Re: [DCPython] Making Minecraft Mods With Python?

From: Jonathan F.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 7:36 PM
Thanks, Ross! That sounds pretty cool.

My next question is whether our school would really need to buy a bunch of Rasberry Pi devices to make this happen? The physical layout of our school and its schedule (people moving around a lot) combine to make laptops and tablets very attractive and devices with stand-alone monitors awkward to use.

Is there something like Mincecraft Pi Edition that would run on a regular pc and still let us edit the code with Python? Or a not-too-hard way to emulate Raspian OS? From my understanding, the main challenge is that Raspian is built for ARM chips while PCs have something else.

Other folks, feel free to weigh in, too!

Best,

Jonathan


On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 6:25 AM, Ross M Karchner <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Jonathan-- 

The "Pi" edition is a free download: http://pi.minecraft.net/

I haven't played with it myself, but I've seen it demoed-- when Minecraft is running, you can connect to it using an included (I think) python library, which lets you create and move blocks and other game elements, from a script. In the demo I saw, the presenter implemented Conway's game of Life, in minecraft.


On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 5:23 AM, Jonathan Fichter <[address removed]> wrote:
Dear DC Python Fans,

In a recent video hangout that was mainly about Scratch, one of the chat participants mentioned the following, which I am copying and pasting from the notes:

"With the Raspberry Pi, Python (through the IDLE environment), Terminal, and Minecraft: Pi Edition, kids can root Python scripts to change the game as they play."

If I understand correctly, this means that if you have a Rasberry Pi, you can get a version of the popular game Minecraft that is either written in or can be otherwise edited via Python.

Is that really the case? Has anyone experimented with that?

I certainly would not want to go barking up the wrong tree if I'm misunderstanding something. If the above sounds accurate, though, I'm thinking of spending some time investigating.

The students in my school already love Minecraft and use it as described in this Washington Post article. (Thanks to our awesome teacher Hank.) We have been looking into teaching more students Python, and this might be a great way in!

If anyone is willing to help experiment along these lines, I'd love to learn from or collaborate with you!

Best,

Jonathan






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