General update from the Turtles!

Hello Punchwood People! It’s been a long time since we’ve posted anything. We’re in the middle of a campaign to build a sky bridge across as much of the 1.9 world a possible. We’re doing this at Y113 and we’re now beginning to add rail to make a comfortable way to get across the entire land.

We’ve been adding onto the Sky Palace to try to turn it into structure from sea-level to cloud-level. There’s no rhyme or reason to how we’re building this. We are just improvising as best we can. We’d love to have people add on to this monstrosity.

But our quest to connect the entire world via the sky bridge beckons. Here we’re looking towards the sun as we begin a night of laying the bridge to destinations unknown. The exploring is the best part!

This is the location of a new base we’re building along the way. There’s something magical about level 113 and we’re determined to connect the beams that will provide for easier exploration across the world.


And this is our new factory that we’re using to make stone to use as the railway bed. Come join us!

Catching up

It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything from our little corner of Punchwood. Recently we found some wolves in a taiga section of the world and brought one of them back to Turtle Town. 2016-08-24_22-33-002016-08-24_22-37-482016-08-24_22-43-232016-08-24_22-28-46

Unfortunately, there was an accident and this poor little wolf died. So, Star Turtles created an appropriate resting place. 2016-08-26_19-36-12

We’ve been fishing a lot lately, too. We built a pier between the base of the Sky Palace and the horse stables. It’s very relaxing.

2016-08-27_13-47-33Finally for this post,we built a shout-out to someone who is very important to us. 2016-09-04_10-16-29

 

Skeleton Horses!

I had my first experience with skeleton horses and skeleton riders today. I dropped down into the water to swim out for some wood to make sticks for general usage. It was raining, and I spotted a strange looking horse as I swam to shore.

I’ve often heard that lightning strikes can cause strange things to happen. As I was looking at the horse, I realized it was a skeleton. something I’ve never seen before.

And then, lightning struck and suddenly four more horses appeared, each with a skeleton with a glowing purple helmet. They saw me right away and started firing their arrows. There were so many I had to teleport back to my base (thank you for that ability, Lafe!) to survive. From the sky palace, I watched them for a while and thought about trying to keep them, but I don’t like the idea of hostile mobs loose in the Overworld.

So, I took care of them but when the riders were gone, these guys ended up grazing on the round island below the palace. They were both tame as neither through me off, but I have no saddle to control them.

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A year into playing this game, I’m still discovering surprises. As the game continues to evolve, I’m sure I’ll have many more. In the meantime, here’s what the sky palace looks like today. It’s going to become much more grand over time.

The Sky Palace

The Sky Palace

Most intense Minecraft experience ever

Well. Trying to create a village underground from zombie villagers isn’t so easy. Trying to keep one alive and develop a system to create new villagers right next to three active zombie spawners has proved to be very difficult indeed. I have now converted five zombies to villagers, and every single one has perished.

This post documents my attempts at number 5.

I have three zombie spawners beneath my sky palace. This is the middle one, and seems to be the only one that is spawning out villagers. They are all behind doors and I run to each one to see if there’s a candidate for conversion. This time there was one as well as two regular zombies. As you know, you can’t convert them. You have to wait for a villager.

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Finally, I managed to lure one into the door and I was able to splash him and feed him a golden apple. It took quite a lot of doing, though, because I had to kill the regular zombies without accidentally injuring the candidate in the process. The above picture is when I was able to get him into the room.

Below is just after he converted. For the first time, there was no period of curing. His infection was cured quick.

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Unfortunately, though, I had broken the iron door that leads immediately to the spawner. So, they kept spawning and spawning and spawning and getting out. Something about this cleric seemed to make them even hungrier.

I don’t trust villagers with doors because they’re programmed in part to endlessly open them. One of the charms of this game is interacting with these creatures, but this is not an ideal situation for them. If this was in the Overworld, the villager would have fled but somehow it didn’t see a threat.

Previous villagers have taken the exact stance without the wooden fence in place. Others have fled, but something about this current set-up makes them think they are safe.

They are not, despite the smugness this guy shows.

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I don’t have any screenshots for what happened next. I knew I had to clear away the zombies that were stacking up and so I tunneled in to get them. But there were so many! They completely overwhelmed me, but I managed to somehow to survive. But, the way I had dug the tunnel was somehow close enough to let them attack the cleric, and I watched as he was reconverted back to a zombie, but a much sadder one because he’d been turned back into a testificate. I quickly went back to my base to see if I had enough for another golden apple, but by the time I got back, he had despawned.

But, I had to take care of something like 20 or 30 zombies that had built up in the tunnel. I’d blocked them off to survive. There were so  many that the sounds began to change and it was pretty intense.

I’m not sure if this is going to work out, but it’s a great project and I’m enjoying the experience even though I’m sad I’ve now lost five and don’t seem to have a plan for how to fix this the next time. But I’m going back in right now to try!

First step, down below to find more gold, and then out into the night to get more spider eyes! I’m going to accomplish what I set out to do!