The LightCore Initiative What is it? The LightCore Initiative is a project to provide lightweight equivalents to the major Bukkit plugins, free of any unnecessary bloat and complex features. The development of the LightCore plugins is being commercially funded, however all the plugins will be free and open source for anyone to use or adapt. Why? As some of the more common Bukkit plugins have aged, many have become more resource intensive and difficult to use as authors attempt to cram in more functionality and support for other plugins that the user may not even have or want. The goal of the LightCore project is to provide the 'bare essentials' of what the majority of server admins need, without forcing unwanted functionality or complications upon them. All LightCore plugins will feature consistent and well documented configuration to help users get going quickly. The design principle is simply that the plugins will do what *most* people need and do so extremely well, instead of trying to fit in every possible use case. Who is funding it? Development is being funded by the McMyAdmin Project. While the plugins will be designed with McMyAdmin in mind, they will not in any way require McMyAdmin and will be useful for all server owners regardless of their choice of setup. These are plugins being built for server admins. What plugins are being developed? First up is a simple chat plugin, with support for custom chat formatting and in-game channels. More will be added as development continues. As a general rule, LightCore plugins will mostly be for server administration and not for changing gameplay mechanics. You can expect to see the first LightCore approved plugin within the next few weeks. Your thoughts, comments, encouragement and criticisms are all welcome!