I completely forgot about minecon when I made the announcement. It turns out Mojang had their own 2018 surprise: The Update Aquatic! Well now we have a number of options in terms of when we make the new map, and I need your input to help decide. I'll put some generic pro's and con's below, but if you have any additional input (beyond voting) feel free to post! ASAP/Whatever version is available at the time With this option, we'll plan to have the new map ready to go on January 1st. If everything is ready beforehand, we may move that date up to better fit with winter breaks. Pros: The time that we change maps would be public knowledge We won't end up sitting on changes for an unknown amount of time before applying them Cons: This requires the most updating: first the map, then 2 minecraft versions Bugs are almost guaranteed when updating a world through 1.14 1.13 Technical update The biggest change (so far) for this version is the removal of id/data pairs for blocks, instead using a string name. This means blocks like stone, andesite, and granite all have unique names rather than being 1:0, 1:3, 1:1. This also means potential bugs with updating worlds, and definitely some broken plugins. Pros: The world can be prepared for any breaking changes in this update We get access to a few more tools and blocks for last-minute style changes Cons: Dealing with broken plugins and a new map at the same time We don't know what new breaking changes will be made before its release 1.14 Aquatic update If you haven't seen anything about this update and you want to, google is your friend. Otherwise I'll try to avoid spoilers as much as possible. This update affects world gen, which may lead to inconsistent terrain if part of the map is explored in earlier versions before this update occurs. Pros: Mojang tends to spread out big terrain updates - We'd likely not need another terrain update for some time The world would have no issues with mismatched terrain We'd get plenty of time to use the 1.13 tools to improve spawn, and some time to use 1.14 blocks and mechanics Cons: The public plan for this version is SPRING 2018. That is at least 4 months later than we initially planned I've put a second bullet point because ^ that is rough. We wanted a 2018 map, and waiting a quarter of the year to update... Ouch.