Was going to start off with a bit of a News Update in terms of Minecraft via Notch’s tumblr, but nadda! Hasn’t updated it in nearly a week! … Not like I can throw any stones from my glass house for that very reason or anything XD
I do have some random tips for you guys today, though! Figured this out recently and thought you’d might like to know in case you did not already.
Rain is a trickster, through and through. It hampers a lot in minor ways and really is darned mischievous! For example, you are working off in the distance, maybe collecting wood or snow or flowers or wolves, something far away that is keeping you busy. As you are well aware, nightfall is not the best time to be wondering, so you want to get back before then. You glance up at the sky, and there is no sun to gauge when to head back.
No sun! No pixely pad o’ butter in the sky to be found at all! While this makes a watch more convenient, it makes everything else more inconvenient haha This also can have some surprising consequences…
Say you are hiding underground because Mr. Watch told you it was the dead of night, so you are toiling away mining or organising, etc. The clock shows it is just about daybreak so you head topside for a gander. Tis rainin’! Oh wells, no big deal! At least the mobs stopped spawning and pretty soon they will start burning…
Mobs do not burn during the day when it is raining >.< Either due to the darker skies or being pelted with drops of water, the end result is that those buggers are there to stay. And rain can last a long time in Minecraft, sometimes pausing for a day, then going right back on for another long stretch of time.
So rain not only blocks out the sun, making navigation and time-guesstimation difficult, but it also prevents mobs from dying off in the morning. Thunderstorms up the ante a notch. Thunderstorms are the same as rain, except lighting starts to go off and the skies get a lot darker. While this might not seem too bad, as it gets far darker during the night, it seems that Mr. Notch added the ability for mobs to SPAWN within the clouded areas affected by said thunderstorm.
Well isn’t that just peachy?! And those suckers can form with no warning at ALL. You could be back in the example above, far stretch away from your base collecting stuffs when *poof*. Thunderstorm. Rain, lightning, and now twenty mobs dropping on you, apparently riding the massive droplets falling down from above. And those zombies do not appear to be Vegan in the slightest.
I keed’, I keed’. There are a few ways around rain, which I wish registered in my brain sooner than it did. For starters, as soon as night falls jump in that bed of yours! (Thunderstorms are dark enough to allow you to sleep no matter what time of day it is, by the way!) Not only will it clock over to day, but it will also wipe out any bit of weather you were having. That’s one mighty creation of wooden planks an wool ya got thar’!
If you play more defensively, or build on your land more than you explore, sleeping through it will likely be your best option. In fact, tighten up those defenses (just in case) and it should hardly affect you at all. But for you adventurin’ types out there, ya need to plan ahead! Bring a bed along with you, possibly a watch, and preferably at least one wolf at your side (I like three, myself).
The bed allows you to sleep through the nasty, the watch will let you know how long you have to get back to base should the sun be blocked out, and the wolves will guard you. Unless you let them fall off high surfaces. Then they can’t. ‘Cuz they’d be dead. Undead wolves for the Halloween Update this year? I got my fingers crossed!
Rain supposedly makes things grow a lot faster as well, but I can’t say I’ve noticed as my timing on growing things and rain hasn’t been in sync thus far. It does put out fires and causes lava blocks to sizzle, but not turn to cobble. Just sizzle a lot. To the point Indiana Jones would probably start to freak out.
Some Minecraft here-say is that if lightning strikes a pig it turns into a pig man a la Nether mob, and if it strikes a Creeper its explosion will be much more massive than normal. Does this mean a bigger TNT may be added in the future (as some mods have done already)? Time will tell.
Enjoy the weather, me hearties! Wonder if some leather and sticks could make an umbrella…