Minecraft: Cocaine for the CPU

Minecraft: exciting minimalist game or legal and extremely cheap crack substitute? I’m more inclined to go with the latter, but both apply. A game that has no real goal other than be creative, Minecraft can supply you with hours of entertainment, as long as your imagination doesn’t run out. This for me is a problem. I usually find myself testing out the added features of the newest update, and then getting bored for a few months before starting up again. I recently forced myself to play, and got some suggestions from friends. One had me “build a boat..I like boats.” Our glorious owner gave me the suggestion “A citadel, dark and foreboding, the battlements with banners hanging from them as a dark army lurks within.” I think since he doesn’t have Minecraft, he really must be on crack, because that suggestion was insane to try on Minecraft.

But I went ahead with it, since it wasn’t like I had anything better to do (I really do but I’ll procrastinate procrastinating if I can). I ran into problems the moment I started, because apparently I didn’t know what a citadel was; I thought it was a large church or cathedral like structure. This led me to make a tardis stained glass window for my religious building, while being attacked by a cave cricket. It wasn’t until I googled citadel to look up pictures for inspiration that I learned a citadel was not what I thought it was; instead, a citadel is a fortress like… thing. So I scrapped my giant pixel art tardis and looked up good castle seeds. And woo boy did I find one. Beautiful mountains wrapping around a plain. Perfect. I looked over everything and got started. I spent more time than I’d like to admit just flying around to get a good mental image of what would be going on.

So I started.

And I sucked

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My short attention span (I like to blame it on being tired, but we all find our way to be lazy and justify it) just told me “nope” and dug its heels in. I hit a point where I knew everything I wanted to do but had no idea how I was going to do it. Well… I’m pretty sure I knew how (block here, block there) but I just didn’t feel like it. So what did I?

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I made my friends do it.

With their help I made the “castle” and a tower for the walls. Look us a few hours. All in all, I’d say it was alright for the first session of citadel building. Maybe next time I’ll get even more done.

That is, if I don’t see something shiny first.


Or get harassed by another cave cricket.