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Minecraft Land Generation, Revisited

Are you a fan of how terrain used to be generated, with massive mountain ranges, hills and more height variety? Jeb is hard at work on land generation, with the intent of having land generation be more varied in a future release. Not as much a fan of massive, hilly landscapes - or would you at least like an option for flat plains, for easier building? Not to worry, he is working on adding that as an option as well, which you can use at will. Whether you're a fan of rolling mountains or rolling plains, the power to exercise some control over land generation is not far off.

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Minecon, from Mojang's Perspective

We attended Minecon alongside thousands of players and their families, and it was certainly an event to remember. We had a chance to show you the convention from our perspective, and now Mojang would like to show you theirs - with their own photo album! They took pics of everything from the setting up of the con, numerous shots of attendees who met with them, booths they went by, and so much more. It's a fascinating look into the convention from the hosters' perspective, and one not to be missed.

If you look really hard, you can even see your favorite content writer.

Additionally, Mojang is looking for your feedback on Minecon! What did you think of the convention? Where would you like to see the next Minecon hosted? You can let them know right here!

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Our Star Wars-themed contest is still ongoing!  Here, we show off one of our submissions, from forum user birchbeater - a 5:1 scale model of the Millennium Falcon!  This is only one in a massive number of awesome entries we've received so far, and we want to see what you can do!  Wonder how you can get in on this contest?  It's easy!  Just head over here, read up on the rules and regulations for the contest, and submit your entry!  Once the deadline is reached (January 15th, 2012), we will review each and every entry, and pick 10 lucky winners to receive a FREE subscription to Curse Premium, as well as having their work spotlighted here, on the front page of Minecraft Forum.  Show us what you've got! Back to Top

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Looking Back at 2011

With the full release of Minecraft, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of just how far the game has come in such a short time. It's funny to think, with the inclusion of dragons and such for the final release, that it wasn't so long ago we were marveling at the addition of charcoal, noteblocks and bones. The year began with Minecraft freshly into the Beta stage, and features were added fairly regularly for a long stretch of the year. From beds to bedrock fog, Minecraft spent 2011 in a constant state of growth. As the game grew, so did the player-base; it wasn't long before over 4 million people bought the game.

For a game that wasn't technically completed yet, that's quite a base of customers!

We have shared quite a volume of content with you guys in 2011, from cool videos to lawsuits - still, one half of the power of Minecraft has always been you, the players. What awesome things do you remember from 2011 in the game? Do you have a link to a favorite texture pack, mod or story here on the forums? Tell us about it! Back to Top

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First-person shooters have been immensely popular for over a decade, catering to an immensely broad audience of gamers in all age groups.  So, it's no surprise to see this genre creep into Minecraft, as has been done in this tongue-in-cheek spoof of Call of Duty.  This video features working firearms, custom skins, operational vehicles and more - give it a watch!

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This week saw little in the way of high-stakes action, mainly due to the holidays.  However, we still have some exciting updates on the various goings-on with Mojang, including an employee getting a prestigious award, updates on a few new-hires - at least one of which wants to revise the AI in Minecraft NPCs - and a quick look at the upcoming title by Notch, which was directly inspired by his recent Ludum Dare entry.  Give it a look!

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Have you ever built something so absolutely amazing that you wanted to keep it forever? Imagined a structure in Minecraft, and longed to see it brought into the real world?

Well, now's your chance.

Eric Haines from Autodesk (the makers of 3D rendering software, no less) has just released his Mineways program to the world. Mineways allows you to select various blocks from within the game, trim them up, and send them to 3D printing service, Shapeways.

The process is extremely simple, and after a quick turn around, you can have any Minecraft scene, object, or mob rendered into a real life object of your very own. Back to Top

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We recently had the pleasure of taking time out this holiday season to play a bit of a particularly entertaining adventure map, Questworld - Shipwrecked, made by smenx and ssankoo.  Given the immense popularity of this particular gem, it's no surprise that there are a lot of Let's Plays and walk-throughs out there.  Today, I'd like to focus on one in particular that I liked, done by the team at Dead Worker's Party - known for their highly popular podcast, The Shaft - consisting of Brent Copeland, Eric Fullerton & Wes Wilson.

The one thing that becomes immediately clear when watching these men at work is how comfortable they are with filming; improv comedy, interactive humor and attention to detail on-the-fly make their videos entertaining to watch.  There are so many points of interest that I want to cover here, but anything I can say on the matter would be better served by seeing it yourself.  I will say this though - there is an abundance of pirate voices, torch theft and cow murder.  You'll see what I mean.

Questworld - Shipwrecked is already a highly entertaining map, with solid architectural design, clever writing, and a strong puzzle-based progression system.  The idea is that you've been stranded in a shipwreck (if the title didn't already make that clear), and you must make your way through a strange new place, discovering secrets and interacting with NPCs that seem to prefer the written word over actually being anywhere.  The rules of the map are sensible without feeling overly restrictive, and many an hour was lost to me trying to work my way through this wonderful creation.

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According to an interview done with Carl (CEO of Mojang) by BebopVox, Minecraft will be getting some much needed love to it's modding support very soon.

The new modding API has long been requested by modders, as currently, the modding support is all unofficial. Tools such as bukkit will finally be getting a supported method of integrating their mods into Minecraft, blowing open the doors to developers.

Info is at 2:20 in this week's Minecraft Monday show. Listen to the first part for some juicy info on new Mojang employee's! Back to Top

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It's That Time of Year Again

Every year, there is a massive outpouring in content related to the holidays, and 2011 is no different as we get into the winter holidays. One in particular that caught my attention was ChristmasCraft, and it comes with a slew of features - more widespread snow, holiday treat recipes, the ability to grow a Christmas tree, decorations, stockings, and so much more. Interestingly enough, the mod is set up in such a way that widespread snow and seasonal monsters only come out during December. If you're looking for a mod to capture the spirit of the season, this is definitely worth a look.

I won't comment on how much time I spent playing this mod instead of paying attention to my family during the holidays. Their presents may still be unopened.

Monthly Contest Ongoing

Some time ago, we began a SWTOR-themed Content Contest, and the number of entries so far is staggering. I've always run on the assumption that a given content contest will attract a large number of players that also happen to be interested in the target theme; however, I've been surprised so far at the sheer number of entries so far, and we're not even halfway through the entry period! There are tons of high-quality submissions so far, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing where this contest goes from here - you guys never cease to amaze us with the quality of stuff you come up with.

As we see more interest in Content Contests, we may see more prizes as well - keep an eye out for that.

Minicraft Takes Off

Minicraft - which could have easily been a small, passing game - is rapidly becoming a classic in its own right, despite being created from scratch in a mere 48 hours. The amount of buzz surrounding this top-down adventure game grows by the day, with numerous strategies, hints and tips surfacing, as well as a host of helpful videos. Once, long ago, Minecraft had similarly small, humble roots; it makes you think. Could Minicraft be another big hit? What about Cobalt? Only time will tell. Back to Top

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Forums member and youtuber Blame the Controller has posted a hilarious video, just in time for the holiday season! This wonderful video is based on a twitter exchange with lead Minecraft developer, Jeb.

If you're looking for a special companion to break blocks together, look no further than eMinecraft!

Digital Diamonds is an ongoing look at Minecraft-related videos that have been submitted to the Minecraft forum video section. We'll be selecting memorable videos and those resonating with the community to share with everyone on the front page. Back to Top

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