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“Jeepers Creepers” or “The Worst Night I Had in MineCraft”

Last night playing MineCraft solo, I had the worst experience of my life. For those of you who don’t know what MineCraft is, get a friend to help you with that rock you’re stuck under. Granted I too got into MineCraft relatively recently, but at least I knew about it. The point is that anyone who plays MineCraft knows that ‘learning how to play’ is an iterative process. There are no win or lose conditions, there is no ‘right’ way to play (although I suppose if you are perpetually getting blown up by Creepers, you are doing something wrong!), and the game is exactly and precisely what you want it to be.

A Brave New World

I had started a new world. I wanted to build the most elaborate mines ever created, but the first step was to build a safe and secure hideout on the surface. So I built a 5×10 living space over the course of three days (and nights). It started as a small 3×4 space, that I kept adding to till I got what I wanted. It was made entirely out of wooden planks, with sand acting as flooring. I eventually added a few glass cubes to the outer walls and converted a 3×6 section in the middle of the roof into glass as well, so I would always know when night had fallen.

I built a mine entrance in one of the walls, padded the outside of it with stone so it looked like a natural mine digsite, and dug diagonally down, lining the path with stone and wood steps, all the way to about a height of 15 or so above the bedrock. I have yet to encounter slimes in the world, but I didn’t feel like dealing with that nonsense just yet.

A few days later I saw a video of someone building a massive mob trap for anything around his house using a clever combination of directional water, lava and cactus traps, and glass dividers. I decided I eventually wanted to do the same and dug out a 2×2 area inside my house to create an infinite water supply point. Once that was filled, I though to myself, why not build an infinite lava supply as well that could double as an incinerator? So in the corner opposite the water supply point, I dug a 2×2 hole for lava. I took two buckets down into the mine and tapped a lava vein to bring back up.

Then I poured lava into the hole and thus started my worst night in MineCraft.

Darkness, Creepers and Fire

It was night time when I poured lava into that hole, not realizing that it was adjacent to wooden walls in the corner. A few moments later, as I had my back to the lava pool, putting new iron ore into the furnace for some hot, smelting action, I heard something sizzle and pop behind me. I turned around. The entire northern wall of my house was gone, only the glass cubes remained, and fire was quickly spreading both along the eastern and western walls. I had a ton of stone and sand on me from some excavation I had conducted just prior to sunset, so I quickly rushed to the spot and first plugged the lava hole.

By this point parts of the ceiling were on fire. As soon as I turned left to start replacing that wall and put out the fire by simply closing off the faces of the wood blocks that were aflame, I get hit in the chest by an arrow. A bow and arrow are hot-keyed to my “7” key, so I take that out, and machine-gun fire arrows at the skeleton till it goes down.

But now I have only two hearts left. The house is built so I can get to the ceiling by climbing on the mine outside. So I run out, hoping to avoid any more monsters and frantically try to climb up the side, only to realize that the base wooden blocks are burnt down, so I can’t get up on the mine. It doesn’t even occur to me to create a temporary set of stepping stones to get to the top. half of my house is gone and it’s the middle of the night and I am panicking. Of course that is when my speakers decide to announce the presence of a Creeper with a fateful “hissss” and the next thing I know, a big respawn button has appeared in the middle of my screen.

I respawn inside my house, and rush back out so I can recover everything I was carrying when I got ambushed by the bastard. There is a giant crater with my stuff strewn about every which way. I frantically gather up everything, including my diamond tools and a ton of accumulated diamonds that I intended to craft armor with. As I turn around in the hole to grab something else, I see a Creeper, perhaps six blocks from me, descending into the hole, coming straight at me. I panic-pedal backwards, but the hole is steep. I turn around to find a ledge to jump on to try and get away, and the Creeper explodes just as I get a three block advantage on him. I don’t die this time, but I get seriously maimed.

Of course as I come out of the hole with half a beating heart, I hear the tell-tale groan of  zombie and I die before I can even turn to trace the groan’s source. I respawn inside the house again, which is a relative term, since the house was effective burnt to the ground. But this time I open my blocks chest, extract two 64 piles of stone and a door and build a temporary shelter immediately around me, two blocks high, in the shape of a U, 3×2 blocks on the floor. I stand at one edge of the U, and place a door on the other edge. And then I just wait the night out.

Fortunately by the time it was daylight my stuff had not despawned, and I was able to recover a good bit of it, but that still remains one of the worst situations I have been in MineCraft, a horrendous ordeal I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy.

What has been your worst MineCraft memory?

Categories: MineCraft
  1. May 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    The ironic thing is, from an outsiders perspective, this all sounds awesome.

    Minecraft is one of those games where I build as securely as possible but some secret part of me hopes I’ve left a flaw so crazy stuff like this can happen. 🙂

  2. Milamber
    May 7, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Probably anytime I’ve been messing around with lava and my diamond armor, pickaxe, and full stack of iron ore sizzle out of existence. You know what they say, “play with fire and you get sodomized in the middle of the night”. Give or take some words.

    Your story reminds me of this.

  3. May 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I knew from the title the story was going to involve fire or creepers, but both at once…. that’s definitely a bad situation.

    For myself, I’m very very conservative and careful with my building so I don’t have any great stories of death and destruction. Usually when I die it’s exploring a cave system and run into a creeper, when out of doors I’m always looking around in all directions, and I usually only build with stone.

  4. May 10, 2011 at 1:41 am

    classic minecraft story. where’d you get that creeper image? i take.

  5. June 16, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Most of my bad Minecraft experiences involve dying far from spawn while carrying lots of items. I used to have a knack for getting set on fire by lava after a lucrative 45 minutes of mining. Probably the worst was when I fell in lava and couldn’t get out, then everything in my inventory fell in and burned, so there was nothing to go back to retrieve. Now I’m more careful and build low walls to serve as guard rails and carry a bucket of water. Since lava pools are plentiful I often use the water to turn the top layer of the pool to obsidian, which is safe.

    Another typical death scenario involves mining into a large natural cave system right at the point where lots of monsters are waiting. And as my mob traps have gotten more effective I’ve had more TNT to use and inevitably there are accidents.

    One thing I haven’t had trouble with is houses burning down, since I avoid wood for that reason, only using it for exterior decks. I prefer to build with stone and glass. Over time I’ve tened to use more and more glass as I like the amount of light it passes, and as long as you avoid creeper explosions it’s safer than wood.

    Back before beds relocated your spawn point, I’d construct a tunnel from spawn to my homestead so I could get back quickly and safely at night, particularly where hills were involved. And I’d have at least one chest with spare weapons and armor to don while returning to recover dropped items.

    I’ve gotten to the point where I’m pretty relaxed with skeletons and zombies, but creepers continue to freak me out. The only good creeper is a dead creeper!

  1. June 15, 2011 at 2:53 am

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