Adopt a Turtle this Christmas

Do you love ComputerCraft, or know somebody who does? Are you bad at picking out gifts for the holidays? By now, the solution should be obvious: 3D Printed Turtles!

Also available: Advanced Turtles and Computers

I put these together last year and they were very popular, so this year I’ve revamped the site and added several new types of Computers and Turtles for purchase. They’re super tough and durable, they make great desk toys, and they support me in the development of ComputerCraft (Minecraft modding is my full time job now, so this is extra appreciated!). If you order before December 16th, they’ll arrive in time for Christmas, and if you order right now: shipping is free on large orders. So don’t hesitate, add some Turtles to your life today.

MINECON 2013 Recap

This time last week, the Minecraft community gathered in Orlando, Florida for MINECON 2013, and I was lucky enough to join them! I was primarily there to represent the qCraft project, but I had plenty of of time to talk about ComputerCraft and BILLUND too. Here’s what I got up to:

First up was the Developing Mods panel, with myself, Direwolf20, Pahimar, LexManos, cpw, Benimatic, LazerTester and Kainzo, and moderated by Sacheverell. Despite some variable questions, it went well, and over 1100 people turned up to watch us talk about modding. Some of the guys got together again for a second panel on Sunday evening, and that’s worth watching too.

When I wasn’t on panels, I was helping to show people qCraft at the giant booth Google assembled for the event. I was absolutely blown away by the presence qCraft had at MINECON this year; aside from the booth, we gave a very well received panel, were mentioned by Lydia in the opening ceremony, and we gave away over 2000 t-shirts with our logo on it. Seeing people walking around wearing these was surreal!

Of course, the best part of any MINECON is meeting everybody. It was great to hang out with so many people from the Forgecraft server, my sometimes colleagues from TeacherGaming and E-line Media, friends from the community, the Mojangstas, and the hundreds of people over the weekend who came up to me to ask for my autograph or just chat about modding.

Overall, it was great! You can watch the whole event on the Mojang livestream, but it doesn’t capture the experience of being there. If you can get a ticket next time, I recommend it. I’ll definitely keep going to these as long as Mojang keep hosting them!

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MINECON 2013 Plans!

MINECON 2013 Logo

One year ago, I booked a ticket to MINECON in Disneyland Paris, and recorded a short video submission to appear on a panel and talk about ComputerCraft. It’s no exaggeration to say that this action changed my life. I got accepted on the panel, and when I was there I made connections that eventually led to me being able to quit my job to work full time on exciting projects like qCraft. Naturally, this year I’ll be going again! I’ll be sitting on the following panels:

  • Developing ModsSaturday, 12pm
    This is one of the first panels of the convention, and it’s a big one. I’ll be talking about the process of designing and building Minecraft mods with some of the biggest modders on the scene, and a very special YouTube guest.
  • The Weird Science of qCraftSaturday, 1:40pm
    Right afterwards, I’ll be sitting with people from MinecraftEdu and Google, talking about the qCraft project: how it came about, what it all means, and what Quantum Physics has to do with Minecraft.
  • Kids Learning CodeSunday, 12pm
    Thanks to ComputerCraft and similar projects, lots of people are using Minecraft to teach programming. I’ll be joining a panel of teachers and students in discussing this, and i’ll be giving a sneak peak of something very fun I’m doing with ComputerCraft in this area.

When I’m not on stage, I’ll be hanging out at the qCraft or MinecraftEdu booths or out and about wandering the convention floor, and there are a few ad-hoc meet and greet sessions planned with fellow mod developers and ForgeCraft members. As always, if you want to track me down, the best way is to Follow me on Twitter, I’ll be posting about my whereabouts whenever anything interesting is happening. See you in Orlando!

Introducing qCraft

A couple of months ago, I was approached by Joel Levin (a.k.a Minecraft Teacher), asking if I was interested in developing a very special Minecraft mod, a mod that was both fun and educational, and was based on the principles of Quantum Mechanics. That mod is qCraft.

Developed with the help and backing of TeacherGaming, E-line media, Google and CalTech, it can now be found in the very latest versions of the FTB Unleashed, Tekkit and Hexxit modpacks. I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I did making it.

ComputerCraft 1.57 and BILLUND 1.01

Downloads:

ComputerCraft and BILLUND both require Minecraft version 1.6.4 with an up to date version of Minecraft Forge installed. Once you have Forge, drop the files into your /mods/ directory, and launch Minecraft.

New Features in ComputerCraft:

  • Ported to Minecraft 1.6.4
  • Added two new Treasure Disks: Conway’s Game of Life by vilsol and Protector by fredthead
  • Fixed a very nasty item duplication bug.

New Features in BILLUND:

  • Ported to Minecraft 1.6.4
  • Fixed the glitches experienced when placing BILLUND bricks while crouching.
  • 100% less infanticide! BILLUND Order Forms are now obtained by killing adult zombies.

ComputerCraft on the BBC

A while ago I was interviewed by Mark Ward from the BBC about Minecraft, ComputerCraft, and its use in learning Programming. Today, the article was published! With quotes from myself, Minecraft Teacher and others, it can be found here on the BBC News website.

If you’ve just read the article and you’re visiting computercraft.info for the first time: Welcome! Check out our Getting Started page to learn more about ComputerCraft and what it can do.

ComputerCraft on Tour!

Minecraft Expo UK!

Good news everyone! This weekend plays host to Minecraft Expo UK at the Insomnia gaming festival in Telford, England. A lot of huge names from the Minecraft community are going to be there, and ComputerCraft is no exception. Me and Cloudy will be appearing at the following events:

  • Minecraft Mod Development PanelSaturday, 6pm
    Alongside a number of other mod developers, we’ll be talking about Minecraft Mod development and answering questions about Minecraft modding. This is the last panel of the day, so there’s no limit to how late we can go for.
  • The Feed the Beast PanelSunday, 11am
    Alongside the team from Feed the Beast, we’ll be talking and answer questions about the mod pack, and being part of its success.
  • Meet and Greet with The FTB Team and GuestsSunday, 4pm
    Finally, we’ll be in the Meet and Greet area with the FTB team on Sunday afternoon. Come and say hi! I’ll be happy to chat and sign any trinkets you think would be improved by me scrawling my name on them.

It should be fun! I’m personally looking forwards to meeting Cloudy for the first time, and all the cool people I haven’t seen since MINECON last year. I’ll be there all weekend and I’m fairly approachable, so if you’re going and you want to meet me outside of one of the events above, follow me on Twitter to stay up to date with where I’m at. If you’re not, stay tuned: all the panels will be recorded and put online after the event. See you there!

BILLUND: A new mod by dan200

Less suburban builds are available

Hey all! Last weekend the Minecraft modding community played host to Modjam, a 96 hour mod making competition. I entered said competition, and BILLUND is the end result! BILLUND is a mod that adds toy plastic building blocks to the world of Minecraft; if you’ve ever played with LEGO, Mega Blox or Kre-O, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

If you’d like to check it out, you can download and learn more about it here, and if you enjoy it, you can vote for it to win in the modjam voting here. Polls close August 25th!

ComputerCraft 1.56

Fake screenshot is fake

Downloads:

ComputerCraft requires Minecraft version 1.6.2 with an up to date version of Minecraft Forge installed. Once you have Forge, drop ComputerCraft1.56.zip into your /mods/ directory, and launch Minecraft.

New Features:

  • Added Treasure Disks: Rare Floppy Disks found only in dungeons, which contain fun programs made by the community. Find them all!
  • All turtle functions now return additional error messages when they fail.
  • Resource Packs with Lua Programs can now be loaded when extracted to a folder, for easier editing.

Thanks to everyone who submitted Treasure Disk programs, it’s great to have some community content finally make it into ComputerCraft, and thanks to Slowpoke101 for the idea. If you think your programs are good enough to be included in future updates, submit them on the forums. Happy Hacking!