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Jeff C.
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It's addicting and awesome. Does anyone play on the X-box? If so, list your gamertag and I'll add you and we can play.

So far I've built two castles and a massive bridge connecting them with a rail system and stops along the way. Unlike some, I tend to just decorate my castles/keeps, but expansion is cool, too.

Anyway, what do you guys think of this game? Are you as addicted to it as I am?

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quote:
Originally posted by C3PO the Dragon Slayer:
On the first night, it's a good idea to barricade yourself in a cliff face and tunnel your way down with stone picks, until you come across a cave or bedrock (if you hit bedrock, go about 8-10 meters back up to avoid lava). Don't forget torches; if you don't have any coal, make charcoal by putting wood (I'm assuming you've spent a good chunk of the day felling trees with your bare hands)in a furnace, which you can cobble together out of the stone you're excavating. You'll eventually find iron. You can't miss it; its grayish-brownish streaks stand out from the stone around it. When you find it, just mine it with your stone picks and toss it in the furnace. Voila! Iron. All you need is a simple crafting table to assemble any variety of tools you might need.

Of course, the true mark of an advanced civilization is diamond technology. To get diamonds, you should mine about 8 meters above bedrock and be extra careful not to run into lava. If you're so inclined, you'll also find a reddish ore that can be used in electronic circuits (though the circuits they do make are bulky and unwieldy compared to modern technology). You'll need an iron pickaxe to obtain these ores. You could probably use a pickaxe made of solid gold, too, but that's just stupid.


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C3PO the Dragon Slayer
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Minecraft? Never heard of it. Also, why did Stone_Wolf_ quote me in this thread. Everyone knows the real world works like that.
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Wasn't me...maybe my 2.5 year old son did it. Maybe the cat.
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I play occasionally on my brother's account on xbox. (His gamertag is Darth Obri)

I got burned out on the computer version, but playing on the xbox has me pretty addicted again.

ETA: In my game I build a few nice houses and an amazing mine. And then in this large peninsula I'm building a sandstone castle. It's real slow going because for some reason 6-7 creepers spawn outside EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.

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Minecraft is a game unless you are OCD in which case it is digital heroin.
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I love Minecraft, but unfortunately I am horrible at it. I can't help but destroy. My friends and I made the Great Deku tree (From Zelda). It took us a few days..... Then late at night I accidently dug in the wrong spot, lava came up, and pretty soon the deku tree was aflame...

My friends still haven't let me back onto their server. [Frown]

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quote:
Originally posted by Geraine:
I love Minecraft, but unfortunately I am horrible at it. I can't help but destroy. My friends and I made the Great Deku tree (From Zelda). It took us a few days..... Then late at night I accidently dug in the wrong spot, lava came up, and pretty soon the deku tree was aflame...

My friends still haven't let me back onto their server. [Frown]

LMAO!

That's awesome. I can't believe you guys did all that work and managed to make that. Too bad about the lava, but on a brighter (and much nerdier) note, this.

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I've been running a server for me and a bunch of friends for the past year. I haven't been playing it too much over the school year, what with it being the school year, but I've been getting back into it lately. Currently, two of my dormmates are slaving away at the biggest legitimate Survival castle I've ever seen.

My favorite thing to do in Minecraft is work with redstone. You can use a lot of tricks to make really cool inventions. My server is prepping to do a major theme-park build, which will use a LOT of redstone circuitry (we're planning to light it up with lamps which turn on automatically at night and turn off in the morning; we've experimented in Creative Mode and so we know it is going to be awesome [Big Grin] ).

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How do you make lamps that light up at night?
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The easiest way to make a day/night sensor (with cheats) is to just have a villager and a door leading form "indoors" to "outdoors," where, the villager is contained "outdoors" and "indoors" has but one square which has a pressure plate. The villager goes indoors at night, which triggers the pressure plate and gives you the redstone signal. That's not the method we're using, though, since our server is 100% legitimate Survival, and this method would require us to corral a villager.

There's a quasi-glitch you can exploit to detect block updates. The Minecraft community calls it a BUD switch (Block Update Detector). It's hard to describe in words, but the idea is that you have a piston that naturally wants to retract, but it needs an update message to realize that it should. So you have a mechanism that can trigger a redstone signal when a block updates, which includes when grass grows or dies. You use the light-sensitive properties of grass as the trigger. My dormmate has invented a system using water that will let grass grow if it's day, but will kill grass when it's night, which can trigger the BUD switches and tell the system to turn on or off. Since the growth and death of grass isn't immediate, we're going to have multiple sensors to increase the chance of the signal, and group them in a "power plant." It's a pretty cool setup. We've tested the idea multiple times in Creative Mode singleplayer.

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A kid in a class I teach did a minecraft rap in front of the class. It was amusing.
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quote:
Originally posted by Teshi:
A kid in a class I teach did a minecraft rap in front of the class. It was amusing.

That poor naive child.
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