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Mojang Mojang
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  Cobalt Game Jam #1 is happening this weekend!  Creating video games is creative, fun, and cool. Loads of awesome people are doing it right now. And you can be one of those awesome people! To celebrate, the friendly folk at Oxeye Game Studio are hosting a Cobalt Game Jam this weekend. That basically means that a bunch of folk have agreed to make a game within a […]

COBALTCreating video games is creative, fun, and cool. Loads of awesome people are doing it right now. And you can be one of those awesome people! To celebrate, the friendly folk at Oxeye Game Studio are hosting a Cobalt Game Jam this weekend.

That basically means that a bunch of folk have agreed to make a game within a set time limit. Some participants are streaming their progress too; it’s a great way to get instant feedback and stay motivated.

The Oxeye Game Jam is a casual affair. There’s no pressure or cost, but there is an extremely high chance of fun and increased knowledge. The jam finishes this Sunday at 12:00 CET.

If you’re interested in taking part, or would like to watch the current participants cook up their creations, visit the Cobalt channel on Espernet, check out Daniels post on the Oxeye Blog, and watch and inspire these good folk as they craft their own masterpieces:

Have a great weekend everyone!

Owen – @bopogamel, Daniel – @Vraket, and Pontus – @Kinten

 
Minecraft Update News Minecraft Update News
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  Minecraft 1.8 - The Bountiful Update  

+ Added Granite, Andesite, and Diorite stone blocks, with smooth versions
+ Added Slime Block
+ Added Iron Trapdoor
+ Added Prismarine and Sea Lantern blocks
+ Added the Ocean Monument
+ Added Red Sandstone
+ Added Banners
+ Added Armor Stands
+ Added Coarse Dirt (dirt where grass won’t grow)
+ Added Guardian mobs, with item drops
+ Added Endermite mob
+ Added Rabbits, with item drops
+ Added Mutton and Cooked Mutton
+ Villagers will harvest crops and plant new ones
+ Mossy Cobblestone and Mossy Stone Bricks are now craftable
+ Chiseled Stone Bricks are now craftable
+ Doors and fences now come in all wood type variants
+ Sponge block has regained its water-absorbing ability and becomes wet
+ Added a spectator game mode (game mode 3)
+ Added one new achievement
+ Added “Customized” world type
+ Added hidden “Debug Mode” world type
+ Worlds can now have a world barrier
+ Added @e target selector for Command Blocks
+ Added /blockdata command
+ Added /clone command
+ Added /execute command
+ Added /fill command
+ Added /particle command
+ Added /testforblocks command
+ Added /title command
+ Added /trigger command
+ Added /worldborder command
+ Added /stats command
+ Containers can be locked in custom maps by using the “Lock” data tag
+ Added logAdminCommands, showDeathMessages, reducedDebugInfo, sendCommandFeedback, and randomTickSpeed game rules
+ Added three new statistics
+ Player skins can now have double layers across the whole model, and left/right arms/legs can be edited independently
+ Added a new player model with smaller arms, and a new player skin called Alex?
+ Added options for configuring what pieces of the skin that are visible
+ Blocks can now have custom visual variations in the resource packs
+ Minecraft Realms now has an activity chart, so you can see who has been online
+ Minecraft Realms now lets you upload your maps
* Difficulty setting is saved per world, and can be locked if wanted
* Enchanting has been redone, now costs lapis lazuli in addition to enchantment levels
* Villager trading has been rebalanced
* Anvil repairing has been rebalanced
* Considerable faster client-side performance
* Max render distance has been increased to 32 chunks (512 blocks)
* Adventure mode now prevents you from destroying blocks, unless your items have the CanDestroy data tag
* Resource packs can now also define the shape of blocks and items, and not just their textures
* Scoreboards have been given a lot of new features
* Tweaked the F3 debug screen
* Block ID numbers (such as 1 for stone), are being replaced by ID names (such as minecraft:stone)
* Server list has been improved
* A few minor changes to village and temple generation
* Mob heads for players now show both skin layers
* Buttons can now be placed on the ceiling
* Lots and lots of other changes
* LOTS AND LOTS of other changes
- Removed Herobrine

 
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  Show Us Your Curse Pride!  We love hearing from you, and today are making a special request for you to submit your fan mail, artwork, postcards, pictures of you in Curse shirts, or anything else you can think of to show off your Curse pride to us!
 
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  Looking at Minecraft Through the Oculus Rift  

Mouse and keyboard. XBox and Playstation controller. Even our phones are controllers for Minecraft! It's a great time to be a Minecraft fan, because there are so many ways and places to enjoy the game, and the VR headset Oculus Rift is no exception. Today, we follow CavemanFilms as he journeys through Minecraft using the difficult-to-acquire Oculus Rift, and get an idea of what it's like to walk around inside Minecraft. Enjoy!

 
I am Markus Persson aka Notch, Creator of Minecraft - Ask me Anything! : Minecraft I am Markus Persson aka Notch, Creator of Minecraft - Ask me Anything! : Minecraft
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  I am Markus Persson aka Notch, Creator of Minecraft - Ask me Anything!  

Hi! I'm the guy who created the first version of Minecraft in June 2009. I worked on it alone up until late 2010 when we started Mojang, and I finally left the lead developer position in December of 2011. I enjoy house music and programming, and my favorite color is purple. Ask me anything!

If you happen to have some money, you can donate it to the EFF and help make the world a better place!


edit: The AMA is over! Thanks for all your questions!

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Minecraft on reddit Minecraft on reddit
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  Use Wolves to find caves!  
Use Wolves to find caves! submitted by YouRedstone
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The Minecraft Blog The Minecraft Blog
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  The 3rd Annual TMB Halloween Event is coming at you in October,...  

The 3rd Annual TMB Halloween Event is coming at you in October, featuring loads of cool activities, including quests, Trick-or-Treating, treasure, and more! When the event begins, we will open the special Halloween Event area that our build team has been working hard on for the past few months. In the event area, you will be able to collect candy and discover the secrets of a suburban neighborhood during their night of Halloween fun.

We will also be releasing Nate’s Halloween Resource Pack v2.0.0 at the same time. While a basic version will be added server-side, you will want to download the pack client-side for spooky music and sounds, not to mention all the other great stuff you’re used to from the pack, like connected textures, random mobs, and more.

This event should be opening in just a few days, and we’ll be updating it continually throughout, so keep checking back here for updates. We hope to see you on!

Server Address: play.the-minecraft-blog.com

 
crafthub.net - Latest entries crafthub.net - Latest entries
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  1.8 Pre-Release..... Released!  

The bountiful update has been sewn together nicely by Mojang and we've been presented with a pre-release for testing! Here is a small roundup of what we have as part of 1.8!

 First of all we have an enormous pile of new blocks to play with!

  • Andesite, Granite and Diorite with a polished version of both
  • Bouncy Slime Blocks
  • Prismarine, Dark Prismarine, Prismarine Brick and Sea Lanterns
  • Red Sandstone, Smooth and Chiseled Red Sandstone, Stairs and Slabs
  • Sponge Blocks
  • Coarse Dirt
  • Chiseled and Mossy Stone Brick, and Mossy Cobblestone crafting recipes.
  • Barrier Blocks

We were treated to a new generated structure for our 1.8 worlds, as well as several new mobs and drops.

  • Ocean Monument / Underwater Temple made up of the new prismarine blocks and sea lanterns and inhabited by two varieties of the Temple Guardian mobs. These drop shards to create the brick types, lanterns, and sponge blocks.
  • Endermen now have a chance to spawn Endermites when teleporting.
  • Rabbits were added to the game and they drop rabbit hide, raw rabbit and rabbit's foot. This has allowed the addition of Cooked Rabbit and Rabbit Stew cooking recipes, crafting of leather with hides and the brewing of Potions of Leaping.
  • Sheep now drop mutton for yet another animal food source!

Other new items added to our arsenal of goodies for our 1.8 update include 

  • The Iron Trapdoor
  • Buttons may now be placed on all surfaces of a block.
  • Armor Stands.
  • Customizable banners.
  • Doors, fences and fence gates now have a unique texture/color for each wood type used to craft them.

We had a massive shake up of the enchanting system, with lapis added as currency and levels required for renaming items have changed. Villager trading has changed dramatically changed with the addition of new villager types and the splitting of item trades off into their different villager types. Villager breeding has changed and farmers will now harvest and replant wheat crops. Player skins also got a makeover with two layers that may be toggled on and off in game, as well as individual skins for each leg and arm.

Mojang have introduced Spectator mode - game mode 3, a fully customizable world generation tool, a modifiable world border function and many WorldEdit style commands for the modification of world terrain. Adventure map makers were treated to a pile of new commands for command blocks, and a big scoreboard update.  

For the full list of changed please feel free to visit the official Mojang website article here. You may also report any bugs directly to Mojang if you are playing on the pre-released version of the game!  

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The BEST Free Minecraft Mods on the net! The BEST Free Minecraft Mods on the net!
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  LomLib Mod for Minecraft 1.6.4/1.6.2/1.5.2  LomLib mod has come to the world of Minecraft as a tiny mod. It has come with Minecraft versions 1.6.4, 1.6.2 and 1.5.2. This mod accumulates some common functions and features that are to be often used in some other mods. This mod is currently being used to make- MechroMagiks DivingGear Equivalency Craft Cards Installation:

LomLib mod has come to the world of Minecraft as a tiny mod. It has come with Minecraft versions 1.6.4, 1.6.2 and 1.5.2. This mod accumulates some common functions and features that are to be often used in some other mods.

This mod is currently being used to make-

  • MechroMagiks
  • DivingGear
  • Equivalency
  • Craft Cards

Installation:

 
The Daily Block The Daily Block
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  Defcon/Challenge room from our 1.8-pre server group plus flags...  

Defcon/Challenge room from our 1.8-pre server group plus flags of the players who were playing on it (NZ and AU flags letters as you can’t do them in game). We had a blast on this map, killed the dragon and cleared an underwater temple.

Key players of the group were (in alphabetical order);

  • Allesmere
  • CelticLove1995
  • Condaminium
  • crazytrickster
  • DarethZ
  • Dresden260
  • KajTaotsu
  • Lord_Jaxom3
  • pitblabla
  • resir014
  • South_Paw
  • Typical_Cyanide
  • _Zeira_
 
The Minecraft Book! The Minecraft Book!
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  The Minecraft Book Video Tutorial Series-  How to Find...  

The Minecraft Book

Video Tutorial Series-  How to Find Diamonds

From YouTube user
DariusAK

Here’s a simple how to video with regard to finding diamonds.  I agree with this chap that he got lucky in finding diamonds so quickly, but generally speaking, this is the way to do it.  Sinking several mineshafts into various walls than having branches off those shafts is the way to reliably find diamonds.  But make sure you don’t get lost.

To avoid getting lost, follow this tip:  Place all torches on the wall to your right, not on the floor.  Then, if you get turned around somehow, you will remember that going out from your base, all the torches on the walls are on the right side, so if you want to go back, simply make sure that all the torches are to your left, and follow the trail back.

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