Quote fromI think this wouldn't go over too well in Single Player. It would make it nigh impossible to do really well and get all the items you need. I think it would work out better as a Multiplayer game type (Realism?). Maybe a good coder could make it as a downloadable mod. That way, you can make up for your lack of a certain resource by trading with others. Look at that, you now have professions and an economy. Next comes alliances and wars.
This is better as a Multiplayer mode, not a change to Survival mode.
this is why notch added charcoal. first night easier. just chop down extra wood