A house of birch and glass
So back in WoW my chosen profession was an engineer. Engineering was full of toys — fun stuff that you built, tinkers for your gear, goggles with odd attachments. And leveling engineering is best done with a pad of paper and good record keeping, because everything you make requires tons of fiddly little bits. You can’t just make the items that are orange (guaranteed skill ups) because you’ll have to go back and make the green ones — and you’ll chew through your mats.
Minecraft kind of feels like WoW engineering. There are a lot of little fiddly bits. I’m no pro (I’m playing the xBone version so I don’t even have access to modded minecraft) but I really enjoy learning from scratch.
When we started this particular server, no one I was playing with had ever played before, except me. And I had played only long enough to make a boxy house and die a ton while spelunking and lose all my shit. We did the requisite searching for the perfect place — close to a village (for stealing veggies, natch), lots of resources, the meeting of three biomes.
And then we built. I told Choo the other day that I found Minecraft literally the most relaxing game I had ever played. And thats a category that includes Diablo, a game I treasure for its mood boost effects. He asked for clarification and I probably tripped over myself to provide it but it’s a game that requires a process.
Take our town hall (I still don’t have screenshots, I’m the worst). I fully admit the design was borrowed because it was my first big build and I wanted to learn the process of building with accents — I didn’t want just a big stone block. I already knew about using stairs for a roof, but this was a building with angles and windows and jutting roofs.
I was building from a picture, not a plan, so I had to puzzle over it. As a side note, spatial reasoning is a serious weakness for me. I’m not good at seeing something from one angle and imagining how it will look from another. So this was a serious challenge. And then there’s the way different elements work together — half slabs and blocks and glass and stairs. I spent about a day and a half building this thing and it was total bliss.
The process was mining cobble, cooking it into stone, making the stone into stone bricks, and also making half stone slabs (not stone brick slabs) from the plain cobble. The roof was cobble bricks. Jordan helped by building me scaffolding which I fell off of every few minutes.
The big build was our town hall; then we each built our own house. I’m pretty proud of mine — I had initially wanted a brick and wood house, but clay is no where in the rivers near us, so I had to go hunting and I kept a) dying and b) getting lost so I gave up. I wanted something different…and high up. So I used some shears to flatten our tree line which we bordered the island with, built some stairs out of the sheared leaves, and built a birch (raw, not plank) and glass house with a tree roof. I had to put a glass ceiling in because the rain dripped but I love it. It’s tiny, it has a gorgeous view, and it’s different…and I built it out of my own head. I still need to fix the roof though.
The problem is now I’m out of big builds. I started to work on our minecart track but that doesn’t get my attention the same way the buildings do. We need a pool but…same idea, not all that exciting to build (and a pain to fill even with an infinite water source nearby).
Still. I do love Minecraft. DragonAge may have my attention at the moment, but Minecraft is going to keep it over the long term.