Smart shop is pretty good. It might be simpler to use instead of vending machine. If I add a shop plugin again (currently we have non, just commoditymarket), then I may try smartshop now. But fancyvend has digiline support which I've seen some people appreciate.
I'm looking and leaving the shop plugins because with gold coins and commoditymarket, players can barter with each other in person. Also, I'm trying to reduce the amount of entities used in mods if I can help it. Most shops use entities.
Prestibags is something I've looked at. I like it because you drop your bags if you die. I don't use the bags mod because you keep all your items on death. Right now I'm using a custom mod, which is just a fork of the Wifi chest from the more chests mod. The Void chest is made with void runes and limits additional storage to 1 additional chest. It can be picked up and carried like Prestibags. On death you'll lose the chest, but the items in the chest will still be in your Void chest contents if you make a new void chest.
I've seen Missions on Pandorabox, they are neat. However, I think missions should be well thought out. I may try this in the future actually.
I bookmarked the subspace walker tool, interesting. I may test it.
Balrogs will be added. I need to test that mod. I have a fun item rare drop in mind for it too since its a hard mob, kind of like a boss. It will be found in Moria, just like the LOTR.
I like the idea of Lumberjack, However I'm not OK with making players chop down from the top to bottom because most will not pick that up immediately and it will be confusing. I do like the RPG sense of gaining efficency and being able to take down trees easier. This one is a maybe, I think I"ll have to test it to see how it works.
Crafting guide plus will be tested. May be handy, I've been having some issues with the craftguide mod by jp.
I like Red_King_cyclops concepts, I havent used multidimensions yet so Idk how they will work. I want to give time travel and some other planets that he made a try! I have lots of dinosaurs I need to add into the game too :) I'll bookmark these mods now.
NSSM is something I use as a resource pack too. I found a version that has been updated and works well with v5 of minetest. You will see mobs from here used and recoded in my server/game :)
Thanks for the suggestions! Check out the server change log post in the November updates thread to see what has been changing.