In the following spoiler is the escapades of my test-hardcore world, which ended swiftly and solemnly. It was also a fail in regards to the roleplay portion of what i'm trying to do, but I promise future journals will be better.
The seed is an incomplete quote from the end of a great show, so use it if you like this world... which you will. Trust me, you will.
Hardcore... time to create new world. I'll be sure to make backups of the world, of course. I suppose whenever I die I can just get a vote as to whether I continue the hardcore world or create a new one? Maybe when I die a certain amount of times no one can vote for me to stay with the world? That works. Anyway, onwards and upwards.
I find the center of the world and decide that i'll build my "spooky" beacon here. How do you even make a "spooky" beacon without an actual beacon? I find that the "what should I build" creator gives more mid-game or late-game things to build or just generally frivolously things. I really need a "what should I build" that pertains to an actual base.
I remember that I can use optifine and a wonderful light-map and build a really nice little mountain home entrance here. It's still not really safe to be outside, but I have to be anyway thanks to the rules of making the game better. Note the dirt pillar marking the center of the world, by the way.
Here's the inside.
Here I go chopping trees at night, rather uninteresting. It scares me to chop trees at night or after nighttime usually, but it just makes things scarier, and that's better. Anyway, I dispatch a few mobs and get some bones.
I need to stock up on those, so I can tame those wolves. I was nearly worried I wouldn't be able to find them again, but then I remembered I had a screenshot of their co-ords and felt comfort.
My lack of food inspired me to try and create some kind of bark-mud food that would sate my hunger until I find real food. No avail, sadly.
At this point I realize i'm not really role-playing at all, just sort of... derping around. Speaking of role-play, I downloaded a stock #1 Knight skin off of planet-minecraft for this world. Anyway, here's the stumps of trees which I decided to leave for looks and my revised world-center pillar of cobblestone. As you can see, i've a temporary solution to my hunger, apples.
Cleared out more room... keeping with the role-play mood, I made sure to put up a pillar to prevent the ceiling from collapsing... to no avail. I guess it loosened up during the time the pillar didn't exist.
This role-play thing could be fun. Anyway, I reinforce the pillar by adding some more wooden half-slab beams to the ceiling. Afterward, I head out to build some stairs and...
THIS guy shows up. I really hate creepers in hard mode because I can never rush them. Oftentimes in Normal mode I can hit em twice, back up, and hit em twice again and they're done for... but in hard mode, I can only hit them once per rush and finish them up with a double-hit in the third rush, if that makes any sense. Otherwise, they create a giant crater more easily.
As you can see, I dealt with the creeper by destroying it with my mind powers, with subsequently caused an explosion. It can't be helped, sorry.
Also, this Spider decides it is red and does a side-flip.
I create some nice new windows for my makeshift hill-home which spiders thankfully can't enter... I like this design a lot, frankly.
At this point you may notice everything looks really nice with the shading beneath the trees and stuff, but that's because I forgot to turn my brightness to moody. Tree shading is perfect now... and night-time is even darker. Darkness is even darker, too. Anyway, I... frankly forget if I took care of this creeper properly... i'm pretty sure this is the ONE creeper who bowed to my might without having to get blown up by my mind powers.
If you look closely, you can see Herobrine. No no, but seriously, I found sheep. Yusss...
Can't see it very well in the dark, but that's a giant Birch tree I was building for the center-beacon of the world. It was going to be so... great... and... and then...
Oh wait, before I tell you what went wrong, I said hello to this guy. Hi this guy.
And then I died. Minecraft-1, Pineapple_Party-0. I was chopping down a birch tree after nighttime being a gutsy fool and a creeper came up from behind me and blew me to high end. Not high-heaven, high END. It works, right?
Anyway, this was all within one sitting, so I didn't get the chance to make a backup... sigh. Back in the saddle again. Wait until my next world... give me a role-play idea while you're at it. I'm going to make sure my journals are more role-play-ee after this, so it's more like a Knight or.. a peasant or... a whatever I happen to be is narrating the journal, though, of course, in my regular witty way.