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MineClone2 'The Fire and Stone release' is out now

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MineClone2 is a free and open source survival sandbox game built to resemble Minecraft on the Minetest game engine, and their latest release Fire and Stone is out now.

This update includes numerous enhancements to the gameplay including the Stonecutter now actually being usable so you can "cut every kind of stone into slabs, stairs, and decorated variants with unprecedented ease". Campfires can now cook items and you can see it being done too which sounds fun. Fancy a little customization? Armour can now be decorated with colourful gems and metals, there's improvements to the AI of various mobs and various other improvements found in the release notes.

This update actually came a few days after the latest Minetest update! How to get it? Simply install Minetest and then look for MineClone2 in the Content -> Browse Online Content section.

You can also see more info on the ContentDB page.

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Pengling Dec 21, 2023
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The depth of MineClone2 is far beyond what I tend to do (which is mainly generating worlds in it and exploring with the "nodrown" mod active, just to see what I can find), but the whole package really is excellent, so I'm always happy to see an update.
hardpenguin Dec 22, 2023
I played MineClone2 lately, had good fun despite dying a lot but got frustrated eventually by its poor peformance on Linux :( I experienced constant FPS drops on NVIDIA and have read this is not a Minetest issue but specifically a MineClone2 issue.
kneekoo Dec 22, 2023
Quoting: hardpenguinI played MineClone2 lately, had good fun despite dying a lot but got frustrated eventually by its poor peformance on Linux :( I experienced constant FPS drops on NVIDIA and have read this is not a Minetest issue but specifically a MineClone2 issue.

Hey, please come to our Discord or Matrix to give us some details about that. It looks like you have some specifics if you're sure that's not a Minetest issue. A little profiling might reveal the issue. This year MineClone2 scored some really nice performance improvements that enabled it to run reasonably well on my old Core 2 Duo laptop, so I wonder what else is there that causes performance drops on an RTX 3060 Ti.
hardpenguin Dec 22, 2023
Quoting: kneekooHey, please come to our Discord or Matrix to give us some details about that. It looks like you have some specifics if you're sure that's not a Minetest issue. A little profiling might reveal the issue. This year MineClone2 scored some really nice performance improvements that enabled it to run reasonably well on my old Core 2 Duo laptop, so I wonder what else is there that causes performance drops on an RTX 3060 Ti.
I appreciate the friendly invitation! I might take you up on your offer one day. For now I do not have time nor patience to work through any further steps of troubleshooting for this issue.
kneekoo Dec 22, 2023
Quoting: hardpenguinI appreciate the friendly invitation! I might take you up on your offer one day. For now I do not have time nor patience to work through any further steps of troubleshooting for this issue.

Ok, understandable. :) We do try to get feedback on such issues because fixing them makes the game better for everyone, especially people with older PCs. We're particularly happy with Minetest 5.8.0 because now our new soundtrack can shine without taking a huge toll on RAM usage, which was a problem with 5.7.0. If you haven't done so already, make sure you try out the latest releases of each.
kneekoo Dec 26, 2023
By the way, a smaller update is now available: v0.86 - "Another Look"

Highlights:

Mob improvements - Rebalanced shulkers, slimes, magma cubes, vexes and evokers.

Shepherd functionality: A shepherd staff was added, which allows you to lead your sheep; It can also serve as a weak weapon.

Visual updates: Sunflowers now have a custom mesh, which means it looks better, and the animations of the stonecutter and campfires were made more dynamic.

2 crash fixes were included, related to villager trading and pistons


Last edited by kneekoo on 26 December 2023 at 4:18 pm UTC
kneekoo Dec 28, 2023
From our Discord announcements channel:

QuoteHotfix release 0.86.1 is now live. It introduces a workaround allowing usage of bows, crossbows and spyglasses with touchscreen controls by using the zoom button, and introduces a patch to a graphical glitch which for some reason wasn't included in the last release (even though it was supposed to be there).
kneekoo Dec 30, 2023
From Discord:

QuoteHotfix release 0.86.2 is now live. It introduces a refactorization of player-related combat code, fixing a critical invulnerability bug, as well as fixing graphical glitches related to XP orbs, removing a cryptic error message and optimizing some textures for size.
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