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Minecraft Monday: Fences in Minecraft and YOU! Plus Patch 1.7 Tidbits

Ya saw our post about the ‘linoleum’ bed tiling, and then about minin’ (part 1, part 2) and tree farmin, but what about those pesky fences?  Did ya know you can stack em?  Or maybe ya did but you don’t know exactly how? We’ll help ya out ^_^

Minecraft News

Nothing new in terms of 1.7 or the “adventure patch”, and apparently that is on purpose.

“Jens and I decided to keep the details of 1.7 secret. :D” source

When asked for more info or a time of release on patch 1.7, Notch replied:

“1. Jens is working on pistons, lanterns are “On hold”. 2. [1.7's release is] too early to say.” source

When asked about the Air realm he was tinkering with, and if that would be in 1.7 or after:

“I don’t know yet, it’s very much just an experiment still. The nether needs to be fun first.” source

Other than that, it’s been quiet on the Notch front.  Only thing sorta interesting is one guy hacked the Cobweb tile into the game and mentioned it damaged him when it was two blocks tall.  (I’m gonna assume that’s because it started to suffocate him like sand and gravel can do.)

“Cobwebs aren’t part of the game yet, and they’re expected to be buggy.” source

No new blog post outta him, so that’s all we got!  Maybe more news from E3!

Stacking Fences!

Minecraft has a few quirks and kinks, and it actually took me awhile to find out how to use this tip, so this might just be new to you all as well!  (In case you needed a refresher, the fence recipe on the workbench is a whole buncha sticks!  You need six to be exact, just fill in the bottom two rows on the crafting table and you’ll make a pair.  These don’t last long, so be prepared for a lotta wood!)

To get them to stack, we kinda need to work upside down.  Place down a dirt block and put a fence post on top.  Delete the dirt and put down another fence, connecting the two together!  Keeping this in mind you can do some pretty nifty stuff.  Here’s a few shots of the Misses’ creations to get the creative juices flowin’.

Minecraft: Fences Under (And Above) The Bridge

Use fences in Minecraft to make bridges!  This one is on a single player save of the Misses and have no idea where it’s located haha  But at least you can see the idea!  She made eight different posts or support beams to ‘prop up’ the bridge, then put down full-blown fences on the top so you can’t fall off the side accidentally.

Minecraft: Using Fences

Here she made a rather ornate doghouse!  She likes to keep the puppies happy ^_^  Again she used the support beams, but added a bit of flourish with a lattice atop the entrance, sorta making it look like a cathedral from the middle ages.  Or maybe something Asian-looking.  It’s Minecraft so just squint a bit and it’s whatever you can imagine :D

Minecraft Co-op: Dojo (Of Peace?)

Blast from the past!  Astute fans might recall this one back on the Bioshock “New Rapture” build we were doing on an oooold server.  Again using the fences she placed a wall of them in front of another wall of cotton to give off that wooden/paper door look they have in Dojo’s all the time.  Purdy!

Invisible Fences Went Poof

I’m not a huge fan of fences as they eat up a lot of wood, I can’t easily jump over them, I don’t really grow farms, and I generally don’t think they are very good utility-wise or even aestetically (lawl mini-rant ^_^), but Notch did fix a pretty annoying bug that caused some areas of fences to just disappear.  The Misses ran into this problem a bit ago, where you place a bunch of fences and suddenly you can’t see ‘em.  (Hence the “invisible fences” title to this paragraph :D)  The only thing we found to fix the issue was the trusty technique of putting down a torch near it.  But man was that annoying.  Luckily, I hear that is have been fixed in 1.6.something.  So if any of you out there were on the fence about using fences, feel free to now ^_^  (Come on, ya know I had to cram that pun in there somewhere XD)

And now E3’s in full swing, I believe.  I’ll let ya know if anything newer than the handheld stuff came out of it.  Toodles!

Minecraft Monday: Shh! Library’s In Session!

As promised, here be the library pictures I… sorta forgot to take last week.  My bad >.>  Further plot twists are the server admin thinking of wiping the server and starting fresh.  Joy of joys.

Minecraft Co-op: Library Entrance

Here’s the front of the library.  As you can see by the torch count, Misses be uber paranoid about spawns.  And I suppose with these many books in stock, anyone would be a little nervous.

In the center lies the check-out desk, though it highly reminds me of the final area in Bioshock where you get you-know-who’s boots.  I’m still confused why those boots were there in the first place, but who am I to question a golden and glowing pair of loafers?

To the right is the computer lab, we got another shot of that coming up, and in the back you see all the rows and rows of books.  If you’ll notice the sign text stating the number ranges?  I thought that was the best part of this whole room.  Ever isle had number ranges like that, and madam just thought them up on the fly, thought she copied em off a list or something.  Good stuff!

Minecraft Co-op: Computer Lab Entrance

Here’s the entrance to the computer lab.  As the server is made of all guys minus her, she left a tongue-in-cheek joke on the sign.

Minecraft Co-op: Inside the Computer Lab

And here be the computers themselves!  The work benches are the keyboards and the monitor is the note block, naturally.  I thought these had more of a pinball vibe, but I can squint hard enough to see the computer connection it has going on.  And of course she added yet another goofy set of signs to the ‘adult’ computer lab.  If you can’t make out the sign, I don’t have to tell you what it says hee hee  That torch at the bottom pretty much blocked out the worst of it anyway.

Minecraft Co-op: Library Lounge

The lounge!  This spot reminds me of going to Borders or whatever and having that one spot (usually dumped into Metaphysical) with like a guh-gillion comfy seats or even couches.  While half-stone blocks yield less than stuffed leather, I still like this spot.  And all I can say is thank the flying spaghetti monster she didn’t have a fireplace going on anywhere near here when the 1.3 patch went live. 

I still miss my fireplaces…  And the house it was attached to.  Oy!  I better check her tree houses now that I think about it.

Minecraft Monday: The Misses Day Out

Another week, another Minecraft Monday!  I thought I’d change it up a little bit and let the Misses have a crack at posting something for once (plus I didn’t have a chance to do anything Minecrafty this week, shh, don’t tell!) so I took the screenshots she requested and pasted what she wanted to say about em as well!  As I said a long while ago, she tends to build a lot-lot-lot more than I do (the only real thing I’ve done is a giant and overly expensive sword) so here are a few shots of her archery range, dojo, and an overall shot of the New Rapture idea she had that I was helping her out with.

Minecraft Co-op: Dojo (Of Peace?)

“Here is my Dojo!  Wanted to make it as authentic as I could (google searched a lot of pictures!).  Hope everyone thinks it looks like a dojo.  Please excuse the banana punching bags, I ran out of red dye and I was not going to take it away from the yin-yang.  Orange is my favorite color, red is ‘the Mister’s’.  The paintings took forever to pop up correctly.  I wanted to make it mostly wooden floor, sorry about the half stone lol”

Minecraft Co-op: Dojo Entrance

“Yeah.  No shoes allowed in normal dojos, so you can’t do it here either!  Have a good day.” (No shoes for you!)

Minecraft Co-op: Long Ranged Archery... Range

“Here is my long range/co-op archery lanes.  The two on the ends are the long range, the big spider one in the middle is the co-op.  Make sure you stay behind the yellow line before shooting, mostly for safety reasons.”

Minecraft Co-op: Archery Range

“This is the short range, more lanes because there are more noobs!  In this picture you can see the poles from the fences.  This is supposed to be where you hang you bow when you go to a real shooting range.  The chests in the back are where you keep your arrows stashed.  In this ‘the Mister’ headshot everybody.  My poor, poor pictures.  Also, I put glass on the front because if you shoot a picture with an arrow it pops it off the wall, for all you future archery range makers out there!”

Minecraft Co-op: Echo...echo...echo...

“This is the lower part of my whole building.  We’re going to try to make it into a Bioshock-like city, but first we need to dig down to the bedrock.  (If I don’t get frustrated enough to just want to get it built NOW lol)  As you can see from the top to the bottom each floor has a theme.  The first floor you see with the chests is my storage/farm.  Second floor is my archery range is (you can see the green carpeting).  The floor below that is my dojo (you can’t see the walls but you can see the water from the ladies bathroom).  The floor below that is my library (no pictures >.<  The Mister says “next week,” pfft.)  The floor below that is hopefully going to be my party floor.  That’s currently the plan.  Outside of the sword, Mister has been helping me a lot with digging and mining up this area, sorry his sword is not finished yet.  You can blame me :)”

“Hope I didn’t bore you with my talking.  Us women like to do that :P”  (She has no idea…) ” Thanks for checking out my place/crib!”

Of course you can see bigger versions of these screenshots as well as my own take and description of the shots above at our flickr stream here.

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