After a long wait, Pocket Edition sees a much-awaited update! The wait was worth it, because there are more goodies packed in this patch than you can shake a stick at! Aside from the huge list of...
Jeb mentioned a number of upcoming 1.9 spoilers earlier, mostly revolving around combat. Some changes (swords are faster) are clear, while others (axes are "different") are not. One exciting change...
OSX Minecrafters have long had problems launching the game smoothly, but those days are numbered! Today, Dinnerbone announced a new test launcher for Mac users, and it's ready to try out! While still...
A team of builders over on Imgur have come up with a crazy recreation of the Shire, from J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" franchise, and it is pretty amazing! More than just a theme, or an...
Minecrafter Ersatz _ has come up with a clever recreation of Portal 2, without using mods, plugins, or anything but vanilla commands and custom resource packs! That's right, this map is mod-free, and...
Pictured: custom armor value applied to armor (not working currently)
Jeb recently revealed that armor in 1.9 will not, for the time-being, have armor durability degeneration, something that...
That's right, it's Wednesday, and it's time for a new snapshot!
Changed damage protection enchantments to match new armor system.
Fixed a few AI bugs across lots of mobs.
With the snapshots in full swing, people are already testing every little thing about them. Shields were a recent addition to the snapshot stable, and while much of the focus on them has been about...
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Many moons ago, players could collide with one-another, in a sense. It was more like two force fields repelling the other, but it...
Console players, the wait is over! TU28 is rolling out, and comes with a boat-load of fixes, and a few new optimizations!
Optimized water rendering
Fix for some instability when...
CavemanFilms and AntVenom team up to show off a really clever Five Nights at Freddy's map (made by TheIronCommander)! It's a really well-made map, with attention to detail using a custom resource...
There are several challenging Minecraft mods out there… Some that will test your fighting skills; some that will test your game and mod knowledge; and some that test your ability to survive in difficult situations. “Dude, Where's My Blocks?,” however, will test your patience.
On the surface, this modpack by Claycorp looks like it would provide an advanced Minecraft experience, but ultimately isn't all that different from several other, bigger-name modpacks available through the Curse launcher. However, they've also included a few tricks to make your experience a lot more interesting.
The main gimmick of the pack is the use of the “CrayCrafting” mod. The CrayCrafting mod basically takes all available crafting recipes, and instead provides an alternate solution. So instead of using two sticks and a piece of cobblestone to produce a stone shovel, you may instead get the Zombie Scepter prize from defeating Twilight Forest's Lich King. In “Dude, Where's My Blocks?,” CrayCrafting has received some special tweaking, however, that not only randomizes the results of crafting recipes, but also changes that result to something different at random intervals. So sure; you were able to transform dark oak logs into diamonds a second ago, but now you get blue-dyed Soul Sand—enjoy!
Between my playing and dying in this same game, you can see some of the transformations the typical "oak logs into oak planks" recipe goes through. Instead of oak planks, I can get things like sandstone, green wool slabs, and orange-dyed obsidian--among all other possibilities!
On the upside, this presents an exceptional survival challenge in having to rethink how you do everything, but it also means you may not get any tools or weapons to help you do much advancing. On the flip side, however, after a bout of amnesia, you could also mass-produce extremely powerful weapons or armor at the cost of four pieces of sand each.
Why even bother going to the Twilight Forest and fighting some boss-monster, when I can get zombie minions by just trying to make a shovel?
The other “hero” of this mod pack is “Bad Ores.” Now, when I first started playing with this pack, I knew literally nothing about Bad Ores—and it, in fact, made for a hilarious first experience with both the modpack and Bad Ores specifically. After futzing-about for a while, I managed to finally get one of the recipes to give me a pickaxe! I was pretty excited, and got to mining as quick as I could… absolutely not paying attention to the fact that my new axe was apparently made of a special ore called “Crashium.” Think real hard what you think “Crashium” tends to do when you mine with it. But Bad Ores is so well integrated with the other randomized aspects of “Dude, Where's My Blocks?,” that I didn't even notice.
The best picture I could take before my game crashed. Even when taking a picture of the crash-log afterwards, I didn't even notice that the cause was "Crashium."
AND THEN—this one took me even longer to notice—I got a pair of boots made of “Endium.” Nothing too telling about that, right? I assumed it was related to the other items from “Ender IO.” But, for some reason, I was suddenly being very randomly teleported—primarily into the ground deep below me, and far into the sky. After a while, I was starting to feel like that potted plant from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In actuality, however, Enderite is from Bad Ores, and when using tools or wearing armor made of it, you have a tendency to be teleported.
Eventually--trying to craft bone meal gave me an amulet, granting me dragon wings, and the ability to fly--making me think I'd conqured the random teleporting... not knowing I'd already solved it by switching to boots made of Crapium instead of Endium.
Additional ores in Bad Ores will also make random noises just by your being in proximity—even if they're buried a few layers in the ground below you as you're trying to explore.
I hope I'm not sounding too dour about this modpack. I had a fantastic and hilarious time playing with it for a while despite the asinine things happening to me, and the maddening noises constantly playing everywhere I went. If anything, “CrayCrafting” is an amusing mod that feels like it's in the same, “everything you know is different” vein as, say, randomizing Pokemon games. The “amnesia” aspect on top makes it even crazier. If you feel like trying something confounding and entertaining, then definitely give “Dude, Where's My Blocks?” a look.
Despite my handicap, I was eventually able to build a very mismatched house. Unfortunately, from this angle, you can't see the part of the wall that's made of an Ender-quarry, a super-computer, and a Twilight Forest utility block. I was never able to craft a proper door, though...
15w35b brought some really neat changes outside the combat and command blocks. Specifically, some sweet updates to zombie villagers, and some shiny new commands! CaptainSparklez does a walk-through...
Sethbling has put together a video about last week's snapshot changes - specifically, weapon changes - going over the various new mechanics that they offer. Yesterday's snapshot made a new changes to...
August is nearly over, and with it goes Summer. School is back in session, and work is starting that ‘why can’t it be holiday season yet?’ fall slump. As everything goes back to business, it makes sense to seek out mods that make your relaxation time more efficient. That way, you have more time to actually play. Some of these mods might seem familiar to you, while others are downright unappreciated. Either way, you have no idea how much these mods could help you while you play. Let’s fix that.
Scott’s Tweaks does a ton of things to enhance regular gameplay. It fixes boats, makes endermen drop the item they are carrying upon death, forces plants to plant themselves, controls the rate that squid and bats spawn, generates clay at roughly the water level, and makes chickens drop feathers without having to kill them. As someone who frequently has a base with an open ceiling to the ocean, that squid spawn rate adjustment has saved many gardens from destruction, and the boat tweaks are a plus.
Simply put: this mod allows you to place torches while you’re carrying a tool. There are a few other mods with this functionality, but they usually limit it to specific tools, rather than the whole lot of them. As long as your tool doesn’t have a right-click function, you will be able to place torches. It makes mining much easier and saves you just a little bit of time while caving.
This mod has a single use, and there’s no gray area of whether or not you need it. It changes the volume of Minecraft’s music to a toggle of OFF and ON, with OFF automatically selected. To change it, you go straight into the mod’s config—nothing you do to the music volume in the game will affect whether music plays. This is pretty useful for Let’s Players, since you have to check the music setting every time you log in before you record. If the functionality was extended to include things like getting rid of Moody lighting or other video settings, I could easily see it becoming a useful tool for everyone.
This mod does just what its title claims. You can place signs on things like chests, furnaces, and crafting tables and then click through the signs to access them. Although it’s not terribly difficult to click around a sign in the first place, who knows when you’ll be frantically running from zombies or dumping all your items into a chest? In those few moments, it would be useful to ignore the signs completely. This mod helps with that.
Possibly the most famous of this list, Obsidiplates is incredibly useful despite its inclusion of just four items. It adds two pressure plates and two silent versions of those pressure plates. The first is the titular Obsidian Plate, which allows players to activate plates, but not NPCs. Gone are the days when zombies could just waltz up to your door and open it by stepping on it! It ensures that only players can go in and out of your home. The Mossy Plate does the inverse—it is activated by NPCs only, and if a player steps on it, nothing happens. The silent versions have the same functionality, but they don’t make a click when they are activated.
Everyone who uses NEI should really include Not Enough Resources, an extension to the mod that allows you to check the optimum mining depths and locations of different ores and mob drops. It helps a ton with resource grinding. In example, if you need iron, it will tell NEI that Zombies have a 0.8% chance of dropping an iron bar when killed by a player, as well as what light level they spawn at, biomes they spawn in, and experience they drop. NEI then relays all that information to you. It also lists Dungeon Chest spawn rates, with iron bars clocking in at a 41.1% drop rate in both deserts and mineshafts. Yes, you could probably just mine for some iron, but that’s not the point. The point is that if you’re looking for some strange mob drop from an obscure mod, this mod will tell you exactly where and how to get it.
It’s impossible to sleep when there are Zombies nearby trying to kill you. Even if you are safe in your underground post-apocalypse bunker made of iron, if a zombie happens to be dancing on the roof, it’s a no-go. If you attempt to sleep while a monster is nearby, this mod will tell you exactly what coordinates that monster is occupying, allowing you to either switch beds or swiftly destroy the intruder.
This mod definitely has more application in modded Minecraft, but it may also be useful for map makers. The keyboard has a limited number of keys, and after 60 or so mods, those keys will be mixed and matched and entirely occupied. This mod aims to prevent that, giving you a bunch of quick key bindings that can be easily accessed. It can also do other things, like select a slot in your inventory or give a quick command.
When testing this mod, the most recent version didn’t work, but older versions seem to function just fine. It adds a few useful features while doing its best to reduce its load on the server. You can tell all animals to sit while right clicking, where they will stay until you tell them to stand or breed. It certainly makes farms a bit more tidy without all those fences around! Sticks, wrenches, and crowbars can rotate wood logs, with plans to extend that to other blocks, such as chisel blocks, in the future. This mod somewhat invalidates NearbyMobFinder, since it allows you to sleep even if there are zombies on your roof. As long as enemies can’t path to you, they won’t prevent you from sleeping.
The smallest and most simple mod on this list, Ding has a special place in the hearts of those with slower computers and modders testing compatibility issues. This mod lets out an experience ding to tell you when your game has finished loading all the mods and is ready to play. Unless you’re the type to stare at the screen for five minutes while you wait for your behemoth of a modpack to load, this mod will be useful for you.
So as you’re sitting at your desk thinking that it’s September next month—and October after that, which means Halloween, and then Thanksgiving, and then Christmas!—don’t forget that modded Minecraft is waiting for you, and it’s a better way to spend the last days of Summer than wondering where all the time went. These mods will help make your gameplay more efficient and help you squeeze out as many hours as possible out of these last few days of Summer.
More snapshots, less problems! This particular snapshot has a heavy focus on old performance-dropping bugs, almost as old as the game itself. Specifically, memory leaks! There are some more...
Bubble Shooter, by SlicedLime
Minecraft Realms is always getting updated, with new custom maps you can play at any time! All maps are community-created, and ready to load up on your Realms...
The newest version of snapshot 15w34 is out, and it brings even more changes to combat! Of note, there is a focus on sword and axe mechanics. Here are some specifics:
"critical" and "knockback"...
New command blocks explained by SethBling
Guess what just happened? If you guessed "the new 15w34b snapshot is out", then you are correct! If you instead guessed "Half-Life 3 is out", "aliens...
The snapshot is here, and it's not in a tiny font! It's in a regular, normal font! The kind of font you're okay with bringing home to your parents for a visit!
What lies in store today? If you...
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