So you've probably all noticed a lack of reset thus far mostly because it takes time to organise certain parts and one vital plugin still hasn't updated to 1.12 at this point. To make up for that somewhat I thought it would be a good idea to explain what new changes there will be when it does finally happen!
Towny: A brilliant suggestion by Oscar, adding Towny will allow more interaction between players and the possibility of making villages, towns, kingdoms, and nations with their own leaders, mayors, Kings/Queens, and other roles to help support the towns. This will end up being a rank perk but we're thinking that perhaps having a few players that want to own towns and are willing to open them up to all players to kick start the introduction of Towny. We may also have to resort to a raffle if many players want to do this. Have a look here for more info: http://towny.palmergames.com/towny/757-2/
New Plugins: We have a number of new plugins that will be added to the server, most are just cool little cosmetic things but a couple of them (like Towny) do change the gameplay aspect of the server. Here are how a few of the plugins work: menu to allow warps to certain areas through 1 command, show items in chat, custom polls in chat set by staff, colour item names in an anvil, teleport a horse with you to avoid those 10,000 block journeys, marriage (pff it looked fun ok), pet blocks (and heads), a replacement for echopets allowing access to all 1.12 mobs, the replacement of chairs with a sit/lay by command, random wild teleport, hotels, among others.
Rank Changes: There will be a rank reset with this reinvention of SMP given the changes that are being made and the fact that ranks have been kept for at least 2 years now. Donors WILL keep their ranks but there will be a 3 week block on all kits to stop the problems faced in the last reset where some people were able to get diamonds and iron much, much quicker than others, which should make things a bit fairer. There will also be some changes made to obtainable ranks which includes changing the names, adding a few new ranks to help with the addition of Towny, introducing new perks for ranking up from the new plugins, and possibly reducing the requirements for each rank to compensate for higher number of them.
Hardcore: This is one of the bigger changes coming to SMP along with Towny. We'll be opening a hardcore world which will include the Disease and Thirst plugins. Disease and Thirst mean that you will have to contend with illness, injury, and the need to drink in that world only (not in the overworld). This world will be filled with mobs more dangerous than normal mobs to offer a challenge to CE gear, and there would likely be a penalty for dying (such as revoking access to the world again or lose money) although that's yet to be confirmed. This world would also offer the ability to introduce a bit of a storyline to what happened in it, although this may come later down the line, as well as offering the ability to expand this world and bring in new challenges.
Minigames: We'll be looking to add a number of minigames plugins to SMP including: survival games, one in the chamber, football (soccer if you speak Americanese), and spleef. These will hopefully be introduced over time as buidling arenas for them takes a while. Survivalgames, football, and maybe OITC should definitely be ready for the reset if there are no issues with the plugins.
The Fall of BCBot: I've saved the most shocking for last. The demise of BC Bot. Here is some appropriate music to listen to whilst you read. BC Bot has served us all faithfully for the last couple of years and now it is time to hang up the robotic hat and let the new oil take over (get it!? like new blood but for robots! I'm so witty). In loss comes new life, and that new life is BC Bae. With revamped messages, new colours, and a name that truly reflects the bae-ness of and pure love and affection shown towards the automated messages on the server.
That is your general explanation of what's yet to come, there are a couple of other changes that will appear but this post is long enough already. I'm still not going to give a definite date for the reset as there is still work to be done on the server to get ready. We will be taking words of love for BC Bot's obituary in the comments below.