The Spawn Chunks 297: What’s In A Name?

May 13, 2024 | podcast

Jonny, and Joel take a look at the squishy changes to the mace in the latest Minecraft: Java Edition snapshot, then answer listener email about creepy Nether portals, and naming things in your Minecraft world.

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  • The Citadel | Westhill | Lilac Farmstead
    • Added the texture, and details to the deepslate wall that surrounds the lilac farmstead, and improved some of the path textures, in particular where the path changes terrain height.

Jonny

  • Minecraft SOS
    • The big dig is down to the last three chunks! 
      • Tomorrow will be a streaming event where teams of two on the Minecraft SOS server compete to dig out a chunk the fastest.
      • To make things interesting, they’ll be required to silk touch, and collect all the ore blocks in a chunk, and time penalties will be added for any ore blocks which are missed.
    • Outside of preparing for the dig race, time has also been spent helping server-mates earn fate coins through potions.

FROM: Valencia1185
SUBJECT: Nether Portal Infection

Hey Pix and Joel,

I was listening to your episode about the nether, and I was wondering, what if when you lit a nether portal a bit of the nether spread across the overworld? For example if you had a portal going into a basalt delta, the ground, and space around the portal in the overworld would change to basalt. After going through the portal a couple of times the nether would slowly corrupt the area around the portal in the overworld. I think this would make sense because when you find a ruined portal, there is netherrack and magma around it. 

Would love to hear your thoughts.

Valencia1185 died of curiosity when she made a nether portal.

FROM: Chino
SUBJECT: Place Naming

Dear Pix, and Joel,

Thank you for nearly 300 episodes of essential Minecraft news, commentary, and content!

Joel, would you consider reverting the name of the Spruce River Inn, in Westill back to the Westhill Inn? Similar, and confusing names like this were common in medieval times, and later, and add an element of verisimilitude to Westhill.

On this note, for both of you, how important is place naming to you when playing in a world? Do you go around naming geographic features like an explorer would?

Cheers,

Chino

Chino was killed by a zombie in Westhill because he booked a room, arrived at dusk at the wrong inn, and was caught outside in the dark.

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Naming The Things In Your Minecraft World

Springboarding from Chino’s email, Jonny, and Joel discuss what things in their Minecraft worlds get names, and how they go about choosing those names. Are names mostly descriptive, and functional? Do build themes, or role play have a strong influence in naming areas, or builds? What are some good practices, and resources to help players add names to their Minecraft world?