Snapshot 12w30b: A Preview of the Preview of Minecraft 1.3 (206/365)

Hello everyone! Mojang released a new snapshot yesterday. It had been stated before that there would be no new snapshots before the official release of 1.3. That is obviously not the case. According to Jeb, the reason for there being a new snapshot is because they are going to have the pre-release of 1.3 in the next day or two for modders and server admins to get a head start. This pre-release will be exactly the same as the official release so this new snapshot is a test to see if they need to fix anything before the pre-release.

Of course, this new snapshot does not include any new features, just bug fixes, but I still played it just to see if there was any noticeable difference in the gameplay. There wasn’t really, but I didn’t play very long.

Hey. I found some emerald. Pretty cool.

On August 1st (8 days from today), Minecraft 1.3 will be officially released. We have been waiting for this update for almost 4 months. Seriously, the last update was on April 4th. In that time we have had 16 snapshots and a whole crap load of new features. While I can’t recall or even write down the complete list here, the most notable and important features are:

  • Writable books
  • Tripwires
  • Ender chests
  • Singleplayer commands
  • Bonus chests
  • Emeralds
  • Villager trading system
  • Desert/Jungle temples
  • Large biome world type
  • Adventure mode (still a work in progress)
  • New Creative inventory
  • Can open Singleplayer worlds to LAN
  • Many big changes to enchanting
  • Changes to experience too (can receive XP from mining, smelting, and destroying spawners, also changed the rate at which your level increases)
  • Demo mode for non-premium users

Wow. That’s a lot of stuff. That’s not even close to the amount of all the new features and changes, though.

For the entire change log as of 12w30b check out the Wiki page here.

Download the new snapshot here.

After reading almost the entire changelog I am now psyched for 1.3. So get ready everyone, in 8 days we are going to have one hell of an update. If you aren’t psyched yet, then you better get psyched soon.

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading and Happy Mining!

UPDATE (2:30 p.m.): Mojang released a new snapshot today, 12w30c. According to them, it will be the final snapshot before the pre-release which we can expect in the next day or two. And after the pre-release will come Minecraft 1.3!

Here is the latest snapshot which only includes a few bug fixes.


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