Our server is named after the original Far Lands, which is an unofficial term for a terrain bug in older versions of Minecraft. The Far Lands were accessible from version infdev 20100327 up until beta 1.8.
Where does the name come from?
The Far Lands were originally named as such because of the distance you’d have to travel to reach them. To reach The Far Lands, you’d have to travel 12,550,821 blocks from spawn! The uniqueness of the terrain made it feel like a separate “land”, and thus the name was born!
How can I get to The Far Lands?
The only way to visit The Far Lands is to load up a version of Minecraft that can generate a world including them, and either walk or teleport 12,550,821 blocks from your spawn point.
Why 12,550,821 blocks?
Minecraft’s world generation is controlled by noise generators, which are functions that provide random but smooth values given
a point in the world. Minecraft uses 16 octaves of Perlin Noise generation, and the algorithm would “cast” the world point
in to a 32 bit signed integer, which is a whole number in the range of -2,147,483,648 to 2,147,483,647 (
-2^31 to 2^31 - 1).
Due to how the noise generation algorithm works, you can have up to 171.103 noise units per block. This leads to the
number 12,550,824 (
2^31 / 171.103 ~= 12,550,824), however again due to the complexities of the noise generation the effects “bleed”
out by 3 blocks - giving us the final answer of 12,550,821 blocks away from spawn.
If you’re interested in the technical details, the Minecraft Fandom website has a fantastic technical breakdown!
Can you access the Minecraft Far Lands on the server?
In short: no.
Our server has a fixed world size, meaning you can’t go anywhere near the amount of distance required to reach the Minecraft Far Lands. Furthermore, the majority of terrain bugs have been fixed in modern versions of Minecraft, so even if you could travel there you wouldn’t see anything interesting!
Has anyone ever travelled to the Minecraft Far Lands?
There’s also the famous series Far Lands or Bust by YouTuber KurtJMac.