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    posted a message on Totem or Shield?

    I've never even crafted a shield; I've got a few tokens on my old/"real" world, safely stored in a chest. I *think* there may be one displayed in an item frame, but it's been a couple of years since i've played in that world... If I ever go to the End, I suppose I'll take one with.


    Most of the time, I keep a stack of torches in my off-hand. Occaisionally if I'm out hunting at night I'll keep my sword in my main hand and my bow in my off-hand; and of course if I'm fishing/breeding animals/trading with villagers for mending exp my off-hand gets whatever tool I'm repairing.

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    posted a message on Minecraft 1.17 Update Opinion Thread
    Quote from The_Shadow»

    I'm very interested in this, as I love mining. Why a copper mine in particular? Unless you're planning to make a scaled up model of the Statue of Liberty (which, not gonna lie, I'm actually considering) what do you need lots of it for?



    Well, I *thought* I had more copper than I'd ever need, until I decided a copper-stair roof (with varying levels of oxidation) would look great on my animal-barn and my house... ;) It's not a very large mine - the problem with a relatively-high-Y mine under my beach-house is there's only so far I can go before I'm breaking through into water. And I only added it partway into the roofing project; in the very beginning, it was a balancing act between the iron and diamond mines (with frequent fishing breaks) until I had enough diamonds for a full set of well-enchanted gear (although i still need a few more books of mending).


    I've been thinking mines devoted to iron, gold, and diamond. The iron mine will net plenty of copper as a byproduct, the gold mine will yield lapis, and the diamond mine redstone.



    Yeah, I'm never short on lapis or redstone. :) Gold hasn't really been a problem either so far - but then, with only one relatively short rail line so far I haven't needed much.

    EDIT: Oh, I'm also planning to hollow mountains out for coal and emerald.



    Nice. I need to go on another mountain run - i'm out of emeralds (spent my last ones on moss - i have azalea trees in my garden, and grass-looking moss carpet covering the campfires under my hives! - and a block of coral for propagating sea pickles; i still don't have beets, my luck the only times traders show up with beet seeds in inventory i'm completely out of emeralds). Also need to explore generally, fill in more maps and find a decent village...


    Also, why -40? Isn't diamond significantly more abundant further down?



    That... is a very good question. I just double-checked, and my first diamond mine (at the house built around my original near-original-spawn first-night house) is at -45; I definitely meant to go at least that deep, but probably got distracted when I broke through into a small cave network on the way down... :P I think the reasoning behind not going much deeper though, is around there you're still getting a decent amount of diamonds, with a bit more gold than you'd find at -60? Anyway, as I said I tend to find more in caves than by mining; some higher than my diamond-mine level, some lower. At the moment, I've got a full set of diamond gear (with some not-quite-fully-enchanted backup pieces) and more than enough diamonds for a backup set in case Something Goes Wrong; Previously, I'd accumulate diamonds (and all other ores) while digging long minecart tunnels at old-mining-levels; with my rail network at iron-mine levels, i don't imagine I'll have chests filled with stacks of diamond-blocks any time soon in this world. ;)


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    posted a message on Minecraft 1.17 Update Opinion Thread

    I've found several geodes so far; my first rail tunnel on this world (so far; need to explore more, I've *never* played this long without having a well-developed village!) actually runs through one - i lit it up and made that section of tunnel glass - and just the other day I started a new branch in the mine under my beach house and stumbled into one just a few steps from the mine-workshop door.


    I've found more diamonds in caves than in my mine tunnels; but I haven't spent a lot of time just mining at diamond level - broke through into a *huge* cave network while I was still carving out the workroom, and by the time I was done I had enough for the rest of my tools/armor. (i've kept the world-height changes on my test world - a big part of what I'm testing is how the new ore distribution changes the way i play, especially the way i start a world. so i've got three sets of mines: y 45 for copper, y 15 for iron, y -40 for diamond...


    As far as coal goes, there isn't *any* at negative levels; bring enough to last, and keep an eye on your torch/coal/wood inventory levels as you get deeper into a cave system... I've been harvesting more coal while exploring than mining, really - fortune all the coal i see while running up and down mountains, then find a cave/tunnel into the mountain for the night and find *more* coal (and iron/copper/gold, maybe an emerald or two)...

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    posted a message on Opinions on Bundle and Copper

    I generally hunt rabbits with a bow; first strings go to a fishing rod, first night of fishing got me a reasonable-enough starter bow. I generally spend the first few minecraft days of a new world getting my mine - now mines - started and building a little starter cabin, but by the time I was ready to start exploring my immediate surroundings I had my bundle, and enough spare hides to craft another.


    Bundles are awesome for maps. And for collecting seeds/trees/flowers... Things like emeralds get tossed in the bundle instead of taking up an entire inventory slot for the three emeralds I spotted while exploring a mountain. Bee nests silk-touched from trees. The TNT from a desert temple.


    It'll be a while before I get an enderchest in my current world - I rarely play in the nether (haven't actually checked out the "new" nether yet, and i've never been to the End), my previous "real" world is old enough that I bought all my ender eyes from village clerics - and bundles are definitely a big help. (and by the time i do get enderchests I'll have enough maps to still make them extremely useful)



    As far as copper goes, I *do* very much like the 'scope - I may not use it every day, but it's nice to have while out exploring... I don't have any problems with purely decorative blocks - more decorative options is a *good* thing. If you don't want to build anything with copper, it's still useful - stash the raw copper in a chest, and smelt it when you need the exp... (i *thought* i was finding way more copper than i would ever need - although not quite as "bad" as redstone or lapis - until I started my copper roofing project. starting with the barn, a large building with a high roof; that first mountain of copper barely covered half... still need another stack or two of copper stairs to finish the barn roof and the copper section of the roof on the main house, but took a break from mining to work on some above-ground outdoor projects)

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    posted a message on Wild bee nests empty.

    So far in my new world I've found two empty beehives. Both times I planted extra flowers around the hive's tree and camped out nearby for a few days waiting for bees to show up before giving up and bringing the hives home. I've also encountered several extremely lost bees flying over the ocean, but never when i have a lead in inventory; once I was close enough to shore to quickly grab some flowers and try to lure the bee, but he disappeared long before I made it back home.


    (in my "real" world, at some point in the snapshots I went off on an explore and found a hive with a lot of bee activity; I harvested it while full of bees and brought it home, but with all the problems people have been having with disappearing bees (and mostly being busy getting the new world set up) I've left it in storage for now...)

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    posted a message on My favorite tree

    For harvesting large quantities at once (for use in crafting things where the type of wood doesn't affect the end result), I like jungle giants best - I get as high as I can running up the vines and cut my way down. For construction, dark oak is definitely a favorite, with birch or acacia accents, or mixed with other building materials. (my least favorite trees to harvest are acacia and non-branchy plain old oak - i always go for the super-branchy oaks first. I toss up some scaffolding and work my way down.

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    posted a message on About Mansions

    Nope, they don't respawn; it's safe to light it up and move in. :)

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    posted a message on Villager breeding mechanics changed in 1.15.1?

    Finally got my villagers breeding by just putting some beds out in the open - the "nursery" ceiling is five blocks above the beds, and even after i removed the doors i was getting storm clouds. Every two or three days I pick up the beds forcing the villagers to claim the beds that are actually in houses, then i put the outdoor beds back to trigger the next round of breeding. Kind of kludgey, and villagers outside at night always makes me nervous even though the village is reasonably secure, but at least it's working...

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    posted a message on Villager breeding mechanics changed in 1.15.1?
    Quote from DapperDinosaur»

    Villagers only make children when there are empty beds, workstations can be added after they grow up. Lightning symbols indicate frustration, which only appears when a villager can't reach something it's trying to do or you hit one of them.



    There are at least twice as many beds as villagers; I even built a "nursery" right off the gathering area, with double-doors facing the square (every night at least two or three villagers end up standing outside the back of their house, just on the opposite side of the wall from their bed, rather than walk around to the front door) and several new beds, and still got lightning clouds. Then when it got dark three of the villagers decided to bed down there for the night, so clearly the beds were registering on at least some level...

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    posted a message on Villager breeding mechanics changed in 1.15.1?

    I'm having the same issue... I moved/replaced all the beds and workstations, removed one of the bells and moved the other, added new workstations and beds, levelled up all the villagers and maxed out about half; several of them like me enough to offer discounts, so I can't be *too* unpopular...

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    posted a message on Most terrfiying places in Minecraft?

    I still haven't been to the End, so I guess I'll have to go with that... More than anything else, it's the idea of the endless fall into the Void, I think. (I also tend not to spend much time in the nether; i recently started a new world - the first "real" world i've started since Clerics stopped selling eyes of ender, and while i'm kind of dreading having to go and set up a new nether base the lack of an ender chest (never mind potions) is starting to become a problem...)

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    posted a message on List of essential items for when going exploring
    Quote from user-9137212»

    Oh, yes, they're essential for clearing abandoned mines.


    I don't bother with shears, I either ignore or use my sword on random stray webs, and use my water bucket around spider spawners.

    My list:

    Armor, sword, bow, arrows, pickaxes (regular and silk touch in inventory, fortune in ender chest), axe, shovel; two stacks of torches (one in my off-hand, one in the last slot on my hotbar); coal (stack in inventory, half-stack of coal blocks in my ender chest), stack of logs, half-stack of sand, stack of big food (i've got flame on my bow, if i pass through a herd of cows or pigs (depending on which i'm carrying) i'll shoot a few and top off); clock, water bucket, maps (i keep several blanks and a stack of paper in my ender chest, when i start a new map i make a copy and stash it in the echest in case i die or otherwise lose it); boat, saddle, horse armor; conduit, prismarine, sponges, and trident in my ender chest (for underwater adventuring); crafting and mapmaking (if i'm planning a map-filling run) tables in my ender chest, although those generally get tossed and then crafted on the fly as my inventory fills up with loot/new maps.

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    posted a message on Mending Or Infinity On Bow ?

    My main world is old enough that I don't have to choose - and I have a number of fully-enchanted backups with both mending and infinity just in case anything happens to my current bow. ;)


    But I recently started a new (hardcore!) world, and so far I'm leaning towards Mending (now that I have a reasonable supply of arrows); back in my old world, it seems like I pick up more than enough replacement arrows along the way to sustain a long 'splore or a caving run, but I may end up going with one of each, switching to the infinity when my arrow supply runs low...

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    posted a message on When you decide to start a new world, why do you do it?

    I've created quick temporary worlds to test something, but I don't even know how long it's been since I last started a new "real" world... My current world - started as a test world for the pre-1.9 snapshots - is way too big and developed for me to ever want to abandon it and start over. At the moment the fully-zoomed-out maps fit in a 13x10 grid, although there's a little hole in the middle of the upper-right quadrant, and the lower-left quadrant is mostly unexplored (a quick count looks like i'm at 79 fully explored maps; between zoomed copies and treasure maps and things, the map i'm currently exploring is #537), and I have an extensive rail network connecting over a dozen villages/outposts/bases scattered all over my world (although i still have two or three maps to cross to connect my now-main network back to the (much smaller) original). Never mind pre-1.14 villages/villagers, I still have some *really* old clerics back near my original base selling eyes of ender. And while this does mean having to travel farther to explore new features, when I find something interesting i just build an outpost or develop a nearby village and connect it to the rest of the world by rail... :)

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    posted a message on So what do you guys think about the new 1.14 textures?

    Do not like. Time to start looking at texture packs, I guess...

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