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It’s that time again. Time to fill up some epic panels for MINECON 2013. In past years we’ve had amazing panels about all different Minecraft topics by a variety of speakers. From children to adults, our panelists have included wonderful people from the community with all different backgrounds. We are looking to find another incredibly interesting and diverse set of panels and speakers. Think you have what it takes? Submit your idea here.. Panel submissions will close on Monday, October 7th at 11pm PST. Thanks! Lydia [email protected] Continue reading...
 
I’m a little snapshot, short and stout. Here is my screenshot and here is my [FATAL CORRUPTION IN CLASS SXQ CANNOT CONTINUE] 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. Server files: Cross-platform jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/13w39a/minecraft_server.13w39a.jar Windows EXE: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/13w39a/minecraft_server.13w39a.exe Report bugs here: Minecraft issue tracker! // The Minecraft and Minecraft Realms teams Continue reading...
 
Update: Snapshot 13w37b has been released, along with a pre-release of 1.6.3. You can select these versions in your launcher, or download the server links below. Hey! You! Did you hear about the new snapshot? No? Well, there’s a new snapshot! Huzzah! What got added? Stuff! What got fixed? Bugs! If you find any more silly bugs, please help us fix it by reporting it to our bug tracker. We still strongly recommend that you don’t run the snapshots on an existing world if you don’t want to run into chunk errors. There is a known issue with world structures such as Nether Fortresses not transitioning to 1.7 from 1.6, but loading these areas in the new pre-release 1.6.3 and then going to snapshot 13w37b (or later) should fix this. 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. To get the pre-release, do the same but manually select “1.6.3″ from the version dropdown list. Server files (For snapshot 13w37b): Cross-platform jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/13w37b/minecraft_server.13w37b.jar Windows EXE: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/13w37b/minecraft_server.13w37b.exe Server files (For the 1.6.3 pre-release): Cross-platform jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/1.6.3/minecraft_server.1.6.3.jar Windows EXE: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/1.6.3/minecraft_server.1.6.3.exe Report bugs here: Minecraft issue tracker! // The Minecraft and Minecraft Realms teams Continue reading...
 
Hey! There’s a post on Scrolls.com discussing what’s coming this October. Check it out, if you’re that way inclined. Have a nice day! Owen – @bopogamel Continue reading...
 
Update: Snapshot 13w38c has been released to fix numerous graphical issues, crashes and item frame issues. The client is available in your launcher, and the server links are below. There’s a snapshot! It’s called 13w38a! What does it have? Well, that’s Super Secret :) 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. Server files: Cross-platform jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/13w38c/minecraft_server.13w38c.jar Windows EXE: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/13w38c/minecraft_server.13w38c.exe Report bugs here: Minecraft issue tracker! // The Minecraft and Minecraft Realms teams Continue reading...
 
Do you like pens and pencils and Minecraft skins? You’re in a for a massive treat. 57digital have recently released Minecraft Skin Scanner. It’s an app for iOS that lets you to draw a Minecraft skins irl before importing them into the app and uploading the results to use in-game. Watch the trailer for a more visual explanation. Skin scanner costs $1.99/€1,79/£1.49, and is available from the app store now. Have fun! Owen – @bopogamel Continue reading...
 
Hi! Haven’t you heard? The Scrolls ESL Opening Cup is taking place this weekend. It’s the first tournament we’ve been directly involved in so we’re pretty excited. You can see the first place prize* up there. To be in with a chance of winning Henrik’s piece of acrylic awesomeness, you’ll need to sign up. Good luck! Owen – @bopogamel *You don’t get Henrik. Just the painting. Sorry. Continue reading...
 
It’s that time of the year again. Hold onto your hats because we have brand new bugs features for you to explore! Introducing the first snapshot of Minecraft 1.7: 13w36a. What’s new, you ask? I don’t know! You tell me! We’re keeping this one a secret for now, but please report anything that you think is not an intended feature to our bug tracker. We strongly recommend that you don’t run the snapshots on an existing world if you want your landscape to stay pretty. You’ll get silly chunk borders and they don’t look pretty at all. I’d even go as far as to call them ugly. To get the snapshot, 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. Server files: Cross-platform jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/13w36a/minecraft_server.13w36a.jar Windows EXE: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/13w36a/minecraft_server.13w36a.exe Report bugs here: Minecraft issue tracker! // The Minecraft and Minecraft Realms teams Continue reading...
 
Massive congratulations to Edge magazine. The stellar publication has been around for 20 years! To celebrate, their 258th issue comes in 20 different flavours, and one of those flavours includes the earthly overtones of both Minecraft and Dungeons & Dragons. Junkboy drew it, and I worded it a few weeks ago. Click the image above to embiggen. Be sure to visit Edge Online to check out the other 19 on offer. There are some awesome creations in there. Edge issue 258 has just gone on-sale. Have a nice day! Owen – @bopogamel Continue reading...
 
Hey hey! I thought it was time I gave you an update on the world generator changes we’ve been working on. The last time we did any major changes to the generator was back in March 2012, when the jungle biome was added. In case you don’t know what a “biome” is, it’s a climate zone used in the game to set what kind of surface the ground has (sand? grass?), whether it should rain or snow, what trees grow there, and sometimes also what kind of animals that are allowed to spawn there. The biome is also used to determine how hilly it should be, although this is a technical solution because biomes are generated before the elevation (the old generator created the elevation first, and decided on biomes based on elevation). One reason why we rarely do changes to the world generator is because every little change off-sets the world seed and causes noticeable borders between new and old terrain. A lot of people don’t mind about these borders, but we still want to avoid creating them. So, in order to avoid needing to change the world generator again in the nearest future, we try to do as many changes now as possible. There have been three main problems we have wanted to address: Too large oceans Too uneven/random biome placement Not enough variation The solution to these problems have been, Tweaks to add more islands and checks to avoid huge oceans Biomes have been put into four main categories: snow-covered, cold, medium, and dry/warm. Biomes will avoid getting placed next to a biome that is too different to itself (sometimes this still happens, but it’s very rare now and not all over the place) We’ve added a whole bunch of new biomes… … and most biomes have uncommon/rare variations that you may run into We’ve also added a bunch of new terrain features, such as new flowers and trees We’re not done yet, but here’s something to give you an idea of what has happened (click on the images for full resolution): Minecraft 1.6 Biome Map Minecraft 1.7 Biome Map The scale of these maps is 16384×12288 blocks. // The Minecraft Team Continue reading...
 
Hey! Didn’t you get the memo? The forces of Decay have been unleashed upon the world! In fact, it’s looking very lively over on Scrolls.com. You should probably check it out. Click the image above, or this highlighted text to see what I’m talking about. You can buy Scrolls here. It’s super fun times! Have a good day everyone! Owen – @bopogamel Continue reading...
 
Sony fans rejoice! The rumours are true. Minecraft is indeed coming to PS3, PS4, and Vita. We’re delighted to spead the Minecraft love to a new family of consoles. As previously confirmed, Minecraft is also coming to Xbox One. There’s no need to feel left out, no matter your choice of future console. We’re not quite ready to share dates and details yet, but as soon as we are I’ll get them posted. Have a good day everyone! Owen – @bopogamel Continue reading...
 
Hey! Just in-case you didn’t know, Scroll’s fourth faction – Decay – is shambling into game next week! It’s going to be horrific. Click the huge image for more info. You can buy Scrolls at this handy link. Have a nice day! Owen – @bopogamel Continue reading...
 
Hello! We’re extremely proud to announce that Cobalt – the first third-party game published by Mojang – has just been confirmed for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You might have heard the news at Microsoft’s event at Gamescom in Cologne this morning. The game is being ported to console by FatShark AB. Cobalt is a game about cyborgs, weapons and super slow-mo evasive manoeuvres, including combat rolls, rail slides, rocket punches and wall jumps. If you want to get one step ahead of the curve, you can download the Cobalt alpha for PC and Mac from playcobalt.com. Pontus Hammarberg, one of the developers of Cobalt is well-chuffed with the news: “Since we started developing Cobalt it’s been obvious that the game would feel right at home on a console. We’re working on a hefty single player campaign, but there’s nothing quite like experiencing the slow motion ballet of violence that is Cobalt with friends. Yeay!” Continue reading...
This year we’re holding our third MINECON event, and now that tickets are sold out and we are deep into planning I thought I’d give a little bit more info into the event and how/why we do some of the things we do for it. MINECON is exciting to us. It’s a chance to bring together thousands of Minecraft players all in one place and give them a chance to meet each other and Mojang, and give people a really amazing experience involving a game that is so integrated into our lives. TICKET SALES We choose to keep MINECON limited to a relatively small group of people so that we can interact with them and give them the best experience possible. We split the ticket sales into 3 batches of 2500 to give people the most chance of being able to buy them when they are available, whether they have jobs, school or other things that could get in the way of any one specific time or day. Tickets are completely sold out, and we don’t recommend buying them second hand from scalpers, because they are terribly expensive and there’s no way to guarantee that you will be getting genuine tickets. We also won’t be selling tickets at the door, because tens of thousands of people could show up, and our venue is planned for the 7500 tickets we sold. While it would make us all happy to have everyone who wants to come be able to get tickets, it’s just not feasible with the size of community we have, so we had to choose what felt like it would be the best number for the event we want to give you. AGE RESTRICTION When the event company we hired looked into the minimum age requirements for an event like this, they were informed that 16yo and under should have an adult with them. After hearing from the community and doing a little more research we have decided to lower that to 13, so you don’t need a ticket for your parent if you are over 13. If you bought a parent ticket because of this age restriction and want a refund, contact us and we will put those tickets back up for sale. LIVE STREAM Like last year we will be live streaming much of the event. The entire time the show is going we will stream content, from the main panels to the show floor, sharing as much of the event as possible, as it happens, to people at home. After MINECON we will have the stream AND all the panels available to view on YouTube. We’ll give more information on the live stream as we get closer to the event, but we want as many people to know about and enjoy it as possible! PRESS PASSES Also like last year, we will not be giving out press passes. We wanted as many community members to be able to come as possible, so giving out free tickets to press didn’t make sense to us. Our community gets much of its Minecraft related news from YouTube Minecrafters anyway, so traditional press isn’t even the right channel for what we have going on, which is for the community and largely BY the community. LET THERE BE CAPES! Yes, there will be capes again for all ticket purchasers. We don’t have information on how that will happen or what they will be like, but you’ll hear before MINECON. CONTENT We will be announcing more about the event as plans get more solidified, we have some really cool things coming this year and as soon as things are confirmed we’ll get the word out to all of you. We want MINECON to be an event you’ll always remember, and we’re doing everything we can to make that possible. More information on volunteers, panels and exhibitors is coming soon! -Vu (@vubui) Continue reading...
MINECON tickets are here! In an effort to be fair to people who have jobs or school and those with different schedules we’re releasing tickets in 3 batches to cover different days and times. Each batch is for 2500 tickets and you can purchase up to 6 tickets in one order, to cover families or groups of friends traveling together. The release schedule is as follows: Ticket Batch 1 – Wednesday July 31 @ 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT Ticket Batch 2 – Friday August 2nd @ 7am PDT / 10am EDT Ticket Batch 3 – Saturday August 3rd @ 12pm PDT / 3pm EDT When you book your tickets you can also book hotels at our special MINECON rates. We have a variety of hotels available with different prices and different distances from the Convention Center. Visit minecon.mojang.com to book! Tickets are $150 each, 3yo and under get in for free and don’t need a ticket! MINECON will be held at the Orange County Convention Center and will be on November 2-3, times to be announced later (probably from around 10am to around 5pm each day). More details will follow about activities at MINECON, but there will of course be panels from Mojang and many community members, an awesome tradeshow where you can check out cool products and services revolving around Minecraft, and of course lots of Minecraft merchandise for sale. Volunteer and panelist submissions will be taken soon, details to come in the coming weeks. Companies wishing to exhibit: email us for exhibitor information. Continue reading...
 
You might remember me posting about Minecraft Skin Studio for iOS. It’s a handy app that lets you design your Minecraft skin on your mobile device or tablet. You can also download other user’s skins for use in-game. A, frankly ludicrous, 500,000 skins are already available in the app. Now Minecraft Skin Studio is available for Android. 57digial have redesigned the interface for your less fruity devices, and even made a new trailer to celebrate. Download it here. Hope you have fun! Owen – @bopogamel Continue reading...
 
The crafty chaps at 57 digital have just announced an exciting competition. It’s in celebration of a new update to Minecraft Papercraft Studio. All you need to do it harness your crafting might, create an awesome papercraft diorama using Minecraft Papercraft Studio, and submit a picture of it to their tumblr. We’re judging the top entries, then 57digitial are sending out awesome prizes, which you can see by clicking the image above. It’s probably worth taking advantage of their most recent update in your creation: Papercraft Studio now features “EasyCraft” tiles that let you turn a common cardboard box into something significantly more exciting. Here’s a video that explains how it works. In other news, an Android version of Minecraft Papercraft Studio is currently in development. More on that soon. Good luck! Owen – @bopgamel Continue reading...
 
Seeds are strings of numbers and letters that can be used as a starting point for Minecraft worlds. Use the same seed as another player to create your landscape and you’ll end up in an identical environment. Minecraft Seeds Pro is an app for iOS and Android that takes advantage of this. It’s a community-based resource that lets you search for specific seeds and discuss them with other users. You can also link your Minecraft account(s) to Seeds Pro and use it to keep in touch with friends. Soon, the app will include support for Minecraft videos too. We thought it would be cool to show off the most popular seeds on each platform. Use the names of each seed (in bold) to generate your level. Download the app for more seeds. Have fun! Minecraft PC/Mac 1. Rickrollin by Minecraft Seeds 2. 6038214531616065330 by Minecraft Seeds 3. Artomix by Minecraft Seeds Pocket Edition 1. CaptainSparklez by CreepyCreeper07 2. rainbow connection by JasonRice83 3. intercraft by Ryry0624 Xbox 360 Edition 2. 1385327417 by Sir_Veillance 2. +1995483789 by DeanoRYT MODDED by Minecraft Seeds Have a great week everyone! Owen – @bopogamel Continue reading...