Minecrafting 125: House of Chests

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Snapshot 13w48a landed this week, bringing a bunch of bug fixes like not being able to take screenshots of chat or inventories, misaligned textures, and various problems with the newly-added Twitch streaming capabilities. Shortly afterwards, we got 13w48b, fixing a few other bits and changing how you get out of Minecarts.  Nothing tremendously exciting. 

Instead, all the action has been going down in the community. For starters, congratulations are in order for Curseforge on gathering together 500 Minecraft mods. We weren’t that impressed by what the 500th mod actually was, so if you’re making a nifty Minecraft mod, you might want to go list it there.

The guys over on the Minecraft subreddit have also been digging into the Wayback Machine to see what the first few versions of Minecraft contained. Take version 0.0.12a, for example, which added water and lava. When it was first made available to buy, the plan was to add Capture the Flag and Zombie Siege modes. But interestingly the way food and health interact has been the plan all along.

We love this huge, gothic cathedral being built by Dominic_dV. It’s about 75 percent complete, and has been worked on by more than 140 people for more than 4,000 hours. The team behind it has decided to add a whole city around the cathedral, meaning it’ll take rather longer than originally planned to be finished. Check out this render, though, and you’ll see why we’re excited.

On the other end of the spectrum, we also love this house made out of chests. “My friend poked fun at how I never build any house and just have chests across a field,” says Redditor CrashTestDumbass. “So I built this just to spite him”. Top marks for ingenuity.

These stables are pretty great too. We’ve built several stables in our time but never really loved any of them, so it’s nice to see someone who’s proud enough of their creation to share it with the world. The way the gates work, with a level at the right height for someone riding a horse, is particularly impressive.

Three more little tidbits. Leads make fantastic chandelier-hangers. Here’s a fully automatic chicken farm in a building shaped like a chicken, because why not. And finally, while we’re discussing farming, here’s the biggest wheat farm we’ve ever seen. Just imagine harvesting all of that. Crazy.

That’ll do for today. If you’ve seen anything in the Minecraft community that you think I should be highlighting, tell me about it by dropping me an email. I’ll be back with another roundup this time next week.