I haven't been active lately but I still check in every now and then. Sadly I haven't had anything meaningful to contribute in a while.
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May 20, 2022Posted in: Survival Mode
I'd been documenting my experiences living on a tiny island.
I spawned in the middle of what seemed to be a vast ocean on a (somewhat) barren island and made it my goal to thrive without setting foot outside of it until it was time to fight the Ender dragon.
I'd been up to a lot of stuff: I spread the island's dirt around to spawn in some animals, ventured into the nether, hunted zombies for carrots & potatoes, built a ring around the island to expand it, and ultimately ended up living below sea level with the ring being transformed into a containment wall for the ocean.
The last of my projects was a stairway going from bedrock up to a platform I used to kill mobs that dropped from a dark room mob spawner located at the build height limit.
May 20, 2022AstralMagic posted a message on Is there a legal way to continue playing Minecraft without migrating to a MS account?Posted in: Discussion
Just wondering if I have any options available. I remember reading that some launchers could bypass this requirement, is that true?
Feb 28, 2021Posted in: Discussion
I played on a server that ran Slimefun. A lot of the addons were very useful for this multiplayer setting. My personal favorite was the fruit tree addon.
I made a large orchard out in some distant jungle and returned 2 weeks later to find that a whole city had been built around it.The machines spared me many frustrations as I could just set them down, collect my resources, and walk away without having to traverse the dangerous mines left behind by my new neighbors.
Feb 9, 2021Posted in: Forum Games
Hold on! I think that might be a good thing.
It'd probably be too obvious if we knew the poster. Is your favorite mob the cat?
I think the next poster's favorite mob is... Enderman?
Jul 16, 2020Posted in: Survival Mode
Thanks for the correction. I remembered that zombie's could tack villagers up to 42 blocks away and that villagers will search for work stations within 42 blocks so I didn't really think twice about the villager-to-zombie spotting range.
This would explain why some of my iron farms stopped working sometimes. I hope this is still considered on-topic.. Is there a way to stop cats from spawning to stop them from hitting the cap besides spawn proofing the entire village?
Jul 15, 2020Posted in: Survival Mode
I have to agree with everybody else, your house looks great. I'm a big fan of elevated houses and big windows so those are the reasons I like it. Plus, I think it's nice that you're incorporating the jungle into your build.
Don't know if you're still looking into mob-proofing, but I've never had any issues by just fencing off a perimeter and placing a light source every 5 blocks inside of it.
Jul 14, 2020Posted in: Survival Mode
You're right about the line of sight. Your walls have to be 2 blocks or higher to prevent your villagers from seeing any zombies.
An alternative is to build an outer wall that is at least 42 blocks away from your inner walls. Mobs don't track objects that are outside of this range, so if you build a buffer zone the zombies should never be close enough to scare the villagers.
Edit: See Hexalobular's post.
Jul 14, 2020Posted in: Survival Mode
That's pretty cool. I see you've gathered a bunch of xp already!
If you're planning to fight the wither I'd recommend crafting a Smite V sword. Two people carrying them can defeat the wither in seconds, but even a single person can bring it down in no time if you're in the right place.
You can fight it anywhere but you should preferably do it someplace where it can't fly off. Fighting a flying wither can be really annoying, even with an elytra, so I'd suggest doing it near the roof of the nether (Since withers can't destroy bedrock), or somewhere underground.
Good luck! Keep us updated.
Jul 14, 2020Posted in: Culture, Media & Arts
Music can create some truly awesome experiences. Thanks for sharing.
For one that is not nearly as poetic try putting Michael Jackson's Smooth criminal somewhere in your playlist. Sooner or later that "Ow!" at the beginning is going to sync up with something happening.
It nearly killed me when a creeper exploded right behind me.
Jul 11, 2020Posted in: Survival Mode
Sounds like a great idea. Back when Minecraft had more media coverage I saw a few books showing off building ideas and the like, but I don't think I've seen one showcasing an adventure.
Would be pretty neat to see one, as I know a majority of players had never visited the nether before this update, and only a tiny fraction of us have made it to the end. An adventure book would have helped guide a ton of players.
Anyway... I made it to nether the very day I made this thread but didn't have the time to upload the screenshots. Here's the build up to that first trip.
Walked back into town and started trading with the villagers. The librarian was selling Mending books! I couldn't get one, but I did trade some paper to lock them in.
I expanded my crop farm to increase output. Gardening is probably my favorite thing to do in Minecraft. I also found out baby zombies will run straight through berry bushes. Maybe it's because of the trap doors. They'd die on their own if I stood atop the doors.
I repaired my tools, gathered some coal for future uses, and went back for another round of trading. This librarian is awesome. He also sells Looting II.
Sometime later I set out on my first excursion with the hopes of finding a lava pool. I did not come across anything, but I did get a nice view of my little homestead as I was heading back. I'm always very comforted by that soft glow in the distance when traversing the dangerous wilderness in the middle of the night.
The next morning I set out again and spotted a sunken ship not far from home. I found a lot of goodies but was happiest with the bamboo.
The next day I went back to trading. Normally I'd only bother with some farmers and a cleric at this stage of the game, but this time around I wanted to gear up before visiting the nether so I leveled up an armorer.
I also prepared my future toolsmith.
Sometime later I decided to use my treasure map as I continued my search for lava. I followed it for a bit and ended up at the very ship I found it in. The buried treasure had been just a short swim away all along!
My search for surface lava continued as I headed out in one final direction. I didn't find any but I did stumble across some wolves, and a little flower biome.
By now it was becoming pretty clear I wasn't going to be finding any surface lava anytime soon, so I took some of the diamonds I found in the village and set out to find some underground. It took me a while but eventually I got what I'd been looking for.
By the time I finally surfaced everything in my farm was fully grown. I harvested everything I could and headed out for one last round of trading.
My toolsmith turned out to be very handy as my diamond pickaxe really needed replacing.
I threw a little food party before heading out for the nether.
Then finally there it was... My nether portal.
Jul 11, 2020Posted in: Seeds
That's a nice seed. Savanna's, plains, and deserts are great starting biomes. They have very good visibility, are easy to traverse, and can spawn a lot of animals and monsters.
Mine is AstralMagic. It is highly unremarkable.
The spawn point is your ordinary Minecraft forest.
To the north there is a taiga with two mountains visible in the distance
To the southwest there is another mountain, and some plains a bit west of that.
There's a snowy taiga to the east, and a tundra to the southeast.
As I was uploading this I realized I could have used Optifine to get a better view of my surroundings, but I'm too lazy to go back and redo the screenshots. If there's anything of interest in the distance it'll remain a mystery.
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Nov 4, 2020Posted in: News
I just don't really want to use a Microsoft account. I'm not a huge fan of the "everything connected under one account" model and to be honest it kind of creeps me out how much they push using MS accounts for their other products. Like I said, I think the fact that this is mandatory indicates that Microsoft will be getting some kind of benefit out of this.
It doesn't bother me that much but the fact that they aren't giving us a choice is annoying.
My thoughts exactly. This is them consolidating a userbase under their services.
If you believe that, then it also costs you nothing to tell us what your mojang and/or microsoft usernames and passwords are.
The worst that could happen is that somebody changes your credentials and "locks you out of a game that you bought up to 10 years ago", which you've already clarified holds no value for you. 🤨
This is an interesting comparison. I hadn't considered the similarities between the two scenarios. Having your account stolen, and being locked out because you refuse to use a microsoft account both ultimately end with you losing access to the game you paid for.
It perfectly fits into what upsets me about this change: The concept of ownership is being done away with.
The first gaming console I ever owned is still somewhere around my house. It's still entirely mine and I can play any of the games I purchased for it whenever I want.
I remember the moment I finally bought Minecraft for myself. I was very happy to finally have a copy that I myself had paid for. I always thought of it as my own. It saddens me to see that it's never really been mine and can be taken away in an instant...
Nov 4, 2020Posted in: News
Yes, google is just as bad.Ormanus had this to say about data collection:
So, here we go:
- Political ads designed to affect your target demographic.
- A more serious version of that: targeted misinformation that people with your interests are the most likely to believe
- Search results that drive you towards political the political extreme of your side
- Detecting your mood to give you product recommendations that you're most likely to buy at that precise moment, possibly exploiting vulnerable moments
- And the worst of all: there's no guarantee that all that data will only be used for ads. For example, limiting your access to services based on your political opinions is already possible. The big tech companies just know it's better business not to do so, for now.
^This is how information can be used today. For me the biggest concern is how it will be used in the future. What will the next change be?
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Do I need to migrate my Mojang account to a Microsoft account?
A: If you use a Mojang account or a Legacy Minecraft account (2010-2012) to play Minecraft: Java Edition, you’ll need to migrate to a Microsoft account in order to continue playing Java Edition.
What if I don’t want to migrate my Mojang account to a Microsoft account?
A: In order to continue playing Java Edition, you’ll need to migrate to a Microsoft account.
Nov 4, 2020Posted in: News
This isn't even my biggest issue with microsoft, I just want to clarify that they do collect plenty of user info. You can opt out of some things here and there, but some "necessary" data will always be collected from you regardless of your settings.Quote from https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-US/ »
- What kinds of data does Microsoft collect?
- Like many search engines, we use your search history, and the history aggregated from other people, to give you better search results. To speed up web browsing, Microsoft web browsers can collect and use browsing history to predict where you want to go.
- Location information helps us give you directions to the places you want to go and show you info relevant to where you are. For this, we use the locations you provide or that we’ve detected using technologies like GPS or IP addresses.
- Cortana needs to know what you’re interested in, what’s on your calendar, and who you might want to do things with. When you don’t want to reach for a keyboard, we can use your speech and handwriting patterns to help translate what you say or write into documents and text messages.
- To show ads you’re more likely to be interested in, we use data like your location, Bing web searches, Microsoft or advertiser web pages you view, demographics, and things you’ve favorited.
- Sign-in and payment data
- We also collect diagnostic data, which is ongoing information we receive about how your Windows 10 system is operating, to keep your device running well.
Oct 24, 2020Posted in: News
Microsoft locked me out of my email when I was a kid because I was too young to own a phone.
Microsoft held my Skype account for ransom until I gave them my number.
Microsoft changed my entire operating system out of the blue one day. The only option I was given was to delay the installation.
Microsoft has hindered my work by messing with my google office documents uploaded to their 365 corporate suite.
Now microsoft is threatening to straight up take away a game that I already paid for unless I sign up for their services before 2021.
I'm reminded of the move they tried to pull with the xbox. They were seriously not going to let people use their own console unless they had an active internet connection.
In retrospect it should have been obvious that microsoft would continue this trend of locking people out of games and services.
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