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#1

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:30 PM

So lets talk about dirt..
Its pretty useless, still you will probably have a lot of it from mining etc.

Its ugly to build with, and it has no crafting recipes.

So, what do you do with it?

Uses so far!:

1. Put it in a chest...
2. Grow grass on it...
3. Eco-houses...
3. Isolation (hiding)
4. Leveling areas
5. Growing trees
6. Eco-caves
7. Using it for temporary towers
8. Finding your way in caves, (see Toasterific's post down this page)
9. Dirt starting home
10. Waterfall gardens
11. Underwater tunnels
12. Temporary bridges
13. Stopping lava falls
14. Emergency shelter
15. Underground farm
16. Framework
17. Scaffolding
18. Pretending it is a frag grenade and throw it at pigs  :D
19. Glitch for removing blocks (Had to do with farming)
20. Filling stuff quickly
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Direwolf20

Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:31 PM

Grow grass, make a bio cave, grow trees.  

Thats pretty much it for me.  

Also, friendly NPCs (Cows/pigs/sheep) can only spawn on grass.
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#3

theStormWeaver

Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:33 PM

Scaffolding mostly.  Also terraforming and blocking off caves.  I'm in the final stages of a project that required dozens of stacks of the stuff.  Leveled two hills to get all I needed.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:33 PM

Fill chests with it.
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#5

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:42 PM

I usually use it to back-fill ore veins in my mine... I use a branch method. MUST. HAVE. PERFECT. MINE.

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i'm also planning on doing a very large stepped / hanging garden with waterfalls and cobblestone / half-step walkways.

I also use it to fill in spaces so I have something to put a stone block against, so it hangs just right. easy to use for this since it's abundant and is relatively easy to punch out.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:47 PM

I use it on farms, it really doesn't many other uses...
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:50 PM

I pretty much only use it to level out terrain when building structures. I also stack the dirt to get up into higher positions when building high above ground because the dirt is easy to remove without tools.

And ofcourse, farming.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:50 PM

i always keep a stack or 2 for filling misc areas, or for jump pillaring

#9

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:51 PM

Dirts strength lies in how fast you can take it apart. I use it for scaffolding, and also to fill in dirt layers inside my wooden buildings to keep the outside insulated from the inside in case of griefer fire.
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GodOThunder

Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:51 PM

Leveling terrain, Scaffolding, biohouses. The works.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:56 PM

I don't find it ugly... :iapprove:
There's a difference between "This game sucks" and "I don't like this game."

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:06 PM

It's essential for my caves.  I never get horribly lost in caves because of my system.

Torches placed on a pillar two blocks high (as pictured) is a marker.  Generally it's made of cobble, as it's abundant.  If they're on dirt blocks, it means the marker is null, but it was placed for a different reason.  Furthermore, I seal corridors with dirt if it's worthless; I use cobble and place torches on it if I wish to explore it at a later time.  I always place torches on the right side when I'm going deeper into a cave, so that I know if they're on my left I'm moving toward an exit (or a higher level.  Additionally, I always place markers at level entrances.)  If I need light, I simply place a null marker so it doesn't throw me
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I also use dirt for other purposes, like scaffolding, fixing water currents, or filling in unsightly holes near my base.  At the moment I'm working on a new base that is on a platform suspended over an ocean, and I'm planning on placing a lot of dirt blocks, letting grass growing, and planting a few trees for aesthetic reasons

#13

GodOThunder

Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:10 PM

Do any of the texture mods make dirt look good or better?

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:13 PM

GodOThunder said:

Do any of the texture mods make dirt look good or better?

I think so, search for it on the mapping and modding section.
There's so many texture packs, one of them must have a nice one.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:15 PM

I use dirt as roofing sometimes, mostly with tudor-style houses.
It's not actually ugly to look at when you use it properly.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:26 PM

I start my early civilization in dirt huts and mountainside dirt/cave homes.  I think it ads a sort of evolution to keep upping the complexity and theme for each area I go to.

I also like building coves and terrain with the dirt.  Waterfall gardens and streams add depth to my villages
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:31 PM

I use it to grow grass and make Bio-caves ;)

#18

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:35 PM

underwater tunnels, temporary bridges, pillaring, emergency lava impediment, emergency shelter when caught outside at dark, farms underground and above tree and wheat and reed, artificial islands, scaffolding,

oh man the uses are endless, so much nicer to build temporary frames or scaffolding than cobble because it is quicker to break and shovels are cheaper and you don't even need one. Let's all sing the praises of our useful, humble dirt.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:39 PM

Fill holes.

Please can you rename the thread to something like; What do you do with dirt? - Makes me mad. :iapprove:

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:40 PM

the fastest way to make flat land for me is to fill in water/ocean blocks.  I always use dirt for this.

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