Alright, time for another post. Finally. Just been dealing with RL, but it's going slightly better now. I'll probably update more often, since my mom's visiting and I need something I can hop in and out quickly. Minecraft actually has a pause button.
In the meantime, I've been playing in short bursts. The progress hasn't been so much physical this time around. Besides working on my manor's third floor, its roof and the prospect of another lighthouse, there's not much that changed in my world.
Walls, check. Glass panels, check. Ceiling, huh...
*WOOP* There it is!
This is one roof that's not on fire.
I love the smell of burning mobs in the morning...
Where I'll be sticking the manor's lighthouse
Urge to pet rising, rising, rising...
Bonus: Found this guy in my farms. He dropped an ender pearl, so all good.
My progress has been through the Nether. Specifically, figuring the seed's layout, the spawns, and dying.
Near lava level
Aftermath of a Ghast attack
Fortress #2, AKA that easy blaze spawner
*Metroid item find chime plays*
Because of course now that I know I can kill stuff, I wanna kill all the stuff. Including the stuff with gold swords that aggroes in packs across a 32-block radius. I'm thankful zombie pigmen are neutral unless provoked. As I'm writing this, I died again. Aggroed some in a corner, managed to kill them, but others became aggressive and I ran for another corner, where I was kinda stuck between them. Forgot I had a shield. Ded.
Related to all of this... ever since I've upgraded to 1.12, I've had sound issues. Minecraft seems to not load its sound engine properly. The thing is... I'm heavily sound-reliant. My sight is pretty bad (around 6/20), and I'm more sensitive to sounds, generally-speaking. So I tend respond faster to sound cues than to visual cues.
One day, I decided to forgo the whole "omg no sound again *rageflip table*" thing and I hopped in the Nether anyways. There's usually a small cluster of pigmen not too far from spawn, but since I spawned in the lower area of a higher.. valley?, there are more that spawn above, and they aren't easily detected by JourneyMap as I haven't explored the upper layers. Anyways, I decided to kill the ones around, only for more to drop from above. I didn't hear them, kinda saw something moving on my map, but I couldn't figure out where they were coming from based on sounds. By the time I spotted them in my field of vision, they had killed me. That's when I restarted Minecraft to fix the sound.
The area, now void of any pigmen. ... Until next time.
I went back with some new equipment, took them down, and moved on forward to the first fortress. Hah, same thing happened. You'd think I'd learn from my mistakes. Went to the death point, got my things back, pushed on to the fortress, and decided to try and reach the blaze spawner from the top of the fortress.
I made my way to the top by stacking some cobble as I went up, but didn't really account for the blazes that spawned above... as usual. There were 3 or 4 blazes on top of where I had decided to go up from, which was a narrow strip above the fortress, and ended dying again. After yet another trip there, I just kinda gave up getting to the spawner without fire-resist potions. Meaning I had to reach the other fortress or hunt down magma cubes, so why not both.
This is how I died.
The other fortress is roughly on the same level as spawn, but there's both walls of netherrack and lava oceans between it. My solution was hopping down, making a ladder back to spawn platform, and finding a way to get inside the fortress. Which I did. Considering I don't have any screenshot of the latter, I wanted to go back, but the pigmen who were aggressive earlier still are, along with the other 15-ish others. In other words, I'm not sure I wanna go down there right now...
They do not like me right now...
Still, over the last few sessions, I've been able to find an easy blaze spawner, get a couple rods, and from last night's magma cube killing (took down about 5 large cubes), I'm at 3 magma creams. They weren't keen on dropping them, but gotta start somewhere, right?
*squish, squish, squish*
Next step: Getting those pigmen to either despawn or die by my sword, fire-resist potion crafting, and huh... more things!
Quick update, the pigmen have deaggroed and have returned to a neutral state. I didn't need to commit mass murder! HURRAH!