Saplings

Another thing that has been asked for a lot. Now in 1.13.

There are 3 types of saplings: Birch,  Spruce and Oak. Each grows the respective tree:

Saplings can be obtained by crafting from leaves. Leaves do not drop them automatically when harvested.

I had a lot of reservations about this feature. I don’t know how well it will play with the survival aspect of the game, because it will essentially allow player to create an infinite supply of wood. So I made it more difficult than just planting a sapling and waiting. You have to plant it in area of proper temperature and humidity, which is different for every tree:

Oaks like warm areas (where grass has juicy green color)

Spruces like cold and snow.

Birches like something in between.

All trees need lots of humidity. If the area is dry (i.e. is close to a desert, grass has yellowish hue there), it is very difficult for the sapling to survive. Note: presence of water does not mean the area is humid, watch color of the grass and leaves.

Good indication of suitability of an area for a given tree is presence of naturally grown trees of given type there. They use the same criteria as saplings to grow/not grow.

You also have to make sure that trees have enough space to grow. If there is not enough space, the sapling will die. In general it is a good idea to plant lots of saplings near to each other so that at least some will grow. Growth is a probabilistic process. If you plant a tree in a wrong place the sapling turns into a dry bush:

In creative mode trees grow very fast, less than 20 seconds. In survival you’ll have to wait about a day or so to see the tree, or a dry bush more often :-) You don’t need to be around for the tree to grow.

That’s it for now. I have 1.13 almost ready to go out tomorrow.


11 Comments

  1. chanc3
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 22:53 | Permalink | Reply

    This is super great. best up date ever. this game is so amazing. i am exited to see whats instore for the future. kaalus you are the best! \(^-^)/

  2. epic2015
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 00:16 | Permalink | Reply

    Nice

  3. pippyo03
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 01:16 | Permalink | Reply

    Nice this is gonna be a huge update

  4. kevin m
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 03:36 | Permalink | Reply

    AWESOMENESS!!!!!!

  5. Jake From State Farm
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 04:07 | Permalink | Reply

    People that roam the world would be cool. Multiplayer?

  6. reundeadified
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 04:36 | Permalink | Reply

    This is gonna be the best update ever. There’s a compass, grass regrowth, saplings, and now I’ll be able to keep cows and other animals as pets. The only thing that would make this better would be bows, arrows, and armor

  7. PapaDuke
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 18:07 | Permalink | Reply

    Sounds fair and challenging enough. Not to evoke MineCraft comparisons but one of the personal rules that me and my friends abide by is that all trees that are cut down are replanted. This will help. :)

  8. franklin
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 18:41 | Permalink | Reply

    So is the update supposed to be today?

  9. pippyo03
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 18:42 | Permalink | Reply

    Ya and maybe for survival when you craft the leaves you shouldn’t get the saplings every time.

  10. jay
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 07:42 | Permalink | Reply

    Thank you. Its so refreshing to have a developer that is so tuned in to his end users. This will be a great update. Thank you for all your hard work.

  11. wilson
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 04:03 | Permalink | Reply

    You should add more mine crafty stuff atleast a fishing pole

One Trackback

  1. […] day, even when I’ve used the in-game thermometer & hydrometer! I’ve even followed the designers own advice and planted saplings in the same place I harvested the trees I got the saplings from in the first […]

Leave a Reply. No swearing please.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s