The Challenge: You are on the moon. Mine all the resources you can and build a rocket ship to get back home.
The Backstory: You have been selected for a first of its kind, solo mission to prospect and mine the moon. Unfortunately your employer, CutRate Excavations Inc., has sent you to this desolate landscape with nothing more than the spacesuit on your back. You must survive the harsh environment, the perilous moon beasts (who knew?) and the cold, unbreathable atmosphere as you mine your way across the landscape and eventually build your own spaceship to bring you and your precious cargo back to terra firma.
All you need are the parts for your space suit.
Pumpkin (which serves as your space helmet)
Survive (I suggest playing on Hard dificulty. Lets face it, the moon is a hostile place)
Accumulate minerals (Points are calculated at the end based on the ammount brought "home" on your spaceship)
Construct a working spaceship and launch
Never, EVER go outside without a full working spacesuit (including helemt). If a part gets damaged beyond repair, you may not leave your base until you have replaced it.
You may not plant anything outside. (Who know how they go there, but this is the moon for Herobrine's sake)
You only have limited oxygen. You must limit yourself to 12 minecraft hours outside before you must return indoors to refill your oxygen supply.
If you die, you lose, and your bones will fade away into moon dust. (*optional)
A working spaceship must contain:
A cargo hold with two double-chests (no more) for storing ores
A living space containing a bed, crafting bench and stove
A chest containing at least 100 hearts worth of food for the return journey
A cockpit with captains chair and working launch button
4 engines built with at least 12 obsidian block each
4 blocks of TNT to be used a rocket fuel (connected to the cockpit via redstone)
Beyond this, the design and size of the ship is totally up to the player.
Winning: The challenge is won when a player successfully detonates the TNT from the cockpit of their spaceship, signifying a successful launch back to earth.
Points: The challenge would only be half as fun without a scoring system. Points are based on the minerals found in your cargo hold at the time of launch.
Stack of redstone (25 points)
Stack of coal (35 points)
Iron Ingot (10 points)/Iron Block (90 points)
Lapis Lazuli Block (150 points)
Gold Ingot (25 points)/Gold Block (225 points)
Diamond (30 points)/Diamond Block (270 points)
Stack of Obsidian (500 points)
*Add 250 points if you make your spaceship out of smooth-stone.
Other things to note:
* I highly recommend this texture pack to really make the experience moon-like: (your pumpkin actually becomes a space helmet!)
* This challenge requires some start-up materials. Players are allowed to hack in the starting materials, or play from an existing world in a new map location. All other materials must be found as a part of the challenge, however.
*While the challenge can be played on a regular map, the user TheNosferatu has kindly created a custom, moon-like map that comes complete with starting materials and a list of rules. It can be found here: http://johandam.com/etc/MoonCraft.7z Much thanks to him!
Hope you find this challenge fun and enjoyable!
As people start completing the challenge, post your scores on the thread or send me a PM and I'll compile a High Score List!
Here are some screenshots from my trial run:
The Lobby of my Moon Base
The Main Chamber (Access to mines, etc)
The Airlock to the Outside
My Spaceship (Yes, it is ugly. My design skills are...lacking)
Your scoring system is rather poor, IMO. Making the ship out of smoothstone instead of cobble is a minor difficulty, yet it provides a very signicant point boost. iron blocks are also 10x more valuable than ingots, while other blocks are worth 9x their components. Either provide the extra points for getting a block stack for everything or don't.
Also, the high value of obsidian primarily rewards the grinding aspect of collecting obsidian than anything else. It is easier to find mass amounts of lava to turn to obsidian and harvest than it is to find diamond. Its just time consuming to harvest obsidian. This creates a scoring system that rewards the wrong things.
good idea. I think I'm going to use an alternate of it where I've crashed my spaceship and need certain parts to repair it. I will also start out with some supplies, and use an iron helmet for my helmet. (also I am on an alien planet instead of the moon.I will try using some nice seeds)
A moon mod to just play this sort of thing would be cool. Maybe even one where you DO suffocate if you go outside... then you'd skow if you were digging, for example, and you dug into a cavern and started suffocating, that it linked up to the outside.
Mind you, there'd be no air in the cavern anyway probably... having to sort of fill it with air first would be cool... maybe making air a liquid.
If you are going to make a mod for it, you might as well turn the gravity down.
Since the moon has no gravity you can't realy use the blocks to build cause they might just wander off or you need somthing that will keep them to the ground. Maybe dyes, dyes can be used as a sort of glue to keep the blocks from floating away.
Sounds good, a mod would be nice but not necesary, a map and texture pack to go with it would add alot on their own.
I like the goal of having to create a rocketship. Though I think that 12 obsidian for each engine and 4 engines are a bit too much to ask (I hate mining or making obsidian, maybe place them in your inventory at start?)
I can use MC-Edit to make a simple map. Just a nice seed where I remove all dirt, grass, wood, leaves, water, etc. If the results look decent I'll set up a large tnt hill and detonate it, resembling the crater you start in. (and probably creating some other craters as side-effect) As final touch a bunch of sings explaining the rules?
To start out, the player would receive 1 stack of dirt, 1 block of grass. 1 stack of birck wood. 1 stack of birck sapplings (i like birck, sue me) Full iron armor (pumkin or iron helmet?). 2 Buckets of water. 1 stack of slimeballs (to make it easier to make airlocks with sticky pistons) Probably some other stuff like food.
I would say that for the rocketship to bring you back, you must use lava as heating system. Each room must have visible lava.
For base requirements:
To go to the outside you must go through an airlock. No wooden doors alowed to go outside since they aren't really air-tight.
Each room in your base must have leaves to provide oxigen. Any room without leaves can only be accessed by wearing your space suit.