...this topic feels like 1.8.2 all over again, with people claiming it to be the words update.
Just you see, when 1.5 comes rolling around, they will claim it is the worst update as well.
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0NightHawk0 posted a message on 1.4.2 is the worst update so far.Posted in: Discussion 
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IronMagus posted a message on Finding the other two Strongholds with math?Posted in: Survival ModeQuote from Boundegar
Nope, it doesn't work that way. The strongholds are at 120 degree angles from a point, but that point is not your spawn, and it's not the origin. Also, they're at different radii. It's rare, but possible to spawn right on top of one.
Much easier to just use AMIDST.
Wiki says it is from the origin. (Three points that don't share a line are always 120 degrees apart measured from some point. That wouldn't really be any help at all unless it was from somewhere specific.)
The slope m of a line is related to its angle φ (theta) by the tangent function:
m = tan θ
φ = arctan m
To find the angle of your line, we start with its slope of 1.4, and find the arctangent of that which is approx. 54.4 degrees. Then we add that to 120 and 240 to find the angles for the other lines we need: 174.4 and 294.4. Then we take the tangent of each of those angles to turn it back into a slope:
tan 174.4 = 0.09
tan 294.4 = 2.2
Those are the slopes of the two lines you'll need to follow. You ought to be able to figure out which way from origin based on the first stronghold's location. They should be found at a distance of between 640 and 1152 blocks from origin.
EDIT: no that's wrong. I don't know what I did there but something isn't right. I'll have to have a look at it sometime later.
Okay for starters, the positive direction for the zcoordinate is south, so if you want to convert it to an x/y system you need to flip the zcoordinate and call it y. So the slope of your line is actually 1.4,
So arctan 1.4 = about 54.5 degrees (measured anticlockwise from due east, so a negative angle would be clockwise, or towards the southeast.) But the coordinate is in the northwest, so we flip that around 180 degrees and end up with 125.5.
So the other two angles we're looking at are 5.5 and 245.5 degrees.
tan 5.5 = 0.0963
tan 245.5 = 2.1943
So yeah, basically what I said before, except inverted. I don't know why it didn't look right when I graphed it the first time.
That's about what it should look like. Remember when you're searching for them north is negative in the zdirection. So your first stronghold was northwest on the red line. The other two should be southwest on the green line and almost due east on the blue line.
Suppose I ought to have scaled it out before I took the screenshot. Just increase it by a factor of ten, the labels should be 1000 and 2000 instead of 100 and 200. Each mark on the grid is 200 blocks instead of 20.  To post a comment, please login.
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You've been added. Enjoy!
You've been added as well!
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I grab 2 more pigs, this time I wait to see them blink out, then pass through portal. Neither is there. Rinse and repeat.
I've now lost 6 pigs. They are not in Over or in Nether. They are vanished. Of the 7 I've led to the portal, only 1 is in the Nether.
What did I do right to get the one pig to transfer, but wrong on the other 6? I just want one more pig in the Nether, dangit!
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Water sources are under the Jacks O' Lanterns on the sides.
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They have nerfed the crap out of xp, and again I find myself in front of a mob grinder. Whoohoo! Fun! *eyeroll*
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