I bought the game a couple of weeks ago, but still haven’t done much with it. Since I don’t have time for grand, sweeping construction/carving projects, I settled for wandering around to see if I could find a bit of scenery to call home. Imposing at a distance, the impossible peak I’ve come to call Anvilania was my first and only real contender for my point of residence.
Of course, it wasn’t just something I could mosey over to and scale. Conveniently, there is a cresting wave of a mountain nearby, so I planned to create a bridge across to my new home. Of course, I had to find a way up the mountain first. I carved a meandering path up the back face of the peak, only to find a chicken had beat me to the top. It mocked me. I briefly considered kicking it off the cliff, but I had better things to do at the moment. Perhaps, if luck was with me, it would wander off into the clouds and fall on its own. (Anvilania’s top surface is above the clouds, but the top of the chute here was within the clouds.)
I’ve tinkered a bit with the free version of Minecraft, and there found that I could build a bridge out into space thanks to the conveniently selective laws of physics. I could just sort of leeeean over the edge of oblivion and place a block, and with enough of this vertigo-inducing cartoon-physics construction, I could have my very own bridge that would have made Frank Lloyd Wright dizzy.
A couple of spans later and I had access to Anvilania. I lit the way with torches and built small walls for the bridge, and took stock of my new home in the sky. Except… it almost really felt more like a shrine. It was livestock-free, and fairly flat on top. There was a single tree in the center of the peak, and a trio of geographical features I’ve found to be great meditation points. There’s the Diving Board, where I can get clear screenshots of a large swath of neighboring terrain:
The Zen Shelf, a natural porch that lets me view the other half of the world , dangle my legs off the abyss and dream of dropping anvils on the barbarians below (Anvil Zen, anyway):
And finally, the Pouting Porch, a curious little spot on the island where the only way to safety is back the way you came (without building a new skyrail, anyway). It’s that little corner under the crosshairs, under the torch. It’s a nice place to find perspective, since so many deadly accidents in Minecraft seem to be self-inflicted. This is especially true when playing on Peaceful mode like I am. No monsters, but you can still drown, burn or fall to your death. Anyway, this will likely be where I start to carve my home into the interior of Anvilania. Not much of a front porch, but it should be easy to take care of door to door salesmen.
Speaking of dying, though, I just had to test out my high diving skills, since it turned out that there was a nice little pond below Anvilania.
…yeah, water needs to be at least two blocks deep to save divers from bodily injury. Once I found my way back to Anvilania from the spawn point, that was my first project; carving out the pool to make it deeper. After that, I carved a locker room out of the wall nearby (which is really just storage, but since it almost looks like a rec center locker room, I figured it was for pool visitors) and cleaned out some of the nearby sand. This, so I could make glass, of course.
In the meantime, the chicken had found me again, and brought reinforcements. By the time I had enough sand for the glass I wanted, there were three chickens, a cow, a sheep, and two pigs lounging in the pool. I considered keeping them there (since clearing out the pool area had left it impossible to escape), but eventually built a ramp out. I want clean water for my visitors. (The nearby waterfall comes in on the left and flushes water out on the right.)
I decided I wanted a new path up the mountain to Anvilania, so I set about scouting a path. My first path got too steep too soon, so I abandoned it. I considered carving a spiral tunnel up through the mountain near the waterfall, but decided that would take too long and would be pretty boring. I tried another path up the mountain, and with minimal carving and building, managed to make a nice sweeping path back up to my skypath.
Then I destroyed the skypath and remade it in glass.
It’s much easier now to see where you can dive from, and now that the water is deep enough, it’s possible to actually enjoy the trip.
With that, I jumped once more into the pool, then visited the locker room and emptied my pockets. I wandered off to see what that other big mountain was just across the bay. The swim was refreshing, but it’s alarming how quickly I sink if I let myself. Most disturbing, though… the chicken beat me to the other side.
It was guarding a grave of some sort. (Yes, it came like that out of the random terrain generator. Halloweeny.)
Waterfalls notwithstanding, I’m not sure I like this place.
Looking back in the evening after a nice fried chicken dinner, it’s nice to see my path on the mountain and the torches I lit for the Anvilania shrine.
I’ll be going back in the morning. I suspect there’s ore to be mined under the mountain. There shouldn’t be any chickens there. Who knows what I might find?
…and that makes all the difference. Exploring and experimenting make me happy.