1.2.5 Pre-release is here.

In a last minute decision Jens announced that rather than releasing a snapshot that Mojang instead would release 1.2.5. The patch is designed to fix some serious bugs that were causing clients and servers to crash. Though the update itself will not officially be released until next week to give server admins and modders to prepare a pre-release version has been posted at their Official Website.

This update will include the following changes and fixes:

  • Added shift clicking support in furnaces
  • Added method to easily acquire blocks you have selected in the world in Creative mode using the ‘pick block’ key
  • Made the Direct Connect dialog remember the last IP for the current session
  • Fixed issues detected certain links in chat
  • Fixed wild ocelots behaving like tamed cats
  • Fixed various chat crashes
  • Made cats less eager to sit on things
  • Made cats less patient
  • Fixed world generation failing under certain circumstances
  • Fixed issues turning off sound under certain circumstances
  • Removed all ghost entities under the command of Lord Herobrine
  • Fixed crash when pasting certain characters in chat
  • Fixed slash ‘/’ key not behaving correctly in certain environments
  • Fixed command matching being too greedy (for example: typing ‘/stophammertime’ no longer stops your server)
  • Fixed not being able to click coloured links
  • Fixed potential issue with village door detection (which could cause too many villagers)
  • Made using a stack of bowls on Mooshrooms not consume the whole stack of bowls
  • Made punching a TNT block with flint and steel in hand destroy and drop a TNT block (right-clicking will activate the TNT)

Minecraft 1.2.5 coming soon.

Jens via twitter announced that minecraft 1.2.5 will be coming soon. Before the update is released there will be a snap shot containing a portion of the update available to download.

This snap shot is coming earlier that the update because bukkit is still working on the finishing touch of the streamlined Minecraft server tools.

The snap shot is set to release tomorrow.

The basic cobble stone generator.

Many people playing survival mode will argue that one of the most fundamental things to create early on is a cobblestone generator. The generator is built off the simple premise that when flowing lava touches water it turns to cobblestone.

The first step in making a generator is to create two V-shaped trough. One trough will be one brick longer than another. There should be four spaces between the two troughs

Step One

Step One

In the longer trough dig two spaces straight down as seen in the picture.

Step two

Step Two

Put a bucket of water in the back of the longer trough. If you have done it correctly the water should only extend one space out.

Step Three

Step Three

In the back of the other trough place a bucket of lava. Once placed the lava will continue to try to move forward but once it makes contact with the water it will turn to cobblestone. At this point you simple need to use your pick to harvest it.

Step Four

Step Four

This basic concept can be made to be more elaborate through the use of buttons, pistons, levers and red stone. It is possible to create an automatic cobblestone generator with enough patience, or if complex red stone isn’t your thing you can easily use a button and piston combination to make a semiautomatic generator.

Fully Automatic

Fully Automatic

 

 

Semi-Automatic

Semi-Automatic

 

Minecraft 1.2.4 released

Despite Jens vacation the rest of the Minecraft team has been hard at work fixing bugs and preparing Minecraft 1.2.4. Today via his twitter as well as on the official webpage the release of 1.2.4 was announced.

The patch is primarily a big fix patch but, Jens added a few new goodies as promised. In addition th bug fixes this patch includes:

Chat history
Much better chat editing and controls (you can even mark text!)
Some new decoration blocks

First look at MATTIS

Earlier today Daniel Kaplan released a screen shot for the new Minecraft Advance Touch Technology Interface System (MATTIS). No details have been given on how it will work but, it appears to be a dynamic list that can expand and collapse. More information about MATTIS is expected to surface in the coming weeks.

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MATTIS Preview

New block announced in 1.2.4

Jens revealed some new details about the new additions in the upcoming Minecraft update.

Via twitter Jens revealed that the new block will be a sandstone hieroglyph block. The texture has been part of the game since Minecraft 1.2 but had not been used up until this point.

The specific recipe has not been released but Jens has revealed a few details about the block. The crafting of the new block will not involve the furnace and instead utilize the crafting table.

The new block will be available in both creative and survival mode.