November 7, 2016

To Mine, Or to Craft. Or To Just Minecraft. PT2

So the work begins. After clearing out a small work space at the end of the tunnel, I really wonder how far up I will have to go, to get to the top of this mountain. As I work on a somewhat aesthetic layout as well as functional, the thought keeps going through my head. "How may digs will it take to get to the top?"

Let's find out. One, Two, Three. Three licks to get to the .... oh sorry. Where was I?

Okay, all set. I have dug all the way up to the top and have a fairly large working space. But one thing that gets me is, I have to keep running back and forth between here and my home. That is a long ass run. There has to be a easier, oh SNAP! A railway system. But i need more materials. Time to go mining.

To make this short, half way back to my starting point, I decided to start digging out and down. After about ten minutes, I happened onto this massive cave. Think the entire Grand Canyon underground. After about 8 hours time, I believe I have the entire thing explored and mapped. I put in stairs, rails and platforms to help guide me. Think the massive shaft in National Treasure at the end.  With enough materials, I start crafting what I need for rails of all types, mine carts and power sources.

Done. Now I have a high speed, (more like a Radio Flyer being pulled by two racing piglets) rail from Point A to Point B.

Rail system with a recall function from Point A to Point B

Now I can get back and forth relatively quick. And I have been using this A LOT! There is a stop switch in the section. Sometimes, I don't need to get to Point B, but rather the mine shaft in the middle. If i do need to get to Point B, just press a button when I stop and off I go.

For the better part of the last three to four days, I've been digging, crafting building and exploring.  So Far, Point B keep is done. There's another rail system to get me from Point B to Point C. 
Point C is the Keep before the Castle. There is yet another rail system at the bottom of Point C to the top, since elevators don't seem to work on the Xbox version of the game. 

Point C is for the most part half way done. Just need to finish decorating the inside. The bridge from Point C to the mountain where the castle will sit is complete. 

A lot of work has gone into this. I have switched from Survival to Creative a few times. Especially to build the Point C rail system. With a recall function, a lot of damn digging and testing had to go in.

Work station at Point B. Automatic Smelting Furnace and Clock. Need to know when it's daytime!

Entrance to Point B workstation

Three furnaces for cooking and smelting

Point B crafting Table and storage

Point B garbage disposal. Actually destroys whats tossed in.

Point B Storage

Point B Maintenance Door

Access to the mechanics for the Automatic Smelter and Disposal

Point B Automatic Tree Farm (Can't always make it outside!)

Automatic Tree Farm

Point B storage

View from top of Point A to Point B. See how far the distance is to the mountain int he middle?

Above Point B looking at Point C Keep

Point C Keep

Land where the castle will sit

Point C Bridge

Point C

Point B Keep

Point B Keep, stairs that go to workstation below

To the roof of Point B Keep

Point B looking at Point C

Point B middle storage, half way up

Point B middle storage

Workstation hallway to rail-line to Point C

Workstation hallway to rail-line to Point C

Point B to Point C Rail-line with recall function

Base of Point C, Rail-line that goes up

Looking straight up the Point C Rail-line

Looking down from the top of the Point C Rail-line

(Some night shots below)

Found something while digging in the workstation. Iron door protects me

Deep down the hallway lies another world

The further you go, the colder it gets

I don't like that glow!

A portal to the Nether World!
(Created with Vines, mushrooms and moss to give it the Horry Sheet feeling)

SO there it is. A labor of sore thumbs and pissy attitudes because the tutorials seem to revolve around the PC version with mods. About as many hours have been spent trying to figure out the Redstone mechanics as actually digging and building. And I've only just begone.

Once the castle is done, the valley below will be next. Filled with shops and houses. I"m building a world. For what reason, no idea. But i do know, i get to play GOD!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


November 6, 2016

To Mine, Or to Craft. Or To Just Minecraft. PT1

So I've been playing Minecraft for a little while now and decided to go big. well, big to me. If you've seen some of these creations in this game, your jaw would drop. I don't plan on being as good as these people. After all this game does require some mathematics skills that I don't have!

I created a survival world and started right where I spawned in. Doing the survival world, I need to farm and craft everything I need to build. Unlike Creative where it's all there for me.

First things first, I need shelter. It's night, I can see baddies wandering around and I have no weapons. AH, a mountain. Up we go! As I'm hoping up the mountain, I feel like Q-Bert! Breaking some grass blocks as I go, I need material for a make shift shelter. Once I get to the top, the fun begins.

Built a small shelter. Maybe 6x6 at best. Then I start digging down. From time to time, I pop a hole in my walls to see if the sun is out yet. Once it is, I head down the mountain to farm some lumber and animals for food. After a few hours, I have a nice little hut on top of the mountain, away from the baddies. Crafting table, a couple of chests for storage. A furnace to cook and smelt with.

By now, a day or so has gone by in real time. I only play a few hours at night after work.

What to do next? I can't stay up here all the time. As i'm out and about farming materials, I'm also scouting the area and see a nice flat area at the bottom of the mountain. That is my next stop. I need something bigger.

By now, I have tools. An ax, a pickax and a shovel.  So it begins. I dig into the side of the mountain and start making room to live. There is a small water pool here so water will be no issue. Couple of rooms dug out, few more chests and crafting table created. Once the main area is created and doors up to keep me safe, i begin to dig in all four directions to see how far I can go til I reach daylight. Come to find out, it's quite the damn ways!

Food is getting harder to find already. If this were the Alaskan Frontier, i'd be dead in a few weeks! But alas, this is Minecraft MacGyver time. Or something like that.

I began to dig out a small section for farming. Crops will grow with enough light and water. Next, I began digging a small section for animals. PETA would have my ass if they saw how I have this little bastards caged up!

Materials are running low, so now it's time to start mining. Part way down the eastern corridor I dug before, I begin digging steps down. Down and down and whoa! Cavern! Some torches, trusty pickax, let's go.

After a few hours of exploring and killing baddies, I had enough coal, iron ore and cobblestone to start my own ammunition factory.

By now, I'm trying to decide what my end game will be. I know there's a partial end game itself by killing the Ender Dragon. But What am I actually making here? Then it hit me. I've already done a few small castles in Creative mode. Let's do yet another castle. This time however, something with a little more gusto.

In real life, there was the castle. Maybe an outlying keep or two as well as a village. Ah, that's it! But where am I going to build it? Time to go exploring.

I set out in a few different directions, killing baddies as night falls a few times. By now, I'm completely lost and have no idea where my hole in the ground, uh, Hobbit Hole is. I need to go higher to get a better view. That's when I saw it. Three separate mountain tops. All within a short span of each other. One slightly larger than the other two. One keep, two keep, Castle. Achievement unlocked! But still, where the hell is my house? Oh, there it is. About 10 miles back that way!

With too much of a distance to travel across ground, and not really wanting to fight off baddies every five seconds, the only other option i have is to go under ground. A tunnel. A long, winding tunnel under and around the lakes between where I stand and my home.

Queue the music!

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

After a few hours of digging, popping my head above ground, about drowning myself when I unleash a few tsunami's in my back breaking labor of a tunnel, I now sit directly under Point B.

So now what? What's next?

Read Part 2



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