All my work has finally paid off! The auto-farm is completed, and it works flawlessly! Too bad the same can’t be said for my laptop. I expected some lag to crop up but things were a bit ridiculous for a while.
Also my apologies for the audio balancing, I messed up the volume settings. But it only impacts a short part of the video so I’ll take it as a lesson for next time.
Hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed making it! I definitely will be doing more in the future.
Now that Minecraft update 1.7 is is out and we have pistons, I needed to get my Painterly pack customization updated. They had the texture files early this time, so all the updated items were added to their customization page by this afternoon. The link to the updated pack can be found, as always, on the My Minecraft Server page. Painterly has also started providing a “password” along with every customized pack, so that anyone can paste the password into the customizer and get the same options directly from them. It helps for those wary of downloading files from just anyone.
As far as the update goes, we’ve already moved to version 1.7.1 (I’m ignoring the 1.7_01 naming Notch accidentally used) due to a few crash bugs, and Notch has already promised another patch up to 1.7.2 tomorrow to fix what he termed “a few weird corner cases with pistons”.
I doubt there should be many other issues that will require a patch before the mighty 1.8 Adventure Update, so time for everyone to dig in to pistons and get some awesome stuff created! As for myself, the auto-harvesting farm is basically ready, I just need some time to do the recording. Not long now, not long at all and everyone shall be able to see!
It’s just come down the pipeline, Minecraft Beta patch 1.7 is now live! The Changelog can be found on The Word of Notch.
We’ve got pistons, shears, a couple new textures, and TNT that is finally removable! Oh and if I forgot to mention before, the bug that made clay super-rare has been fixed, so finding clay should be tons easier in newly generated chunks.
I’ve gone ahead and updated my server, so next on the list is installing the pistons as floodgates in my auto-harvesting farm. It wont be long until I’m absolutely rolling in chests full of wheat! And as promised I’ll be getting a video of the farm in operation up asap!
Oh one last reminder! After updating don’t forget to either go back to default textures or get the latest update for any texture pack you may be using. Without updated textures any new blocks added to the game will be invisible!
Enjoy the update, and Happy Crafting!
This morning Notch has put up a post on The Word of Notch laying out a miniature road map for Minecraft development up to its release in November. The most exciting part right now is that Pistons are confirmed to be coming this Thursday, in update 1.7, along with other bug fixes.
Also mentioned is that the adventure update will be coming in update 1.8 now. In the blog post Notch mentions that the adventure update has expanded in scope since he and Jens have begun work on it. It is going to take quite a long time to finish, but will change the game a lot for all the work. I’m extremely excited for all the adventuring that will hopefully be opened up by that update.
After the adventuring update Notch says that they’re going to start focusing on the Minecraft release! Adding conventional features like friends lists and a really server browser for SMP. I can hardly believe that the little alpha state indie game I started playing about 9 months ago is so close to full release! And thanks to Notch for the updates, it’s a great way to start the morning for me!
Personally in Minecraft I spent a good while last night working on the redstone wiring for my Auto-farm. Everything is all set for the pistons at this point, down to having the ingredients for crafting them set aside. When the update comes out Thursday, I plan to make a video tour of the farm, including the wiring setup. So keep an eye here for that video coming this weekend!
Until later, Happy Crafting!
Just saw another tidbit about the upcoming Minecraft 1.7 patch! Jens (@jeb_) posted a video demoing how the pistons work on his twitter feed. Video below:
A few things are different than the piston mod that the idea came from, but the biggest difference seems to be that they wont launch things into the air. I’m good with that, as it’s a fairly niche use anyway. I’m just excited that I’ll be finally finishing up my auto-farm! I have to do a video on the farm once it is complete, and I’ve got to start saving up redstone for all the wiring that will be required.
I’m completely excited about this update, as I have been with the last several patches. And all this before anyone even knows what’s coming in the Adventure portion of it! Looking forward to it all, but I hope we get a release date soonish.
Until later, Happy Crafting!
Well the update has been out for… like 24 hours. A quick tip about the update before I get into anything else!
*TIP* – When you have a chest open, “shift + right click” on anything in your inventory moves it into the chest, and vice versa. This is an amazing add, and will make dealing with an inventory full of cobble (or wheat in my case) infinitely easier!!
I’ve quite enjoyed everything about the update, except for the achievements. Now it’s not that I don’t like achievements, most of the time I’m quite happy to spend a bit of time grinding away just to get a cool achievement. In this case, it’s due to the saving system. At the outset, the 1.5 update wasn’t entirely stable (of course) and so at some point the client crashed on me. I didn’t realize it right away but when it crashed, I lost all of the achievements I had. This put me back to the point of making wooden tools on the achievement tree. I am not amused.
In other events, I’ve completely planted the greenhouse with a gigantic amount of wheat.
Well this weekend’s project ended up being a redesign of the farm. Beats another 4 days in a cave anyway.
If you’d been watching the world maps I post you’ve probably noticed my fenced-off and creeper-pocked wheat farm near the airstrip. It’s quite large, and never been fully planted due to the size and me getting bored of tilling and planting. Recently I saw a video of an auto-harvesting wheat farm that looked pretty awesome, and I’d rather have that. The one thing that has always turned me off from the auto-farms has been the lack of seeds from the wheat. Of course this tweet changed everthing, and so planning and construction began.
April 12th - The Old Farm