Hey all! I wanted to share a project I’ve been working on recently – it’s a simple way to share stories across Minecraft worlds; a way to add a pinch of community-driven story to your adventures in Minecraft.
With this mod, you can take written books, hide them in a noteworthy place in your world, and allow other players running the mod to find them in their own worlds! (You don’t need to be on the same server, map, seed, or anything)
First, you place a written book into an item frame near where you would want someone to be able to find it.
Then, you spin the book around a few times until it can be hidden properly
Finally, the book will disappear and anyone else running the mod can try to find it - if they use the feather in a spot that is close enough to where you hid it, then your book will appear for them to read!
How does it work?
The mod takes a virtual “fingerprint” of the context where you hide the book – it summarizes the type and number of unique blocks close by, and it stores a copy of your book with that fingerprint, so that other players who are searching for books in areas that give roughly the same fingerprint can find your book too!
Hopefully that conveys the general idea. I was inspired by asynchronous messaging systems in Death Stranding and Dark Souls/Elden Ring and thought that more games could benefit from a fun way to share messages with other players beyond just your local server.
I really like exploring Minecraft worlds and looking for new villages, treasures, and the like, and I think with some help from the Minecraft community and this mod, we could add a lot of exciting and interesting depth to the pre-generated structures/villages/etc that you find in your Minecraft world!
If you watched till the end of the first video, you’ll have seen a hint about a treasure hidden in the blast furnace of this village – I took the liberty of investigating, and have shared my findings here:
This is one example of the kind of engaging gameplay that I think we could make by sharing stories like this for players across all servers.
What do y’all think? I’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions for things/features you’d like to see!
(Since starting this post I’ve been thinking about allowing users to hide treasure/items and not just books too)