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

 

PROJECT 9: JEFF MINTER'S LLAMA FRIENDLY WOOLLY JUMPER FACILITY

   
Project coordinates: X +605 : Y +71 : Z -18
Date completed: 3 February 2015
Minecraft day completed: approx. 2370

Midway through the build of Spectrum Tower (where I ran out of emeralds), I realised I was going to need a lot of wool to make the carpet with. I calculated how much of each colour I'd need, and saw the scale of the task. Merely keeping a few sheep in a pen wasn't going to cut the mustard. However, I remembered from way back in the day when I first started watching YouTube videos of Minecraft machines, JL2579's Super Fast Sheepfarm. Unfortunately, it does require an annoyingly large amount of redstone trickery to slow the minecart down and make it work the way he designed it to do (in ein very efficient und Churman way, ja)... but then I thought... if I'm only visiting occasionally I'll make a simple version where the cart travels at full whack all the time on a mass of gold rails, and all I have to do is ride the cart and hold the right mouse button (or, better still, redefine it and clamp down the action button with a bulldog clip). If the shears miss any of the sheep - not to worry, I'll be back for a second pass in a few seconds!

The gaming reference in this building is a mildly controversial one given my overwhelming Sinclair theme of the world. Jeff Minter, who looks a bit like what I will circa 2025, was well known in the 1980s for his bizarre shoot'em-ups that usually involved llamas for reasons which have never been fully explained. However, he's a dyed-in-the-wool (geddit?) hippy, whose lifestyle choice I doubt I'll be copying any time soon, and... his games were mostly programmed on a Commodore 64 *hiss* *spit*! Despite this, I can certainly let him off because some of his games were ported to the Spectrum, which I've shown below.

Anyway, what really sticks out about Jeff is his fondness for woolly jumpers. While I couldn't hope to recreate this one with all the llamas on it, we do have a more restrained design which may well be a traditional Icelandic pattern.

No llamas were harmed in the construction or use of this farm.

This farm has been updated: see Project 47: Loose Ends.

Typical production rate per shears: 506 wool blocks in 6 minutes, 50 seconds if the sheep all start fully clothed, or 9 minutes 40 seconds if they have all been sheared already.