Also, I REALLY DOUBT lanterns will require you to get a bunch of diamond pickaxes, then build an obsidian portal, and go to hell, and mine.
Just to get a lantern.
That would be retarded.
lanterns are probably just metal glass and coal (or a torch)
Although I agree that it would suck if you did have to get diamond and obsidian before you could get lanterns, I have a feeling you might. I can't see it being a coincidence that the blocks in hell just happen to burn for ever and so do lanterns.
I agree that it may be a poor choice. For me (I'm terrified of the dark) it would mean a new game would basically be "dig straight down to find some diamonds so I can start lighting my base properly". That being said, we still have no idea how long torches will last.
Another thing we may not have considered is randomly generated portals that we don't have to build ourselves. That would mean you'd only have to explore to get to hell and make some lanterns.
Also, any guesses as to what we'll need to mine these hell fire block things? I'd hope only stone pickaxes but realistically it's more likely to be iron. I sort of see hell as a more dangerous (but also more rewarding) than the normal world and so I don't think it's the first place you'll go after spawning.
Holy crap, now I really can't wait to get to hell and fight those Ghasts. On the issue of having to reach hell to get the mats for laterns, personally this would be the ideal solution to making this survival mode more survival like. I'm starting a new world too so I'm not stock piling laterns just for the update.
Ever-burning hell rocks would go lovely in my castle.
Lets hope that you can mine them AND pick them up AND take them to the real world.
Because I want them too.
I'm betting they are the resource you need for lanterns. Makes sense, doesn't it?
And it's everywhere, so it's abundant. Lanterns won't be a pain to create.
You think mining while explosive fireball shooting flying enemies are attacking you doesnt sound... like a pain? I suppose you wouldn't really ave to mine if you just dodge and pick up the blocks that got blown up.
Thanks for the new pic, wintermuet! Where did you find it? We can clearly see what the new block looks like. It's shiny and luminous and looks like fool's gold (pyrite: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrite) although I'm guessing it will be something similar to it, like sulphur. The thing is, despite what everyone predicted it to be (sulphur), it doesn't really look like sulphur, does it? Any ideas? Probably just a fictious material though, seeing as it is in hell.
I'm hoping its a new material used in crafting, or perhaps just a glowing block so you can make glowing walls.
Also, pic is from another thread that got it from /v/
The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
I've seen a LOT of people posting the portal-shape wrongly; Based on what I think I'm seeing in the screenshot.
If you look closely at the screenshots, you can see a layer of Obsidian UNDER the portal too.
So it would look like this, and I believe these are the proper dimensions too:
<-- This part would be embedded in the ground, to make it easy to walk into.