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Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:47 PM

I'd like to make a list of things that can or cannot be automated to some degree in Minecraft, for a goal I'd like to accomplish in the future. I have some things already in the list below, feel free to add things to it.

Note that I am talking about doing these things in unmodded Minecraft as opposed to mods such as Industrial Craft.

CAN be automated to some degree:
* Mob farms
* Squid farm
* XP farms
* Slime farm, includes sorting by size
* Enderman farm, in End
* Blaze farm, in Nether
* Zombie pigman farm, in Nether
* Magma Cube farm, in Nether (possibly)
* Farming Ghasts (expensive!)
* Breeding animals
* Self-repairing walls
* Moving items and mobs around via water or minecarts
* Harvesting cacti, reeds, pumpkins, melons, and wheat
* Opening/closing doors
* Disposing of waste materials via lava
* Turning lights on/off (glowstone, jack o lanterns, or the new redstone-powered light block)
* Shooting enemies (dispensers)
* Using dispensers to provide you with various "kit" systems
* Timers
* Minecart station
* EATS
* Redstone elevator
* Minecart Fez dispenser
* Player detector for lighting
* Nether wart harvesting
* Doorbell/other type of audio alert
* Passive mob sorter

CANNOT be automated to some degree:
* Crafting
* Smelting
* Planting wheat, Nether wart, melon, or pumpkin seeds
* Mining
* Dying sheep
* Shearing
* Enchanting
* Brewing

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:18 PM

Mining can sorta-kinda-not-really be automated with a TNT drill.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:27 PM

Mining, with tnt. If done correctly, you get a staircase down. However, it can only be semi-automatic. I think the hardest part is getting the items back to you, though.

edit: Squid can't breed, but they can spawn like old times, at least on layer 60 (See minecraftwiki, squid). So have a chamber at level 60 with non-source water, and then have a way to kill them.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:59 PM

Minecart stations, item transportation, EATS road (Ethos advanced transportation system( a boat ride) ) boat docks and dispencers, minecart pez dispensers, redstone elevators, player detectors for automatic lights and things.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:44 AM

I have a squid farm. You just put a 16x16 layer of water sources at at sky limit and make a "strainer" out of floating signs on signs or open fence gates to stop the water flow from touching the ground. It results in a large pillar of water being stopped by collision-less blocks.

The squid either swim down through the bottom or off the sides and die of fall damage. Then a shallow water current can carry the ink sacs to a collection point.

So take squids off the not possible list.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:01 AM

Why can't zombie piggys be farmed?
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:11 AM

Squid farms are actually easy to build, you can just build out to the "nothingness" in the end (as far as I know they do spawn in the end, correct me if not). And I've seen both ghast and zombie pigmen farms in legit worlds.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:27 AM

What makes you think you can't make automated nether mob farms? Nether mobs aren't magically resistant to everything. Even a pressure plate hooked up to an arrow-filled dispenser counts as "automated."
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:32 AM

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CANNOT be automated to some degree:
* Crafting
* Smelting
* Farming squids
* Farming any Nether mob except Blazes
* Planting wheat, melon, or pumpkin seeds
* Mining
* Dying
* Shearing
* Enchanting
* Brewing

Squids can be farmed. Zombie Pigman can be farmed (Youtube it). Melons can be auto-farmed. Wheat can, but has to be replanted.

And why would you want to automate dying?
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:37 AM

View PostSneak.QQ, on 20 February 2012 - 01:27 AM, said:

What makes you think you can't make automated nether mob farms? Nether mobs aren't magically resistant to everything. Even a pressure plate hooked up to an arrow-filled dispenser counts as "automated."

Yep, he's right. Funnel those pigmen into a water stream and blast the zombie meat off their bones. Same with magma cubes, right?

How could you detect ghasts? They don't really touch stuff.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 04:56 AM

View Postducky215, on 20 February 2012 - 01:37 AM, said:

Yep, he's right. Funnel those pigmen into a water stream and blast the zombie meat off their bones. Same with magma cubes, right?

How could you detect ghasts? They don't really touch stuff.

Water? Use lava to do that.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:05 AM

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* Breeding animals

Automated breeding? i'd like to see that.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:09 AM


Looks like an automated ghast farm to me.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:33 AM

View Postazyraphal, on 20 February 2012 - 05:05 AM, said:

Automated breeding? i'd like to see that.
I think you have to right click. Not sure though.

Okay, mining. Next job. We know about tnt mining, but what is a way to keep the items that blow up?
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 02:46 PM

View PostAvantir_Yihn, on 20 February 2012 - 01:32 AM, said:

And why would you want to automate dying?

Dying as in sheep and wool.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:44 PM

I don't think there is a way to remove the need to right click in breeders. If we can right click, then planting crops is doable.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:52 PM

View PostYoussarian, on 19 February 2012 - 09:47 PM, said:

CANNOT be automated to some degree:
* Crafting
* Smelting
* Planting wheat, Nether wart, melon, or pumpkin seeds
* Mining
* Dying sheep
* Shearing
* Enchanting
* Brewing

Someone needs Buildcraft. ;D
http://minecraftbuil..._Crafting_Table
http://minecraftbuil...omatic_Building
http://minecraftbuil...utomatic_Mining
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:54 PM

View PostDraco18s, on 20 February 2012 - 03:52 PM, said:


Yep, I have it. But this is about what you can do in vanilla.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 04:01 PM

View Postducky215, on 19 February 2012 - 10:27 PM, said:

Mining, with tnt. If done correctly, you get a staircase down. However, it can only be semi-automatic. I think the hardest part is getting the items back to you, though.

edit: Squid can't breed, but they can spawn like old times, at least on layer 60 (See minecraftwiki, squid). So have a chamber at level 60 with non-source water, and then have a way to kill them.

Actually, if you had some kind of piston TNT delivery system and a detonation system shielded by obsidian, it'd be pretty well automated and be able to carve out large flatish walls, for cavern expansion etc.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 04:07 PM

View Postbluesam3, on 20 February 2012 - 04:01 PM, said:

Actually, if you had some kind of piston TNT delivery system and a detonation system shielded by obsidian, it'd be pretty well automated and be able to carve out large flatish walls, for cavern expansion etc.
True. However, you would keep very few items. I think mining could be automated, let me try something.
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