Saturday, May 31, 2014

[Design Idea] Acacia and Red Clay Wall Segments

These are wall segments using acacia logs and stairs, red clay, and white stained glass panes. The stairs give a nice pattern and a bit of depth. I feel like I could do something neat with this.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Grinders and Goals

Underground Base
Between my previous post and now I sat down and thought about what I wanted to do in Minecraft. My main goal was to build the underground redstone-powered base. I'm happy to report that I have two rooms done now: the XP grinder/enchantery/repair room, and the toolkit room.

The ladder in the second picture is temporary. There are enough chests for each type of enchanted book. 

Once or twice I've mentioned wanting an ideal toolkit, and I've made a room devoted to the desired set. Here's a rundown of their enchants.
  • Work Pickaxe: Efficiency V, Unbreaking III
  • Fortune Pickaxe: Fortune III, Unbreaking III
  • Silk Touch Pickaxe: Silk Touch I, Unbreaking III
  • Work Shovel: Efficiency V, Unbreaking III
  • Fortune Shovel: Fortune III, Unbreaking III
  • Silk Touch Shovel: Silk Touch I, Unbreaking III
  • Work Axe: Efficiency V, Unbreaking III
  • War Sword: Sharpness V, Fire Aspect II
  • Looter's Sword: Sharpness V, Looting III
  • War Bow: Power V, Flame I, Infinity I
  • Sea Helmet: Respiration III, Aqua Affinity IV
  • War Armor: Protection IV on each piece.
Recently I've been trying to build up this using enchanted books. But I'm starting to think I might be better off just enchanting tools, then working up what I don't have from that point on. It runs the risk of wasting diamonds on tools and getting stuff I don't want. I guess it's more time efficient, if anything else. If I plan on mining, I can make up for any lost diamonds on stuff.

I have been supporting this system with a few small underground farms.

New Terrain
I've wanted to generate new 1.7.2 land for a while. The thing that's been holding me back is how soon 1.8 will likely be out. Last night I said "to heck with it" and built a portal far from my current land. So that's now two slots of my Nether hub being used, yay!

Part of me wanted to find a mesa biome, even though I don't use clay for anything really. I also noticed that my Nether has crazy amounts of soul sand everywhere. I popped out of the portal expecting terra firma. I did not get that.

Middle of the freaking ocean!


After getting myself situated I discovered a landmass wasn't too far away. A really big savannah biome.

Savannah biomes are my favorite biome in the game. They are fairly flat which makes for easy building area. The trees are cool looking. Acacia logs are probably my second-favorite block in the game (behind birch planks). Plus it doesn't rain.

The landmass is both savannah and desert. While I passed it initially, I later found there's a desert village here as well.

My plan for the savannah biome area is probably to use it as a build-only place. I'm curious to try using clay more often. There's a flower forest biome in this new terrain, which means I now have a decent supply of dyes. I will use this area as sort of a "start over" land. I won't bring established tools or blocks to this new place.

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