There have been a slew of small, interesting plugins and mods hitting the list on PlanetMinecraft.com over the past couple of weeks. ShatterGun, a Bukkit plugin by TechDoodle, allows players to manipulate the world in an interesting way.
We’ve seen portal guns before, and even gravity guns, but the shatter gun is unique. With this gun, the wielder can “turn on” the gravity for any block or group of blocks, causing them to behave like falling sand. They will plummet towards the ground and sink through water.
Using the gun is simple. To convert a single block, aim at it and right click. Holding the right mouse button will convert subsequent blocks that come under your targeting crosshair. Left clicking on a block will shatter a 10x10x10 field around it, causing a large group of blocks to fall (up to 100 blocks total).
Currently there is no crafting recipe for the gun; instead, it must be given to players with the /shattergun command. This may ruin the survival experience of the game, but it can be worked around by creating a shopkeeper or villager who trades the gun.
This gun has two permissions in the mod:
ShatterGun.get – determines whether or not a player can use the /shattergun command.
ShatterGun.use – permits or denies a player the use of the shatter gun.
By using these permissions, one can protect their server from excessive damage. The shatter gun can easily and very, very quickly destroy hours upon hours of hard work and planning. It should always be used cautiously and away from other players’ creations.
Aside from destruction and just messing around with friends, there are some interesting uses for this gun that may change it from a fun, novel idea into a fantastic utility that you will never leave home without (even in creative mode):
Lay blocks over hilly terrain – for example, if you are making a custom fence or want to bury a town in dirt, you can create a huge layer of the desired material and shatter it using the mass shatter tool (left click with gun).
Quickly block off a tunnel – have you ever been running for your life in a cave, only to turn the corner and be ambushed by a pack of skeletons? With the shatter gun, you could easily just left click the ceiling to drop a 10x10x5 rectangle of cobblestone and other blocks in the path of your pursuers.
Fill in pools of lava with ease – have you ever spent fifteen minutes trying to fill in a large pool of lava to make mining safe in a cavern filled with dense veins of diamond and gold, only to be shot into the last few spaces by a sneaky skeleton? Once again – a few left clicks on the ceiling will clear the lava out quickly.
This is a lightweight plugin and is at least worth a try. If nothing else, it acts as a great administrative tool for world owners.
How to Install ShatterGun Plugin for Minecraft 1.7.10
Download the latest version of the ShatterGun plugin.
Place the .jar file from step 1 into your game or server’s plugins directory.
Run the game or server and wait for it to fully load.
Restart your Minecraft game or server, or login to your admin account and execute the /reload command.
Run the server or enter a world again. The plugin should be properly loaded.
Can you think of any awesome ways to utilize this unique plugin? Leave your ideas in the comments below!