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Good morning, I hope you are all off to a great day. Today we say goodbye to Mondays Mean Minecraft and welcome a new series in its place, The Dig Report! As you may have noticed recently, we have been pumping out a lot more posts about Minecraft and because they are coming out at almost a daily rate, we just felt the old series title no longer matched up to what was actually happening. So with that said, let's dig into the report!
If you compare the above screenshot to prior days, you are going to notice that there is a huge chunk of the mountain that has been removed. I am planning to expand my starting area and to be honest, the mountain was simply in my way. Ultimately that area will be filled with buildings that will house the tools of our trade, various foods and meats, a smelting facility in order to produce various useful items, and even buildings that are meant to simply make the area begin to feel more like a town rather than a nicely built starting area.
One of the things I have learned from past builds is that I need to keep the builds smaller. This helps me stay focused on meeting smaller objectives versus building the massive sky scrapers and temples. Now that is not to say that eventually at some point I will not undertake such a project, but rather that for the short term, I want to simply have projects that will not carry on for more than a week at the most. As a point of reference, the above area that I have almost finished clearing, took around four hours to clear out over the course of the last couple days.
Well, my fellow miners, I believe that is going to wrap up this report. Make sure and keep your hard hats on when working in those mines or when at the build site. Stay safe and see you all next time!
Good Monday morning! I know it was quiet around here the last few days and that was due to personal reasons within my family; however, because it is Monday, we must have a Minecraft post, right?
As you can see, I have been a busy little Minecrafter! I expanded my house to include a bedroom. Then I got the idea that I wanted to explore the surrounding world, but I have a terrible habit of getting lost when I do this. That led me to build the structure directly across from my house. It is the beginning of a gigantic tower that I plan to build high enough that I should be able to see it for quite some time. Next to it, I added a barn and created some animal pens. Currently, I only have sheep, but I have found some pigs and cows off in the distance. Across from the barn, is a tree farm. I am not too keen on that building, so expect that to change.
I did some exploring and climbed up to the tops of some of the surrounding hills/mountains and I am really bummed as there is no village to be seen anywhere. This is going to mean that I probably will not be acquiring any pigs or rabbits any time soon, unless I get lucky and a zombie drops a carrot. I also discovered a large lava fall to the south of my complex. So I am trying my hardest to resist gathering the lava, as I don't want to burn my complex down.
Well, I hate to cut it short, but I have quite a bit to get done today. Hope you all have a great day and see you next time!
Can you believe that Holy Shock just recently celebrated its seventh anniversary? Man, have things changed a lot over the years. It got me actually thinking about some of the recent changes that you may (or may not) have noticed around here. You see, when I originally started writing Holy Shock, it was more about my experience and less about anything else. Over the years, I have at times, placed an unnecessary burden on myself to make it bigger and better. This has typically met with my own feelings of discouragement and aggravation. I have actually talked about this topic at various points over the years and if you want to know more about it, then by all means feel free to look up those old posts. Today though, is not a day to talk about the past, regardless of whether it was a success or a failure. No today, I am here to talk a little bit about the future.
So what does the future hold for Holy Shock? My own personal hope is that it continues to grow as a community. Recently, the gaming community that I was a part of shut down its site and the majority of our friends scattered to the four corners of the internet. That being Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and of course World of Warcraft. I missed them and so I decided that I would figure out how to add a forum to the site. I am proud to say that as of right now, that goal has been accomplished and several of the members of Game Slayer Nation and Mass Affluent Slayers have found their way here, but I don't want to stop with that. You see, I know that we have some absolutely amazing people with Light given talents. I want to help promote those talents in anyway that I can. So it is a big goal of mine, to find ways to do that. Now I will be the first to admit that I haven't the slightest idea at the moment, but that seems to be my specialty.
I think one of the more recent changes that I am hoping you have noticed is that there is a lot more posts being written and published on a daily basis. I have really been putting a focus back into trying to share with everyone what I am doing in the games that I am playing. As time goes on, I have ideas, both new and old, of topics I would like to expand into and write about, but I have to balance that with my own availability. So the best thing I can say there is to just keep your eyes open and provide us with feedback on what you really like or don't like.
The final thing that you might have noticed was the addition of the Holy Shock store over on eBay. I have a not so secret love affair with collectibles. My Dad did as well. When he passed all of his cherished treasures passed to me and to be completely honest, I just do not have enough room for all of it. So I have decided that I am going to slowly sell off his book collection. In addition to this, I at one point sold comics on eBay and had a lot of fun with searching for collections to purchase and then turning around and selling decent comics at prices that would allow others to enjoy that great hobby. So I plan to get back into that and perhaps some day there will even be a brick and mortar store where we can all hang out at.
I guess in closing, I want to circle about around to the sense of community. At some of my lowest points, my gamer buddies were the ones who were there for me. Whether it was the death of my Father or going through other personal issues. They never once faltered in offering up words of encouragement, jokes to break the tension, or a shoulder to lean on. In the end, that is what I want to foster and grow here at Holy Shock. With that said, I am excited to see what will come in the next year.
You know things have gotten away from you when you see a Hogger sitting at ten attack and six health! Well, that is exactly what happened yesterday when I was working my hardest to clear out two quests for wins with a Paladin; however, that is not what I want to discuss at this time.
Instead I wanted to talk about the fun that I have been having in the Tavern Brawls lately. I really enjoy this facet of the game and even when RNG kicks me where the sun don't shine, it doesn't really bother me because I have been having an absolute blast. Case in point, the brawl which featured the player as either randomly getting one of the two bosses, Ragnaros or Nefarian, was a lot more fun than I felt it would be. Now I will admit that I was a much better Ragnaros. I just had no luck whatsoever with trying for the random spell cards when using Nefarian. Did it stop me from playing or ruin the fun I was having? Surprisingly it did not. I actually had more fun trying to figure out how to play all the insane spell cards that I was drawing.
Of all the mechanics that have been introduced so far, my absolute favorite brawl was the one where you worked together to take down a boss. It really made me think back to the days of watching Yu-Gi-Oh dueling with one of his friends. To be completely honest, I really hope that the developers behind Hearthstone find a way to incorporate two on two player duels in the game itself. How much fun would it be to team up with your buddy and see if you can mesh your decks together against two other players? There is so much depth that could occur, but I am sure there is also a whole lot of pains that would creep up as well. Just imagine the sheer fun though as you and your best card mate throw down, it would be glorious!
I hope you are all off to a great Thursday! In today's edition of Mondays Mean Minecraft, I wanted to share with everyone the beginning of what will become my first pit, or dig site one as I refer to it. Whenever I get into a new world, I like to get some very basic needs settled right away, shelter being the first, followed closely by food at second, and bringing up third place is the pit!
Now we all prefer to play our own ways, but I like to be able to go about my digging in peace and quiet. I don't want a random zombie or creeper falling on top of my head and ruining an otherwise glorious day filled of hauling dirt and rock. So naturally, I have to go find me enough sand to close off the entire top of the pit. Now an added bonus to this is that if I am on a server with a bunch of other players, then I will not have to worry about them falling to their death in what some may view as a giant random hole.
My in-game version of OCD comes out in that I like uniformity, so the walls have to be cobblestone, to give it that quarry kind of feel. While the area holding our glass up should be made out of wood that matches the surrounding buildings, which in this instance is the basic oak.
Once I get enough materials set aside, I plan to build myself a gigantic tower in order to get a better look around the area. Sadly, I have yet to really find any signs of a village, so I have not really started building a farm. I did come across a large group of sheep, so I may have to go and gather a few and bring back to start a mutton and wool farm. After all, I cannot live on bread alone... well, I guess I technically can, but I am sure my avatar would love a little variety in his life.
A lot of you may not know that I have had access to Heroes of the Storm since back in the technical alpha. Now I rarely discussed the game because quite frankly I am the reason so many of you will rage in a game. I have absolutely no clue what I am doing or where I should be at. Does that bother me? Not in the slightest! I figure it is payback for all of your terrible random dungeons that I have had to heal you through. Yup, I said it and I meant it!
So last night I was playing my heart out in Hearthstone and I got a message from my good friend Edyion. She was looking to see if she could coax me into the Nexus in order to spread the Cho'Gall disease. I was getting my butt handed to me at the time by an Ice Mage and figured why not?
So I logged in and it was only the two of us to start out with. I chose Gall, which meant she got Cho. I am sure there is a joke there to be made, but I will let someone else make it. Anyway, we hopped in and played a couple quick matches and earned her the right to use Cho'Gall as well.
I have to admit that I had so much fun playing the game with this unique style of game play. There were moments that I had a kill perfectly set up and all I had to do was hit my "R" button. As I would begin to laugh maniacally as my finger would strike the key... away Cho would run! Thus my easy kill would run away and I would be left somewhat angered, but also moderately amused by how the simple things like aiming became a nightmare. I am not going to lie, this is one of the single greatest mechanics Blizzard has introduced into this genre of game and I am hooked. So if anyone is looking for the Gall to their Cho, I'm your Ogre!
I think right now, my absolute favorite game to sit down and play is Hearthstone. While I would love to be able to focus more on it and really push getting ranked, I honestly just enjoy sitting down and knocking out achievements. Yesterday's achievement was the one where you need to play a certain number of two mana or less minions. So what better deck to use than my really old Face Hunter?
Now this deck hasn't been updated in quite some time and honestly, it still plays very well. Now I know many of you out there, myself at one time included, cannot stand to see the Face Hunter on the other side of the board. However, since picking up the deck and playing it, there is quite a bit of skill involved in playing it well, versus just throwing any card out there because you can.
A great example is your second turn play. Quite often you will see players throw any card out because they believe the goal is to just constantly churn out cards. In truth, this tactic does work, but it is not the most effective way to play the game. Sometimes holding onto your cards and simply using your hero ability is the best play for the round. Actually I would say that if RNG is hating you, quite often this is the smarter play as it will allow you to set up better plays down the line.
The screenshot from above was against a Shaman who had been really annoying throughout the game. You know the types. They're the ones who spam the taunts and then never end their turn until the rope is about to end. Well, he thought he would save himself by hexing what he perceived to be the card that would prevent me from getting the win for one more turn. Unfortunately for him, I drew my Abusive Sargent and subsequently buffed my hexed card and used the frog to end the game. It was a lot of fun, and not because it was an overly challenging match, but rather because RNG smiled at me and allowed me to have one last laugh, and that is why I truly love and hate Hearthstone.
Hope the day is progressing well for you! The last couple days I have been putting in a ton of time on Emprius. Yesterday, while I spent a lot of time in game, really did not see me getting much accomplished. Yes, I did some quests and yes, I managed to get a few things done, but the majority of my time was spent working on getting the garrison up and running at level two.
Now I know I can cheat and look up some of the guides that are out and about, but honestly where is the fun in that? I have been enjoying playing at a slower speed since returning and have taken pride in avoiding any guides to date. Instead, it is fun, to me, just to go about and make choices based off of what I think will work best.
One of the really fun aspects of doing things on my own, has actually been in finding new followers. The other day, for example, I was completely lost in one of the zones and I came across this Ogre who was in a pretty bad situation. I stopped and flamed a whole bunch of baddies and low and behold gained a new follower. I was really excited and it brought back that feeling of discovery that I have mentioned was missing.
Welcome to a Wednesday edition of Mondays Mean Minecraft! In my effort to create a more sustainable food source, I have decided that I would take my garden in doors! This actually became a much bigger project than I had originally intended.
I had originally just been digging a long line in order to grab some cobblestone. As I began thinking about the issue of my wheat being outside, I decided it would make much more since to have it in doors, where I could harvest it at night. I try to move as much as I can either in doors or into safe locations where I can do those daily tasks when it might not be the safest to be out and about.
So I dug out the line to be even with the basement of my house and then had to dig down three levels so that I could surround the area with cobblestone. I use cobblestone as a foundation, that way as I do expansions around areas I have been building, I know not to plow through something. Then above the cobblestone is a layer of water to make the rich soil for the wheat to grow in! Now all I have to do is make sure that this is enough light. If not, then I will run lights down from the ceiling, but hoping I don't have to put in that much work. Time will tell in this case!