The weather is going to be nice today!


The stairs are in. At the moment there are two flavours: stone stairs and wooden stairs.

It took me longer than expected (as usual), because of the lighting issues. Apparently, Notch had the same problems with his stairs. But that was a year ago… Anyway, I resolved all the problems and the stairs are not only properly lit, but also cast ambient occlusion as every other block. As a side effect of my lighting shenanigans the shading of plants has vastly improved. Even on the above screenshot, if you look closely you can see that grass casts nice “shadows” on the ground, giving it a lot more depth than before. And it is a bit faster as well.

Additional good news is that I should now be able to trivially add 1/2 height slabs. All the problems I could possibly encounter are hopefully resolved. And torches use proper 3D models when held in hand or lying on the ground, not billboards. Amazingly, this is a side effect of the work done on the stairs :-)

Next in line are probably doors. I figured out they will be easier than ladders.


  1. Erich
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 04:17 | Permalink | Reply

    Keep it up, kaalus! Loving 1.1 edition!

  2. MatthewK.
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 05:03 | Permalink | Reply

    Loving the update…but we need ladders so please keep that in mind…also even though it may be difficult…mobiles and weapons…essential…

  3. TGZRyo
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 05:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Awesome. Love stairs. Please don’t wait so long to release this one :D

  4. Thekillerguy69
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 06:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Love how you update so often, and nice work! I think I see the sneak button in the picture :P

  5. MERMAN888
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 06:14 | Permalink | Reply

    Cheers for the latest update Kaalus!!

    was doing some deep mining today and the torches really helped, the game is really opening up. Keep the updates coming!!!

    You’re an Aussie right??

  6. MatthewK.
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 07:57 | Permalink | Reply

    Im needing that sneak button…mountblockmore cant be compleated without it

  7. Posted December 1, 2011 at 09:42 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus, any chance you could add Sandstone stairs too? I have a lot of them in my area, and don’t wanna have to replace them all lol. Great work, keep it up!

  8. Posted December 1, 2011 at 14:17 | Permalink | Reply

    it is truly amazing how quickly you can implement these things :)

  9. zxcvbad
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 16:58 | Permalink | Reply

    Mate, you just making my mood, while it rains in London :)

  10. Posted July 24, 2013 at 05:17 | Permalink | Reply


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