What a week! Man, Notch has been busy! First he gets married, takes some time off, and poof! Right back into coding. I have to say it is quite nice to see all the changes taking shape, though I am a little leery about the islands and rivers, but ya’ll might not know about that. So let’s jump right in, shall we?
Let’s get the “Fight to the Death” outta the way first. Notch blogged a few days ago in a public message to Bethesda’s lawyer branch:
“I challenge Bethesda to a game of Quake 3. Three of our best warriors against three of your best warriors. We select one level, you select the other, we randomize the order. 20 minute matches, highest total frag count per team across both levels wins.
If we win, you drop the lawsuit.
If you win, we will change the name of Scrolls to something you’re fine with. … I am serious, by the way.”
How awesome is that? Honestly! That’s pretty flippin’ sweet! Not only is he actually willing to go through with this in such a laid back way, but the style he does it in is outstanding. Quake 3! My fav. shooter of all time! (Almost did an accidental imitation of Kanye there, “Of all time!“) No matter what the outcome everyone would end up winners. Though later on Notch did mention a minor flaw in his planning:
“considering they’re in the same company as id Software, q3 might’ve been a poor choice. ” (source)
His co-worker Jeb commented that the pressure is starting to get heavy on them to make it in time for PAX, and all of the changes Notch mentioned just in the past few hours is pretty intense. So far he has mentioned changing the process of generating land masses, adding rivers and how they work, and admitted he made an ocean biome. Speaking of his co-worker, someone asked Notch if fences will have their own gate in patch 1.8 as there will be window panes which look similar. In response Notch simply stated, “ask jeb!” So we might end up getting those in 1.8, too!
Here’s a picture of rivers and what I can fairly safely assume are biomes.
I think the amount of river water might actually be a bit much, but we’ll see how he tweaks it as the time comes. He already admitted that while he can easily make much larger biomes and landmasses, they did not play very well. When asked directly he responded frankly, stating that if he kept them that large they are “kind of dull.” Either way, here is a picture of a river he took first hand!
Note the giant radiant mushroom at the bottom (actually there are three in the picture if ya look close), as well as pumpkins on the bottom left. Don’t freak out too much about how high and low things are, I think he tweaked the layout personally as he mentioned it was “force high height contrast.”
Finally, Notch hinted that he might auction off his trademark hat at PAX next week, adding “It smells slightly funky, but it still works.” (source)
He is currently making a short game for Ludum Dare 48 and he’s doin’ it live! He’s wrapping it up now, but here’s a link in case you wanna see or catch clips if you click it a bit late: http://www.twitch.tv/realnotch
‘Craft long and prosper, friends!