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    posted a message on Living Off-grid - Journal

    Next Chapter

    I now have full iron armour and an iron sword so I feel a lot more confident. I go to about halfway through the Plains and start my shaft to the surface. I decide to to risk just pillaring straight up, hoping that I'll hear any dangers like lava or water, though I'm not sure how much damage falling gravel or sand will do. I'm lucky and make it to the surface, but it's night so I place a trapdoor over the top and go back to base to make a clock, leaving my lovely new surface shaft:

    When I emerge there are a lot of sheep and I can hear a chicken. I do lots of shearing and find I've sheared a lot of grass too - I was going for seeds and didn't know you could collect grass that way:

    I decide to plant a birch tree to mark my trapdoor, which won't attract attention but since there aren't any other single trees growing on the plain hopefully I'll be able to find my way home:

    I find the chickens and collect some eggs and now it's already late so I head home. I make a bed and sleep in it, then since I'm really low on food I enlarge my farm area and make a small fenced area for chickens. Only one of my eggs hatches, but it's a start:

    I have a little more space for wheat now and a walkway round the outside so I won't step on the crops:

    Not pretty, but serviceable. While enlarging the area I break through into the ravine again, causing a small flood which I decide to leave in the corner. I also decide it would be pretty nice to make that whole wall into windows so I can see the ravine. I need sand on my next trip.

    Since my clock says it's nearly daybreak I head on up again. I find some sand and decide to try to catch some chickens. What would happen if I pushed one down my shaft?

    Turns out chickens can fly down ladders, and I end up with a little flock of chickens that I lead back to the chicken enclosure:

    Oh, I also decided no-one will notice if a kill a few sheep, so I now have some food as well. I go back up and manage to find some sugar cane - the first lot I saw was over the border in the neighbouring forest, so I can't get it. But I decide that the beach at the edge of a biome counts as part of that biome (it's right in the distance in this shot):

    I find some cave entrances and do a bit of exploring - not very exciting at first, but another one goes quite deep and I manage to collect an ender pearl and a few arrows and bones, and a spider eye (was hoping for string):

    I get lost a bit - I always get lost in caves, but use dead-end blocking and following my torches (I mostly put them on the right) to get back to the entrance:

    I mark the cave entrances with torches - they'll be handy if I want to get some sheep underground later.

    When I get back it's nightfall again, but I decide to wait rather than risk getting lost again. When it's light I head home, and realise I now have enough diamonds to make a full set of armour and a sword, but I decide to save them until I can enchant them.

    I use the sand I collected to make glass and make a - not very successful - start on my glass wall:

    I plant my very pathetic amount of sugar cane next to my water hole:

    It's a start anyway. I'll need plenty of sugar cane to make paper for books, and that reminds me I haven't found cows yet. Or maybe there were some in my original biome - I'll check that soon as I didn't look around all that much before tunnelling down, too occupied with getting wood.

    I decide to continue my tunnel to the South, past my farm area, and quite soon find Forest - a continuation of the Forest Hills I've started in, and doesn't really count as a separate biome. A short while later it turns into Plains, which is probably the same Plains I found to the West. I need to do a bit more scouting about above ground, mapping out the size of my biomes. Or I could do that below ground, making a grid of tunnels. That's probably the safer option, though time-consuming and tedious. I'll start making some rail tracks soon I think, along my main tunnels.

    I'm hoping to find Taiga, Jungle, and Desert. If I find any villages I think I need to stay away from them, unfortunately, but Jungle or Desert temples are fair game. Best of all I want to find a Stronghold, but that will probably be a long way from now. I also need to make a diamond pickaxe to mine some obsidian, so I can make a Nether Portal and get some blaze rods etc. Not absolutely urgent, but something to keep in mind. I have plenty of obsidian around anyway.

    I decide that for my next session I'll try to tunnel out a lot more in all four directions, and put in my main trainlines, so that I get a better idea of what's around me and can prioritise where to go. Maybe to around 1000 blocks in each direction for a start.

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    posted a message on Living Off-grid - Journal

    Starting to explore:

    I start by going South, and after mining some coal to the right I hit a lava lake. I make a cobblestone path across it, but decide to leave most of it as protection for now, as I can see a dark cave ahead and hear zombies moaning:

    There isn't an open way through as yet, so I decide to leave it for now and see what's in the other three directions. I have a habit of filling in any holes when I mine out ores and gems by the way, so if my screenshots have random patches of cobblestone it'll probably be from that.

    Heading North, I've only gone about 20 blocks when the tunnel starts to flood with lava:

    I decide to leave it and retreat for now. Looks like I'll have to tunnel up a little in that direction to make any progress.

    Heading West is more successful. I hit a few small lava caves, and collect some water, leaving behind some obsidian I can dig out later:

    A close encounter with a creeper when I'm digging out some dirt to use later and dig through to a second cave, but I'm able to kill it without triggering an explosion:

    I find lots of coal, iron and redstone, but best of all....


    and finally...

    Between caving I'm continuing to tunnel straight West and keep an eye on the biome. Only a few blocks from base it turns to Plains, which goes on for about 200 or so blocks, then I get beach, and beach and more beach. I want to see what's beyond the beach, but I must be travelling parallel to a coastline.

    FINALLY it changes to Ocean and within only a few step,s Deep Ocean. I keep this in mind for future reference - I may decide to try finding an Ocean Monument from below, which is something I haven't done before. Oooh yes, sounds like a fun thing to do.

    I head back to base with a stack of 20 diamonds. Nearly enough for a full set of armour. Only one direction left to tunnel in - East is next.

    Before heading East, I realise I'm down to 3 apples, when I have to eat one, so I decide to start a basic wheat farm with the 9 seeds I managed to collect.

    I decide to dig out a little area to the South, where I hadn't gone very far because I could see dark caves, but I had left a lava safety buffer area in case of invading monsters. As I'm digging it out I have a surprise:

    Right there next to me is a huge ravine. I decide my farm is going to be even smaller than I had thought, wall it back up and plant my seeds:

    I'm smelting cobblestone to make stone, and tidying up my walls, floors and ceilings as I go - don't know why since I'll probably change it all, but I like it to look neat. Just behind that back wall is the ravine.

    I made a little pool in my main room, so I'd have an infinite source of water. I'll make something better later but this will do for now:

    Then I start tunnelling from the main room, to the East, though I know what I'm going to find:

    Yes it's that ravine. And I'm no sooner through than the zombies start dropping on my head, and a skeleton attacks:

    The bat just happened to fly past as I took the screenshot, though I know it looks like it got hit by the arrow. So I deal with the immediate threat, stick a door at the end of my very short tunnel and decide to come back later:

    So, I have lava pouring into my tunnel to the North, Plains and Deep Ocean to the West, a farm to the South and a huge ravine to the East.

    Next I'm going to build a shaft up to the Plains biome and see what I find, as well as continuing tunnelling to the South as I should be able to tunnel parallel to the ravine if I'm careful.

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    posted a message on Living Off-grid - Journal

    Having accidentally deleted my 'Preparing for the Apocalypse' world (another world had a similar name and I deleted the wrong one), that I was really enjoying, I decided to set myself a new challenge, and keep track of my progress here.

    I've previously done the 'underground' challenge successfully where you grab what you can and head underground to live, and decided to make a scenario based on that.

    There's a vague storyline in my head, that these are troubled times with civilistation at risk of total collapse, (or having collapsed) so it's safer to stay underground, 'off-grid', and borders between biomes operate like those between countries, with (invisible) border patrol, so that if I cross them above ground alarms will be triggered. Possibly my character is delusional and actually everything's fine. It doesn't have to be any more detailed than that, just enought so my rules make sense to me. Maybe I'll add some ruins and stuff above ground at some later date.

    I need to acknowledge TheMasterCaver, as it was a comment of his that inspired this idea - something like 'I do most of my exploring underground', which made me think about how you could explore above ground from underground. Though I think they meant exploring caves etc.


    Rules are flexible and I'll add more if I want to - I just seem to prefer playing with rules.

    General Rules

    1. Mark where I spawn, collect what I want and head underground at nightfall, at the spawn point

    2. All homes, farms, etc must be underground - no building to be done above ground and minimal impact on terrain

    3. I'm only allowed to surface during daylight and must be back undergound at nightfall

    4. Exploration and travel mainly underground - not allowed to cross biome boundaries above ground (can use F3 to check biome)

    5. Allowed one shaft to surface in each discovered biome, but must be inconspicuous

    New rules added as I go along

    6. I can explore by boat, but cannot go ashore other than where I started. I can stay in the boat overnight if need be

    7. Building, homes etc can also be underwater, if far enough away from land not to be easily detected

    8. I can infiltrate villages but must kill any villager that sees me

    9. I can use naturally occurring cave entrances on the surface to make routes underground, for example to bring animals underground, as long as I don't leave anything to show I've been there

    A purer version wouldn't allow use of F3, so that I'd have to surface say every 500 blocks to see what was there. But that would be so much harder, and I can justify it within my storyline by saying I have some sort of radar detector technology...or something. It detects the soil composition, and presence of large amounts of water, and...stuff like that.

    Oh, and I play completely Vanilla, on Normal mode.

    Starting out

    So, I created a new world and this is where I spawned:

    It's Forest Hills, not very exciting, so I don't waste any time exploring. I spend the day chopping down the nearest trees (the image above was taken after I'd already cleared some), and collecting some seeds and a little bit of dirt. I get a few apples which will have to do for food for now, as there are no animals in sight. I make plenty of ladders and a
    trapdoor and start down just before night fallsl:

    (I forgot to take screenshots at the time, so this is the next day, after the shaft is complete).

    I come across a cave halfway down and almost get killed by a skeleton, but manage to build a wall and kill it by hitting its legs - lucky all these monsters have their vital organs in their legs.

    Get a decent start with coal and iron ore, and make a furnace to smelt enough for a bucket so I can collect some water.

    I go right down to bedrock and test out how it would be to live there, which would have been my first choice, but with lava pouring out every time I try to expand, I decide it wasn't worth it - the cobblestone on the wall in this picture is where I've blocked off lava:

    So I go back up a little way and test it out until I'm sure I'm at least on the same level as the lava, ending up on layer 11, and build my first basic base:

    It's an 11x11 square with the shaft in the centre, going up to the surface and down to bedrock. I start a tunnel in the centre of each side, which will be used to explore and travel.

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    posted a message on Reverse Skyblock

    It does seem to be fine now - thanks!

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    posted a message on Reverse Skyblock

    I really like the idea of this map, but any chance of a hint on how to start? I tried mining cobblestone out of the walls, which of course doesn't work as I don't have a pickaxe, and then I tried swimming into the room below, but start to drown before I can do anything. I've looked around and can't see anything else to do.

    Also, it starts on creative mode, so I had to find a way to make it survival. For some reason I had a few random items in my inventory.

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    posted a message on [Survival] Impossible Island! [1.10][Mod Pack]

    Loving this map! But...I keep...dying.....

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    posted a message on Wayward Wonders [Open World] - Fight bosses in the Wonders of the World! (also available on Minecraft Realms!)

    Really enjoying this map, thank you! :D So many of the maps I've tried have had too much running around and dying, that gets very repetitive, so I'm enjoying taking my time with this one.

    I just accidentally let the villager NPC escape from that monument with the columns (whose name I've forgotten) - I must have left the gate open. So my next task is seeing if I can find him - I was gone for ages so he could be anywhere.

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    posted a message on What have you done recently?
    Quote from leangreen76»

    Anyway I back-tracked and got some fish, but it took ages to find an ocelot, well into the night and I only had a few fish. Didn't get her the first time, so went fishing alot again to try and at least get 10 raw fish, stopped at 8 after also getting a lot of puffer-fish, couple of salmon and an enchanted book with power IV and Frostwalker II. Guess I should stick that on a really good pair of boots, although it seems a waste of the power IV on boots. Tamed a Siamese cat and as soon as I got home which was a very long trek, across many nights, tamed it with my remaining ginger tom.

    Struggled to come up with a name for a while bit settled on Angel because of the pretty blue eyes, not sure what to name the baby one yet, also a Siamese.

    Sorry you got killed by lag - happened to me a couple of times too, so frustrating. I brought two cats all the way home, and they both died when nearly there - one got struck by lightning (I didn't even know that was a thing!), can't remember what happened to the other one, maybe a creeper explosion.

    I enjoyed reading about your adventures and seeing your tunnels etc - much smarter than mine.

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    posted a message on What have you done recently?

    Working on draining an ocean monument, with my friend. We built a dirt bridge from the nearest island, then covered an area of the ocean with dirt to stop getting zapped by guardians all the time, then dropped sand over the highest part of the monument and dug it out. Made a hole when we got as far down as we could, to get into the main part, and now moving slowly through still using sand.

    I managed to bring a cow over to provide a ready supply of milk.

    I have no idea if this method will work for the whole temple, but I'm loving seeing it gradually emerge from the ocean.

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    posted a message on A newbie who dies quick in survival...

    I'd like to supprt the pillar suggestion - I always carry a full stack of sand or dirt (sand usually, since it's more versatile), and if I don't have a bed yet (or don't feel like skipping the night) I jump and place till I'm nice and high and then the next morning it's easy to see if it's safe to come down. Only once I died because I went to get a drink and a spider climbed my pillar just at that moment - very bad luck.

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    posted a message on What have you done recently?
    Quote from Sharpe103»

    Welcome! Good to hear we have a new survival player!

    Let me give you a humble little piece of advice: always include pictures when posting survival entries to this thread. Always. Even if you don't think you have anything good to shoot, do so regardless.

    One can take screen shots by pressing F2. Screenshots are stored in your Minecrarft directory (e.g., "C:\Users\Sharpe\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\screenshots"). Note that AppData is a hidden folder.

    It's unlikely that very many people read blocks of text about gameplay in this thread. Everything you're talking about is almost purely visual. While you're sharing your experiences, you're mainly talking about your creations, and for us to appreciate any of that whatsoever, we must see pictures.

    Post a few pictures of your main base and your subway! I'd be happy to see both!

    Good luck with your new survival world!

    Thanks so much! I did consider adding screenshots but you gave me the push I needed to go and find out how to do it. I took a look at your Midgard thread, so amazing!! And one day I'll have your patience and explore a map without artificial aids...but not yet.

    This is my jungle base (I did try to put the pictures as spoilers, but that was a bit beyond me just at the moment, sorry):

    and this is my main base:

    As you can see, I'm not going for aesthetics yet, just safety and the compulsive need to see out as much as possible.

    My underground rail system is reached by shafts and ladders, as it all sits at level 13 (this is looking up one of the shafts from below):

    I recently learned how to use signs, which is a huge help in not getting lost:

    This is one of my entrances to the abandoned mine I had to travel through to make my tunnel:

    I need to go back and clear that mine out, but I can hear spiders and I keep getting killed by spiders - quite fitting considering my username.

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    posted a message on What have you done recently?

    I've only been playing about a month, so I'm still at a relatively basic level. I'm on my second map - the first I played on Peaceful to get the hang of things, but my newer map has been Survival from the start.

    I've been working on constructing underground train systems to link my main locations - my main base, a jungle base (in a jungle temple), my desert base, and an emerald mine. I've been lucky with this map that I have my favourite biomes not too far apart - I spawned in Taiga, with a jungle right next to it.

    Then I need to find the best villages to link into the system, and the nearest ice plains (I've been using 'amidst' because before that I spent hours searching for biomes with no luck).

    Next will be clearing the area around the temple and making the area more secure. And clearing the abandoned mine that I passed through while making my tunnel to the emerald mine - my tunnel-making method is to quickly build up walls before monsters can reach me, and place doors so I can come back later when I'm feeling braver and have better equipment.

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