Published on August 31st, 2011 | by Derek Strickland, Contributor

Details On Total Miner: Forge v2.0 Update

New information has surfaced regarding the upcoming v 2.0 patch of Total Miner: Forge, straight from the developer’s forum diary. Apparently there will be many changes coming with the new update, and the most appealing of which are listed in a convenient and informative post within the devblog diary.

Check below for a list of added features that may or may not be included in the new version. These features are taken right from Greenstone Game’s Total Miner v2.0 Dev Diary.


  • Up to 16 players. Host can increase this number to 24
  • Up to 4 local players, including guests supported via split screen
  • Private slots supported
  • Existing worlds supported
  • All game modes supported. Dig Deep, Survival and Creative
  • The Host opens a Lobby screen and controls the game settings and player permissions
  • Remote and Local players can join the Lobby or join mid game if it has already started
  • Player Invites are supported
  • Only the host can save the world
  • Only the host can change player permissions
  • Only the host can kick players
  • Only remote players can rate a world
  • Any player other than the host can leave the game and the game will continue
  • If the Host leaves the game, the game will end
  • Player state is stored against the world. So if the same player joins the world at a later date, their state persists
  • All Avatars are visible to all players. Avatars will hold the appropriate tool, just like split screen
  • Player nameplates show gamertag and health bar. Player nameplates can be turned on/off on the Multi player menu (on the Pause menu)
  • Headset voice chat is supported, but.. will be proximity based. Probably the closest 4 players. This is needed to reduce bandwidth used by voice chat. If 16 players all talked at the same time there is no bandwidth left for the game
  • Only one player can have the same chest open at the same time
  • Only one player can have the same furnace open at the same time

Lobby Screen:

Customizable Map Seed.
Customizable Creative Map Dimensions, Ground Level and Ground Block.

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Join Screen:

World Ratings are shown so you can easily choose the highest rated worlds.

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Player Permissions:

  • Edit: Players can add and remove blocks
  • Blast: Players can detonate explosives
  • Fly: Players can fly (Creative only)

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Player permissions are interchangeable. i.e. Edit|Fly or Edit|Blast or Blast|Fly.

Multiplayer Menu (on Pause Menu)

  • Show Players: Shows the Xbox Guide Players interface
  • Invite Player: Allows you to invite a friend or party member to your game. If they are already playing another Total Miner MP game, they will leave that game and join yours. If they are not playing any game, Total Miner will be loaded and they will join your game automatically. If they don’t own Total Miner and they accept the Invite, they will download Total Miner and automatically join your game
  • Kick Player: Allows the Host to kick any player from the game. That player cannot rejoin the game
  • Player Permissions: Allows the Host to manage player permissions
  • Rate World: Allows remote players to give the world a 1 – 5 star rating. This will aggregate into the worlds public rating
  • Packet Frequency allows you to try and reduce lag if your connection is struggling

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World Share Changes

We are going to change the World Sharing to work like the following:

If you want to share your world:

  • Go into the Share Menu
  • Select Share Your World
  • Select the World you want to share

If you want to get someone else’s world:

  • Go into the Share menu
  • Optionally select a Filter
  • Select the World you want to get
  • You will now immediately start receiving the world

The reasons for this change are:

  • With the current system, there is no world linked to the share session, so there’s no way for the game to display info about the world to people who might want it. And there is no way for the game to allow players to filter the search list
  • With the new system, because the share is linked to a world, the receivers can see what type of world it is, and they can filter the search list. e.g. only see Dig Deep worlds
  • Hosting Players won’t be interrupted while playing the game to confirm a share
Both v1.0 and v1.1 have basic memory management. Basic in the sense that the game just loads up everything and never unloads. As we all now know, this is not good enough. Players are getting Out of Memory exceptions.The graphics take up most of the memory by far. This is the area we will focus on to reduce the games memory footprint. v1.1 was a little bit smarter than v1.0 in Dig Deep. v1.1 unloaded the bottom lava layer if the player was above depth 1800. This reduces the footprint by about 15 – 20 mb. But it’s still not enough.
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Furnaces now light up when fueled.
The game now no longer loads all graphics in the background. It now only loads graphics when a player moves into that area. Areas of the map that use a significant amount of memory for the graphics are now remembered, and unloaded when players are no longer in that area.We can still get smarter than this, but as it is now, the memory footprint has been reduced significantly and indications are positive.

Another challenge is that memory gets fragmented as the game is played. There might still be 50 mb of free memory, but if its all fragmented into little chunks, we will still get Out of Memory errors if we try to allocate a chunk of memory larger than the largest fragment, even though the amount we try to allocate is less than 50 mb. We need to combat this some how.

New Game Mode: Survival 

  • Surface area 15 x bigger than Dig Deep
  • Day / Night cycle
  • Dangerous Mobs come out at night
  • Crafting. No blueprints, all items are craftable from the start
  • Cave systems
  • Resources must be mined
  • All the rocks and ores from Dig Deep are found underground
  • Beds can be used to sleep through the night
  • No punching. Tools are required just like Dig Deep

Game Difficulties:

  • There is no Peaceful on Survival mode.
  • Normal: You will initially spawn with a single wood pickaxe. You will have shops on startup, but they will only contain items that cannot be crafted and free wood picks.
  • Legendary: You will initially spawn with a single wood pickaxe. There will be no shops. (But shops are craftable if you have the materials). Mobs will be more frequent, hit harder and be harder to kill. It will not be easy to survive on Legendary difficulty.
And quite a bit more to be announced.
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Ducks: Drop feathers and raw duck meat.
Sheep: Drop wool and raw lamb chops.

A number of unlockables have been added to the game.
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Each unlockable is unlocked by performing certain tasks on certain game modes and difficulty settings.Like achievements. 

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Since XBLIG’s don’t have real gamer score achievements, we decided to reward your skill, persistence and foolish bravery by unlocking various avatars that you can play with.Once an unlockable is unlocked, it is unlocked across all worlds and game modes, for that gamertag. 

You can change your avatar at any time during a game using the menu below (if it’s unlocked).

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Bug Fixes:

Rename World and Copy World bugs fixed.
  • When copying, it crashes after the copy has completed, so if you restart, you should see the copied world in the list aswell.
  • There is a workaround with the rename bug in v1.1. Just make sure you load a world first, any world it doesn’t matter, then quit back to the world list and the rename will now work.

Bluescreen: DrawUserIndexPrimitves -> MapRenderer.DrawMapChunks. Fixed.

Miscellaneous Changes:

  • Added block picking to Dig Deep–but not stock up
  • Fill/Clear creative tool enabled
  • Add option to Creative Mode to toggle block pickups on/off
  • Craftable shops
  • Option to change the dimensions of a new Creative Map from narrow but deep to wide but shallow. Also gives the option to set the ground level, so you can have more earth, or more air, as you want
  • New Difficulty on Dig Deep – Legendary: No shops on initial spawn. Damage taken from Falls and Mobs is higher. No blueprint finder. No Map. You cannot change difficulty.

New Blocks

  • Locked Chests: These chests will be locked to the gamertag that places them. Only that gamer can open/break them. In MP, if a guest places a locked chest, the host cannot open it, but the host can break it.
  • Wool
  • Beds

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New Items

  • Locks
  • Bows
  • Arrows
  • Feathers
  • Flint Flakes
  • Raw Lamb Chops
  • Raw Duck Meat
  • Cooked Lamb Chops
  • Cooked Duck Meat

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It should be noted that the list itself isn’t final, and the features listed herein may be subject to change. The list itself will be updated as new features are planned, and we’ll be sure to keep you informed when new information comes to light.

Haven’t picked Total Miner: Forge up yet? Find it on the XBLIG Marketplace here or click the picture link below.

Total Miner: Forge

For more information on Total Miner: Forge be sure to visit the official website and stay updated via the forums.

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101 Responses to Details On Total Miner: Forge v2.0 Update

  1. Trolling4dollars says:

    They posted new images of avatars that look like the terminator, and a terminator endoskeleton on their forums

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  3. Tseahorn says:

    how do i get the update? i can’t find it

  4. Mixheal says:

    when does it come out the update

  5. T7anim says:

    ive been waiting like 2 months 4 this update. whens it coming out man a relese date would be nice

  6. Red Mario says:

    when is this update coming out ?

  7. brandon says:

    when is this update coming out please reply

  8. brandon says:

    when is this update

  9. mitchell says:

    when is it coming out mate ive been whating for weeks

  10. Kelvin polanco says:

    /wen is the update i cant wait anymore ?

  11. mitchell says:

    can i have info about it please about the next update

  12. mitchell says:

    next update

  13. Sporti97 says:

    ich brauch das update

  14. dominick deanovich says:

    when does the update come out !!!!!!!

  15. Curlyadams says:

    Awsome how long til it’s out

  16. Jhett says:

    i love this game CANT WAIT 4 NEW ENIMES!!! AND OUTFITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND ANIMALS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOLYYYY CRAPPPP!!! 🙂

  17. alex says:

    when is this coming out can u ancer mr please

  18. Bill nye says:


  19. Drakeduc says:

    They split the update because it was taking so much work now it is coming out with multiplayer and every thing that is not directly related to multiplayer it went into peer review 2 days ago and so far it has 1 of 8 passes so v1.5 should be out this week or next week

  20. Reece says:

    When wood it be out 2.0

  21. Drakeduc says:

    2.0 will be out roughly 1 month after v1.5

  22. Nightwolf2095 says:

    it wont let me update it 

  23. Nightwolf2095 says:

    it gives me the option but thats it 

  24. Logan_wolverine says:

    why cant guests play or delet and place blocks

  25. Ciderchickxxx says:

    I cant play it… i download the new 2.0 thing then i get a black screen??????

  26. teddy barr says:

    I love this game! And it’s only 3 bucks!!!

  27. MidgitMe says:

    So, How Do You Unlock The Indian?

  28. LoudmouthPlanto says:

    when is 2.o being released????

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  30. Chewmister99 says:

    I cant wait until 2.0 comes out

  31. Shailshock says:

    how do you find the sheep its so stupid i cant find any anywhere

  32. Jeff says:

    Do you have to pay for this update????

  33. guest or anoyamus says:

    the new update is out but when is the 2.0 coming out, they include beds, sheep wool and meat and duck feathers and meat. they include everything but the cool survival mode and new mobs. including day and night cycle!!! then can this be done and is there any images of the new mobs. plz reply

  34. Sk8erboy0219 says:


  35. bucket says:

    how will the animals keep a steady supplie will there diffrent genders or will they just be like the spider eggs

  36. Sniperguy452 says:

    How long must we wait for the survival?

  37. Patrick Laas says:

    i hat wating,when came the update

  38. 2.0 wonderman says:

    come on whars the update

  39. Hpleaselickme says:

    Gay men ROCK

  40. Steven says:

    a relese date would be nice. apart from that looking folward to survival mode.

  41. Phillipalexzander says:

    how do you get the update someone please teel me i am getting  realy peaved

    • TryMucinex says:

      Some part of the update is already out and it should be called V 1.5.  The other part like survival is not out yet.

  42. Totalminer freak says:

    I’ve been told The 2.0 update is coming out late december

  43. Anonymous says:

    I am really looking forward to this :D. But the only problem is i dont know how long to look forward to!!

  44. Wonderwaffe1 says:

    where is the diamond pickaxe blueprint usually located? Also where would a big pocket of titanium be?

  45. Mariocollazo32 says:

    dude the update is coming in 24-48 hours

  46. unkown says:

    are there pics of the new mobs and i got some ideas elves like high elves that are nice and kill other mobs and gobblens the kill the elves and the elves make houses that are small and the gobblens make houses to. And add a new weapon a musket that you need 5 steel and bullits 1 iorn bar for five bullits and for noobs to update there shoud be a botton that says update. Oh and not in 2.0 in like 2.1 or 2.3 

  47. unkown says:

    hope you like the idea

  48. B00mH3adshot says:

    I bet it comes out on Christmas day (20 mins for me! I’ll find out guys!)

  49. guest1523353 says:

    just downloaded the update, makes my game crash all the time now.

  50. Cheeselord says:

    I think it’s cool they finally put a survival mode.

  51. Bigbrats says:

    i cant wait for the new part2 of 2.0 to come out

  52. Drewandlane says:

    come on 2.0

  53. Bob says:

    is there going to be an update to go to the moon?

  54. Prokoper28 says:

    we need animals

  55. Bobby123179 says:

    THE UPDATE IS ONLY HALF OUT!!! The last part of the update is coming: Survival. There is no survival stuff yet.

  56. Anthonylambert34 says:

    when will the full update be out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Mad sk8er says:

    release date dude

  58. Yted says:

    When is the next update coming out and plus there is no survival out so it is pretty much half out

  59. Aaron Vaneck says:

    i love thes game i have a bige map

  60. guest says:

    how do i update it?

  61. 09090ness says:

    this was supposed to be released in september… devs for this game just arent reliable

  62. Alexalexcampbell says:

    when is the release date for this update??

  63. Bjmassimi says:

    is this game on pc to plz reply 🙂

  64. Hayhayhalo says:

    No it isnt but u should look at minecraft for a simmular type of game it is even better though!

  65. USarmyMan01 says:

    They better hurry up before Minecraft comes out because once it does they are fucked up the butt

  66. THE KI11ER 2580 says:

    i have been waiting 4 this update for some time now its going to be kinda like mine craft with all the mob at night day night cycle this game is going to great fun but does it still have spiders in cos if they are plz take them out or at least change the texture of them plz or make them smaller   

  67. THE KI11ER 2580 says:

    THE KI11ER 2580 is my gamertag on xbox

  68. Epix Man says:

    UPDATE COME OUT ALREADY PLOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. Bvines7474 says:

    SO LONG !!!!!!!!

  70. Mays 97joe says:

    will there be mine carts? Can you sleep in the beds? When is the new 2.0 update even coming out?

  71. James says:

    I have had a look on youtube and it said it was oming out in 2011 but meanwhile in 2012
    Wheres that update and minecraft is coming out anyways.

  72. Harrisonfarlow says:

    when the update comes out mincraft will be on already be on xbox…. unless the update beats minecraft there is really no use , most people are just playing it untill minecraft comes.

  73. Dsoto972 says:

    u should add like u can lvl up & u can hav pets & better monsters like dragons & dinosaurs & stuff like that but no zombies they r boring

  74. Dsoto972 says:

    dis all mite be a fluke cause u guys posted dis bout 3 months each and it hasent come out yet plz reply 2 the monster stuff 2

  75. Musicmaster848 says:

    when is it comeing out

  76. Thekid'? says:

    Does anybody know when the night & day should be updated?

  77. Burbot says:

    when is this coming out?

  78. Franky3423 says:

    when is the update

  79. new comment says:

    you people should add car or plains…………………. that would be boss. 

  80. Shellangarland says:

    in one week minecraft comes out so im not relly gonna play anymore

  81. Ghostboy says:

    yea so either yall come out with total miner update before minecraft and beat minecraft from coming out  so u can keep people in the game or for total miner its game over

  82. Telling the truth says:

    ok its to late minecraft comes out in about 3 more hours so 500000 sales wont be going up  we were going to stay on total miner but minecraftcame out so we are leaving

  83. g-money says:

    minecraft is better. but when is the next update for total miner

  84. efadsfsdaf says:

    are there any spiders on creative mode please reply fast

  85. Pepsilegittt69 says:

    These r just suggestions but here’s wat I think would make this game crazy good.

    – depth increased to 3000 m
    – around 30 new enemies located between various depths
    – even more monstrous cave systems
    – more items and blueprints
    – enable the player to sprint
    – have new layers of rock between 2000 and 3000 m

    I feel like total miner should focus more on living up to its name and not use wat Minecraft uses. I think instead of animals, they should use somethin else for healing.

  86. Fangora1123 says:

    It’s funny..(or kind of sad)..that 80% of these comments have awful spelling/grammar…
    Anyways, like everyone else, I’m *dying* to know when this update is going to be released. Minecraft XBOX 360 Edition has been out for a few months, and I play it often, but it would be great to have TM:F with all these new additions 🙂
    I know all of the items/blocks are available in creative mode now, but it would be great to actually be able to kill a chicken for feathers, you know?
    lol, to make a long post short: when will the update be released?

  87. Kadon Veillon says:

    When is the update its taking about. 4 months minecraft.releases an update every 1-2 months the only update to reach 2 months was tu12 and that was way bigger than 1.9

  88. Hunter says:

    I recently redownloaded Total Miner: Forge, but when I press start or whatever the game just stay at the screen that says “loading…”. My Xbox isn’t frozen nor is the game because the background changes. I’ve sat here for about 30min waiting for the game to load

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