More epic Minetest map generation

August 18th, 2014 by celeron55

Watershed, some other mods and some glue:

https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?p=151128#p151128

https://forum.minetest.net/viewtopic.php?p=134376#p134376

Minetest 0.4.10

July 7th, 2014 by celeron55

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Minetest 0.4.10 was released yesterday. It’s been half a year since the previous release, 0.4.9 and thus this one contains a lot of stuff compared to it.

This release also marks the first stable(ish…) (well, more stable than the non-stable ones anyway) version of the official Android port of Minetest.

The subgames

We were supposed to be putting multiple subgames in this release while keeping minetest_game frozen, but that didn’t happen.

I set out to figure out the situation with subgames a few days ago. By testing the games, it seemed to me that Carbone had a lot to it compared to minetest_next. Also, I really like nodetopia, which sadly currently is too broken, according to the author. Most other subgames seem to be in a similar state.

Most of the community really wanted minetest_next to be included and I wanted to know more about it as I didn’t really see exactly what its point is. This produced these two documents. I wanted to know about gameplay direction, but couldn’t pull it out of them. It turns out _next was actually an undead version of _game which hadn’t changed practically at all – it really has a lot of momentum. Given that minetest_next had to be selected, Carbone didn’t make much sense as it is basically the same thing polished a bit and with extra mods. So, here we are, with _game continuing to be included and continuing development.

The future of subgames

As for subgames, I would *really* encourage you to make smaller polished ones, with interesting goals, limitations and which take new players well into account. With minetest_game continuing development and not being able to take it out, bundling a subgame largely based on it simply does not make sense.

Meanwhile, go download and try out Carbone, it does do many things better than minetest_next/game. You may also want to be following nodetest/voxelgarden. And all the other things happening here.

The release announcement and download links

Check out the 0.4.10 release announcement on the forums.

Download it on the download page.

Read random IRC discussion after release in the logs.

Oh, also, go check jeb’s recent comment on reddit!

I love Finnish summer!

June 18th, 2014 by celeron55

It’s 22:48 here in Oulu. At the moment the view from my window looks like this:

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No, the sun isn’t really going to go down anytime soon. Technically there is a sunset, but you can’t really tell at what moment it happens. In practice the sun will increasingly start going down in a week or two. Finally in six months it will barely show up above the horizon instead of barely going behind it. Hopefully there is snow by then, as it makes things brighter.

Here, have a photo of clouds too:

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And something a month earlier:

Early summer in Oulu, Finland (2014)

Early summer in Oulu, Finland (2014)

Also, I actually love winter too. And the other things in this category of things. But it’s summer at the moment.

WHAT

June 10th, 2014 by celeron55

WHAT THE FUCK MAN FIREFOX 29 AND 30 SUCK SO MUCH IT IS COMPLETELY UNDESCRIBABLE IN ENGLISH

WHAT THE FUCK

WHAT.

???

Minimalistic Advice

May 29th, 2014 by celeron55

Look for things around you that are widely claimed to be fixing something, but in fact are causing the exact same thing. They may or may not be the original cause of it.

Please, right from this moment and through the rest of your life. Always when you find one, tell it to at least one other person.

There is an idiotic amount of things like this everywhere and I am dead serious. Look for big and small things. It may be the thing you trust the most.