The Diamond Hammer: Minecraft creations from the host of the Hammer Of Retribution Ogg-Cast

 

PROJECT 15: THE CATS AND THE JUNGLE

   
Project coordinates: X +4902 : Y +68 : Z -547
Date completed: 6 June 2015
Minecraft day completed: 3027

Something tells me my all-new and fantastic base is rather lacking in pets.

Way back at the beginning of Rejectland, before I'd even thought of making an XP farm (which was one of the first things I did here), I had a pack of dogs for hunting mobs easily at night, to pick up their drops and gain experience quickly. That I'd spawned slap bang next to a Taiga (the old, cold version) made that a lot easier to get done. And this led, shortly, to turning a zombie spawner into a dog food farm to keep their strength up, which then became the XP farm that negated the need for the dogs. I did have cats as well, of all three varieties, just for the same of completion... and I also had a jungle practically on my doorstep. Well, here, I don't. I did find a jungle way out west (3 km or so away) at the very beginning of this world - it was one of the first things I did, so I could grab some saplings and give myself a much easier route to masses of jungle wood that would supply me with fences, chests, doors, sticks, torches, trap doors, and any other kind of wooden paraphernalia I might need to create the massive ironworks with.

Since obtaining the Rejectland cats - which would have been back in the 1.3 days, most likely - I've noticed that the jungle biomes cause a massive amount more lag than they ever used to, plus ocelots seem to be a lot rarer. One of the subsidiary worlds I made to amuse myself between updates when I'd done enough on Rejectland involved a lot of waiting in one place in a jungle to see if an ocelot would spawn, and even though I cleared a load of free grassland, none of them ever did. Most of these changes look to have happened in the great 1.7 world rehash, for reasons I will probably never understand.

So I thought a small project could be to go and find a new jungle in this world and see if I would have any more luck... and start something else for the future while I was at it. Somewhere out east, I found the perfect location - an island entirely covered in jungle, which will be just fine for a future self-contained project.