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    posted a message on What Every Survival Base Needs
    I love spawning on desert islands. Animals will start to appear after a minecraft day. I just collect as many seeds as I can, plant a wheat farm, start mining and eat whatever I can find. If I have to, I'll hang around a bit until animals appear, then I have plenty of food. Having nothing but ocean around you makes life easier for building a mob grinder since you don't have that much work to do to get 128 blocks away from the nearest blocks which could spawn mobs and limit the usefulness of your mob grinder.

    So if you are looking for a guide then here are the first few steps I follow:

    1.Get wood

    2. get seeds and make a wheat farm

    3. starting mining right away and don't worry about sleeping or making shelter.

    4. make a chest to store your items in case you don't have enough food supply to keep you alive. When you spawn again, you'll have all your stuff in the chest.
    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on What is the best biome to build a base?
    ...also, the reason I like being close to a swamp is for the slime balls as I love sticky pistons. Usually I do end up finding a slime chunk close to my base and I just build slime farms without needing a swamp. Too bad x-ray machines are no longer in 1.8.--at least I don't think there is a way to make them now.
    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on What is the best biome to build a base?
    I prefer Savanna or Desert because I hate dealing with rain in Minecraft. Each biome however has it's own benefit. I like to be in Desert or Savanna biome edges with close access to a swamp, but in reality, I always chose my home base to be at spawn location in a single player world for the one obvious reason--I don't require maps or coords to find my way home. There are other benefits to having your base at spawn as well because of the way spawn chunks can stay loaded for farming. I've seen videos of grinders built on spawn chunks and they interact with Nether portals to always stay loaded and keeping grinding away. As long as you can shoot something into the nether portal every minute or so, I believe the spawn chunk will remain loaded. Chunk 0,0 also is a great place to have your base because redstone circuits will continue to operate, or at least they used to.
    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on What is the one thing you dislike the most in 1.7?
    Quote from Zeno410

    There's a longstanding bug where if you start a new world with the same name as an earlier one it can carry over the previous world's terrain. You might try a new world with a name you assign. You're almost certainly encountering some kind of bug; savanna starts are a smallish minority of starts and 9 in a row is probably a million-to-one shot.


    I'll verify what I'm doing. I only have a couple worlds where it almost seems like endless savannah and deserts. The rest are expansive, but you can eventually find other biomes with a long enough walk. At least with the Savannah biome, horses and villages spawn, so there is that. Plus you don't have to deal with that loud rain.I just created a world with my telephone number as the seed and I spawned in a roofed forest biome. Nearby there is an extreme hills biome and a birch forest it looks like. I can see all this from the spawn area. There is hope for other biomes yet.
    Posted in: Recent Updates and Snapshots
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    posted a message on What is the one thing you dislike the most in 1.7?

    You are a man after my own heart. I seem to have only savannah and desert on my world! I have not yet travelled across an ocean - but I liked their old size and floors, so I will prepare for horror.


    I have the same issue right now. I've created a new world every day now for over a week (about 9 worlds) and each is a savanna surrounded by desert and ocean in between other savanna biomes and deserts. I have been able to find very small plains biomes, but they are either small islands with a tree or two, or they are on the edge of a savanna or desert biome and I can leave the biome in less than 30 seconds of walking. I have not seen a jungle, extreme hills, swamp, etc, in a VERY long time.
    Posted in: Recent Updates and Snapshots
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    posted a message on The size of new biomes
    Quote from Zeno410

    I also wonder if you picked large biomes by accident. I've looked at a lot of maps on AMIDST and I've never seen any biome even close to that big except ice plains (where individual biomes are oversized, just like before) and mesa, which i think is treated as its own climate and super-clumped. If it's real, it's pretty interesting. What's the seed?


    I'll get the seed tonight when I get home. It will be interesting if I did somehow have large biomes defined in the properties, because I always let it create a new world on the server with default properties. With the large number of different servers I have setup though, it wouldn't be out of the question for me to have done something stupid at one point and copied it over. I always copy my serverproperties file over to another folder so I don't have to setup anything over again.
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    posted a message on The size of new biomes
    Quote from ToolKixHD

    Maybe the server was on large/amplified biomes? Or it could just a bunch of jungle biomes generated together :P lol


    I'm thinking it's just a bunch clumped together. LOL. I checked my .serverproperties file and didn't see anything out of the ordinary. Every now and then these freak things happen and I can live with that.
    Posted in: Recent Updates and Snapshots
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    posted a message on The size of new biomes
    I started a multiplayer world last night with my friends and started out in a jungle biome. I've gone about 3,000 blocks in one direction with no end of jungle in sight. I've gone about another 1,000 blocks in another direction with no end in sight. From looking out in the last two directions, I see nothing but jungle. I don't know if I'm just at a spot in the world where two jungle biomes or 8 have all joined up side by side or what, but after my last 5 worlds and not being able to find a jungle biome, it was initially nice to see a jungle. Now I just hate it.
    Posted in: Recent Updates and Snapshots
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    posted a message on A good first day of survival.
    SEED: -7624497295684642637

    Starts out in Tiaga Biome, Head East for a short walk where you'll find a desert with
    two jungle temples and a good size village all within visible distance to each other.

    Desert Temple#1
    Coordinates: 377 73 328
    notable chest items:
    iron ingots: 10
    gold ingots: 13
    emeralds: 3
    diamonds: 1
    diamond horse armor: 1
    iron horse armor: 1
    saddle: 1

    Desert Temple#2
    Coordinates: 313 74 521
    notable chest items:
    iron ingots: 1
    gold ingots: 19
    emeralds: 1
    diamonds: 4
    gold horse armor: 1

    Village
    Coordinates: 526 72 377
    Blacksmith, chest 4 apples, iron sword and two bread


    Spider Spawner with two chests
    Coordinates: 574 65 228
    chest#1 has a silk touch enchanted book!, 1 saddle, 4 redstone dust, bread and two wheat
    Chest#2 bucket, iron horse armor, 1 saddle and 3 iron ingots and a few other odds and ends

    Skeleton Spawner with doublewide chest
    Coordinates: 720 34 491
    various items such as 4 iron ingots, redstone dust and gunpower among other things.

    There are also a number of mines under the desert, but I haven't explored them yet. This was a creative world I made to blow up villages with TNT cannons. I thought this was a great seed for survival just because of the easy access to enough diamonds for a diamond pickaxe.

    This seed was generated using the latest snapshot 12w25c.

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    posted a message on TNT - How do you use it?
    I use it lately in my anvil cannons. It's a fun way to harvest leather and meat. I've killed 4 cows with one anvil attack before.
    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on Is there any point to the Bat?
    It's funny as hell to hit them with a speed potion. Just sayin.
    Posted in: Recent Updates and Snapshots
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    posted a message on Most Convenient Place to Build A House?
    I usually have multiple homes/bases and plains is the best for cows, wheat, chicken and pig farms since wheat is used to breed animals, it is just easiest to have all that in one place. I also like to make underground farms and mountains are good for that too since you can glass in the ceiling and surrounding walls. Using torches to keep stuff growing fast at night or all day if no windows are used. I also like creating flat one block deep lakes underground or in a greenhouse type structure to fish. It is fun to build fields off the sides of mountains and then using fence posts to simulate support beams underneith. I just build everywhere but tend to stay away from snow biomes since keeping snow off everything is a pain in the butt.
    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on 12w34a feedback
    I spawned a new world and within the first night, a fire came through jungle and spread endlessly taking out all the trees and continued to burn wider and wider. This would be cool in some ways to simulate a real forest fire, however as I stepped into a jungle temple near the spawn, I watched my frame rate drop down to a couple frames a minute at best. The computers I run minecraft on typically get a few hundred frames per second on every version I have ever played. 12w34a appears to be the bad egg.

    The seed is 4659583315097258980

    I would try to get the x,y,z coordinates exactly, but you don't have to venture too far from spawn and this world is unplayable and I haven't even made it through a full sunrise on the second day.
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    posted a message on Is it Just me or do Villages seem too Rare?
    I think it depends on the world. I know my last couple worlds have made me really frustrated at times. I travelled in one direction non-stop for 7 minecraft days without leaving the ice plains biome. I traveled in the other direction and it was ocean for about an hour non-stop traveling by boat with only finding a couple islands a few blocks in size. I gave up on this particular world.
    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on Notch, Nerf The Skeleton
    I just hate it when the skeleton is walking away from me and I get hit with an arrow, then the skeleton turns around 1/2 a second later to prove he has unmatched skills firing arrows backwards through his own head while YOU can't. How about the moment you are about come around a tight corner in a cave and WACK!!! It's so abrupt and unexpected since you can't even see the skeleton yet since you didn't yet get fully around the corner.

    Other than these annoyances, skeletons are pretty easy to beat.
    Posted in: Suggestions
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