I've been playing around with the snapshots recently, killing time until the new update comes out. I found a seed with a nice isolated village on a plains island, and decided to play with the new trading system. The idea is to figure out how to build a functional economy as the trading mechanics evolve. So I started with this:
I built a temporary breeding cell to jump start the population, and have been adding simple farms and buildings to get things up and running. So far I have 3 tree farms (no jungle farm), a melon/pumpkin farm, a mid-sized wheat farm, cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep, an alchemy shop, a library (enchanting), smithy, Inn/Tavern, Open Marketplace, boathouse and a small storage warehouse.
That's going to be the foundation for a completely developed island. I figure the area I have established will end up being the commercial part of the island. I need an industrial area (automated mass production), and a more residential area (bigger, higher end houses).
Here's what I have so far:
Overview, layout of town.
Livestock and Mine entrance
Island Overview and current area use.
The industrial area will develop as new redstone technology presents itself in 1.3, so I'm not worried about that. I don't do a lot of form over function building though, so the residential area is daunting.
Looking for ideas of what kind of buildings to add (more stores, parks, etc.). I want to add a normal village style church on the low-end of town, but was thinking an occult temple or something for the nether portal. IDK, I'm not used to building anything just to have a building I usually focus on making rooms/machines with a purpose. I really like the Idea of building a big working city to take advantage of the economy.
Suggestions wanted. Also feel free to post whatever you've been working on to fill the time until new content. I'll take some inspiration from wherever I can get it.
It's a really good seed. Close Mooshroom biome, jungle, desert pyramid, fun caving.
Don't make a jungle tree farm unless you have a really fast computer. If I'm in a jungle, i lag badly
My computer is pretty old, but I have no lag problems, even with the texture pack. I didn't want a jungle tree farm because I don't use jungle wood that much. There's a jungle a short boat-ride away anyways., which I'm probably gonna go loot for ferns soon.