Spawn ruins were a large series of buildings built around the Old World spawn. Generally they were noobish buildings made out of cobble and dirt, but the hundreds of buildings built over months seemed to add charm to the server.

Reformation of the Spawn Area

Due to the charming yet unattractive spawn area, many players considered destroying and rebuilding the area around spawn, and add in public tree farms and wheat farms to help the average newb on their way. However, every time this was brought up, the person who did the rebuilding would just look at the spawn area, work on it for about ten minutes, and give up, due to the sheer amount of effort required to rebuild it.
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One of the many... er... charming buildings around the Old World spawn.