The Minecraft Diaries 16: Another Minecraft mistake

February 19th, 2013 by soundofrain
Oh my god. Which way??

Oh my god. Which way??

I was caving near the desert village. Yes, in Peaceful mode. It’s hard enough to cave, what with all the getting lost, without running into creepers as well.

My inventory was full and I was ready to head home when I realized I was indeed badly lost. I’d been so careful to place torches on the righthand walls, so I should’ve been able to backtrack by keeping the torches on my left, but it didn’t work.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Minecraft Diaries 15: Farmer’s life

February 18th, 2013 by soundofrain
From my bedroom window in the desert house, overlooking the village.

From my bedroom window in the desert house, overlooking the village.

My desert house now has three stories and a little pumpkin and melon garden next to it. I lured some cows out of the jungle and successfully penned them, then bred them. Hurray! All the leather and beef I could want. I did the same with a couple of pigs once I figured out that the villagers were growing carrots as well as potatoes and wheat, and that they like it when I harvest and re-till their farms. I thought the only way to get potatoes and carrots was a rare drop from a zombie. I’m glad to know there’s a more peaceful option.

I finally got enough eggs to make chickens and start breeding them as well. Now all I needed was sheep, and there were no sheep near the village. I had passed a bunch on my way there, though, in that nice area where I’d almost stopped, so one day I went out there with some wheat and lured a couple back with me. I bred them as we traveled but lost one of the parents because he kept wandering off and staring in the wrong direction, so I ended up with just the mother and baby. I don’t know why I think the one that wouldn’t come with us was the male. Mobs are sexually neutral clones; you breed cows to each other to get baby cows.

Now my life was turning into the farmer’s life: harvest the crops in the village, breed and slaughter the animals, shear the sheep. I needed a little action. I went for a walk one day east of the village, over some extensive plains, and came upon – another village!

This was the medieval style village, rather than desert style like the other one, and it was a bit smaller and not in very good repair. The citizens seem very depressed. There was a cave entrance in the middle of the village that I had to block up right away.

Beyond the village is a beach and what looks like extensive ocean. I might go exploring there one day. In the meantime, I’ve built a road between the two villages.

The Minecraft Diaries 14: Scary mining

February 8th, 2013 by soundofrain
Trying to control the mineshaft with dirt blocks; creeper got me anyway.

Trying to control the mineshaft with dirt blocks; creeper got me anyway.

There are lots of resources around the desert village. I went caving in one of the many open caves nearby, and it was huge. Lots of iron and coal, and a little gold.

And a lot of mobs. Ugh. The cave was so extensive, I couldn’t control the space, and I encountered so many mobs my PTSD starting acting up – skeletons shooting at me from the darkness, creepers blowing up right next to me – so I just blocked up my entrances and got the hell out of there. Read the rest of this entry »

The Minecraft Diaries 13: Projects completed, and further adventures

February 8th, 2013 by soundofrain
The A-frame house at my spawn point.

The A-frame house at my spawn point.

I finished the alpine A-frame, and it looks great! I also built a road between Mountain View and the alpine house, though it isn’t really finished; I’d like to border it with stone brick. I flattened the area in front of the alpine house but I haven’t made a garden yet. There are only two kinds of flowers, anyway.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Minecraft Diaries 12: Minecraft mistake

February 3rd, 2013 by soundofrain
Stand back.

Stand back.

I went back to the former mushroom room and dug a stairway down to diamond level. I do love me some branch mining. Down one branch, I got the sound that means “massive cave nearby” and I could hear zombies and spiders on the other side of the wall. I just stuck a torch there and dug in another part of the mine. I’m not ready for that.

I managed to find a few diamonds, which I should have taken right upstairs since I don’t have that many, but I got greedy and kept going.

And tunneled right into lava. Which spilled on me. I had a bucket of water with me, but not on my hot bar, so I’m trying to go into my inventory and move it while that horrible “you’re burning alive” sound is happening and in real life I’m going “Oh! Oh!

Once I had the bucket of water on my hot bar, I promptly threw it by accidentally pressing q.

Which did not help at all.

I died. And all those diamonds burned up.

It’s times like this that you wonder what it’s all for.

Anyway, lesson learned: when you’re digging through rock… stand back a little. Don’t be pressing your face against the wall you’re breaking.

The Minecraft Diaries 11: Plans

February 2nd, 2013 by soundofrain
Mountainview home in the snow.

Mountainview home in the snow.

I had a dream one night that I tried to light a cigarette with a creeper. Needless to say, it kept blowing up in my face.

I’ve had several Minecraft dreams, usually just moving through tunnels, or the real world is converted to blocks. How about you?

Before I go off traveling, there are a few projects I’d really like to get done:

  • I want to go back to the Desert Temple and dig it out of the sand, set it up as a nice area, and maybe do some mining below it. I could use all that sand to build a little outpost there, too.
  • I’d like to build a kind of alpine A-frame house over my spawn home. I’d also like to think of a better name for it than “Spawn Home.” In front, I’d like to build a little garden and a proper monument for my spawn point.
  • I also want to build some roads to areas I visit frequently, so I can get there faster.
  • Maybe a swamp house of my own?
  • A little structure for my farm concerns, maybe a small wheat farm just for breeding purposes.
  • I’d love to figure out how to lure a couple of cows back from the jungle, but it’s a really long way. I’d probably have to set up several pens between Mountain View and the jungle. Why are there no cows any closer than that?
  • Last but not least, I want to finish blocking out the Mountain View house and build some rooms inside the base, rooms that make sense rather than the mess that’s there now. Maybe do some branch mining down below.

So much to do!

The Minecraft Diaries 10: Desert Temple

February 2nd, 2013 by soundofrain
My chickens.

My chickens.

I finally had a brainwave: I could separate the white sheep into smaller pens within the larger pen, then dye the sheep whatever color I wanted and breed them. I did this, and of course it works like a charm.

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The Minecraft Diaries 9: I hate ravines

February 2nd, 2013 by soundofrain
This is right near my house.

Today’s destination.

Screw ravines. Who needs them?

I don’t know if this actually counted as a ravine anyway. It was certainly a deep crevice. To one side as I dug into a wall (I was too chicken to just go straight down into it) there was a massive waterfall with a pretty large lava fall and lava pool below it. That was tricky to navigate.

I tunneled elsewhere, and miracle of miracles! I found my first diamonds! Read the rest of this entry »

The Minecraft Diaries 8: Short overnight trip

January 29th, 2013 by soundofrain
Shelter for the night.

Shelter for the night.

I made an overnight trip to the desert biome beyond the taiga. As soon as night began to fall, I realized I’d forgotten to bring a bed with me. I was so pissed, I forgot that I’d sheared some brown sheep on the way there, and I had enough wood as well, and I could have just made a bed. Instead I spent the night gathering sand and turning it into sandstone.

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The Minecraft Diaries 7: Home sweet home

January 29th, 2013 by soundofrain
My home in the mountains.

My home in the mountains.

Once at home, I started the clay cooking with a bunch of coal – it was so luxurious not to have to be careful with it – and I began plans to expand my house. I’ve had to make a double-wide chest to hold all my stuff, as well as two furnaces, and the house is starting to feel cramped.

I was disappointed that my wheat and mushroom farms hadn’t done a thing since I’d been gone, until I remembered that they don’t grow unless there’s a person nearby. I wasn’t low on food, anyway. Once your wheat starts to grow, you have way more than you can use.

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