September - This Month in Minetest (08)

This Month in Minetest

This month, TurkeyMcMac joined the core dev team, post-processing and bloom were merged, and Android crosshair support was added. Minefall released on ContentDB, BlockExchange got a graphical rework, and more!

Engine News

TurkeyMcMac was added as a core developer this month. He has been contributing to Minetest for a while and has demonstrated a high level of technical ability.

x2048’s post-processing Pull Request was merged, as well as a work-in-progress version of a bloom shader. Post-processing is a technique implemented as part of the graphics modernization project, and will result in improved performance for tone mapping. It also allows new graphical effects to be implemented in the future, including depth-of-field and volumetric lighting (god rays).

For now, bloom is a client-side setting only, but mods will be able to control it in the future too. Bloom lets light bleed into dark areas and creates a glow around bright objects. You can try out the bloom shader by building Minetest from source, enabling shaders, and then entering All Settings. Search for bloom, enable it, and experiment with the other two bloom settings, bloom intensity and bloom radius. More shaders will be coming soon!

Crosshair support for android has been merged. Unlike desktop, Android defaults to punching/placing/digging where you tap. With this new feature, users can enable the crosshair to have an experience closer to desktop.

Desour is working on a refactor of Minetest’s sound system. It will make sounds load faster, add a doppler effect, and fix many sound bugs - such as fading not working on positional sounds and sounds not pausing during the pause menu.

Games News

Nodecore

Nodecore received a significant performance update. Warr1024 found that TurkeyMcMac’s LuaJIT Profiler was particularly useful in finding the cause of performance issues - much more useful than the built-in profiler. That helped him discover functions that were more expensive than expected, such as minetest.check_player_privs().

Cave Game

Cave Game
Cave Game

Olive made Cave Game, a recreation of Notch’s first implementation of Minecraft. It has Stone and Grass. Yeah, that’s about it.

Minefall

Minefall was released on ContentDB. It is a new take on the Minetest Game concept. Its main feature is the ability of players to levitate if they have enough stamina. Also, it has hostile mobs and flying whales.

Mods News

BlockExchange

BuckarooBanzai rewrote most of the frontend part of the BlockExchange project - it should now be fairly usable/stable. Also, it has moved to a new home/address: https://blockexchange.minetest.ch/ instead of the .land domain).

Mese Trains

MeseJets in a Railyard
MeseJets in a Railyard

Xenon released the first version of another Advanced Trains expansion pack. So far it only includes the MeseJet, a bullet train that has color-coded line numbers displayed on its side.

TNT Tag

debiankaios released TNTtag, a port of the classic Minecraft minigame. Don’t get tagged with TNT, and if you do get tagged, be sure to tag someone else before the time runs out and the TNT on your head explodes!

Textures

OhCeeDee Texture Pack

The OCD texture pack
The OCD texture pack

ROllerozxa released the OhCeeDee texture pack, inspired by FVDisco’s oCd Minecraft resource pack.

Art and Builds

Temple by Peppermint Patty
Temple by Peppermint Patty
Banner for the Super Sam game, art by Temhotaokeaha
Banner for the Super Sam game, art by Temhotaokeaha
a pair of sw1500's tie down at the station as the morning sun rises, by Wsor
a pair of sw1500's tie down at the station as the morning sun rises, by Wsor
a pair of sw1500's tie down at the station as the morning sun rises, by Wsor
a pair of sw1500's tie down at the station as the morning sun rises, by Wsor
One of x2048's props for testing lighting effects
One of x2048's props for testing lighting effects

Server News

Nodecore Community Server

nodecore.mine.nu:30000

Nodecore was updated with the performance updates in the games section above. That makes the performance of the Nodecore Community Server better than ever.

A.E.S. Minigames

minetest.eticadigitale.org:30010

A.E.S. has a new beta minigame: Tnttag! There are also two new skins for you to find and unlock by completing parkours.

The November Block League tournament is coming up! BlockLeague is a shooter minigame that is best described as “Soccer with guns”. It now has passive skills and a menu for choosing them. Check out the pads to the side of the Blockleague island to choose your skill. There will be up to 8 teams of 3 players each for the tournament. See the details here for how to sign up.

In Other News

Mindustry3d

GeneralBaker began a project to recreate Mindustry in 3d in Minetest. The first stable release is still a long way off, but the project is looking for contributors. Check it out here: Forum and Git

Blog Content

This is our 8th Minetest monthly update. So far, content for the blog has mostly been collected on an ad-hoc basis - the blog editors see something interesting and put it in the blog. We have had a few content creators approach editors about the blog, but we’d like to see more people suggest content using the issue tracker (GitLab Mirror). It prevents us from missing or forgetting about something. Thank you to those who have used the issue tracker.

Thanks to our post contributors this month: MisterE, rubenwardy, Peppermint Patty, Warr1024, BuckarooBanzai, wsor, x2048.