In Mines, No One Can Hear You Scream

March 15, 2013

I’ve spoken about getting lost in my own mines many, many times. It’s because Matt & I–when he’s not out killing innocent civilians on an island village and having Spielberg make a movie about him–never follow one path in our mines. See we, like I assume most people do actually, open up the main path and then follow it either until we decided to go our separate ways (rarely are we ever together) or we drop into a cavern that goes into 80 different directions.

So a few days ago, I finally took the initiative and I decided to put signs up in our mine that would lead us back to the main opening. I started at the front, and got lost somehow on the way back even AFTER putting up my signs. Eventually I got it working (took some serious retooling and overhaul on the mine to get this to work properly but it was TOTALLY worth it) and now I don’t get lost anymore. I actually accomplished something in Minecraft that is useful.

Matt on the other hand didn’t have as easy an adventure as I did. Because he decided to keep digging down into the mine, he came to a room filled with lava. On the other side of that room was a room filled with Endermen, who all stared at him when he broke through the wall. He then screamed and tried to escape.

Unfortunately, my signs confused him because I didn’t tell him I was doing it and he ended up lost even more.

Beware of Mines and The Nether

Moral of the story? I don’t know. Is there one? I guess. Make a mine that’s easy to navigate. I’ve written about this before, but this was the penultimate day, the day I would no longer get lost. Minecraft is interesting in that no matter where you are in the world; there are only two places you can get lost:

  • A mine
  • The Nether

You can never get lost anywhere else, or at least not for too long. Usually, we build these towers out of cobblestone to act as markers, so we can look to the sky and find our way home. Or we just follow the North Star, ya know. We’re experienced campers. But still, this is a problem because at least in mines you can feel a bit safer and put up signs and stuff to help you find your own way out (unless you’re like me, who is just legitimately directionally retarded), but in the Nether…

…well, a while ago Matt & I tried to go there to find Netherwarts for some Potions. We spent the next 3 times we played trying to get OUT of the Nether. Not only is the Nether a harder place to survive to begin with, but you don’t really have a way to get materials there, and if you get lost in a mine THERE that you create…forget it. Just start a new game. Somehow I escaped, and Matt died and lost all his stuff, but in the end we were just thankful to be home. In fact that might be what spurred my idea to put up signs in the mine.

You know when you read these articles about us, we sound pretty pathetic, don’t we?

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