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    posted a message on Bamboo? No problem!!

    Bamboo is wonderfully plentiful. I use it now to mark pathways across deserts. I plant it in bunches on the top of hills because the tall bamboo looks so great at sunset.

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    posted a message on Help out a newbie regarding biomes!

    Amidst is a program that is great for generating maps of a Minecraft world so you can see exactly where you are and track your progress as you travel by reloading the player position. That way you can head directly to any biome you want. When you find your wolves be sure to breed them and make your spares sit down in your base or some other safe place. Pets are death-prone so always keep backups.

    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on What's Your Favorite Aspect of Online Servers?

    I sometimes play on a friendly and tightly monitored family server with my grandson because it is a safe environment for us to play together and more stable than a LAN connection. When I log on by myself I enjoy the anti-griefing policy which protects everything I build. I enjoy visiting the public farms to harvest and replant resources quickly and visiting public trading halls to buy anything I need with in-game currency I earn by farming, mining, etc.

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    posted a message on Tutorial videos
    Quote from DuhDerp»

    I don't know of any videos that take the time to explain the why's for building and design. Those that attempt "tutorials" usually just focus on what blocks to place where, and I personally wouldn't really call them tutorials.


    The closest I have seen are videos by Grian that explain many of the „Dos and Don‘ts“ and basic principles of building. Like one video entitled „How to go from building NOOB to PRO in Minecraft.“

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    posted a message on When did YOU start playing Minecraft?

    I think I started playing in 2017. I was aware of the existence of Minecraft, but was never interested in it because the few screenshots I had seen were so primitive, low res and blocky. I couldn't imagine it being fun to play. It was my grandson (then 6 or 7) who begged me to buy the game and play it with him. Now Minecraft is my favorite game.

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    posted a message on What type of Minecraft videos do you enjoy watching?

    I enjoy „Let‘s Play“ videos the best if they are entertaining like those of paulsoaresjr, and I like building tutorials like those of fwhip and Grian. I don‘t watch videos that don‘t have a running commentary and the voice is important to me.

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    posted a message on Can you no longer reset villager professions by destroying workstations?

    EDIT: Apparently solved! The librarians did become jobless, but it took a while. Apparently the change is not immediate. I assume that the villager only notices that the workstation is gone when it is time for him to visit it. :-)


    You used to be able to reset a villager's profession if you broke his workstation before trading with him. In the village I found yesterday, I placed two lecterns but didn't like the trades the new librarians had. I expected them to revert to being jobless when I broke their lecterns, but they didn't, even though I never traded with them. Has this been changed, and am I stuck forever with a librarian who gives me level 1 knockdown?

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    posted a message on People who Know Java and Develop for Minecraft, Your Opinions?

    I am not a developer but I see no reason why a person can't become a developer if they work hard enough at it.


    Having said that, I would advise against making a career choice based solely on love for one particular game and setting your sights on only one company. It is good to have a goal, but it shouldn't be a goal that can fall apart because of things you can't control. For example, development of the game could cease. Your dream to work at Mojang in Sweden could fail because you are not an EU citizen and can't get a work visa even if you were qualified.


    If you truly want to become a game developer, you can achieve that, but set your sights more broadly. Your love of Minecraft can serve as the motivating force to get started, but it shouldn't be your end goal.


    Again, these are my thoughts as someone who hasn't a clue about game development, but I think it is common sense.

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    posted a message on Feeding villagers

    Is there a way to see the inventory of villagers?


    In some of my villages the villagers just don‘t seem to want to make offspring. So I spend a lot of time pampering them, building little cottages with comfy beds, and reading up on how zoos get giant pandas to breed.


    I gather food and throw it at them all the time. Sometimes they pick it up and sometimes they don‘t. I know they need a certain number of stacks of food, and it would make things easier if I could see what they already have. Is this possible without mods?


    EDIT: I thought I‘d add that this isn‘t a problem with all villages. In some villages the villagers multiply like rabbits without my having to do anything. In the village I am having the most problems with, there is a farmer who lives up on a hill, farming a tiny game-generated garden and who never comes down to interact with the other villagers. The only other farmer hangs out all day next to the composter contraption I use to compost seeds. He doesn‘t farm even though there are two large farms near him with several composters. So he isn‘t feeding the other villagers either.

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    posted a message on When You Used to be a Noob...

    Nothing really funny to report here. In my first MC world my „base“ was a hole in a hill in a place with a lot of bushes. It contained only a chest and a crafting station. Looking back, I suspect it was on the edge of a jungle biome, but I didn’t know about or recognize biomes back then. Anyway, I gathered a lot of flowers to make the entrance look pretty and I was exceedingly proud and excited. I didn‘t know about fences or walls and a creeper exploded and destroyed the entrance. When I respawned I took off to collect resources to repair the entrance. I got lost and couldn‘t find my way back. I didn‘t know about coordinates. I spent several hours looking for my cave in vain and finally started a new world. I also started to binge watch „survive and thrive“ videos on YouTube which helped alleviate my severe case of noobiness.

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    posted a message on Long term survival world with mods or vanilla?

    One option would be to have two separate long-term games, one vanilla updatable and one with the mod.

    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on java or win10

    Since you are planning to build a lot of redstone contraptions you should take a look at Mumbo Jumbo‘s Youtube video „My LOVE HATE relationship with Minecraft BEDROCK“


    Mumbo Jumbo is a redstone expert and he describes in this video how redstone works differently in the Java and the Bedrock versions and why it is the deciding factor for him to choose Java.


    I have both versions but prefer Java because of its versatility (free mods, texture packs, etc). The Bedrock edition just wants you to spend money on extras. I don‘t mind paying money for things I really use, but I have had bad experiences with the pocket edition, purchasing extras for my grandson based on a couple of screenshots, and he ended up not liking or using them.

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    posted a message on Will this Villager-Wheat/Beetroot-Farm work?

    „Is this then the only way to have an efficient wheat/beetroot farm...?“


    What way? I don‘t understand the question. Did you include a screenshot of some automated farm that my phone isn‘t displaying?

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    posted a message on Has anyone mentioned abandoned villages in 1.14.4?

    I found one in 1.14 in my singleplayer world. There were zero villagers in the village though there were plenty of houses with beds and even a few workstations. It was not a zombie village. I figured it was a bug so I switched to creative mode and spawned a couple of villagers. They have since reproduced, though the village remains underpopulated. Some of the villagers don‘t find their way to an empty bed, homes with beds remain empty and workstations remain unclaimed though the villagers have plenty to eat. Someone else in this forum tested the seed I used and the village was normal in their test world. So I still think there is something wrong with my game.

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    posted a message on A forest village?

    Only two coordinates are given for the location of the bell. Can you really teleport somewhere without the z coordinate? I always assumed there was a danger of suffocating inside of some block or falling to one‘s death if the player didn‘t materialize on the surface of the world. I am curious to see the forest village but don‘t have computer access to try it this weekend.

    Posted in: Survival Mode
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