Revisiting Minecraft

With just a little surprise, I realise it’s about three years since I’ve played Minecraft.. back in 2012, on a friend’s Tekkit server.  Literally a lifetime ago, as the little guy has come along since then.  I also figured out that I first played it all the way back in 2010!  Two lifetimes!  Time to reinstall and have another look, I think 😉

So.. survival or creative?  I loved exploring huge, dark caverns with the threat of mobs appearing from nowhere.. but the lure of diamonds pulling me on.  I also loved building and decorating, though that really took off with the addition of VoxelSniper, when I was able to carve out huge caverns..

Inside the City

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Tekkit and Terraforming!

After our switch to cheating via the Not Enough Items interface, I lost interest in building the machines I had started on.. if I could have any item I wanted, I didn’t need to bother mining for resources!

I wanted to make some buildings and try out all the new blocks.. covers, panels, strips, corners.. and coloured lamp blocks and Luminators.  I wanted some nice flat land for this too.. so I went to look at the Terraformer.  The Terraformer can flatten land, turn it into a desert, or grassland, can add plants and trees to existing land, irrigate or chill the area to snow.

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Back to Modded Minecraft!

I’ve wanted to come back to the Technic Pack for a while.. but I had put it off because of messing around updates and .bin files.. I was still playing with VoxelSniper on an old server build and was avoiding updating my client.  However, two things happened: I discovered the rather awesome Technic Launcher, which lets you switch between vanilla and a few Minecraft mods from a nice drop down list.. and a friend decided that he wanted to try out the Technic Pack too, and replaced our regular Minecraft server with a Tekkit server.

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Minecraft 1.3.1

Minecraft has now been updated to 1.3.1, adding new features, new buildings, blocks and items, and as usual, fixing bugs.

New this time is Adventure Mode, where designers will be able to create adventures for others to explore.. rather like the AdventureCraft mod which players have used up till now.  Players won’t be able to destroy or place blocks, so will instead need to trade with villagers for goods, using Emeralds, or fight mobs for the gear they drop.  A new block is to be added for Adventure Mode designers; this block will run singleplayer commands and is only obtainable through the /give command. (more…)

Minecraft for the Xbox 360

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, 4J Studio‘s ported version of Minecraft, came out on Wednesday, and apparently broke the Day 1 sales records for the Xbox LIVE arcade and becoming profitable within the first hour!  Tim won a copy of the game, so he finally had a go.. watching him encounter zombies and creepers was amusing 🙂

I planned to have just a quick go, to compare it against the PC version which I’ve sunk many, many hours into.  As usual, I spent my first night up on a pole.. I’ve never been keen on the hole in the ground method!  Once I had some resources gathered, it was on to the crafting..

There have been a few changes to crafting, making it a lot easier to use!  The system allows you to navigate through categories and then just click on the item you want to make.. and as long as you have the ingredients to hand, the item will appear in your inventory.

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