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Oops! Removed villages from Superflat?
Seems like it.
It's a shame as I was hoping for some fun survival desert challenge with desert villages and desert temples.
Well, none of us have any pistons. D:
Oy. I've been playing with them since they started. I own the server. Nobody had a silk touch pick.
None of us are far along enough to have that many pistons either... and why would we even do that? It would be a pain in the ass and severely lacking in point. Why is it so hard to believe that these spawned naturally due to a world generation glitch?...
Quote from AustinPlaysMC
For all you claiming "FAKEE", go check out Kdude63's post, he has server logs and he checks to see if we spawned one in, or if anyone ever placed it. Undeniable proof no one staged it. We didn't have access to /gamemode, or /give, or anything.
Nobody had a silk touch pick; and with the many, many, many intricacies of the world generation code, there could very well be an extremely rare glitch that causes diamond to spawn on the surface.
Quote from Link0200
Don't craft a whole set of wooden tools once you get wood, just craft a wooden pickaxe, get cobblestone, and craft a set of stone tools.
Don't waste scarce materials on things you don't need
Ex: If you only have 3 diamonds, don't craft a sword first
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I've always preferred to just use arrows to take the ender crystals out. Sure, it means you need to carry even more arrows but I think it's a much safer alternative to pillaring or staircases. Then again, I had and usually have Feather Falling IV boots so falls aren't THAT devastating, heheh.
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This isn't actually a glitch, because when you log in to a server, it spawns you at the highest point where you originally were if you were in a block, to prevent you from suffocating. It happens a few times when you log off near a wall too.
I'll guess it depends on how the game is used in education.
If the teacher can work around the game mechanics that doesn't fit, then Minecraft could be a good teaching tool. If you are teaching geometry then Minecraft would be great as it's really easy to show things like how many cubes you need to build a 3x3x3 block, or something like that.
But if you try to use Minecraft as a way to teach kids about structural strength, then the kids will more likely than not be playing more than they are learning since Minecraft is not a good simulation of those things.
My fear is that a lot of teachers use Minecraft just like a gimmick, just because it's fun to use a popular video-game in school. But if it's done right, and the teacher use a different game when teaching other things, then Minecraft could just as well be a learning tool.
For an Exploration Update I'm really missing a feature that allows for quick travel, like the ability to build your own portal network over large distances.
When you explore far and wide to find a new biome in your world, then not even the nether portals will help you much as it only reduces your travel distance with one eight of the distance. So not only do you have to walk for several minecraft days, but now you have to travel surrounded by lava, huge drops and Ghasts.
So the only new feature I now want is a way to get home to my home base after having explored the minecraft world.
The main problem with boats is that they just doesn't feel right within the Minecraft universe. They just doesn't move and behave like you would expect them to in a block based game. In Minecraft the boats doesn't actually float in water, they hover over water, so their behaviour feels more like you are in a hovercraft than in a boat.
It would be very cool if the boats could be built with blocks just like other structures, but I doubt that will be possible.
So the quick fix would be to let the boats behave more like a floating vessel, make it slow to turn while fast when going straight.
And make them bigger so that you can add a chest in them.
Also you should be able to secure the boat with a lead, that way we might loose the annoying thing that happens when you go ashore and the boats just drifts away in the opposite direction.