I'm a noob player, just started my first non-tutorial world this week. (Although I've been watching tons of Youtube videos on Minecraft for awhile now)
After moving from my jungle mountain peak spawn point to a reasonably close plains area village, settling in, securing the village with a sod wall and piles of torches and building a few small huts to expand the village population (which was decimated by a zombie seige the very first evening I arrived before I could build a bed! ) and spending some time farming and checking out/mining the local caves, I checked out trading with the now larger population. To my surprise I found that one guy wanted only 16 wheat for an emerald, and another guy wanted only 1 emerald for 1 Redstone! So I had found a source of redstone within my first "in-game week" and without mining for it!
Needless to say I exhausted their supply as rapidly as I could and ended up with 30 redstone for minimal effort. I plucked some sugar cane from the nearby ocean shore and turned one of the tiny local ponds into a cane farm with some imported sand and made paper. I already had plenty iron from my earlier caving adventures, so I made a compass, and then a map so I could explore the wider world.
You can imagine my surprise and confusion when the map only covered the area of the villiage! it was basically about as far as I could see outside, from edge to edge. No larger. I though maybe it would "zoom out" if I walked to the edge, but no. I couldn't figure out if I could zoom out manually either. i tried hitting a few keys with the map up, but no dice.
So i figured that maybe it was because I made the map indoors in one of the villiage buildings. So it was locked to the villiage. I went out of the villiage with enough supplies for a new map, plunked down a crafting table, and made another map. SAME THING. this time I was already off the edge of the map!
What gives? Is my world bugged or am i just doing something wrong?
a map only maps an area, not the entire world. I'm sorry to say, but you need moar maps! Walk out of the mapped area and make another one
I know that a map only covers one area, but usually it's an entire "chunk" isn't it? I mean, my map covers the area I can see with my draw distance set to "Short"! it is a REALLY small map!
Also, if you re-read my post, you will note that I already tried what you suggested. I walked out of the area shown in my original map ("Off the Edge", as it were) and made another map. it was a duplicate of the first map. The new area wasn't even shown!
I've seen plenty of maps made in the YouTube tutorials and they NEVER look like my map. Mine is just this teeny tiny area (I can see buildings and the villiage well in it. It's that closely zoomed in.) and I don't seem to be able to map the area outside the villiage and it's immediate area. Is there a "Zoom" function built into the maps that I am missing?
Its permanently larger.
Nothing stops you from making a new one at the same place though.
For future reference: Please do your research before you state something as a fact.
Thanks. I can live with a larger map. I can just make one of my maps really big and keep the other small, and then make smaller ones as I need to.
BTW, I did do research. I spent the last month watching Minecraft Youtube "Howtos" and "Beginner Guides" before I even downloaded the game. They ALL stated that a map covers one "Chunk" of the in-game world. Not my fault if my info sources were wrong or outdated. (I'm a noob. How would I even know if they were wrong? It's not like there is a manual included with the download.)
So, yeah. Sorry for being misinformed.
Youtube tutorials can be very useful, and I commend you for using them rather than staying a noob forever. I would recommend using the wiki, however, because it's usually more comprehensive and up-to-date.
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You have to craft another map the same way, but with the current map in the center to zoom out. You can do this several times. Also, the map will expand on what it shows as you explore. ( the grey areas will be filled in with stuff).