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Minecraft 1.8 Snapshot is Here; Brings Changes to Survival and Adventure

Mojang has released Minecraft 1.8 Snapshot which will split focus between survival gameplay and improvements.

Posting on their blog, Mojang stated that they have done a “whole bunch of optimizing for both the client and server” and that it would be best to backup your worlds before trying it out.

Here are the new changes.

Big survival changes:

  • 3 new stone types!
  • Major Enchanting & Repairing changes!
  • Mossy stone bricks recipe!
  • Updated Villager trading!
  • Doors stack!
  • Slime blocks!
  • Lots of other tweaks, changes, bug fixes and secret features!

Big Adventure Map changes:

  • Adventure Mode no longer lets you place/destroy blocks.
  • But that can change!
  • Added Entity Selectors! Use @e in certain commands to target entities. You can limit it with [type=Chicken] or [type=!Skeleton]
  • Added a /blockdata command!
  • Added ‘Lock’ (String) NBT tag on most containers.
  • Added an optional entity parameter to /kill (try: /kill @e[type=!Player]
  • Added optional arguments to /clear for max item count (use 0 to not actually delete anything) & NBT data
  • Lots of other tweaks, changes, bug fixes and secret features!

The “that can change” on the list refers to a tweet made by Jeb. It showed an “Adventure Shovel” that allowed the players to remove specific blocks, as defined by the maker of that map.

You can download the snapshot through the Minecraft launcher, by creating a new profile and selecting the option to “enable experimental development snapshots”. Be warned though, as a Snapshot, it will probably have some bugs.