[Note: Post title isn’t a typo lol]
I have spent many hours so far on Minecraft since I bought it last week. I have focused my efforts in one world where I started off with the intention of building a Hobbit-style house in the hillside next to my spawn point. Best laid plans then went out the window. After a small network of tunnels became rooms and the “I’m just gonna mine a little bit more and then build a wall outside” idea then turned into “oooh, coal, I wonder what other minerals I can find…” until I’m halfway across the island.
After reading a guide on getting started, I noted the idea of building a tower to find your way back to base easily. So this operation began. After building upwards, thinking it was high enough, I descended and mined deeper to lay foundations and then clear the surrounding area to create a moat. Next thing I knew, I hit the cobblestone I’d placed for my Hobbiton household. This took up approximately 4 days. Then I decided to toy with the concept of water to get a moat but also have a well to have a water spring.
Then I built a dam next to my main exterior wall and reinforced it.
And then I decided to build a railway. This consumed the most of my time, I started playing with boosters but couldn’t get it to work properly so used powered rails. I then progressed to build a railway up into the sky for an excellent vantage point but also to cover good ground to allow quick access to mining areas and potential points for new bases.
While creating a tunnel through one of the hillsides, I broke through to an ocean. I ventured over to the next island to get a good view of the area to assess the best way to have my railway plotted out to have it loop back to my main base. I spent an entire day trying to find my way back to the last rail piece I laid. In the end, I had to stumble all the way back to my base and ride a minecart to where I strayed from my original course.
3 days on, the railway has reached a standstill while I clear out a dungeon and try and develop an underground tree farm. Which I also want a lava pillar right in the middle of.
This was originally gonna be a review of Minecraft, but I decided to recount my last few days of hard work. In comparison to others’ creations, mine seems rather lame but over time once I learn all the features fully and get a creative spark going, anything is possible.
For an indie game this is probably one of the best I have played. I’m usually a graphics whore but retro gaming is still enjoyable and I just wish we had games like this back in the day before I got a PS1. If you ignore the graphics, which are really enjoyable despite your initial reaction the fun really comes in when you try out different texture packs.
I’ve included a video below of something I found while trying to learn about Minecraft to build epic structures. Marvel at Minas Tirith – Minecraft style.