To whomever it may concern, I have a suggestion that I feel would really add to the experience of minecraft. The ideas will be split into a few parts for a more efficient framing of my idea; corn, crows, scare-crows, and finally a new enemy mob.
Lets begin with corn. Corn is an idea my brother and I have been wishing for for some time, and I think it would be a fairly beneficial element to the game's growing agriculture options. Corn would be, from my personal hopes, a more permanent crop wherebye you grow the plant once and then remove the ears of corn as they grow by right clicking them. From the ears of corn, they could be cooked to be eaten or crafted to make curnels(similar to seeds from pumpkins/melons) which would in turn be the means of planting more stocks. To start a corn field you will find cernels in villages as you would other rare items or through trades. The actual stocks of corn would be 2 or 3 blocks high and unable to be destroyed by jumping, allowing corn fields to be an easy place to get lost or ambushed in by mobs. This sort of maze would be quite amusing and challenging, and would add some evening suspense. The corn would need to be grown in open air, no greenhouses or underground farm. There may be no blocks above the corn or else it will only be the stock that grows but it will not yield corn. (This is actually just a cheap fix for a problem some of us noticed in the comments, if someone else has a better solution please let me know.)
Corn would not require watersource after the crop itself is planted. You need to let the stock grow in the same way you would any plant, but then after it has grown the corn will replenish itself regardless of whether or not the plant is in range of a water source block. Though corn appears more convenient aside from the necessity of finding a village or abandoned farm, corn will prove a challenge due to the next element of my idea: crows.
A sort of texture test done with some fences, hay bale and jackolantern, but in actual practice I would think that the scarecrows dimension's would be closer to a player's except with arms out wide and no legs(as he is on a pole).
Crows being the main entity of this proposal, they would be the first real birds in vanilla minecraft. Crows will circle over corn fields and steal any and all ears of corn from the stocks as they spawn, making producing corn a challenge. crows are also natural scavengers would be attracted to rotting flesh, mainly zombies. Crows by night will peck at zombies, doing minimal damage, but doing just enough to act as a distraction from the player. However crows would also potentially attack players, should they be holding corn or rotten flesh. Crows would spawn in groups of 3-5 at a time, otherwise called murders (seriously, this is what a group of crows is, isnt that interesting?). When concerning corn however crows would mainly be an annoyance to the player, thus bringing in the necessity for my next implement.
The scarecrow would be craftable using sticks, jack o lanterns and hay bales. It's purpose would be to both serve as a light source, and a repellent to crows so as to prevent them from stealing your corn. Similar to a watersource block, the scarecrow would serve only a designated area from it's source. This would serve as a new purpose for jack o lanterns, something I feel is lacking. It would both protect fields from crowa and from hostile mobs spawning due to light source in the scarecrow...admittedly that's all I have for that one, Im open to suggestions for more uses, butter honestly that seems satisfactory.
The final proposition I have is a new boss or fairly challenging mob like the wither skeleton. To be spawned you would need to place a specific block(or group of blocks, I don't know something rare and difficult) in the middle of a crop circle. The player would need to design a specific shape in their cornfield to allow this boss, or very strong mob to spawn inside of it. I have very few ideas on what would spawn inside but again, this is just an idea.
It has been suggested to me that the boss could be a kind of large, evil scarecrow (not unlike the pumpkin king from Nightmare before Christmas) bent on avenging the corn you have stolen. This is just an idea and I would appreciate more feedback to really shape the idea into something usuable and interesting.
Another possibility could be to have abandoned farms with corn field's spawn. This would provide a source of corn to start a farm with, but it would be guarded by the enemy scarecrow mob.
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I really liked your ideas, but it won't be coming in 1.8 anyhow. Dinnerbone posted on twitter that they won't be adding any new features, but they will work on current ones. But if you're talking about further updates, then good luck!
I think the corn isn't such a bad idea. However I wouldn't want any type of bird in Minecraft whether it's passive or hostile. After seeing how Mojang made bats super retarded and annoying, I'd definitely wouldn't want any more flying mobs.
Alright, from what I'm hearing, the tameable crow just isnt an interest, I'll change that above. However Trollsack I think that unlike bats, crows would have some sort of objective with them so they wouldnt just fly around and hit things. I feel that having a crop with a different sort of downside to it to make it more interesting, other than having to be cooked or crafted, would be a better challenge which I would welcome. Thanks for the critisms though! Ill edit that tameable bit soon!
The way i see it is farming is currently too boring/lacking features for many MC players to partake in,adding an interesting and challenging crop would make that aspect more enjoyable. I also believe adding more food,and decorative blocks that do things ie. the scare crow,would add something too Minecraft which i believe is missing at the moment. Although i think if this was added into Minecraft they would have to include so sort of abandoned farmers shack with a corn field.
That's sort of what i was thinking too! Before posting this I was considering maybe the witches hut, but that just didnt seem right. I didn't want to stretch this idea too far for reasons of actually being able to see it accomplished, but that would be a great idea for finding corn in the first place. Thanks for the support! I too have felt that something was missing from farming, I myself find it to be a very important part of the game, but many people take it for granted because it's just too easy. Potatoes have the awful rotten potato and I love that, it's more like real farms, not everything can be perfect!
Personally I am not sure about this, as if I have rotten flesh in my hand it probably means my health situation is already pretty dire and the last thing I want is a mob that's going to attack me because I'm holding flesh. I would be interested in hearing some other people's views though
I would be interested in hearing feedback as well, this was just something off the top of my head. Personally I think it would be a good challenge, but perhaps we could have it so that in easy and normal crows will only attack if you hold corn (and not at all in peaceful obviously) but will go after rotten flesh as well in hard mode? Thoughts?
Maybe the boss or tough mob is like an evil child of the corn. <--- Dunno about that idea
Support, I like idea's that simply add more to the game.
Thanks mate! I really dont want to drastically change anything, I love minecraft, there are just some things that ought to be added you know? What about some sort of cross between a snow golem and an enderman? Some kind of scare crow that tries to protect the corn from YOU.