Updates

It’s been a while, but we’re ready to announce the theme of the next update and finally give you guys the first peek at what we’ve been working on for the last few months! We’re pretty excited and I hope that you will be too. Let’s get to it!

Minecraft 1.10: The Love and Hugs Update

We thought long and hard about what the next update should be about. Over the last few years we’ve touched everything from survival to creative, monsters to blocks, overhauled the world itself and the way people play in it. It took us a while to come to a conclusion on where we should branch out next, but with some help of some recent public criticism we realized the true direction we should be taking with this truly inspirational game.

It is well known that Minecraft is played by all ages, we’ve met kids as young as 3 to adults in their 90s. As much as this continues to impress us, we’ve realized that this puts us in a special position with certain responsibilities that we should uphold. We are in a very unique position to make a difference to the world and we have decided to accept this new role in society. We’ve thought long and hard about this, but we finally feel happy to announce that we are now changing the general direction of the game Minecraft. Starting from the next update we will be focusing on the things that make life worth living, promoting healthy relationships with the environment and its inhabitants.

You may have been wondering why we’ve not released any snapshots in some time. This was done with the best intentions in mind, and we’ll try to explain why we made this choice. We realized that sharing snapshots was very unfair to those that didn’t want to get update spoilers by not using snapshots, so we then decided to cancel the snapshot release cycle. In later meetings we realized that this decision itself was unfair to those who did want to be spoiled, so we decided to bring them back. However, we then came to the conclusion that withholding snapshots was unfair to those who did want to see snapshots, and sharing snapshots was unfair to those who didn’t want to see snapshots, this put us in a very hurtful position in regards to our new Equality Policy. After a long debate, we came to the final conclusion which should make everybody equally happy/unhappy: We’ll release snapshots, but only after we’ve already added everything. This way, those who didn’t want to see snapshots will be upset because they will see snapshots, and those who want to see snapshots will be upset because they won’t see snapshots until it’s very late, and then those who didn’t want to see snapshots will be happy because those who did want to see snapshots will be unhappy, and then those that did want to see snapshots will be happy because those that didn’t want to see snapshots will be unhappy. Or something. We’re still discussing this, we’ll get back to you with our final findings.

Get the snapshot

To get snapshots, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “Snapshots” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog).

Cross-platform server jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/15w14a/minecraft_server.15w14a.jar

Changelog

Gameplay

  • We have removed the ability to directly harm other creatures. You should be rewarded for helping, not hurting.
  • Removed Health and Hunger. We feel that these are not appropriate gameplay mechanics for a game about love, sharing and peacefulness.
  • Added a new “Love” meter. This fills up the more you help others, and others help you.
  • “Survival” mode has been renamed to “Existence”.

Animals

  • Bats are now 20% cuter. Squeek.
  • Chickens can now be ridden by any player less than two blocks tall.
  • Cows will now alert you to important events that you may have missed by means of an audible notification.
  • Pigs can no longer fly, but can now climb on walls.
  • Rabbits are fluffy.
  • Sheep will, if asked nicely, share their wool to keep you warm.
  • Squid changed, but we’re still trying to figure out how or why.

Monsters Inhabitants

  • “Monsters” are no longer named as such. The preferred term is “Inhabitants”, as they live in this world just like you or me.
  • Steve and Alex have realized that the inhabitants are not evil, and just want to hug and get along.
  • Creepers no longer explode. They have gotten over their nervous disposition and are much more friendly once you get to know them.
  • Skeletons have revealed themselves to be very efficient farmers, having a permanent source of bone meal on them at all times.
  • Blazes are actually pretty cool guys and will defend you from harm.
  • Guardians have put aside the initial misunderstanding, and now welcome you into their home with arms… erm… eyes… wide open.
  • Ghasts are no longer frightened so easily, and will offer you rides throughout the nether.
  • Slimes are now pretty fun to hang around with, sharing their secret jumping abilities to those that will listen.
  • Witches are super friendly and surprisingly knowledgable. They will help you by sharing their potions.
  • Zombies are extremely cuddly and love to hug.
  • The Wither has been replaced with his lovable pink counterpart, promoting vitality and nourishment to the environment around him.

Weather & Environment

  • Removed rain as it upset a lot of players.
  • Falling snow has a chance to make exposed chests mysteriously full of goodies at midnight.

Villagers & Villages

  • Trading has been rebalanced. We felt that the previous incarnation wasn’t very fair, and believe the new system is a step towards helping fix this.
  • Villagers will offer you help in picking up items or blocks, in exchange for a small fee for their services.
  • Iron Golems can appear as a manifestation of the village’s love for you.

Blocks

  • Lava has been replaced with liquid cheese. It’s delicious and much safer!
  • TNT has been replaced with a much friendlier block: A love bomb.

Items

  • As we no longer have a hunger system, food items now give Happiness instead of Saturation.
  • Carrot on a Stick has been removed. It was just cruel to pigs and we are very sorry for this.

Combat

  • Bows no longer require arrows.
  • Shooting things makes them fall in love with the first thing they see.
  • Removed combat.

World generation & terrain

  • Dungeons have been replaced with homes, offering a much more inviting and comfortable experience for everybody.
  • All caves have been checked by the Minecraft Safety Committee to ensure a safer experience for players.
  • Desert temples no longer contain TNT traps, and come with a nice, safe way to access the bottom floor.
  • Some cliff edges may be lined with fences to avoid accidents by the unwary traveller.
  • Jungle temples are no longer trapped, containing instead a new rare Golden Creeper to reward exploration.

Potions

  • Some potions such as Strength or Harming have been removed, as we no longer have a place for them in the game.
  • Added four (4) new potions:
    • Love Potion
    • Happiness Potion
    • Potion of Sharing
    • Potion of Caring
    • Fun Potion

Transportation

  • Horses can no longer be ridden as this was deemed unfair to the horses.
    • In compensation to the horses, they can now ride on your shoulders.
  • Minecarts now have a fluffy pink interior.
  • Added obsidian boats which are impossible to break.
  • Improved regular wooden boats.
  • Added dirt bikes.
  • Ender pearls no longer transport you to the target, but instead the target to you.

Weather & Environment

  • Added rain back as it soothed a lot of players.
  • Falling snow has a chance to make exposed chests mysteriously full of goodies at midnight.

Game Settings

  • Not everybody had the same experience playing Minecraft under different configurations, so we decided to remove all the graphical settings.
  • You may now only have one world, in order to reduce fragmentation and to treat all worlds as equals.
  • Some resource packs were prettier than others, giving some players an unfair advantage in the amount of fun they were having. This has been fixed.

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MINECON

Hello!

I know it’s taken a bit of time to get everything ready, but we are now able to announce ticket sales for MINECON 2015 which will be in London on July 4-5 at the London ExCeL Convention Center! We’ll be selling tickets online at minecon.mojang.com on Friday March 27th and Saturday March 28th. As always, if you attend MINECON you’ll also get a fancy new cape! There’s a lot of information below but please read it if you plan on purchasing tickets, it’s all important.

Here’s how it will work:

– Tickets will be £129 each
– Tickets will only be sold at minecon.mojang.com, and they will be sold through Eventbrite
– 5,000 tickets will go on sale at 6pm GMT (that’s London time) on Friday, March 27, 2015
– 5,000 additional tickets will go on sale at 12pm noon GMT on Saturday, March 28, 2015
– You will be able to purchase up to 6 tickets on one order
– You will need the name of EACH person you are buying a ticket for at the time you purchase tickets, you’ll need to enter these details to complete your order.
– Tickets cannot be resold and are non-transferrable, the person whose name is on the ticket at the time of purchase is the person who will be admitted to MINECON
– When you book your ticket you will also be able to book a hotel afterwards, we have hotel rooms blocked off and you will get our discounted rates
– Any child aged 3 and under will be admitted for free. Children aged 14 or under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and both the child and adult need to purchase a ticket. Young people 15 years and over are allowed to attend the event alone as long as they have a ticket.

Some frequently asked questions:

Q. What will there be to do/see/enjoy at MINECON?
A. We will have tons of panels, lots of exhibitors showing off cool things they are doing with Minecraft, and a bunch of interactive attractions during the event. Saturday night there will also be a party for everyone who attends MINECON. For some ideas of what happens at MINECON see the YouTube videos from our last one.

Q. Will there be a costume contest this year?
A. Absolutely! We love having people show off their creativity when it comes to their Minecraft costumes. There will be prizes and accolades for the best of the best. Here is a video of our costume contest from the last MINECON.

Q. Can I sell my ticket to someone else if I can’t attend?
A. Nope! You can request a refund and those tickets we will resell at a later date! This will keep it as fair as possible.

Q. How can I volunteer to be a MINECON Agent?
A. Each year our MINECON Agents help make MINECON possible, it’s a huge event and couldn’t happen without them! If you want to volunteer, head over and fill out this form. If you’re chosen you will not need to purchase a MINECON ticket!

Q. Can I buy a MINECON ticket just to get the fancy cape?
A. We want all tickets to go to people who will come and enjoy the event, so only people who come to MINECON will get their cape. When you arrive, we scan your ticket, and only scanned tickets will get a cape.

Q. I’m taking my daughter/son/nephew/neighbor to MINECON but I’m an adult and don’t play Minecraft, do I need a ticket for myself as well?
A. Yes you do! We have players of all ages and we have events and things to do for everyone (even a bunch of cool panels for parents of Minecrafters) so all attendees will need to purchase a ticket.

Q. I have an awesome idea for a panel!
A. Well that’s not a question, but soon you’ll be able to submit panel ideas, and maybe yours will be chosen!

Q. What if I miss out on tickets or can’t make it all the way to London?
A. Worry not! We will have an amazing live stream that will run during the entire convention. We’ll be streaming the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as some of the coolest panels! Information on the live stream will be announced before the event. Afterwards, all the panels will be uploaded to our YouTube channel, as well as some videos we make capturing some of the fun of the event.

There will be more information at minecon.mojang.com before tickets go on sale, so if you have a question you didn’t see answered here you can tweet at me and I’ll try to include it on the site.

Thanks!
-Vu (@vubui)

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arbalestier

Hey!

I thought it was worth mentioning that Scrolls has just received a massive patch. All kinds of things have been improved, added, and tweaked. It’s more fun than it’s ever been before!

Gary has written a great post outlining all the changes over at Scrolls.com. Give it a read, eh?

Oh, and if you haven’t bought Scrolls yet, click here to download the demo. It’s a happy bundle of fun.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Owen – @bopogamel

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Minecraft 1.8.3 is now available

by Searge on February 19, 2015

Update: due to a serious bug in the Minecraft 1.8.2 server, we released an update to Minecraft 1.8.3
It’s now available through the Minecraft launcher.

Minecraft Village

Finally, after many weeks of development and seven pre-releases, Minecraft 1.8.2 is ready for release. It is now available in the Minecraft launcher and the server can be downloaded from the Minecraft website download page.

Only minor changes were made since pre-release 7 which was available since Monday. Version 1.8.2 is also fully compatible with all previous server versions (1.8 and 1.8.1), but we recommend to update to 1.8.2 as soon as possible to benefit from all bug fixes and improvements we made in the game.

Report bugs here:

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Happy Holidays
The longest running series of pre-releases is airing its final episode today.

We are getting close to the release of Minecraft 1.8.2, here is just one more snapshot to make sure we did not break anything with our latest bugfixes and performance tweaks. If everything goes as planned, version 1.8.2 will be released on Thursday, 19th of February 2015.

These issues were solved in this pre-release:

  • [Bug MC-0] – Not enough hugs given since the holidays ended
  • [Bug MC-141] – "/spawnpoint" command fails directly on Pressure Plates, Cobwebs, Signs, Open Fence Gates
  • [Bug MC-3416] – Player location marker invisible on map (wrong Z-Order). One-line fix included.
  • [Bug MC-13057] – Multiplayer "back to title screen" button incorrect
  • [Bug MC-47832] – Certain entities can't be selected by type
  • [Bug MC-57691] – Water generates above sea level as part of ocean monument generation
  • [Bug MC-63370] – Baby Cows are Milkable
  • [Bug MC-66090] – TNT is no longer colliding with a block placed above it when the TNT is triggered
  • [Bug MC-67150] – Ocean Monument cuts unnaturally into ocean floor
  • [Bug MC-72574] – /stats command doesn't work on players who aren't op
  • [Bug MC-77047] – Fullscreen Mouse Out-Of-Bounds Behavior
  • [Bug MC-77055] – Non-ASCII characters rendered wrong (Unicode issue)
  • [Bug MC-77174] – Wither Skull Dupe Glitch
  • [Bug MC-77432] – Enchanted fishing rods make enchanted carrot on a sticks

To get pre-releases, open your launcher and press the “New Profile” button. Call it “pre-releases” and check the box saying “Enable experimental development snapshots” and save. To switch to the normal version, you can select it in the dropdown at the bottom left corner of the launcher. Back up your world first or run the game on in a different folder (See the “new profile” dialog).

Cross-platform server jar: https://s3.amazonaws.com/Minecraft.Download/versions/1.8.2-pre7/minecraft_server.1.8.2-pre7.jar

Report bugs here:

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MINECON 2015 announced!

by Vu Bui on February 2, 2015

MINECON

It’s time again to announce the next MINECON!

If you like Minecraft, and you like people who like Minecraft, you’ll probably like MINECON. It’s THE place to see all the cool Mojangstas you fancy, meet people who love Minecraft maybe even as much as you do, and attend panels and events full of YouTube creators and a ton of other talented folks!

This summer we are heading to London, UK to hang out with 10,000 of our closest friends (hint: that’s you!). As usual there will be panels, contests, tournaments, events and a soon-to-be-announced show-of-some-sort for our Saturday night bash.

WHEN: July 4-5, 2015

WHERE: ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference Centre

WHO: You, hopefully!

Since you’re bound to have more questions, I’ll ask myself some in this handy Q&A:

How do I get tickets?
Ticket sales will happen in February, exact date and time will be announced in the next two weeks. You’ll head to minecon.mojang.com to purchase them, but they will go fast! To accommodate different people’s schedules, they will be released in two batches on the same day, different times, 5,000 tickets in each batch. When you buy your ticket you’ll also get access to our discounted hotel pricing, so don’t go booking a hotel room just yet!

How do I become a volunteer (aka MINECON Agent)?
So you want to be a part of the event? We will be taking volunteer submissions next week. You’ll fill out an online form and we will get back to you before tickets go on sale. Watch mojang.com for more details.

I have a great idea for a panel, how can I make it happen?
Our community submitted panels have been some of the best panels we’ve had! Panel submissions will begin in early March. You’ll need to fill out an online form about the panel, who would be best on it, and submit a video of yourself describing the panel and why it should be at MINECON.

I want to exhibit at MINECON. How do I get a booth?
Each year we have a nice selection of awesome exhibitors, and you could be one of them! You can contact us via minecon@mojang.com for exhibition booth requests.

More details and information will be coming in the next couple weeks, keep watching mojang.com for all the answers you seek!

Thanks for reading!
Vu – @vubui

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HEADS

Hey! Remember the Humble Card Game Bundle we mentioned last week? It just got even better! Now, if you pay over the average you get the two snazzy Scrolls avatar heads you can see up there, along with a bunch of other cool stuff.

Not too shabby. For more info, check out the Scrolls Humble Bundle FAQ.

Thanks for reading!

Owen – @bopogamel

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internetsafety

Hey!

Most of you are familiar with the way Minecraft servers work, but lots of you aren’t. We’d like to fix that. 

Put simply, servers give Minecraft players the opportunity to play together online.

There are many different types of servers, and we love almost all of them
Apart from Minecraft Realms (which is another way for players to enjoy a persistent world with friends), no servers are owned or run by us. They are independent and set up by many different types of people for many different reasons. Some are set up by fans of the game so they can play with their friends and family, some are created to make money, some are weird social experiments that we don’t really understand.

Many third-party Minecraft servers give our players innovative and interesting ways to play. And we’re thankful that they exist. Without them, Minecraft wouldn’t be as successful or diverse as it is today.

We’re not responsible for the way servers are operated
Having freedom to create awesome things and express yourself without boundaries is one of the things that makes Minecraft so great, but it can lead to content that some may deem inappropriate, or in people doing things we’re not too keen on. We’re not responsible for the content on third party servers.

These sites and servers are not run or governed by us and so long as they abide to our EULA and terms of use, we don’t have control over them. It’s a bit like YouTube – a video might be about Minecraft, but we don’t agree with everything that’s said in every upload. We’ve watched enough of them to understand how silly that would be.

We’re also not responsible for the way these servers take payments or store users’ credentials online. Just like making a purchase anywhere on the internet, it’s extremely important that you trust whoever you’re dealing with (in this case, a server host) before you hand over personal details or credit card information.

The internet can be a crazy place
It’s the responsibility of individual users or (in many cases) their parents / guardians, to track what Minecraft content is appropriate for specific users. That said, unmodded Minecraft for PC/Mac, the console versions, and Minecraft: Realms are our responsibility. We do our best to provide a safe, secure experience and keep things as fun as possible.

Thanks for reading, everybody.

Owen – @bopogamel

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HACKORZ

Have you been hacked? What’s going on, Moj?
No! We haven’t been hacked. A bunch of bad people have tricked some of our users into disclosing their account information. We’ve emailed everyone affected, and reset all compromised passwords. If you haven’t received an email from us, you don’t need to worry.

No-one has gained access to the Mojang mainframe. Even if they did, we store your passwords in a super encrypted format. Honestly, you don’t need to panic.

So how did they get the info? You were hacked, weren’t you?
No – we weren’t hacked. The bad people got their hands on other people’s passwords by using an evil technique called “phishing.” That basically means they pretend to be Mojang and fool people into entering their private details onto fake websites.

What can I learn from this?
You should never, ever, enter your Mojang account details on websites that aren’t owned by us. It’s good practice to use different passwords for each of your internet logins too. That way, if someone does get hold of one password, they won’t get access to your other stuff.

I’d still like to reset my Mojang password. Just to be safe
Fair enough. You sound like a sensible one. Here’s a link: minecraft.net/resetpassword. If you have any other support issues, help.mojang.com is your friend.

Thanks for reading.
Owen – @bopogamel

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Humble bundle logo

Do you like digital card games? What about real-life, physical ones? T Shirts?  Secret stuff? I bet you do.

For that reason, you should obviously buy the Humble Card Game Bundle. It’s a very clever thing; you get different amounts of stuff depending on how much money you’re willing to pony up. You also get to choose exactly where your money goes. Hand it over to one of a few different charities, the games developers, or the good folks at Humble Bundle.

Here’s an explanation of what you get for your cash. If it seems confusing, that’s because it is! Sorry.

Free (available without purchase)

  • Card City Nights (Digital + Print and Play)
  • Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space (Print and Play)

Pay What You Want

  • Scrolls Full Version
  • SolForge (Dinosaur Starter Deck)
  • Star Realms Full Version
  • Talisman: Digital Edition + 2 Character Pack DLCs

Beat the Average

  • Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers (Special Edition (??)) + Garruk’s Revenge
  • Dominion Online (Seaside Complete)
  • SolForge (2 Starter Decks + 1300 Gold)

Pay At Least $12

  • Card Hunter (Basic Edition [IAP Item])
  • Dominion Online (Intrigue Complete + Prosperity Complete)
  • Scrolls (2 Exclusive Avatars + 2 Debut Pre-Constructed Decks)

Pay At Least $35

  • Exclusive card game / Humble Bundle-themed t-shirt (by The Yetee)
  • Star Realms (Physical) + Exclusive Alternate Art Card

Go forth and purchase, crafters!

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