Sunday, July 24, 2011


I really have not been playing Minecraft as of late, you know it's sad because I used to play it all the time. Anyone have any ideas on possible structures I could build so that I can finally start getting this blog rolling again. I will build it to the best of my abilities on a decent scale. Obviously you can't propose anything impossible or too elaborate that it would take days of work.

In other news I've been mysteriously banned from my online server in Minecraft as well, I don't know why but I am talking to people.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
 Most of the basics of the game engine is in place, so it’s time to flesh this game out into something more gamey. More content, more exploration, more things to do, and interesting combat! Once this update is out, there will only some tweaks, optimizations and code cleanups left to the core game before we can call it a full release.
We’ve got a list of some 40+ things we want to add to the game, some small, some big. Some huge. We’ve finished a fair number of the items, but there’s still a significant amount of work left. While I can’t reveal the date yet for various reasons, we do have a release date for the Adventure Update in mind, and we’re hoping we’ll be able to hit it.
Jens and I are keeping the exact contents of the update secret, but we do leak some information every now and then to keep people interested and to stop us from going insane. For the most immediate spoilers, you can follow us on Twitter
Here are a few of the things we’ve revealed so far:
  • 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
As soon as I can reveal the release date we’re aiming for, I will!
Oh, and the modding support is happening, honest.

All I can say is that amazing things are going to be coming into this game. Notch knows what he is doing and this seems  to be fantastic. Not much to blog about today. I'm working on soon to come videos, but thought about sharing this to keep my blog fresh.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Dr. Zhark's Mo' Creatures Mod

So out of nowhere I run into this mod for Minecraft. Now at first it felt a bit silly downloading it. But my God this mod is absolutely perfect. This mod adds a significant amount of creatures besides the boring 4 that appear by day and the other 5 that appear by night. This mod combined adds twenty creatures.

I don't really want to say much about the surprises that this mod comes with. But I can guarantee you that this mod will add a new challenge and keep you entertained much, much longer.

So not only does this mod add twenty new creatures, but some of those are bad ones. From Ogres, to werewolves, these baddies will make you hide at night for sure. There are three unique types of ogres each with a special ability that will make you cower in fear. The one thing they do have in common is the ability to destroy blocks in the world of minecraft, you don't want to be facing these bad guys any time soon. There are also werewolves whom will also make you cower in fear... Well at night that is.

But don't worry about that, there are also many passive creatures, or passive-aggressive. You'll be having to deal with simple creatures like bunnies, to more ferocious creatures like bears in day-time.

One of the other unique things this mod has to offer is tamable creatures such as horses, and even dolphins for your aquatic travels. Of course it requires a large amount of resources to do this. but none the less it is a great way to travel, and there are various types of dolphins and horses, some faster than others.

The last thing that I'd like to point out about the mod is that you can choose which creatures to have, or at which difficulty they spawn. This way if you find those ogres to challenging for you, you can always take them out all together.

It really is a great mod, and you should definitively install it.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Minecraft Updated

Well, Notch has finally added another patch, or better yet an expansion to his already amazing game. Down below are the new features added into the world of Minecraft and what I think of them.

+ Added pistons 
+ Fire or redstone is now required to trigger TNT 
+ Fences can be stacked+ Added shears 
+ Shears can be used to pick up leaf blocks 
+ Shears can be used to shear sheep without hurting them 
* Sheep no longer drop wool from being punched 
- Removed Herobrine

Ok, so that concludes the new features added to 1.7, to start off the pistons were overdue. I'm glad that Notch has finally implemented them into the game as now we need one less mod to download. Pistons have always added a new dimension into the game in terms of objects that move, and traps and thus I am glad he has chosen to implement it.

I am also glad about the next feature, which only allows you to set off TNT by using redstone, or fire. Now a lot of people might find this rather silly and benign but I don't think so. For one, we've all had our fair share of messing with TNT and coincidentally setting it off. Well, getting fire is easy, just get flint and steel. It's not the hardest object to make, not to mention that TNT is used rarely by non-modders. So it's hardly a handicap, and the benefits outweigh the harm.

Fences can finally be stacked. This also makes life much easier in Minecraft considering, that in order to stack fences you would have to do the reverse. Which could be tedious... Stacking fences does no harm to the game... Thus I support it.

A new item was added to Minecraft, sheers, this item I believe will take some time to adapt to... We will all have to carry sheers with us to harvest wool, while I don't mind I can understand that it could be frustrating for any wool gatherers. Wool is rather tedious to collect as it is. Although a great benefit is now collecting leaf blocks. Although I don't understand if the principal of leaf blocks having to be by wood still applies. Regardless this is a very good patch. I am quite excited about it.

Tell me what you guys think.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Minecraft Video

This is a self made minecraft video explaining in full detail how to efficiently start off your day. It took me a while to make it even though it sucks... I would have added commentary but I don't have a mic.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Beginning your Adventure

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When you first start of Minecraft the very first thing you will see is a randomly generated landscape. Chances are you'll see something along these lines. This is a guide to quickly set up a base of operations to avoid those horrible days of being unprepared at night. Now, your first action will be to find a small cluster of trees and begin chopping them down. You'll only need to cut down a single small tree because you only need 4-5 blocks of wood to get you started.

Now that you've collected the wood, you'll need to open your inventory by pressing the 'e' key. This will open up your inventory shown above. You'll want to first create planks, and then create 4 sticks. The illustration above shows you how to place the wood, to create planks, to use to create sticks.

The next item you will create will be the most fundamentally important block in the entire game. A workbench, in order to create one, put planks in a 2x2 formation as illustrated above, and simply place down the block by putting it in the bottom row and left clicking where you want to place it. A workbench allows for a 3x3 work space which opens you up to almost every single other possible creation in this game.

The next thing you'll want to do is create a wooden pickax and nothing more, use the crafting formula above to create it. With a pickax you'll be able to mine cobblestone, an essential building tool and the stepping stone into greater things. If you spot coal, which is the blocks with the black strips running through it labeled above then you should mine it up as well.

You should now begin building a base, either create a small cave for yourself, or a hut. One important thing you'll need before I set you off on your journey is torches. Very easy to make, the only thing you need is coal. With that you'll be able to work at night, as well as day and slowly expand your kingdom. Those are the basic survival skills needed to survive your first night at minecraft.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What is Minecraft

Minecraft, a world in which you, the player, can create just about anything that you can imagine. Shaping the world as you desire, one block at a time.

You begin your journey with nothing but your hands in this pristine new world, a dense forests shrouds your horizon but even then you can spot mountains in the distance, and lakes of various sizes behind all the foliage. As you begin your search for a habitable zone to set up camp you spot creatures of various sizes, as you continue to explore you realize that there is snow in some regions with massive trees protruding out of the ground. You also spot deserts with dried up shrubs poking out of the sand and cacti littered everywhere, you spot the occasional cave poking out of the side of a hill, your curiousness consumes you to explore it, but you dare not tread it yet.

Spending a good portion of the day, you at last find a decent spot to set up camp. You immediately begin to cut down trees for some it's wood. After cutting down a sufficient amount of wood, you make your way back and begin to craft tools, eventually you will set up a basic house. Night begins to set in...

As you are smashing away at a tree you begin to realize the world is getting dark, you ignore it not aware of the dangerous creatures that crawl the planet at night. It begins with a single moan, you jump and look around, unable to see far. As you turn around to cut the tree you hear it again, this time closer, you decide it'd be best to go back inside, as you turn around to make your way back you see an arrow whirl past your face. In sheer panic you dash back into the safety of your hut, more arrows are flung barely avoiding you as you slam the door behind you and jump behind your workbench as you lay there you hear a loud thud and on your door and another. You peer out behind the workbench slowly, afraid, and see a hideous monstrosity leaning on your door, waiting. You manage to fall asleep.

You awake to the smell of fire, you jolt upright in panic, "Has my house caught fire!" you think to yourself. You look around hurriedly for the source of the flames but realize quickly it is coming from outside. You peer outside your door slowly through the windows and realize that the evil creatures of the night had caught ablaze and within seconds they dropped to the floor, nothing but ash and bone remaine. You now know to hide at night, and work by day.

You begin to grow your arsenal of tools, you want to use something besides wood as a building material...

You begin to dig down for stone. Very quickly you will realize that beneath you lies vast quantities of precious metals besides stone. A mixture of greed and need will bestow upon you, you will search endlessly for those minerals. Your journey into the core of the planet will bring you pain, tragedy, but it will also give you wealth, power, happiness. You will find vast dungeons under the surface, you will get lost occasionally. The rewards are many, the risks many. You will uncover an endless horde of enemies, at that point you will have weapons and armor at hand, you will fight them.

This is Minecraft