So I have just come back from a break from MC (as I usually do) and am wondering if people are like me and just mine for the sake of mining?
I have got more than enough diamonds, redstone, iron, gold and other stuff that I will practically never run out, yet I find myself doing 200 x 200 x 3 levels deep branch mines just because I can (using beacons to speed it up). I find it relaxing and mindless, even though I know there are more efficient ways of getting some stuff (iron goldem farms, witch farms etc).
So why do you mine after you have gotten established? Be interesting to see what others do it for.
Also a second question is how big is your biggest mine to date? My biggest is a 500 x 400 block branch mine that seems I stopped working on when starting the second level. Will also be interesting to find out.
I like mining because even after I have enough stuff, I still get really excited when I find diamonds or gold or lapis, or anything, really. I figure even if I have more than I need already, I could always use more!
I don't really make mines though, I just sort of go exploring for caves and ravines. I made a mine once, but it wasn't very big...
After mining endlessly like a zombie, I found more than enough Diamonds, Iron, Coal, Redstone and Gold. But its kinda like a habit. I enjoy mining. Placing torches, finding caves, mineshafts, and the thrill of exploring them. I find it fun.
I mine because it doesn't matter how many resources I have, I always use them.
Gold and Iron on extensive powered rail networks between remote locations. I can never get enough Iron and Gold to meet the demands of what I want to use it for!
Gravel - well I only need around 1% of what I mine for flint - the rest is stowed in chests and occasionally used to make a new road or something.
Diamonds on weapons, picks (in particular), and armour.
Lapis... well for decoration only... I haven't looked up to see if it can be used for anything else (besides dyes)... can it be??
Redstone... well I only just started getting into redstone circuits so I have double chests full of the stuff, but I guarantee I'll use it fast once I start making automated rail networks that ship resources back and forth at the push of a button... I've already used a full single chest of it on the few circuits that I have made...
And coal because I line every cave and rampart and building with torches... I have tens of thousands of them (I should count them some time - mcmapDZ counts them as it goes, I'll have to pay attention to the final count next time I map the entire world again).
And obsidian I use for nether gates of course... it's time consuming to mine so I only ever mine as much as I need for a new gate.
Most of my resources come from digging out structures, rather than actually mining purely to mine...
I keep mining because I usually turn my old mines to luxurious underground fortresses, with tree farms, animal farms, crop farms, libraries, forges, railroad systems, and villagers. I never stop making more rooms, and since I keep mining, I can build resource extensive stuff (Beacons for example) without denting my supplies.
Some interesting thoughts and ways people play. After thinking about why I personally mine, it ended up being mainly because I found it relaxing and the thrill of finding a mineshaft to explore as they are my favorite things to mess around in when playing MC.
I once found a collection of 5 separate mine shafts all connected together (I know it was 5 because it had 5 different 'starter rooms' massively appart). After I cleared that out I had 2 double chests of wood, a single chest of fences and no idea how many rail stacks. yes, I strip out EVERYTHING in a mineshaft, wood, ore...the lot.
When I finish one project, I build a shed at the next location and put a track to it and hook it up to my now 1382 routes of minecarts, all which are storage carts, transport carts, mining carts, defense carts, farming carts, tree-farming carts and etc. I have used way too much iron and gold which I required for it all.