Saturday, January 26, 2013


Single Player

This is a quick update, but it's something interesting enough to me that I felt like sharing. My temporary cave home has a ravine cutting into it. I have about 56 goals total in my Minecraft Experience challenge, and one of the goals is exploring a ravine. That one can be done easily now. This ravine comes equipped with peek-a-boo Creepers, too.

But what was really sweet was the pair of villages I found while trying to find a plains to settle down in. The first one is located on the shore line, next to a desert. The place is one of the smallest villages I've found so far.

A well, two libraries, and two farms. I call this little place Biblos Village. Biblos is the Greek word for "book," fitting because this place has two libraries, with two librarians. Pleased to have found a village and plains I started walking back to my home. Then I noticed a long gravel road, leading to a fairly large village. It has 12 houses, 10 farms, and plenty of villagers. 

It almost looks like it has an urban downtown part and a rural area. So impressive is the village that I decided to name it Polis Youssarianis. Polis means "city" in Greek, and the village is certainly big enough to be called a city.

Finding these villages accomplished one of my goals: find a village. What I want to do next is develop the village enough that the inhabitants reproduce and Iron Golems start appearing. I might indeed make it into a sort of city.

Friend's Private Server

Work on the roundhouse has slowed down a bit. I'm at the boring part of digging out all the dirt underneath it so I can make a two-level basement. I will probably spend hours doing that.

Shear Survival UK

Shear Survival unexpectedly went offline and was replaced by a group called IceCraft. I've signed up to join another server, but for the time being I don't know how frequently I will be on it.

This is kind of the annoying thing about SMP. Servers do not seem to last very long. Or if they do, the community stagnates and people leave. I don't know how the private server has lasted so long, except perhaps because most of us on there know at least one other person in real life. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Map

Look at all that coal! There was probably another chunk that same size underneath it! It'll be really helpful when I get back to my base... wait, where's my base?

I don't recognize this forest. It's near a desert, swamp, and snow biome. There's no place on my main map that has all that so close together. Maybe I wandered a bit too much and got lost. But even if I use Minutor, I can't find my base! What happened?

I'll tell you what happened. This is a new map. Today I decided that Main 1.0.0 has run its course, and it's time to begin the adventure again with a new world, appropriately called Main 1.5.0. Why? As I mentioned in an older post, I have been growing dissatisfied with the world I had held for over a year. I had hundreds of diamonds, gold, and iron. More coal than I knew what to do with. But I remained unhappy with it. I wanted to start over. I had not played Minecraft with the challenge and excitement of mobs on the prowl, looking to slay me. The diamonds were cheap. Frankly, the map was boring and even if I tried to start over with that world, it wouldn't have felt right. Plus, my building skills have changed greatly over time, and the map just couldn't sustain the changes adequately.

So I have begun a new world. Main 1.0.0 isn't going to be erased. I'll keep it on my hard drive, but probably won't add much more to it. Instead, my creative energies will be on this new map, which I hope to keep around for a long time, a worthy successor to Main 1.0.0. I'll be adding a unique spin to my gameplay as well, to make things fresh for me:

  • Once I find a jungle, jungle wood will be the stuff I use to make wooden items. The other woods are better reserved for other things.
  • Birch logs are sacred. No using that to craft.
  • I'm challenging myself for this. In the past I alternated between Peaceful and Easy. For this map, I will be on Normal mode. I've been a Minecrafter for two years, I think I can handle it. There is only one exception for me to use Peaceful, and that is when my computer is lagging out during mob attack. You see, my laptop has a hard time with sound files when I first start playing and the game will stall and stutter horribly. It takes a couple minutes for it to calm down. So if I'm about to be killed due to Minecraft freezing, I will take Peaceful mode to prevent a pointless death. But it will only be Peaceful briefly, just enough for me to recover. Then back to Normal. No exceptions.
In addition, there are a lot of things that I didn't experience because I was playing on Peaceful all the time. I've made a sort of challenge for myself that I call the Minecraft Experience, which has over 40 different tasks for me to accomplish ranging from completing all the Achievement to making a Blaze XP farm to defeating the Enderdragon and Wither. The goals are just big enough that they can be done without being tedious. So for instance, one of my goals won't be making an Iron Golem farm that constantly outputs hundreds of iron at a time, because that would be boring and take too long. 

So on to the adventure in Main 1.5.0! I found a cave and started mining what I could. Got in a fight with a skeleton.

As I did on the Shear Survival server, I cobbled up all the surface entrances to the cave for security. Here's my front door.

At one point I got in a fight with a skeleton and almost lagged to death, so I briefly invoked the Peaceful mode while I cooked up iron to make an iron armor set and iron sword. Then it was back to Normal difficulty. This stinkin' bat, now deceased, watched me the whole time.

I set up a small farm and basic living quarters. This is just about where I stopped for the day.

I am going to continue stocking up on resources and keep adventuring in the area. I hope to find a jungle biome next to a plain or swamp. From there I will start building to my heart's desire, as well as completing the Minecraft Experience challenge. Since I enjoy sharing my creations with others, I will try to make more frequent uploads of my map. I'm thinking once every 2-4 weeks. We will have to see how things unfold!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Updated Map Now Available

After long last, I have now uploaded a more recent version of my Main 1.0.0 world. You can find it on the sidebar, or using the link below. This new version has many more things such as the Nether portal room, a potato farm, Nether hub, and 1.4.x terrain. I haven't been on this map very much, kind of getting bored with it. I might end up starting a new one.

January 2013 Map: