A Castle to Call my Own

2015-03-29_22.11.30I’ve never built an enormous castle in minecraft before, but yesterday I decided why not. The one pictured above took most of the day off and on to build, but I adore it. It’s enormous, 33×33 tiles, and probably more than 33 tiles high. It looks out over my property, and right now it’s completely empty but I hope to work on that slowly over time. Right now there’s no way to get to any of the higher floors, something else I’ll need to work on. I have absolutely no idea what to do with the space, but I’ll no doubt think of something.

A new machine has also made its way onto the property. It creates cobblestone, which is fantastic. Basically automating the action of lava and water combining (which creates cobblestone) the machine then harvests and stores it. Apparently this will be used to create some portal that requires a lot of cobblestone, and then a quarry can be set up in the realm that the portal opens to. I don’t remember all of the details, but the friend who is playing on server with me explained it yesterday. I’m personally looking forward to doing much less mining and much more exploring. Especially because this map is really annoying to navigate under ground. It seems like every step or two I’m faced with pools of lava and water, making mining precarious and not much fun. I’m constantly mining away from these enormous caverns filled with danger, but it makes for crooked hallways and I get lost easily.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever built in Minecraft before? How long did it take you to complete? Let me know in comments below!

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  1. My main base is usually pretty boring; Just a vaguely rectangular house or a series of underground tunnels. Usually the makeshift shelter I built on day 1 is still there when I’m done with that particular save. I think my most ambitious project was a floating obelisk. At that time I didn’t have the Elevator block from OpenBlocks, so the entrance was an ugly bridge. This time I plan to make a proper teleport pad a’la the original Naxxramas entrance.

    The most extensive project was probably the five-kilometer rail and road network connecting my original base to my castle and my halfway houses. And this was in Vanilla, so it was a miracle that things lined up as well as they did. I think I watched half of Ranma 1½ while getting the required cobblestone from a vanilla cobblestone generator.

    The Deep Dark is indeed interesting to visit.. at first. It really has no biomes, so it’s very easy to get lost there. Everything looks the same, so once you’ve seen the two special landmarks there you’ve seen it all. The ground level there is higher than in the overworld, so a quarry there will net you a bit more ores than in the overworld. On the other hand, the Deep Dark is very much worth it’s name, so you need a lot of light sources to set up that quarry safely. Frankly, it’s less of a hassle to have a quarry in the overworld and just move it once it reaches the bedrock.

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