Inspired by Kurt Mac’s journey to reach the edge of the Minecraft map, I’ve decided I want to play the game differently: instead of building a settlement, structures, and participate in other common Minecraft activities, I, too, will start walking and see where I end up. The goal is not to get to the edge of the world, or to accomplish anything specific. Rather, to tell an interesting story along the way.
What follows is my travelogue.
Today’s goal: find coal. Coal is useful for so many things, such as starting fires to refine materials and cook meat. It’s also very useful for torches, and I need torches. The night is dark: the light keeps the monsters at bay.
I investigated the plains near my hole. I found a cave and marked my way so I could find my way home.
I didn’t have to venture far into the cave, though, to see that this would not work. The drop off was too severe, and I didn’t have the tools necessary to conquer a cave system like this.
So I set off across the plains. I found a herd of cattle and slaughtered them. I needed their hides to make leather armor. It’s not the best armor out there, but it sure beats having nothing.
I discovered that the herd, though, belonged to a group of people. Mountain Village was situated in a gully: houses were placed in difficult to access locations.
There is a cave nearby: this is where I can find my coal. I put my bed in an unused house and went to sleep. This would be my base of operations…for now.
Today was a day of preparation. I traded wheat with the villagers and obtained emeralds. Villagers love emeralds; I’ll save these for a later time.
If I was going to investigate the cave, though, I needed light. I tore down the streetlights and got 8 torches. It’s not a lot, but enough for a small venture.
Then I went to the blacksmith. Once again, I found a chest, this time containing iron, an iron pick-axe, and iron leggings. These are very useful treasures. I took them, exchanging them for cacti, beef, and seed.
I then created a leather helmet and leather boots, and then forged my diamond sword, Shiner. This sword will dispose of many enemies.
Once prepared, I ventured into the cave. I didn’t get very far though: this cave was rather small. It seems that this area isn’t well-suited to spelunking.
In the morning, I will leave again.
I wandered those plains: this biome goes on forever. While my mission is simple, I find myself getting derailed a lot.
I found a sheep phasing in and out of this world, trapped between dimensions. It begged for death, and I delivered it. This world is falling apart sometimes. The very nature of reality seems strained.
The grassy fields offered little shelter from the blistering heat. I found a river flowing between two mountains. I jumped in and swam 150 meters. Along the way I found a short coal vein. It wasn’t much, but it’ll do.
The river brought me close to yet another town, River City, the fifth populace I’ve encountered on this journey. The people seem friendly, but they are blockheads when it comes to architecture. They built all of their doors too high to reach.
I gave them steps, then searched the blacksmith. I found iron boots and an iron helmet, the perfect replacement for my leather goods. I also found 5 blocks of obsidian. This is a dark material, and it leads to dark places. I took it, not because I intended to use it, but to keep them from using it.
In the morning, I stole away from this town as fast as I could, not making eye contact with anybody. Am I now a thief? What have I done to earn the goods that I acquired? Who am I to say what these people should do with the obsidian?
All I know is that this world is filled with evil, and there are evil creatures afoot. If there is a refuge from the monsters, I’d like to find it.