Challenge Accepted! And within the first 10 minutes killed a couple zombies by hand and found a chest with 2 diamonds, 8 coal, and 3 pieces of bread. And no I didn't adventure far from my original spawn point. Here's my progression as of now.
Challenge accepted! . . . Just after spawning I dove straight down in time to see some sand fall. I followed it into a cavern and met a creeper immediately. My progress? Death after 30 seconds. I'll post how I do on the second run.
I have been *loving* this seed. I've been looking for an excuse to start a Let's Play series, and thought I'd give this one a go, and do it in Hardcore Mode. If you got a bit of time, do check out my channel and see how I've been handling it. Up to episode 10 now, and I'm still surprised I survived the initial madness. Here's the first episode ..
Now that I've conquered the initial problems, I plan to continue on battling away till I reach The End. Well, that or die trying heh.
I've also been looking around for similar challenges, but nothing beats this seed so far. Might give one of the SkyBlock maps a shot next though.