Nexus and Distribution Plot as you are, because they are robots and don't quite yet have sentience and know any better. They are working diligently every day to gather and disperse useful materials and items. Build a Supply Chest in Central Receiving early! Robots can only work so fast each day... They will help increase your score each day based on their Warehouse Technology Level and Efficiency of during the Current Age.