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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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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The Minecraft Logs #3: Exploring, Building and Almost Enchanting

Lots of lava in the nether!

There were quite a few developments in my Minecraft playthrough since my last post on the subject. So many that I probably should have wrote about it before, breaking it into smaller posts instead of leaving everything to this one.

Oh, well, I will try to not ramble too much so the size of this post doesn’t get out of hand.

Here is what has been happening…

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The Minecraft Logs #2: All mining, all the time

Some gold ore veins I found

When I began playing Minecraft I thought my playthrough would be something like this: gather enough materials to get by comfortably, try to build something cool, fail miserably, get frustrated and then quit.

What I am finding out though is that the rabbit hole that is Minecraft is much, much deeper than I thought.

Let me explain: I always knew that Minecraft was an excellent game for creativity. I also knew there was a lot of interesting things that could be built in it. But I always thought all those cool projects were pure fluffy.

What I am discovering now is that there are a lot of stuff that can be built that isn’t just convenient but make survival relatively trivial.

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The Minecraft Logs #1: Humble Beginnings

A house made of dirt in Minecraft

Minecraft is one of the most ubiquitous games in modern history. Just ask someone who play games and in the majority of the cases they will answer they played it at least once.

Until a few days ago I was one of the few who never played it. Not for a lack of interest mind you, I mean, I bought the game back when it was still in beta. At that time it was already popular and it was still being sold for a cheaper price than the intended one for the launch version.

Since I often have an itch to do creative stuff in games this seemed like a pretty good deal at the time. The problem is that I just kept forgetting I had Minecraft or would give it a try for 5 minutes, figure out I actually wanted to play something else and then proceed to forget about it again.

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[Skyrim SE] Thoughts about the mods Legacy of the Dragonborn SSE and Helgen Reborn

It took me longer than I expected but I recently finished all the quests available for the mods Legacy of the Dragonborn SSE and Helgen Reborn. When I installed them I was feeling a mix of curiosity and apprehension since I wasn’t sure if I’d like them or not. Now that I know what kind of content they both offer I can decide if they are mods that I want to keep in future playthroughs.

Before we get into all that though, let me just share my bias when it comes to quest mods. Basically, I tend to not give them a try. It is just that I have a very strict view when it comes to the game’s lore and tone. I am also very picky when it comes to voice-acting. Considering both of these, quest mods can be something of a gamble for me.

Ok. I think that is enough of rambling about it, let’s get to the point of this post.

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[Civ VI] Long Live the Queen – Alliances and Wars (Turns 331- 340)

It is my turn to rule over the Great British Empire again!

One of the interesting things about this project is that every time I get back to the game it feels at the same time familiar and different. By that I mean, our borders or that of our rivals haven’t changed that much since my last time at the throne.

Yet at the same time we have far more advanced military units, we are pretty much at the end-game now and more than ever it feels like every decision matters.

It is a strange feeling but an interesting one.

For anyone who just stumbled on this, this post is part of a Community Succession game hosted by Naithin of Time to Loot. You can find more information about it and links to all the participating blogs here.

With all that said, let’s get to screwing everything up improving the Great British Empire!

Credits: The image at the top was made by Naithin.

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Crusader Kings III – First Impressions

I don’t know what is with this year that every game I thought would be released next year is actually being released on this one. Crusader Kings III was one of those as I could swear it was going to be released in the beginning of 2021 but released this month.

Not that I am complaining. I loved Crusader Kings II despite being terrible at it. Mostly because of all the insane stories that were created as I played the game.

That meant that for Crusader Kings III my expectations were pretty high. I wanted enough simulation to make crazy stories as my dynasty tries to climb up the ranks of feudal european society while at the same time hoping the sequel would sand off a lot of the rough edges that plagued Crusader Kings II.

As of the time of this writing, I have about 19 hours played in Crusader Kings III according to Steam. Hence, this is more a first impressions of the game than a proper review.

For anyone that wants the TL;DR version it is this: If you loved Crusader Kings II, then this one is worth every cent. It is like Crusader Kings II with almost all the DLCs but better.

If you never played Crusader Kings II then you might want to wait for a possible free weekend or watch a YouTube video or stream of someone playing the game to see if it is for you. The game doesn’t feel like it has a near insurmountable mountain of a learning curve like its predecessor but it is still a very steep hill.

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[Civ VI] Long Live the Queen – Back at War (Turns 251 – 260)

It feels like a while since I got to sit on the throne of the Great British Empire. Which isn’t all that surprising, we have 8 players participating on this project and we are now at the point where the game gets really interesting and the best decisions aren’t entirely obvious.

If you just stumbled on this, this post is part of a Community Succession game hosted by Naithin of Time to Loot. You can find more information about it and links to all the participating blogs here.

Now let’s see how much damage improvement I can bring to the Great British Empire!

Credits: The image at the top was made by Naithin.

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