The Chalkboard - A Sign You Can Edit Even In Adventure Mode
Posted 28 June 2012 - 08:34 PM
Here's a new item I suggest: The Chalkboard
This item would be crafted by surrounding a piece of smoothstone with sticks. It would look like a black stone sign in a wooden frame, and could be placed the same way signs can. Text written on the sign would look like white letters on a black background.
Unlike signs, you wouldn't write a chalkboard's text upon placing it. Instead anyone can right click on the chalkboard at any time after it's placed to open up a editing screen and alter the message. There's no need to break it.
This is useful in any mode of gameplay for signs you plan to edit often. It saves the effort of having to break the sign. And, if you're only changing a small part of the message, it saves you the effort of retyping the whole thing.
It would be especially important in adventure mode servers though. Chalkboards would be the only signs you can alter while in adventure mode.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 09:28 PM
Posted 28 June 2012 - 09:45 PM
Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:35 PM
Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:54 PM
To expand on what I wrote in the OP, it has two main functions:
1) To allow people in adventure mode to leave messages on signs
2) To use as easier to edit signs, perfect for something requiring frequent changes.
For example, a blackboard would be a better way to leave mail for another player because they can easily delete the message after they read it without having to break the sign and place it again.
Or if you were keeping track of something like how many ingots are in a chest, you could edit the sign easily whenever you add or remove items.
A traditional wooden sign would be better for something that's not supposed to change often, such as street or building names or a list of server rules.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 11:14 PM
Posted 28 June 2012 - 11:44 PM
Maybe. Although there's always the option of just putting multiple blackboards side by side and editing the text in each square individually, the same as signs. More annoying to use, true, but easier to code.
Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:20 AM
Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:49 AM
True. If chalkboards don't merge together, then they should either not have a border where they touch other chalkboards, or if that's too difficult to program then they should have no border at all.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:00 AM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:25 AM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:14 AM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:26 PM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:26 PM
Probably. I think it should work just like a sign that can be edited at any time. So anywhere you could place a sign you could place a blackboard,
Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:23 PM
1) Aesthetically, it makes sense. The item is a black sign, so why not make it by painting a sign black?
2) Functionally, it makes sense. This item combines the function of a sign with the book's ability to be edited The ink sack is a key component of the written book, so combining a ink sac and sign to make a editable sign seems reasonable.
3) Realistically, it makes no sense at all. While this isn't really a good reason for or against the crafting recipe, I figure I should state it now instead so that a fuss isn't made of it later.