THIS is one of the best ideas I've heard of. Great job.
And my idea for the portal to the past is:
There should be an EXTREMELY rare (a little more rare than diamond) ancient block, which is not stackable, randomly found while mining, that can only be mined with a gold pickaxe, does not take as long to mine as obsidian, and is only found a couple layers above bedrock. and when mined 3 times (placed on the ground, then taken up again), it will permanently disappear (because its so old and brittle).
As for making the portal, it has the same 4x4 dimension as a nether portal, and requires the same amount of blocks as a nether portal. you use a flint and steel to charge it up, and after 5 trips to and from the past, the portal will collapse and you will have to build a new one.
This is a really cool idea. One question though; does the t-rex have any sort of limit as to how much rock/dirt it can break through? I keep getting this image of it shoulder checking a mountain and obliterating it.
Hmm, since this is my first post in this topic, I'll respond directly to the OP.
Although this idea is excellent, and well thought out, I think that it strays TOO far off from the MC theme. I'd like it as a mod though :biggrin.gif:
(Again, this is MY opinion, no need to flame)
I disagree, it still keeps the ground principles of Minecraft that are to build and Survive. It all depends now in my view on how old textures are redone, either branch out with a new idea or go for an actual Jurassic Park theme resulting in modern looks to allow the signature building to be recreated in pixel form.
It would be so cool to run from dinosaurs! I can imagine it now, I'm out collecting wood when a creeper starts chasing me. I turn around to run and immediately spin back around and run towards the creeper because there's a dinosaur in the other direction! I approve.+
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Well I don't think Creepers and Zombies should be in the new realm. It should be a revered realm in the idea that nights are safer than days, just saying hypothetically. Make it so Dinosaurs are "asleep" during the night and the day is actually the dangerous time.