The Spawn Chunks 280: The Gnembon Phenomenon

Jan 15, 2024 | podcast

Joel, and Jonny welcome Gnembon – Senior Game Developer for Minecraft: Java Edition – to the podcast! Gnembon shares the story of his history with Minecraft, his love for the technical aspects of the game, and insight into how the Minecraft team carefully add new game features like the armadillo.

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Gnembon

  • @Gnembon (YouTube)
  • @Gnembon_mc (Twitter)
  • Carpet Mod (Github.com)
  • The Mojang Company Server
    • Joined the Mojang company server to take a “tech-casual” approach.
    • Bringing in previous, and current technical knowledge, and trying not to look up any tutorials for the tasks at hand.
    • Building technical projects in survival Minecraft focusing on player accessibility, and making sure a contraption can be maintained in case it breaks.
      • Fixing a broken iron farm, replacing the villagers, and zombie needed, inspiring a new way to think about the layout of multi-cell iron farms in survival Minecraft.
      • The shulker farm broke so many times, a new system was needed to flush skulkers out.
      • The enderman farm was not good enough, which lead to building a classic guardian farm, and working out the best way to build walls underwater in survival by sprint swimming, with greater vertical reach.
    • Casually…

Joel

Jonny

  • The Minecraft Survival Guide, Season 3
    • Procrastinating on starting the floating island build mentioned on the last episode.
    • In the meantime, Minecraft Bingo is a great way to spend a couple of hours!

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FROM: Erica
SUBJECT: Windowed Chests

Hi Pix, and Joel, and Gnembon,

I liked the ideas that you discussed in Episode 274, and have some thoughts that might make them more “Minecrafty”.  A cardinal rule of Minecraft is that every item change depends on resources. Iron blocks use iron, stripping logs uses axe durability etc.

What do you think about the idea of a windowed chest? It could be crafted with a chest, and a pane of glass. The resulting chest would have a small window, and display the first item from the inventory in the window. That way you get some visibility without introducing a phantom item or tying up a precious item in an item frame.

Erica was engulfed by her own chest monster, never to be seen again.

FROM: Dillon A.
SUBJECT: What’s In A Gnembon?

Hello gentlemen!

I was so excited to hear the one, and only Gnembon would be joining The Spawn Chunks for an episode! I’m sure Pix, and Joel will cover lots of great Minecraft questions. 

Gnembon… What does your username mean? What is its backstory? How did you choose it? 

Thanks!

Dillon A.

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Gnembon & Modern Minecraft Development

From a Minecraft focused YouTube channel launched in Summer 2015 to joining Mojang in 2021, Gnembon has gained a reputation as a highly respected technical player, creator of Carpet Mod, and now a Senior Game Developer on Minecraft: Java Edition. Joel, and Jonny chat with Gnembon about what brought him to Minecraft, his exploration of the technical side of of the game, and the development process of new features like the armadillo, and wolf armour.