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Nathan "Dinnerbone" Adams - Everyone Asked Him Anything


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#1

Sacheverell

Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:50 PM

Today's Mojang AMA featured Nathan "Dinnerbone" Adams, of Bukkit fame!  What sort of questions were asked?  Did he reveal any big secrets?  Let's take a look:

What kind of support will the API offer for very large mods, such as EvilMinecraft or the Aether? Will it be able to meet all of their needs?
Impossible for me to say anything absolutely at this point. Our goal is to provide as much as we can and the API will be open enough for people to suggest new methods and ways of doing things, that if we can't cater to a plugin at the start we hope you can work with us to make it possible later on.

If the API is unable to meet a mod's needs, what options do the creators of that mod have, really?
You still have the option of modding, we're not going to force a diamond sword to your neck and say "use plugins or be slapped with a raw fish!". We just really, really want you to use plugins for everyone's convenience. See my previous point too.

In terms of the actual mod distribution once the API is out, how will that work? Will creators go on minecraft.net and go to a new section in which they upload their mod, or what?
We don't have much details on this to announce yet, but we're looking to set up a new mod distribution platform which will be accessible both online and ingame. Authors will just upload their stuff on a website and we'll take care of the rest with a bit of magic.

Why has Mojang not released the Minecraft source to modders(who sign a NDA) for the time being to make modding easier before the API is released?
Not my call so I can't really say why; but I can tell you that it won't help you as much as you think unless you had the ability to commit back. The obfuscated version is too different from the real version, it's not at all easy to switch between them.

Moving forward, how do you hope for Mojang to connect with the modding community outside of the API?
I'm not really sure. Do you have any suggestions? We'd obviously love to somehow give back to authors of popular plugins, and we really want to work together designing the future of things, but nothing is set in stone right now.

What does the mod API mean for the future of Bukkit?
I've answered this previously in a FAQ but basically we're going to keep Bukkit around as a community thing until it's either too difficult to update, or the community stops using it and has already switched to the new API.

If you could code any mob into the game, what would it be?
Pandas. I already tried playing with them, but I still need to get used to skinning and animating things.


You can check out the entire "Ask Me Anything" session by clicking this link - give it a read, you won't be disappointed!

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#2

TGI_Chris
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:59 PM

This is great.
I would make a human/companion mob
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sploder99999
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:01 PM

[quote name='TGI_Chris' timestamp='1334008775' post='14126590']
This is great.
I would make a human/companion mob
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This isnt great. This is awesome.
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#4

CynicBound

Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:11 PM

I skimmed through it and apparently Jeb said that the API is going to be finished in a few months ... I thought it was going to be finished by late April.
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doctorseaweed2

Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:15 PM

You know, if modding is going to take a few more months, then it's not worth it. I want API as much as you, but I don't want to give up updates for the next few months for it. I hope the game is still updated while working on API.
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:58 PM

Cool. I think these Q&As are a great idea. Maybe they should set up like a section of their site for it. Instead of using Reddit.

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#7

ArrogantLobster
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:15 AM

Holy crap Pandas!

View Postsimen671, on 26 November 2013 - 04:53 PM, said:

Do you guys think Dinnerbone is giving a hint here? Or is he just Dinnerboning?

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Poocho217
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:22 AM

He wants to skin pandas?  How cruel!  Then he plans to animate their stuffed forms?  "Dinnerbone" sounds like a real monster of a person!

--Poocho ;)

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SolidYoshi
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:55 AM

panda panda panda :3
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Sean_sama
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:25 AM

[quote name='Poocho217' timestamp='1334017354' post='14130924']
He wants to skin pandas?  How cruel!  Then he plans to animate their stuffed forms?  "Dinnerbone" sounds like a real monster of a person!

--Poocho [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/wink.png[/img]
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Must be a Necromancer, he. All animating skinned pandas.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:50 AM

nice cant wait for mod api
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#12

Globagoz

Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:57 AM

He also confirmed other people being able to visit your SSP in 1.3!

#13

uiomancan

Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:10 AM

why is there no pandas yet?
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#14

Zomborgon
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:14 AM

[font=Verdana, Geneva, Tahoma, sans-serif][size=4]"Pandas. I already tried playing with them, but I still need to get used to [b]skinning and animating things."[/b][/size][/font]

Y'know, sometimes the work of an animator sounds like that of a necromancer.

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RusticKey
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:16 PM

[quote name='Zomborgon' timestamp='1334052860' post='14139868']
[font=Verdana, Geneva, Tahoma, sans-serif]"Pandas. I already tried playing with them, but I still need to get used to [b]skinning and animating things."[/b][/font]

Y'know, sometimes the work of an animator sounds like that of a necromancer.
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True.
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kurisu7885
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:50 PM

Giving how many modding attempts I botched, I am WAY looking forward to real mod support.

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joostyboy1
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:56 PM

hmm... if making mobs with the api is easy I will make every animal I can think of:Þ

#18

HariboTer

Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:32 PM

Bah! I hate Mojang for making that Mod API ...

[spoiler] ... and not having finished it yet [img]http://static.minecraftforum.net//public/style_emoticons/default/tongue.png[/img]  [/spoiler]
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#19

AvoMarakus

Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:53 PM

I hope the MOD API really does let us make our own mods, I think it's just an awesome loader though. But, if it does have creation tools I'm gonna make frogs & dragonflys & snakes. Call it the Swamp Mobs mod.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 06:48 PM

YES, the mod API. I hope it is gonna work.

[quote name='AvoMarakus' timestamp='1334080438' post='14147060']
I hope the MOD API really does let us make our own mods, I think it's just an awesome loader though. But, if it does have creation tools I'm gonna make frogs & dragonflys & snakes. Call it the Swamp Mobs mod.
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If it is gonna have it's own creation tools.
Well i think i know how i am gonna spend my time.
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Based on a awesome mod.