First house/base: Simple or Complex? Well Stocked or Inventory Failure?
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Lewie
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I have taken what I have learned from MCPE and started out rather well and comfortable within the couple of survival worlds I've entered. Each house is only made from dirt/cobblestone build right inti the side of hills, where I began mining as well.
I'm really wondering if I started off with the right basics a home base would need. I made sure I had enough storage (3 double-wide chests), 3 furnaces and a workbench. I started out (2 days) gathering wood so that's barely a problem and have even found my way to diamond level on one of the worlds. All worlds (luckily) almost immediately gave me coal and iron. Also food was easy to come by and there wasn't much to fight, unless I left my homeland.
Now comes the purpose of this post. I'm wondering if I did things right! I know gameplay IS different for everyone and anyone can play as they wish, but for argument sake, please try to answer these questions, or even ask ME some if I neglected to give that information. Thank you, and here they are:

I'm curious to see how many of you started off with a simple, basic home or gave yourself something bigger?
I'm wondering how many of you started mining where you lived, or did you mine a distance from home?
Did resources come easy (like within a couple of days inventory was doing well?
Did your new home offer much in the way of fighting or did it seem peaceful for the most part?
Did materials and resources seem almost available or did it take some time?

I've barely scratched the Minecraft surface, as I know many of you were newbies once too. I can't wait to learn, grow and maybe even interact much more deeply on the forums in the future!
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Well...

I usually start out by punching a tree, making a crafting table, and then make a boat. I then head to the nearest ocean and sail till i find an island, big enough to have at least 10 trees, and more than enough sand for windows, but small enough to be able to light the whole thing with a ton of torches so mobs don't spawn. For a house, I started by digging a room underground... and just kept expanding it. Eventually it breached the island surface (with all the walls made of cobblestone) and ended up having 3 floors aboveground, and like 5 floors underground. as for mining, i built like a little hut with a door, and a staircase downwards till i find a cave. From there, mining is pretty easy. I stayed underground almost all the time until I had enough torches to light the whole island. Then i waited until daytime, and then went out and lit the whole island in a day. after that, it was mostly peaceful, aside from the extremely rare creeper that would swim from a neighboring island or something, I'm still not sure where they actually came from. Food was a bit of a problem... i think i ended up making a nether portal link to the mainland, and pushed a cow and a couple pigs thru. then with the eggs from chickens (from eggs), I could make a cake whenever i needed food. Actually, the hardest part is usually finding the island in the first place. But, what can i say- i like having an island paradise.

Anyways, thats what I usually do... but what you do seems like it would work just as well, if not easier- especially if you already found diamonds in one of the worlds.

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Hmm..

I tend to claim a small portion of spawn then travel far away. I always build with cobblestone and mine near my house. I have started just building build to begin with and dying when my energy is low. I'm really good at not stocking the shoppes I build.

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(For the record, anyone and

(For the record, anyone and everyone is allowed to reply!)
Wood is VERY important as anyone knows. Even this blockhead makes sure he has at least half a stack when he starts before moving on.
I like basic oak myself with birch right behind it. I personally think those make the finest windowed doors. (Jungle isn't TOO bad, but not found it's best use yet...) Dark oak makes for a good basement-type door or on a mineshaft-building giving the 'don't peek' impression.
Interested in this especially because of the so many things you can make for building/decorating.
So what is your favorite wood to use and for what doors/items?

Here we go: Your turn!
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Acadia wood.

'Nuff said.

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Depends...

Depends on how I style what i am building, but I prefer Spruce, Dark Oak (When i can find it), and Oak.

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Sweet! Thanks for letting me

Sweet! Thanks for letting me know I'm not too far from "normal" when it comes to wood choice, although I honestly find all wood useful if I've no coal!
Please allow me to dig a bit deeper, and as always the entire WoM community is invited to reply:

What about your first base? Are you still where you started or have you move since? Is it the same or have you modified it from it's original state? Are you using more than one type of wood? More than one type of block like stone or granite or cobblestone or sandstone, etc?

I truly am curious, not because I'm nosey but I'm trying to learn how everyone "lives in Minecraft" to the potential end of my interactions in the future. (Okies, I admit it's to also help me survive a bit too!)
I've several posts planned in the future for other topics as well, but supplies and bases and planning for the future are important at this time.
There. I turn it back over to you...
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If you mean on the current WoM map, then uh... how do I explain this... my first base was/is a ocean monument that I spent about 2 weeks emptying the water out of. So uh, I guess it would be considered modified from its original state, since its not flooded anymore. Currently, I'm in the process of building a huge 128x128 castle courtyard, while the castle itself will probably be about 64x32. Pretty much everything is cobblestone so far, although I might make the castle itself out of stone bricks. The wall is (mostly) done, so I just have 2 double chests and a few furnaces within the wall, so I kinda live there, although I sometimes need to go back to my old base (the water one) to get stuff from the chests that I haven't moved yet.

If you mean my first base EVER, then... back in 1.7.2 beta, I had a little wooden shack in the woods, next to a lake. (beaches weren't really as common then as they are now) it was like maybe 3x5, if not smaller. I had a little boat dock under the house. I don't think I still have that world, sadly... I think I had "glacier" as a seed, but I think I made a typo at the time... :/

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My first base was more along

My first base was more along the lines of a portable home. I didn't even think of making a perm spot, I just kept moving! MCPE is (almost) the same as the PC version where mobs chase you.
I always carried with me 21 blocks of dirt to drop when it got dark like this ("m" is where I stood):
(top view)
DDD
DmD
DDD
(side view)
DDD
DmD
DDD
The windows I left open on each side and on top allowed me to see the sunrise or approaching baddies!
I've come a long way from that!
Any one else care to share?
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In a rut

Maximum lvl ive attained in a few months is lvl18, got the basics but have only ever found coal and iron, nothing more precious than that. I keep dying and getting caught out by monsters. My homes are basic usually dug in and made of dirt or cobble stone, occasionally i make a glass house. I have recently been attacked by a magic guy that seems to appear from nowhere or come out of the sea. I can fish and keep animals in dirt dug pens( cause its quicker and easier than wooden fencing ) but im stuck in a rut and dont know how to progress or what skills i can learn or how :(

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Well, the "Magic Guy" is a

Well, the "Magic Guy" is a guardian. Look him up on http://www.minecraftopia.com/
As for learning new skills... Go on SMP and find a friend to teach you. Or wiki/google/bing/ask/whatever what you need to know.

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I've had a lot of practice

I've had a lot of practice now surviving in MC. Granted I'm still a blockhead when it comes to the advanced workings of MC, but that's ok as I'm still learning!
A magic guy? Could you describe him? If he looks like a one-eyed tadpole with spikes yeah, it's a guardian. If it's a guy wearing a hat and carries a bottle, it's a witch. That link in Mr Redstone's post is of GREAT value!
I've learned how to use stairs and slabs and other things a little for breaking up the look and design of a build. I've also gained a better ability to harvest materials due to the practice of surviving against mobs.
Redstone is starting to drain my brain! Gathering materials for machines is kinda getting to be of interest to me as well. How many redstone workers out there with a redstone base?
I know I've been off the forums a bit more than I probably should, and I apologize. I, erm, have reality things to, well, deal with regarding my wife's health.

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Replies...

from Tsalach:
"...magic guy that seems to appear from nowhere or come out of the sea." Yup, a guardian.

from Lewie:
"That link in Mr Redstone's post is of GREAT value!"
Thanks!

"Granted I'm still a blockhead when it comes to the advanced workings of MC, but that's ok as I'm still learning!"
I am a block-head in Terraria.

"Redstone is starting to drain my brain! Gathering materials for machines is kinda getting to be of interest to me as well. How many redstone workers out there with a redstone base?"
I am a redstone person! (If you couldn't tell by my name!)

"I've learned how to use stairs and slabs and other things a little for breaking up the look and design of a build."
I am NOT good with astetics. AT ALL! But I am great with redstone. I could teach you a few things

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My usual practice is to chop down some trees, craft planks, and build a house about 8 x 6 blocks to start with. If I'm in a rush, I usually just dig a hole and close it up until morning. c: And then there was the one time I dug about a hundred blocks straight down to get away from a bunch of zombies...c:

In my most recent world, I used cobblestone because I spawned on a rock hill in the middle of a flaming jungle. It was awesome to watch. c:

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