With Minecraft’s official launch just over a month away, development has been pretty much non-stop the past few weeks.
Notch and Jens have been working hard to create new and interesting features to implement in the game, as well as tweak the one’s already set in place from beta 1.8.
notch The plan now is to do another pre release of 1.9 this week. Yeah, it’s a beta of a beta. :D It will have item repairing!To prevent feeling like you’re missing out by not repairing, it’s ultra easy. Combine two damaged items to get a new item with less damage.There’s currently a 20% remaining uses bonus when repairing, but it doesn’t work well as it encourages you to repair at exactly 60% damage.
notch Endermen suck because they’re annoying, and because I nerfed them and made them too easy. I shall fix this.Ender Pearls have a unique ability now. They’re fun.
notch Oh snaaaaaaaap! I broke a long lasting tradition in minecraft by making each experience orb equal one score point. :-o :-O :-( )notch Yeeesss!! Arbitrary NBT Data per Item Instance is done! Works in both single player and multi player. :D :DWhat it means? It means we can do item enchantments, item naming, more than “just” 65k possible maps per level, and all sorts of nonsense.
jeb_ This will probably ->NOT<- be included in Beta 1.9, but it’s a nice screenshotjeb_The reason why I don’t think the potion effects will be in 1.9 is because there’s not enough time to add the brewing systemPotions are delayed because *add to cauldron, pick up, look at tooltip, pour back into cauldron, repeat* was extremely tediousA quick discussion with
@notch led me in on a new way of doing the potion brewing. Cauldron is out…Look back at me! Your Cauldron is now a Brewing Stand. Anything’s possible when working with interaction design.
jeb_ I’m fully aware the potions are very thin (diet?), but it looks cute (Always work in progress, of course)The cauldron is still in the game, but it doesn’t really DO anything at the moment. You can still add water to it, thoughIn the prerelease, there are 161 brewable unique potions. Unless we change it, there will be 2,653 with all ingredients added.
notch Working on Item Enchantments. It costs experience points. It’s totally random. It has three tiers. What does an enchantment table look like?How does enchanting work in Minecraft? Well, you open a magical book and pick a random spell, not quite sure knowing what it will do. MAGIC!
notch I am very very impressed with how fast you figured that text out!! :D
But potions, enchanted items and giant-headed baby animals aren’t the only new things to hit Minecraft in 1.9.
notch There are two more major things we want to add to Minecraft. We’ll do a code freeze on the 18′th, then polish for a month before MineCon.After MineCon, I’m going on a vacation (trollface), then we’ll get started on new content again.
I love it when things get recreated in Minecraft – especially TV shows.
This is a pretty good representation of the Simpsons opening; everything is pretty much where it should be, timing is good – it’s pretty much as close to the Simpsons as you can get without recreating the whole of Springfield.
And who would go and do that?
Video Games Awesome! are at it again, using their amazing team of builders on their server to create yet another phenomenal build. All of the famous sights from Springfield are here, with information on when they first appeared and various easter eggs hiding around each corner (keep an eye out for Sideshow Bob stalking Bart everywhere he goes!)
Watch the whole episode over at Blistered Thumbs – there’s a fair few of them, but so incredibly worth it if you like big Minecraft builds!
Since 1.8′s release the other week, the new hot-topic is Endermen. Some people love them (me included), but some people couldn’t stand them, hating their ability to move blocks.
I never understood the hatred myself, until I saw this video… Now I understand.
But what about zombies? Surely people couldn’t have forgotten about the dangers of Minecraft’s first hostile mob?
Call me bias, but this newest video has quickly became my favorite from his collection.