Wednesday, April 6, 2011

001 - "What is this then.."

Ah, the sun rises for the first time on a new world.
The sun had begun to rise. I had to get to work quick and make sure I remembered everything for my first night. Most importantly I would need to gather a good amount of wood so I could make tools. It also wouldn't hurt to gather the saplings that the trees I'd be chopping down would drop. I needed to keep my eyes out for coal as well, though I could always make charcoal instead from some of the wood. It also wouldn't hurt to find some pigs or cows to kill for their spoils. It was time to get moving though, so I took a look around and decided to head Northwest first.

I see that clay right there.
I quickly grab the clay I pass by. The area to my right is actually a small body of water that loops around to where I want to set up camp for tonight. I cut down trees along the way, leaving the birch trees alone for now. Something about them makes me just feel like I should. I also pick up an egg, but find no chickens. In fact I don't find a single animal the entire way. Bit strange, but it doesn't matter too much. After a bit more walking, I finally arrive where I had intended.

Nice little hole in the wall.
 The are was even better than I expected, being a little extra dug out for me to start with. I did what I needed to though. Made a wood pickaxe, then stone to quickly hollow it out and get some materials. I also made a stone shovel, running into more dirt than stone in all reality. I knew I would want to start with dirt anyways, to give it that nice hidden from the outside feel. Thankfully I also hit a small deposit of coal. I quickly got all that and made some torches. I also constructed a chest and furnace while I was there, knowing they would be invaluable. I also took another look outside before it became night, deciding where I would be heading to to look for caves very soon.

Looks dangerous and full of promise.

[Rob's note: The texture pack I'm using is called Xaiwaker]

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Welcome to.. MINECRAFT!

Randomly generated terrain. Oh yeah!

Ah yes, the wonderful world of Minecraft. Full of randomly generated terrain, pigs, cows, zombies, Creepers and just about whatever you can imagine building in a world full of cubes. I'm sure just about everyone has heard of it by now, but if not I'll give you a bit of info.

Basically you start the game by spawning randomly on a random map. You have nothing on you and need to get to work fast if you expect to start your first night. It all starts simply enough with you chopping down trees with your bare fists, working your way up to crafting wooden tools, then stone tools, then iron and ultimately getting precious diamonds from deep within your world.

A pig, sheep and tiny creeper in the back.
It doesn't just stop there however. There are over 70 types of blocks ranging from from 3 types of wood, to sand and sandstone, and even special blocks like Netherrack that can only be obtained from an alternate dimension of sorts ingame. There's really an endless amount of fun to be had, so long as you have the imagination and patience for it.

There goes /that/ forest..

I am of course barely scratching the surface of all that this game holds. My intent here is only to give you a small bit of info about this game to possibly pique your interest. There are far more videos on YouTube that will do a much better job of pitching this great game to you if you haven't checked it out yet (which I suggest you do!). It's still in Beta and available for about $20US @ Be warned that it will go up in price once it leaves Beta, so purchase early and save money. :P

Hello World!

Hello all and welcome to my brand new blog. At the moment I have no general direction for it, so it is simply my daily rantings along with whatever I feel like putting up at the time I happen to be posting that day.

To start off, I'm just gonna advertise some LPers I like watching on YouTube. I say you definitely check them out if you're into that sort of thing. A lot of them play mainly Minecraft, but there are also some other good ones such as Oblivion IV, Fallout New Vegas and Theater of War 3: Korea.

quill18 - Fallout New Vegas, Civ 5 and quite a few other on-going and finished LPs.
GrimSkellington - Minecraft (The Adrift challenge map)
Bananapielord - Minecraft (Lots and lots of MC videos..)
DiplexHeatedHD - Shogun 2, Theater of War 3: Korea

If you guys are into LPs and the such, would definitely love some comments letting me know about some others.

Expect more from me soon. ,':]