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Road and Horse Network

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Road & Horse Network
Survival 4 Survival 5
RHN logo.png
RHN Logo
TypeServer-wide Project
World(s)Survival 4 (Husky) Survival 5 (Shepherd & Labrador)
Leader(s)20.png _edo

The Road & Horse Network (RHN) is a group project focused on building and maintaining over 30 kilometers of roads across the Survival 4 Multiplayer worlds of the Dogcraft Server. The current network is mostly around the larger Husky spawn area, but ever expanding. The roads are the primary way to travel by horse, donkey, mule, foot or pig to visit all the connected cities, towns and player bases. A similar project, the .Path Network Group operates a road network on the Beagle world.

The RHN can be seen as the younger, smaller, and less organized nephew of the other travel networks: SRN (Survival Railway Network) and NTN (Nether Transport Network).

RHN roads map as of 6 February 2022. (by _Shako)


Survival 4 - The Start

The project was first imagined as a semi-serious suggestion by 20.png _edo (who also founded the SRN and the NTN) to add another discussion channel on the Discord SRN/NTN server, to talk about the planning and building of a road network that would go alongside the Survival Railway Network. Two roads, present-day Takeshi Road and Gaia Road, had already been built and there was potential for more. The suggestion was kindly dismissed. So instead, on July 14th, 2020, 3.5 months after the start of the Husky world, _edo started a new Discord server solely for the creation of a roads network.

Since then, the RHN has steadily grown. As of July 2021, the RHN Discord server has 67 members, 17 of whom have actually built parts of the network, and the network of roads reaches up to 7.5k blocks away from spawn. Notably, 20.png _Shako built a large section of the newer roads (Stone Exchange Road, Eagle Road, Lotus Isthmus Road, Flower Hills Road) and upgraded many of the older roads.

Survival 5 - The Expansion

After Survival 5 came to life, there were talks about which world(s) that RHN would join to make their roads and shelters. At first, Shepherd were announced to hold RHN which let there be a big part of the West area from Spawn to hold most of the roads as of 21st of May 2022. 20.png TyrantrumGOD leads the charge on Shepherd, despite not being a Leader. A couple days after the launch of Survival 5, Akita was also chosen to be a world where RHN would make their roads, but talks with some people and thoughts towards if the network should stay there or not was made couple days after. Hours went by and later it went from Akita to Labrador. 20.png _Shako leads the charge on Labrador and has made the longest road of Survival 5 so far there. Out of the two worlds, Shepherd has the most progress as of 21st May 2022.

The Builders

These 17 players, often locals who have their residences close to the roads, have built the RHN (as of July 25th 2021, in alphabetical order):

20.png _edo 20.png _Shako 20.png Aeghu 20.png ArchitectEagle 20.png EddyTeach 20.png Elednor89 20.png expedtadam 20.png FangsofAmber 20.png IhopEnchiladas 20.png Kinda_lost 20.png LoLoBooM4k 20.png Montenator 20.png Skelleton123 20.png StenLLuk 20.png thePineapple0 20.png TheWhiteTiger 20.png TyrantrumGOD

What is built

The built projects consist not only of public roads, but also many bridges, signposts, more than two dozen public shelters. In Spawn City is the RHN Centre (view in map) which, alongside public stables and shelter, also has general info about the RHN, a shop selling everything needed for horse riding, a horse testing range, and more.

The RHN facilitates everything needed to make it easy and enjoyable for everyone to travel by horse (and also by donkey, mule, foot or pig).

For a comprehensive overview of all roads and shelters, see list of roads and paths (Sur4) and list of shelters(Sur4) for Survival 4. See List of RHN Roads and Paths(Sur5) and List of RHN Shelters(Sur5) for Survival 5

How to participate

The RHN is an active, ongoing project. Everyone can help with building and maintaining the network! The best way is to join the RHN Discord server. Ask any of the above players in game for an invite, or search/ask for a public link on any of the other Dogcraft related Discord servers.

Design Guidelines



RHN roads need to be both passable and comfortable for horse traffic. This means the roads are at least three blocks wide with four blocks of clearance above. Most RHN roads however are four blocks wide, five blocks high. The most common surface materials used are grass path blocks and spruce slabs. Sometimes though, especially through settlements, other local styles are used.

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RHN shelter interior.png
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RHN Shelters provide the travel with a place to rest. It should be mob-safe. It needs stables to park a horse, beds, an ender chest, a public chest (players can leave food for others), a crafting table, a furnace, a lectern with a logbook for travellers to write their name and date of visiting, a small map of the local area. For recognisability, the shelter needs a lime green vane on a pole on its roof and the "RHN" banner letters, which can be acquired in the RHN Centre. Signs should be dark oak with lime green font.

Skeleton horses can be left in the stables, optionally with a saddle. They can't be owned by players; they are for public/shared use.

The claim-protected shelter should have /containtertrust all, so that everyone can use doors, beds, chests, logbook and available skeleton horses, etc. If so desired, you can protect a maintenance area from public access with the Sticky Locks plugin (/sl info).

The reference RHN shelter seen in the images can be visited in-game at Huksy, x:110, z:-840 (view in map).



Directional signage, placed at each intersection of two thoroughfares, consists of dark oak signs stacked vertically, with lime-colored text (white on older signs), placed on a lime concrete block surrounded by a dark oak plank base. Each sign provides directions to towns and bases along the route using arrows, text, and a number representing the number of kilometers (to the nearest 1/10) to the destination.

Minor roads leading to single destinations may be marked with only a single dark oak sign on a dark oak fence, but this is not officially specified.

No more than one signpost at an intersection, and no more than three stacked signs per signpost.

RHN KilometerMarkers OasisRoad.png

Kilometer markers

Kilometer markers, or "slab signs," are placed every 1/10-kilometer (100 blocks) along every RHN road and at each road's beginning and end points. They consist of a dark oak slab with a dark oak sign with white text. The four lines of text on each sign are as follows: ROAD NAME


- DISTANCE - (e.g. - 1.7 -, - 2.4 -, - begin -)


Documentation spreadsheet for Eagle Road, showing the road's coordinates set, the length algorithm, and a map.

Road Documentation

The entire RHN system is documented on maps produced regularly by _Shako.

Road distances are measured by _Shako using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet in which the coordinates of each vertex (or other change of direction) in a road's geometry are entered and a Pythagorean Theorem algorithm outputs the length of each segment and the cumulative distance for all of the entered segments. Every road has its own spreadsheet.




This page was last modified on 21 May 2022, at 17:42 (4 months ago) by Tyrantrumgod.