The Spawn Chunks 254: The Cherry Blossom On Top

Jul 17, 2023 | podcast

Joel, and Jonny bring everyone up to speed on the latest parity changes to Minecraft Bedrock Edition, then answer listener email about dark archaeology, modding made too easy, the enchanting brain twister, and a predicament placing pink petals.

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  • The Citadel
    • Summerville
      • Hooked Cosmic up with a collection system under their sniffer farm in Summerville, and decorated it with cherry wood, cherry logs, cherry blossoms, and pink petals. Even the sulker box is pink!
    • Westhill


  • The Minecraft Survival Guide, Season 3
    • Some really helpful tips from the Survival Guide community on the new sugar cane farm. Look for mud blocks to be introduced in the series soon, so they can be included in the sugar cane farm build.
    • An introductory guide to potion brewing, and exploring some of the fun game mechanics around potions.
    • Strategies for fining out huge copper, and iron veins which will lead into talking about automating smelting, and beekeeping later in the week.

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FROM: Twixxi Indigo
DISCORD MEMBER: Landscape Artist
SUBJECT: Future Of Archaeology

Listening to your recent thoughts about future updates to archaeology, it occurred to me that things like suspicious dirt probably won’t happen because dirt isn’t affected by gravity. I think part of what makes archaeology fun is that you need to be slow and methodical, and not letting the suspicious blocks fall as you dig seems to be a big part of that.

One future update that could be good however would be to add archaeology to the Nether, since gravel already generates there. It would be a slightly more dangerous dig due to all the lava, and mobs, but that could be interesting. What do you think? What do you think could be found in the Nether with archaeology?

Twixxi was slain by a Piglin Brute while trying to do archaeology in a Bastion Remnant.

FROM: Stora_AS
SUBJECT: To Cheat Or Not To Cheat

Hello Joel and Pix.

I have been working on a large project lately consisting of ten identical segments. This has me trying the “ease of life” mod, Litematica.

I have made the design in survival, which is the way I do like to play the game, but I used the schematics to make sure that all the segments of the build are the same. However, when I found the easy placement feature in Litematica I got into a bit of a dilemma. Placing blocks that are in your inventory just by right-clicking seems too easy. I know where to draw the line is up to every player, but what do you think? When does “ease of life” turn into “cheating”?

Stora_AS fell to a certain death after stepping on an imaginary slab, but just survived when he realized he was wearing an Elytra.

FROM: Caitlin Z.
SUBJECT: Max Enchantment Clues


With all of the wonderful quality-of-life/accessibility changes being made recently I have been thinking that it would be nice to have some sort of indicator when you’ve reached the maximum level of an enchantment on an item.

For me, I tend to get confused which enchantments max out at level 3, vs level 4 or level 5. When researching to write in with this question, I even discovered some cap out at level 2! And that’s not even considering the ones that cap out at level 1.

My thought is a symbol at the end (such as a star or diamond shape) so it would read “Unbreaking III ◆” or even having the symbol before like “◆ Unbreaking III”.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this, or any alternate suggestions!

Thank you so much, and have a great day!!

Caitlin is happily alive and well, fishing up treasure from her dock.

FROM: Fire_Dragon_19
SUBJECT: Cherry Blossom Petal placement

Hi Joel and Johnny,

I recently found your Podcast and love all the information and perspectives you both give. I really enjoy 1.20 and have updated my world where I am building a Japanese inspired area in an old taiga. The Cherry trees look fantastic and I love placing the petals. The problem is you can’t place them on stone brick which is disappointing. You can place moss carpet on stone bricks so my question is, do you think Mojang should (or will) update cherry blossom petals to be placed on all blocks?

Fire_Dragon_19 died while trying to place cherry blossom petals on stone brick to make the ambiance complete.

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FROM: MrToby11
DISCORD MEMBER: Landscape Artist
SUBJECT: New Wood Types For Existing Materials

Hi Jonny and Joel!

Now that bamboo has been given its own wood type, I was thinking about what other materials in Minecraft could get a similar treatment. The first thing I thought of was mushroom stems, I think a white wood type would be great for building and would make mushrooms more useful.

Chorus fruit could make a purple wood type, maybe a darker purple then purpur. It would be interesting to have a source of wood in the end to make surviving there more possible. Cactus could maybe give us a dark green wood type which I would love to build with.

Do you think these materials could have wood types? Are there any other materials in Minecraft you think deserve a wood type? I would love to hear what you think.

MrToby11 was pricked to death on his new cactus plank floor.

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