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The Minecraft Movie gets another look; plus, Flappy Birds on MCPE, the recently reviewed StarQuest game mode, and more! Back to Top

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One of the coolest things about Minecraft is how diverse it is as a game, and just how much you can do with it. Servers in particular have created numerous game modes for players to enjoy, from prisons to PvP games, many of which require nothing more than joining and playing, without any downloads. Today, we take a look at something a little different from the norm - outer space.

Specifically, StarQuest, which allows you to build and fly your very own spaceship between worlds, collect resources, and even battle other players in their ships! Among other things, StarQuest features:

  • Spaceships Custom designed and built by you, the player
  • Ranks Work your way up through our two-tracked rank structure and unlock new and more powerful classes of starship
  • Planets Explore and colonize 8 incredible custom-generated planet-worlds
  • Space Combat Use our spaceship cannons to have space battles
  • Grief/Raid Attack and raid other peoples' spaceships Bases can be protected with worldguard, and towns can be protected with Towny
  • Advanced Machinery Use new and incredible technology to automate things in your base Minecraft in the 21st century
  • No Client Mods Required You can connect with a completely standard 1.7.2 minecraft client. All of the modification is done on the server side, so that you don't have to
  • Planet-Specific Resources No one planet will have everything you need. Trade with players on other planets or visit other planets yourself to get items you want.
  • Economy Gather materials and sell them to the merchantmen at spawn to make money to rank up
  • Factions and Towns- Group together with your friends to make an awesome Colony, or get some pirates together to make a Faction. Ally several colonies together to make a nation and try to dominate the world
  • Custom Plugins- I coded over 20 custom plugins to make this system work Unique to our server

Also, they have a working, real-time star map, that shows you, other players, planets, asteroids, and whatever else might be in space!

I've not found many sci-fi or space-themed servers in my travels, and this one not only qualifies, but is also weirdly addictive!


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I would like to preface this post with the following:


Now then, it's time for a new...Snapshot!

Snapshotsnapshotsnapshot SNAPSHOT!

...okay, I'll stop that. So, what's on the menu for 14w07a?

  • Added iron trapdoors
  • You can now share to lan for spectator mode only

SWEET CHANGES FOR MAPMAKERS: (SPOILER: Many technical details inc)
  • A resourcepack can now be bundled with a map, put it in the map save directory and name it “resources.zip”
    • Example: ".minecraft/saves/TheMapWithTheThing/resources.zip"
  • The commands /testfor, /testforblock and /clear can now test for partial matches of NBT lists
    • Example: /testfor @p {Inventory:[{Slot:6b,id:"minecraft:diamond_sword"}],SelectedItemSlot:6}
  • Scoreboard objectives for fake players with a name starting with # will never show up on the sidebar
  • New /scoreboard subcommands /scoreboard operation and /scoreboard test
  • The command /scoreboard operation can apply arithmetic operation to scores (+ – * / %) and accumulate player scores
    • Example: /scoreboard players operation #teamscores redScore += @a[team=red] blueKills
  • The command /scoreboard test can be used to test if a scoreboard value is between a min and a max value
    • Example: /scoreboard players test #global anObjective 12 19
  • New command /execute to execute commands in the context and at the position of other entities or players
    • Example: /execute @e[type=Chicken] ~ ~ ~ fill ~-1 ~-1 ~-1 ~1 ~1 ~1 minecraft:glass
  • New selector parameters for entity selectors to detect entity rotations with rxm – x rot min, rx – x rot max, rym – y rot min, ry . y rot max
    • Example: @a[rxm=-15,rx=15,rym=-45,ry=45]
  • Players in team can now have a team based objective shown on the sidebar, depending on the team color
    • Example: /scoreboard objectives setdisplay team.yellow anotherObjective
  • While debug overlay is on (press F3 to turn it on and off), looking at a block in the world will show the coordinates of that block
  • BlockItem instances can now hold a custom NBT tag that is merged into a block entity when it’s placed
    • Example: /give @p command_block 1 0 {BlockEntityTag:{Command:"setblock ~ ~ ~ minecraft:diamond_block"}}
  • In creative mode, players can create a copy of a BlockEntity in their hotbar, including all NBT data, with ctrl+[PICK_KEY] (usually ctrl+middle mouse button)
  • The /tellraw command can now insert values from scoreboards into messages
    • Example: /tellraw @p {text:"Have ",extra:[{score:{name:"Searge",objective:"reward"}},{text:" diamonds"}]}
  • New command /testforblocks to compare two areas of a map
    • Example: /testforblocks 100 64 100 107 69 107 0 64 0 masked
  • Dispensers will place a commandblock instead of shooting it out
  • Nametags for players in other teams can now be hidden with a team option
    • Example: /scoreboard teams option red nametagVisibility hideForOtherTeam
Please report any and all bugs you find in Minecraft to bugs.mojang.com. If nobody reports a bug, Mojang can’t fix it!

  • [Bug MC-36947] – /weather clear <time in seconds> doesn't clear weather for anywhere near the amount given
  • [Bug MC-44489] – /kill @e doesn't kill ender dragons
  • [Bug MC-45773] – Chest not spawning in Monster dungeons
  • [Bug MC-46559] – Spectating a mob leaves you at two blocks tall view
  • [Bug MC-46838] – testfor NBT parsing error
  • [Bug MC-47520] – Standing under block with water / lava on top will apply blue / red filter.
  • [Bug MC-47543] – Items stacked with Items that have PickupDelay set to 32767 can no longer be picked up
  • [Bug MC-47545] – CanPlaceOn does not work with wooden doors
  • [Bug MC-47555] – Cannot place boats
  • [Bug MC-47596] – Items of the same type (IE, stone and stone) ignore datavalues and stack anyway
  • [Bug MC-47598] – The color of sugar canes doesn't change depending on the biome
  • [Bug MC-47636] – Boats appear to be sunken in water
  • [Bug MC-47642] – Hopper: java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException: 4
  • [Bug MC-47653] – torch causing missing texture when placed on bottom side of block
  • [Bug MC-47685] – Hopper: java.lang.ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException: 3
  • [Bug MC-47817] – Baby Zombie Pigman Running with Strange Speed
  • [Bug MC-47821] – Ghasts do not despawn in Peaceful Mode
  • [Bug MC-48043] – Held Blaze Rod not in hand
  • And many more that weren’t on the bug tracker so we couldn’t mark them as fixed! Did I mention please report bugs? Thanks.

To get snapshots, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “snapshots” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog).
Snapshots can corrupt your world, please backup and/or run them in a different folder from your main worlds.
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People have been making clocks with redstone for as long as it has been around. Of all the clocks I've seen, this one is probably the longest-running one ever - a redstone clock that will pulse a signal to an iron door, opening it approximately when the universe is expected to stop existing!

spumwack has created a ridiculously long contraption that may very well outlast us all. Check it out! Back to Top

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David & Toby talk about this week's goodies, including a look at Spectator Mode, Pocket Edition progress, Cobalt Radio, and more! Back to Top

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FinsGraphics' popular "Real Life Minecraft" series with a look at the biomes added in 1.7 (in real life)! Back to Top

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  • A lot of mob AI has changed. This should mean nothing, but may actually mean something. Don’t sit on slimes.

  • Added an optional hotkey to show outlines on players whilst spectating
  • It’s now possible to spawn in ItemEntities that can’t be picked up (PickupDelay=32767)
  • It’s now possible to spawn in ItemEntities that won’t expire (Age=-32768)
  • Added an extra argument to /effect that will hide particles
  • Statistics for items/blocks can now be referenced per name, instead of ID
  • Added new objective criteria ‘trigger’, and a command /trigger to use with them (intended for tellraw links)
  • Added the ability to reset a single score on a player through /scoreboard
  • Added new objective criteria for team-specific kills (teamkill.red, killedByTeam.blue)
  • Added the ability to iterate over every scoreboard player with * in /scoreboard commands
  • Added data tag to items to allow placing of certain blocks against other blocks in adventure mode (/give @p stone 16 0 {CanPlaceOn:["minecraft:diamond_block"]})
  • Added data tag to items to hide certain parts of the tooltip (HideFlags, bit field of 1/enchantments, 2/modifiers, 4/unbreakable, 8/candestroy, 16/canplace)
  • [Bug MC-19886] – Plants don't cause an update when the block beneath is broken/light level changed
  • [Bug MC-39139] – walkOneCm stat doesn't accurately measure distance
  • [Bug MC-44688] – /clear fails on strings containing spaces
  • [Bug MC-46223] – @a, @p, @e or @r doesn't include dead player
  • [Bug MC-46404] – Hearts, food, armor and crosshair are the wrong color (overlay) when holding certain items.
  • [Bug MC-46424] – Chunks not loading for mob camera view
  • [Bug MC-46427] – Breaking barriers create lava and water particles
  • [Bug MC-46435] – Reticle (Now Hitbox) Appears on Tile Entities In Spectator Mode
  • [Bug MC-46473] – Cannot open minecart with chest in spectator mode
  • [Bug MC-46492] – Texture Issues With Invisible Slime
  • [Bug MC-46535] – Can control minecarts in Spectator Mode
  • [Bug MC-46550] – The head of the sheep is bugged
  • [Bug MC-46560] – When certain mobs take damage, the red damage indicator is not displayed properly.
  • [Bug MC-46579] – Tools and swords are to high up on the arm in 3rd person mode
  • [Bug MC-46599] – Trapped chests display triple chests in spectator mode.
  • [Bug MC-46694] – Item Frames, Knots and Paintings displaying void particle
  • [Bug MC-46695] – "flyingSpeed" flood in the dev console when flying in gamemode 1 and 3
  • [Bug MC-46711] – Spectating baby zombies has wrong eye level
  • [Bug MC-46715] – Item Repair Duplicating Item
  • [Bug MC-46751] – Cardinal direction in debug screen change with mouse while spectating a mob
  • [Bug MC-46761] – Zombies and Zombie Pigmen do not show holding items
  • [Bug MC-46838] – testfor NBT parsing error
  • [Bug MC-46950] – Can see the item name when pressing hotbar shortcut key in spectator mode
  • [Bug MC-47268] – Attempting to use a post-processing effect crashes on old Mac hardware
  • [Bug MC-19886] – Plants don't cause an update when the block beneath is broken/light level changed
  • [Bug MC-46579] – Tools and swords are to high up on the arm in 3rd person mode
  • [Bug MC-47427] – Game crashes when breaking some blocks
  • [Bug MC-47428] – Weird slimeblock texture
  • [Bug MC-47429] – I don't get what happened, i was in my test world flying around and it crashed, for two times
  • [Bug MC-47430] – When i click on a previous 1.8 snapshot world it crashes
  • [Bug MC-47434] – Wrong dirt texture
  • [Bug MC-47438] – Game crash while killing slimes
  • [Bug MC-47440] – Hopper: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: n must be positive
  • [Bug MC-47442] – Shadow in Inventory
  • [Bug MC-47448] – Standing in minecarts
  • [Bug MC-47457] – Mining blocks causes crash
  • [Bug MC-47459] – Pistons not placing correctly
  • [Bug MC-47464] – Block side shading not being applied in Fast with no smooth lighting
  • [Bug MC-47466] – Crash "Tesselating block in world" with following world seed
  • [Bug MC-47468] – Constant Crash back to MC Launcher Screen
  • [Bug MC-47469] – Cactus in pot shows incorrect texture
  • [Bug MC-47470] – Two tall flowers variants are not generating.
  • [Bug MC-47471] – Weird visual flash bug when mining Glowstone / Block mine crash
  • [Bug MC-47477] – Smooth Lighting OFF
  • [Bug MC-47482] – Signs display Redstone Block particle when broken
  • [Bug MC-47489] – Fishing rod does not cast
  • [Bug MC-47492] – The Brightness.. or shading.. broken..
  • [Bug MC-47505] – Slimes shadow
  • [Bug MC-47542] – Capes doesn't display correctly when crouched
  • And many more that weren’t on the bug tracker so we couldn’t mark them as fixed! Did I mention please report bugs? Thanks.
Please report any and all bugs you find in Minecraft to bugs.mojang.com. If nobody reports a bug, nobody can fix it! Back to Top

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Dogecoins in Minecraft? Massive builds? 14 million PC Minecraft sales? Check out this week's Minecraft Monday show!


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What does the ESO beta key give you? Only full access to every ESO beta event from now until launch! I've had a chance to play it on different weekends, and I can say that if you're any kind of TES fan, this game is totally worth it. See you there! Back to Top

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David and Toby hit 100k subscribers recently, congratulations guys! This week, they dive into the recently Snapshot-revealed "Spectator Mode", barrier blocks, and much more. Enjoy! Back to Top

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