Is diamond such a precious resource? On my last server I never had under 14 diamond blocks, full diamond armour and tools at any on point. Just started my own server recently and day one I had found 18 diamonds. There are just so many of them... why not throw them around?
Diamond is kinda useful, but not the end-all be-all that some people consider it to be. A typical mining outing for me is 2 diamond picks and a diamond shovel. The shovel may be overkill, but I usually come out with at the least least 20 diamonds and a diamond shovel can last 2-3 trips, depending on luck. Iron armor suffices for most things, unless you face a specific challenge or PvP... it is a lot better than carrying a dozen iron picks...
Or alternatively you could mine the stone from branches with stone picks, using what you dig out to make more picks so you have plenty of tools, then just mine out the resources you find with an iron one. Yes it takes a little longer, but you're using up far less valuable resources (with the prevelance of stone in the world you won't run short of picks any time soon), and you get to keep not only the diamonds you find, but the three diamonds you would have used to get the diamond pick too. Better return for your effort, all it takes is a little more time.
You get the best return per time spent ratio by using loads of iron picks for main digging and then a fortune 3 diamond pick for gathering item-dropped ores and obsidian.
I have saved my very first Diamond Pickaxe ever since I had first gotten it. Its name was Roxanne. My friend, ABYSSALxPro, also has saved his first DPA, and named his. What have you named your first Diamond Pick, and have you guys saved yours as well?
I, since the beginning of when this update came in, have not named anything.
John Henry. It's a song about his hammer, but what the heck...I figured I'd name the Ax. I have it in a saved in a bedroom chest in a single player that I haven't touched since 1.8. Just been multiplayer since then.
I find a LOT of diamond, so I use it pretty freely. We restarted our multiplayer server about 70 days ago and this is what I've gathered thus far (it's a hidden room with just my treasures and blocks are 9):
Currently I'm just working on enchanting a diamond suit for The End visit coming soon.
I guess I strip mine a lot more than most? Either way, I don't find it very rare at all. Emerald either for that matter. I do drag around an enchanted diamond pickax with Fortune III/Unbreaking III/Efficiency IV, so that helps with the drops quite a bit.
I love the way you collect, bro.
It's actually quite easy to get diamonds. My server restarted our world on February 2nd, and I've probably mined up around 500 blocks (Not joking at all) of diamonds since then.
You say this as if the majority of players here made their first diamond pickaxe after the creation of anvils.
I had a nickname for my pickaxe, "Clanker," but I never actually NAMED it, seeing as how I made it, oh, circa beta 1.7.2? People actually waste levels on naming tools?