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I was trying to create a small village in Minecraft. As I am in Single Player and wanted some neighbours, I spawned a few NPC villagers using spawn eggs.

Even though they are good neighbours (they don't play the music too loud and don't argue with their wives), they won't spend the night in any of the houses I built.

Buildings are very basic structures made of wooden planks with a wooden door (I read on the Wiki it was the door that made the house for NPCs). Am I missing something? How can I decide my NPCs to live in the houses I made? Do I need to build a real estate agency (;-D)?

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In the most recent Yogscast video this was mentioned. Something to do with wood walls/floor and a door. Don't know about the exact specs though. Are you running 1.1 or the latest snapshot? – fredley Feb 27 '12 at 11:24
@fredley What video exactly? I am running 1.1 vanilla. – SteeveDroz Feb 27 '12 at 11:29
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You are using version 1.1, and new villager behaviour, including populating player-built houses, is not implemented until the 12w07a snapshot. This will be included in the 1.2 release.

If you are running a new enough version, a house is a structure:

  • made of planks, with walls, floor and ceiling.
  • with a door.
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Now that was a simple reason… Well, I'll just wait a few more days to acheive my plan. Thanks a lot! – SteeveDroz Feb 27 '12 at 11:39
Do you have a reference for this? Not saying you're lying, just looking for details about NPC spawning. Can I just build a structure and NPC will spawn? Or does it have to be within a village. – Vian Esterhuizen Mar 3 '12 at 4:50
@VianEsterhuizen For the spawning, the rules are different. My question was about "if I build a house, will a nearby villager accept it as housing?" FYI, where there are 2 villagers, a 3rd one can… hem… be brought by a stork. The maximum number of villager is ⅓ of the number of doors. – SteeveDroz Dec 3 '12 at 6:49

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