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Old 4th January 2011, 03:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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From 2011, here we go! : The Word of Notch

2011, here we go!

So it’s the first working day of the year, and we’ve got two more people in the office now. Carl Manneh and Tobias Möllstam. And we’ve got the entire office as well now.

AND.. just a few minutes ago, I found out that Minecraft got three nominations for the Independent Games Festival (Grand Prize, Technical Excellence, and Excellence In Design). So this means I definitely will be going to the GDC this year!

On Wednesday, we’ll have a strategy meeting of sorts and try to work out some vague plans and try to decide how to drive Minecraft beta development and try to define what the finished game will actually be. We won’t start work on modding or anything like that before then.

But! We (especially Jens) have added a bunch of new content to Minecraft that we want to get out asap, so there will be a content patch update next week with a whole pile of fun new toys, including a water mob and quite possibly paint if we can figure out how exactly it should work.

(Oh, and Minecraft will hit 1 million sales soon, and I have NO idea how to celebrate that! There’s no time to plan anything!)
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Old 4th January 2011, 03:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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On Wednesday, we’ll have a strategy meeting of sorts and try to work out some vague plans and try to decide how to drive Minecraft beta development and try to define what the finished game will actually be. We won’t start work on modding or anything like that before then.
I am a little concerned that they have to "try" to do these things, and that they don't know what the final product will include.

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But! We (especially Jens) have added a bunch of new content to Minecraft that we want to get out asap, so there will be a content patch update next week with a whole pile of fun new toys, including a water mob and quite possibly paint if we can figure out how exactly it should work.
Suddenly a water entrance to your homes may not be as safe an option... but I doubt it would stop Obsi adding purple to the outside of her submarine place.

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Old 4th January 2011, 07:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It is very weird that it is getting awards and we are playing it openly like is is a very buggy full game, while it is actually in beta.

With the amount of changes comming through it I reckon the finished product will be wildly different from what we have today.
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Old 4th January 2011, 08:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ive said this ages ago, we are making our own game from an unfinished idea of a game...

Sounds like they havent got any design docs
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Old 5th January 2011, 02:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Kind of makes you wonder how it can be in the running for Technical Excellence, and Excellence In Design awards though doesn't it?
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Old 5th January 2011, 08:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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It has grown organically.

When it was just one person building it, who needs design docs, procedures etc, just build stuff that seems fun.

Now he's got a team, he's realizing they actually need a lot more overhead.

Also, don't forget the core mechanics are cloned from another game, so the basic design was already done.
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Im hanging out for the hats
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Old 6th January 2011, 01:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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=O ...

Maybe this is the missing chapter to Tron X_X
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Old 11th January 2011, 02:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Quoting from part of Information dump incoming! : The Word of Notch (which mainly talks about the management of Mojang's resources):
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Oh, and I added cake today.

The Minecraft update is coming on Thursday. There’s even a user story about that on the kanban board (anything that doesn’t get added before that won’t make it into the release).
And from Notch's twitter account (http://twitter.com/notch):
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  • I can assure you that the cake is not a lie, but thank you for saying so. ALL TEN THOUSAND OF YOU.
  • The recipe for cake is milk*3 + sugar*3 + wheat*3. Of course. (You will get the buckets for the milk back)
  • For sugar, I kinda retconned the bamboo to be sugar canes.. I hope you're ok with that!
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