Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Beta 1.5 Update and Basic Minecart Station concept

Today, if your not aware, Minecraft Beta 1.5 came out. A list of the updates can be found here http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Updates

Today I want to focus on powered rails, so I designed a basic minecart station using the new rail.
The basic setup
The basic concept is that there are minecarts going in a circle constantly accelerating, and when a button is pressed the track switches and a cart comes onto a powered rail with no power (making it stop).  At this point you would get into the cart and press a second button to have a second cart come out and push the first along the powered track (which now has power) making it accelerate.

The first Minecart has been stopped on the powered rail, waiting to be pushed by the second.
Coming into the station, minecarts are stopped on a powered rail again with no power so that they stop. At this point you would go and press a third button to cause one of the carts still in the circle to come out and push the minecart you rode along with itself back in the circle to be ready for the next departure.
The minecart has stopped and is waiting to be pushed back into the main circle

Overall, the system is very buggy and only works about half the time, but I do like that we can now make minecart systems without using glitches. I will continue to improve the system, and post a cleaner version of this in a few days.


Here is a video I made to demonstrate it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzlmF0dNnTo

QOTD: What is your favorite part of the Beta 1.5 update?

18 comments:

  1. Awesome setup you have here. I love building in Minecraft.

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  2. Thank you for the video! It's amazing how far this game has come

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  3. Wow, need to try this, playing currently but i need to still get heaps more minerals.

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  4. Looks cleaner. I always wondered how people liked this game so much...guess I can give it another try.

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  5. Thank for this, it came in handy

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  6. never played, thought about it tho,

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  7. Very usefull information, helped me alot ;D

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  8. I still have yet to play Minecraft, but I hear a lot about it....I guess I should give it a shot.

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  9. that's pretty neat :D I was never good at making things like this in minecraft

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  10. Cool minecraft is my favorite game

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  11. damn that's pretty awesome!

    i wish i could play Minecraft on my Mac :( i tried to download one but i had to pay....ugh lol

    when i get money i'd buy one and play all the way !

    great blog though! keep it up and id def come back and check out! :D

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  12. Minecraft is such a great game. The possibilities are endless

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  13. I'm loving the weather in the new update.

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  14. Honestly, I will stick to Booster systems - The Spinning circle of speed one works for me without fail. While its messy, it makes it immensely satisfying when you are granted infinite speed.

    These powered rails are a step in the right direction but... Still not something I really love.

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