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Will monsters spawn on top of trees?

I'm covering everywhere near my house with my torches and building walls (using fences or blocks) around them, to make sure no creepers blow me up as I come out, or trample my sugar cane and wood. (I ...
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Is it possible to create a portal larger than 2x3 to the Nether?

Can one create a fully functional 3x3 portal? (That's 3x3 on the inside, and 5x5 on the outside) If you're wondering why I would want to do such a thing, it's purely for aesthetic reasons. I have a ...
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How far can I throw a snowball?

A friend and I were playing a game of "snowball wars" today, and it got me thinking - what is the farthest distance one can throw a snowball in Minecraft? (Assuming the target is on the same level as ...
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Is it possible to invalidate a dispenser after it has been used once?

I am making a map in Minecraft that other people can play. I have a dispenser with an iron, golden and diamond sword in it. I want the player to be able to use this dispenser only once. How would I do ...
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How much bandwidth does a Minecraft client use in SMP?

How much bandwidth does a single Minecraft client use in SMP (up and down, in KB/sec)? I'm asking this question for two reasons: 1) I plan on running a small MC dedicated server on my VPS, and want ...
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How to get a large ocean map (is it even possible)? [closed]

Is there a theoretical limit to how big oceans can become with the current terrain generator? Backstory: I am searching for seeds for a project where I want the area around origo (x=0, z=0) to be as ...
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Internal Exception: java.new.SocketTimeoutException: Read timed out

So I have done all required steps to run a Minecraft beta 1.5_01 server, but when I type "localhost" into multiplayer bar a "Logging In" sign appears and does not go away. After about a minute, I get ...
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How can you hide light sources while they still give light?

I would like to have a large underground room without it being either very dark or have light sources in the open (lava columns, torches). I use to build columns using stairs since they allowed light ...
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How far can redstone current travel?

I know that there is a 15 block limit before a repeater is needed, however I am looking for the TOTAL distance that current can travel. Is it infinite? Can I keep adding repeaters and go on forever? ...
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Are signs stackable in minecraft?

In Steven's video on the EATS water/boat transport system, I distinctly saw him with a stack of signs. However, I cannot stack signs! Is this a mod, or is something wrong with my version?
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How are dungeons in minecraft generated?

While looking through my map using MCEdit, i found a double dungeon (interconnected). After searching for a while on the internet i found out that it was extremely rare. How are these dungeons ...
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What is the real truth about Minecraft mob spawning?

When I look for information on mob spawning and mob grinders I find a lot of links to these two items: Hostile Mob System Tutorial Mob Spawning Science The problem is, they seem to have ...
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Is there a web-embeddable skin preview application? [closed]

So, I'm working on a website for my Minecraft server, and we're looking at creating pages for each of the admins/mods, with some info about them. I'm trying to find a way that I can embed a 'skin ...
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Can Moss Stone (Mossy Cobblestone) be found in SMP?

I recall finding Moss Stone on one of my single-player maps some time ago... however I haven't seen it recently (after taking a break from MC around Beta 1.2, I've now started playing again on Beta ...
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Is it possible to shoot a chicken in a minecart?

I can shoot pigs, sheep and cows with a bow when they're in minecarts, but I'm having difficulty shooting chicken. Is it even possible? I can only hit the minecart.
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Can ghast fireballs break glass?

I'm thinking about building some glass structures in the Nether on my friends' SMP server (once 1.6 is released), and haven't spent enough time in SP to determine this for myself since I like to work ...
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How can I change my room to sleep safely? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Minecraft Nightmares (or, how to not get woken by mobs!) I have tried different combinations, I just shown two examples, but I am always wake up by monsters. How can I ...
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How can I play Minecraft through a proxy server?

There are many people that are forced to use a proxy, be it students in shared accommodation or school staff. Following the blog of The Minecraft Teacher I've realised that Minecraft could be used for ...
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Does material change armor protection or just armor duration?

Armors in minecraft protects better as they are made in different materials or do they simply last longer? Related to that, the more shirts on the bottom right, the better protected I am or does it ...
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Minecraft armor glitch?

So chestplates give you four armor, right? Okay. And boots give you one and a half armor. Except if they have taken damage, in which case they give you a little less, but nonetheless they give you ...
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What is the format of Minecraft.net account names?

What is the format of Minecraft.net account names? The information I have a use for is: what characters are permitted or prohibited? what is the maximum length? are they always treated as ...
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How can I see the list of connected players?

Is it possible to see a list of connected players in Minecraft SMP? I tried opening chat and casting /list but nothing happened. Do you have to be op to do that?
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Minecraft Automatic Cactus Farming

I'm trying to build an automatic cactus farm and I need some help. I know cacti must be placed on sand, and water/light are not required. The thing I don't know/understand is how to place a roof on ...
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How do I drop an entire stack at once?

Is there a way to drop an entire stack at once (instead of pressing q 64 times)?
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Is rainy weather in Minecraft dark enough to spawn monsters?

Is it dark enough to spawn monsters, or bright enough to make them despawn?
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Do positive coordinate locations give more ore in Minecraft?

I've heard that due to a bug in the terrain generation locations in the positive direction (i.e. (3,5),(100,200)) give more materials such as iron. I can't find any proof this claim, however. Is this ...
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How can I collect a large amount of sand/glass without ruining the natural environment?

I'm pretty sure everyone knows that collecting a large amount of glass can lead to some really ugly landscapes where pretty much a large, stone hole is left after you take all the sand from the beach. ...
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Can I grab the minecraft server save files directly from the server?

For example, my friend, x has a awesome server map. I want to play it offline on my computer, but I can't seem to find any way to get the save files and then play it offline. So, is there any way for ...
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Play the same saved world around the (real) world seamlessly

I use Ubuntu and what I have in mind is this: 1) Create a folder in Ubuntu One to save my minecraft game 2) Make the new location the default location in minecraft. This way, I would be able to play ...
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Can mobs see me through glass?

I would like to know if mobs can see me through glass and therefore pile up in front of my window even if I stand 2 square away? I currently have a rather small stone house with a wooden door and no ...
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Strategy to start a new world in survival mode

I've started playing minecraft just yesterday and I'm doing alright and I even had a house up but I don't have a bow or anything like that and a skeleton is basically killing me over and over again. ...
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What's the best program to use to record Minecraft? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I record demos of my gameplay? I want to record myself playing Minecraft, what program should I use?
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How does light spread in Minecraft?

I understand that light levels decrease by 1 each block farther away from the source you get, but is that measured diagonally as well as along the axes? Another way of asking this is: does a light ...
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What's the best way to get grass onto a dirt platform?

I am making some more Biospheres, and need to get grass onto a raised dirt platform. For my previous pair, I created a dirt bridge from a nearby hill that was at the same level, but it took an age to ...
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How do you make an effective Minecraft mob trap?

Alright, so what's the best way to go about making a good mob trap in Minecraft? Here are some traits I'd like to have in the trap: Easy to build. Although I have (or can easily obtain) whatever ...
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Where can I find wolves?

Wolves? What wolves? I have only spotted ONE wolf in playing minecraft for the past two weeks! Can anyone tell me where I can find one? Is there some sort of biome they prefer? Are the spawning rules ...
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What's the goal of Minecraft and what can users achieve in this world?

I heard a lot about Minecraft and I'm quite curious to know what can be achieved in this game and what's its goal. What mechanism keeps the game going?
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How Can I Butcher Animals en Masse?

So, my friend just implemented a bunch of new mods into his SMP server, which meant a host of new commands to play with. I thought I'd give the /mobspawn command a few goes, and see what I could ...
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Making a Station With Redstone Booster Track

Now I have finished my underwater tunnel I have built somewhere for my railway to stop at. The cart comes in from the left, hits the booster and then hits the sloped booster track (unpowered). I am ...
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Can I use Redstone underwater?

Fairly simple question: Do redstone dust/redstone torches/switches/etc. work underwater?
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How do you open / enable the console in Single Player mode?

Will I be able to make this work in vanilla Minecraft, or do I need a mod to enable it? What features (if any) do I gain by accessing the console? Thanks to Tobias for the suggestion, from this ...
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How can HD skins be used as Minecraft avatar in SMP?

The 64x32 pixels of the default resolution skin look rather poor if one uses an HD texture pack, but that's the only resolution allowed to for upload to the profile on minecraft.net. I can of course ...
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Filling minecarts on command?

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 ...
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How do I spawn wolves?

How do I spawn wolves in singleplayer Minecraft using Single Player Commands; what command do I use?
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When do mobs despawn in Minecraft?

I understand monsters only spawn in a 9 x 9 grid of chunks centered on the player, and I assume they stay around while they remain within that distance of you. But do they despawn as soon as you move ...
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What's the maximum number of powered rails in a row that's useful?

I'm going through my rail network, replacing boosters with powered rails. However I'm finding that unlike boosters, which 'break' the laws of minecraft physics (by giving the cart much more momentum ...
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Are statistics and achievements global or not?

Are Minecraft statistics and achievement stored somewhere on Mojang servers, or are they stored only locally on my computer? For example - if I logged into Minecraft on my friends computer, will ...
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How do you feed a wolf?

If I equip the porkchop and right click on the wolf, I eat it. If I left click, I beat him with it. If I drop it on the ground, he doesn't care. How am I supposed to feed him? edit: I did try both ...
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Water 'funnels' in Minecraft

I've found a dungeon and would like to set up a automatic mob-item collector and am having trouble coalescing the items easily. How do I create a funnel of water such that I can go from a river N ...
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Are there places where pumpkins are likely to occur?

I am building a castle with at least four towers in Minecraft. Each tower needs 10 Jack ‘o' Lanterns, but I have only found 20 pumpkins yet. Do pumpkins really occur at random, or are there places I ...