I've decided to try my luck at survival in an Amplified world. The difficulty is much greater, as there are cliffs everywhere, and almost nothing is flat. I plan on documenting my progress here as I try to survive in an absurd world. Here are my settings:
Difficulty: Normal Cheats: Off Bonus Chest: Off World type: AMPLIFIED Seed: 6789509596459006223
The terrain where I spawned. I intend to get up top and build on that towering landmass.
Donkeys right near the spawn. This is the first time I've seen them in game, despite seeing plenty of horses.
I climbed up a hill to get a better view.
I managed to find a swamp where the terrain wasn't completely insane. I built a little workshop to get started.
Instead of mining, I've just been exploring caves on the surface. I found a zombie dungeon pretty easily. It had some good loot - iron horse armor and nametags, along with the usual. I also found a large chasm that went down to y=12. No diamonds, but found some gold and redstone for a clock and compass. Not to mention copious amounts of iron.
A huge cliff right on the edge of the swamp. Might be fun to conquer it with some structures.
A zombie was kind enough to give me a potato, so I was able to start a small farming operation to give me wheat and potatoes. Swamps make for easy farmland, fortunately.
These sheep like to live life on the edge...literally.
More insane terrain.
My first encounter with a birch forest M biome.
After gathering tons of dark oak, birch, wool and other materials, I built a stilt house in the swamp. The interior is still WIP, so I'll have images of that later.
Now that I have a nice house, my next goals are to:
Build a wooden walkway system to make getting around easier.
Build a mine (I've just been exploring surface caves)
Build a barn to house livestock
Build a large farm system
Go to the Nether
Build on top of the tall landforms
I don't plan on doing these in any particular order, but I'll keep this thread up to date on my accomplishments.
Try to play amplified with no health regeneration, it's a nice challenge. With so many hills, your hunger depletes rapidly and you take fall damage.
Seems like a very unfun challenege considering the level of difficulty. It would make people rage at most. Then again, it's just me though. I'm not a hardcore fan. But I'm pretty sure others out there would like it. I'll actually try it later just to see how long I last. Thanks for the idea actually.
As for the world itself, it's a great start. Amazing house man. Can't wait until you create the interior. I wanna see that thing once it's complete.
I've been busy the last few days, and when I've been on it's been mostly mundane tasks, like endless branch mining. But I do have some stuff to show for it:
I've got someone on my roof...but he ain't got no fiddle. To avoid any more surprises, I went up on the roof and used the F3 display to show the light levels and placed some torches to fix the problem. I think everyone prefers not to be greeted by an explosion the moment they step out the door.
Diamonds! After what seemed like forever, I finally found some diamonds, a cluster of 8 and then another 7 not too long after that.
I couldn't for the life of me find an abandoned mine. I needed string to make leads, but I couldn't find enough spiders to kill. I didn't really want to cheat, so I used a map renderer set to only show cobwebs and tracks, so it would show a rough position of the mine, but not be a dead giveaway. I saw that there was one due east of me, so I headed over that way and dug a horizontal shaft at y=36, figuring that gave me a good chance of intersecting a shaft. After a few zig-zags, I manged to land right on top of a shaft.
I found a skeleton and zombie dungeon pretty close to each other, but I only got a single saddle between the two. I also found two chests in the mineshafts that gave me a bunch of iron and some diamonds.
Behind another big waterfall.
A nether-sized lava fall.
There were no cattle anywhere near me, so I had to venture out and find a pair. Even with leads, it was tough getting them over all the absurd terrain. From these two, I kept breeding more until the swamp was full of cows. Time to build a barn.
It has 8 pens, with room for 3 or 4 each, more if you really want to cram them in. I have it filled with cows right now, since leather is crucial for bookshelves.
I'm fairly well established now, just need to finish my interiors. I'm pretty much ready to venture into the Nether. I wonder if Amplified has any affect over there, as the Nether is already pretty treacherous...
I've finished up cleaning out the abandoned mineshaft, and hauled out some pretty good look. I've also decided to venture into the Nether to get the supplies I need for brewing. I ended up getting much more than what I bargained for.
Cleaning Out the Mine
The abandoned mine I found ended up being pretty bountiful. Numerous chests full of goodies, including several with diamonds. There were also three dungeons right off of the mine. I cleared out the last bit and got a good surprise at the end.
Zombies like to have fun too, you know.
This was the good surprise at the end. Three identical books each with Unbreaking III/Protection III...good deal.
Into the Nether
I renovated my mine shaft to house a nether portal and some other areas. It looks much better than the crude mine entrance it was.
The tunnel leads to the mine, storage areas and the nether portal.
I put in an intersection in the middle with a pillar to break up the monotony of a long tunnel. The portal room is off to the right.
The portal room.
I ended up with a good entrance into the Nether. The portal is in a cave that offers protection from ghast attacks.
A zombie pigman chicken jockey. Most adorable monsters ever.
After a long time searching and much perilous travel, I finally came upon a nether fortress. I only intended to get some nether wart and blaze rods, but that isn't how things worked out.
I kept finding chest after chest of loot. These are a few of the really good ones. Hauling all that loot back was quite unnerving. I think I would have rage quit if I lost it all...
Having this bow enchantment really helped too.
Now that I got all the stuff I needed to finish my house (plus lots extra), I can show you the inside.
Entryway, looking up the stairs.
Overlooking the enchanting room. I could turn the upper area into more storage space, but I like the openness.
Patio with horse and donkey
Now that I got a ton of saddles and horse armor, I think I need a horse barn...
Update 5: More Builds, Exploration, and Dumb Glitches
I've tackled my most difficult build yet on this map and also tried to explore a bit more.
Exploration and Mountaineering
The huge towering mountain by my swamp has been nagging me to scale it ever since I started. No easy task, as much of it is sheer vertical, with a number of overhangs.
Looking from the side, it is much more of a towering spire than a mountain. It stands 178m high, or about 584 feet, somewhat higher than the Washington Monument.
A cabin I built at y=177. The stairway ends here with a ways to go yet.
After swimming up two waterfalls, scrambling over terrain, and having to pile blocks in some spots, I finally reached the top, at y=240. My house is barely within the 12-chunk render distance.
I also found a tiaga biome right near my spawn. I never found it until now because of the massive ridge line in the way...
I decided to venture out there to get some spruce wood and saplings. Until now, I've only had dark oak, birch, and a small amount of oak. I also challenged myself to make each outpost look nice and unique, instead of a simple wooden hut.
All that building and adventuring requires supplies, and thus a seemingly endless branch mine.
Building to Fit the Terrain
Since most of the map is extreme terrain, why fight it? My next build I call the Cliffside Inn. Here is a before and after shot:
View from the left side
Dining Room - This room required a ton of digging to hollow out.
Balcony over dining room
Looking down the stairs.
1st floor room
2nd floor room
A nice view from the front deck.
The inn was a ton of work, having to dig it into the cliffside and making sure that it fit in well. While I was working on it, my horse randomly disappeared, leaving me with only my donkey. The leads on them kept breaking, but they never wandered far. This time, my horse simply vanished. It even had a name tag, saddle and armor. To add insult to injury, my barn full of cows is not missing a single cow. Stupid bugs.