So I was thinking it might be good to start a community project on Frontier for kicks, giggles and fun. Something that will let the builders participate and the engineers excel.
Many of you will have seen this before
I propose that the TOG Minecraft division builds a Rube Goldberg machine
Rube Goldberg machine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Here is the idea, anyone can sign up or volunteer and then we are each given a 20 x 20 patch of earth - somewhere in the desert - all lined up in a row so that each of our squares touch each other. Over a period of 2 weeks (or whatever) we need to construct something in that patch of dirt that can receive an item from the neighbour on your left, and transport it to your neighbour on the right, whom then does the same thing and so on. If all the neighbours machines line up correctly, we'll be able to move an item from one end to the other without any faults or restarts.
It will require co-ordination so that machine's line up, that's the collaboration bit. It can be a simple water transport system. That's the building bit. It can be a complex machine involving redstone, carts and dispensers - that's the engineering bit.
We can each claim a spot and make our own cog as simple or as complex as we like. As long as the start/end lines up with the neighbours, it doesn't matter how we design our own little cog. I'd expect the full range of simple transport to bizarre and WTF designs.
Would this be a good idea? We would need some rules, such as time frames, border sizes, 'cog' placement (need not be in a straight line). If someone claims a cog and doesn't show then we build around them so the whole machine doesn't break.
Worth discussing further? What should the goal be? To move a zombie in a cart from point A to point B? To move a piece of coal? To simply press a button at one end and play a musical tune at the other? We are limited by our imagination only.