The Spawn Chunks 085: Minecraft RTX and Deconstructing Bastions

Apr 20, 2020

Jonny and Joel shine a light on the new Minecraft RTX for Windows 10 now in beta release, before getting out their sledge hammers and breaking down the latest Minecraft snapshot and answering listener email.

Episode title card from Neon District, by Elysium Fire (YouTube)

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  • Pixlriffs has been playing around in the beta for Minecraft RTX for Windows 10, and getting sucked into the tree line details of his ski resort mountain project.

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FROM: The_00Squirrel – Landscape Artist Member
RE: Chiming In On AFK Farms

Hey Johnny and Joel, responding to the question you posed at the end of episode 81.

I just wanted to toss in my two cents on the whole “AFK farming” debate, and say that if you think about it, a massive nerf to Gold farming is coming in 1.16 too. Some farms are easier to set up than others.

A key point about your zero ticking debate; you can grow bamboo using bone meal too, which makes it even easier to obtain.

Some farms, notably tnt-powered cobblestone farms don’t take all that much effort to construct – on a smallish scale – but provide massive amounts of very versatile building blocks. (Once smelted in the case of cobblestone farms.)

Thanks for the awesome podcast, 

Stay Chunky

FROM: Edlist – Landscape Artist Member
RE: The Most Least Important

Hello Jonny and Joel,

Firstly, I wanted to thank you for creating such an amazing podcast that keeps me engaged and connected with the game. Also, I enjoy both of your videos.

I wanted to hear your thoughts on the implementation of datpacks for people like me that don’t have all the time in the world.

Lastly, i was wondering what do you think are the most important updates to Minecraft 


What updates do you think Minecraft may have been better without? 



FROM: Rowan S.
RE: Frequent Fortresses

Dear, Joel and Johnny

I was wondering what your thoughts were on the lower frequency of nether fortresses. 

I think it will be a good edition for slower game progress. Maybe I will be able to get a speed-run time that those crazy speed-runners get! 

Thanks for your time,

Rowan S.

FROM: Chris 
RE: Menger Sponge Explanation


In a recent episode, Joel was unaware of what a Menger sponge was regarding the changelog for the 20w14infinite snapshot. A Menger sponge is a really interesting mathematical fractal shape with zero volume but infinite surface area. 

One of the easter egg maps in the snapshot was “Sponge,” which was a representation of the Menger sponge made using Minecraft sponges.

Love the show, and just wanted to send that tidbit!