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Primalcraft: Basic Knapping Is Done

I’m back with another update on my Minecraft mod, Primalcraft. It’s been a little over two weeks since I started working on knapping for Primalcraft, and I’ve got all the basics working. To do knapping, you need to find a hammerstone, which is just a round stone that you can easily hold in your hand, and a stone flake. In Primalcraft, you can o...

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What I'm Listening To: Nightwish (Again)

Ah, Nightwish. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re still around, and I’m still listening to them. When I first heard the album Once, I was blown away. I fell deeply in love with their combination of soaring operatic vocals, pounding guitars, and symphonic elements, even while I recognized and occasionally cringed at some of their cheesy bombast. Befo...

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Primalcraft: Making Knapping Interesting

As described in my last post, I’m working on a knapping interface for Primalcraft. The basic idea will be similar to Terrafirmacraft, where you are shown a “rock” made up of a bunch of little squares, and you click a square at the edge of the rock to remove it. When you’ve trimmed it down to the right shape, you get your tool head. I got my han...

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Primalcraft: Flint Knapping

Lately I’ve been working on flint knapping for Primalcraft. Our primal ancestors used flint and similar stones to create tools through a process called knapping. Flint was especially prized because of the special way in which it fractures to create sharp, hard edges. Obsidian was often used, too. It makes especially sharp edges but is more britt...

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Primalcraft: Thirst, Twigs, Branches, and Stone Scrapers

Last time I posted, my plan was to test out my entire mod, one feature at a time. I’ve checked in 18 different updates to my mod since then. Most of the changes are little bugs, like my new loose dirt block breaking instantly when it shouldn’t, or campfires failing to go out in the rain. I think I’ve caught most of those, but honestly I haven’t ...

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Primalcraft: Updating the mod to a new version of Minecraft

I just spent a couple of days updating my mod to a newer version of Minecraft. It’s a pain in the tookus. When I started modding, back in the mists of time, Minecraft was still on 1.8.9. There were a lot of tutorials available, thank the heavens. I started out copying quite a bit of code that I didn’t understand very well, but I was able to get...

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Primalcraft: Making wolves terrifying - ironing out the bugs

Angry wolves circling the fire In Primalcraft, I’ve changed wolf behavior so they’re aggressive toward players at night. But I also wanted to provide some protection against them, even in the early game when you don’t have shelter or armor. I thought it would be really cool if they were afraid of fire, so I implemented a modification of ske...

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Primalcraft: Current Features

Yesterday I talked about some of my goals in creating my Primalcraft mod for Minecraft. As I mentioned then, I’m focusing mainly on creating a detailed and challenging Stone Age survival experience. To that end, I’ve currently finished several major features of the mod: Stone age tools. Your first tools are rocks and sticks. You have to find...

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