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A series of images was released recently, indicating some interesting changes to tool repairs in the future update.  Aside from the standard repair type, it is suggested that combining two different enchanted tools might produce a new tool, carrying the benefits of both:

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The days of having numerous tools with a single, useful enchantment may be drawing to a close - while the option to keep numerous enchanted tools remains an option - one common example being, having a separate Silk Touch pickax from the standard ones - the ability to take two tools and make one vastly better one remains a very appealing option for those looking to save on space, or just boost their arsenal of mining, hunting and farming capabilities.

Keep an ear to the ground, as we bring you more updates on these changes.

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Anyone familiar with Direwolf20 will appreciate his latest server series, featuring his unique style of gameplay, as well as a number of notable names from the modding community, give it a watch, and tell us what you think! Back to Top

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It's Thursday, and you know what that means: Snapshot time! So, what's on the plate for this week's test client?

  • A new scary decoration block
  • The “secret” from previous snapshots is now spawnable
  • A new mob variant in the Nether
  • Minor changes to the leather dye (the colors will attempt to maintain intensity, and not dilute as much)
  • The “work in progress block” is now called “Beacon
  • Carrot on a stick!
  • And, of course, numerous bug fixes

Ready to try this awesome Snapshot out? Download links are below!

Client: Download

Server: Download

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Notch Interview at PAX

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During PAX, there was an hour-long panel with Mojang on the topic of Minecraft - its past, present, and future.  Meanwhile, Minecraft founder Markus "Notch" Persson was being interviewed on his views on Minecraft, a brief look at the trademark fedora, his still-in-development title "0x10c" - and some of the exciting directions it is going in - and much more!  Want to see the full interview?  Click the image above, or this link.

An example question asked of Markus by PAX Senior Editor, Ben Kuchera, was: at what point did Notch feel Minecraft had gone from "just a game" to a complete success story?

Notch said:

I think it started when Valve posted about it on the Team Fortress blog. Valve is probably the company I respect the most, if they ever release Episode 3. When they actually posted about it, and said the reason they did it was to get in contact with me, that’s when I went ‘Oh my god, people actually care about it.’ Which meant a lot.

The numbers were already kind of high, it was selling well, but it felt like it could end at any moment. But that’s when it got some industry cred, and felt like a turning point.

Check out the full interview right here!

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Minecraft - Pocket Edition Updates Tomorrow!

Don't forget, Minecraft - Pocket Edition has an update going live TOMORROW (September 6th, 2012)!  Keep an eye out, as we reveal the full change log soon!  While we won't reveal every change coming just yet, there is one thing you can definitely expect to see on your hand-held Minecraft tomorrow...

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Decoration Blocks?

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Earlier, Jeb posted some teaser images that strongly suggested that we would be seeing various decoration blocks in the near future!  The first image - which shows a zombie holding a wool block - was pretty mysterious, but the above-shown picture clearly displays skeleton heads along a wall.  What other sorts of blocks do you think would be awesome decor?  Tell us about it!

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MineTV Episode 5 - Voxelbox!

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Do you like awesome Minecraft builds?  What if those builds were more than awesome - what if they were mind-blowing, ultra-massive, complex sculptures of blocks, parts and more?  If this sort of thing is your cup of tea, then you definitely owe it to yourself to tune in to tomorrow's MineTV episode (Wednesday, August 29th), featuring Voxelbox administrators KupoKupo and RidgeDog!  Details below:

The show will broadcast LIVE at the usual channel; schedules and links are below:

Showtime
7:00 pm EST
6:00 pm CST
4:00 pm PST
11:59 pm GMT


Sign up to be in the LIVE studio audience:  Click here

Livestream channel: Click here

Having some trouble with timezone conversions?  Click the link below, and align the green slider until it says "7:00 pm" for New York - the time listed for your timezone is when the show goes live!

Timezone conversion made easy

Anything and everything about the Voxelbox, at their official Wiki:  Click here

Voxel Video Channel on YouTube: Click here Back to Top

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The Snapshot

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We have seen some interesting teaser pics from Dinnerbone over the last few weeks, and this Snapshot includes a number of features related to those screenshots!  A number of these will be familiar to everyone - item frames, stone walls, dyed armor - but there are a number of additional awesome features not mentioned before!  Check out the full list below:

  • Added item frames
  • Added cobblestone walls (yes, mossy too)
  • Maps now align to a grid, making it easier to create adjacent maps. Maps can also be cloned
  • Stairs now auto-arrange into corners. This is a test and may change based on feedback
  • Mobs can travel through portals
  • Leather clothes can be dyed
  • Removed the “wip block” from the creative menu
  • Added two new crops and associated items
  • F3+P will toggle the auto-pause when the window loses focus (it’s for debugging, mainly)
  • F3+H will toggle detailed item descriptions (also for debugging)
  • Added arrow-sensitive wooden buttons
  • Trapdoors can be placed in top-most position (based on cross-hair aim)

Download the client:  Download

Download the server:  Download

Minecon Registration to Open Soon; PAX Contest

Registration for Minecon 2012 isn't far off now; the official registration site is expected to be live in less than 24 hours, but actual registration for the convention will not be possible until some time next week.  Links to the registration site (and the exact time that registration opens) will be revealed in the near future.

UPDATE: The Minecon 2012 site is NOW LIVE!  Click the link below to check it out - details for registration and more will become available within the next week.

Official Minecon 2012 Site:  Click here

In the meantime, Mojang is hosting a pretty awesome PAX Fan Art Contest, definitely worth checking out!

MineTV Updates

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The video above is a highlight reel of MineTV's Episode 3, with mod maker and hilarious commentator Pahimar!  At the time, it was believed that a 2-hour episode might be a bit long for people to sit through, but due to a rather overwhelming volume of mail demanding the full episode, it will be uploaded in its entirety later today - be sure to subscribe to the channel for real-time updates! Back to Top

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This week, David and Toby talk about the 1.3.2 patch, Mojang's recent sales record, Scrolls updates, and more - check it out! Back to Top

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1.3.2 Update Available

A few days ago, it was possible to get the 1.3.2 update for bug-testing: now it is fully live!  Be sure to update your Minecraft client from the launcher - it should prompt to update automatically, but if it does not, you can update manually from the launcher itself.  Simply press the Options button on the opening screen, then "Force Update" in the menu that pops up.  Easy!

The 1.3.2 update mainly consists of bug-fixes - two in particular being the random suffocation bug, and randomly falling out of the nether - no new features were added in 1.3.2 beyond that.

But...What About the Snapshot?!

This week's Snapshot was put on hold, to avoid confusion between a Snapshot test release, and the patch that went live today.  Still, if you'd like something to whet your appetite for updates in the interim, Mojang's own Dinnerbone has something for you to chew on:

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Also, this teaser image from Jeb, fresh from the presses - possible future invisibility?

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1.3.2 Update Later This Week - Preview it Now

Later this week, on Thursday, August 16th, the 1.3.2 update will be going live! It mainly contains bugfixes (fixed the falling-out-of-Nether bug, fixed the random-suffocation-damage bug, various uncommon crash bugs). However, if you would like to get the pre-release to update your server, mod or even just to get an early look at it, the download links are below. This is the same version that will be released on Thursday via the normal Minecraft launcher!

Client: Download

Server: Download

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MineTV Episode 3, now with 100% More Pahimar

We've been hard at work getting the MineTV set ready for 1.3 - this week's guest is "Equivalent Exchange" mod maintainer (and EE3 author) Pahimar! We are making some changes with how the show runs, including a longer running time (so our guest isn't so rushed), more live events, audience-interactive games, and more!

TO BE A PART OF THE STUDIO AUDIENCE

There are some special requirements you must meet this week:
  • Minecraft Client 1.2.5 (You can use MCNostalgia to go back to patch 1.2.5)
  • Equivalent Exchange 1.4.6.5 (Click here to go to the thread - Remember, it's build 1.4.6.5)
  • Apply for the whitelist by clicking here


You are welcome to come test your client at "killion.evolutiongaming.org:1337", to make sure your mod is working properly.

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MCX360, Pocket Edition Continue to Set Records

MCX360 is insanely popular, that much people know by now. It continues to hold a dominant position on the charts for Live Arcade, and the number of XBLA Minecrafters grows by the day. Have you ever wondered how much they are growing? The number is staggering - MCX360 sells, on average, 17,000 copies a day! That's right, nearly seventeen thousand new Minecrafters come to Live Arcade, every single day.

If that wasn't enough, Pocket Edition has maintained a rather impressive lead of its own, as the #1 top selling app, according to Google Play. All said, Minecraft has - between the PC, console and handheld markets - sold well over 12 million copies, and continues to grow daily! With the recent release of 1.3.1 (and the future release of 1.4), the PC-based Minecraft playerbase is set to grow ever-larger, with tons of customization options, mods that are easier to make and maintain, adventure map-specific features, and so much more.

A question that seems to come up often is, "where can Minecraft really go from here?" Well, every single update, we see it go in new, exciting directions. Keep an eye out - you never know where Minecraft will go next!

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That's right, the PC version of Minecraft has surpassed 7 million sales!  In addition to blowing the lid off of XBLA sales records, and continuing to set incredible landmarks in the handheld market, Minecraft also has over 37 million registered users!

Minecraft as a game continues to have a phenomenal level of success, with humble beginnings in the hands of Mojang founding member Markus "Notch" Persson, and growing over a period of years into one of the most successful indie game titles in gaming history.  In addition, the recent changes to Minecraft in 1.3.1 - and future changes planned for 1.4, including Mod API support, more adventure map options, and more - are setting the stage for a whole new generation of game.  In many ways, the upcoming changes will allow people to custom-tailor Minecraft to their liking with minimal effort and hassle, paving the way for the ultimate user-made experience.

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Yep, time for another snapshot!  Mojang is currently working on two different tasks - to patch 1.3.1 to fix the most serious bugs, and to prepare for 1.4. The patch for 1.3 will be released as 1.3.2, and will not include any new features.  This snapshot (12w32a), however, is a part of Mojang's 1.4 development, so it has some new features!

  • Villagers will now react positively on new trades, and negatively if you hurt them
  • Villagers will not remove trades, but trading something else may be required to renew the old ones
  • Zombies and Skeletons have new equipment, depending on difficulty
  • There’s a new kind of Zombie, too
  • Added the “Command Block” intended for adventure maps. It’s not craftable and not in the menu, but its id is 137
  • A suprise block! This block is still work in progress, but will get a crafting recipe later on

You can get the snapshot at the following links below:

Client:  Download

Server:  Download

In addition, Mojang would like to announce the second community-created app to be recognized as an official Minecraft-supported app, "Seeds - for Minecraft"!  This handy app collects and reviews seeds to generate your maps with, including screenshots of the map!  Each seed also includes user-voted ratings, descriptions of the seed and more.  Give it a look! Back to Top

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