MineCraft: Mine The Gap, Day 1

By Quintin Smith on September 14th, 2010 at 11:43 am.

Sunset heralds the arrival of murderous monsters. LondonCraft, he should have called it.

As possibly the biggest PC indie hit in years (despite still being in Alpha), MineCraft demands your attention. What kind of game is it? What makes it special? Maybe you don’t know, and you expect us to tell you. Well, okay.

MineCraft is a building game, essentially. You’re dropped into a randomised, overwhelmingly cuboid world with no goals but continued survival, and you build. Every day this week I’ll be playing a game of MineCraft on the hardest setting and reporting on my progress, giving you not so much a taste of the game but a juicy banquet. It’s probably worth mentioning that I haven’t actually played MineCraft before, either. Dig into the first course right after the jump. It features sheep, flowers, a burial and a dreadful boating accident.

There she is! My virgin territory, freshly generated, overflowing with life. Look! It has square clouds and a square sun, and square sheep and square pigs, and square trees. The brown, cuboid thing in the foreground is my character’s stubby appendage, my bare hand, with which you can quite rapidly tear apart wood and stone, because that’s the kind of game MineCraft is.

Now, onto the important question: What shall I build? I shall build it all, clearly. All of it.

First things first though: shelter. In MineCraft horrible beasties and uglies come out when the sun sets, and since I have no means of defending myself (yet) I need very much to not be here when it happens.

The above cliffside looks like as good a place as any. The black speckles on some of the higher stone blocks are coal, which is important. All that’s left for me to do is rip a me-sized gap in the rocks. Having torn apart a couple of trees on the way here (God, this is the manliest game) I have all the necessary lumber. Open up the MineCraft wiki and HERE WE GO.

STEP ONE: Open inventory. Craft logs into wood.

STEP TWO: Craft wood into sticks.

STEP THREE: Craft four pieces of wood into a crafting table.

STEP FOUR: Place crafting table in world and go over and use it.

STEP FIVE: Using this new, bigger crafting grid, craft two sticks and three pieces of wood into a MIGHTY wooden pickaxe.

LET’S DO THIS RRAAAAAARGH~

CHO!

It’s a good bit of hole, one any man would be proud of. A real manhole. But I can’t sit around giving myself a blowjob. Night is about to fall. It’s dangerous times, and I need to skedaddle.

By crafting some pieces of coal with some sticks, I create torches and use them to illuminate the inside and outside of my cavern, which is starting to look quite homely. This done, I hastily disassemble the crafting table with a few swings of my wooden pickaxe and proceed with the aforementioned skedaddling.

Using some of my now-abundant collection of rocks, I barricade the entrance to my fort. Ain’t nobody getting in here. This done, I spend the rest of the night at my workbench, crafting everything I can think of.

At this point I need to state just how unspeakably fun all this is. Shredding and re-assembling the game world is quick, tactile and satisfying. The entireity of MineCraft taps directly into that part of your mind that made it so fun to build forts out of sofa cushions as a kid. Even digging a hole in MineCraft brings on an inexplicable thrill of freedom and panic. It’s embarrassing. The game’s also as pure a definition of a sandbox game as there’s ever been. The way everything in MineCraft can be dug out and put somewhere else, the world actually feels like it’s made of sand.

Come the next morning, I’ve made myself a variety of stone-headed tools- a couple of pickaxes, a hoe, a spade, an axe, even a sword. Once that was done I still had time to kill, so I turned my leftover stones into a forge, and my leftover wood into some steps and a boat. All in one night! Robinson Crusoe was a right lazy bastard.

Disaster. While attempting to position the steps I built the night before, I accidentally place them facing the wrong way, in the wrong place, and then accidentally rip up some earth for good measure. This is the worst thing. It is the apocalypse. Who would live in a house like this? An asshole, that’s who.

I decide to take out my misery on any and all animals docile enough to be nearby.

A discovery! While attempting to murder a sheep with my sword I find myself hacking blocks of cloth off of him instead. What am I going to do with cloth? Not sure yet, but I’m sure it’ll be fabulous. You’ll see.

Having completed my quest for vengeance, I decide to go exploring. Finding nothing but a few flowers (which I stole, obviously) I return home.

Or I return to where I thought my home was. It wasn’t there. I continued on for a bit longer, and was at the peak of a mountain with unrecognisable terrain in every direction when I finally admitted I was lost. I couldn’t find my home. Everything I’d achieved in the last hour had been for nothing. Everything I’d dug, and built. All wasted. I would have to start again. I would have to pick up the shattered and muddied pieces of my broken dreams, and – oh. Wait. That’s my cave down there. What’s it doing down there? Stupid cave.

Filled with nothing but loathing for Stupid Cave, I decide to try and pretty it up a bit.

You know, I planted a lot of flowers when I was playing Wurm Online, too. I wonder if I’m lusting after a gardening game. As for the small field, that’s really just for show. I don’t have any seeds to plant yet. I am all front.

At the back of Stupid Cave, I carve out a small staircase. What I really need to continue up the tech tree is iron ore, and that means mining, which is pretty simple process in MineCraft. You just dig.

And dig.

And dig.

And dig. What surprises me most is how claustrophobic this tunnelling feels. You get a genuine sense of being under a thousand tons of rock, and despite my tunnel being a single, long, downward curve, I can’t shake the feeling that I’m perpetually at risk of getting lost in it. It’s excellently creepy.

After cutting out something the size of a small videogame dungeon over the course of another in-game night and day I find I have five pieces of iron ore and one piece of gold ore to show for it. That is fuck all. Dispirited, I decide to go on another of my ill-advised adventures. This time, I’ll test out my boat.

This is the body of water nearest Stupid Cave. Wet! Dangerous! Big! Let’s make it a little more manageable by plopping the boat down.

My goodness! Have you ever seen a more noble vessel? If you say yes, you’re lying. Looks like the sun is setting. I’ll just nip over to that island in the distance and back.

For reasons I’m still not entirely sure of, there’s a dodgy-sounding noise the moment my boat touches the opposite shore, the boat vanishes and I’m dropped into the water like a stone. Pulling myself onto the island, I rapidly assess the situation. The sun’s about to set. It’ll take me forever to swim back to Stupid Cave. I’m stranded, I still have no decent means of defending myself, and the monsters will spawn any minute.

Gritting my teeth in panic, I equip my shovel and start digging straight down.

I dig what amounts to a large grave. All is silent. Do monsters make any noise? I pack the dirt back in place over my head and jab a torch into the wall.

I’m trapped. Buried alive. The island is tiny and I have no idea how deep the water around it is, so I can’t dig in any direction because I’m terrified I’ll flood the chamber.

My heart skips a beat as I hear a monstrous groan from directly above me. There’s something up there, and it wants in. Carefully, I equip my sword. The number of hours between now and dawn stretch and recline in front of me. It’s going to be a long wait.

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171 Comments »

  1. dragon_hunter21 says:

    I bought Minecraft a couple of days ago, and this is pretty much my first experience.

    Also, SWEET RPS GUIDED PLAYTHROUGH
    (Or is it an LP?)

  2. SquareWheel says:

    I’m watching three LPs of this game on Youtube already, a man can only take so much Minecrack! (Also I play constantly)

  3. Dzamir says:

    Finally a serious Minecraft coverage at RPS! Remember that there’s also the multiplayer alpha, where you can do the same things, but with other people :-)

    • Dzamir says:

      And you can try my server on multiplayer (with currencies, lot of roads and castles): the hostname is dzamir.is-a-geek.com

  4. konrad_ha says:

    DF meets FPS – I’ll try to postpone my addiction to this as long as possible, but I’ll surely give in sooner or later.

    • Rich says:

      Me too. I have many more important real world stuff to do, but I’m having a lot of trouble containing my inner pioneer.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Worst part is it’s like video game legos that are acceptable for adults to play socially wise anyways whatsit anyhow gosh darnit.

  5. Ging says:

    My small cave has become a sprawling warren of odd corners, waterfalls and dead ends – I carry a huge supply of torches with me as I mine so I can fill the dark areas with light to stop the creatures from appearing and ruining my beautifully crafted home.

    Also, skylights are a must, even if they take an entire day / night cycle to dig, starting from under ground and going straight up – dropping dirt blocks beneath you until you break out into open air.

  6. Emphursis says:

    Good to see it getting some more coverage on RPS. I’ve been playing since early May, and it has to be one of the most addicting games I have ever played.

    Oh, and your boat broke because you were going too fast, if you can see spray flying off it, it will break on impact.

    • Irish Al says:

      Addictive. Not ‘addicting’, but addictive.

    • Orange Required says:

      You know, it bugs me too, but I’m yet to find a way of expressing that without coming off as an enormous prick.

    • Lilliput King says:

      Always bothered me too, but according to the Oxford English Dictionary it is indeed a word.

    • Joe G. says:

      Yes, as in “I am intentionally addicting myself to caffeine.”

    • Emphursis says:

      I had just woken up, forgive meeeeee! :D

    • Shadram says:

      It always bothers me immensely. I usually just rage internally rather than say anything due to the aforementioned looking-like-a-prick, though. The other one is when people claim they “could care less”. I’m pretty sure they mean they “couldn’t care less”, but say the exact opposite. That’s not just poor grammar, it’s dumb.

    • thebigJ_A says:

      I always force myself to think they are being sarcastic when they say “could” and REALLY mean “couldn’t”.

      I know they aren’t, but it keeps me sane.

  7. creiij says:

    Got this game a few days ago and it’s awesome =) I really hope he keeps developing this thingy and add things and goals =) and achievements! =)

  8. blargy says:

    make sure you build a compass soon. Helps a lot in trying to find your way home.

  9. Tei says:

    Hehehehe… the first thing you really need in minecraft is coal. Wood is easy to get. With coal + wood you can make torchs, so you can start digging. As soon you have some rocks, you can make some rock-based pickaxes.
    From theres… you built and built and enhance your equipament, replace it wen break.
    Some obvious buildings are “beacons”, like gigant turrets that will help you search your home if you get lost, and crafting stations.. with lots of furnaces to make some really strong industry.
    There are more resources in caves, so probably you have to go there.
    I have read that dificult mode is easier than normal, because a bug. The mobs in Minecraft can really be scary. And make lots of sounds, like ssssHHHHHHSss…. krek krek, kreck… the sounds of his hunger for your meat..

  10. Rich says:

    “But I can’t sit around giving myself a blowjob.”

    A lamentable fact of life for all of us. The curse of the modern age is that we’re now all far to busy to just sit back, suck our own salty bulb, and let the world go by. Oh, for a simpler time.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Your post is made more enjoyable by imaging the head of Nixon is saying that.

  11. poop says:

    you will probably get more minerals if you find a cave and go on a dungeon adventure than if you just mine like a baby

    • P7uen says:

      You need more iron?

      Surely not!

    • Sigma Draconis says:

      He’s right, though. You have to go deep — real deep if you want to find the best ore. Braving Zombies, Skeletons, Spiders and Creepers in the deepest reaches pays off.

    • Rich says:

      What does he look like, some smelly goblin? The man is clearly a dwarf, and dwarfs don’t go spelunking, they dig!

    • JB says:

      @P7uen – I’m glad you were the first to bring that up.

    • Butterbumps says:

      Be sure not to delve too greedily and too deep…

      Actually, disregard that, delve all the deep. Just look out for lava.

    • Nallen says:

      I take it someone has already built Khazad-dûm?

  12. crosslink says:

    Love this…can’t wait to read the next one.

  13. Mike says:

    Excellent stuff. Ignore the people telling you to go cave-hunting – real men carve a cave out of the earth with their BARE TOOLS. I suggest you find some floorplans of Orzammar and get to work.

    • P7uen says:

      Agree!

      Having no idea what I was doing, I did this anyway and the feeling of wonder when stumbling on a cavern when you’re already discombobulated miles underground was fantastic.

  14. Navagon says:

    What’s the Paypal situation at the moment? Has there been an update on that? Only there’s no sense in lining the pockets of the Paypal fat cats with money that belongs to poor Notch.

    But this game does look bloody interesting. Looking forward to reading more.

    • Schaulustiger says:

      From Notchs Twitter account, posted yesterday:

      “PayPal called. They’re going to require a 5% “reserve” of all sales. Unacceptable. But at least they’re going to unlock my account.”

    • Spoon says:

      Notch has been talking about the paypal thing on his twitter account. Basically, Paypal wants to hold 5% of his sales for 90 days as a reserve of some sort, but they are unfreezing the account. He’s fed up with paypal anyway, and his new business manager is busy looking for alternatives.

    • Dominic White says:

      That is, Paypal keep 5% of his money from sales, but only for 90 days. It’s dickish, but it’s probably not harmful in the long-run.

    • Navagon says:

      Well let’s hope he finds something better soon. Clearly Paypal is useless for anything more than a very small number of very small transactions.

    • Dominic White says:

      The problem is that no real alternative exists to Paypal. People have told him to switch to Google Checkout, which would be a good idea, if they offered sellers accounts in Sweden, which they don’t.

      Paypal are just about the only globally supported intermediary available. It’s not good, but if he wants to keep the game available to as many people as possible, then thats how its gotta be for the time being.

    • Navagon says:

      There are companies that offer a means of accepting credit and debit card payments (and Paypal). Cliffski mentioned a couple in the comments of the previous Minecraft article.

    • Squiffy says:

      So, 5% of sales over 90 days? What does that amount to in cold, hard cash?

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Will he be getting that 5% back or do I need to wait three months to buy Minecraft?

    • Navagon says:

      It sounds like he’ll be getting it back. But how long they’re going to be maintaining this policy of retaining 5% I don’t know. Maybe it’s only that one sum they’re retaining temporarily. Maybe he’ll have to stop accepting payments into that account until he can drain it and close it for good.

      It’s an extremely dodgy practice in any case. I just don’t see how any perceived dodgy transactions would warrant this kind of response.

  15. Ian says:

    Quinns?

    Short of iron?

    I’ve never heard the like.

  16. David says:

    You should consider making an actual LP video, those are tons of fun.

  17. Schaulustiger says:

    Yay, Minecraft coverage! Though it will probably end tomorrow with a single sentence: “IRON! LOTS OF IRON!” and then Quinns will spend the rest of the week giggling and enjoying the one game that ended this terrible RPS meme.

  18. Robert says:

    Well, technically he is a minecraft-baby. His first steps in the world. As the riddle of the sphinx, Quinns is on all four.

    That reminds me, when I have time to play -and the PP debacle has dissolved, I will buy it. I will start the game, craft a ginormous sphinx, tell him to ask me the riddle and then not only break his nose, but his whole head.

  19. SturmCRF says:

    Brilliant game, but has anyone else wussed out and set it to Peaceful Mode? I’ve lost hours to the digging and building, but stopping every ten minutes to ward off beasties doesn’t quite have the same appeal.

  20. Sigma Draconis says:

    A tip for your shelter: You might want to consider using blocks of Glass (by smelting Sand, if it’s available) in some parts. Not only do they make a nice sun roof/moon roof, you can also use them as windows to see if any Creepers decided to stop by and camp outside for you overnight (very possible).

    • Rich says:

      Can the creepers see you through the glass?
      Also, do they actually disappear in the morning, or can they hang around outside if they know you’re hiding?

    • PodX140 says:

      They can in fact see you through the glass (their heads track you), but will not explode. Also, in my personal experience, I have yet to see creepers disappear during the day, but supposedly it happens. I can’t even count how many times it’s been, *Walks out door* “Nice day out.” *Ssssssssss…* “Awww, mothe..” BOOOM!

    • Sigma Draconis says:

      Yeah, they can see you through the glass, but won’t always go aggro. There’s a chance that they’ll just continue wandering. But if you do spot one hanging around for you overnight, you’ll at least be prepared to fight them off during daylight. Best to be safe than exploded.

      Along with Spiders, Creepers are NOT killed by sunlight.

    • Rich says:

      Ah, I thought creepers was a general term for the nasties in MC.
      Do zombies and skeletons get killed by sunlight?

    • Rich says:

      Just thought to look for the Minecraft wiki.
      Seems I’m thinking of ‘Mobs’.

    • Sigma Draconis says:

      That’s right. Zombies and Skeletons will indeed burn in agony when the sun comes out.

      I’ll just drop a link to that Mobs page on Minepedia:
      http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Mobs

  21. ApaKaka says:

    How do you do it RPS? You repeatedly make me want to play these retro/sandbox-indie games. You got me into Mount & Blade, Dwarf Fortress, Space Station 13, and now MineCraft.

    Will the slew of awesome reviews and excellent taste in games on your part ever end so I can have some free time away from my computer again??

    • UsF says:

      Grats, you’ve just done the same. I haven’t read about Space Station 13, but now that you mention it in a row with other games I like, you replicated their successful formula. :D

    • Dozer says:

      Same :-( I’ll never leave my bedroom at this rate!

    • DrGonzo says:

      I really want to like Space Station 13. But I can’t get my head around the interface and the terrible lag I always seem to get.

  22. Turin Turambar says:

    People are hyped for this game, not because the game is already now (which is still clearly an alpha, after a few days of novelty) but because being still an alpha you can feel that is going to be a great game with some more months of development.

    • P7uen says:

      Don’t include me in your dirty, dirty theories, thangyewverymuch.

      I love it.

  23. Clovis says:

    Heh, you felt claustrophobic and a little lost in your self dug tunnel? Wait until you discover one of the vast cave systems the game generates. At first they are SO exciting. Gigantic underground rooms with iron and coal in the walls. Oh, and Skeletons and Zombies lurking around! Then long tunnels leading to dizzying shafts. You keep following these, heading ever deeper. Now your caverns have red ore, gold, and diamond. So exciting. You turn a corner to find a beautiful lava-fall / waterfall combo!

    But then it just starts to wear on you. How many days have gone by? Where am I? The constant shocking “TWANG” of an arrow, or “SHHHHHHHH” of a creeper start to drive you mad. A strange sense of panic starts to seize you. You need to see the sun. You start rapidly climbing, but keep hitting dead ends. How do you get out? When you can’t take it anymore you just start digging up, furiously hacking at stone and earth. And then, finally, a spot of green and the sun!

    (BTW, I wouldn’t recommend playing on the hardest difficulty. The caves become a real death trap then. It’s one of the best parts of the game, but exploring is difficult when death is around every corner.)

  24. Quine says:

    I’m so totally finally going to have a go at this, despite the lack of a self-blowjob option.

    I’m assuming this will be implemented for the full game…

  25. Cael says:

    You were crafting a wooden pickaxe but the screenshot shows you with a stone pickaxe. Immersion ruined.

  26. pakoito says:

    I dunno why but I cannot play this game on my laptop, even though the graphics are crap. Shitty Java-unoptimized games :@

    • jon_hill987 says:

      Turn on the fog and it should run on a dual core with intel GMA.

      Of course it needs a lot of RAM as the world gets bigger….

    • pakoito says:

      CeleronM, I can barely play King’s Bunty and Heroes of Newerth at 20+fps but this one is stuck at 3 :(

    • Tei says:

      Intel’s GMA’s can be overclocked to 250 MHz. Doubling your frames. Maybe 8 from 4. Theres something called GMA Booster that make that easier.

    • pakoito says:

      I know it, but it doesn’t worn on 4500MHD yet. I tried gamebooster and Advanced Systemcare and it rose to 10fps, 15 after a while…but very unstable.

    • Casimir's Blake says:

      All of these gamebooster and “system care” tools are worthless, IMHO. And especially Uniblue’s line in registry cleaning / PC boosting nonsense. Right, adding another process or service will INCREASE performance?

      CCleaner is all you need, and updated video drives of course.

      But Minecraft uses a Java-coded engine, it WILL require more than even a dual-core Celeron to perform adequately. My little Viewsonic Viewbook struggles with it even on the lowest graphics settings, because the SU2300 CPU just isn’t enough to handle the Java engine. So CPU and RAM are probably more crucial for good performance in Minecraft, than a feisty GPU.

    • Casimir's Blake says:

      All of these gamebooster and “system care” tools are worthless, IMHO. And especially Uniblue’s line in registry cleaning / PC boosting nonsense. Right, adding another process or service will INCREASE performance?

      CCleaner is all you need, and updated video drivers of course.

      But Minecraft uses a Java-coded engine, it WILL require more than even a dual-core Celeron to perform adequately. My little Viewsonic Viewbook struggles with it even on the lowest graphics settings, because the SU2300 CPU just isn’t enough to handle the Java engine. So CPU and RAM are probably more crucial for good performance in Minecraft, than a feisty GPU.

    • Casimir's Blake says:

      Oh bollocks. Sorry about the double post, chaps. :(

    • pakoito says:

      I thought the same until they made me run Heroes of Newerth better. Now I’m impressed.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Any chance of this running on an Atom with an Ion? Looks like it could be fun to coop this with my girlfriend.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Should have read Blake’s post before I wrote mine. Well it’s only Alpha, so hopefully it will eventually be optomised.

    • Robert says:

      Is the online demo version comparable to the full -errr alpha- version performance wise? I mean, how could one check if it will run on certain hardware?

    • Junior says:

      All those utilities are crap apart from Gamebooster, if you’ve got a weak CPU and you’re trying to play something which is CPU heavy like this or dwarf fortress, it will deliver a much smoother experience.

  27. Anon says:

    Excellently written, as an avid Minecrafter I loved it!

  28. gulag says:

    After reading this I ran (Not clicked, mind, but RAN) to the Minecraft website and bought the Alpha.

    I’ve retreated screaming from Dwarf Fortress time and again, due to it’s vertical learning cliff and horrible interface. This is more my speed.

    If anyone want’s me, I’ll be digging a hole.

  29. panther says:

    Haven’t played in weeks, but now I’m keen again

  30. mandrill says:

    Waah! The PSU on my comp died. I wanna play minecraft. I had an awesome castle that I’d carved from a hill and everything.
    I’ll just have to play vicariously through your coverage Quinns

  31. Fred Wester, CEO of Paradox says:

    Yeah, but can it fuck?

  32. Uglycat says:

    ++RPS minecraft server please :)

    • JB says:

      An unoffical RPS server is already up and running. There’s a thread on the forum. See you there =)

  33. Vague-rant says:

    I had a lot of trouble finding enough resources in Minecraft. Having dug about 3 excursions to the very base of the level (or at least an obisidian bedrock), I collected about 30 iron. I then built a suit of armour, a sword and a pick. With this I sailed to a faraway island where I continued to dig down in the hope that this island had more natural resources. I was in luck! I found an underground cave and collected about 40 iron, 20 gold and 3 diamond. Then was killed by an exploding thingy, and lost the lot.

    Word of warning to others, If theres any chance of death, put your valuables in a chest ASAP.

    • Inverness says:

      It’s much easier to find resources by exploring caves than it is to dig.

  34. The Sombrero Kid says:

    the unofficial rps server is at rps.fragwith.us btw, the current server is a bit rough around the edges but we’ve done some cool stuff

  35. Cooper says:

    Wow. For a game with such simplified graphics, it sure has some steep system requirements.

  36. laikapants says:

    Oh dear, I fear these are going to get me to fire up Minecraft again. In doing so I’ll promptly devise grandiose plans that will quickly fall apart when I get lost in a fantastically large cave system that still gives me the wiggins even if I play on Peaceful (seriously, those cave sounds C418 made are tops). This will quickly be followed by watching other players on Youtube, getting Mine envy, followed by Mine depression and then maybe Mine acceptance.

  37. MonkeyMonster says:

    Not sure who I hate more – Quinns for writing this, you chaps who so annoyingly said there were youtube videos or the more evil man who wrote the game… Or myself for foolishly watching going – heh, that looks like silly fun. I’M AT WORK PEOPLE. I HAVE WORK TO DO. Not spend the time watching youtube vids wondering if my work machine can run it and then if guy next to me won’t bat an eyelid as I dig for victory.

    Well played all though. Do you take cash…

  38. terry says:

    Oho, this can’t end well. Good read.

    My first game was similar, I scaled a huge mountain and thought it would be clever to build an observation tower, not realising that my chances of finding coal high up a mountain was basically zero. When the sun set I resorted to patching up my mostly-stone tower with dirt, but as the gloom grew I started to panic and splat dirt blocks randomly around me until there was blackness. Then the growls, first from above, then to the left, then the right, then all directions together. Inevitably, I ended up waiting what I thought was a decent amount of time, then mining out tentatively, hoping to see the sky, but of course I had no way of knowing where I was digging, and then I heard that glorious hiss.

    I got my money’s worth in just that first hour or so.

  39. Narretz says:

    Normally I am not a graphics person, but this is just too pixelated for me to eonjoy.

  40. Locomorto says:

    What’s this about lava? It simply doesn’t exist yet. Dig all you want and never fear.

    Just watch out for him.

  41. Cat says:

    How much does this game cost? it sounds Perfect.

    • laikapants says:

      @Cat: 10 Euros is all it costs for now, but it’ll go up once it finally hits Beta and then again whenever it gets around to being called done. Also note, that 10 Euros gets you everything Notch makes for Minecraft for all time more or less. As such it is an exceedingly excellent bargain. A steal even.

    • Cat says:

      Woah, total bargain!

    • Cat says:

      Purchased :>

      P.S. Wrong Captcha my bottom.

  42. Snall says:

    Hmm, guess I’ll have to try this out…though of course DF is better. Now if they can link the two….

  43. Tachikoma says:

    Cael says:
    “You were crafting a wooden pickaxe but the screenshot shows you with a stone pickaxe. Immersion ruined.”

    I noticed that too, I guess it shows I play too much minecraft.

  44. Quine says:

    Just started my first ever game.

    I’ve managed to waste the entire day working out the basic crafting process, then it rapidly started getting dark and I had nowhere to live built and nothing more than a wooden axe and some twigs to my name.

    In a proper moment of panic I leapt halfway up a cliffside and frantically bashed a 2×2 niche into the stone, and am cowering in abject fear listening to shambling and moaning somewhere directly outside. I can see odd lights in the distance (stars? evil eyes?) and ominous shapes wandering about in the distance. I would attempt to tunnel a bit further in but I’m convinced something will jump me while my back is turned. Not convinced I’ll make it to morning at this rate.

    It’s great so far. Haven’t been this scared in a game since the mummies in Dungeon Master.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Thought you were embellishing a little but no, this game truly is a horror game on the more difficult levels. I’ve yet to die but I’ve had a few very close calls, especially when accidentally mining right down into a cave already there. Haven’t found gold or redstone or any rare material yet, but that’s because I’m still trying to get more cooked hams for last time I did something stupid, and then for the next time I do something stupid. Took the glass idea to heart so I can see what time of day it is if I’m in the right spots, so that’s really helpful. Dropped (by accident, been trying to find them for a while) into one of the surviving pieces of one of my earlier caves. Then I realized that the corridor and the two halls that connected to it were all that was left. Then typed this post and experienced an odd sense of deja vu because I feel I just wrote the exact same thing as someone else did before. The bit about refinding caves.

      Terrific game!

  45. JimmyJames says:

    Wow. Holy crap.

    I bought this ages ago when all you could do was put blocks down. I quit right before sponges were developed–there’s CRAFTING now?

    Argh. I have to go to work.

  46. Moth Bones says:

    It’s a fab game, but when I watch what other folk have done I get a bit deflated at my lack of building creativity. I’m holding off the multi-player until I can make something which actually looks nice!

    The scariness of the monsters is nearly unrivalled, especially the sounds they make in the night.

  47. mod the world says:

    So THIS is what you get when you mix Dwarf Fortress with Doom 1.

  48. oceanclub says:

    I’m completely hooked on this game; absolutely loving it. There’s a genuinely weird sense of discovery in this game; when you enter a dungeon or cavern, you realise that no-one else has ever seen this before; it’s not been created by a designer. And it’s bizarre how scary the sound of cuboid zombies can be when they’re behind walls all around you. Still having a hard time find enough spider string to make a bow; I may have to build a trap, hmm.

    P.

    • JB says:

      @oceanclub – I was also struggling for string, then I stumbled across a spider dungeon and now I have bowstring to spare! Huzzah!

  49. Simon says:


    *goes to buy Minecraft*
    Damn you Quinns, DAMN YOU.

  50. benjamin says:

    I want it but my common sense is telling me I won’t like it as much as I think and I’m just going back to university and I really shouldn’t buy it.