Chapter 58: In Which the Minecraft Gods Throw Various Things at Me to Get Me to Stop, and Demonstrating That Carrots Work Better Than Sticks.
(Metaphorically, that is. They're not too good for tool handles.)
Exploration Limit: X = -833,000
X = -835,000
X = -840,000
Sunset. Well, it seems like Minecraft is still trying not to tempt me
X = -845,000
Continuing the recent pattern, I'm encountering land mostly at night when I can't stop. Looks interesting but bye.
X = -850,000
Late in the evening it starts to rain and thunder.
X = -855,000
A patch of BoP Coral Reef alerts me to nearby land. It's still thundering, so I crank my view distance up to 14 to reduce the chance of accidental grounding. I still end up needing an emergency stop. It's a small Snowy island and I'm soon past it.
X = -860,000
Time for sunrise, but you can scarcely tell, because it's still thunderstorming.
X = -865,000
I hear a sharp crack of thunder without seeing the lighting stroke and turn around to look. I *think* I see a horse bobbing in the distance - a Skeleton Horse? but I don't get a pic fast enough to catch it. I haven't seen one and it would be odd to see my first at sea - how do they float?
At about X = -869,000, the ocean floor alerts me to a nearby continent. I head to look even though it's still thundering.
It's a temperate Birch Forest. But as I approach, there's another flash of lighting, leaving 3 (I think) horse bobbing almost right in my path. It seems the Minecraft gods are still angry at my hubris and now they're upping the ante to stop me.
I veer to avoid them, but they still feather me as I pass.
It doesn't do much, though - even Damage Screenshots catches only the tilt from getting damage. You'll notice I'm pretty close to the coast, though, and grounding now could be a distinctly bad thing.
I snap a pic once I'm past but it's too far to make them out clearly.
Well, I had been thinking about landing but I've changed my mind. I'll lose almost 400,000 blocks of travelling if I die now (getting killed by a Skelly Horse is a "legitimate" death and rolling back to a backup is not acceptable for that) plus the time to rebuild my gear. Not worth it. So I speed on by.
X = -870,000
At 10 in the morning the thunderstorm FINALLY stops. That was a storm!
X = -875,000
I pick up a ding passing an Ocean Monument.
X = -880,000
X = -885,000
This is really getting to be a pattern. Another day without a place to land, making 5 days in a row with only one daytime landing opportunity. Well, good for the time.
X = -890,000
I am indeed now making almost 60,000 blocks an hour, even with the slowdowns to look at land as I pass. Good. I needed that.
X = -895,000
X = -900,000
So now I don't even get land at night?
Not tonight, at least.
X = -905,000
X = -910,000
FINALLY! It's great for speed to see little land but it gets hard to think of things to say after a while. I actually am not too bored in real life because I'm bopping to a Pandora channel for Postmodern Jukebox as I'm playing and an hour of listening to that is no hardship.
I land on a Moor next to a Extreme Hills.
And then a Bayou - kind of deja vu from the last island. Walking on slope sides gets awkward so I cross a pass to walk through the Extreme Hills.
On the other side of this ridge the Extreme Hills is milder and not too hard to cross I miss the village in the hazy background, although Extreme Hills villages can set my teeth on edge with their crazy building sometimes.
Eventually I have to cross another ridge to continue west and end up overlooking this vanilla Forest. The forest continues into a BoP Woodland without any great picture opportunities.
I realize at this point I'd forgotten to crank my view distance up so even those great pics aren't as good as they should be.
Past the Woodland is an enormous lake, which I boat across, followed by a Savanna which is pretty big too.
After the Savanna I'm presented with my choice of swamp biomes, which I think is vanilla Swampland on the left and BoP Lush Swamp on the right. I head for the Lush Swamp, but it's actually Wetland, which I've seen plenty of lately, so I try to veer left into the Swampland, mostly without success, becasue the Wetland veers left too. After the Wetland I cross a big of Mountain Foothills and then come to a river.
With a view of Cherry Blossom Grove. This is the third one I've seen. I like the biome and want to do something with it, but the previous two weren't as pretty as they could be as they bordered dry or dayspawning biomes (CBG's pinks look better next to a wetter and bluer grass color IMO). I can see some of it boders the Wetland, which is a good aesthetic match, so I decide to see what else is around.
Yeah, that's nice. Mostly it does border wet biomes - Swampland, Wetland, Moor, and Meadow - with grass colors that set off the Cherry Blossom Grove. The Mountain Foothills are the only exception, and that's not too much of a clash. The river is a nice touch too. There's no adjoining mountain biome for pics but I still really like the place. But what makes up my mind is something I can see from the edge -
A Boreal Forest, which is something I've wanted to look at the whole journal. It's an unusual biome, combining small relatively rugged hills with closed forest. I want to take a look and see how it works.
So, I've found a place for my next base.
Next Chapter: Siting and build planning.