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    posted a message on Who's your favorite commentator
    1. X - Watched all of his videos. He is the reason I own Minecraft (and sorry to see his vids end)
    2. Coe, MinecraftWB, AvidyaZen, SeekingSatori, PaulSoarsJr (sorry, can't put them in any order) - These are my new favorites whom I keep up with on nearly every episode. These folks keep my interest in the game going strong - Thanks guys!
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    posted a message on Beta 1.4 Update Thread (Out!)
    Quote from 5thHorseman »
    Quote from argentwolf »
    -snip-


    Not if you pour the lava into a mold of a portal.

    Lay down cobble:
    [] :White: :White: []
    :White: [] [] :White:
    [] :White: :White: []

    Pour lava in it:
    [] :White: :White: []
    :White: :Lava: :Lava: :White:
    [] :White: :White: []

    Pour water over it:

    [] :White: :White: []
    :White: :Black: :Black: :White:
    [] :White: :White: []

    Repeat for the next layers.

    This way, "all" you need is 4 iron (3 for the bucket, 1 for the starter), 1 coal (for the starter) and access to 10 squares of lava (if you find a surface lake it should have that many, if not a downward staircase to level 8 or so isn't that hard, and dig around a bit to find lava).

    But this is all moot, as lanterns are not:
    1) Out yet.
    2) Confirmed to need anything from the nether.


    I stand corrected. Thank you! I confess I had not thought the mold idea through. Valid closing points as well. I don't think any of us want to start a new lantern thread...

    Back on topic: I actually like the fact that your compass will continue to point to your original spawn point, regardless of whether you have reset it via sleeping at some other location.
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    posted a message on How do you explore?
    Quote from Bump »
    Quote from Uno_Skullman »
    Quote from Bump »
    I dont explore at all. Whats the point? I am going to die eventually, and get back to the same boring spawn as ever.

    Or maybe if you're in danger, just head back home... You're making it sound as if you're chaining yourself to a tree outside if you even dare to explore.


    I dont get it.


    I think Uno_Skullman is responding to your fatalism. If you find yourself in danger you can always 1) build a temporary shelter or 2) run back to safety. If I am far enough away from home that I cannot get back before dark I always build a temporary structure; handy to store stuff in as a way station later as well!

    In general, my explorations are either due to a need for a given resource (coal/ore/wood) or if I am feeling adventurous I simply look for the next neat terrain feature. I think there is one just over that next hill crest... :smile.gif:
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    posted a message on Beta 1.4 Update Thread (Out!)
    @YourUsername - Thank you! I was wondering this myself (re: bed spawn points)

    Regarding the wolves (yay!) does taming require giving bonemeal or a full bone? From the vid (and common sense) it seems that a bone is the more likely of the two...
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    posted a message on Beta 1.4 Update Thread (Out!)
    Not to put too fine of a point on it but no matter where you find/create obsidian it *still* requires a diamond pick to harvest.
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    posted a message on Minecraft Save Win
    Quote from meshunderlay »
    Quote from argentwolf »
    Uhhhh... Are you guys being "ironic" here? My largest save is 12.48MB and it wouldn't really be that hard to increase the size by heading straight out in any random direction. Also I have seen posts of individuals claiming 50+ MB save sizes (though I haven't seen the saves myself).


    Welcome to the internet. You cannot be described by the size of his file.
    Good day.


    ROFLMAO!!! Awesome post! Though the grammar is troubling...yet true if read literally.
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    posted a message on Minecraft Save Win
    Uhhhh... Are you guys being "ironic" here? My largest save is 12.48MB and it wouldn't really be that hard to increase the size by heading straight out in any random direction. Also I have seen posts of individuals claiming 50+ MB save sizes (though I haven't seen the saves myself).

    EDIT: Sweet avatar there troubletcat! Fallout 3 (and New Vegas CE) are extremely fun games. I haven't finished NV yet but Fallout 3's map felt too...small. Might be MC affecting my perspective hehe.
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    posted a message on Types of Players (Poll)
    I voted 7 and meant 3 (reversed the scale)... It has been that kind of week (55 hours of intense work deadlines). OFW. In any case, I see a wide variety of explanations of why a forum member rated themselves a certain level. It seems obvious that there is a lot of free interpretation of what a given rating means (i.e. that a given value represents how the player views him/herself in the context of seriousness of play). By some player's scales, my own may in fact rate a 7! I haven't built any moats but I play on normal/hard, have built monster traps, a few elegant towers, a giant glass-enclosed garden, and spend a lot of time mining in the bottom 17 layers of the map using branching and precision mining. Here is a pic of my garden:



    ps. That tower in the back was a light tower I created just before my first night. *NOT* an elegant tower lol!
    Posted in: Alpha - Survival Single Player
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    posted a message on Hans Lemurson's Easy-to-Use Farm Design
    Thank you Hans! You (along with other contributors) have helped me rethink my enclosed garden.

    Irrigation:


    Dirt Floor:


    Lighting:


    Interior:


    It looks like time for a redesign... With better efficiency in mind of course.
    Posted in: Alpha - Survival Single Player
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    posted a message on My Castle
    Quote from Kaidaer »
    Quote from NapalmRDT »


    Looks like a lava moat to me, brah. Ive got one outside my walls.


    But... the trees!!


    LOL! On looking closer I do see the forest fire. Smokey the Bear is displeased! Although... I harvested all of the trunks in a large area and use flint and tinder to burn off the leaves. I did this before I realized that saplings only drop when you break leaves and at a much lower rate than pre-update. Notch, please restore leaf degradation/sapling drops!!
    Posted in: Alpha - Survival Single Player
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    posted a message on Snow is coming back, right?
    Quote from Maxpm »
    I believe Notch confirmed on Twitter that it is a bug. So yes, it will be fixed.


    Sweet! And I have noticed water does not seem to refreeze in cold biomes; I hope that Notch addresses this as well.

    Edit: Had to post this 4 times, including a logout/login to finally get it to post. Odd.
    Posted in: Alpha - Survival Single Player
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    posted a message on My Castle
    Looks to me like a good outline for a city. Put a giant keep/castle in the back, a main street leading from the entrance to the castle, fountains/parks, and of course build homes and shops to fill in the space.

    Just suggestions of course. You should have room to put in pretty much anything you want! I do hope you post your progress on this thread as you continue to build.
    Posted in: Alpha - Survival Single Player
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    posted a message on Target Mining using Cartograph and GIMP
    OK, I finally figured out how to use both MS Paint and GIMP to create 3 layers, colorize the iron (bright green) and diamond (bright pink) for contrast, set alpha channels and created a composite image:



    Looks like I can now do precision mining!!!
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    posted a message on Poll: Where did you learn about minecraft?
    Quote from Rensje »
    I first got introduced to Minecraft by YouTube user Davidr64yt, known by most simply as 'X', through his considerable and highly entertaining Adventures in Minecraft series. The first video I saw was simply a random one taken from the middle part of his ongoing series and at the time it didn't really compute with me, but as I went back and started to watch the series from the first episode on, I really felt compelled to keep watching and see what he was about to do next.

    I suppose what made his series so great was his prowess as a narrator as much as the subject material being such a joy to watch, but in any case it made me go to the Minecraft website and buy the game without thinking twice about it.


    While I was waiting (im)patiently for my purchase to clear so that I could download minecraft I did some searching and found X's vids... It was then that I *knew* I had made a good purchase (tho yet to be fulfilled). I agree re: David X's skill at narration. I was disappointed when he ended (?) his MC series but have been following his StarCraft 2 posts. Good stuff and I dare say his narrative skill is getting even better.

    EDIT: Sorry for double posting
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    posted a message on Poll: Where did you learn about minecraft?
    Quote from Metarract »
    Penny Arcade: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/9/17/

    Also various other comics, because I breathe webcomics. They are my manna, and the internet, my Eden.


    Bingo! Same web comic led me to immediately seek out what this game was. Of course, the servers were extremely overloaded, so even though I paid for it using paypal my account wouldn't work for download until several hours later. That same day was when the "free weekend" started (after I bought it of course lol)
    Posted in: Alpha - Survival Single Player
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