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Mindful Minecrafting: Ep. 1. Where’s the Beef?

In which a play Minecraft for the first time with a restrictive 1 hour time limit and seek to achieve pre-determined goals.  Happily I was able to succeed in my mission within the time-frame.  While playing I discovered plenty of potentially distracting things that could have turned this session into a much longer one without the goal.

Ep.1. Where’s the Beef?

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The world as it was before the session…

As my first intentional Minecraft session I had a very clear goal: to find cows.  This may seem like a no-brainer, but as you can see in this first picture, I’ve already created maps to help with this goal.  This was not my first map either.  I’d started the game near a small sugar cane crop and this was the first thing I farmed.  So after finding redstone and some iron I was quick to make maps.

The map pictured is actually a third level map.  My home is in the top left of the map.  I joined the world in a Village that I’d discovered at the end of my binge session.  This is where I discovered that there is an actual use for Rotten Flesh, who’d have guessed that some creepy villagers wanted the remains of their dead friends in exchange for emeralds? This was what got me thinking about upgrading items and potions and such.  After consulting my n00b manual I discovered that I had everything I needed to craft an enchantment table… except leather.  Still hadn’t seen any cows or horses.  Rabbits were few and far between (and a lot of work to harvest, right?).

So, with Map in hand, and faint memories of the already discovered areas, I set off in search of cows and their leather.


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Horse meat doesn’t taste as good as … BEEF.


Not long into my search I discovered a few horses, near the village.  As you can see in this screenshot, I considered turning this into a hatchet job.  Stay on task! I bid the horsies farewell and made a note to learn how to build a saddle and ‘break’ a horse.

Another time.



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Sub-goal: make a bigger map.

Pretty soon, I’d searched throughout most of the Map that I had with me.  At this point I realized that I
might be wiser to make a detour back to basecamp.  This way I could empty my inventory a bit, make copies of the map that I had and then make a BIGGER MAP.



So I headed back, thru a desert, to the island of Abe.  [Needs a better name, suggestions?]. On the way I discovered some kind of temple.  I threw down some torches to mark the find and took a couple of screen shots to remind myself of the location



So this is where I live…

Tier 1 Map of my home.
Chicken are delicious.
Paper farm. for maps. Later sugar for cake!
Like it says. Wheat farm.
My perch.


Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 2.42.33 PMAfter taking stock of things, having a nap in my fabulous bed (oh, found three sheep, but a creeper killed two of them. Must find sheep again later), I created a copy of my map, set that aside, then created my Bigger Map.  Achievement!

With a new, blank map, I headed West and South in search of the promised land of cows!



Not long afterwards, I found the sacred valley of cows!

At this point James and Douglas (@douglasawesome) wanted to join the world.  I invited him onto the world, after opening it to LAN.  We set about building a little castle/keep by the sacred valley of cow-kind.  I’ve learnt my lesson about dragging animals around in the dark from my aborted attempt with some sheep.  So the plan is to set up a sturdy little town to farm the cows where they are.  Once that is set up I will make the trip back with a bunch of other cow-hands if possible, and then get started on building up the home base a bit more.

And of course, building that enchantment table, once and for all!

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Have to delay that enchantment table till another day.  My time is up!

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  1. Liam says:

    Wow. . . this game has gotten so much more complicated then it used to be.

    Is Mindful Mindcraft a thing that a bunch of yous are doing? I mean are students also keeping similar blogs?
    It’s super genius. Who’s idea was it?

    Way to model reflection in a digital realm, Abe.
    You’re crushing it.

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