07.06.2012

New feature: Thrown items can become entities other than the minecraft-native item entity.

What I mean by this is I’ve made it so dropped items (including things ejected from any inventory) can instantly become other entities. I created an interface that any item can implement. This interface provides an entity object to EntityItem so that when the item entity does its first tick it creates that entity and kills itself. This means that thrown Mystcraft book items now become book entities instantly, exactly as if you had linked through them.

I’d been thinking of adding this feature for a long time, but a discussion RaustBlackDragon and I have been having finally got me to try it. Thanks go to him for really kicking the idea into motion. I’ve sent the code to him as is and will likely run it by cpw to see if it would make a good addition to Forge.

I’m suddenly full of ideas for things this could be used for and it is really well suited to the mod I have in planning. This will be all kinds of handy.

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Mystcraft 0.8.4

This release is a bit large and touches on lots of things. This is mostly due to my dev time being quite scattered recently. With the summer starting up for me now I should be able to work a little more consistently. 🙂

Currently updating the docs and change log and such. Enjoy!

06.06.2012

I’m making some minor cleanup before the release. Having to refrain from going off on more features/fixes before then. 😛

Last two things I’m doing for the release: Lowering the brightness of one of the new lighting symbols and slowing the rate of decay substantially. Decay is still a death sentence, but should be a little less immediate and result in slightly less lag.

Should have the release up shortly and then I’ll start updating the docs… Good thing I keep logs.

To anyone asking to test Mystcraft note: I can’t accept everyone. I have to be somewhat selective. That said, send me a PM on the Minecraft forums if you wish to become a tester for Mystcraft and think you ‘have what it takes’. 😉

Release Imminent

I fixed the critical bug (I think) so we should be back on track for release. Hoping to have that sufficiently tested by tonight. If we’re OK then I can release. 🙂

I didn’t manage to get weighting in this release. It isn’t critical, but would have been nice. It’ll probably be the first thing I add after the release, but I want to get this release out the door. I’ve held on to it too long as it is. There are a lot of fixes and changes. Strongest in my mind is ChickenBones went through a lot of work to fix our compatibility issues and I would hate to delay the usefulness of that work. WR-CBE is compatible with Mystcraft as of the current release of WR-CBE and Mystcraft 0.8.4.

I did manage to get sunset blending in, so that works. 🙂 Have fun producing weird colored skies. 😉

Another exciting recent development is score_under gave me permission to include his lighting fix in Mystcraft natively. A hearty thank you to him. Hopefully this alleviates the cave world lag issues. 🙂

I’ll probably end up spending some times focusing on the Mystcraft API. Once that is in beta I’ll start redoing the crafting for Mystcraft. I’ll probably throw in little things that strike my fancy as I go along, like new instability mechanics or symbols. Will probably delay doing any ‘myst tech’ until crafting is somewhat stable. Looking forward to this. 🙂

05.06.2012

I’ve made a little progress on the Mystcraft API. Having to move a few things around to make it easier to use.

I re-designed the category system for symbols, meaning symbols viewed in notebooks will move around (but you won’t lose any). This may be a little confusing at first, but hopefully I’ll be able to establish some good categories. I also renamed the ‘Normal Biome Distribution’ to ‘Medium Biomes’

The biggest news is probably the addition of a set of new symbols. I added the void terrain symbol as well as sky colors. As I don’t have a good system for screenshots in place yet I’ll just use dropbox. screenshots

Next up I want to fix sunsets so that they blend like sky colors and fog (and are no longer ‘required’ symbols). I was really hoping to get the API in a beta testing stage by tomorrow, but we’ll see. Hope to release tomorrow night regardless, unless I encounter some terrible bug(s).

30.05.2012

Here’s hoping I can remember everything I’ve done recently to Mystcraft. If not then I’ll just make another post later. 😛 I keep my recent changes written down on my board, but I’m not at home right now…

  • Fixed the issue with age data not being sent to the client on log in
  • Changed the spawn random shift on the server so you won’t simply drop into the void immediately on skyland ages
  • Worked on the new lighting symbols
  • Fixed decay blocks causing tile entities to lose their data (ex. chests now retain inventory)

Now I’m going to focus on the API and crafting. I think that most of the weirdest issues are handled at this point. 🙂

28.05.2012

Lectures are over and things are getting a little easier. Mystcraft development continues. 🙂

The first things I will do is solve some general issues and a few remaining bugs. Then I will be focusing on crafting and handling book properties. Lots planned in that regard. I’ll try to keep you posted.

23.05.2012

I did some work and updated the Development page for Mystcraft.

  • Ores from the Forge Ore Dictionary should generate properly
  • Linkbook stands now have a GUI with a click-able (blank) panel
  • Decoupled the Ages from the Dimension IDs slightly. Copying Ages between saves should get easier.
  • Figured out the problem with EnderChests

The actual problem with EnderChests was fixed immediately after the release, but I didn’t even know of the issue yet. The problem was the Forge version of Mystcraft was saving the Ages as “Dim50”, “Dim51”, and so on instead of “DIM50”, etc. The chickencode.core which EnderChests uses expects the DIM convention to be used and will break if it isn’t. A not altogether unreasonable assumption, but still a bit incorrect.

I do not mean to sound harsh when speaking of ChickenBones’ code. ChickenBones is an excellent modder and has put a lot of work into many mods. Mystcraft just creates unprecedented issues which a lot of mods are having trouble dealing with correctly.

23.05.2012

Teaching is exhausting.

I fixed the age data persistence issue (with data from other saves or servers getting copied to your current world). I’d implemented a semi-hack -fix on the Age Data to make it consistent for the server worlds. Now I’ve hack-fixed that to make it clear that data when the world changes. 😛
The actual issue is with how such data is handled. I’d expected it to be consistent and stored once received, but Minecraft seems to like to create clones of it. I understand what’s going on and it’s reasonable, it just doesn’t work well for me. In lieu of implementing a better data tracking system this will have to do.