The Spawn Chunks 253: The Self-Imposed Challenge

Jul 10, 2023 | podcast

Jonny, and Joel share what’s new in their Minecraft worlds, answer listener email about trimming up villager trades, and wandering camels, then discuss common player set challenges in Minecraft.

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Joel

  • The Citadel – Westhill

Jonny

  • The Minecraft Survival Guide, Season 3
    • Minecraft will be in a low gear for the next couple weeks with the gaming PC out for repairs. However, six episodes of The Minecraft Survival Guide have been backlogged, set to release on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
    • After spending last week on villagers, the next rung on the progression ladder was building an ender chest.
      • As an experienced player, it cane be really difficult not to just “do stuff” automatically in an environment where you’re trying to teach people.
    • Coming up this week will be a little automation with a sugar cane farm.

Minecraft News

  • With the recent animated trailers, and promotional “Soothing Scene” videos on the Minecraft YouTube channel, and (In Joel’s opinion) the bland, rather unexciting panorama on the Minecraft: Java Edition menu screen, do we think it would be a more pleasant experience to have a more custom, animated panorama or other image showcasing all that Trails & Tales has to offer?

Chunk Mail

FROM: Evil Shadoww
SUBJECT: Armor Trim Fragments

Hello Pix, and Joel! I hope you’re doing well. 

In Episode 252 you guys talked about different villagers from different biomes trading different things. Boats are the only item that varies from biome to biome currently.

Currently there are seven different villager outfits based on biomes, five of the outfits spawn naturally. What if there was a villager trade which gives the player only a fragment of an armor trim. (Like the fragment of disc “5”) In order to make the complete “villager armor trim”, players would have to trade with all villagers – likely the armorer – in all of the different biomes.

This could be an in-game hint that there are swamp, and jungle biome villager outfits too since a recipe would unlock after trading the first trim fragment, and would once again promote exploration, suggesting the player find all of the different villages, and get the jungle and swamp villagers. 

This trade could cost a diamond, and an maybe an emerald too, to balance that armor trims require seven diamonds to duplicate. After collecting all seven trims, players could duplicate the trim the normal way, or keep on trading; it would cost the exact same number of diamonds. 

Thank you for reading. I would like to hear your thoughts on this. 

EvilShadoww dreamt about villager noises after spending the whole day trying to get all the trim fragments.

FROM: SpecterVamp
SUBJECT: Wandering Circus Man?

Hello Jonny, and Joel

I have a new idea for you guys. I have heard a lot of talk recently around the wandering trader being boring or annoying, and also around the scarce availability of camels.

What if, instead of coming with two llamas on leads, the wandering trader came either riding or leading a camel? I’ve always felt that the llamas felt rather placeholder, as camels didn’t exist back in 1.14 when they were introduced. Having him lead a camel would feel on-theme to me, and also would help with camel availability. Having to transport two camels from possibly thousands of blocks away to your base can be especially painful, so having the trader bring at least one of them to you could help that. 

This also doesn’t remove the need to search for a desert, as you still can’t breed the camels without cactus.

Love to hear your thoughts,

SpecterVamp was shot by a Trader Llama because he kept trying to feed it cactus.

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