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So, it's been quiet. Let's change that. The chances of us finally getting another snapshot tomorrow are looking good. Whatever Nathan has planned, it has something to do with .json files, and includes a UI of sort. https://twitter.com/dinnerbone
It better not be another map making thing. We have enough of that sort of stuff.
It is possible however, that these may be 2 different things. Nathan may have been working on a new block Id system when he mentioned the .json files, since we are "running low" on remaining IDs.
The game has been able to support 4096 block IDs for many versions now, since 1.2.1*, although it would take a few changes to fully support them, but not anything that prevented mods from using them (for example, at least in 1.6.4 item forms of a block are the block ID + 256, but since they have refactored the code to eliminate the need to reference item IDs entirely, even when reading the save files, that should no longer be an issue, and since item IDs are no longer saved to the save files there are no conversion issues; dropping support for very old worlds (pre-1.8) is not much of an issue at this point and such worlds could be loaded in 1.8+ first).