The Dragon Rider Project
Disclaimer: If you do not know what Minecraft is, this may be a bit hard to follow. I've tried to explain the concepts as best I can in this post, but if you really don't understand, I suggest you just skip this post. Sorry about that. I promise you, this will not become a regular thing on my blog.
In case I haven't mentioned it yet, I'm a Minecrafter. Like, a pretty big Minecrafter.
For those of you who don't know, Minecraft is a massively popular computer game consisting entirely of squares. These squares are called "blocks" and each one represents a material. You build a home, fight monsters, craft tools, and mine.
Initially tree punching for materials, I grew to experience and understand this new and amazing world. Creative mode became my game mode of choice, and I slayed many a zombie. I created a mine cart roller coaster that spanned a continent, explored and protected villages alongside the Iron Golems, and tamed my own dog, named Iron Hero.
Then I discovered Minecraft commands.
I discovered that with Minecraft commands, I could do things quite extraordinary. It was a programming language in and of itself. It began with the simple /give commands, which I used to get impossible and awesome items, like the block for fire, water, and portals, unaware that I had only scratched the surface of the possibilities of commands. Soon I began doing extensive research on commands. I discovered that no, my abilities were not limited to just collecting fire and water. I could summon great beasts with the flick of a keyboard. Then, I discovered that I could add attributes to these creatures, effectively customizing them. I discovered that you could ride zombies and make skeletons wear TNT on their heads. Then a thought came to me. The Ender Dragon.
The Ender Dragon is the big boss of the game. It's known for its destructive ability to raze forests and pillage villages. It can destroy nearly any block just by flying through it.
If you destroy it, you effectively win the game. Until recently it was held in the End, its home. But now thanks to the magic of commands, you can summon one in the "Overworld," sort of the main world of Minecraft. And what I'm thinking is... summon an Ender Dragon, with attributes so that it can be ridden. I mean, imagine the destructive power you would be able to control. I've made some progress, and so far, thanks to the idea of putting a minecart on its back, the "riding" part has been mastered. The only problem?
3/19/2014 04:05:48 am
It sounds as though you have gone deeper into Minecraft than I had imagined. How will you go about steering the dragon? And once you learn to steer, what are you going to do with it? Are there enemies lurking within Minecraft?
3/19/2014 05:41:17 am
oh, yes. zombies, endermen and the like. not to mention that such power could give one power to rule the world...
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Colin O'Donnell, an awesome, inventing, gaming Aspergers kid on his various exploits.