The world, in the beginning, was simply made. Nobody knows who made it, or who made them completely. There are sentients that just appear in the world, filled with the knowledge to survive. The world around them isn't as blocky as one may make it seem, and the natives are always having a hard time, never looking to admire their work, just looking to survive. This world, is filled with mysteries that most can't even imagine. Small temples, randomly forming from thin air in Jungles, and Deserts.... Burning wild pits of lava popping up above ground in even the most unlikely places, There's three things you should be worried about. Food. Water. Shelter. The unforgiving plains in the depth of the night reveal that you are not alone, creatures...roaming, watching you. Looking for their next meal. Either way, this is your adventure. Your story, and that won't ever change.
The idea here, is called 'Realistic Minecraftian'. Basically, we are kind of blocks, but we have skin and the like, a skull, that kind of stuff. We spawn, obviously, but we only know how to survive. We will find out how to make schematics, and many other things, through our actions. Such as, if we adventure to a dungeon, there will be a book in one of the reward chests which will have details on more standard schematics. You, of course, could try making a schematic if you have the materials. Mostly what you can do in real-life, you can do here. But, for the very standard crafting items, if you put four planks of wood together and throw a piece of leather on it, you'll make a crafting table lickety split, and easy, too. Its stupid, but its a magical poof. Only for like, the furnace, the crafting table, and the hoe. Those are standard-needed items, so, it will be easy to start out. Please do know that this is character-driven, allowing players to meet when they want to, or the way they planned it. Each player character won't start a ridiculous way away from the others, but near eachother. Not in line of sight, obviously, but you could stumble on eachother in the wilderness if you haven't planned. That kind of stuff. That being said, If you don't want to be near other players, that's your business, no offense or anything. I hope this is attracting your interest and that you post here.
Good luck with the other IC's if you aren't attracted to this though.