The quest to make a mountain fortress.

#1 Posted by Fallen189 (5007 posts) -

Greetings fellow Minecrafters! I hope the earth is good, and the steel is flowing well. After several conceptual nightmares regarding stupid huts, I decided to finally make a full castley fortress base. I initially considered creating a giant land castle, but that's a fancy, lady elf thing to do. With the assistance of my Dwarf Fortress experience, I thought to myself "The game is called MINEcraft", so I set into the world with 5 stone picks, a sword, and a chest, and decided to go find my ideal dream home.
 
After much exploration, and uneventful vistas with nothing more than sand and cows...I found it.
 


A deep, deep valley with everything I could want. Sand for smelting into glass. Water for running streams. And a fuck off mountain in which I could mine to my hearts content.  Now...how to get down there...
 
I eventually decided to construct a small mud hut, in which I would use it as a sort of "Tool shed". From here, I knew I could get to work proper, when the sun rose the next morning. I erected my house quickly before monsters came, and managed to barricade myself until the morning light vanquished them. Using this now as a small base, I popped down a forge, chest and costruction table, and wondered where I should go from here. My dwarven intuition kicked in, as I began to tear the mountain itself asunder, in order to create a paradise away from the world. This was where I finally chose.
 
There's always animals on the roof of  wherever I choose. Always watching. Waiting.
 
Some time later, I'd began carving out the rock in a way I was comfortable with. I had a plan in my head.
 

 The cows must be elsewhere...

And some time later, I had finally come up with a semi working door system, in which I was now confident to call my new home.
 


I knew that eventually, I'd have to actually nut up and dig deep, creating my very own little fortress. After some aesthetic cleanups outside, and a bit of housekeeping, I decided to enter the mountain, and show it who's boss. From here, I made a 10x10x10 space inside, where I could finally get things going. No steel yet, but plenty of coal.
 


Oh, and then I made a little dungeon outside, inspired by the Rancor pit from Return of the Jedi. 
Practical? Sure
Working? To an extent
Reasoning?...To show the livestock that was ALL UP IN MY SHIT who was boss.
 

The roof was glass so they could look in and see their pork brother be flooded to death. To my knowledge, he's still in there...
 
From here, my initial day plans were complete! I remade my mudhut toolshed with stone, for a little element of class. Also mud is for jerks and poor people. With a bit more tweaking, aesthetics, and overly gaudy decorations, day 1 was complete, and my fortress was finally coming to shape. Good show!
 


Tune in more tomorrow, where I hope to make upstairs and downstairs, explore to try and find lava, and also, make a giant path from my spawn point, to my base. To give you an idea of how far that is, please see this map.
 

#2 Posted by FirePrince (1763 posts) -

What is this game?I've been hearing about it from alot of people.A MMO of some sorts?
#3 Posted by Fallen189 (5007 posts) -
@FirePrince said:

" What is this game?I've been hearing about it from alot of people.A MMO of some sorts? "

It's a block based, single player sandbox world, with an emphasis on building. There will be a multiplayer soon, but it's still early days. 2-3 weeks to go. Essentially, you break down blocks (Soil/stone/steel) and use them to create other things. It's very time consuming. Think a lego style, 3d open world, with procedurally generated content Ad nauseam.
#4 Posted by FirePrince (1763 posts) -
@Fallen189 said:
" @FirePrince said:

" What is this game?I've been hearing about it from alot of people.A MMO of some sorts? "

It's a block based, single player sandbox world, with an emphasis on building. There will be a multiplayer soon, but it's still early days. 2-3 weeks to go. Essentially, you break down blocks (Soil/stone/steel) and use them to create other things. It's very time consuming. Think a lego style, 3d open world, with procedurally generated content Ad nauseam."

One word: 
Interesting.
#5 Posted by eroticfishcake (7786 posts) -

This sounds really ambitious...but then again it's been a while since I've played so they might have improved the mechanics since. Good luck with that anyway!

#6 Posted by Thegerman (108 posts) -

I played it... and found it totally boring... Just get garry's mod already.

#7 Edited by TheBeast (1931 posts) -

Awesome looking fortress - wish I had the foresight to build mine in a cliffside rather than ending up creating the whole thing from the ground up. At least it looks impressive. 
 
Looking forward to seeing how multiplayer turns out - would be great to have some sort of persistent multiplayer world where we can all create some massive sprawling city...  

For those that have played it before and found it crappy; so did I - the guy who makes it recently (about a month ago) basically started from scratch - the new version is only available to people who buy it, but it is a significant improvement over the 'original' Minecraft. 

#8 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -

The second screenshot. Is that a pink gorilla on top of that mountain?
 
Pretty cool. I'm excited to see how you progress through this. I played an mmo like this before... I completely forgot the name and only played it for a couple hours. Needless to say the whole thing was just overall too time-consuming for me. With crafting, building, exploring, mining, etc. all being things that you could only do once you spend hours tackling the foreign interface and abysmal tutorials, I just couldn't see myself sticking with it for long.
 
This game looks much more approachable, so I'm eager to see more of it (from someone else's cropped perspective). So yep, keep it up!

#9 Posted by kanskytime (1 posts) -

Looks amazing, what a great idea. I can't wait to see all your progress. Good luck.

#10 Posted by Fallen189 (5007 posts) -
@eroticfishcake said:
" This sounds really ambitious...but then again it's been a while since I've played so they might have improved the mechanics since. Good luck with that anyway! "
A shit ton of stuff gets added in all the time. An update every 2/3 days adding this and that.
 
@FunExplosions said:
" The second screenshot. Is that a pink gorilla on top of that mountain?  Pretty cool. I'm excited to see how you progress through this. I played an mmo like this before... I completely forgot the name and only played it for a couple hours. Needless to say the whole thing was just overall too time-consuming for me. With crafting, building, exploring, mining, etc. all being things that you could only do once you spend hours tackling the foreign interface and abysmal tutorials, I just couldn't see myself sticking with it for long. This game looks much more approachable, so I'm eager to see more of it (from someone else's cropped perspective). So yep, keep it up! "

It's a pig. Livestock seems to be getting much more eager to just be ballsy as hell at the moment. I've also seen them suiciding. They're planning something...
Was the game Wurm online?
 
@TheBeast said:
" Awesome looking fortress - wish I had the foresight to build mine in a cliffside rather than ending up creating the whole thing from the ground up. At least it looks impressive. 
 
Looking forward to seeing how multiplayer turns out - would be great to have some sort of persistent multiplayer world where we can all create some massive sprawling city...  

For those that have played it before and found it crappy; so did I - the guy who makes it recently (about a month ago) basically started from scratch - the new version is only available to people who buy it, but it is a significant improvement over the 'original' Minecraft. 
"

I wanted to make lava waterfalls to make it seem more menacing, but I couldn't find any. It made me sad.
#11 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
@Fallen189: Yeah! That was it. Wurm Online seems to have some serious potential, I just don't think I'm gonna be the one to unleash it.
#12 Posted by TheBeast (1931 posts) -
@Fallen189: If you find a lava source, I think you can put it in a bucket and create your own... 
#13 Posted by AjayRaz (12428 posts) -

i have no idea what's going on in this game but this has to be the most interesting thing that i have read this week

#14 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

Dude I love Minecraft. 
 
That's some ambitious shit man, in Survival too.

#15 Posted by Vager (1654 posts) -

Looks sweet. Haven't played Minecraft in over a year. Seems like they changed quite a bit. 
Your fort reminds me of Dwarf Fortress.
 
Also, Wurm Online is awesome. One of my Top 5 games ever.

#16 Posted by Fallen189 (5007 posts) -
@TheBeast said:
" @Fallen189: If you find a lava source, I think you can put it in a bucket and create your own...  "
I tried to dig down, but I've learnt my lesson once before. The hunt for lava is dangeous. I can't dig too deep and too greedy lest I fall in it.
#17 Posted by empfeix (774 posts) -

nice post I await the next installment 

#18 Posted by Aas (603 posts) -

After reading this I bought the game. So good. Thanks, man!

#19 Posted by Fallen189 (5007 posts) -

More as it comes. It's taken a while just because nothings really happened. I got lost in the wilderness somehow, and it took me about 3 hours to make it back to my fort. Will likely have an update today/tomorrow. Stay tuned!

#20 Posted by c1337us (5751 posts) -

Minecraft seems to be a pretty polarizing sort of product. I couldn't get into it though.

#21 Posted by TheBeast (1931 posts) -

Looks like Minecraft is about to become a whole lot more popular thanks to the TF2 blog.

#22 Posted by Fallen189 (5007 posts) -

Images being uploaded to my gallery sporadically as I adventure through this place I've found. Expect a full update later on tonight.

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