I created my first prototype of a button operated minecart system. What makes mine special is that it combines the ease of automation, and the reliability of boosters that don't move unless called upon. Door boosters are used to kick start auto-resetting boosters which do various tasks, like send carts out from the pez dispenser, boost the player away from the station, and retrieve empty carts. There are no moving parts when the system is not in use, so no matter how far away you go from it, it will still work when you return. It also never breaks the momentum limit of the game, as well as using minimal redstone circuitry.
It is, however, very iron heavy.
While building and troubleshooting the system, I had to go searching for more iron to finish up the last booster track. Rather than dive into my mineshaft (I was trying to show a friend that minecraft is fun and branch mining is not fun at all), I ran around to find a cave and eventually found what I believe to be the largest cave system I've ever discovered, just a couple dozen meters from my minecart station prototype. I have no idea how I missed it.
So far the cave has yielded two full stacks of iron, four stacks of redstone, more coal than I cared to mine, 9 diamonds, and a massive lava pool for future obsidian gathering. I haven't finished exploring it, yet.
Well, I dug the start of my construction HQ in preparation for a large project I'm starting on a new world. Six storage chambers of four chests each, by the time I'm done mining the [email protected]#$ out of the ground under me they'll all be full with stone alone.
Then, I spent two hours floundering in darkness when my surface-to-bedrock staircase unexpectedly exploded ([email protected]#$ing glitched creeper!) and plunged me into a cavern. Two stacks of coal and one stack of iron later, I dug my way back to my staircase and built it back up (I hate caves in mah base!). Creepiest part was that, in the bowels of the earth, there was a massive 25 block drop filled with jagged spikes of gravel and stone. It looked like someone took dynamite to the cave floor... and there were zombies and creepers jumping up just high enough to pop from the shadows.
I'm currently working on building myself a ginormous castle. with a walled off market area around the outside and possibly a small town outside of that, my castle is only about halfway done with the outer walls, but I like to think ahead! It has also come to my attention that you really don't appreciate the sheer size of the minecraft world until it takes you about 3 times as many stacks to fill in an area with dirt than you thought. I'm working on leveling off the inside of my wall area, gone through probably close to 100 stacks of dirt and maybe halfway there? sigh. But its all worth because in the end I will have an amazing castle city town thing. And everyone will be in awe.
I found a little cave with lots and lots of floating sand. it was cool. theres was a hoel to the surface, but it was a covered by a skele rider. the skele rider killed the spider and then burned to death.
Ran out of cobble for my cactus farm soon after, so i branch mined for a bit to get some more. found about 15 diamond. :biggrin.gif:
Still working on securing my lawn, and luckily I've just found some coal ore while flattening it, so now I can secure a few "hectars" (6x6 squares) more, or perhaps build a REAL tool shed (that pigs won't spawn on).
I haven't confirmed it just yet, but I think I was exactly spot on when it comes to the torch placement, which is kind of sad and terrifying at the same time. Should put up a sign about not messing with them. (You should be able to mess around with the surrounding terrain, though, as long as you don't cut off a square on all four sides.)
I'm also kind of worried that mobs will spawn up in the trees (and drop down on me as I cut them), as the wiki lists only glass blocks and half-steps as blocks that they won't spawn on - not leaves or logs. (The wiki is ambiguous as to what light level monsters spawn at, so I don't trust it, though.) Also dirt pillars I've left, are prone to spawns.
Still up to my neck in this cave system. It's gotten so complex that I had to build a shelter near the entrance to house all of my findings, as well as a pit stop in a "central" area within the cave itself.
When I get finished with this, I think I'm going to go ahead and finalize my minecart station, then start heading off in a random direction. I can lay tracks behind me as I travel and set up another station whenever I find something of interest.
I dug out the coal, getting myself a total of 12 torches to play around with (which is a pretty okay amount, really, when you're not cave exploring). Jumped down from my lookout on the roof of my dirt shack, all too excited to check out my torch test site, turning to face a perfectly placed skeleton anxiously waiting to fire an arrow into me. As I jumped in my seat, my mouse-hand sent my sight straight up into the sky, and I think I fled in a narrow circle after that, trying to dodge the arrow fired, and it ended up enbedded into my helmet, that was completely destroyed. Luckily cows are plentiful topside. I also noticed that as I'm not killing creepers and spiders, I'm slowly GAINING arrows right now.
After narrowing the torch placement at the test site, I decided to dig out one of the two large bunkers disturbing my lawn. Found two iron at the bottom, and also a gravel cave that I should be able to dig out tomorrow, if I'm lucky and nothing else pops up.
Still thinking of building that wooden shack, but I want plenty of space for that, to avoid a repeat of that skeleton ambush today.
Finished excavating the bunker. Found a fair amount of coal, so now I have a good amount of torches (over 30), despite of me expanding.
I also finally built an actual toolshed, in the beginning of the swamplands part of my lawn, using up almost all of my accumulated wood. (Well, I used up most of it making a full stack of chests, just because I wanted to.) It has over twice the space that the dirt shack had, and I don't have to be ashamed of it being overgrown with grass. (Both a cow and a pig managed to spawn on top of the old one, today.)
I feel kind of satisfied with my front lawn right now. Digging out the small (that I know will just be the tip of the iceberg) cracks in the ground, will probably be next, as well as keeping an eye on my spawning experiments.
I finally kicked my ass into working on a castle. Used some cobblestone I got from mining a hallway in a mountain that I'm going to add lavafalls to on the sides. Ended up only being able to gather enough for a height of 6 meters on all the walls. Did I mention there's a tower at each corner and the walls are 2 meters thick?
I've been harvesting obsidian from an underground lava cavern like I have been for the past several nights. Hours and hours of harvesting obsidian.. I'm up to nine stacks of it now, my diamond pick-axe is about half broken. What helps is that I saw a YouTube video that explains how to "safely" harvest it, though there is still possible danger in standing -in- the water while you mine.
I'm collecting all of this obsidian for something I've taken to calling Project Sphere. A massive, maybe 100-block tall free-floating hollow sphere made of obsidian. The only way in or out will be a trip through the Nether..
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The mine ahead is dark, the spoils hard to see,
The torchlight growing weak and I feel the need for trees,
Back once more for coal, but the walls of stone are clean,
Something in the blackness stirs, sprinting after me.
- Inspired by Lt. Pepper