This Month's Minecraft Shenanigans (January 2014)

Hello, fellow Minecrafters and USOOG'ers, and welcome to this month's edition of Minecraft Shenanigans, where I bring the lowdown to what has been happening in our Minecraft world over the course of the month. So here are some of the highlights of this month;

Island Settlement Expansion

Over the course of this month, I have been working on expanding the settlement on the pair of small islands by constructing more homes on top of existing ones on the islands, and building wood paths that connect the upper floors of the homes together. The wood paths serve as the balconies of the buildings. Each of the homes on the island are designed to house one occupant each, with the exception of the librarian's house and the villa that The Swedish Tower and I occupy, which can house two occupants. Those small homes have enough room for a single bed, a crafting table, a couple of chests, a couple of furnaces, and a few decorations.

The Perpetual Wood Harvest

When building a settlement using mostly wood, how would you make sure you have a steady supply of wood? Establishing a wood farm, of course! The idea of a wood farm, is to plant as many saplings as possible, wait for all the saplings to grow into trees, use axes to chop down the trees for the wood, and then plant the fresh saplings on the ground for more trees. That way, you have a constant, renewable supply of wood for a very long time.

Of course, what if you end up with more wood than you know what to do with them? Well, you can always use any excess wood for charcoal, which you can use for torches, fuel for furnaces, or even to sell to villages in exchange for emeralds (villagers will accept charcoal as if it was coal that was mined underground). Or maybe ship them off to other villages without easy access to wood.

Going Underground!

The Swedish Tower and I often have a habit of going spelunking in caverns, ravines and other underground places. Oftentimes, we mine mainly coal, iron ores and gold ores, although we do get great pleasure from finding ores containing redstone, diamonds, and rarely natural emeralds.

We also come across abandoned mineshafts, which could be rich in minerals - in fact, the more, the merrier I would say. Although, mineshafts often tend to be quite dangerous, with spiders crawling everywhere, skeletons wielding bows firing at people, zombies trolling the area for fresh meat, and creepers that often love to explode on people unaware of their presence.

That's all for now, and until next time, see you in our Minecraft World!