The Spawn Chunks 269: Expanding Tuff And Copper Blocks

Oct 30, 2023 | podcast

Jonny, and Joel discuss the new bat model, and some technical changes coming in Minecraft 1.20.3, then share their first impressions of the new tuff, and copper blocks shared in the experimental features of the latest snapshot.

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  • The Minecraft Survival Guide, Season 3
    • Used moss to mine out a chunk of the tallest mountain around, which lead straight down into an Ancient City.
      • Allays are really helpful with composting moss related drops, and foliage like wheat seeds, and azaleas.
    • Explored the Ancient City, and while the Silence Armour Trim was no where to be found, Swift Sneak books, and Enchanted apples were.
      • The trip culminated in one brief – and intentional – encounter with the Warden to illustrate those mechanics.

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FROM: SpecterVamp
SUBJECT: Imbued Armor

Hello Johnny, and Joel,

SpecterVamp here. I was a penguin fan when the mob vote rolled around, but honestly I think all the options have immense potential, and I think I know a way the wolf armor could be best applied to make it possibly worthwhile.

In my mind, even with armor the wolves will still not be worth bringing into combat. They do not have natural health regen like the player, and in a sustained fight will ultimately die, especially where there’s fire or potion effects involved. 

What if you could buff the wolves with the armor? 

What I’m suggesting is a way to imbue the armor with a potion effect, with debuff effects being an offensive advantage, and positive effects being a defensive advantage. To balance this for pvp maybe the armor itself is really weak, providing minimal protection. Maybe the color of the armor could be based on the applied effect, thus also fulfilling the desire for customization. 

SpecterVamp poisoned himself trying to imbue his wolf’s armor with venomous claws.

FROM: PrimePrince
SUBJECT: Unintentional Features

Hello Joel and Jonny, 

I love the podcast. I’ve been listening for about five months after discovering you. 

With the recent release of the crafter and the copper bulb in the latest snapshot, many of my fellow redstoners have been delighted with a lot of the functionality. However, I worried what would happen if one of the features of one of the blocks is unintended, and may get reversed thus removing some functionality. The main thing I am thinking about is the copper bulb cool down which currently gives us an easy way to get a one-tick redstone delay without complicated scaffolding techniques. 

I think there is a risk that Mojang could revert this due to it being an unintended bug. What do you think about Mojang letting down the redstone community due to bugs like this? 

The last time I remember this happening was when the pitcher plant used to have a weird hitbox in one snapshot which made it very useful for Wither cages. Unfortunately, this got changed in the following snapshot. 

Thank you!

PrimePrice died due to placing their faith in a machine that relied on an obscure mechanic that got patched in 1.20.2.

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A First Look At The New Tuff And Copper Blocks

This week Mojang expanded the 1.21 Experimental Features included in the Java Edition snapshot for 1.20.3 to include the new tuff, and copper blocks showcased at Minecraft live earlier this month, but also a few new block variations players were not expecting. Joel took some time in a Creative world to test out different combinations of the new blocks to see how they stack up with existing blocks in Minecraft, and Jonny went exploring for the new blocks in a Survival world to work out crafting recipes, and relay the gameplay experience of obtaining the new blocks.

  • The Citadel – New Blocks! (Twitch.tv/joelduggan)
    • During Joel’s Wednesday stream, the first 50 minutes were spent exploring the new tuff, and new copper blocks in the snapshot.