And now we hop onto the 2016 train as we enter the last quarter of the season (which will probably take longer to get through than the first three quarters combined since real-time now!)!
Session 176 - "Cave Conquests"
As I continued to mine underneath the Starlight, I realized a few things. For one, I was attaining a large number of resources, and I had to empty my inventory back at the Starlight before I could continue mining every time it filled up. And even once that was accomplished, what was I emptying? Raw iron ore? So that meant an extra trip up to the furnace room on top of that. But what about the 5+ stacks of coal ore blocks I mined just to preserve space in my inventory? Well that had to be broken down! But that's time-consuming - not something I can do all the time. So this ends up happening:
What was the next step? Well, that would be to install some new storage options in the Diamond Mine itself. Back when I built that 2x2 piston door entrance in session 154, I always had a plan to further expand this into a lobby of sorts for the Diamond Mine. Well, today we expand on that plan!
Finally, I've installed an automatic smelting system for iron/gold, with a large supply of coal stocked into the back. For other ores, they are crafted into blocks and then placed into their appropriate chest, where they are automatically shuffled down to their respective new storage cellars. But there's a catch to this new storage system: It's only for ores found in the Diamond Mine (with the exception of diamonds, given their rarity). This helps to bring about some sort of organization, because the more storage rooms there are for the same thing, the more difficult it becomes to balance them out. But this way, I know what I'm using this specific storage setup for. And I must say it works great. Being able to smelt 5 stacks of iron ore by doing practically nothing and continue mining has greatly improved the efficiency of my mining sessions down here.
Oh yeah, it's also another slime chunk.
But in other news, today was also a caving session! I took today to explore the northern border of where the 1.6 chunks meet the 1.7 chunks. Now as you may know, this border is a few hundred blocks north of Starlight HQ between two deserts (refer to the map in session 168, or the map in-game if you're following along). So I first had to mine a very narrow passage. But when I got there, I was quite enticed with my discoveries! Let's start with what I found on my way there:
A dungeon and a hole to the surface? Two nice finds!
Though not exactly the right spot, this was the general direction relative to the Starlight in which that hole was positioned:
A different discovery down under:
Which led to this:
Everything going on so far:
Looks like it will be time to drop our loot off at the Diamond Mine soon! But I was close to the border, and so I had to keep going!
At long last! I reach what now felt like the wall of gold!
Overall, my caving conquest up north was a lot of fun and it warranted the addition of the new storage system!
Prior to this adventure, however, I prepared to develop the SRF lobby, which meant the blowing up of sections:
For those of you not sure of this location, this is what you're greeted with at the bottom of the Power Museum entrance into the SRF. The hallway to the main hub, relative to the above picture, is to my right.
We've reached day 2700!
Next up... Session 177 - "New Features"