So some hours ago I decided I'd try my hand at hardcore. My goal is simple: try to beat the Ender Dragon.
I spawn in a forest and start looking for a place to make my main base. After some running and a night spent in a wooden/dirt shack, I get to a Plains biome and make my home in the side of a mountain.
It's pretty cosy, I have my Working table, my Forge, a room dedicated to crops. I'm safe from mobs; I have a wooden door at the entrance, but it's blocked off with a dirt block, and they can't come from above.
So I made this thread to ask; what is the most efficient and safe way to get to the End?
So far I plan to:
-NOT explore any caves and just make it my way (hand-made cave at Y=12)
-Carefully create a castle-like bastion with solid walls and iron doors, which will serve me later for Endermen hunting and to protect my animals (as soon as I go for those)
So far I have:
-An underground shelter, complete with crops, food, reserve tools if things get dire (unlikely, but better safe than sorry)
-A full iron armor, an iron sword, stone tools, some Lapis Lazuli and Redstone
-More than enough wheat to sustain me without ever challenging the wilds
Am I right in thinking that the next step should be find diamons/lava in my "custom" mine and get to the Nether, loaded with Cobblestone to build a shelter right away?
(PS: I plan to save my progress on an external device every now and then. You might think this is cheating, but consider this: in my main, normal world, I seldom died. I died 7 times in a row to the Ender Dragon, because upon spawning on a platform far away from the main chunk, he'd just poke me into the Void. I'd hate if that happened in Hardcore, since it can hardly be considered an error on my part. If I die "legit", aka fighting mobs or falling into the lava, the world will stay deleted).