Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pwegoable's Minecart Launcher Tutorial

It took a while to work out the kinks, but I finally have a working build of Pwegoable's minecart launcher. Credit goes to the youtuber Pwegoable (link to his channel here) who first discovered and posted a tutorial vid of this glitch.

This build is probably the most difficult one I've ever made, and that is not just because Pwegoable's tutorial was somewhat difficult to follow (sorry Pwegoable). This structure simply looks weird. Take a look at this:

The silver blocks make up the structure.
Yeah, looks pretty mysterious to me too, and I'm the one who made it. This is the minecart launcher, a structure that is built at the end of a long stretch of track that acts like a slingshot for double minecarts.  When a double minecart reaches the end of the rail pictured, the minecart turns onto the launcher structure and continues moving, then it reaches the final block and shoots off of it. The extra minecarts act as platforms, allowing the minecart to essentially jump off of its extra carts.

However, this is a very specific build, and a few requirements must be satisfied before the jumps will occur.

1. A multi-cart is required. The multi-cart can be made using my multi-cart station build or Pwogoable's slightly more primitive method of dropping carts onto each other from above. See his tutorial vid for the details.

2. If you are using Pwegoable's double cart making method, a certain amount of spacing is needed between the carts for the launcher to work. See his tutorial vid for details. This spacing is already provided automatically if you use my multi-cart structure. However, with my structure you must be sure not to allow too much spacing or the minecarts will break apart.

3. A relatively long track must lead to the minecart launcher, and that track needs at least one booster. A large amount of momentum is needed for the minecarts to jump, so at least one booster is necessary. The track must be of a good length too. I used a track of about 40 blocks for my prototype.

4. A launcher must be placed at a turn that travels outward one block and one block only. This is the only place where a minecart launcher works.

Here is a grid drawing of the minecart launcher. The launcher has three levels: top, middle, and bottom. The rail is only on the top level.

Top level. The brown represents the rail track. The silver represents the launcher.

The middle level. The brown represents the rail track above and does not need to be added to this level.

The bottom. Only one block needs to be placed here.
If every condition is satisfied and the launcher is made correctly, then players will have a pretty entertaining build to their credit. Note that this build is currently untested in multiplayer servers, so it may or may not work there. If anyone could give this a try and tell me if it does work, I'd be very grateful.


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