I can't figure out how to do screens yet, so I have to describe it.
I have a nether portal on a stone mountain side, BUT there is a certain piece of stone, that if you break, reveals a lever, which controls a piston to open a large house inside of it, with a fireplace, infinite water source, bedroom, ect.
I'd just use a bed to get to the base maybe set up a nether portal there XD extinguish the original so no matter where you teleport to the nether from, you'll appear back at your space base... thats how I'm doing the magical kingdom of zeal.
I've just done little underwater tunnels that lead to caves that I use more or less as hotels when it becomes night. Now that it's 1.3, I can put ender chests in each one. Just need to get more ender pearls and blaze rods.
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I used to have an open mind, but then my brain fell out.
the base I plan to make is a sky base way up near the height limit so people can barely see it, and then duplicate the ground as my roof so that mini-mappers cant see my base up in the sky and they'll just think they're seeing the ground lol
My Secret base was located in sea of lava in the nether, it was beside of the nether fortress
use fire resistance potion the fall off
the head back to overworld using Portal
I make an secret base even I'm in single player
Well, like you I made a tree base in a jungle biome. This is in Xbox 360 version because of right now i do not have a computer. But anyway, it wasn't as well hidden as yours. It was just a ladder leading up to a giant tree. In the tree, if you take a left it will lead to some leaf steps to the top of the tree. If you went right it would lead to my room followed by a hallway leading to another tree and on the other tree where you come out of the hallway there was some vines leading to the top of the hall and to the left of the hall you go down another set of vines and find my pet iron golem on a tree. :3 But it's really confusing, so I deleted the world. Now I have started a youtube world and I do let's plays. In my youtube world I have a trench house. It looks like normal flat ground on top. But when you go down these set of steps there is an entrance covered with vines and it leads into the house. I have alot of work to do on it. But thank you for reading my entry.
I don't make secret bases because they are useless
Edit: If you're wondering why I think that is because there isn't any point in Single Player, and people will find your base no matter what you do in Multi-Player (X-rayers, chunk errors, accidentally mining into it, etc.)
I have seen a number of good secret entrances that open a trapdoor in some way so the play falls 3 blocks down (or more) into a base. A typical one is a 2-2 piston trapdoor. But I have seen very few ways of getting out of such bases!
I think the simplest and probably most effective "secret base" I have seen was in a video. A guy brought a trapdoor with him and a shovel. Found a body of water just deep enough to not really be able to see the bottom very well, dove to the bottom and dug straight down about 5 blocks. placed the trapdoor one block below the surface of the pond bottom, and the water drained out of his hole. The trapdoor created a permanent block to the water getting in, like an airlock. He then dug sideways and built his base. Very neat cheap and simple to make and (without an x-ray mod) just about impossible to see from the surface.
Another cool one used a large open cavern that he covered with smooth stone and dirt to make it look just like any boring hillside/cliff. he built a redstone mechanism to slide a 2x2x1 block chunk in and out of place, and then hid the switch behind a single block wide lavafall he placed coming out of a one block deep pocket. He could still hit the switch when standing next to the fall, but you couldn't see it. He would hit the switch, the mechanism would activate, and the side of the cliff would open up. He would then walk through, hit another switch, and it would close up behind him. Very "Evil Lair" style.
I have a very awesome base...well not so secret but its impossible to actually swim down 250+ blocks without drowning. In all honesty a map with oceans of 250+ blocks high is not there. However this is on a server does that count it as secret o_0
The common tree base... I use it in factions. Ina forest... In a chunk I loaded... On NoahCraftFTW's server... Loading chunks on that big of a server is always a rare thing.... So it's not like an entire faction is just gonna... Move in? Right?
The best way to stop xrayers if to put it under a lava lake.
Does not stop xray side views, but if well down it is not visible by xrayers on the surface.
The only place with good LARGE lava lakes is -- the nether! and people make nether portals and tunnels all over the place in the nether, so a random portal and tunnel is not out of place. Just create a random portal low down in the nether (for easy access to you base), make lots of tunnels
going in past (but missing your base) all over, and put the base under a lava sea!
Then again you don't need to hide you base, just your valuables chest. and putting that directly in a lava lake works very very well. Put it with two layers of lava on top is even better. Or deeper still with access sideways through a curtain of lava! It is a lot of work, and you need to save the lava source blocks in buckets to do it, but it is worth it if the server is that unfriendly!
My Redstone powers can make a secret base in no time!
I have hidden simple double extender piston redstone doors in stairs, behind workbenches, bookcases, and so on. And there are many far more complex redstone tutorials for hiding doors in solid walls, lava falls, flat surfaces, and so on. There are also one way access points (drop down only) such as trapdoors, in isolated trees, or a quick fall through lava-water (take damage), though not much for getting out from such a base (needs a triple piston extender!)
But in all cases the real trick is hiding the switch!
Behind lava, or corner stair blocks (face away from outside, or toward if part of existing stairs),
Buttons that are part of decoration (GenerickB's button on one of the RV wheels is a classic)
Redstone torch activation switches (various type - but means you have to have redstone torch!)
BUD switch attached to decorative redstone ore!
play a specific CD in a jukebox (needs something to auto-deactivate it)
open a set of trapped chests in a specific sequence (lots of redstone needed)
wireless redstone (prone to braking on updates, I think some can signal through walls!)
It is hidden switches that really should be discussed (anyone like to start a new topic?)