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  The Games Against Ebola Game jam is underway!  Hello, friends. You’ve probably heard of ebola by now. It’s a terrible disease that’s claimed over 5000 lives in a recent epidemic in West Africa. We’ve known about it for over 40 years, but it’s still considered a serious illness with no known cure. Despite that, 50% of ebola sufferers do survive, and potential vaccines […]

Hello, friends.

You’ve probably heard of ebola by now. It’s a terrible disease that’s claimed over 5000 lives in a recent epidemic in West Africa. We’ve known about it for over 40 years, but it’s still considered a serious illness with no known cure.

Despite that, 50% of ebola sufferers do survive, and potential vaccines are currently being tested. Good hospital care and emergency shipments to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone are vital during this time of need. But they don’t come cheap.

That’s where we can help out! A crew of Mojangstas, along with a few other game developers are participating in a game jam that runs from now until 11AM PST/8PM CET on Saturday. Even better, every smidgen of cash raised goes straight to Direct Relief’s ebola fund. The theme of the jam will be “healing,” for reasons that you can probably work out yourself.

How to donate

All you need to do is donate on humblebundle. By doing that, you’ll get access to every game developed during the Games Against Ebola jam, and help save lives in the process. It’s a massive win-win.

Watch the games being developed

You can also spectate live progress on the development of the games.

Watch the main channel here. It will cycle through the following Mojanger’s feeds: KappischeDinnerboneseargedpkrisjelbring and jbernhardsson.

TL;DR

  • Ebola is a terrible disease that is causing many deaths in West Africa.
  • Money is needed to put a stop to it.
  • Donate to Games Against Ebola to help those in need and get a handful of games to play this Saturday.
  • 100% of your donations go to Direct Relief.

Thanks for reading, everybody.

Owen – @bopogamel

 
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  Check out the "Games Against Ebola" game jam!  

Mojang and a whole bunch of other developers are currently game jamming* to raise money for the struggle against ebola. Check out our streams and pay what you want for the jam games. All contributions go to charity!

https://www.humblebundle.com/gamesagainstebola

* Game jamming means making a game from scratch under time pressure and on an unknown theme. This jam lasts 96 hours, until Saturday!

 
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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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  Mojang: Games Against Ebola  

Watch live video from Mojang on www.twitch.tv

 

Right now, Mojang is participating in the Humble event, Games Against Ebola Game Jam, a 96-hour game jam where game devs like Mojang, Coffee Stain Studios, Ludosity, and others, develop games in 96 hours. Then, you pay what you want for those games! Any price at all will do - $1, $10, even $100! That's right, you can get a brand-new game for any price, and support a worthwhile cause, at the same time!

This event is supporting Direct Relief, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations, by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care. Consider dropping by, chatting with the Mojang devs, and picking up a game for a donation!

 
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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  The server I play on has made some interesting cities  
The server I play on has made some interesting cities submitted by WorldCop
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The Minecraft Blog The Minecraft Blog
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  Build Contest Submissions and Secret Santa Signups closing soon!  

You only have a few days left to submit builds for the November 2014 Ice Sculpture Build Contest! Make sure to submit your build on the forums before the end of the month.

Also, if you want to take part in the Secret Santa event, make sure to sign up for that as well before the end of the month.

 
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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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  While we were out exploring for a jungle the other day, I came...  

While we were out exploring for a jungle the other day, I came across this lovely landscape

 
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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