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Creating blocks

The simplest way

groovy
content.createBlock(String name).register()

Simple right? Let's break it up:

  • content is a global variable.
  • createBlock(String name) creates a block and an item version and returns it. The name is the registry name and must only consist of lower case letters and _.
  • register() registers the block and the item. Without this the block will not appear in game.

Registering a block

The example above creates a simple block for you, but you can also create blocks yourself (to create custom behaviour). Use the following methods to register custom blocks.

groovy
content.registerBlock(String name, Block block)
content.registerBlock(String name, Block block, ItemBlock block)

Texture

Minecraft's blocks need a texture (or multiple), a model file which describes how the textures are rendered and a block state file which points each block state to a model file. If groovy can't find a model file or a block state file it will generate default files at .minecraft/groovy/assets/[pack id]/models/block/[block name].json and .minecraft/groovy/assets/[pack id]/blockstates/[item name].json. It will point to a texture you will need to place at .minecraft/groovy/assets/[pack id]/textures/blocks/[block name].png.

Translating the items name

By default, the items name will show up as tile.[pack id].[block name].name. To change that you need add an entry to the lang file. GroovyScript generates a default lang file at .minecraft/groovy/assets/[pack id]/lang/en_us.lang.

Example

First create a block

groovy
content.createBlock('dust_block')

Let's assume that the pack id is nomifactory so that the item and block id will be nomifactory:dust_block. Insert this line into the lang file.

ini
tile.nomifactory.dust_block.name=Heart of the universe

(tile.nomifactory.dust_block.name is the default generated translation key. You can change to anything you want.)
Finally, put a texture at .minecraft/groovy/assets/nomifactory/textures/items/dust_block.png

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