In episode three of the ‘KoPoint Minecraft Project‘ Doc Stodden and Dan Patterson roll through Minecraft block types, resource management, and simple machines. Doc explains how various blocks like dirt, stone, and lava work. He also details the basics of pressure plates, buttons, and Redstone.
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In the first of several planned episodes on the mechanics of things that players come across in Minecraft, Dan and Doc turn to the discussion of Blocks, physics, and simple machines.
We discuss ubiquitous blocks (like dirt, wood, stone, sand, and gravel) coal and various ores. We discuss how to find and use redstone.
We also begin a discussion about blocks that demonstrate physics of the world (like water, trees and lava) as well as a short discussion of Blast resistance.
Finally we wrap it up with a discussion of the importance of the most generic machines, like furnaces, crafting tables, and beds, and a return to the topic of micro and macro crafting. This builds on a discussion about light and the importance of even the simplest of bases to keep monsters away from you.
Looking forward, we may do a show about moving from the simplest cube which is little more than a dirt shed with a crafting table, a furnace and a bed in it to a rudimentary house (with some basics of architecture) and then to a much more comfortable palace fitting for a God in a big world. We also plan a discussion on exploration of the big world beyond your immediate surroundings. Stay tuned.
Audio Enclosure: The KoPoint Minecraft Project, EP 003 – Simple Machines