Sunday, July 31, 2011

Minecraft - New Mob Endermen , Similar to DoctorWho Weeping Angles

This implantation of of a new Monster Mob for the adventure update is downright creepy! According to Notch that is, actually I'd have to agree!  The mechanics of this new mob are very similar to the how the Doctor Who Weeping Angles work in the original episode "Blink" you can watch a portion here:

According to notch's tumbler post and twitter feed the new mobs are called "Endermen" and are a tribute to the myth of the Slender Man but I myself and others have also noted a similarity to the Weaping Angles, especially in how they attack once provoked(e.g. putting the reticule over them):
The Endermen are peaceful. If you look straight at them, they freeze and look at you. When you look away again, they run fast. And teleport.  - Notch
...and kill your butt, which is the weaping angles bit.  The slender man tentacle and slow moving is creepy enough not to mention while there in peaceful mode they are move blocks for some unknown reason yet to be discovered. Are they building something? Collecting them for some evil purpose? Looking for something? Will they deconstruct other structures if they spawn near a house/building?  

I used a similar concept in my DnD game I DM and gave Iron Golems the ability to move toward and crush my players unless they looked at them directly (save vs will or fort which ever was better to not "blink").

Here is a pic of the new mobs. This pic has been brightened up, the new mobs when spawning at night are almost invisible... Very cool, and very creepy!

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Ahhhhh! I've got the Heebie-jeebies now!
Hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by!

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