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How many languages do you speak?

PeterGlassJar

Just English, mostly! I took a few years of Spanish, but I probably understand no more than a 2-year-old would xD

However it helps when reading some of the things my Spanish and Portuguese speaking followers post.

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Would we be more likely to reach you via Twitter or here at ask.fm?

PeterGlassJar

Both about the same - I get mobile notifications for both :)

I will usually see stuff quicker on Twitter, but I don't like to enter long chains of replies. Plus there's the whole tweet length limit thing xD

But for here, I try to answer most posts. I tend to take longer to get to it though.

Email is similar to here, except that I treat it with more urgency :)

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Any chance of a behind-the-scenes view on your code/project file for your various games (mainly Mine Blocks)? I wanna see how these things are structured, seeing as you've evidently gotten it down.

PeterGlassJar

I'm *thinking* about doing a live stream this weekend to celebrate 10,000 YouTube subscribers... so maybe some behind-the-scenes can be part of it :)
http://youtube.com/zanzlanz

All of my newish games and projects are all one code file, with no real setup, so it's not too interesting to show, but there are some neat things to talk about I suppose!

Also, just as a reminder: you can find the code for all my Ludum Dare compo games on my Ludum Dare profile.

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What did you dream about last night?

One of my dreams was that I released a Mine Blocks update before it was finished. When I realized how many things would break, I panicked and tried to undo the update xD!

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Do you use Perlin Noise for terrain generation in the MineBlocks games?

PeterGlassJar

I don't! I find that Perlin Noise is too hard to fine tune and control for situations like seamless biomes, cliffs, and other very specific scenarios.

For Mine Blocks 1 it just keeps track of a slope variable and linearly traverses the whole world when it generates.

For Mine Blocks 2, each world genchunk (worth one biome of size, but encompasses half of two adjacent biomes) calculates a start and end height depending on the biomes (this is sort of like Perlin noise, sure). Here's what it looked like in its early stages:
http://zanzlanz.tumblr.com/post/43397340027

But then, for the hills, it uses a stacking and removal technique I "invented" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7Dwh9U71lM and first implemented it into this thing: https://youtu.be/3thB8uQ-H6I?t=21s

So I guess MB2 *effectively* uses one layer of Perlin noise and fills it in with a custom algorithm :D

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Are you planning anything with the mineblocks redstone system?

fhhghf

Yes, when the block logic is rewritten on the main code, I'm hoping for off-screen redstone updating. This is what is has stopped stuff like command blocks and daylight sensors from being implemented so far. So, HYPE!

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can you make full screen in mineblocks?

Antonette Mariano

I think so! I know there are some nuances with it (the version of Flash that supports it might not work on Linux, for example), but I'll be looking more into this soon!

I'll definitely want to have this working when the game is written in Haxe, because hopefully it wont blur pixels when using its native resolution (and it wouldn't lower FPS I assume). :D

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Will you change the way redstone works in mineblocks? For example, being able to make it run up walls? Will it be different than the minecraft redstone system??

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I've definitely thought about stuff like this! Redstone is a lot more limited in 2D, so it makes sense to add this sort of feature. To me, I would feel bad abandoning the limitations of 3D redstone just to make it "easier", because I think 2D redstone has a ton of potential still.

So yeah, short answer is that I'm not sure yet! I think there will be a redstone update probably around 1.32 or 1.33?

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Why does it take 54 experience levels to get a max enchantment in Mine Blocks?

Sam Smith

It's not, but it's based on a random draw of 5 enchantments for the tool - then it picks the top one. It does this until it uses up as many enchantments as possible.

The highest costing enchantment is fortune 3 on axes (worth 38 levels for some reason). But most of the highest-tier enchantments are around 20-25 levels. ^^

This is somewhat because levels are linear in Mine Blocks (they are essentially exponential in Minecraft).

Hope that makes sense!

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Will it be possible to use the right click with haxe?

CriX UnLimited

Yes, because everything that is possible in Flash is also possible in Haxe! :)

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How many visits does Mine Blocks currently have?! :0 :D

CriX Unlimited

It's probably around 100000 visits a day, across all versions on all websites. :)
I'm not sure how many visits total though! Many millionz haha xD

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What qualities do you think are necessary to having a successful career path?

If you want to work for yourself, you should be passionate, adaptive, risky, and clever. Network with people who share your interests, and always seek potentially rewarding opportunities.

It helps to be able to know yourself well, so you can extract these qualities and improve them consciously :) You can't doubt yourself - believe you will succeed!

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Have you ever tried to make a small game but in the end the idea turned out badly and decided to cancel it? :0

CriX Unlimited

Yes, sure! Usually happens on the first couple days of development. :)

It happened a lot in 2013. But now I normally don't make new projects without a good idea about what I'm going to do :D
(like, none of these games were released: https://vine.co/v/bT7xWVtpPer)

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In the next update of mine blocks 2 will the worlds be deleted automatically after updating? D:

CriX Unlimited

Noo, I wouldn't do that!
If I had to, the worst I would do is drop support for the old files, and have a way for people to still play those worlds in the old version of the game. But I don't think I will even have to do that. :)

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Is it possible to add more background songs in mine blocks? it would be great! :D

CriX Unlimited

It would be nice to update the music for sure!

I have to be careful though, since music takes up most of the filesize for the game, which means longer loading times, and bigger download sizes. :]

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Is there a crafting recipe for fermented spider eye in Mine Blocks? I tried the Minecraft recipe and several variations and none of them work.

Sam Smith

Yes, and the recipe is the same as in Minecraft.
It's possible you're running a slightly older version of the game (in which case, you can find the latest version on: my website, Newgrounds, or Kongregate). :D

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Hey Zanzlanz i hope you have a Merry Christmas! A question: can you add Santa's Suit? Merry Christmas!

LuckyiCube52

Awh hey thanks! <3 I hope you had a Merry Christmas too! And happy New Year now!

I don't think I will add an actual Santa suit. But hey there are a lot of santa skins:
http://mineblocks.com/1/skins/search?q=santa

My person favorite is Zanta:
http://mineblocks.com/1/skin/21089 :)

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Have you planned for mine blocks 3? :D

CriX Unlimited

Well, sorta! This year has been a huge step towards that, as I've learned shader development and I've started working on my first 3D multiplayer game this month (I'll have more info on that soon! You saw a screenshot on Twitter :D). The next steps would probably be working up to a solid C++ engine.

One of the issues is that a lot of games are coming out that implement some of the design that Mine Blocks 3 was going to have, and I don't want to really resemble them (neither on purpose or on accident). :)

Well anyway, I have a handful of project that should have my attention before I do anything with MB3. It's tough to juggle so many things at once, haha.

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Have you thought of an anniversary for the 5 years of mine blocks? I think not since it is a game of minecraft but in 2D is the idea is not original so I probably have not thought any special for the 5 years of mine blocks, but, I do not know, I want to know your answer xD

CriX Unlimited

It's going to be the 6th year anniversary next, since I started the game in 2011. :D
I didn't really plan ahead for the anniversary, it just happened too quickly! I should definitely do something for the 10-year one though!

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I tried to download Mine Blocks but when i did and opened the game it kept playing music and sounds from mobs and flashing pictures of blocks. Help please.

i_will _not_tell_you

It seems like the packager I'm using is slowly becoming incompatible with different computers. In 1.29 I'll try to release as an AIR package which should fix it all :)

In terms of fixing your issue, I recommend using the "NON-EXE" version. Sorry for the glitches!

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Which animal has the most beautiful fur?

For some reason, Golden Tigers come to mind! :D

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Theoretically, would anyone have permissions of sorts to decompile Mineblocks for assets and reprogram it in Java from scratch for private use?

PeterGlassJar

Sounds like you have a plan! Go for it :D

(Btw I highly recommend this decompiler: https://www.free-decompiler.com/flash/ )

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Do you ever get weird or annoying questions and ask yourself, "ugh... why do I even"?

PeterGlassJar

It's mostly the questions asking if I'm going to add multiplayer/villagers/herobrine to Mine Blocks. I've stopped answering and reading those since I've answered them too many times. They are in the FAQ anyway.

The questions here haven't been annoying though, ever since I disabled anonymous questions, haha :D

As for weird questions, I guess I don't get too weird of ones. The ones I delete are normally just suggestions, repeats, or something I have too hard of a time answering.

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Hello Zanzlanz, i'm a big fan of Mineblocks! This game is not like Minecraft, is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo better! I want to ask if you can add the Hot Chocolate to Mineblocks. If you drink 3 times (in survival) you take 1 damage beacuse is so much hot. I wait answer. Byeeeeeee

LuckyiCube52

Hey Lucky! Thanks man, that's really nice of you to say c:

I like your suggestion btw - I'd love to add some chocolate stuff after cocoa is farmable, and hot chocolate sounds like a fun one! :)

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Is ZanzCode? What do you plan to do with your program? :D

CriX Unlimited

The plan is to make a simple cross-platform script + a bunch of tools to make small games. Then allow people to share them with anyone else to play.

I really just wanted something so I could program things on mobile, but I think the idea is can be way bigger than that!

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About Zanzlanz:

I'm an indie game developer and music producer. I made Mine Blocks, and much more!

United States

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