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The player (actually: “player character”) is the character users control. The official name given for the player's appearance is “Sam”, which is a recursive acronym for “Sam ain’t Minecraft”.
Players start with 10 hearts () which are equal to 20 hit points (HP). The smallest unit of health is 0.5 hearts () or 1 hit point. Players die when they have lost all hearts.
Players can restore health by consuming food. Players can lose health by various means, including, but not limited to: Falling too hard, touching a harmful block (such as lava), drowning in a liquid or getting attacked by other players (if PvP is enabled).
Players have up to 10 breath points, represented by bubbles. Players start at 10 breath points and normally the breath quickly increases up to 10 in steps of 1 breath point. If players have full breath, the breath meter in the HUD is usually hidden. While the player is inside a liquid with drowning damage, breath will be reduced by 1 every 2 seconds. If the breath reaches 0, the player will take damage every 2 seconds as long the player is inside the liquid. The damage taken depends on the liquid type.
When players lose their health, they die. After death, the player can immediately respawn, with health and breath restored. The new spawn position is usually somewhere near the initial spawning position. Other consequences of death (usually negative) heavily depend on the game and mods being used.
Players appear as 3D models similar to Minecraft. However, they never hold any blocks or items in hand and never look up or down. As of Minetest 0.4.10, there is a third person view to see oneself. Press F7 to switch between camera modes.
The pitch (vertical viewing angle) of a player is not visible to other players by default. The pitch of a player is between -89.5 and 89.5 degrees.
- In the Minetest community, “player” has become synonymous with “player character” for unknown reasons. Thus, in Minetest, “player” can refer to the player character controlled by the player or the actual player who plays at the computer.