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.
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 Panel – Saturday, 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 Panel – Sunday, 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 Guests – Sunday, 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!
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 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.
- 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!
This is probably the greatest thing I’ve ever seen:
Incredible! I demand everyone go and tell the talented person behind this how great they are right now. Incidentally, if this video made you long for your own real life turtle, you can get one at the ComputerCraft shapeways store! All proceeds go towards keeping me alive so I can keep on making ComputerCraft.
ComputerCraft requires Minecraft version 1.6.2 with an up to date version of Minecraft Forge installed. Once you have Forge, drop ComputerCraft1.55.zip into your /mods/ directory, and launch Minecraft.
- Ported to Minecraft 1.6.2
- Added Advanced Turtles
- Added “turtle_inventory” event. Fires when any change is made to the inventory of a turtle
- Added missing functions io.close, io.flush, io.input, io.lines, io.output
- Tweaked the screen colours used by Advanced Computers, Monitors and Turtles
- Added several new features for Peripheral authors
- Lua programs can now be included in Resource Packs. Tutorial here
Enjoy! The new features in this version are mostly behind the scenes, but they were really fun to work on. Once again, thanks to everyone who helped with Beta Testing. Happy Hacking!
ComputerCraft requires Minecraft version 1.5.2 and an up to date version of Minecraft Forge. Once forge is installed, drop ComputerCraft1.53.zip into your /mods/ directory, and launch the game.
- Ported to Minecraft 1.5.2
- rs.setBundledOutput() and rs.getBundledOutput() now work with cables from Minefactory Reloaded, as well as RedPower
- Monitors and Advanced Monitors can now be placed on floors and ceilings
- As always, plenty of bugfixes and stability improvements!
Sorry this one took a while to get out! I’ve been very busy, and working on a secret project related to ComputerCraft that I should be able to announce officially very soon! Thanks to Cloudy for all his help with this port, and everyone who helped with Beta Testing. Happy Hacking!
ComputerCraft requires Minecraft version 1.5.1 and an up to date version of Minecraft Forge. Once forge is installed, drop ComputerCraft1.52.zip into your /mods/ directory, and launch the game.
- Ported to Minecraft 1.5.1
ComputerCraft requires Minecraft version 1.5 and an up to date version of Minecraft Forge. Once forge is installed, drop ComputerCraft1.51.zip into your /mods/ directory, and launch the game.
- Ported to Minecraft 1.5
- Added Wired Modems
- Added Networking Cables
- Made Wireless Modems more expensive to craft
- New redstone API functions: getAnalogInput(), setAnalogOutput(), getAnalogOutput()
- Peripherals can now be controlled remotely over wired networks
- New peripheral API function: getNames()
- New event: “monitor_resize” when the size of a monitor changes
- Except for labelled computers and turtles, ComputerCraft blocks no longer drop items in creative mode
- The pick block function works in creative mode now works for all ComputerCraft blocks
- All blocks and items now use the IDs numbers assigned by FTB by default
- Fixed turtles sometimes placing blocks with incorrect orientations
- Fixed Wireless modems being able to send messages to themselves
- Fixed turtle.attack() having a very short range
- Various bugfixes
I’m quite proud of this update. Wired networks are something people having been asking for for a while, and I’m really excited to see what people can achieve with them, especially their ability to control peripherals at a distance. ComputerCraft is also a Minecraft 1.5 mod now, which means Computers and Turtles can interact with all cool new redstone features of the latest update. As always: Thanks to everyone who helped with beta testing, and Happy Hacking!
As part of the ongoing ComputerCraft media rampage, this weekend I had the pleasure of appearing on The Shaft podcast. I talked about ComputerCraft, Feed the Beast, and other assorted nonsenses, and dropped some hints about a couple of new features coming soon to the mod. Here’s a preview of one of them:
It was a good time, so check it out!