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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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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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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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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Games I’ve been playing – December 2020

Happy New Year!

May 2021 be a better year for all of us. Or at least not get any worse than the previous one. *knocks on wood*

This month Skyrim finally loosened it’s grip on me, so that I could move on to other games. I haven’t finished getting all the achievements for Special Edition yet but I intend to go back to it soon. My plan is to power through the remainder of the Dragonborn main questline (there shouldn’t be much left if memory serves) then work on the other optional achievements.

Once I complete that goal I am definitely done with this save and won’t be playing Skyrim again for a while as I am sated for what this game offered to me.

What I did play this month was a bit all over the place. It would have been more if it wasn’t for Minecraft but I will get to that in a bit. Let’s just go by chronological order. Sort of.

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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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