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So, basically, I have seen almost every tactic for mining the most materials succesfully that you can imagine. I've played on many a server, and everyone thinks their mining tactic is the best. So share yours!I
I tend to take a 12x12 area, and dig it all the way from surface to bedrock, creating a small pit mine. I then branch off shafts in each direction at level 10, 3 wide and 3 high. Every 10 blocks, I dig to the left 10 and to the right 10, evetually creating a grid pattern of horizontal mineshafts. This not only enables me to find many riches, but also is a good (albeit time-consuming) way to find slime chunks.
I build a hole to ~y 12 (1 by 2 so you don't dig straight down) and put a ladder on one side. Near the bottom I make the hole 1 by 1 and put ladder on the same side of that hole. This means I can jump straight down without fall damage because you just grab the ladder. (You still have to climb back up unfortunately but nothing's perfect).
Then a long central shaft (usually 3x3). This is easily recognizable and I store ores and material and tools in the center on SSP. On SMP you have to be more creative about where you hide things or lock them up. Then, every 4 blocks (3 block gaps) I create smaller shafts. I go down one shaft and come up the next. If I find a cave, I explore it as fully as I can since that is the fastest way to get ores.
If I'm feeling more expansive, I have multiple central shafts periodically and pick up new tools at each, so I can keep mining a further distance. I think it may be more efficient to increase the gaps, but I don't want to risk missing any diamonds. (Even though it's really unlikely the diamond would be esactly where I didn't mine, it would really SUCK.)
My fav is caveing, or spleunking as some people call it, but if I have to do gridmineing. Id say Pheonix' gridmine. It's hard to explain, but you can google it. Oh and I like big lava lakes when caveing to find diamonds.
I usually either go for a spot of spelunking, or I use branch mining (Not the type where you go down to Y 12 and make endless tunnels so you look like a really stupid xrayer). I use the type of branch mining where I dig a two block wide staircase down, then every 7-10 blocks I make an intersection with more stairways, and so on. I also rarely make a quarry.
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It's a bit of an outdated tactic since they added all those caves and the fact that there's so many ores in them you'll never run out, but I like digging quarries. I try to make them 20x20 when I can and I go down to bedrock. If I ever break into a cave, which seems more and more like a "when" and not an if, I encase it all in glass blocks so I can keep going down, but also have an easy place to drop off at and head into the caves. I may go through, literally, hundreds of stone picks, but I somehow find it fun and, to me, it's the best wasy to get down.
My MOST common mining method is strip mining. At Y level 10 (in your feet, 11 for your head) I dig out 2x1 tunnels, each 3 blocks apart from each other. Excluding emeralds due to their unique spawning behaviour, I will get most resources. Occasionally, I'll build quarrys (not with Buildcraft, just huge gaping holes in the ground all the way to bedrock) of about 64x64 (that's a 4096 block per layer mine, and, if you start at Sea Level, which is y 64, it's a total of 262,144 blocks although about 10000-15000 of those blocks are usually bedrock). Mathamatically, that's taking up 40960 blocks of layers 17-7, the most common lawers of diamonds. Yes, when I build quarrys, I go big. Of course, I do go caving for earlier resources, and also just for the fun of it (and when I play on the Hunger Games servers, just for iron and coal, and hopefully diamond-although I do mine the other stuff, as pistons are one of the most useful blocks in the game, even in that setting, and also for EXP in case I ever get/find an Enchanting Table).
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