The Minecraft Logs #16: Chaotic Town Expansion

The Minecolonies medieval oak town hall at level 3

Confession time: I almost decided to restart my game again. The main reason is that I was highly dissatisfied with the way my colony was being developed as well as the hilly area I decided to settle in. My reasoning was that now that I had a more experience with MineColonies, if I were to restart I could lay out the town in a much better way.

The other reason were some mods that I discovered recently that made it very tempting. They were ChoiceTheorem’s Overhauled Village, Towns and Towers – Structure Add-ons and Integrated Dungeons and Structures. The first one replaces vanilla villages, the second add new ones to different biomes plus some other structures and the last one adds new elaborated crafted structures and dungeons in the world that also incorporate features from other mods like Quark and Create.

But as I thought about it I figured out if I stop being so stubborn and change around where I planned to put some of these buildings it might not be too bad. Also no matter where I end up with it will be pretty much impossible to find large sections of flat terrain thanks to how the world generation works in 1.18.

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The Minecraft Logs #15: Welcome to Nowhere Town!

The oak town hall at level 2 from the MineColonies mod

As I mentioned in my previous post I have been playing a lot with a mod called MineColonies.

My original intention was to take screenshots and write about it as I started the colony then built it up. Unfortunately I got a bit too distracted by all the decision making I was doing that I forgot to take relevant screenshots. I also kept postponing writing about it to play “just a bit more”.

Now it is a bit far ahead than a starting colony but still with very little in terms of self-sufficiency. I will try to summarize as best as I can how I got to this point as well as the troubles I am facing right now.

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The Minecraft Logs #14: Onwards to 1.18

The plains biome in Minecraft version 1.18 with some horses and a forest at the back.

It is becoming a sort of bad joke in this series that every time I start to get close to accomplishing something interesting I end up deciding to restart for a reason or another.

This time the trigger was when I decided to check what was new in the latest Create mod update, version 0.5. There is some cool stuff in there, more specifically the Steam engine which seems like an excellent replacement for the Furnace Engine (now gone).

The only problem was that 0.5 is only available on Minecrat version 1.18. I was playing on version 1.16 so the change was one of necessity if I wanted to play with the latest Create additions.

But that wasn’t the only reason. There were a lot of little things that I wasn’t happy with and it reflected mostly in the mods I removed this time around.

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Living in a MMO

Yesterday Paeroka of Nerdy Bookahs wrote an interesting thought experiment about which MMO world she would choose to live in, if she could.

My first reaction was of “I’d never want to live in a MMO world. Their whole existence is being constantly threatened by something or another.” Then I thought about it a bit more and is it really that much worse than our real life world, where our planet is slowly but surely being destroyed by generations of political ignorance, apathy and negligence?

Plus at least the MMO worlds have the advantage of heroes risking their lives to save said worlds and often succeeding.

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Games I’ve been playing – July 2022

The medieval oak townhall for Mine Colonies at level 1

This post is one day late because I decided to spend the day yesterday recharging. Sunday my group started testing Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soulbound. I had lots of fun but it was still a social event and as a huge introvert it still drained some of my energy. Thus the need for resting.

As far as video-games are concerned though, there wasn’t that much variety. Not that it is necessarily a bad thing but it does make for short posts.

So here is what I have been up to in terms of playing:

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Games I’ve been playing – June 2022

It is very rare for me to be able to focus in one big game for a month or longer. Usually ADD kicks in somewhere along the way and I end up playing something else. Only to return to the game years later, when I already forgot everything about it!

This can be rather annoying as it obviously makes it hard to continue. Restarting from the start also feels demotivating as I might just go through the same problem again. So when I have one of these moments when I focus on just one game from start to finish it is a bliss!

Anyways, this is what I have been up to, game-wise.

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Games I’ve been playing – May 2022

The month of May certainly felt more packed with games to play than usual. At least for me. It also feels like it affected my perception of time. The majority of the month didn’t seem to go that fast until the end of it where it suddenly felt like time was going too fast. Although maybe that might be just the realization that we got to the middle of the year rather than the games I played.

Oh, one thing I forgot to mention last month. I decided to leave the XCom 2 Succession game. Honestly I wanted to see it through the end as it was quite a different experience to play the game with other people like this. However since I am thinking of deleting the blog I thought it was best to leave it now as I don’t know what my final decision about it will be or when the succession game will end. If anyone wants to see how it continues, just check the page for it over Time to Loot.

Now back to our usual business.

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Games I’ve Been Playing – March and April 2022

For a while now I’ve been thinking about stop blogging. To be honest the itch to write isn’t as strong anymore as it was when I started. Since that is pretty much the only reason for me to write then I doesn’t make sense to keep going if I don’t feel like it.

I haven’t quite decided yet what I will do and whatever decision I end up making there are a few posts I’d like to finish first. So until at least those are out I will keep business as usual here.

Anyway, since I didn’t make my regular games played report last month I will just do a write-up for both months on this post. Hopefully I didn’t forget any game… :p

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Games I’ve been playing – February 2022

February was another month where weirdly enough it felt like it lasted almost forever. Honestly, I would be fine if the rest of the year felt like this. It is certainly better than the last few years where it felt like I just blinked and the month was over.

As for the games, not as many variety as I wished for but not that bad either. So let’s get to them!

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[XCom 2] Blogger Succession Game – Mission 26: Operation Night Song

It feels like forever since I last took a turn in this succession game. Even though this time the rounds certainly went much faster. But just in case we end up losing I will just use this as my excuse for not remembering how to play the game anymore. >_>

Anyway, we were making some good progress with the main story but in typical XCom 2 fashion the game decided to throw us a curveball. I thought it started and ended with Naithin (who handled it pretty well, might I add) and my job was only to continue what he started. I was so wrong…

Before we get to any of that though, if you just stumbled upon this post, wondering what is this all about, here is the deal: this post is part of a community succession game where several bloggers take a turn playing XCom 2. After their turn is over they pass on the save file to the next person to play. Our goal being to beat the game as a group or at least try!

This event is being organized by Naithin of Time to Loot and you can find more details here. The picture at the start of the post was also made by him.

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