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If you are at Minecon, your brand new, shiny Minecon 2012 cape should now be available!  Attendeess who purchased tickets and registered their in-game names should have received an email with details on activating their new cape.

This year's cape offers an interesting contrast to Minecon '11's Red Creeper cape, with a blue and gold pickaxe motif.  Pretty awesome! Back to Top

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Day one of Minecon winds to a close, and many of the attendees are now having a blast in Disneyland Paris!  Let's take a look at some of today's awesome events:

Events:

  • Minecraft.fr Gamer Prizes Raffle
    Attendees enter to win awesome hardware and accessories
  • Museum of Mojang
    The relics of Minecraft's long and rich history were on display (very awesome to see!)
  • The Chunk Error
    An immersive Minecraft experience, complete with awesome souvenirs
  • The Mob Trap
    An interactive walk through the depths of a Minecraft cave - very scary, and very awesome
  • XBOX 360 Lounge
    A chill-out spot with many couches, perfect for taking a breather, and watching the various panels and events live on the big projector
  • The Opening Ceremony
    A look at Minecraft, both then and now, featuring Lydia Winters, Markus "Notch" Persson, and SethBling
  • Intel Hunger Games Event
    Players compete for prizes, including a Dell Ultrabook!
  • Incredible Custom Map Making
    Exploring the world of custom map creation, with BlameTheController; Kupo Kupo and Ridgedog of Voxel Box fame; and YouTube cinematographer and map maker, SethBling
  • Minecraft Game Show
    Trivia challenge event with Mojangsters, and some awesome YouTubers
  • Minecraft in Education
    Featuring Heidi "DocMamma" Forbes Öste, Marnix "CubeHamster" Licht, and Stephen Reid
  • Running a Server
    The ins and outs of successful server hosting, with Jeff Pees, Kurtis Welch, Morgan Pwny, and Steve Russ
  • McPVP Booth
    PVP tournament with prizes at stake
  • Minecraft Music, with Minecraft composer C418
  • A Chat with Notch, with Vu Bui
  • Minecraft Modding with the Pros
    Learning all about mod creation, the ups and downs of modding, and making a great mod - featuring Austin "lazertester" Smith and Matt "HighlifeTTU" Sundberg (MineZ), Daniel "dan200" Ratcliffe (ComputerCraft), Michael "Searge" Stoyke and Thomas "ProfMobius" Guimbretiere (Minecraft Coder Pack); with special guest Erik "Grum" Broes (Mojang), and a super-surprise visit from Jens "Jeb" Bergensten, and moderated by your favorite forum admin, Sacheverell!
  • Server Safety For Your Children
    For parents - keeping your kids safe on multiplayer servers, with speaker Danny Vogler

Other awesome goings-on
  • Craft Studio presents - how to make a game
  • Running Your Server "Mindcrack" style: How the Mindcrack team does it
  • A special "Scrolls" panel, featuring the Scrolls development team (Jakob Porser, Henrik Pettersson, Jon Kagstrom, Mans Olson, and Mattis Grahm)
  • Setting Your Videos Apart, with professional videographers BebopVox, Hat Films, and Jerhumi
  • Meet the Pocket Edition Team
  • Meet the XBLA Team
  • Meet the Minecraft PC Team
  • Raspberry Pi, with Daniel Bates and Daniel Frisk
  • Tons of awesome meet-ups for players, modders, video makers, and more

Today also saw my unveiling of SethBling's brand new 2fort TF2 Map!



Phew - that's just day one of Minecon, too!  Day two will see a massive wave of activities all its own, and we will continue showing you all kinds of great pics, videos and more from every day at Minecon!  

See you in the morning!


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Interview With Notch!


Minecon Lead Coordinator, Vu Bui, interviews Markus "Notch" Persson - check it out!

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In Line at Minecon!



The line for entry into Minecon this morning was huge!  Take a look!

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Walking Through Minecon



We walk through the floor at Minecon, seeing the sights and talking to everyone! Back to Top

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As we speak, a number of exciting panels are underway!  Recently completed panels include: The Voxel Box presentation (with special guest, SethBling), which covered the many challenges of map-making, modelling and more. Also recently completed, an in-depth Q&A session with Markus "Notch" Persson. Additionally, I recently moderated the Modding Pro Panel, with secret special guest and Mojangster, Erik "Grum" Broes, and a surprise appearance by Jens "Jeb" Bergensten!  The gurus of modding touched on a number of topics, such as the challenges, pitfalls, and rewards of big-time modding, as well as an insider's perspective on the upcoming Mod API and how it will interact with current and future mods, and a lot more - videos coming soon!

In the meantime, enjoy an insider's view on their travels to Minecon:

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Outside the front doors of the New York Convention Center - tons of Minecrafters await!


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On the way to the main stage, where the opening ceremony is taking place!


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Waiting for the ceremony to begin. Thousands of Minecrafters come out to show their support!


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Let the festivities begin!


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Jeb, Lydia and Notch kick off the ceremony with a bang!


Lindsay and Evan have a special treat coming up for you soon!  David and Toby will also be giving their insights on Minecon very shortly, stick around! Back to Top

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Wearing pumpkins will keep the Endermen at Minecon at bay!  David (Minecraft News, far right) is not so protected, however.


The Opening Ceremony is going live!  Be sure to check it out right here, and check back for updates and coverage, in case you missed it (or want to see it again)!

Diamond Deposit Scavenger Hunt

If you're at Minecon, be sure to stop by the Curse booth, to get your picture taken inside Minecon, free!  This will also begin your Diamond Deposit scavenger hunt - details are on the cards inside your goodie bag.

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In less than an hour, the opening ceremony will be going live!  Keynote speakers will include Jens "Jeb" Bergensten, YouTube videographer and map-maker SethBling, and Notch, just to name a few!  We will have video footage in no time - also, don't forget that you can see the Minecon Livestream (during normal Minecon times) by clicking here!

Not sure what the schedule for Minecon is?  Don't know when your favorite modder, panelist or Mojangster will take the stage?  You can get all your scheduling, guidebook, and inside info right here.

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Lindsay unveils the Minecon goodie bag!


There is a ton of cool goodies in this year's Minecon goodie bag, including a Minecraft gift code! Back to Top

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The convention hall at Disneyland Paris is a bustling whirlwind of activity, as the final setup preparations are made for tomorrow morning!

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Walking into the convention entrance!


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The main hall, which will see the Opening Ceremony, and a whole lot more!


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The Chunk Error is an interactive Minecraft experience, complete with souvenirs!


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The Mob Trap is an awesome haunted house, rife with scary goodies - we will be touring this in detail soon!


Scheduling

Want an in-depth timeline of all the events going on at Minecon?  It's easy!  Just get the Guidebook app - found at the app store, or the Android Marketplace, for free - and search for "Minecon".  The app gives you the entire schedule of Minecon, plus maps, with no detail left omitted!

Curse Client Free Premium Features!

We recently updated the Curse Client with a host of Minecraft goodies, and all this weekend, you can try out the Premium features, such as Cloud Syncing save games, free!  Just load up your Client (or get it here, if you don't have it yet), and give the Premium features a go!  They will be free to try all throughout Minecon, as our thank you for being an awesome group of gamers.  Enjoy!

Minecon Coverage

We will be covering the entire convention all weekend, with hourly updates on all the awesome happenings at panels, shows, and more!  We will bring you video coverage, up-to-the-minute pics, and an in-depth look into every awesome event going on!  Stay tuned here, for all your Minecon coverage needs!

Still not enough?  You can also check out the official Minecon livestream, by clicking here, and seeing the convention as it happens.  See you there!

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