The Minecraft Logs #8: Brass Ingots, Mechanized Crafter and an attempt at a basement

Mechanical Crafters creating Grinding Wheels

You know that moment in a JRPG when you unlock the airship and you feel like a lot of possibilities opened up to you? That is how it felt to me when I got the ability to make brass ingots in Create because it opens a lot of interesting machinery in the mod.

However more options can be a double-edged sword, specially for someone who is chronically indecisive like me.

Let me explain how everything went in my last few sessions of Minecraft, maybe that will make things more clear.

In case anyone is curious about which mods I am using, you can find the current list here.

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Games I’ve been playing – February 2021

Some random guy bowing down to my character in a cutscene

This was one of those months where I got the urge to “PLAY ALL THE GAMES!!!!1!!!one!!!eleven!!!”. But as usual when I get that kind of feeling my ambitions end up being greater than what I can actually play.

It didn’t help that my sleep has been extra bad this month so there were some days where I didn’t have the energy or the desire to play anything. Instead I chose to just lay on the bed and watch something as it required less effort.

The other reason is that I spent a good chunk of time preparing to DM a D&D one-shot for some of my group. This I consider time well spent. We all had a blast and I gained some confidence in my abilities to DM a game… as long as I have a written adventure, that is. XD

I will still have to prove to myself that I can make a whole adventure from scratch but that is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Anyway, this is what I’ve been up to in gameland:

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 11 – The Big Yeet

This session our mission in the Hades Initiative finally ended. Or least the part of it in the station. Like I said before, the mission doesn’t end until we are back in HQ, reporting to Yulaya.

Anyway, what I am trying to say with this intro is that it ended exactly the way we deserved, given all the shenanigans we did.

Before we continue though, my usual disclaimer:

English is not my native language. Although I can write and read it without issues, hearing and speaking is a different matter. I’d say I am at best 90% skilled at those. Also I have a terrible memory.

What this means is that there may be mistakes here. In case my group corrects anything I will make a note about it here later and in the next post.

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The Minecraft Logs #7: Building farms, enchanting and capturing a blaze

Since my last post there has been some major developments in my current Minecraft world. It is now getting to the point where I feel like I can start on some major projects that I have been putting off due to the lack of certain resources.

I am also starting to feel like I am not muddling through as much in this game and have a better grasp of it.

Before we begin though let me add a small disclaimer…

Disclaimer: I am playing a modded Minecraft. If you play with vanilla your experiences may differ. For a full list of my current mods check this page.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 10 – Stealth is optional for this mission

Every time I think we reached rock-bottom in this mission we end up doing something to prove me wrong and show that, yes, we can still make this whole affair even more chaotic. Truly we are the worst spies in the whole galaxy.

First let me do a correction from my last write-up: Turns out we never took Lt. Ramirez for this mission. I probably got confused because he was suggested as a pick but then we decided to take Chanka Vox instead. So, please, ignore anything I said about Lt. Ramirez on the previous post! Sorry!

Also, my usual disclaimer:

English is not my native language. Although I can write and read it without issues, hearing and speaking is a different matter. I’d say I am at best 90% skilled at those. Also I have a terrible memory.

What this means is that there may be mistakes here. In case my group corrects anything I will make a note about it here later and in the next post.

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Games I’ve been playing – January 2021

For some reason for me January felt like it was all over the place. Looking at the games I’ve actually played (as opposed to the ones I thought about playing) there wasn’t all that much variation.

I am guessing the sensation comes mostly from real life events which certainly felt like there were quite a few.

To top it all off I have been sick for the last three days. Don’t worry it wasn’t anything serious and I am almost back at 100% health. But it does mean I am starting February with low energy and a lot more introspection than usual.

Anyway, this is what I have been up to during in January, gaming-wise:

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Farewell Final Fantasy XIV (For now)

A while ago I mentioned I was going to end my subscription to Final Fantasy XIV. Not because I am tired of the game or anything like that. It is just that because the economy here is so terrible right now that I have to be more stingy on what I spend my money on. Specially if it is something in dollars, which is the case with this game.

I should have done that a long time ago but I thought I could finish the Shadowbringers patches to see how that storyline ended. The problem was that I couldn’t do the content from those patches right away because it required a higher iLevel than what I had.

Still I thought I could grind enough crafting levels and dungeons to get the new gear that would give me the required iLevel.

Unfortunately I never got the patience for that grind. Yes, I know that getting crafting and gathering levels are stupidly easy right now. So much that it is barely a grind anymore. But it is still a grind, even if a minor one.

And I have no idea when I will get the patience for it, even more so when I am pretty much hooked into Minecraft. So it doesn’t make sense for me to keep paying subscription for a game I am not playing.

I eventually want to get back into Final Fantasy XIV and see how the story continues though. Shadowbringer’s story was one of the best in the entire Final Fantasy franchise which makes me want to see what comes next. It will just have to wait until I am in the right mindset for it (and hopefully the economy is better too).

The Minecraft Logs #6: Building and exploration

Once again I should have wrote this post a long time ago as there were significant progress in my game, enough that I might forget about it if I were to keep postponing it.

Part of the reason for the delay is that there was something I wanted to build and test out first before making a post. I only did it this weekend and although the results weren’t what I expected it was still a pretty good learning experience.

Before I get to that though there is a bunch of other stuff I’ve been doing in Minecraft that I’d like to mention.

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[D&D] Mass Effect: Chapter 9 – A Hitman mission gone wrong

I thought our plan in the last session was kind of ridiculous (but fun!) . I found out I can do a lot worse with the right mix of inspiration and desperation. I am not sure how to feel about it.

But before we continue let me just put the usual disclaimer here:

English is not my native language. Although I can write and read it without issues, hearing and speaking is a different matter. I’d say I am at best 90% skilled at those. Also I have a terrible memory.

What this means is that there may be mistakes here. In case my group corrects anything I will make a note about it here later and in the next post.

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The Minecraft Logs #5: Third time is the charm?

Water Wheel from the Create mod

Like I mentioned last time I decided to restart on Minecraft, this time with mods. For those keeping track this is the third time I am restarting, witch each attempt getting a little further.

The first time I don’t even remember anymore why I did it. Only that it looked like a good idea at the time. The second time though I was just fed up with all my exploration woes. Dying a lot to hoglins might have also been part of the reason. Also, I couldn’t resist the siren call of mods anymore. :p

This third time, at least so far, is going so much better than the previous two. Oh, and if anyone is curious this the list of mods I am currently using.

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