My boyfriend, his brother, and his brother's girlfriend have been playing a lot of Minecraft lately. Until this week I had never played before but was invited into their game. I went into their server for a few hours and watched them playing at a level I couldn't hope to attain as a newbie... it had me feeling pretty useless in helping them accomplish the goals of the world they had created. So I decided to start my own game and learn from the bottom up. My boyfriend, M, wasn't available to play with me this weekend when I decided to jump into the game so I decided to send him entertaining updates on what I was learning. I did this in the form of texted 'journal entries' from the point of view of my character: a girl who woke up one day to find herself alone in a new world full of monsters. M got a kick out of it and decided to share it with a few others who also enjoyed it so I decided to share it here as well in case any of my followers also enjoy the game.
Minecraft: A New World
Night takes forever without a bed to sleep... buried alive to hide from the monsters but the first day I got my crafting table and tools in wood and stone taken care of. No sheep so far, I appeared in the tundra (I assume, it's icy) on an island with in the middle of the see so haven't gotten far yet. I hate night, with a passion. The noises and unknown monsters above me. Dislike.
Buried alive again listening to the sounds of monstrous life above me. I still haven't found food in this frozen landscape, a fact that has concerned me greatly. I caught a rabbit today, it took forever and got nothing but a hide out of it so that didn't work out. I also constructed a furnace and made sugar... which apparently you can't eat (???). Still no bed. My stone pickax has taken a beating these last days but I have all the tools I need in stone now as well as a furnace and craft table. Will update again tomorrow if I survive day 4.
I found life today in the form of a small village. I am not proud but I stole from those hospitable people, bread, potatoes and a bed. One day I will make it up to them but it was greatly needed. Tonight will be my first restful sleep here.
I created a rudimentary house and from spruce today. It is barely large enough for my bed, furnace and craft table but it will suffice. I must now learn to either farm or raise animals for food to ensure my long term survival. I dearly miss my family and friends but I am surviving, one day at a time.
My hut now has a chest to hold items I do not need but may in the future. I caught a pig today and dined well come evening because of it. I also encountered some kind of lava monster on my hunt but fared well throughout the day with the exception of falling from an embankment. I am debating expanding my hut to a house but would need to navigate the mines for supplies, a daunting task.
I have been too exhausted to write the past two eves, mining cobblestone for my new home has been a grueling but satisfying task. My home's walls are made from the stone as is the roof, though I had to remove and raise it yesterday. The claustrophobia of low ceilings is not a joking matter.
I crafted glass for windows and two doors for my home today and installed a torch. I haven't figured out how to plant the seeds that I have harvested yet... there is much to learn yet about this strange place but having a secure home is helping to lessen the anxiety this place initially caused me.
I continue to go into the mines in search of iron. So far no luck. I have made a smoker though so when I find meat next it will be a fine evening indeed.
I spent much of the day creating an entrance to the mine near my home and creating an irrigation moat for my crops. Continuing this tomorrow
I have settled into a pattern here, near the village but distinctly apart from it in my home. My home is modeled after castles of old. I figured that castles kept armies at bay, they should work for the odd monsters that roam these lands. They still scare me greatly and I retreat at dusk each night to my castle on the hill but my farm is coming along and soon I shall have a crop to show for my labor.
I spend my days looking for iron in the mines these days. There doesn't appear to be much and I am going through multiple pickaxes daily. I also can't tell when my crops are ready for harvest... maybe I should have taken some of those Ag classes in school after all. Who knew they would be useful.
The garden is coming in nicely, finally got the irrigation as I want it. Entrance to the mine is nice but we had a cave in yesterday so the fencing needs replacing and path adjusted.
Yesterday I created animal pens on the land I have claimed near the village. I do not yet know how I will get animals but now that the mine and farm are both progressing well it is time to expand my homestead. Perhaps I will visit the village today to see if anyone there has anything of worth to trade as well.
Day 34 Addendum:
There is a villager with llamas in my pens and I cannot make him leave not do I know how he entered through the gates. Also, the llamas are not friendly.
I have two llamas... decided to expand my house as the storage chests were making me claustrophobic.
The llamas are gone... disappeared in the night.
Now that my basic needs are easily met and I understand the land and its terrible creatures I am looking towards wants more than needs. I wanted an ocean view from my house... so today I made it happen.
You know how they say you can move a mountain if you're determined enough. I have a grass front yard now instead of a beach.
I missed the beach. I added one in front of the front yard.
The llamas came back... they're mad... they have trapped me in my house. That's ok, I needed to organize the chests anyways... they were getting pretty cluttered.
Day 49 Addendum:
Staying inside was boring. Killed the llamas.
I enjoy watching the squid from my rooftop and the beach. One day I will learn to fish... today is not yet that day. The monsters come frequently now. I have encountered three kinds:
I nursed my wounds last night... I encountered one of the exploding ones in the mine. It must have spawned behind me in the two seconds it took to place the torch. I never even saw it.
This morning I crafted a breastplate and today I go back to the mines in search of more iron ore to complete a full set of armor. It is not the best armor but it will protect me more than none at all.
I built a boat today and went out on the sea. It is a rowboat and as such is difficult to navigate with on the open water but it will come in handy when I learn to fish and I love being out on the water.
I brought in my largest crop of wheat yet and finally learned to bake bread. Seemed a fitting thing to do. The mines haven’t been the same since mister explode-y showed up and I’ve stayed above ground more often.
I left it here as it was the end of the weekend and date night was about to start. I may continue it in the future. If I do would you guys be interested in following along?
Until next time,