Minecraft Snapshot 16w39a – The Exploration Update

Originally posted at: https://mojang.com/2016/09/minecraft-snapshot-16w39a-the-exploration-update/

Seven years and counting, Minecraft is still growing and expanding. We thought it is about time we add something to guide you through the vastness of the endless overworlds. Introducing the Exploration Update!

Among your villager friends, you will now find the Cartographer residing in the library. Spend your hard-earned emeralds to obtain maps leading you to adventurous locations such as the Ocean Monument and the new Woodland Mansion.

This procedurally generated dungeon is the home of the villager’s outcast cousins, the Illagers. This insidious and spooky crowd will not tolerate any trespassers in their home, so you should expect a fight when you venture there for the mansion’s treasure.

The Exploration Update also brings the Shulker Box, an inventory-expanding chest originating from The End itself. This box’s primary property is to keep items inside of itself even when the box is knocked down. This behavior is something that contraption tinkerers should find useful as well, as it enables large amounts of items to be transported in a predictable manner.

Speaking of transporting items, Minecraft now hosts llamas! The llamas live in the mountains and can be equipped with chests to carry items for you. Well-mannered as they are, they will also politely form caravans whenever you lead one in your travels.

As always there are many other neat additions in this update, and here is the intentionally noninformative change log:

  • Added cursed enchantments
  • Added the Observer block
  • Added escape portals in The End
  • Added the Shulker Shell and Shulker Box
  • Added exploration maps
  • Added the Woodland Mansion
  • Added Illagers, and the Vex
  • Added Llamas
  • New command: /locate
  • Removed Herobrine

Bugs fixed in 16w39a:

  • [Bug MC-58677] – GUI has inconsistent capitalization
  • [Bug MC-92139] – Too many tipped arrows in the “Combat” section of the creative inventory
  • [Bug MC-106077] – Missing sound files (largeblast1.ogg / largeblast_far1.ogg) because of CamelCase in 1.11.json
  • [Bug MC-107154] – Junk potion from fishing is uncraftable potion
  • [Bug MC-107165] – Brewing icon displays the incorrect color in Creative inventory tab
  • [Bug MC-107166] – Experience bottles produce pink particles.
  • [Bug MC-107170] – writeString method of PacketBuffer is not creating correct exception text
  • [Bug MC-107284] – disabling shields with axes doesn’t work
  • [Bug MC-107320] – Sort order of command autocomplete confusing

Please report any and all bugs you find in Minecraft to bugs.mojang.com. If nobody reports a bug, we can’t fix it!

To get snapshots, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “snapshots” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog).

Snapshots can corrupt your world, please backup and/or run them in a different folder from your main worlds.

Cross-platform server jar:

Minecraft server jar

Report bugs here:

  • Minecraft issue tracker!

Minecraft Snapshot 16w39a – The Exploration Update

Originally posted at: https://mojang.com/2016/09/minecraft-snapshot-16w39a-the-exploration-update/

Seven years and counting, Minecraft is still growing and expanding. We thought it is about time we add something to guide you through the vastness of the endless overworlds. Introducing the Exploration Update!

Among your villager friends, you will now find the Cartographer residing in the library. Spend your hard-earned emeralds to obtain maps leading you to adventurous locations such as the Ocean Monument and the new Woodland Mansion.

This procedurally generated dungeon is the home of the villager’s outcast cousins, the Illagers. This insidious and spooky crowd will not tolerate any trespassers in their home, so you should expect a fight when you venture there for the mansion’s treasure.

The Exploration Update also brings the Shulker Box, an inventory-expanding chest originating from The End itself. This box’s primary property is to keep items inside of itself even when the box is knocked down. This behavior is something that contraption tinkerers should find useful as well, as it enables large amounts of items to be transported in a predictable manner.

Speaking of transporting items, Minecraft now hosts llamas! The llamas live in the mountains and can be equipped with chests to carry items for you. Well-mannered as they are, they will also politely form caravans whenever you lead one in your travels.

As always there are many other neat additions in this update, and here is the intentionally noninformative change log:

  • Added cursed enchantments
  • Added the Observer block
  • Added escape portals in The End
  • Added the Shulker Shell and Shulker Box
  • Added exploration maps
  • Added the Woodland Mansion
  • Added Illagers, and the Vex
  • Added Llamas
  • New command: /locate
  • Removed Herobrine

Bugs fixed in 16w39a:

  • [Bug MC-58677] – GUI has inconsistent capitalization
  • [Bug MC-92139] – Too many tipped arrows in the “Combat” section of the creative inventory
  • [Bug MC-106077] – Missing sound files (largeblast1.ogg / largeblast_far1.ogg) because of CamelCase in 1.11.json
  • [Bug MC-107154] – Junk potion from fishing is uncraftable potion
  • [Bug MC-107165] – Brewing icon displays the incorrect color in Creative inventory tab
  • [Bug MC-107166] – Experience bottles produce pink particles.
  • [Bug MC-107170] – writeString method of PacketBuffer is not creating correct exception text
  • [Bug MC-107284] – disabling shields with axes doesn’t work
  • [Bug MC-107320] – Sort order of command autocomplete confusing

Please report any and all bugs you find in Minecraft to bugs.mojang.com. If nobody reports a bug, we can’t fix it!

To get snapshots, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “snapshots” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog).

Snapshots can corrupt your world, please backup and/or run them in a different folder from your main worlds.

Cross-platform server jar:

Minecraft server jar

Report bugs here:

  • Minecraft issue tracker!

Soon: 1.11 for PC/Mac brings llamas, mansions & maps!
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Originally posted at: https://mojang.com/2016/09/coming-soon-111-for-pc-mac-brings-menaces-mansions-maps/

Grand development wizard Jens has unveiled a slew of awesome new things coming in the next update of PC / Mac edition – dubbed “The Exploration Update”. And with good reason, as you shall find out.

The update introduces the Illagers – a new bunch of mobs who inhabit Woodland Mansions. They’re a mean lot who attack intruders with deadly magic and summon mischievous flying imps called Vexes.

True to the update’s name, you can now buy maps from village Cartographers which will lead you to Ocean Monuments and Woodland Mansions. There be treasure!

You will also be able to manage your bloated inventory with Shulker Boxes – special chests that retain their contents even when knocked down.

And let’s not forget the fluffiest of 1.11’s additions: llamas! They’re basically adorable mobile chests. Stick a carpet on them to make ‘em snazzy. They’ll even form caravans as you lead them across the land and attack hostile mobs with gobs of spit. Charming!

There’s quite a lot more in the works: check out the changelog when the snapshot arrives this coming Wednesday!

Cheerio!

Marsh – @marshdavies

MINECON 2016 is over! Finished! Done! Thanks for being part of it!
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Originally posted at: https://mojang.com/2016/09/minecon-2016-is-over-finished-done-thanks-for-being-part-of-it/

What a couple of days! There’ve been celebs, surprise reveals, intense tournaments, amazing costumes, talks by clever-clogs, manic panel shows, comedians and more. Best of all, there’s been you: the coolest, smartest and friendliest gaming community on Earth. We love you, and it was great meeting so many of you! The Mojang team are happily exhausted – how about you lot?

Here are just a few of the cool things that happened…

We announced a novel!

Written by mega-author Max Brooks, no less. He’s a big fan of Minecraft, and we’re a big fan of him. What a match! Read more about it here.

We launched a site all about Add-Ons!

Add-Ons are the first step on our journey towards bringing even greater levels of customisation to all editions of Minecraft – starting with Pocket and Windows 10. Read more here!

Awesome costumes abounded!

These three cosplay geniuses were the finalists in our costume competition – Vera in the batsuit, Autumn as the White Pumpkin and Ruthie in the incredible expanding Magma Cube costume. Ruthie just edged a very close competition to be crowned the winner. We had OVER TEN THOUSAND votes! OMG!

Good things coming with the Boss Update on Oct 18

Including:

  • The previously-mentioned Add-Ons!
  • Importing and exporting worlds on Realms!
  • Slash commands! Summon things, set the time, teleport to places & more!
  • Xbox Wireless controller support for Gear VR Edition and Windows 10!
  • Oculus Touch support for VR mode on Windows 10 Edition!

Cobalt gets a total conversion, mod support and WASD/mouse controls

The Cobalt team revealed a Counter-Strike-style team-based bomb defusal gametype. And not only that: cool modding tools, mouse-aim, WASD controls, and more – all to be released in one awesome package on Steam soon. Read (and watch) more here!

We ran some amazing tournaments!

Look at this incredible arena! many thanks to Hypixel and Twitch for their sterling work here. We also had contests between big-name crafters Stampy and Squid (which saw poor Stampy forced to plunge his face into cake) and defeat for Console Edition devs, 4J Studios, as they came second place to Youtuber talent. Finally, four fearless Mojangstas chased down intrepid contestants in Hypixel’s Creeper Carts compo.

The Chinese Mythology Mash-Up pack is most auspicious (and gorgeous)

Just look at this thing. I think it might be the most beautiful mash-up pack we’ve released. It comes on Oct 4 with a hand-crafted map the evokes the mystic East, 41 new skins and 13 themed music tracks and a special Battle map. Read and see more here.

I rode a horse!

Pretty incredible. In fact there was all kinds of cool stuff on the Expo Hall floor – punchable trees, touchable cakes, flyable ghasts, lovely rubber toys, indie games and loads more. Thanks to all our amazing exhibitors and partners! Here are a few more snaps:

The last shot is of Bandai’s super-cute constructible erasers, “Mine-keshi”. I love them. They’re coming to stores in the US next year. Watch out!

Console Edition update gets bears, banners and more!

There’s loads of good stuff coming in the next free update to Console Edition, which should roll out across our various platforms over Oct 4 and 5. It’s got bears, beetroots and banners. Read a more expansive bullet-point list here!

1.11 for PC / Mac brings Illagers, mansions, maps and… LLAMAS

Jens revealed some amazing stuff coming to PC / Mac. You’ll see much of it in the snapshot arriving on Wednesday, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek.

There was a Block By Block charity drive!

Build a better world with Minecraft! Block By Block is a supercool partnership between Mojang and UN-Habitat. We use Minecraft to help urban communities participate in the redesign of their public spaces, making them friendlier, prettier, safer and more useful! It’s an amazing programme. Check out our work, and donate today to help transform communities all around the globe: blockbyblock.org

We had an amazing Evening Show!

The heroic TJ Miller did a smashing job of compering contests between top ‘tubers, stealing children’s toys and generally delivering a performance of barely-contained mania. He’s a funny man. Go see him perform. Then the evening was capped out by Fitz and the Tantrums – much dancing ensued!

Phew! This post could be eight times as long and still not cover all the amazing stuff that happened. Suffice to say, we’re all off for a nice cup of cocoa and an early night. Thanks for coming and/or watching everyone! See you again next year!

Cheerio!

Marsh – @marshdavies

Chinese myth, new mobs & more on consoles Oct 4
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Originally posted at: https://mojang.com/2016/09/chinese-mythology-new-mobs-more-coming-to-consoles-oct-4/

There are loads of good things on their way to Console Edition this fall. The Chinese Mythology Mash-Up pack arrives, bringing with it an exquisitely crafted world inspired by the myths of the far East: there are ancient cities to explore, gargantuan sculptures to gawp at and cherry blossom aplenty. Beware, though – there’s a reason they call this the land of dragons! There are also 41 new skins and 13 themed music tracks for you to use in your own worlds. Plus: it comes with a special map for the Battle Mini Game we released in June!

It’s completely, ridiculously gorgeous, too. Just look!

Also coming to Console Edition as a free update:

  • Polar bears and their adorable offspring are to be found wandering frozen biomes.
  • Banners! Spruce the place up with your personalised drapery.
  • New terrain generation: Igloos now appear in Arctic biomes, and gargantuan fossils lie beneath the earth awaiting your discovery.
  • Beetroots! You can farm them and turn them into a restorative soup. Delish!
  • Other new blocks: End Bricks, Grass Path, Frosted Ice, Magma, Nether Wart Block, Red Nether Brick and Bone Block.

The update will come to Xbox and, for US owners, the Wii U edition on the 4th – other consoles will follow the day after.

Hope you like it!

Cheerio!

Marsh – @marshdavies

Chinese myth, new mobs & more on consoles Oct 4
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Originally posted at: https://mojang.com/2016/09/chinese-mythology-new-mobs-more-coming-to-consoles-oct-4/

There are loads of good things on their way to Console Edition this fall. The Chinese Mythology Mash-Up pack arrives, bringing with it an exquisitely crafted world inspired by the myths of the far East: there are ancient cities to explore, gargantuan sculptures to gawp at and cherry blossom aplenty. Beware, though – there’s a reason they call this the land of dragons! There are also 41 new skins and 13 themed music tracks for you to use in your own worlds. Plus: it comes with a special map for the Battle Mini Game we released in June!

It’s completely, ridiculously gorgeous, too. Just look!

Also coming to Console Edition as a free update:

  • Polar bears and their adorable offspring are to be found wandering frozen biomes.
  • Banners! Spruce the place up with your personalised drapery.
  • New terrain generation: Igloos now appear in Arctic biomes, and gargantuan fossils lie beneath the earth awaiting your discovery.
  • Beetroots! You can farm them and turn them into a restorative soup. Delish!
  • Other new blocks: End Bricks, Grass Path, Frosted Ice, Magma, Nether Wart Block, Red Nether Brick and Bone Block.

The update will come to Xbox and, for US owners, the Wii U edition on the 4th – other consoles will follow the day after.

Hope you like it!

Cheerio!

Marsh – @marshdavies

Max Brooks is writing a Minecraft novel! Oh yes!

Originally posted at: https://mojang.com/2016/09/max-brooks-is-writing-a-minecraft-novel-oh-yes/

Yes, that’s Max Brooks, the author of amazing future-history zombie yarn World War Z. He’s writing a Minecraft novel, titled “Minecraft: The Island”. I’ve peeked at an early draft and it’s entirely amazing, just as we knew it would be. Think cuboid Robinson Crusoe, but madder: a hero stranded in an unfamiliar land, with unfamiliar rules, learning to survive against tremendous odds.

We’re all huge fans of Max’s work in books and comics – The Harlem Hellfighters and The Extinction Parade are personal favourites – and his enthusiasm for Minecraft is truly inspiring.

Here are some official quotes from important people!

“I’m very excited to be part of this new venture,” said Max Brooks. “Finally I can justify all those hours I’ve spent playing Minecraft.”

“From our first meeting with Max, we knew he would be a perfect fit for our first foray into novels based on Minecraft,” said Lydia Winters, Brand Director of Mojang. “His enthusiasm and understanding of all things related to the game bring out the sense of wonder and possibility that so many players love about Minecraft – ourselves included.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with the fantastic team at Mojang on what will be the first ever official Minecraft novels,” said Keith Clayton, VP, Associate Publisher at Del Rey, “and we’re so fortunate to have someone of Max’s incredible talent and passion on board for the launch of the series.”

Quite so. Prepare yourself for a page-turner!

Cheerio!

Marsh – @marshdavies

Add-Ons ahoy! Boss Update coming October 18
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Originally posted at: https://mojang.com/2016/09/add-ons-ahoy-boss-update-coming-october-18/

Not only does the Boss Update for Pocket and Windows 10 bring some much awaited mobs – the Elder Guardian can now be found in the sprawling, mysterious Ocean Monuments, and the Wither appears in revamped fighting form – there are loads of big technical tweaks besides. It’s boss in every sense!

The biggest news is that this update will see the first implementation of Add-Ons. You’ll hear even more about Add-Ons tomorrow if you tune into Searge and Jason Major’s talk at 3.30pm PST, but here’s the low-down: Add-Ons are the first step on our journey towards bringing even greater levels of customisation to all editions of Minecraft – starting with Pocket and Windows 10.

They let you remix mobs, switching out the models, textures and behaviours. Rideable chickens! Ultra-explosive pigs! Etc! It’s pretty simple to grasp – all of these components can be tweaked and swapped by editing text files – but it’s also super powerful, as demonstrated by the elaborate Alien Invasion Add-On we first showed at E3. Now we can reveal that SethBling, Blockworks and MindCrack have collaborated to produce a second example Add-On, called Castle Siege. A massive battle rages and you can pick either side: defend the fort from the mob horde or join the monsters and crash the keep!

We’ve put together a new page all about Add-Ons which we’ll add to in the coming weeks. Check back to download the sample Add-Ons for yourself soon! (Oh, and you’ll be able to play them over Realms, too.)

And that’s not all – the Boss Update brings a few more fab features:

  • You can now use slash commands! Summon things, set the time, change the weather, teleport to places, change blocks and much more.
  • Realms now supports importing and exporting worlds! Oh gosh!
  • Xbox Wireless controller support has been added to Gear VR Edition and Windows 10! And Oculus Touch support is coming to VR-lovin’ Windows 10 players too!

Pretty boss indeed!

Cheerio!

Marsh – @marshdavies

Cobalt team reveal first official mod & new controls

Originally posted at: https://mojang.com/2016/09/cobalt-team-reveal-first-official-mod-and-new-controls/

Holy moly! Those busy bees at Oxeye Studios have been rebuilding their amazing robot-blastin’ game, Cobalt, improving the engine and redesigning the controls to accommodate mouse-aim and WASD. That would be enough by itself, but they’ve also repurposed Cobalt’s core to create a massive, new, competitive team-based bomb-defusal game using new and improved modding tools – that will be available to all to use. Ooh!

The new gametype is a sort of side-scrolling Counter-Strike with somersaulting robots and it’s really, really good. They plan to release the whole lot on Steam in one sumptuous package. PC FTW!

“It’s awesome!” is the official quote from Oxeye Studios’ exceptionally handsome Pontus Hammarberg, and he’s not wrong.

Whet your appetite? Check out these unedited matches between Pontus and his equally handsome dev-buddy, Daniel Brynolf. Intense stuff! ROBO-STUFF.

Keep your scanning-sensors active for more details!

Marsh – @marshdavies

MINECON 2016 skins incoming! Get ‘em while they’re hot!
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Originally posted at: https://mojang.com/2016/09/minecon-2016-skins-incoming-get-em-while-theyre-hot/

Go, go, go! Today we’re launching special MINECON 2016 skins for FREE! But hurry – you have only until 3rd October to claim yours. You even get Alex and Steve skins wearing swishy and spooky Enderman capes, too! The skins will roll out across Pocket and Windows 10 platforms today, with Console Editions following tomorrow.

This year’s time-limited celebratory skin pack features four biome-themed adventurers: prowl through the treeline as the furtive Forest Fighter; brave blizzards as the intrepid Ice Pioneer; craft the incredible as the meticulous Mesa Artisan; or plumb the depths as the outlandish Ocean Engineer. He’s totally subnautical!

Not only do you get all this in honour of MINECON 2016 – you get all of last year’s time-limited skins, too, in one big jolly bundle.

So, go get ‘em! And have another screenshot while you’re at it!

Cheerio!

Marsh – @marshdavies

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