The Spawn Chunks 159: Snap Back To Reality

Sep 20, 2021 | podcast

Jonny and Joel tackle the huge new snapshot for The Caves & Cliffs Update, Part 2, and a listener email about high hopes for archaeology, and Minecraft collectables.

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  • Joel
    • Started building some barracks and a mess hall on the north side of the river in Westhill on The Citadel server.
    • Trying to branch out with roof textures – spruce and dark oak are getting repetitive – so tried out smooth basalt and deepslate bricks.
    • Struggling to find the right mod pack / mod combo for a modded Minecraft experience. 
  • Jonny
    • Transported two elder guardians into a servermate’s base on Empires SMP as a fun prank to take them down a peg.
    • Clearing out geodes to aid in harvesting amethyst crystals on the Hardcore Survival Guide, and pondering the most effective way to collect amethyst.

Chunk Mail

FROM: m_axi
SUBJECT: Rooting for Archaeology

Hey Pix and Joel! 

What do you guys think about shortening ‘Experimental Snapshot’ to ExSnap? It’s fun, it’s cool and it’s… snappy 😉 

I have been thinking about gilded blackstone… a lot. It’s such a good looking block, yet difficult to obtain because it’s not craftable and it’s only discoverable in a Bastion. It has a magical aura about it, similar to crying obsidian, and while it is a ‘specialised’ block, in that it can’t be used for a lot of things, when it is used, it looks incredible. And that is the beauty of gilded blackstone and crying obsidian – they’re difficult to obtain huge amounts of them. You have to be selective with where you use it, which creates a super cool feel when you spot them in your builds! 

I would love more blocks like these in the game, that have a more collectible feel about them, not in the ‘en masse’ way of collecting other easy-to-obtain blocks. I think archaeology could provide us with not only more groovy blocks, but also items and artefacts that make collecting a viable part of gameplay. Think about collecting in Stardew Valley or Terraria! It would provide a different direction for players to choose to partake in, while incorporating Minecraft’s two main gameplay components, adventure and building. (I’m sure redstone components could also be included in archaeology). 

Anyway, I think it can be difficult for some players to see archaeology in Minecraft being particularly fun or useful, but there is so much potential! Thanks for making such a great podcast!

m_axi gilded himself into blackstone.

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