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Desert Survival – Part 2

Spoiler warning: Reading this before playing the map may spoil the experience a little, although I don’t cover many of the hidden resources mentioned in the forum post.

As fishing was my only source of food I’d be needing more string for fishing rods. A mob trap would be excellent for this and would also complete one of the challenges. Due to the difference in mob sizes I made two different traps – one for spiders and one for everything else. I wanted to come up with my own ideas for these rather than go looking online for things and I also wanted them to be relatively simple.

The "everything else" trap.

The “everything else” trap just used channels of water to push the mobs onto a cactus. This wasn’t perfect as occasionally the cactus also killed the loot before it could be funneled away if it dropped too close. I didn’t put much more thought into improving it as it would do as it was.

The spider trap.

The spider trap was pretty effective. It consisted of a pit with an overhang so that the spiders couldn’t climb out and cacti on the inner walls to kill them as they tried. The water was simply to funnel the loot into a convenient collection place, much like the other trap. The only problem was that spiders didn’t generally fall into here themselves but if I went to lure them into it it did the job nicely. Read the rest of this entry

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Desert Survival – Part 1

Creator: CiscoQL
Site: Minecraft Forum
Map’s challenges:

  • Build a two story house/base made primarily of glass.
  • Build a brick fireplace.
  • Build an automated cactus farm.
  • Build an under ground tree farm.
  • Build an above ground animal trap.
  • Make a diamond mine.
  • Make a sugarcane farm.

My own choices:

  • Difficulty: Normal
  • Hardcore: No
  • Beds may only be used to set a spawn point.

Spoiler warning: Reading this before playing the map may spoil the experience a little, although I don’t cover many of the hidden resources mentioned in the forum post.

As I said in the last entry, I’m going to give a brief recap of my time in the Desert Survival map. It’s not the first survival map I’ve played but it’s the first one I’ve completed the goals for and the one that really sparked my interest in this sort of map. Generally, this blog will be updated while playing a map, but since this one was the catalyst for the creation of this blog it’s included as a recap even though I’m about ready to move on from it.

"Your one tree."

The map is almost entirely sand with very few resources available initially – less even than most other survival maps as I understand it. There are a few screenshots illustrating this on the map’s forum post. I wasn’t sure yet if I was taking this map seriously but decided that I would at least try to find “the tree” and see if I could get it. During my search I came across a piece of grass-covered dirt surrounded by lava, which I dug up and took along with me so that I could use it to plant a tree on. In retrospect this was a mistake as this was the only piece of grass I was to find until I’d almost finished with the map and there is currently no way in Minecraft to create grass without an existing grass tile. However, this didn’t make any of the challenges impossible so it didn’t really matter. Read the rest of this entry