ComputerCraft Year Two: Reflections on another year in modding

Twas the night before Christmas...

Two years ago today, on December 24th 2011, I was sat at my computer at my families house, putting the finishing touches on the very first version of my very first Minecraft Mod, ComputerCraft. At the time, I didn’t know anybody in the Minecraft community (I didn’t have a forum account, and I’d never been on IRC or Twitter), so I registered, uploaded the first version to mediafire, wrote a quick blurb and clicked “post”. Unsure of what the response would be, I went to sleep. By the end of the next day, it had been downloaded 50,000 times. By the end of 2012, it had been used by millions, and my future had been irrevocably changed.

This year saw new features, 3D Printed Turtles, Minecraft Expo UK, Minecon 2013, multiple media appearances, and the opportunity to work on other Mods like Billund, qCraft and ComputerCraftEdu (more on that soon!). In June, inspired by my success in modding, I quit my job to work on Minecraft stuff and my indie games full time, and so far I’ve been lucky enough to keep paying the bills!

I’d like to thank everyone who plays my mods for making everything I’ve achieved this year possible. Special shoutouts are due to everyone in the ForgeCraft community (in particular, direwolf20 and Slowpoke101) for being great friends and giving exposure to what I do, my friends at TeacherGaming, for giving me so many fun projects to collaborate on and cheerleading me at every opportunity, and to Mojang, for letting me be part of Minecon this year, and for always working hard making Minecraft the best game it can be. May they long continue to do so!

So Merry Christmas, and remember to play ComputerCraft before December 31st; if you do, you’ll find your Turtles will be dressed rather more festively than normal! And keep watching this site or my twitter in the the new year: I’m back to working on the mod full time, and my mind is buzzing with plans and designs for new features to implement. It’s gonna be fun!

12 thoughts on “ComputerCraft Year Two: Reflections on another year in modding

  1. Happy X-mas!!! dude, you are awesome! keep up with all this stuff, and i love your work 🙂 Hope the best for you and your family!

    Merry X-mas and Happy new year.


  2. Merry Christmas Dan! We hope your enjoying the holiday season and enjoying family time. But we are also very hopeful for the next version of you mods! :3 Either way, we [The Minecraft community] is also your family, and support you in all you do. We trust that you will always make the right decision! Happy Holidays and don’t work too hard! Remember that if your not enjoying this, we arn’t either. Enjoy!

  3. I’ve used CC since it was very new, always loved the new content that it added (And learned a touch of LUA while I was at it) Whether it’s a Turtle letting me be lazy and still mine, a fancy password-locked door, or something more complicated, It’s worked very well for me so far.

    Merry Christmas, and happy holidays!

  4. Indeed, thank you for all the work you have put into making ComputerCraft. It has given me something positive to distract my mind with. I have always been interested in programming and you have made it very easy to get into and learn some basic fundamentals. As the little zombie kid says on youtube, “I like turtles”.

  5. This is just a suggestion, I really wonder if you get to read this, but, I would appreciate it if you could have a smart phone, that runs just like the computer, but of course is portable. Just a thought of mine,


  6. I would love it if you could make a computer portable, that could work as a disc. But you take it around anywhere, functions like a computer, but can be a disc so you don’t have to worry about setting down a computer


  7. Hi Dan. I’ve really enjoyed CC despite the realisation that I’m not much good as a coder, and I’m eagerly awaiting the CCEdu your post teased about. I’ve a 10-year old MineCraft addict in the house and I’m hoping this and Code Club might get him started on code the way the BBC Micro did for me in the ’80s.
    Keep up the good effort, and let the community know how we can support you – I have a cousin that’s an indie developer and like Amanda Palmer says, it’s not about making people pay for your stuff, it’s about letting them do so.

  8. Happy Holidays, Dan! Your mods, more than any other, have kept me playing Minecraft! So many things to do!!! Keep up the good work and may you enjoy 10 fold the happiness you’ve given to others!


    but, there’s something I’d like you to add to it….
    computers in minecarts, and turtles!

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