Monday, January 31, 2011

Minecraft is down.....temporarily.

It looks like minecraft is currently not working for most people. Both the offline and online clients are AWOL, and Notch, the big man on campus for Minecraft, is currently on vacation at his mom's house. Lol.

Just as I was about to start making a few resetting boosters for you guys. This is not cool.

Stay tuned to these channels for updates. Hopefully Notch will get his fill of mom's home cooking and get back to the office soon!  (Currently also down!)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Minecart Booster Basics

Today's post will explore the basics of minecarts. And those basics can be summed up in one sentence: Minecarts slide along Minecart Rails.

There! Honestly, there's not much to learn about the basics of minecarts that anyone with a working knowledge of everyday physics wouldn't already know. Carts roll downhill, carts don't roll uphill that well, hitting things will slow you down or stop you.

Now that we're done with the basics, on to the intermediates!

The intermediate skills of minecart crafting depends heavily upon understanding and employing one glitch in particular that allows a minecart to gain a great amount of momentum. This glitch occurs when a minecart travels down a slope onto a flat plane that has another minecart next to it. The minecarts latch onto each other and effectively "boost" each other's momentum infinitely. The momentum gained by both minecarts is enough to push them for dozens of blocks. Any structure that allows this glitch to occur is called a "minecart booster".

There are many types of minecart boosters, which are categorized by their shape (flat vs sloping) and their properties (powered vs unpowered, resetting vs non-resetting). The booster I'll be demonstrating in this post is the simplest one to make: The flat non-resetting booster. The steps to making a minecart booster are as follows.

1.Find a nice place to build your rail and your booster. You will need to be able to dig downward at this place.

What a nice empty place! Time for some building!

2. Build a track that slopes into a lower elevation. Your booster will be located at this lower elevation.

3. Build another track next to your first track at the lowered elevation. This will be the boosting track. Have this track be at least 4 blocks long. MAKE SURE THAT THE BOOSTING TRACK'S FIRST RAIL IS NEXT TO THE TRAVELING TRACK'S SLOPE.

4.  Make sure the booster track has a block at the end and beginning so that your booster cart doesn't roll off anywhere! If you build your booster in a pit of lowered ground, like I'm doing, you probably won't need to worry about that.

5. Set your boosting minecart so that it is at the very end of the boosting track. If you did this correctly, your boosting minecart should be right next to the traveling rail's slope.

Go make yourself a sandwich. Your booster is made! Now you have what is known as a non-resetting minecart booster! Make sure your booster cart is at the slope closer to where your traveling minecart is coming from, and take it for a ride.

To see an example of a minecart booster in action, as well as what is by far the best minecart booster tutorial I've ever seen, go here:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

First Post! South-west rule bypass found.

For the first post of what I hope to be many, I've found a bypass for the dreaded south-west minecart rule in relation to boosters.

The south-west rule is a tricky glitch present in Minecraft that disallows the crafting of certain rail structures if those structures are facing a certain direction. If you want to know more what the south-west rule is, take a look here-

However, I've recently found a simple way to build compact flat resets for minecart boosters regardless of the direction they face. And when I say simple, I mean simple. Just use a redstone torch at the side of the circular track. The circuit will turn the track into the desired shape, and then you can pick the redstone torch back up and go about your day. Here's what you can manage using this exploit. The things in the image may seem mundane to a beginner, but more experienced crafters will definitely recognize the significance.

Here's a rundown on how to do this:

1. Build your reset as you would normally. 
              To do this, you place one rail track on each block of a 2x2 space. When done, the rails should      meld into a circle.

Step 1: Make a circle

              Then lay a straight rail track leading to the 2x2 circular rail track.

Step 2: Make a straight track

              After that, remove the track piece from the circular track where the straight track touches the circular track.

Step 3: Remove this piece...

              Finally, replace the piece you just removed. After doing so, one of two things will occur: Either the track will again become circular, which will mean you will need to use the bypass, or the track will turn into a hook shaped reset and you need not do any more work. 


If, however, it turns into a circle again, then your track is either facing the south or the west. 
Well, in that case .....

Failure! On to the bypass!

2. Place a redstone torch on the block next to the circular rail track where the circle track and the straight track meet. Make sure the torch is adjacent to the circular track, not the straight track. The track should turn into the desired hook shape.
Put a torch!

3. Remove the redstone torch and go make yourself a samdwich. You're done here.

The desired result...

...and results.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Welcome to Minecraft Dungeon!

Hello, and welcome to Minecraft Dungeon, a humble blog dedicated to the advancement of the art of Minecrafting. Before I begin posting other Minecraft related articles and resources, let me begin by with a monologue about my Minecraft philosophy. It's pretty boring, so feel free to skip the next paragraph if you want.

I believe, and you can laugh at me if you want, that Minecraft might allow players to do something that no game has ever allowed before: a true virtual creative experience. Never before has a player been given so much control over how a game is enjoyed or what is built in the game. If a player wants a house, they can make one and customize it down to the very last dimension. If a player wants to make a mine, all they need is the will to do so and  a pickaxe. If a player wants a skyscraper, apartment building, harbor, or even a castle, then everything they need to make it is right there in front of them.

However, it is true that other games have given players the ability to build complexes, and Minecraft is certainly not the first game to allow players to play with what amounts to virtual legos. But have any of those games allowed players to create their own electrical wiring systems? Or train stations? Or cannons? What about airports (which I will explain in a later post)? Believe if or not, Minecraft comes with several in-game systems that allows the creation of many complex mechanisms like combination locks, water canals, traps, or (my favorite!) self-destruct systems for the maniacal villain in us all.

In Minecraft, a single person can do incredible things if they are clever and industrious enough. So what can an entire community of crafters accomplish when working together? Well, for one, the Minecraft community is almost always discovering new functions and creating new structures. Much like how architects behave, minecrafters share their findings with their fellows in the community, These findings and structures are checked, copied, improved and enhanced, and sent back into the community, where other crafters are waiting to continue the cycle.

And it is for the sake of that cycle that I'm making this blog. The structures made by the Minecraft community, the processes discovered, the improvements and changes and knowledge amassed needs a central area where crafters new and old can access at the click of a button. Minecraft dungeon will supply access to the minecraft structures that have been tested and proven to work, along with an archive of tools, programs, and articles designed to improve the Minecraft experience.

Hello everyone. My name is Craft, and welcome to Minecraft Dungeon.