Saturday, February 5, 2011

Minecart Intermediates: Infinite Booster

As a matter of principle, I don't present any structures that are inherently flawed or dangerous to a crafters world or data, but the next booster is simply so powerful that its benefits occasionally outweigh its shortcomings. To kick off the Minecart Intermediates, I will present the Infinite Minecart booster, a booster that, as its name suggest, gives infinite momentum to the minecarts it boosts. This boost comes at a cost, however. Older versions of boosters caused minecraft to crash when they would literally accelerate infinitely. Newer boosters were redesigned to have mandatory stops which reset their momentum.

Nowadays, Minecraft does not allow a booster's momentum to crash a game, but cart's momentum can still go far above what it is supposed to, and problems can occur when that happens. The Infinite Booster, while able to power a cart along an infinite number of rails, is able to cause every problem associated with momentum.

It won't crash your game, but you will run into glitches like:
1. Booster minecarts glitching onto other rails that they are not placed upon.
2. "Mine Cars", which are minecarts that can move on surfaces other than minecart rails. This only happens to the booster carts.
3. Lag!
4. Unstoppable carts that will simply push the player out of the way when he/she tries to stop it.
5. Strange things may happen to your computer due to increased processor load. Somehow while testing this build, my screen display settings changed and my brightness turned itself to max. I am not kidding. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

And technically a glitch, but a positive one, or in other words, the only postitive one:
6. A minecart with high speed, infinite momentum, and the ability to push stray enemies out of its way.

In many cases, a cart with infinite momentum, maximum speed, and the ability to shoulder past enemies who it normal cases would cause a cart to stop would be very useful. Here are the steps to make one:

1. Make a 3 by 3 square of minecart tracks.
Make a 3 by 3 square rail...

2. Fill the track with 5 minecarts.

...and put on 5 minecarts. The minecarts might fall off due to a glitch, but you can just pick them up and put them back onto the rails.

3. Wait until the minecarts begin to circle. The minecarts might not go in the direction you wish, but this can be solved easily in the next step. The minecarts also tend to combine, which is why there seems to be only 2 minecarts in the picture, when there are actually 5.

5. If the minecarts swirl in a direction you don't wish to travel, either build a one-way p-junction or loop a rail around the booster and build your track in the direction you wish.

You can either make a p-junction to go in the direction you want(in this case, left)...
...or just loop around to the left manually.
Now all you have to do is put a minecart on the track where it touches the booster's rails and get ready for a REALLY long ride. The longest I could stand riding on the giant, island-sized circlular track I made to test this was half an hour, but maybe you can manage longer. When I say infinite, I mean infinite. Any cart that touches this booster cart will travel forever on rails until it hits a solid block or falls into a hole. If you were to break one of the rails that the booster carts are traveling on, the booster carts will escape and also travel forever, with or without rail tracks, until they hit a solid block or fall into a hole.

I'll say for the record that despite all of its strengths, I dislike this booster and I will never use it in any of my future designs. I say this because it does pose a real threat to a user's computer. The CPU usage this glitch causes leads to many unintended effects, and I really don't know how severe they can be. I wasn't kidding when I said that my power settings really did change itself to max once when I put the 5 minecarts onto the booster. The only reason I'm including this build is to inform users of its dangers so that if they ever see it again, they can decide for themselves whether or not to use it. It's all up to you.



  1. Ooooooooooooooooooo~ I have something to try the next time I take a break from work. Thank you so much for this. :)

  2. I love boosters it makes the trip shorter :)

  3. ive seen this video of a guy that made an extremely long track that went on for multiple days it was crazy

  4. I'll probably stay away from this one then.

  5. Hearing about it affecting my pc adversely is pretty scary stuff so Im gonna take a rain check on this one :)

  6. Thanks for the post dude! If I ever get around to playing this I'll be coming to your blog!

  7. what is this game about? someone please inform

  8. Nice information here. I'm going to be following you. o.o I myself have a personal minecraft server. I'll try to implement your boosters, they seem like a great way to get around quickly.

  9. I dont want it to mess with my computer :(

  10. @lumineko I'd be flattered if you did that! Just be sure not to use this booster in particular. I've heard it increases server load to ridiculous heights.

  11. I'm still thinking of getting this game... Should I buy it??

  12. thanks for tutorial on this exploit(or whatever should i call this) and telling about the problems it causes .

  13. good to know, i'll get around to trying this game eventually.

  14. gotta get this game

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