Thursday, June 7, 2012

Underground Survival Base

Etho and Extreme Hills biomes. Two things I really enjoy about Minecraft.

Honestly, can you not like majestic terrain like this? It's become the new home for me in my Survival map. My home base has long served me and will continue to do so if I ever return to it. But it's time for a new adventure, and this time I'm going underground. This scenic view is what lies about 50 or more meters above my head.

Since I enjoy Etho and the hills, I figured I would combine them both into my game play! I left everything I owned back at my base and moved to the edge of my map. Using Minutor I located a spot where there were plenty of intersecting caves, to provide a place to live and build. I intend to build with the cave system's shape. Right now I'm sticking to Peaceful, although I want to move to higher difficulties as I become acclimated to the setting.

Before I even made it underground, it was quite the adventure. Food was scarce (as always). I chopped down a tree and chased after some sheep. When I got back to the starting point (on a high spot), I noticed this triple rarity!

That fed me for the first while. There was an entrance that led to a ravine. It was full of Creepers - go figure. I get the feeling these are going to be a long-lasting enemy of mine in this new adventure. This pair watched me as I tried to block them off and kill them.

Funny story. Eventually they lost interest and walked away. Then I fell off of the cobble staircase I was making and I pillared up as fast as I could. In the mean time, they both suddenly came rushing toward me. Peaceful mode for the win!

You've seen the screenshot for the new base. I got to work making the basics to survive.

Tons of iron and coal were present, of course. What surprises me is the amount of gold that I found. Has there been an increase in how common it is? I don't remember it being so easy to get.

From here I got working on the central hub. Emulating our favorite Canadian LP'er, it's going to have a grass floor. I added planks around the circumference for good looks. In addition, there's a path underneath it leading to another potential hub. Just recently I discovered there are three paths going to the same place! One is very convenient and will become my main method of reaching it. But I wanted to make this path neat looking so added a flight of stairs.

And the still unexpanded second hub:

There's definitely still a lot to do. I need to run some grass down here, for sure. I also need to move that little thing of wheat out of the way and establish a proper wheat farm. So much to do, I'm dizzy with anticipation!