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Back on December 15th, we kicked off a huge new content contest, this one centered around Star Wars-themed creations.  Entrants were encouraged to create anything at all in Minecraft which carried a Star Wars theme.  Now, after a massive number of submissions and a great deal of combing through so many incredible submissions, we finally settled on the following ten entries - check it out!

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Entrant: 4dragonking
Type: Mod
Time to Create: 16.5 hrs
Link: Star Wars - Power of the Force

Have you ever played Minecraft and thought to yourself, "This could be greatly enhanced by having force powers to defeat my enemies"?  If so, this mod may be for you!  It has a pretty extensive feature list - check it out!

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Entrant: DeltaBoss
Type: Video
Time to Create: Approx. 1 day
Link: 500x375 Star Wars Pixel Art

Pixel art has been a staple of Minecraft almost as long as the game has existed.  While amateur artists like myself tend to stick with Zelda sprites, some artists take the concept to another level, and this is one such example.  Definitely worth a watch!

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Entrant: Astirac; Keebler1
Type: Construction
Time to Create: 2 weeks
Link: X-Wing Construction

Fans of the original Star Wars movies (and many of the games of the time) will instantly recognize this iconic X-Wing space ship, and it is quite a build indeed!  Highly detailed and artfully arranged, this model is quite inspiring.
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Entrant: ParadiseDecayTM
Type: Adventure Map
Time to Create: 5 months
Link: "Rise of the Rebellion" Mod

Adventure maps are a popular form of Minecraft-based entertainment, and this masterpiece definitely stands out!  Complete with custom textures, clever puzzles and a host of content, any adventure map fans will appreciate the amount of work and detail that went into this gem - how fast can you complete it?
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Entrant: MrMadGameplay
Type: Video/Construction
Time to Create: 4 hours
Link: Time-lapse Construction of AT-AT Walker

What is better than seeing an awe-inspiring construction in Minecraft?  Seeing be built from the ground up, of course!  Watch this impressive AT-AT model be built from scratch in this incredible time-lapse video!
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Entrant: ultek
Type: Video/Construction
Time to Create: Approx. 2 months
Link: MineWars Prologue Trailer

This incredible machinima has to be seen to be believed - it's hard to name any one thing about it that stands out, as the entire sequence is incredible.  Give it a watch!
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Entrant: Aandolaf
Type: Construction
Time to Create: Approx. 6 hours
Link: Battle of Hoth Scene

This scene faithfully recreates the Battle of Hoth, from "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back".  Each time I view this picture, I spot something I missed in prior viewings, owing to the amount of detail present - give it a look!
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Entrant: birchbeater
Type: Construction/Video
Time to Create: Approx. 2 weeks
Link: The Millennium Falcon

This incredible build was shown in a previous news post, and speaks for itself!  This replica of the Millennium Falcon is true to the source, with incredible attention to the tiniest details.  Check it out above, and in our preview video showing it off!
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Entrant: Joe12o
Type: Mod
Time to Create: 10-12 hours
Link: The Star Wars Mod

This mod adds a host of features to your Minecraft experience, including new NPCs (Jedi, Clone and Dark Jedi) which interact with each other as well as players, tons of craftable lightsabers, and more - give it a look!
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Entrant: dboss1194
Type: Construction/Video
Time to Create: ???
Link: X-Wing Construction Video

This video spotlights an amazing X-Wing replica, and includes a detailed walk-through tour of the vessel.  The author's video includes commentary on the construction process, and points out the various functional details and mechanisms of the X-Wing, take a look!




Congratulations to all of our winners!  A huge "thank you" goes out to each and every participant of this contest, you guys were amazing!  It was immensely difficult to pick merely 10 winners from so many great entries, and every one of them was incredible.

Keep an eye out for future content contests, as we may up the prizes offered - as well as upping the difficulty of the contest itself! Back to Top

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This week, Minecraft News brings us up to speed on a number of hot topics. David and Toby cover the most recent snapshot - 12w03a - which includes ladder fixes (as well as making vines climbable), massive, lush jungle biomes filled to the brim with tall trees and voluminous underbrush, wolf breeding (never go looking for wolves again!), and a number of other exciting changes.  Additionally, they touch base with Mojang's participation with a SOPA-related blackout, catch up on the hottest 3D printing news, and more - click the banner above, and give it a watch!

Recently, Minecraft - Pocket Edition passed up 700 thousand sold copies, across the iOS, Android and Xperia markets (roughly 5,000 copies a day!) since becoming available on the handheld market in November - congratulations, guys! Back to Top

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Welcome to the Jungle

Jeb has released a new snapshot today for testing!  The following changes are ready for your testing pleasure:

  • Ladders regained their collision box, and vines are climbable when they have a solid block behind them
  • Added jungle biome (requires a new world) with new tree and leaf types
  • Updated language files
  • Dispensers will place mobs instead of releasing the spawner egg
  • Zombies have new path-finding AI
  • Wolves have new AI and can be bred (when tame)

Get the test client right here!

Get the test server here!

Minecraft Adventures - Kurast


The Dead Worker's Party is back with a new adventure, Kurast!  Follow the unlikely party as they delve into an incredibly in-depth adventure map, made by Krimnox.  This particular adventure map features:

  • New Class system featuring 5 classes for great multiplayer!
  • An adventure on an epic scale
  • Epic dungeons!
  • A deep storyline, now with an illustrated storyboard!
  • Loads of loot to keep your greedy needs satisfied!
  • Ghasts!
  • All the easter eggs a bunny could ever want...

Want to try this adventure out for yourself?  You can!  Just head over to this thread, and try it out for yourself! Back to Top

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Awhile back, we had a chance to look at a video by Eric Haines which touched on 3D printing of Minecraft models.  Today, we have an opportunity to talk a little bit about what goes into printing one of these models!  We sit down with Alexander Boden, who goes into some detail on how these incredible models are created.  We get to see a model go from the game to the printing and prep stage, while Alex tells us about it along the way.  If you ever wondered how 3D printing worked - and wanted to see a Minecraft village go from "game model" to "real model" - this is definitely worth a watch.  Take a look!

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Be sure to check out this week's Curse Weekly Roundup, where we cover Minecraft news, as well as updates from all over the gaming world - click the image above (or right here) to give it a watch! Back to Top

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In our previous installment, the Dead Worker's Party covered their final run through the Shipwrecked adventure map.  Today, the intrepid trio delve deep into the Quest for Gallell, in which they explore all that is Gallell, their curiously convenient sibling relations (and the possibility of cloning, and/or twins), and more.  Will they rescue the princess?  Can they traverse the numerous deadly traps?  Is "pentacle" even a word?  Is the princess even real?  Watch their latest adventure, and find out!

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Entry into the Star Wars Content Contest is now closed!  We will now review all submissions sent in, and present the winners in the near future - keep an eye out! Back to Top

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Minecraft Updates - Lots of Fixes, Some New Features

Very recently, Minecraft officially updated to version 1.1. In addition to features like enchanting bows, wool-regenerating sheep that eat grass and host of others, the release also saw a number of minor tweaks, bugfixes and adjustments to improve the overall game experience. It seems that the most discussed feature recently has been the inclusion of a "flat map" option in the world generator, bypassing the need to build one in an outside editor. This feature certainly makes it easy to build large structures without the added labor of clearing out tons of landscaping for a base to build on, and even lends itself well to retro-style RPG map creation. I go over some of the new features in this video, and you can see the rest in the patch notes.

As an unintentional side-effect, it can also double as a simulation of a mass slime invasion on a hapless village - of course, it can be a challenge in its own right to survive this in Hardcore mode.

3D Printing, Minecraft-Style

Not long ago, we had the chance to show you guys some cool 3D printing Minecraft stuff; Eric Haines (of Autodesk fame) came up with a service that players could use to print out their in-game creations, player models and more, via the program Mineways. Once users make their model (or models), they can have their creations printed out, using a specialized service, and then proudly display their creations wherever they care to. If you ever wanted to have Minecraft all over your home, it is now possible to do so. While some applications of the program are fairly obvious (printing out some of your favorite buildings or landscapes), some players have begun exploring the idea of using landscape printouts and custom-built chunks to use in table-top games, like Warhammer.

I think I'll get a little Sacheverell model for my desk - he can endlessly stalk my computer monitors, looking for coal.

UK Gameshow Accidentally Mentions Minecraft

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A TV gameshow in the UK, known as Countdown, has players take randomly chosen letters and attempt to create words from them to win points. In a recent episode, the randomly drawn letters just happened to consist of the title of a popular indie sandbox game; if you don't live in the UK, you can see it for yourself here. It goes without saying that the odds of picking these specific letters at random is astronomically small. Still, it gets one to thinking: what words could you make out of the letters in Minecraft? Feel free to show us some in the comments below! Back to Top

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Welcome to another weekly installment of Minecraft News!  Continuing with last week's updates, we cover the official release of version 1.1, which consolidates the various snapshot updates into a single, full update of its own.  Additionally, we take a look at the upcoming Minecraft - Pocket Edition updates, touch on an Android-based Minicraft release (as well as Minicraft's upcoming sequel), and more - check it out! Back to Top

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Minecraft version 1.1 is now officially out!  Including the updates mentioned above, 1.1 has added the following features:

  • Bow Enchantments
  • Golden Apple recipe
  • New language translations.
  • Slightly smoothed color transitions between biomes
  • Reduced brewing time to 20 seconds
  • Added spawn eggs to creative (the colors of the eggs even look like the mobs)
  • Added world type options (currently only super-flat and default)
  • Removed collision box from ladders
  • Sheep eat grass and regain their wool

Also included is a ton of various bugfixes and minor tweaks to the game engine, many of which were included in previous snapshot releases.  To update, just run your Minecraft client normally, and you're good to go! Back to Top

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The Dead Worker's Party is back, with the finale to their Shipwrecked adventure series!  This week, The Shaft tries to find Minecraft heaven, the end of the adventure, and answer a quiz based on their prior exploits (which they may or may not cheat on), intermixed with bouts of physical assault.  Do they ascend to heaven?  Do they make it through the quiz chamber without suffering a death-by-punching?  Take a look and find out! Back to Top

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Survival - Coming Soon

Players of Minecraft - Pocket Edition have strongly expressed a desire for a Survival mode since the game was released, and while Mojang has commented in the past how the full PC title would likely never make it to the handheld, it seems that significant progress is nonetheless being made on a portable Survival Mode. Mojang's Daniel Kaplan had this to say:

Daniel Kaplan, Mojang said:

...we had an initial plan of making Minecraft – Pocket Edition more like Minecraft Creative. But alas we were wrong. We have read tons of comments and feedback and it seems like we made a huge mistake. You wanted monsters, resources, animals and more different blocks. This means that the initial code we had written didn’t exactly fit with the new plan where we wanted to add all the stuff you have been asking for. So we have been reorganizing, rewritten and changed the whole plan for Minecraft – Pocket Edition.


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As noted above, Mojang plans to submit the new and improved Pocket Edition by February 8th, 2012, where it will go through processing and approval by the Android and iOS markets. Yes, it won't be long now before creepers can stalk us and chickens flee from us, no matter where we travel! In particular, there was emphasis that, while new creatures and blocks would be added, crafting will not be included in this update, stating that the UI needs some revision before adding such a comprehensive feature. However, they also enthusiastically added that updates should be more frequent (and feature-filled) going forward, so keep an eye out for them!

Holidays Over - For Some

As the holidays wrap up, most of us spent a significant amount of time putting our various decorations, new presents and such back into storage. However, one man's decoration refuses to be put away - and refuses to relinquish its Santa hat.

I'll spare you the litany of explosion puns that immediately come to mind.

Still, winter is in full swing, and not showing any signs of slowing down. As most of us are stuck inside from the cold, we find ourselves spending even more time playing Minecraft, and it brings to mind a question - what sort of awesome winter mods are out there? What are some of your favorites? Tell us about them! Back to Top

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