Happy Halloween, everyone! David and Toby have some spookiness lined up in today's Minecraft News, plus all the hot goings-on, separating rumor from fact, and maybe even some news about a giveaway...
Today, the Jolly Ol' Brits take a stab at a particularly grief-oriented mod by Exomaster2986, called the Sabotage Mod! What does it do? Pretty much what it says on the tin: poisoned food, booby-trapped objects, even explosive-rigged armor! If you love playing pranks on your friends, slipping this mod on your server might be a hilarious way of going about it...
If you want to try out the Sabotage Mod for yourself, check out the official thread, right here!
Starting today, XBOX Minecrafters can download a Halloween or Steampunk texture pack, just in time for the spooky holidays! Like most packs before it, they both include a new theme-based UI, changes to block textures, and new mob skins. In the Steampunk pack, mobs take on a steampunk look, with all the pipes, gears, and gauges that implies. In the Halloween pack, enemies take on a slightly spookier look, with Endermen being replaced by Slendermen, creeper ghosts, and more.
Both packs are available now on the Xbox Live marketplace. The Halloween pack is free, as a returning pack; the Steampunk pack is only $1.00. Both packs will hit PlayStation 3, 4 and PS Vita in the very near future, possibly as early as next week!
Have you checked out livestreaming sensation Sevadus yet? If not, he's definitely worth a watch! His high-energy play-style and intense presentation are addicting, and in many ways, his Youtube videos are no different!
Today, Sev takes a shot at a neat new take on the classic game Bingo, as created by lorgon111, which pits players against each other in a scavenger hunt to find items in the game world. Each item collected fills in a space on the Bingo card, and the first to complete a row, column, or diagonal wins! If you enjoyed the video and want to check out the map yourself, you can get Bingo right here.
Microsoft owns Mojang, and by extension, Minecraft, a situation that has certainly caused a stir over the last few months. Many players have expressed concerns that Microsoft would make grand, sweeping changes to the game - everything from subscription fees to sequels - but Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox division, does not seem interested in going down that road.
Last week, Spencer described Microsoft as "shepherds of the [Minecraft] IP," while adding that there were no plans to rush into merchandising deals, such as cartoons, toys, or spin-offs. "I think we earn permission to do other things with Minecraft when we meet the Minecraft community's desires around what the franchise is," said Spencer. "I don't want us to go and try to make it something it isn't, but I do think it has room to grow."
On that same note, a sequel wasn't directly on Microsoft's radar. "I don't know if Minecraft 2, if that's the thing that makes the most sense," Spencer said. "The community around Minecraft is as strong as any community out there, and I think we need to meet the needs and the desires of what the community has before we get permission to go off and do something else. It doesn't mean everything we're going to do is going to map to 100 percent of their acceptance, because I don't know if there is any topic where 100 percent of the people agree. But...job one, is to go out and meet the needs of the Minecraft community first, and then we can think about ways we can actually help grow it."
What does all of this mean for players, in terms of changes? Very little, at the moment. Snapshots, updates, and everything that makes Minecraft what it is will continue along, much as it always has. The 1.8.1 pre-release already came out last week, shoring up a number of bugs and performance problems, with more fixes on the horizon. What new features can be expected? As with any major update, there is normally a period of quiet, as focus shifts from features to fine-tuning. Not to worry, the feature-heavy Snapshots always make a return!
Time Trap is a curious offering by byBrutec, which features some very unconventional gameplay! Basically, every single player gets an timer on his screen ticking down. Once their timer runs out, they will die, get gamemode 3 (Spectator, so they cannot interact with anything), and are out. The goal is to stay alive as long as possible; time is earned by standing on top of Iron, Gold, Emerald and Diamond Blocks. The better the block is, the more time a player will get from it. If a player dies because a Zombie or Player killed them, their time gets cut in half.
It's a very intense game-mode (as you can see), but it's not just for videomakers! Get your hands on Time Warp by checking out the game's thread, right here. Have a great day!
Minecraft Realms is getting even more exciting! Mojang continues to pack it to the brim with fresh mini-games, massive adventure maps, and intricate custom spawns. What sort of games and maps? Almost more than I can count! Many of the available maps are incredible, having been in Youtube series, front-page spotlights, and livestream events, to name a few: Jespertheend's Bloxorz, MaxSizels' Color Cube, Qmagnet's Diversity 2, Sethbling's recent hit Missile Wars, and so much more!
Realms gives you and your friends a persistent Minecraft world. It doesn’t matter if the host is online or what time of day it is; Realms worlds are always available for building, adventuring, and crafting. You can start from a random seed, or choose one of our pre-installed maps. You can even switch between the two and save/restore your progress when convenient.
We thought it would be good to give you a rundown of the pre-made maps currently included in Realms. Thanks to all the fantastic community members for creating these masterpieces. You are all talented and generous and lovely.
The codes I had to give away have already been sent to their winners, but you can still check out Realms yourself, and get a place for you and some friends or family!
Today is the day we announce the winners of free Minecraft Realms codes! 10 of these codes are for 30 days of game time, and winners were selected randomly. One code is for 180 days, and this winner was picked by staff vote. So who are our lucky winners?
Excellent! In addition, the winner of the 180-day Realms code is - PuppyBoss1!
Codes will be sent to winners via forum Private Message by me, and will be distributed in the next 48 hours. Thanks to everyone who participated, and keep an ear to the ground...you never know if more codes may come along!
PR3 resolves a new set of bugs, but otherwise contains the features in 1.8.1 PR1. However, bug-testing is important, and each pre-release brings us a step closer to a smoother, bug-free patch!
- MC-1279] – Slow (Choppy) Rotating Beacon Block
- MC-12013] – Experience Orbs invisible for one second right after spawning
- MC-46670] – Withers trapped in a barrier box attacks barriers, killing it
- MC-55661] – Animals don't teleport to Player when target is air block
- MC-58908] – /help for /worldborder not updated.
- MC-61610] – Bedrock at Y0 has wood log in it at x0 y0 z0.
- MC-67437] – Lightning gives AI to Witches and Zombie Pigman that were originally Pigs and Villagers that had NoAI set to 1
- MC-71973] – Tab list headers and footers stay even when rejoining a diferent server
- MC-72806] – When using /stop server executes the shutdown sequence twice (and hangs if players are online)
- MC-73123] – Entity's Lose Scoreboard Scores when in unloaded Chunk
Today, we take a look at a new take on an old board game, called "Guess Who"! This particular mini-game is the second iteration by ZapCloud; the idea is that you have to figure out the other player's "person" by asking them questions about their person's features (ie. "Does he have blonde hair?"), and removing anyone from your board who does or doesn't match the description, depending on the answer. While the original version features random, made-up people, the Minecraft edition has, perhaps unsurprisingly, popular YouTubers' heads instead. It's a deceptively tense game, and the Minecraft version is no less intense!
Wait, you wanted to play the game too? In that case, check out the Guess Who 2 thread, right here!