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Minecraft Monday: WTB Redstone Torches

Oy, wudda week!  Dunno if you guys heard but Chicago got rocked by a storm last Monday, which is precisely why we didn’t update last week.  (Sorry ’bout that.)  I could say why, but this picture sums it up pretty well.

Took more than a single Stone Axe to chop that sucker.

That fell at about eight in the morning.  Took off a chunk of the… the thing on the porch.  I still don’t know what it’s called.  But on the way down it hacked off some of our trees (as the limb that fell in the picture was our neighbors) but *his* neighbor’s tree took down the actual power lines.  And it took five days and crews all the way from Alabama and Georgia to get us back up and running.  (Well, not just ours, you big sillies.  Over 800,000 lost power, so they needed reinforcements.) There are still a few homes unpowered, and a nasty, nasty heat wave is about to arrive.  Here’s hoping everyone is up and running before those triple digit heat indexes start to march out.

This is how Raisin Bran is made.

Minecraft News

You’d think a period of time passes and there’d be stuff to talk about, but unfortunately all is quiet in terms of news, so I can’t really add much here.  Nothing new on his blog, twitter wasn’t really that helpful, but how’s about this for an epic kudos from the ol’ Notchster:

“congratulations on the sex!” (source)

Well said.  (Hey, if you can’t be informative, at least be entertaining.  Right, Fox?)

Buildin’ Stuff Front

On the actual playing side of things, I was lucky enough to play a bit with the Misses this week after the power willed itself back to existence.  We got a local server thing goin’ and I helped out on her Hotel buildin’.  She wants to connect far away stuff via a railway system and a few strategic train stations to either pit stop and explore or to simply help choose your destination.  We’ll be working more on that one in the next few.  Hope all is well in your worlds, in-game and out, and we’ll see ya in the ‘Craft next week!

Minecraft: Adventure Update… Update!

This is kinda weird!  I checked out Notch’s blog just a few days ago and somehow got the info from an old post and his newest, but missed out in the middle!  Notch posted a big teaser about the Minecraft Adventure Update, or Patch 1.8.  He’re a link to the post directly, but here’s the Cliff’s Notes version.

The Adventure pack will have:

  • “NPC villages
  • Randomly generated dungeons
  • New biome code
  • Fully working Creative Mode (and individual admins can enter Creative Mode on a Survival Mode server if they choose)
  • Critical hits
  • Sprinting
  • More farming options”
  • More Content – More things to do, explore, and better combat
  • Patch 1.8 will be the last big update before Minecraft’s release in November, barring a few minor patches to fix any last-minute bugs
  • Modding API is in the works for modders to mod

As they plan on this being the last huge update before release, I’m guessing this will be out at the end of October, but they cannot say and specific date at this time.  All-in-all, excellent list so far, and that isn’t even the big stuff that they are hiding.  I’m really hoping for more in-depth farming stuff, as wheat is okay… but I’d like more options.

Minecraft Monday: Ten Million Users Plus Fourth O’ Julyness

Welp, EvE is still good fun but I’m currently at the point where I can fight off the urge to play long enough to actually get stuff done.  Luckily, as I have a LOT of crap to juggle.  As always, it seems hee hee  But onto the Minecraft News!

Minecraft News

On July 1st, Minecraft surpassed 10,000,000 or ten million users.  (Not to be confused with people who bought the game, that’s like 2.5 million right now.)  Users are the actual accounts people make to play even the free Classic stuff online.  But considering that more than twenty percent of that actually did pay for it so far, daaang.  It might not seem like much, but that really is a great ratio of players willing to purchase for the whole deal.  I’m sure that number will surge even higher once Adventure Mode is in full swing.  About that…

“Working on some new farming options. It’s very silly.” (source)

That sounds like fun.  I know theres a few mods out about planting cool trees and growing nifty plants and things like pumpkins and pineapples, but I think that a lot more of it should be added to the core game.  Farming is just something I like doing since Harvest Moon got me addicted to that style, here’s hoping more effort gets placed into it!  I wanna do more than grow wheat, I says!

“I had a very productive evening tonight, finishing up two new features from scratch. Now: Futurama. Soon: sleep.” (source)

Well that sounds interesting.  I wonder if it has anything to do with the supposed Experience Spheres and Giant Mushrooms that were found in patch 1.8.  Speaking of giant mushrooms, how about entire villages and new default Minecraft textures?  Check these suckers out, straight outta Notch and Jeb’s hardrive:

Click the image, the source one is *huge*

Here you can see a small village, likely the sort of thing Notch planned about NPC villages!  Dunno about the giant mushrooms… but it looks cool in an Alice sorta way ^_^ Also note the blocks in use in these houses.  Wooden plank roof, cobble wall…and mossy cobble bases!  New source o’ cobble.  NPCs or otherwise, you bet I’ll slaughter the younglings for some snazzy and fast mossy stone.

Well, there is a LOT goin’ on here.  Let’s break this bad boy down.  First, of course it is some sorta ruins with pillars and stuff in the back.  Notice the textures in use both in the front and background.  It isn’t a new stone texture as stone is still in the mountain in the distance, which makes this either a re-texture of brick or something completely new.  I’m leaning towards new for a few reasons.

One, there are actually three versions of this new block in view already.  One is plain stone brick, the second is mossy stone brick, and the third is cracked stone brick.  Also, the ‘room’ without a roof on the right looks to have an iron cage-like door sealing it off.  Curiouser and curiouser…

Off topic but still important…

Ironic that I found out about this on ‘Independence Day’ but, looks like the guv’ment wants to throw a whole buncha people in jail because yet again they have no idea how technology works.  (Need I bring up the whole series of tubes example set so many years ago?)  Notch posted a link about this to X’s Let’s Play, my fav. Minecrafter who had a big part in me purchasing the game… and thus getting it for the Misses and making four of my buds get it as well.  In short, all copyrighted material you post a video of on youtube or any other video sharing or streaming site will equate to an automatic felony.  It won’t matter if the game company is alright with it, as it will be a government issued bill, the government will enforce it unless the game company makes a specific clause.

Check out the video for more links on the details and how to voice your opinion.  It affects a GREAT deal of stuff, to the point of being laughable that it has gotten as far as it is.  Sucks that laws get past with such vague polices openly in place so things can get taken out of context left and right.  But being able to state our negative opinion about something is one of the bonuses of being free.  And until that gets taken away all together, we still got something to celebrate this Fourth o’ July!

Minecraft Co-Op: Happy Fourth Of July!

Happy Fourth, everyone!  Be sure not to lose a hand setting off TNT blocks tonight.  It has a six second fuse, after all.  Use that to its fullest!

Minecraft Monday: Pistons! 1.7! 1.8?! Adventure Patch?! Crazy Times!

Ahoy hoy!  As EvE is currently dictating most of my life for me right now, and yall seem to just eat up the Misses’s stuffs -_^, I’z just going to do the news around the game and hand it off to madam on what she’s built this week.

Minecraft News

First off, Notch posted on his blog that 1.7 will be arriving ahead of schedule, but for a big cost.  1.8 is going to be the actual Adventure Patch now and will take a lot of time to think up (going to be a huge update), but to tide us over the guys at Mojang are going to give us… Pistons!  (Was it that hard to figure out, honestly?  I mean “pistons 1.7″ is in the title of post ya know :P)

I found this really helpful video showing what pistons will be capable of thanks to my ol’ Minecraftarian buddy, Ben!

Anyone else think back to Portal once he started moving those brick walls around?  How how about slime balls actually having a use now?  That only took like a year ^_^

Also, the game is officially going to release during the week after 11/11/11.  But no hard dates.  Just that 1.8 is going to be the big adventure patch and it will change how Minecraft plays by quite a bit.  Here’s hoping our current worlds will be compatible!

And now, ladies and gents, skeletons and creepers, empty pumpkins and brightly lit jack-o-lanterns…

The Misses

Hey everyone!  It seems as if space pirates kidnapped the Mr. again. Please don’t harm me, I am only the temp he hired to replace him :D But I must admit after seeing you guys liking my stuff I have been working hard to give you more. See what happens when u say nice thing to me?  I want to be even better XD

Well lets get started on the first thing I wanted to fix, the interior of the hotel entrance.

Minecraft - Reception and Check-In Desk

In this pic I finally made the main desk. Nothing too fancy, I am afraid.  In the pic above you can see you have to walk out to get to the lobby. But if you remember the last pic of the front, all that was there was a balcony outside. Well I made an adjustment. You see when I first made the front desk I had no clue how to make the entrance. If I made it the way I wanted I would lose more than half of my lobby. And I would not let that happen. So I did this. I know not that pretty, but I likes it.

Minecraft - Lobby Terrace

After I did my best to get the front more functional, I needed to do something even better. Something I needed to make you guys go “Wow!” Or at least to have you pretend to say wow, right :P But not yet! Saving the best for last. (But remember this is my best, so don’t expect too much lol).

Before we continue is anyone hungry, anyone? Then please let me help you to the dinning hall. Don’t worry, I rented out the place just for you guys. After all I do own the place XD

Minecraft - Dining Hall

Yes this dining hall is huge. I wanted tons of tables and a balcony for more tables (not done with that yet. Dang you, sheep. I’ll sheer you yet!)

But Heart, as my friends online call me, why so many tables? Because now my hotel could not possibly hold that many people. Yes that is very true. I don’t have many rooms that will be in my hotel. Alas all i have is…

My first railroad and Nether portal, EVER!

Minecraft - The Floating Train and Nether Station

With the help of my Handsome and the fact he has yet to go insane after putting up with me trying to figure out where to place portals once inside the Nether, I made my first railroad track and Nether tele-portal system. So people all around my lovely world can come here to heat. (Zoom out slowly and all you can hear is crickets). Well. When I make the homes that is lol

And finally as I promised, My prized addition. ( Now remember I am still noobish :P)

Minecraft - Regal Ballroom

My ball room! I am afraid I have no one here to dance in it, but I must say I love it. The chandelier is nothing but fences torches and half stones. (Mind you after we made the Nether I was like AHHH MAN GLOW STONES /cry). But I loves it.

After making my ball room I must admit I have an idea for an even better one. But you’ll have to wait for a long bit, after all I still have a japanese shrine and town to make. As well as an Egyptian town and temple. But I’ll probably bore you out by then.

But until then hope you guys loved the pics and also hope to see ya again! Here is my last pic of the day, and this is the outside of the ball room.

Minecraft - Outside Ballroom

As always happy monday mining and build with all your heart.

-Heart :)

Minecraft Monday: E3, Notch, and 2.5 Million Sales!

E3 keep everyone busy this week?  News all over the place!  Twitter, blogs, G4, Spike TV, the whole gambit.  But what about Minecraft?  Considering the flurry of excitement that E3 causes on developers, Notch was still able to  tweet out a few nifty hints of things to come that caught me by surprise. 

Minecraft News

First off, his tumblr blog post!

  • It looks like we need to change the release date for Minecraft to be able to get a good venue for MinecraftCon. 11/11/11 is fully booked. One week later, perhaps? I’ll post more details as soon as we’ve decided and booked a venue.
  • We are working on Minecraft Beta 1.7, which I’m referring to as the “adventure update”. We’re keeping the details secret so people can get surprises. The idea with this update is to flesh out the game a bit, making it reward exploration and combat more. Assuming we like them in play testing, pistons are coming in 1.7.
  • We’re starting the modding support on a small scale with 1.7. We’ll be giving the source code out to a very VERY small group of people before the release of 1.7. We’ll use those experiences to work out the final details, then we’ll get the modding api out as soon as possible after 1.7 has been released. (source)

He also mentioned some other little things that E3 all covered, like xbox360 Minecraft and it works with Kinnect and all that jazz.  As for his twitter, he mentioned that there will no longer be massive chunk updates during the day/night cycle.  All of this will be handled via textures alone. source (I’m hoping this means less lag and not more in the long run.)

This info lead to another tweet, stating that “this means that skylight and blocklight can have different colors now. Nights are brighter, but tinted blue now. Blocklights are warm.” (source)

An odd tweet brought up the ‘dreaded’ lanterns again, stating that he’d like to make them cast the brighter/different toned Skylight to make them stand out, but coding will not permit it. (source)

Finally, and probably the biggest news of the last nine or so hours is that Minecraft officially hit 2.5 million sales just today.  He hit a million back in January, and was at like 100,000 to 300,000 in October, and I know for sure that on December 22nd he was at 855,263 copies sold.  Notch gave an update to the game in celebration of 1 million sold.  The Misses and I have something in the works that’ll time out nicely for this milestone… soon, my friends.  Soon…

While looking up old posts o’ mine to check how many people bought the game when, I noticed my very first Minecraft related post was November 9th last year.  Ironically, that post is related to some Bleh News this week.

Bleh News

In my first Minecraft post I put up a sneak peek at a Twisted Metal level I was working on, and planned on finishing.  That server got reset before I did complete it, though I did get awful far.  I rebuilt that very same megabuild on a new server a friend from the first server made himself.  (The completed Cloud Cutter, the buying and selling mods, the spawn town ‘mall’ and that, all on the same new server.)

So, two days ago I loaded up that server to chip away more at the project o’ mine.  Oddly my location was not where I logged out at, but a quick /spawn or /warp will do the trick.  Those mods are not installed.  Not the first time, new patches always killed the mods for what seemed like an eternity. No bother. 

Except my bud tagging along with me also appeared on the same spot as I.  That’s when we noticed a new guy working on carving out a mountain nearby and he told us several other people have popped onto his server, saying they were looking for another place as well.

‘New’ server is dead.  Project lost.  Again. Teh Sighz!

Well, now this puts me in quite the pickle.  Funny enough, I’m not really mad at all that it’s lost as I’ve been busy jumping around working on other projects all over the place and the server population was dwindling pretty quick.  My only real annoyance is that I didn’t get a recent screen shot, so all work since May 6th is undocumented >.<  (“Can’t wait” to tell the Misses all her stuff is gone as well.  She’s more of a builder than I :X)

This leads to another conundrum.  Do I re-rebuild it?  More than likely.  Though next time I’ll be accepting help to speed it along.  I did it almost entirely solo, (thought it made the build sound more epic), but even with admin powers to spawn items in my inventory it got quite taxing once the majority was in place.  I started looking forward to building it when the Misses helped out earlier in the month.  In a way, I’m glad we didn’t finish it as it would have gotten wiped off anyway ^_^

But where to rebuild?  After tinkerin’ on a buddy’s server I got the idea to possibly build it in the Nether, as it requires a great deal of lava.  The only issues I can think of is that the top of it would need to be encased in glass to prevent getting constantly ruined by Ghast attacks, and I just found out sometimes the Nether’s world gets randomly restarted anew.  At least online. Till that gets fixed, odds are low I’ll dive right back into it.  Furthermore, I don’t wanna post a pic of it not complete, as it ruins the whole reveal in the end.  So not only am I stuck with a pickle, I’m stuck with a pickle that I can’t even eat.  How annoying is that XD

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