Today I got to interview Astragali. He does the show-notes for The Shaft as well as other awesome things! Awesome Guy!
TheRussianPigeon: Firstly, Explain who you are to those who do not know
Astragali: OK 🙂 I’m Mark Cooper, mostly known as Astragali, and I write a Minecraft blog, The Minecraft Scribe. I also help to compile the show notes for The Shaft Podcast, and recently, I became the English-language editor for the Minecraft web comic, Wondercraft.
TheRussianPigeon: Have you been playing much of the 1.0.0 update of the game?
Astragali: Pretty much as soon as it became available 🙂
TheRussianPigeon: Haha. Awesome 🙂
TheRussianPigeon: What’s your favourite mob?
Astragali: We’re supposed to *like* them? LOL… Erm, I think the skeleton 🙂
TheRussianPigeon: Did you attend Minecon?
Astragali: No *sigh*… I couldn’t afford to go. But I *did* watch the stream of the launch 🙂
TheRussianPigeon: I didn’t attend either.
TheRussianPigeon: So, how did you get the position of compiling the show notes for The Shaft?
Astragali: Right out of the blue, actually. Brent Copeland asked me if I could join him and Eric Fullerton in a Skype call, without explaining why… It wasn’t until I got there that they basically said, “We love your blog – would you edit our show notes for us?” That was a no-brainer on my part XD
Astragali: I do the Minecraft Daily, Excavation Station, and Sightings sections 🙂
TheRussianPigeon: Awesome! If you could remove one thing from the game. What would it be?
Astragali: The bloody hunger bar! It pretty much forces people to build a farm as the first thing they have after making a shelter.
TheRussianPigeon: Haha. Have you ever tried creating a mod for the game?
Astragali: I’d love to, but I can’t program in Java. I can barely program in BASIC! >.<
TheRussianPigeon: Haha. Do you play with mods in the game?
Astragali: Yes, I have Zombe’s Mod Pack (out of which I use Fly and Compass), Single-Player Commands, OptiFine. I’ve been trying out Animal Tweaks, too, and really like it!
TheRussianPigeon: Awesome! What other games do you play?
Astragali: I’ve been trying out a few from the Humble Indie bundle (recently I tried out Uplink and Darwinia), and I’ve also become hooked on Solar 2 and SpaceChem. The latter has been making my brain hurt rather impressively.
TheRussianPigeon: Haha. What game are you looking forward to in 2012?
Astragali: I’m itching to play Scrolls… I won an alpha code for it from The Shaft back in April – and I just wanna play it!
TheRussianPigeon: Haha. Finally, What would you like to see implemented into Minecraft?
Astragali: Rideable mounts… Ideally, a dragon, but I’ll settle for being able to ride a pig around a maze without making myself dizzy 😀
TheRussianPigeon: Awesome! Thanks!
He’s an awesome guy and you should all go subscribe to his YouTube.