This is an idea for several new blocks, similar to standard observers.
They would be crafted similar to a normal observer block, but with the nether quartz swapped with the cobblestone in one of the right corners, or with the left redstone swapped with the cobblestone in one of the left corners, or both.
It would function similarly to a standard observer block, but:
If it's crafted with the nether quartz in the corner, then, instead of looking out one of the six faces, it would look out one of the twelve edges.
If it's crafted with the redstone in the corner, then, instead of powering the block adjacent to one of its six faces, it would power a block which is on a diagonal to one of its twelve edges.
The things which activate it would be the same as for a standard observer.
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It sounds like a pretty good idea, but the mention about carrying redstone pulses across blocks diagonally creates some problems in my opinion. Redstone has always been non-diagonal, so if this idea was implemented then the entire redstone mechanics would have to edited as well which would be very time consuming and would force redstone veterans to start from scratch basically so they could work around the diagonal pulse mechanics to prevent problems from occurring in their highly accurate mechanisms.
I'd be more in favor if this suggestion added different types of observers that could observe more than just block updates. Like an observer that triggered whenever an item is dropped in front of it, or one that detects mobs.
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