Turns out that a small group of my friends run a heavily modded Minecraft server, running the IceHenge modpack. Now, all of this sounded like jibberish to me. I have never played Minecraft with any mods before, I had always just played it “straight out of the box” as it were. I have absolutely no experience with anything that so many others talk about and have talked about for years now.
That being said, I REALLY wanted to play. I love Minecraft, those who are familiar with my preferred style of game play know that there’s very little I love more than a good sandbox. I dove in head first and before I knew it hours had ticked by.
I declined any starter gear, forgot to waypoint the spawn and simply wandered off. At night. I survived (barely) while frantically trying to reacquaint myself with whatever it is you DO in Minecraft, including what the heck I should craft first.
Eventually I found myself in a snow covered territory, perfect for this Canadian lady. I decided to set up my home, and started digging a basement. Of course as soon as I opened up my tunnel a bit a huge cavern opened up under my floor filled with a zillion mean creatures that killed me ten times or so.
Seriously, I don’t mean that sarcastically. I giggled away and had so much fun! I started with the basics. Made picks, swords, some iron armor. A storage chest. A random skeleton dropped a backpack filled with goodies (yay). Endman is no fun and is probably the only creature in game that scares me due to the ‘persona’ of the mob, including sound effects.
Eventually a friend logged in and showed me the way back to the spawn. I marked it on my waypoints, and then proceeded to travel to three other homes and waypoint those locations as well (including the location of my new home). I created a large castle to live in (the first floor at least) and have to decide what I want to do next. I’m thinking I need to learn how to create some farms (both plants and animals) and delve into the magic side of things a bit. There are just SO many things to create and do in game that I find it astounding (and awesome).
Needless to say before I knew it hours had passed and it was time to call it a night. I had so much fun. I understand that Minecraft may be ‘old news’ but dang if that game can’t be a lot of fun.