Maybe for the space or when tere are good-lookingcaves.
Got a very good looking one(cave) and began to build and extend it.
And you don't need so much resources (especially stone)
BTW Why dont make an above ground one with an extensive basement. The materials from the basement give you enough resource for building out more outside.
To be honest, this guide is stupid.
You don't need 5 food source farms. A wheat one will be good and maybe a melon one for just sprinting and nothing important stuff.
Also, A lot of the "cons" to building locations is really not that hard to overcome.
Like a skybase you make a pool in the ground below and you just drop down. To get back up uhm I don't know maybe a ladder or a minecart?
Building your base and what should you have in it all depends on what type of playing you are doing.
Like if your in a pvp server its not good to build above ground usually or make airships or bases and have them so vast.
But if your on a friendly smp server why build underground at all?
You missed the entire point of the guide. It's not to make the most practical base ever. It's to make a base with tons of bells and whistles that you don't need, but are cool so you put there anyway.
And why are you talking about SMP when this is clearly in the Minecraft Singleplayer Forum? Learn to read before calling me stupid.
Your location sections, seems a bit to asthetic, rather then functionality, which is what I thought this thread was about. I suggest updating that section, and mention the challenges and gains from living in certain biomes, also for version 1.3 you should mention the cocoa bean farm, and living in a larger biomes world. PS with larger biomes, beaches(which surprised me to be a actual biome) become nice galapago chain islands.
This is a really handy thread, good to use as a checklist. One thing for location is to make sure you're relatively near a spawner of some sort (assuming you're in the Overworld) in case you want to make an xp farm.
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Off topic (slightly), but I think you will get a lot more flak for your caving guide. I cave any way I want and am offended by the "always put torches on the right wall" people who think they can tell me how to cave.
On topic: Nice guide, maybe add a section for portal rooms and that kind of stuff.