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Minecraft World's Minecon Wrap-Up

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Minecon 2011 went really well. If any of you World Members attended, please post about your experience to the community corkboard. The opening ceremony was amazing! Here's a video of the release:

After the release, we attended the panels for Scrolls and Cobalt. We then attended the Official Mojang Panel.

(1) Notch in Jeb, in "the Zone". (2) The Cobalt Team, (3) The Scrolls Team, (4) It's Mojang!

Although they are still in the early stages of development, Scrolls and Cobalt look great. For those of you who don't know, Scrolls and Cobalt are two games that Mojang will be releasing in Alpha sometime next year.

Scrolls image courtesy of Ross Lincoln

Scrolls is a mix between a card game and an action role playing game. The objective of the game is to break the other players' "Idols", which are located at either end of the game board. Players destroy idols by summoning characters with various abilities, and spending cards with elemental powers. It's a lot like chess and Magic: The Gathering put together, but with a Mojang twist.

Cobalt image courtesy of yousaytoo.com

Cobalt is a fast-paced side scrolling shooter where you play any one of several characters. You can travel to various worlds and explore while you kill enemies for money and upgrades. Mojang gave the world a more 3D immersive feel by adding several background and foreground layers. Mojang said that they want to give Cobalt an endless feel, similar to that of Minecraft and are working on a massive multi-player port to add to the game in the future. 

Approximately 5,000 people attended Minecon, and I can tell you not one of them wasn't excited for what Mojang had in store.

(1) The crowds at Minecon were crazy!, (2) So many fans!, (3) Players lined up to play Minecraft 1.0, (4) Fans watch booth demonstrations and relax in the Jones Soda Lounge. (5) Snack booths were at the ready for hungry Minecrafters. , (6) The J!NX Mechandise Booth was packed during the whole convention.
I spotted Jeb in the hallways and got a great picture with him. Such a nice guy.

On Saturday, I spoke on both the Amazing Builds panel and the Minecraft Architecture panel. We discussed tutorials and tips, and took questions. We even plan on setting up some architecture workshops on the site, because so many people were interested! Keep an eye out for an upcoming announcement.

The Amazing Builds Panel

Luckily, IGN is going to podcast all the panels so you can hear how it went. We'll post them as soon as they're up.

(1) On Saturday night during the closing ceremonies, one lucky fan proposed to his girlfriend live on stage. (2) This was on the label of the Jones Soda cans made just for them!, (3) Mojang ended the night on stage with a cheer from the crowd. Minecon 2011 was over.

Minecon attendies that were 21 and over wrapped up the night at the Into The Nether Party hosted by Deadmau5. There I met Mega64, lots of fans, and hung out with Minecraft Chick and BebopVox. It's rumored that even Prince Harry of England was at the party!

We met a lot of great people at Minecon and had lots of fun. A special thanks to Minecraft Chick for getting us on two amazing panels, Leonard from Mojang and Bitburner for moderating them, to all the booths, all the many amazing players we met, and most especially to Mojang. Thank you all for making this such an amazing weekend!

Stay tuned for some special workshop announcements. 

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2 Comments

You dont look at all like I imagined!!
On the other hand, kudos to being there and meeting everyone! If only I was there.......:(

Hey, maybe next year or at a sooner indie games convention! It was lots of fun for everyone.

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