23 May
2015

Throwable Fire Charges?

I just finished a conversation with a friend. He said that since we can throw Splash Potions, snowballs, Ender Pearls, even eggs, we should be able to throw Fire Charges.

Here are my thoughts on the prospects of adding this to the game:

Destructive potential and negative consequences outweigh the limited benefits in certain game modes like PvP or Adventure Maps. Potions, Snowballs, and Enderperals can’t set buildings on fire or deal persistent burning damage to players. The resources required to make fire charges are relatively small (takes less gun powder than TNT) and while it does not destroy blocks in the explosion, it’s still a very potent and now ranged greifing tool. We do not need to be making it more accessible for players.

Also, keep in mind that the Dispenser is on the drawing board right now for some new features and updates. Firecharges are one of the few items that cannot be launched by a player alone. I can’t see Mojang cutting out such an exclusive munition from the dispenser right when they are modifying how it works and functions.

In closing: there are many things in Minecraft that sound like a good idea at first, but when you get down to the realities of what it will actually change, it may not be such a good idea after all.

So, what do you think?

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