Minecraft: Nether Update Coming June 23rd

Minecraft Nether Update Coming June 23rd

Reading Time: < 1 minute The long awaited and long tested Nether Update finally has a date! Minecraft: The Nether Update will be made available on all platforms, where Minecraft is already available, on June 23rd. The Java edition will also be updated on the same day for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. The Nether update is going to completely …

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Minecraft Dungeons Jungle Awakens DLC First Look

Minecraft Dungeons Jungle Awakens DLC First Look

Reading Time: < 1 minute While you are still probably sinking your teeth to this recent release there are two DLCs announced and coming soon. Minecraft Dungeons Jungle Awakens is the first DLC to hit this July. Jungle Awakens, set in the Jungle Biome (duh) will include three missions and will have new creatures/animals like jungle cats (maybe cheetah?), swamp …

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Pac-Man’s 40th & Minecraft Pac-Man

Minecraft Pac-Man DLC

Reading Time: < 1 minute Would you believe that its been 40 years since the release of Pac-Man? 40 years ago today Namco changed the gaming world with this amazing ghost eating maze runner. That being said… HAPPY BIRTHDAY! While we didn’t get a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game or a Pac-Man movie we did get a pretty awesome DLC …

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Minecraft Birthday- Happy 11th Birthday

Happy Minecraft Birthday

Reading Time: 2 minutes Happy Minecraft Birthday! 11 years ago today Minecraft was released on PC as an alpha test in 2009. While much has changed since then, the games fun core set of features are still present and more popular than ever. Minecraft is now available on multiple home consoles like the Xbox, PlayStation and the Nintendo Switch. …

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Minecraft? “I ain’t playing with [email protected]&$king blocks!”

Reading Time: 2 minutes Those were my exact words to Jason (Gluten Mifflin) the day he suggested playing Minecraft. At the time I knew very little of the game. I knew it was a world composed entirely of blocks. I also knew that you used said blocks to build stuff and protect yourself before monsters came out at night. …

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Minecraft – My First Night 11 Years Ago

Minecraft Character Shot

Reading Time: 2 minutes I remember first hearing about Minecraft many years ago and thinking: “Graphics are terrible, concept is stupid, it’s never going to last.” Boy was I wrong. 11 years later I have clocked a lot of time on the PC, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and iPhone versions of Minecraft. Presently, myself and Martin (StarDoggedMoon) having been working …

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Happy Birthday, Minecraft…

Minecraft Birthday Creeper

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dear Minecraft, I hear its your 11th Birthday today! Let me start by wishing you a very, very, “Happy Birthday!” When I first heard about you, well I don’t really remember when or where that was. It was probably from some gaming website somewhere and I probably thought “oh, that’s curious.” I didn’t mark my …

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Official Minecraft Texture Packs – Our Mojang Top 5

Reading Time: 6 minutes I like to change Minecraft texture packs and will change them on a whim depending on what I am feeling like at the time. I enjoy seeing what I have built through a different lens, and discovering how they chose to represent all of the different items within the game while keeping true to the …

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Minecraft Quality of Life Upgrades

Minecraft Bees Update

Reading Time: 2 minutes Minecraft. A game that many love and many don’t understand. At the surface the game looks ridiculous when you compare its graphics to top tier games on current generations. Once you dig deeper into it, it sucks you in and never lets you go. The game is deep, yet simplistic. Minecraft has come along way …

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Minecraft Dungeons coming Spring 2020

Minecraft Dungeons Released

Reading Time: 2 minutes Yesterday during Microsoft’s E3 2019 Briefing, the Minecraft Dungeons trailer was shown giving us some more insight to what the upcoming Minecraft dungeon crawler is going to be like. Imagine an isometric view of Minecraft and now merge that with a dungeon crawler like Diablo III and you have Minecraft Dungeons! This rendition of Minecraft …

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Pokémon-Go Style Minecraft Earth Announced + Beta!

Reading Time: 2 minutes To start off – Happy 10th Anniversary Minecraft!!! Microsoft announced a new version of Minecraft called Minecraft Earth which will be an AR (Augmented Reality) version of Minecraft that will be a free-to-play mobile game. Your iOS or Android device becomes a lens of the game where “you’ll be able to build creations with friends …

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New Video – Nether Transit Authority

Reading Time: < 1 minute Anyone who has played Minecraft knows how large a realm can be. Some biomes are so far from each other they are almost unreachable or maybe even be a one way trip. That’s why StarDoggedMoon and I have created the Nether Transit Authority, or the NTA for short, to let us travel throughout the realm …

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Building a World: Take a glimpse into our Minecraft Realm

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Just about 3 years ago GlutenMifflin and I started building a world on a Minecraft realm. For us, Minecraft is one of those tried and true games that you can pick up and simply play any time. Sometimes we will spend months fixated on our projects within that game and then, when a break is needed leave it for a couple of months to play something else, knowing full well that at some point we will return and pick up where we left off.

At the time, we were in a sort of dry spell with gaming. Having mastered all of our favorite characters in Garden Warfare 2 we didn’t really know what we wanted to play and we were kind of done with the horrors of battle in the never ending war between the virtuous plants and evil zombies. We still loved the game, but after hours upon hours of play time and the prospect of going through the grind, leveling those leftover characters that we didn’t really want to play left us bored with the idea so we decided to return to Minecraft and the release of realms was perfect timing.

We had always endeavored to create a world on an epic scale. A world that would have its own separate but functional areas and a transit system to connect them. This was problematic before realms came along as only the host of the world would be able to add anything when we weren’t playing together. And, While we did manage to build some very nice things within our own Minecraft worlds, we would have to take turns hosting or visiting and as a result the interconnectivity we sought was never able to truly manifest.

That was until, Minecraft Realms was released. With the introduction of realms we were able to have a perpetual world where we would be able to drop in and out anytime we wanted to. We would be able to work on our own projects solo or team up and work on a group effort all with a common goal of expanding this ever prevalent world.

Currently our world has 6 functional areas which are basically towns. They are Gondor, Erebor, Endor, Mordor, Laketown, and Pandora. Some are closer to each other and some are pretty far. They are all connected through a transit system so travel from town to town is quick, safe, and easy. We finally have that massive epic world and are constantly looking to expand it. Unexpectedly, it has even taken on its own life in the form of lore. As we were building these awesome structure I started to notice that there was a story behind these places. The stories are heavily borrowed and amalgamated versions of the pop culture fiction that we watch and grew up with so much of it may seem very familiar. Even the names of the towns have significance. They weren’t named simply because we wanted to name them after some movie, no, there was some element in the game that gave rise to that reference and thus the name of the town.

The video below will hopefully be the first of many in which we showcase some of the parts of our Minecraft realm. This is my very first video so please don’t take it too seriously, it’s all simply for fun. In this video I showcase my baby, Endor. In it I simply take you on a journey to several points of interest and try to explain to you the story, the lore, behind the place.

Here is the text from the book I show in the video if you care to read more…

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Minecraft – Bedrock – 1.9.0 Update 2/5/19

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Nice little update to Minecraft Bedrock edition that hit yesterday bringing some new flowers, new slabs, new signage and new fences. The changelog is below which details all the new items.

After the jump I also included the new Experimental Features after the jump.

New Features:

  • Added new flowers: Lily of the Valley and Cornflower 
  • Added new signs for spruce, birch, jungle, acacia, and dark oak 
  • Added new stair, slab, and wall variants: 
    • Stone stairs and slabs
    • Granite stairs, slabs, and walls
    • Polished Granite stairs and slabs
    • Diorite stairs, slabs, and walls
    • Polished Diorite stairs and slabs
    • Andesite stairs, slabs, and walls
    • Polished Andesite stairs and slabs
    • Sandstone walls
    • Smooth Red Sandstone stairs and slabs
    • Smooth Quartz stairs and slabs
    • Brick walls
    • Stone Brick walls
    • Mossy Stone Brick stairs, slabs, and walls
    • Nether Brick walls
    • End Stone Brick stairs, slabs, and walls
    • Prismarine walls
    • Red Sandstone walls
    • Red Nether Brick stairs, slabs, and walls
    • Smooth Sandstone stairs and slabs
    • Mossy Cobblestone stairs and slabs
  • Added a new option to the /gamerule commands called ‘showDeathMessages’ which allows players to select whether a message appears in chat when a player or tamed mob dies 
  • Added new “Immediate Respawn” option with associated /gamerule 
  • New feedback button in the pause menu – shows links to the Minecraft feedback site, MoJira bug tracker, and Mojang support


  • Added several new loading screen tips and trivia suggested by the community! 
  • Added several new splash texts to the main menu 
  • Added the ability to delete expired Realms from your worlds list
  • Cauldrons can now hold Lava
  • Tripwires are now activated when broken, unless broken with shears 
  • A notification is now sent to chat when a tamed animal dies (MCPE-35138)
  • How to Play button is now visible from the in-game settings menu.

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Fighting the Wither – Minecraft – a Co-Op moment

Reading Time: 2 minutes Today StarDoggedMoon and I decided to take a break from exploring and building on our Minecraft Realm and take on the Wither, which we have never done. I am not even sure whose idea it really was but we immediately agreed and got started planning right away. We obviously knew what the Wither was and …

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Weekend Gaming – What we’re playing…

Reading Time: < 1 minute I hope that everyone has recovered from engorging on their stuffed fowl and all the trimmings. It’s Friday and that means it’s time for some gaming! Here is what we’re playing this weekend: Sea of Thieves Clash of Clans Minecraft We’ve added a new member of our crew in Sea of Thieves and have improved …

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Minecraft Beta Update

Reading Time: < 1 minute Quick minor update to Minecraft beta version which adds some great new features and items. The biggest part of the update is the addition of: Pillagers Bamboo is now generated in Jungle biomes Crossbow weapon with new enchantments (Multishot, Piercing and Quick Charge) I would consider these the biggest part of the update but …

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Weekend Gaming – What we’re playing

Reading Time: < 1 minute The end of another week and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This means we are only 6 more weekends till Christmas which is only 38 more sleeps! Since it’s the weekend it’s time to play some games! Here is what we are playing. Sea of Thieves Red Dead Redemption 2 Minecraft Clash of Clans

Weekend Gaming – What we’re playing…

Reading Time: < 1 minute Better late than never but the weekend is here and a special weekend it is! Special thanks to #daylightsavings we get another hour of gaming in!! Here’s what we’ve got queued up this weekend. Red Dead Redemption 2 Red Dead Redemption 2 Red Dead Redemption 2 Red Dead Redemption 2 Oh and FarCry 5 followed …

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What we’re playing this weekend…

Reading Time: < 1 minute Its time to forget about work and start doing some gaming….it’s finally Friday!! Games on tap this weekend: Minecraft Sea of Thieves FarCry 5 Red Dead Redemption 2 Finally I think a little Mario Kart challenge on the Switch may actually happen this weekend as well.