After the big change in world generation in version 1.7, Mojang is taking things farther in 1.8 by allowing you some direct control over the world generation process.

For me, one of the best things about Minecraft, Terraria, and the other games like them that have randomized worlds is the pure surprise of what you might find. However, it's always annoying when your favorite biome is smaller than an airplane bathroom. A little personalized tweaking is a welcome change.

And if you want to reenact Water World or recreate Rapture, now is your chance. Beyond terrain generation, you can set sea level and flood the world if you like.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/24/2014 at 09:28pm

Cool, I was thinking of this recently. I thought it'd be cool if, when creating a new world, you could choose which biomes are there. This was after thinking that not all biomes appear in a new world, but after some Googling, it seems that every biome is included in every new world.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/25/2014 at 12:12am
Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 04/25/2014 at 12:42am

Every biome is included in every world, but then there are also more virtual square miles in a Minecraft world than there are square miles on Earth. A guy has been walking in a straight line every day for three years and still hasn't even come close to reaching the end. I think I read he has about 70 years left to get there.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/25/2014 at 01:31am

Wow, yeah, I was reading about that recently as I was investigating the number of biomes in a world. BTW, I mentioned you in a comment on Jon's Starbound post, check it out. =) Also, I was really surprised to see you post some Minecraft news since you said you weren't really that into it.

After playing with the server (along with my son and one of his friends), I decided to play some Single player Minecraft. It's funny because when I create a new world, I often delete it and create a new one not long after exploring the first one. I guess it just depends on where I spawn and what's around me at the time. Yesterday, I saw an icy kind of biome that I never saw before, but that world was promptly deleted. I think I'll keep the last one I created though.

Also, today I noticed, on the main menu, that Minecraft Realms is now available. Since I had no idea what that was, I looked it up. Apparently, it's a way to connect to other worlds (or servers) and costs about $18/month. I'm not going to be doing that.

Lately, I've taken up my son's habit of watching someone play Minecraft on YouTube. Before I started playing (around last Thanksgiving), I watched Paul Soares Jr.'s Minecraft Survive & Thrive series, which consisted of about 80 videos. It was awesome. I really like Paul, he's cool, he's funny, and he mentions geeky things sometimes. Also, he doesn't scream in his videos (unlike SkyTheKidRS). I've been watching his Paul Plays Minecraft series and I may even start watching his Minecraft multiplayer videos. He also has some for Terraria.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/25/2014 at 08:56pm

Minecraft realms is a really great idea.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/25/2014 at 09:05pm

Maybe, I'm not sure I agree though. Maybe I just don't know enough about it. What I read said that it makes it easier to connect to other worlds, but I haven't realized the difficulty in doing so.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 04/25/2014 at 09:19pm

On second thought, after setting up a server, I guess it is a good idea if it makes it easier to create a world that others can join without having to go through setting up a server.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/25/2014 at 11:03pm

Yeah, that's the idea as I understand it. Playing locally is easy, but if you want to play across the US or the Globe, it is harder.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 04/26/2014 at 03:52am

Yeah, Realms is amazing. I have no need for it but it comes with so many server options and parental controls. It's a little expensive, but awesome.

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