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I'm performing some experiments with the new track types and have run into a problem — I want to test the physics of occupied carts without being in them myself (as that makes it very hard to see the "big picture").

I have the Single Player Commands mod installed, but the spawn command doesn't target the way I expected it to. Instead of creating an NPC where I'm looking (say, at a minecart), the NPC seems to be spawned at a random point near me.

Is there a way to reliably put a rider in a cart with SPC or another mod?

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This may or may not help, but you could also press F5 in-cart to go to third person view, which would give you a different perspective. Alternatively, spawn a bunch of chickens, and one will undoubtedly jump in. –  ElfSlice May 3 '11 at 5:31
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Sadly, bulk-spawning doesn't seem to be an ideal approach. spawn pig 100 only ended up filling half my carts and was an incredible mess to clean up afterward! :-D –  Ben Blank May 3 '11 at 6:23
    
@BenBlank: does butcher work in SPC? –  Zommuter May 3 '11 at 8:59
    
what about just getting a zombie or anything to follow you, jump over the minecart and the zombie will get stuck in the minecart. –  Sir Ksilem May 3 '11 at 13:39
    
@Ksilem — Mobs colliding with minecarts doesn't seem to work; the minecart has to be in motion to pick them up. –  Ben Blank May 3 '11 at 14:48

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I know this dodges your answer, but you could run a local server (copying your SSP map to it) after changing the server.properties's online-mode to false, run a second instance of minecraft in offline mode, connect both to your local pc and have the offline char sit in the minecart, then alt+tab to the original instance to watch "yourself" ride the cart.

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(AFAIK the only remaining difference between SMP and SSP is the lack of nether unless you use e.g. nethrar for bukkit) –  Zommuter May 3 '11 at 6:11
    
Very clever! Is there a way to deliberately start MC in offline mode, short of disconnecting your internet connection? –  Ben Blank May 3 '11 at 6:21
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@BenBlank: sure, just delete the last character of your stored password (since that's an invalid login then, it will offer offline mode. This will not delete the stored correct password, i.e. when you start the next time by simply clicking the login button you'll be online again) –  Zommuter May 3 '11 at 8:53
    
(follow-up on my nether comment, it's planned) –  Zommuter May 3 '11 at 9:01

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