Block Burning Forever

One of the new features in 1.20 will be a block that burns forever.

A lot of people are requesting it, and it’s easy to add. It may be very useful in Adventure Mode, as a decoration or in fireplaces. Minecraft uses Netherrack for that. I don’t want to use supernatural stuff, so Survivalcraft will have coal blocks crafted of 9 coal chunks for that purpose. I think this idea was suggested by someone, but I can’t now find who that was. Thank you!

Here’s how they look like:

Solid Coal Block

They can also be used as a fuel in the furnace, although they don’t last forever in there. Using 9 coal chunks separately will be more efficient.

Unlike diamond blocks, malachite blocks, copper blocks, etc. which all have to be crafted, coal blocks can actually be found underground, inside of rich coal veins.

As of today I am still working on the accessibility of texture packs (renamed to “block textures” in 1.20) and worlds. As a part of that work I have refactored large chunks of downloading/uploading logic, which will hopefully allow me to add more interesting stuff there later.

Almost forgot…

Happy New Year!

107 Comments

  1. Alex
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 22:19 | Permalink | Reply

    Great job this will be a great update can’t wait i have sent you an email about a possible piston variant update and a seasons update have you seen these emails yet i am not sure if you have seen them or if you haven’t because all the other people emailing you about the game for future updates please reply happy new to you also and thanks for a great game :)

    • Alex
      Posted January 1, 2013 at 22:20 | Permalink | Reply

      *Happy new year

    • Robofighter1000
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 02:34 | Permalink | Reply

      The pistons would be great for hidden doors

  2. bonesnsmitty
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 22:20 | Permalink | Reply

    Great news! Happy new years to you as well :)

    Is it possible in a later update to add smoke from chimneys, or would this be to demanding on the game?

    • Posted January 1, 2013 at 22:24 | Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t though about smoke yet, but likely it’s too heavy on performance. There can be a very large number of blocks on fire in the game (they are cheap), so generating smoke has to be cheap as well. I don’t see how I could make it cheap.

      • bonesnsmitty
        Posted January 2, 2013 at 00:24 | Permalink | Reply

        It might be possible to do without sacrificing performance. Think of the fire in the lanterns. Using the same principle as the fire, but slowing down the rate of flicker a bit, and recoloring it to light grey and dark grey? Maybe twice as tall as the standard flame?

        • Posted January 5, 2013 at 11:29 | Permalink

          Yeah,it will be a good match with the ship im working on

    • pumcal
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 20:22 | Permalink | Reply

      Yes, that would be neat, if possible. Please reply to this, Kaalus :)

    • Beedboh
      Posted January 7, 2013 at 23:48 | Permalink | Reply

      Puting the Coal Block at the top of your chimny could work untill Kallus figures something. :)

  3. Posted January 1, 2013 at 22:53 | Permalink | Reply

    I suggested coal blocks

  4. Posted January 1, 2013 at 22:55 | Permalink | Reply

    I suggested that

    • Posted January 1, 2013 at 22:57 | Permalink | Reply

      Big thanks, it’s a good idea!

      • max samuels
        Posted January 2, 2013 at 21:37 | Permalink | Reply

        I think I had suggested a long time ago to, but I never brought it up again

        • Posted January 3, 2013 at 00:02 | Permalink

          I wont argue with you over who suggested it thats say we both suggested it :)

        • max samuels
          Posted January 3, 2013 at 00:31 | Permalink

          Don’t really care myself, but this part is mine;
          What if you stick a coal block into a furnace it will turn into a diamond. This is done in real life also, though with massive pressure along with heat.

  5. Alex
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 23:05 | Permalink | Reply

    We could also have rotors or rotating tables

  6. Posted January 2, 2013 at 00:03 | Permalink | Reply

    hey I have a idea for maybe 1.21. Can you make more house items like a bed and chair? Something to fill inside empty houses

    • Posted January 2, 2013 at 03:04 | Permalink | Reply

      Chair is same with stairs,bed is same with two slabs next to each other,table is a fence under pressure plate.Kaalus I accidentally found out how to make two slabs become a whole block.
      Happy new year!
      Even tho its january 2nd

      • Posted January 2, 2013 at 03:08 | Permalink | Reply

        I know but it would look cooler and more realistic if it was the real stuff

  7. Cooperdan
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 00:54 | Permalink | Reply

    “which will hopefully allow me to add more interesting stuff there later”

    Excelent (Y)

  8. Robofighter1000
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 02:21 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey can you add breeding animals?
    And for the a imals to follow you some how

  9. kismona
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 04:59 | Permalink | Reply

    Yay i requested this

    • kismona
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 08:15 | Permalink | Reply

      Well like 3 or 4 months ago

  10. Max
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 05:42 | Permalink | Reply

    kaalus можети добавить голод а то так не интересна играть мало жизней и они все востонавливаюися былобы круто если бы вы добавели голод тогда еда понадобилась и ещё фермы грибов и пшеницы

    • eddreal from 4PDA
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 15:42 | Permalink | Reply

      Братишь тут надо по английски писать

  11. blob10
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 05:55 | Permalink | Reply

    Can u add pistons kaalus? If u don’t I’ll still be fine, and I’m looking forward to everlasting fireplaces. ;)

  12. kismona
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 08:16 | Permalink | Reply

    Also i would like metal bars to go with the cell door.

  13. Daniel abaoros
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 08:29 | Permalink | Reply

    Good job and happy new year.

  14. carl schmidt
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 09:21 | Permalink | Reply

    Can you please make multyplayer ?! Sorry for my bad english i am german

  15. Daniel
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 09:29 | Permalink | Reply

    Please add Indians that you can interact with.

    • luis8883
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 12:05 | Permalink | Reply

      That would be cool

    • Buchhi
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 13:22 | Permalink | Reply

      I support this comment, that would be interesting :)

      • pumcal
        Posted January 2, 2013 at 20:25 | Permalink | Reply

        Me too. I’ve been longing for some sort of social interaction in game.

    • bieniu
      Posted January 3, 2013 at 17:43 | Permalink | Reply

      yeah, it would be cool. but better will be if it appear in 1.21 or 1.22 because we’ll have the 1.20 earlier :)

      (Sorry for my English)

  16. Dav
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 09:34 | Permalink | Reply

    Sweet! thats something I would really like to have in survivalcraft. I have many fireplaces and I hate having to light wood just to watch it burn for a minute.

  17. jonas
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:11 | Permalink | Reply

    its a good idea. I have also an idea . More mobs(animals. People for adventure maps) and magic.

    Thanks (its just an idea so you dont have to do it:] and i really love your game.

  18. Ken passern
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:42 | Permalink | Reply

    Is this on apple devises???
    If not will you add it looks so good minecraft sux bad as thanks

  19. Ken passern
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:44 | Permalink | Reply

    Is this on apple things??
    In not PLZ plz add it looks great
    Minecraft sucks so so bad
    Thanks

  20. luis8883
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 12:04 | Permalink | Reply

    Hay guys share a map whit me i dont know

    • Alex
      Posted January 3, 2013 at 01:21 | Permalink | Reply

      Look up survivalcraft forums and go to world files there will be adventure maps there

  21. Horse Rodrigo
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 12:29 | Permalink | Reply

    Hello Kaalus, you can make so that the ladder was established in a ceiling?

  22. jade Sobers
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 14:40 | Permalink | Reply

    How about some npc’s. I think that would add a lot to the game. Mind you I dunno if your already planning that or not. But it’s a thought. Also. It’s been mentioned before but I’ve noticed the armor placement slots but no ‘craftable’ clothing/armor. However so far so good. Love the electrics in 1.19. Continue the great work!

    • pumcal
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 20:32 | Permalink | Reply

      I support this query as well :)

      • the huh? in life
        Posted January 3, 2013 at 00:59 | Permalink | Reply

        Yes same her

  23. Horse Rodrigo
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 15:34 | Permalink | Reply

    And again hello Kaalus. I have one more idea. You can add in game a gun instead of the distributor?

  24. Nicolas
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 15:45 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey indians are good idea! And can you make a rope? I hate ladders a rope would be nice to enter in a hole.

    • Nicolas
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 15:48 | Permalink | Reply

      This game have many things for craft but few hostile mobs, the people want multiplayer but i think will not be funny multiplayer without agressive mobs…

    • the huh? in life
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 15:49 | Permalink | Reply

      Indians and their villages would be epic.

    • pumcal
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 20:28 | Permalink | Reply

      I support this query.

    • brian t
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 22:59 | Permalink | Reply

      If you mean native american’s or people from India i don’t think that would be very PC. The native americans were given the name by explore’rs who mistakingly thought they had actualy sailed around the world and had mistaken the america’s for india. It’s not a word that is appreciated now.

      • the huh? in life
        Posted January 3, 2013 at 01:02 | Permalink | Reply

        I don’t care… I just want this epic game to get even epicer

  25. the huh? in life
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 15:48 | Permalink | Reply

    This game dominates mcpe. And costs less? I don’t understand.

  26. eddreal from 4PDA
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 16:36 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Kaalus,please add a multiplayer and villages in game

    • pumcal
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 20:31 | Permalink | Reply

      Believe me, Multiplayer has been asked for so much it’s crazy. But he’s already said in other posts that he won’t work on that as of yet, not until he’s finished up some details. I don’t know how much he wants to get done before Multiplayer or LAN play, but I can tell it won’t be for a while.

      • Alex
        Posted January 3, 2013 at 01:25 | Permalink | Reply

        When he does add multiplayer i would like to be able to play multiplayer over bluetooth

        • Nicolas
          Posted January 3, 2013 at 02:41 | Permalink

          I would like multiplayer with bluetooth too, better than LAN…

    • Posted January 3, 2013 at 16:25 | Permalink | Reply

      I agree that Multiplayer should be done AFTER the game is improved further!!
      I wouldn’t even use it, so best to add missing stuff – Hey here is ONE idea!: Add a PICTURE FRAME, where you can place on a wall and LOAD UP with an image found on the tablet (or even the internet through a URL, if possible!) – That would be AWESOME! It reminds me of the X-Beyond the Frontier game, where I placed my picture above my Space Factory… rotating in 3D, YEARS ago!

      Cheers!
      TOS

  27. eddreal from 4PDA
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 18:11 | Permalink | Reply

    And please add armor

  28. deshan
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 19:25 | Permalink | Reply

    I think survivalcraft is very addictive game but has one big problem: food. Kaalus, you really shoud make more food types, like honey, fruits, fishes, etc.

    • Cooperdan
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 21:54 | Permalink | Reply

      It would take the “survival” aspect of the game though, if food came became too widely available…

      • max samuels
        Posted January 4, 2013 at 02:06 | Permalink | Reply

        No it wouldn’t actually. Where do you get honey after all?
        A beehive. What attacks you when you harvest a beehive?
        Bees.
        New hostile mob and new food source.
        If you have the player get attacked each time he wants food, then it’s a fight for life.

        • the huh? in life
          Posted January 4, 2013 at 14:04 | Permalink

          Add hunger. Then its more. About survival

  29. Posted January 2, 2013 at 21:22 | Permalink | Reply

    I cant wait til this fire block ccomes outt but it will probably not even work on my phone.

  30. Nicolas
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 23:07 | Permalink | Reply

    You could add more space at inventory, i think it’s small, you can add leather at bulls and cows to make a backpack maybe…, and you can add fishes to hunt, alligators and sharks, boat,fishing rod, rope to climb holes, more agressive mobs, maybe more bioms, and NPCs.

    • jade Sobers
      Posted January 2, 2013 at 23:27 | Permalink | Reply

      This is very descriptive. I like it! I was thinking too. I dunno if others find this irritating but how about a way to build on top of slabs.

      • Nicolas
        Posted January 3, 2013 at 02:39 | Permalink | Reply

        Don’t like slabs because of this… In MCPE you can’t too

        • jade Sobers
          Posted January 3, 2013 at 13:57 | Permalink

          Me neither. And like when I’m building a city and I have a road in survivalcraft, I like to use slabs as the sidewalk as it were but now with electrics in 1.19 and before I can’t place anything on them not even other blocks. This was just a thought

  31. Cody White
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 00:39 | Permalink | Reply

    Sweet

  32. lisiyrak
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 11:44 | Permalink | Reply

    It’s cool!

    Can you create small farming (growing wheeat,carrots,potatoes)? Please :). It will be so amazing.

    • the huh? in life
      Posted January 3, 2013 at 19:27 | Permalink | Reply

      Like that. And a hunger system for cruel mode.

      • Nicolas
        Posted January 4, 2013 at 16:03 | Permalink | Reply

        Only in cruel no, i play at challenging.xP

  33. Horse Rodrigo
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 15:41 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus can add variety to the game seeds and luring animals with wheat?

  34. Posted January 3, 2013 at 16:19 | Permalink | Reply

    “a block that burns forever”
    What is the use/purpose of this new block?
    I though that torches burned forever already… Can you clarify their use, aside from decoration?

    I am also hoping for a few more electronics components… Perhaps a crystal to emulate a clock! (i.e. on/off at specific intervals) – this would allow you to make blinking lights (easier than using latches I think)

    Thanks!!
    This game is amazing – MUCH better then MineCraft! lol

    • Posted January 3, 2013 at 17:21 | Permalink | Reply

      You can build a periodic signal generator out of existing components, no need for special stuff here.

      • Posted January 3, 2013 at 19:08 | Permalink | Reply

        Exactly – the latches – hence why it would be nice to have a SINGLE component to do this… :P
        But this is probably low priority, as most people might not be using electronics – it does make for a great way to learn it while playing… Good for learning kids!!!!

        Cheers and keep up the awesome work!

        TOS
        P.S.: I still dunno what that new block is for…!!

        P.S.2: Also, could we get GOLD and perhaps Silver?
        Silver weapons might do more damage vs Werewolves! HEHE
        I’m not sure how useful gold would be though… Alone on an island, you would not need its ‘value’ ! Unless you allow golden objects to be made.. like golden statues and such! ( I envision a big golden status, built with a Torch inside – a la Halloween pumpkin – with glowing eyes!!!!! It could also allow for ‘aztec’ like objects :)

  35. Posted January 3, 2013 at 17:49 | Permalink | Reply

    Please add books! But other then in MINECRAFT
    You are very good developer , because you do not do This game for iOS

    • Cooperdan
      Posted January 3, 2013 at 22:38 | Permalink | Reply

      How does the developer become “good” if he doesn’t make the game for IOS??

      (your talking out your ars…)

      • Posted January 4, 2013 at 14:29 | Permalink | Reply

        because new version came faster , when he make game only for android and WP

        • Posted January 4, 2013 at 15:28 | Permalink

          Interesting!!
          I was telling my son the SAME thing: by focusing on only one platform, a developer can save a lot of work compared to creating versions for all platforms!!
          So I was telling him that was why (in my opinion) Survivalcraft is superior to Minecraft: Minecraft has many platforms to support, while SurvivalCraft can focus on Androids only (at least, as far as *I* know!). Of course, iOs is a big market and should certainly be considered at one point!
          TOS

        • Nicolas
          Posted January 4, 2013 at 16:05 | Permalink

          Hahaha apple fanboys have to play MCPE foreverr!

        • Cooperdan
          Posted January 4, 2013 at 17:08 | Permalink

          Not really, kaalus first developed this game for windows phone 7x … Then when he realised that windows phone was dead in the water, he made the game available for android. In my opinion, it would’ve been a lot easier to support IOS instead of android, as there are far fewer devices that the game needs testing on/ can be buggy…

          However, for whatever other reasons, android was selected… Who knows, kaalus may be making an IOS version of survivalcraft now, he never mentioned that he was making survivalcraft for android until a few weeks before he released it

        • Cooperdan
          Posted January 4, 2013 at 17:31 | Permalink

          https://kaalus.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/google-nexus-10/

          Told you so

  36. oscar
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 00:59 | Permalink | Reply

    seria algo genial un porta un mundo como neter

    • Nicolas
      Posted January 4, 2013 at 16:08 | Permalink | Reply

      ” I don’t want to use supernatural stuff”
      I think wont have nothing like hell, vulcans maybe, we will staay only with the werewolfs i think

  37. max samuels
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 02:11 | Permalink | Reply

    I’m guessing this update will be adventure based

  38. tuan.lam09yahoo.com
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 18:21 | Permalink | Reply

    Please have the update soon please im dieing for it:-S

  39. Jacob
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 21:03 | Permalink | Reply

    Last update was great, made a lightbulb thats connected to a battery and I finally have some light, and with this update I’ll get to make a chimney. THANKS!

  40. Silvers
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 15:00 | Permalink | Reply

    @kaalus : When hou make update, can we play with older map ? Thanks ;)

  41. Богдан
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 10:16 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi,Kaalus,I decided that the pistons is indispensable in this game! CAN YOU ADD THEM?

  42. Posted January 9, 2013 at 02:37 | Permalink | Reply

    About making Survival craft for the iOS…
    “”Globally, less than two in ten smartphones that shipped in the third quarter of 2012 sported Apple’s iOS operating software. But in that same period, Google’s Android platform ran 75% of smartphones around the world. This also represented a 91.5% increase over the same quarter in 2011, according to International Data Corporation.””

    Reference: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/18/business/apple-share-price-fall/?iref=obinsite

    TOS

  43. matben330
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 13:07 | Permalink | Reply

    hello Could you add redstone and pistons please. Is that you can download maps?

  44. Minecraft 101
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 17:49 | Permalink | Reply

    You should make the netherlands meaning hell
    And add multiplayer online connection
    Tameable animals
    Mods
    Cakes!!!!!
    DRAMA

    • Nicolas
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 18:22 | Permalink | Reply

      Cakes… Nice, want mods too and i think wont have hell

  45. Francisco
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 18:46 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus, if you dont want supernatural stuff, WHY DID YOU ADDED WEREWOLFS,That is supernatural

  46. Minecraft 101
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:22 | Permalink | Reply

    Sorry I was really hyper win I wrote that… X3

  47. Minecraft 101
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:25 | Permalink | Reply

    Also Fransico Its Why did you ADD Werewolves. ;3

  48. collin
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 19:41 | Permalink | Reply

    Can you add bandits pleazzzzzzze;););)

  49. collin
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 19:43 | Permalink | Reply

    Add boats too!!!:):)

  50. Posted January 22, 2013 at 21:33 | Permalink | Reply

    I tried to craft bait but it didn’t work

  51. candy rufus gamer man
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 21:36 | Permalink | Reply

    How much can a coal block burn for?

  52. candy rufus gamer man
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 21:38 | Permalink | Reply

    MUST ADD BANDITS AND BOATS!!!:|

  53. Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:26 | Permalink | Reply

    hey kaalus can you add tameable able animals because im always so lonely in my house i just sit in the corner sometimes;)

  54. zvvrtnhhhhn
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 13:57 | Permalink | Reply

    And change skin

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