The Spawn Chunks 082: Saddle Up Your Striders

Mar 30, 2020

The floor is lava! But that’s OK, because we have… striders? Joel and Jonny talk about the new Minecraft mob and related news in the latest snapshot, along with Minecraft Dungeons beta play footage and answering listener email on build scale.

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  • Joel has been working on adding details to the city park, and framing out the next apartment high rise on The Citadel.
  • Jonny continues to work on his epic mountains, though he did take a break to raid a Woodland Mansion in Skyblock.

Minecraft News

Chunk Mail

FROM: Liam G. / Wildiaxstar14 (will-dee-axe-star-14)
RE: Planning Building Scale

Hi Jonny and Joel, 

I am planning a building out for a Native American village out in a Taiga biome and I am trying to make a longhouse where the community would meet and have big events like a harvest dinner and such. This for me would be like Founders Forge 2 (The Survival Guide) because I have already built a medieval city like Jonny has. I am wondering, What do you think is better, building big and having more room to detail and making things more visible, or building small and thinking about what blocks or items (item frames, lanterns, stairs, slabs inside and out) to set the scene in a realistic scale?

Love the podcast and I too am taking inspiration from both of you in my single player world. 

Your fellow Minecrafter 

Liam G. / Wildiaxstar14

Project Ideas

Jonny and Joel suggest a few things to help players try out different project ideas and game play modes where there is likely a lot of time being spent in doors playing Minecraft these days.

  • Build a museum for every block and item in the game.
  • Try a survival challenge like Skyblock, superflat world, or community maps.
  • Go vegan in survival and only use non-animal items in the game.
  • Try hardcore mode on a new world.
  • Go peaceful and use the blissful world of Minecraft as stress relief where you don’t have to worry about monsters.
    • Embrace the challenge of acquiring resources that rely on hostile mob drops.
  • Learn about automation and redstone.
  • Get out of your comfort zone and try a new build style.
    • Perhaps something that requires research, planning and learning both in and outside of Minecraft.
  • Start multiple “build zones” in your world, each with a different theme.
  • Start a multiplayer server and play remotely with your friends.
    • Get on an audio chat with your server mates instead of typing back and forth.

Still stuck? Get some inspiration from some world building discussion recently on The Citadel Cafe podcast. (WARNING: Some adult language)