PROJECT 42: H2G2 - LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, AND... CHOCOLATE
|Project coordinates: X +509 : Y +64 : Z +380
The Answer to the Great Question... of Life, the Universe and Everything... is... forty-two.
- Deep Thought, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, chapter 27
I admit, until a few weeks ago I'd never read The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. I'd never listened to the original 1978 radio series the books were based on, I hadn't realised the radio show came first, I'd never seen the 1981 TV series, I'd never seen the 2005 film. But I knew a fair bit about it - why Earth was demolished in the first place, the existence of the Babel fish, the sudden non-existence of God, and the significance of the number 42. With Project 42 in Sinclair's Foundry looming large on the horizon, I had to find a way to crowbar both a shedload of references to The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and something related to Sinclair computers into a project that would also be useful in this Minecraft world...
...and the stars aligned as perfectly as Magrathea's twin suns setting one just slightly after the other when I realised it could be the theme of the as-yet-unbuilt cocoa farm. Originally I'd planned to use the purpur blocks to make something resembling a giant bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk - this was planned so far back that 1.9 was still in the snapshot stage, hence why it wasn't part of the original run of food farms. And where would the Sinclair references be? The problem solved itself as Mars' rival to Dairy Milk is... that's right, Galaxy. Hence, no matter how loosely it all ties together and how tenuous the references may be, the plans were signed off by Mr L. Prosser himself.
This just left the Great Question of what I was actually going to build, and it was finally decided after many mugs of a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea. (It was Irn-Bru.)
AND YES, THERE IS A SINCLAIR REFERENCE...
So, at this point, I'll have to leave you because one of Zaphod Beeblebrox's two heads is inviting me for an Arcturan megadonkey steak in The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe. Before I go, though, how many of you noticed that in every screenshot for this project, I've accumulated 42 experience levels? It required avoiding combat as much as possible, mining ores with the Hammer of Misfortune, and the occasional visit to an anvil to drop the levels down a bit if they hit 43 (followed by Fortune-mining some of the coal ore I'd obtained with Silk Touch and bringing it back up to 42 again).
Before this project was finished, Minecraft 1.11 was given its full release on 14th November 2016, and with day 6000 looming large on the horizon I thought I'd wait until then to upgrade. So, how many of you have further noticed how many Minecraft days it will be from the completion of this project to the version upgrade? That's right... 42!
It really is the answer to Life, The Universe, And Everything.