First Jab At Generated Structures

Generated structures, such as abandoned mineshafts or villages are high on the requests list.

As a trial run (to see whether the engine will handle it) I decided to do something smaller and simpler – generated grass traps. In 1.23 any large area of flat grass which is some distance from the ocean will have a number of randomly placed pits covered with grass trap block.

Most of the pits have dirt at the bottom, but some have spikes, so beware!

GeneratedTrap

Hidden among the tall grass a deadly menace, the dreaded grass trap!

In the meantime, I am still working on optimizing the large view distance. There is a brand new terrain update engine that will make the game run much smoother on higher end devices, even with big view distances. The problem is, the new engine is much more complex than the old one, and so I need to be very careful. I don’t want to release it until I am sure it won’t break things. I’ll write more about it in the coming days.

[EDIT] Here’s an unlisted video showing the stress test of the new update engine running on my PC: http://youtu.be/IjTRzQm23D8

142 Comments

  1. wack3jo
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 10:57 | Permalink | Reply

    Good job, Kaalus. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    • Posted September 13, 2013 at 13:14 | Permalink | Reply

      Plz don’t spam.

      • wack3jo
        Posted September 14, 2013 at 00:56 | Permalink | Reply

        Spam?

      • tazywolf
        Posted September 14, 2013 at 07:31 | Permalink | Reply

        thats not spamming, they were being nice.

      • Posted September 15, 2013 at 16:59 | Permalink | Reply

        That’s not spam Marlon, just a nice comment. If you are so worried about spam why do you spam? every time you say “spam” or “don’t spam” or get in an argument every post is spam.

        Thank you, for your consideration

    • Posted September 13, 2013 at 15:55 | Permalink | Reply

      Kaalus i had an idea.I was looking at the wiki,and i saw some animal stats.So i suggest the Great White Shark! The size of a Rhino,Does 70 damage and has 80 health.They fight Orcas,but always die because Orcas do 100 damage and have 100 health.They use Chase,Swim Around and Find Player behaviors.Just use the Shark model,but the size of a Rhino.

      • Posted September 13, 2013 at 15:56 | Permalink | Reply

        This would be easy to implement because you already have the model.Just enlarge it and increase stats.

        • CoolHorses
          Posted September 14, 2013 at 03:35 | Permalink

          I’m not sure if it should be the size of a rhino. Should it be size of a lion and as long as rhino?

  2. theunsfvo
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 10:57 | Permalink | Reply

    Wow!

    Grass traps? Brilliant! !!

    Way to go Kaalus. …

  3. theunsfvo
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:00 | Permalink | Reply

    Wow !
    Grass traps? Brilliant !!! Love it!
    Great idea Kaalus.
    Awesome work. ..

  4. SCRAFTER
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:08 | Permalink | Reply

    i sended email to u with bug report: disapearing coal block :)
    are u get it?

    • Posted September 13, 2013 at 12:28 | Permalink | Reply

      Yes I have, thank you, will look into it in due course :-)

  5. Andrew
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:09 | Permalink | Reply

    Love this so much. We all know what ever you do will be amazing

    • dylan the guy who loves survivalcraft so much!!!
      Posted September 14, 2013 at 07:36 | Permalink | Reply

      Ys it will be so cool!!! I love survivalcraft so much I have changed my post name!!

      • dylan
        Posted September 14, 2013 at 07:40 | Permalink | Reply

        Ok changing back my post name cause it made me look stupid. Kaalus I got some thing for you to add .perhaps…
        Crocodiles, monkeys, natural valleys, natural waterfalls, and Maybe some sort of volcano thingummy. Also some natural craters. Can you spread these out over all the next few updates please kaalus.

  6. SCRAFTER
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:11 | Permalink | Reply

    also would be nice to see some random generated chest with random items inside in the caves

    sry 4 my english

    • Posted September 13, 2013 at 12:53 | Permalink | Reply

      Yup. It would be nice.

    • Dylan
      Posted September 14, 2013 at 07:33 | Permalink | Reply

      Umm I don’t really understand video. Can someone explain plz?

  7. Tincan141
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:13 | Permalink | Reply

    Awesome! Been waiting for a long time for this!

  8. pikachu369
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:13 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus, does survival craft truly have an infinite world or does it eventually end in a similar way to minecraft.

    • Mac
      Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:45 | Permalink | Reply

      It’s not truly infinite but it would take forever to get to the end look at the wiki

      • Posted September 13, 2013 at 12:52 | Permalink | Reply

        It is a 100% infinity. Look at the top of the page. Under the word Survivalcraft.

      • pikachu369
        Posted September 13, 2013 at 20:55 | Permalink | Reply

        thank you

      • Posted September 15, 2013 at 17:20 | Permalink | Reply

        The world goes on until you run out of space

    • Posted September 13, 2013 at 22:32 | Permalink | Reply

      Not phone can handle 100,000 gb

    • Posted September 14, 2013 at 03:32 | Permalink | Reply

      Survivalcraft is bigger than the minecraft world but it survivalcraft ends

    • voidghoul
      Posted September 14, 2013 at 03:43 | Permalink | Reply

      @pikachu369

      From what I know, the world will continue generating (as you travel to new areas) until you run out of space in your device, which at that point, the game will crash.

      – -V

  9. Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:14 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi kaalus are we going to have forest terrain,and jungle terrain.Nice traps .

  10. Derek
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:35 | Permalink | Reply

    is the hidden traps really to be in game or is it just for testing

    • Posted September 13, 2013 at 12:51 | Permalink | Reply

      Testing, but the update should form out soon, so I’m gonna find out.

  11. Mac
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:44 | Permalink | Reply

    Yes yes yes we might actually y get villages is this a miracle or what amazing but kaalus can you watch out for the frequency of the grass traps it would be annoying every 20 steps you fall and if you add villages make them actually use resources in the area and make them interactive not just there to be there

    • Posted September 13, 2013 at 12:50 | Permalink | Reply

      Great idea Mac. Taking an idea from mc is one thing. But changing it is awesome!

  12. Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:44 | Permalink | Reply

    Nice work – 1.23 is shaping up to be the best update yet :)

  13. Posted September 13, 2013 at 11:53 | Permalink | Reply

    Pikachoo can’t do h work

  14. Kris
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 12:12 | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks for your eloquent posts and updates. About 2 years ago I started with minecraft pe. The development team went huge blocks of time without any updates, or even taking the time to post or respond to questions. I’ve been playing SC for about 3 months, and I swear you post and update more in a single month then that ‘other team’–all three of them–manage in an entire year. Thanks for your efforts, I enjoy reading your articles almost as much as your updates.

    BTW, I think minecarts are too MC–how’s about a entire locomotive instead?
    –kris

  15. Marlon Neveu
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 12:29 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey KAALUS. I bet that it will handle villagers and all that stuff. I have to admit. When I read this is gasped. It would be awesome if we could have villagers and abandoned mines and stuff like that.

  16. Posted September 13, 2013 at 12:51 | Permalink | Reply

    That’s some frikin narnia tactic right there. If MC can do it….they will need 200 People working it. And they will fail. Java MC, they can’t get infinite worlds. C++, you just said hello to the world.

    • Posted September 13, 2013 at 12:55 | Permalink | Reply

      Yup. Amazing talent of programming KAALUS has.

      • Posted September 13, 2013 at 13:56 | Permalink | Reply

        2-3 people working as JOBS on a simple java program can’t even make an infinite sized world, let alone Mobs.

        A single person,doing it as a HOBBY can even make an infinite world and a ton of mobs.on C++, For a Hobby, let alone work, he’d just probably by now, developed multiplayer, if he was a worker.

        • Posted September 13, 2013 at 23:44 | Permalink

          Yup.

        • connor
          Posted September 14, 2013 at 10:18 | Permalink

          But they van make it infite worlds yh and java never made the game so it was notch and mojang tha never put worlds that were infinitly long and big

  17. x The Joeness x
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 14:02 | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve had survivalcraft since 1.2 – I love this game. With that being said… how about we have an update that actually helps the player survive? Every survival game I create I’m surrounded by a dozen wolves, bears and all manner of dangerous creature. Why not make clothing/armor and a ranged weapon that you can stack. Even changing the spear to stack more than one at a time would be amazing. Kaalus you’re doing an amazing job – just wanted to put my two cents in.

    • Posted September 13, 2013 at 14:52 | Permalink | Reply

      Yup, stacking spears would be useful. I never bother with spears because of the high inventory cost versus the low return on investment.

    • AesopRedux
      Posted September 13, 2013 at 16:41 | Permalink | Reply

      I just heard if you dig down to bottom then back up 10 blocks you’ll find diamonds. No idea if that’s true, but if you can build a diamond machete that seems the best weapon.

      • Posted September 13, 2013 at 23:46 | Permalink | Reply

        I did. I have a trap where I put wolves in then at the full moon they all turn into werewolves and I get so many diamonds.

  18. BlackShadow
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 14:10 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus can u add Pumpkin farming so we dont have to try our luck in a far off land to find them.. or maybe youve added Pumpkin farming already? ..

    • BlackShadow
      Posted September 13, 2013 at 14:14 | Permalink | Reply

      I want pumpkins because it attracts ostrich so mlre pumpkins i have more ostrich i get.. and built an ostrich egg farm
      ,i tested farming ducks raven and seagull but they just fly around in the glass dome i built ,the ostrich is easier because they just need fences..

  19. BlackShadow
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 14:20 | Permalink | Reply

    Im just wondering what are the four boxes suppose to be ? Is it some kind of a place where you put armor/clothing
    After you add them in the game in the future?

    You can find the four boxes beside the Eat Box

  20. Posted September 13, 2013 at 14:54 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi everyone please watch my latest video and Please Click on the like, share and Subscribe Button https://www.youtube.com/user/daverave40

  21. xavier marable
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 15:12 | Permalink | Reply

    When will it be released and came there be deep jungles and forest

  22. Unashamed
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 15:37 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus, will it be where if you have already been working on a world you can update the world and structures will generate in the world ive been working on already,or will you have together a new seed in 1.23. Please answer if you can. Btw if we get villages and villagers which would be AWESOME i think we need some type of currency like minecraft. Not diamonds because theyre so rare but how about making something you can mine like GOLD EMARALDS OR RUBIES. I just think it’d be a great addition to the game including finding chests in mineshaft containing rare item. Thanks for your consideration. Everyone reply please

  23. epicman
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 15:44 | Permalink | Reply

    If you add villagers make sure they don’t have big noses like minecraft

  24. SC#1Fan
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 15:47 | Permalink | Reply

    cool implementation kaalus….but eventually will you add villages?

  25. Shawn Wilson
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 16:40 | Permalink | Reply

    You RULE!

  26. AesopRedux
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 16:44 | Permalink | Reply

    Nineteen! Sorry. Traps very exciting! Kaalus how about testing hostile NPCs before villages? You’ll need non-hostile ones for villages, unless this is a zombie wasteland. In which case we’re back to hostile NPCs

  27. Posted September 13, 2013 at 17:08 | Permalink | Reply

    The villages could have adults and children ,dogs, cats ,small other pets ,or you could have kingdoms .

  28. Buffalo bill
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 18:09 | Permalink | Reply

    awesome

  29. Buffalo bill
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 20:02 | Permalink | Reply

    this will be great especially if Kaalus adds random generated buildings.

    Thanks Kaalus

  30. iceshadow 13
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 20:28 | Permalink | Reply

    Coolness! :D

  31. JustPlaying
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 20:41 | Permalink | Reply

    Wow kaalus, that’s cool :) And the video… Scary :D

    Regards
    – JustPlaying

  32. Liza
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 20:57 | Permalink | Reply

    Please no spikes! Whoever agrees comment underneath!

  33. Postal Dude
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 21:04 | Permalink | Reply

    What is this? This make survivalcraft more forestry? ForestryCraft?

  34. Laney
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 21:10 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus you would add multiplayer for the kindle fires

  35. Ashbuscus
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 21:10 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus,you might have forgotten one thing when you added painted granite…..painted cobble stone (i call it cobbly wobbly :-D ) Also,R.I.P. Kaalus’ PC

    • Posted September 13, 2013 at 21:38 | Permalink | Reply

      This update is gonna be awesome! I knew 100% villages will be added on his video about stairs.

      • Mac
        Posted September 13, 2013 at 22:44 | Permalink | Reply

        How’d you know from the stairs video

        • Posted September 13, 2013 at 23:11 | Permalink

          He used the stairs to make pyramids.

  36. this guy i the limit
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 21:31 | Permalink | Reply

    Moo

  37. this guy i the limit
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 21:32 | Permalink | Reply

    Is it. A bug that when u place to many coal blocks they burn out all most instantly

  38. this guy i the limit
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 21:34 | Permalink | Reply

    Why did I post moo lag that’s why

    ehim fail ehim

  39. Unashamed
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 21:36 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus if there’s gonna be randomly generated then theres got to be someone that made them(NPCs). And I like davesrave40s idea with large forests and jungle biomes with huge trees plzz reply everybody

  40. SC#1Fan
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 21:48 | Permalink | Reply

    I would love to see some jungle biomes, like the ones in MC PC where there is huge tall trees with vines and spread out long distances.

    • Unashamed
      Posted September 14, 2013 at 01:11 | Permalink | Reply

      Exactly!

  41. Posted September 13, 2013 at 22:00 | Permalink | Reply

    Cool! Hey everyone please check out my survivalcraft blog by clicking on my name. I am building a city that will be available for download after 1.23 is released.

    • Spottedcloud.
      Posted September 13, 2013 at 22:25 | Permalink | Reply

      ME TOO! Even ash has daverave40 following. I mean HELLO!!!!! THERE IS A PERSON OVER HERE THAT ACTUALLY EXIST!!!!

    • Spottedcloud
      Posted September 13, 2013 at 22:27 | Permalink | Reply

      ME TOO! DAVERAVE40 follows everyones survivalcraft blog EXEPT FOR MINE!!! Even ashbuscus has daverave40 following. I mean HELLO!!!!! THERE IS A PERSON OVER HERE THAT ACTUALLY EXIST!!!!

  42. auranatos
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 22:27 | Permalink | Reply

    the doors and gates, don’t make good castles, draw bridge, and gate winch, + is it possible for the idea of a shuriken for another throwable

  43. Posted September 13, 2013 at 22:39 | Permalink | Reply

    Cool, Hope the grass traps aren’t to frequent that would be horrible
    if your taking it slow then how about some randomly generated chest in caves

  44. me
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 22:41 | Permalink | Reply

    hi kaalus can you please add villages,rails,mining carts, breeding animals, jungle biome,possibly coyotes to tame and a panther you can tame thanks

  45. Posted September 13, 2013 at 22:41 | Permalink | Reply

    Is there an end to to the world?

  46. me
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 22:42 | Permalink | Reply

    i thimk it ends at like 2 billion blocks i dont really know

  47. me
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 22:43 | Permalink | Reply

    i meant think

  48. me
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 22:48 | Permalink | Reply

    could you also possibly think about adding flooding or tonadoes or hurricanes but you could make it optional at the beginning and be able to switch if you want tornadoes and stuff or not

  49. Cole
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 23:43 | Permalink | Reply

    Great job Kaalus! I have been waiting for generated structures for a really long time! :D

  50. Nate Kober
    Posted September 13, 2013 at 23:44 | Permalink | Reply

    thank you i hope it works have a great day

  51. Posted September 13, 2013 at 23:58 | Permalink | Reply

    i would expect to see villages and the mineshafts in 1.23 hope u can add it :D

  52. mark
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 00:13 | Permalink | Reply

    If you get anything like villages make them indians please villages don’t set up traps and villages are copping so tribes will be good make some hostile sounds good:-)

  53. Bianca
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 00:37 | Permalink | Reply

    When is this update going to be out?

  54. Austin 231
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 01:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Indians!

  55. Posted September 14, 2013 at 02:06 | Permalink | Reply

    Trolol. Makes the game more challenging, Kaalus.

  56. Spottedcloud
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 02:27 | Permalink | Reply

    *Dances*

    VILLAGERS ARE COMING NEXT! VILLAGERS ARE COMIMG NEXT!

  57. this guy is the limit
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 02:48 | Permalink | Reply

    They should make some villages hostile and others nice and kaluss should make u be able to watch predatory animals hunt like wolves and lions

  58. this guy is the limit
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 02:51 | Permalink | Reply

    I hat Thu fakt I always spel kaaluses naam rong

  59. Posted September 14, 2013 at 03:15 | Permalink | Reply

    Awesome!!!!!!!!

  60. anton encinas
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 03:27 | Permalink | Reply

    thats f**king awesome! and yeah you should add villages and abandon mineshafts but one request if you can do this……..MULTIPLAYER. And maka the average shark a little bigger and add that when you feed an 2 animals with their food they will fall in love and they have a baby.

  61. this guy is the limit
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 03:28 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus should make sheild so that when you equip it reduce damage depending
    what’s attacks you

  62. CoolHorses
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 03:43 | Permalink | Reply

    Make sure the villagers don’t look like squidward. Uggh… :P

  63. this guy is the limit
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 03:56 | Permalink | Reply

    Kakadu should add clubs and slingshot but the ones u spin and whips to keep back lions
    like a weapon with knock back and rope

  64. this guy is the limit
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 03:56 | Permalink | Reply

    It auto spelled kaalus

  65. this guy is the limit
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 03:58 | Permalink | Reply

    And ropes with hooks to scale steep areas

  66. Posted September 14, 2013 at 03:59 | Permalink | Reply

    Add dolphins.

    Pantropical spotted. (3 health)
    Clymene. (4 health)
    Hawaiian. (4 health)
    Spotted. (3 health)
    Striped. (3 health)

    What if there were hostile birds?
    Eagle. (5 health, 3-5 damage)
    Hawk. (4 health, 3-6 damage)

    What if there were more LEDs?
    Yellow.
    Blue.
    Purple.
    I dreamt this happened, you just paint any color of LED, then BLAM its blue for example i painted a Red LED to a Blue LED.

    • Postal Dude
      Posted September 14, 2013 at 05:36 | Permalink | Reply

      Yep. And create led tv.

    • dylan
      Posted September 14, 2013 at 07:52 | Permalink | Reply

      Us dolphins and birds of prey would rock! And less would be cool too!

      • dylan
        Posted September 14, 2013 at 07:54 | Permalink | Reply

        I mean yes dolphins………….. And L E D s
        By the way like my post logo?

  67. this guy is the limit
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 05:38 | Permalink | Reply

    No led tv’s is not random and is an idea I would have never thought of

  68. Veromi
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 05:47 | Permalink | Reply

    Add cats and dog, I deg you, I only do this,and I wait.

  69. Posted September 14, 2013 at 07:14 | Permalink | Reply

    Also white LED. But if you stare at the white LED in Cruel, you will die!

    • Postal Dude
      Posted September 14, 2013 at 07:22 | Permalink | Reply

      “Survivalcraftfan i hate minecraft”
      I play survivalcraft and minecraft. And other games.

    • dylan
      Posted September 14, 2013 at 07:55 | Permalink | Reply

      That is just stupid. You can’t die staring a light.

  70. Posted September 14, 2013 at 07:34 | Permalink | Reply

    Wow. You’re doing what even Mojang can’t do, and that is something.

  71. dangercrafter
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 08:05 | Permalink | Reply

    Gj kaalus. You should ban Marlon and lolmoth.

    Lolmoth ja Marlon ovat ihastuneita h***ja.
    Marlon on tyhmä, ilkeä, ääliä läski nörtti joka pelaa survivalcraftia 24/7.

    Marlon: tyhmä, läski, nörtti h***, tykkää lolmothista.

    Lolmoth: ei ole aivoja, tyhmä kuin kivi, läski, h***, tykkää marlonista.

    Marlon tee palvelus maailmalle ja kuole.

    Tiedän että he eivät voi lukea tätä.

    I know u can’t read this Marlon and

    lolmoth, u r too stupid to read this.

    • Posted September 15, 2013 at 17:15 | Permalink | Reply

      What if lolmoth is Marlon’s second account

  72. Posted September 14, 2013 at 08:33 | Permalink | Reply

    Wel its good but we realyyyyy whant just villegers so plz plz plz can you do that and make olders device smoother to play :) kk

  73. kamil
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 08:39 | Permalink | Reply

    Prosze cie kaalus zebys dodał tryb zombie.

  74. Postal Dude
    Posted September 14, 2013 at 09:47 | Permalink | Reply

    Kallus in next update add villages?

  75. Posted September 15, 2013 at 07:23 | Permalink | Reply

    Please implement jungle terrain!

  76. Posted September 15, 2013 at 19:38 | Permalink | Reply

    In the next update please add guitars

  77. Posted September 16, 2013 at 23:35 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey i had an idea. since the game is basically about discovering a new world. why not let the villagers be like native americans. you know like when they discovered america. please reply. pivot

  78. chunkychief09
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 13:00 | Permalink | Reply

    If you add grass traps randomly, maybe add quicksand

  79. Posted September 21, 2013 at 23:33 | Permalink | Reply

    I am so excited to see the new update! I love this game so much. The abandoned village sounds so cool, and maybe some time in the future, there can be actual residents to trade with and things like that. I would be so happy with that! Or maybe even multiplayer, even if it’s just people near you that you can connect with. That’s the only thing I can think of that would make it better. Can’t wait for the update!!

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  1. […] today’s blog post from Kaalus has me all excited about SC again. In 1.23 he’s adding the start of generated structures! True it’s only hidden grass traps for now, but should the experiment go well we could see […]

  2. […] world just means endless boredom unless it has something in it worth discovering. Now, I know that Kaalus is looking at structural generation and this is a very good thing as the villages, mineshafts, dungeons & temples in Minecraft are […]

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