Vanilla is the nickname for the prototype version of blockland. It is most commonly known as Vanilla Blockland, or 0002. Originally released on November 14th, 2004, Vanilla lacked many features, as it only includes a few bricks, seven colors (red, yellow, blue, green, white, grey, black), three maps, a hammer, wand and a spraycan. It first got popular when The Screen Savers broadcasted a three minute video on it. Badspot claimed that since the screening, 20,000 people have downloaded Blockland Vanilla since it became big.
Vanilla Blockland thrived, until Summer 2005, when many mods were competing, such as AiO, RTB, TBM, Blockland Mods, and more. Due to this, much of vanilla's population shifted towards the mods. However, vanilla continued to be very active until late 2006. Since then, the population declined at a steady rate.
The end of Blockland VanillaEdit
Return To Blockland, The Better Mod and AiO died out between 2006 and 2007. The pre-retail community split into two, essentially. RTB and TBM side. Return To Blockland ceased development after Summer 2006 (RTB 1.045) TBM went off the radar after 2006 or 2007, but a newer generation pretty much took over the code and made a newer game off of it, called TOB. pre-retail community died off rapidly in 2007 and 2008 when Blockland was released for sale. But a dedicated community kept RTB (and TBM) alive for a few more years.
In 2011, GarageGames master server went down for half a year. After it was up again it was the final blow that killed off any active community for good. A forum made by the remaining RTB crew (about 100 people) called AnodRTB was active until around then.
TOB was the only active game in the 2010s, until around 2013-2014 when it started to die off. In 2016, their site went down which killed a lot of their community off.