Friday, December 24, 2010

The Sniper-Archer

As I said in a previous post, one of the things I want to do is be an archer. Why? Well, let me tell you a little more about myself. I have had experience in games like Halo and Call of Duty, both first person shooters. And there is an element of FPS in Minecraft, in the form of sword combat. Also, I enjoy real-time strategy games such as Age of Empires and Star Trek: Armada. The problem, though, is this: especially in FPS games, I get an adrenaline rush that makes me quite shaky and easily startled by the game. While most enjoy this adrenaline rush, I don't. I don't like what it does to me, so I can't really play any of those games.

But! While I'm not a front-line soldier, I do have a combat talent. At the Town Boys' and Girls' Club I went to as a preteen and young teenager, there was a multiplayer paintball game in the computer room which I eventually got hooked on. There I discovered that I have amazing aim and can easily compensate for how projectiles tend to arc in their trajectory. I also had a weakness, though. I couldn't avoid incoming stuff for the life of me; my reflexes weren't fast enough. But when I found a decent hiding place or at least knew where the others were courtesy of a radar display, I became hard to beat. I could patiently wait in one spot and in a matter of seconds take out players that others would have trouble with. In short, I'm a natural sniper.

I decided to use this to my advantage. Part of the reason I wanted to find dungeons was so I could collect string to make a bow. String only comes from spiders, but I was avoiding any form of combat. I found string, made my bow, and started collecting what I needed to make arrows.

In the past 3-4 in-game days, which has been about one day IRL, I've been perching in my sniping platform located in a small desert near my home, and at night setting the difficulty to easy and trying my luck at hitting the mobs who come around. The creatures don't come near me, meaning I have to use my knowledge of arcing paths. I also lose most of my arrows but during the post-dawn collection I recover enough to make more.

In my first night alone, I killed 2 zombies and 1 creeper. In the following nights I have killed 1 skeleton, another creeper or two, and a spider. I may have to build an archery range for myself so I can improve my aim. In the last night alone I used up 65 arrows, and by daybreak all of them had disappeared. Granted, some of them had been used hitting mobs but the vast majority were on the ground for so long they simply despawned. Still, this is excellent progress for me, as beforehand I was nervous to even spend one in-game night just watching the mob activity around me.