The Spawn Chunks 068: Wandering Back Through Village & Pillage

Dec 2, 2019

Joel and Jonny and break down “Buzzy Bees” Pre-release 2 and 3 and take a swipe at the latest Combat Snapshot before taking a walk down memory lane discussing the highs and lows of Minecraft Village & Pillage.

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What We’ve Been Building

  • Joel’s Nether tunnels.
  • Pixlriffs’ snow biome ski resort beginnings.

Minecraft News

Chunk Mail

FROM: ElbeViljami

RE: (email subject)

Hi Joel & Pix!

You asked for a bit more frosty view on Minecraft Earth and I’m here to deliver that. I agree with the points you’ve discussed about the game in previous episodes, so I’m going to repeat as little as possible, and concentrate on the more Finnish side of the experience.

I found it quite peculiar that MC Earth was released in Finland (among other cold countries) in November. You gotta be really dedicated to go out to tap tap the tap-ables while it’s cold and snowing and your phone is going crazy because the screen is getting wet. On top of that, you haven’t felt anything with your pinky in 15 minutes since using a touch surface and wearing gloves don’t match too well.

That mental image aside, I’ve actually enjoyed playing MC Earth. I’m currently saving my rubies and resources for a bigger build plate and a clock tower build. You talked about “minecraft essential builds” in the last episode and a clock tower is definitely high on my essentials list.

In my opinion the app is Great but it has 2 major hiccups. 

Number 1: These types of games, like Minecraft Earth and Pokèmon Go, have the feature/flaw that they’re more fun to play in areas that are more densely populated. Finland is not. I myself am lucky enough to live fairly close to the town centre and can walk in circles in my flat and collect tap-ables, but my friend 5km away has a hard time collecting the same resources. Then there is also the fact that adventures happen quite far away.

That wouldn’t be such a problem without the hick up number 2: battery. I have an older phone, so when it gets cold enough, it has a hard time clinging on to battery life while doing nothing. I can play a solid 5-10 minute session of MC Earth without a power bank before the screen just goes black. With that battery usage, I don’t see myself playing it outside without a portable charger.

In conclusion: Minecraft Earth has a lot of potential.

Thank you for the amazing podcast you’re doing, it’s perfect listening for the more grindy side of Minecraft, and special thanks to the Survival guide! I got back into minecraft this year after last playing in alpha. I’m excited for the coming soon bees and bugs, but most excited about the beds we now have!

Have a great week!

– ElbeViljami

Village & Pillage Retrospective: A Look Back at Minecraft 1.14

Minecraft Java Edition 1.14 “Village & Pillage” (Minecraft Wiki)

1.14, the first release of Village & Pillage, is a major update to Java Edition released on April 23, 2019.[2] It focuses mainly on villages, adding a new subset of illagers known as pillagers, and redesigns village architecture to match the biome it is located in. This update also introduces many new blocks and mobs, revamps the crafting system by moving some functionalities to different blocks, updates the taiga biome with foxes and sweet berries, and adds a new bamboo jungle biome along with bamboo and pandas. It is also the first major release to include the new textures of the Texture Update.” – Minecraft Wiki

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