Ships mod lets you build a ship out of blocks and sail it around the Minecraft world!
Other mods have attempted this in the past. Some of these projects have been abandoned, and in my opinion, the remaining ones leave something to be desired. Ships mod is my take on how I think sailing should work in Minecraft and this aims to be a high-quality and feature-rich mod.
Yup, I'm me. I've been on PMC for a while, but I thought I'd start hanging out in the official Minecraft forums too.
To answer your questions:
Yes, there will be propulsion systems. Propulsion will be a big part of the mod. Larger ships will need propellers etc to move. The paddle is just for the raft-type ship. It's designed to be a simple starter ship that doesn't take a lot of resources to build. Paddling won't even work on larger ships.
For the lag, I'm not sure how low-end computers will handle the mod. Larger ships will need more CPU time to process than small ships, but I've done a lot of work to optimize the code. The goal is to keep the code very efficient to remove lag as much as possible.
I'll keep updating this thread with progress on the mod, so stay tuned. =)
My questions are will there be any other ways to make the ship move like, steeringwheel+sails, and will there be any different types of cannons.
Yes, there will be steering wheels (ie a helm) and sails. The paddle shown in the video is currently only for small raft-type ships where larger propulsion systems don't make much sense. I currently don't plan to add any cannons.
As far as suggestions, I'd just like things like Balkon's Weapons Mod (cannons) (and other mods like Balkon's) to be able to be included in the ship's make-up.
There are currently no plans to add cannons. After I get done with all the features I have planned already, I'll consider adding cannons. The primary goal of the mod right now is to allow exploration using ships. Ship combat is currently not a priority.
You should make the crafting recipe use gold instead of iron and then retexture the ship block. I can make the textures and give them to you in Standard definition (16x16) and High Definition (128x128) if you would like me to.
With that thought I wanted to ask does redstone work on the ship? (You said in the last post players/mobs/cows/etc work Wich include tnt?)
Redstone circuits are a bit different than players/mobs/cows. They're closer to chests and furnaces actually. I do intend to have working chests,furnaces,hoppers,etc on ships. Redstone is much trickier though. I'd like to support it if I can, but it's currently a lower priority.
You should make the crafting recipe use gold instead of iron and then retexture the ship block.
The crafting recipes are not finalized, so I do appreciate everyone's input on this. Let me give you a peek of what's to come, so everyone understands what we're balancing with these recipes. There will be many different classes of ships. The ship in the video is a small raft. It's limited to 16 blocks total, and Its recipe is supposed to be easy to make. It's kind of like a small starter ship.
Other ships I have planned in the future are larger ships (64 blocks, 256 blocks, 1024 blocks, 8192 blocks, etc), air ships, and submarines. The blocks for those ships should certainly have more difficult recipes. But it's probably not necessary to make the raft-type ship block more difficult.