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Minecraft 1.6.1 Horse Update

Minecraft 1.6.1 has been released, and with it comes a whole host of new features, horses are just the highlight!

Before I go in to detail, here’s a summary!

  • Added Horses
  • Added Donkeys & Mules
  • Added Horse Armor
  • Added Leads
  • Added Carpets
  • Added Hardened Clay & Stained Clay
  • Added Block of Coal
  • Added Name Tags
  • Added Hay Bales
  • Texture packs are now Resource Packs that can also hold sound, etc.
  • Food meter is now drained when healed by full food meter
  • Redesigned Launcher

First things first – Horses! (Donkeys and Mules too!)

They let you move around Minecraft at breakneck speeds.  keep running uphill as long as the incline is just one block at a time, and they jump incredibly high. Horses add a whole new level to Minecraft exploration, letting you cover maps incredibly quickly.

Horses and Donkeys are both breedable (Breeding a horse and a donkey gives you a mule which cannot be bred).

Donkeys and mules can also be equipped with chests, a fantastic addition, since it means you can easily move more stuff around, and help lengthen your carrying capacity of you are on a  mining spree!

Along with these new passive mobs come a few new items. You can create bales of hay, and leads. Bales of hay can be used to speed up the growth of horses, and feed them.  Leads can be attached to nearly any passive mob, the lead is one amazing tool, especially when you want to collect animals (No more furious hours spent leading cows with a short attention span with a handful of wheat!).

Another boost to animals is the ‘name tag’. This useful little item lets you not only name animals, but prevents them from despawning (An infrequent, but hella annoying problem!).

Moving on from animals, the 1.6.1 update has a whole lot of awesome new features.  One of my favorites is the Coal Block.  Able to handle 80 cycles, the coal block is created from 9 pieces of coal.

Home decoration has improved too, you can now create carpets by placing two pieces of wool side by side.  carpet doesn’t affect block height, can be placed on things like glass.

Clay has also been updated, with hardened clay (tougher than stone) and can be dyed with the same colors as wool. I found it hard to be excited about this honestly, as clay is fairly rare, I create bricks with it.

The final adjustment is texture packs becoming resource packs.  Resource packs can include changes to things like sounds as well. This is a great move forward for those who like to create different scenarios for minecraft (futuristic, pirate, etc.


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