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This is chapter one in my ongoing adventures in Lexland, my latest Minecraft world. I’ll try and have the subsequent chapters up on a regular schedule.

Me In Minecraft

This is Me In Minecraft, my weekly log on my attempts to get to my ultimate goal: the nether. I’d been there once, but once there I was encased in a cave and never did find my way out to the larger (under)world. With that in mind, my goal in this series is to build a good, strong base, get the materials required, and go to the nether for real.

I was playing on my latest world and was spelunking in a cave, looking for rare minerals when I got attacked by a skeleton. Bad enough, right? Well, both he and I are in running water from a waterfall so I can’t close the distance to kill him. I had iron ore, tools, coal, and other stuff so I didn’t want to die. I was fighting the current when BOOM! I got blown up by a creeper that came from deeper in the cave. I ate some cooked pork to get back from 1 heart and finally got close enough to pop the skeleton and live. Phew. That was enough to chase me from that cave for now.

My house was constantly filled with zombie noises which was very annoying. I also had a natural cave system some ways behind my home with an open-air entrance that I blocked off and lit to claim as my own. While digging there I came close – really close – to the zombie noises but I couldn’t find them before the sun set. I went back into my home and dug back towards where I heard the noises from and found my other cave. Yay! I also found the zombies. Boo! They were in a natural cave literally one block from where I had dug from the other side. I killed them and blocked off the larger section for now so I can mine the cave they were in.

Me In Minecraft

Here’s where I spawned in the world.I thought this natural formation was awesome so I’m not destroying it. My house is located in the left part of this screenshot, but it wasn’t built at this time. You can almost, kind of see the cave I mentioned on the left side that I use for mining. My house was eventually built to the left of that.

Me In Minecraft

Fire!! I saw fire shortly after I spawned and rant to it instinctively (I’m not real bright). It turned out that there’s a random lava pool near the archway. It set fire to these trees, but thankfully that’s as far as the blaze got. A massive forest fire would have made for an exciting start, now wouldn’t it?

Me In Minecraft

Here’s my house. What was once a hole in the mountain is now a pseudo hobbit home. I was just going to build an arch with torches on it so I could see it from far away, but ultimately extended them back to the mountainside to expand my home. I still needed some way to find my home, though.

Me In Minecraft

This stone arrow didn’t help, so I built a larger guide.

Me In Minecraft

Step one: Built a really tall stone tower. Step two, pour water on top to get back down.

Me In Minecraft

My water tower stands on a plateau in front of my house.See that dirt block near the top of my water tower? There’s a story there. After I built the tower, poured the water and rode it down to the ground, I turned around to admire it and the water was gone! WTF? I had to build back up to it and I found out that it had frozen. Gah! I built that dirt bracket at the top with some torches to keep the water from freezing. So far, it’s worked. I’m going to hold my breath and hope that it keeps working – I don’t want to climb all the freaking way back up there again!