How would such an entry be scored?
Some possible scoring methods:
Blocks used (placed redstone counts as a block)
Redstone used (redstone is also used in crafting redstone torches, repeaters, and other similarly useful components)
Volume of the minimal bounding rectangular prism (same as blocks, but includes air blocks)
Note on testing:
Buying Minecraft is not required to test a program!
Play the demo version:
- Start a LAN world
- Turn cheats on
/gamemode 1, (or
3) in the chat/console to use Creative Mode, Adventure Mode and/or Spectator Mode, respectively. Creative mode will allow you to place any blocks you want. The demo starts in Survival Mode. Note that the demo ends after 5 in-game days (1 hr 40 min), and the world will have to be reset (wiped/restarted) to play more.
- If the program is posted with a .schematic file (useful for complex programs), you can install a mod for your demo (or purchased) version of Minecraft that can import it. MCEdit and WorldEdit are two popular mods that can do this.
Use a redstone simulator. These are separate programs with partial functionality from Minecraft, useful for circuit creation, simulation, and exportation. You will probably want to try a few before choosing one to stick with.