Working in the Minecraft World: A New Village Foundation (July 2013)

Okay, so last month, I talked about the island village in its current state, which has many of the features of a village in Minecraft, including homes for people to live on, farms for growing crops and other food items, a farm for rearing animals, and a large multi-storey department store.

Since then, I started building up a village to the north of the central stronghold, with its own farms, homes, a nether portal for fast travel to other villages, and a market place for buying, selling and trading goods, and that will be the focal point for this edition.

As you can see here, there is more open land for which to build the village, in comparison with the island village as shown in the previous edition. It is, at this time, a work-in-progress as there are more homes, farms and other amenities within the village to build, but with the land being more open and flat, it is rather ideal for rearing animals for meat, and for growing crops. The homes will generally have a single floor with space for a bed and some chests, furnaces and decorative items, though some of them will have an open-top second floor for things like flower pots, with a ladder for easy access between the two floors.

The village market place is a hub where market traders can provide their wares for people travelling from all over the world. These places may even eventually offer items, delicacies and other goods you would not normally find elsewhere. While it starts off relatively small with twelve market stalls, as the village grows, and new items and equipment become available, the market place has potential for expansion as well.

The village has its own portal to the Nether, in which these are constructed as a means for fast, safe travel between villages all over the world, so you can easily travel to places without fear of being attacked by the hostile creatures that lurk in the Nether.

The wheat farm here is built for growing bales of wheat which can be used for making bread, as part of baking treats such as cookies and cakes, and for feeding horses, cows and sheep as a means for breeding. The open, flatland nature of the area meant that I could build a much larger wheat farm than I could within the island village; in fact, the farm itself can grow up to 320 bales of wheat at once - enough for around 100 loaves of bread with the remaining bales of wheat left over for breeding horses, cows and sheep. The seeds also produced from harvesting wheat can be used for feeding chickens, or for establishing wheat farms elsewhere.

And finally, here is the pumpkin and melon farm, which I designed so that large quantities of pumpkins and slices of melons can be produced using the same area of farmland, while also saving land for buildings for which to store food items and crops.

That's all for now, and I am certain that both the island village and the plains village can be developed even further in the coming weeks and months, so see you there in our Minecraft world!