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



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