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Minecraft redstone Spikes

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    This sounds like a neat idea.  How much damage would these spikes do?  Would they be weak like a cactus, only a real threat if you can't move away?  Or would they be stronger, able to kill an unarmored player in a few hits?

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    This is a feature I always wanted in the game! But if ever implemented, it should be well balanced, without making mob farms too easy (maybe the spikes could destroy items or have a certain durability).

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    Perhaps the spikes could be similar to the Evoker’s ones? It could be more simplified though and deal slightly less damage since the Evoker is more powerful.

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    I would like to share my design brief for them with the community. Unfortunately my post was removed in preference for this one. I am posting this here with great vitriol and disappointment. Please read it over though, the idea is solid.

    A Redstone Spike is a block that extrudes a spike when powered by redstone. It can be placed in any orientation like a piston. When fully extended the spike becomes a solid object preventing players and mobs from walking through.

    If the spike extends into a player or mob, they approach the tip of an extended spike, or jump on top, they will take 3 hearts of damage. If they become stuck in a spike, they will take 1 heart of damage each second they remain. The most effective trap uses an alternating current of redstone pulses to deal multiple lots of 3 damage.

    If a block stands in the way of the spike, the spike will not extend. Instead the the block will take damage equivalent to a swing with a stone pickaxe. If triggered with an alternating current of redstone pulses, the block will eventually break. If the block is mineable by a stone pickaxe, the block will fall to the ground as an item.

    It can be crafted using:

    Cobblestone Nether Quartz Cobblestone
    Cobblestone Blaze Rod Cobblestone
    Cobblestone Redstone Dust Cobblestone

    Although Nether Quartz is light related and a Blaze Rod grinds into dust, I chose them because they go together thematically and because I wanted to prevent access to the tool until at least after exploring the Nether. I did not want to use iron, diamond or a sword in the recipe because they each suggest a power greater than a stone pickaxe and as /u/Dinnerbone has said, he does not want to fully automate the game.

    I believe this design will elegantly compliment the current collection of redstone tools and just fit into the game as if it was always there. Let us know if you have wanted something like this in the game for a long time. Let us know if you disagree with the design choices in any way.

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    Blast Burner commented
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    I would love that.

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    Lukas Watke commented
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    What if there is natural spikes in caves (need silk touch) and if you put it in a crafting table with Redstone dust you get the Redstone spike