VikingDad – Minecraft Blues #89 – The Nether (aka Hot Hot Lava)

So, up until our second controller for the Xbox360 broke, Charlotte and I would play together and worked to build a safe, secure village: one with a fence to keep out nasty mobs, and plenty of doors to generate a good population of villagers.  We’ve done quite well with it, have a huge farm,  a chest full of food (including over 640 baked potatoes) and have secured a nice, lava and obsidian rich ravine. It is on that note that brings us to the next step.  Exploring the Nether.

Up until this point, I had never played in the Nether (it doesn’t really exist as such in the Pocket Edition, though I have utilized my fair share of nether reactors, but that’s for another post)  and it looked like fun… until I went there.

My first comment was, “Wow, this Nether Quartz sure is plentiful…” to which Charlotte replied, “Well yeah, it’s like what the world is made from…” in that “duh” tone of voice.   The snark is strong with this one.   As with anything, however, I’ve learned that patience and stamina outlast blustery snark every time.

It was not long after our original foray into the Nether that, loaded down with Nether Quartz and Netherrack, that we spotted in the distance (over the ubiquitous sea of lava) the tell-tale signs of a Nether Fortress.  Excited, we started looking for a way to get there.

I discovered that Steve (or in this case, Boba Fett, as I’ve downloaded the Star Wars skin pack), however resilient he is (able to punch down trees and the like) he is certainly not fireproof.  I was mining (with my Unbreaking I Diamond Pick) my way to a lower level when I opened up the bottom of a hidden lava pool.  Yeah, I caught on fire. I panicked.  I couldn’t get up the makeshift staircase fast enough.  Fortunately I wasn’t on fire forever and didn’t end up dying, but I did take some serious damage.  So I went back to my old fallback… the term Ben likes to call, “Sneaky-mode”.  This way, you don’t actually fall off blocks and can build physics-defying bridges.

I set to work building one while Charlotte looked for another way (or harvested more Nether Quartz or Nether Wart, or Soul Sand…) around.

Well, five minutes and two Oola deaths later (that’s the skin she was playing with). We made it.  Not much of one, but it was something and we got a ton of Nether Brick (which made for a great addition to my house in the Overworld).

So, after two deaths (by falling into lava), her snark wasn’t as strong. Still, though, she maintained it throughout.

Yeah… I’m proud.

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Stephan aka Viking Dad (or Dad the Viking), has lived most of his life in a state of transience, moving from state to state in an effort to gain experience, loot and renown. Now that he’s older (and presumably wiser for all that experience) he’s become quite a bit less transient (having lived in the same place now for over six years). He is married to an awesome pink-haired dual-classed seamstress/shield maiden and is raising two incredibly creative (not to mention unrestrained) children to live a creative lifestyle. This blog is not only an expression of that desire, but a record, an archive for those children and those children’s children to learn about the trials and tribulations of leading such a lifestyle.