Spoiling Millénaire since 2011...
So over the past 4 months I have been playing....no, not Starcraft 2, that is fairly out of date....Minecraft! an open-source sandbox game developed in Sweden, Minecraft can best be described as a combo between Dungeon Keeper, Runescape and an FPS - in that you cangain levels, delve through the earth for rare resources,and build imposing structures out of blocks while dodging monsters that seem intent on killing you.
With the addition of the Millenaire mod, the RPG aspect of the game has been increased as well, introducing villages, NPC-driven quests, and the like. Here are a few tips worth mentioning:
- Your home should be sited in a cave or hillside near the following - passive mobs, forests, and water - these are all the resources you need. The cave or hillside also hosts valuable minerals and is a highly defensible position.
- NPC villages are often not easy to find, and are often not advisable as homes (see comments on livestock and spawning villages below).
- A village does not start building POHs (that's RuneScape slang for "player-owned houses") until all major installations have been fully built.
- Should you not obtain coal on your first few Minecraft days charcoal is just as useful. Eight cobblestone and a few roundels of timber are all that suffice to fulfill your lighting needs.
- White wool and bread are highly profitable products that also help a town's growth, and are usually easy to obtain at little or no cost - sell these to a Norman settlement for additional coin. Fish is still viable but not easy to come by - keep it for the Fishing Frenzy assignment.
- Chicken is a very easy food to obtain - just go ranging around for the eggs. Once you have 16-20 eggs, you can hatch them in a cave which has been flushed clear of monsters and is properly secured.
- Although most people normally search out caves for minerals, it is safer and more profitable to build your own mine by building a "staircase" and then digging out branching shafts at intervals of 2-3 blocks. This is especially so with Millenaire where Norman and Mayan villages have a seemingly insatiable appetite for cobblestone!
- Although NPC villages are generally friendly, there are also lone buildings that spawn hostile NPC soldiers even in Peaceful mod, so be careful when travelling especially through forests.
- Cramped conditions do nothing to improve birth and maturity rates for children.
- Never create stone tools if there are better ones - save up your cobblestone for construction or for sale to villages, once you have ample iron for use (see note on mining above).
- Build a portal to the nether as soon as you can - lava is a highly important source for smelting ores and converting cobblestone to stone blocks, and can even be used to generate cobblestone - but watch out for ghasts and magmacubes.
- Houses built by NPCs for you are usually not worth the wait - build your own home instead, or purchase the plot for mining, farming or ranching (see below however). I normally just prefer to buy a plot for agricultural purposes - or the smaller huts to use as a mineshaft.
- Never host livestock in any Mayan settlement or Norman settlement, other than an industrial hamlet - NPC villagers have no respect for private property.
- Dried brick, produced with a brick mold from an Indian village, can often be used decoratively to resemble linoleum!
- Timber frames are often the most sought-after of all blocks for players. Note that only Norman towns or Japanese villages may produce them, and only so after a carpenter's workshop or crafting house is built and fully staffed, with ample timber in the village stockpile.
- Secret passages can be built between your domicile, leading into the village, but be careful - as of Millenaire 2.0.9, villagers will block up your passageways once they initiate an upgrade.
- Summoning villages can be fun, but be wary of summoning them too close to your home - underground installations are at risk of being overwritten with piles of stone and sand which form the town quarry.
- You should summon a village, facing away from your home, outside a 20-block radius from your home to avoid problems; the larger villages or bourgs of the Norman culture may require more space.
- Villagers generally will not build buildings over installations made of anything of the following: leaves; timber; dirt; grass; ice; snow; ore; stone, so generally if you cannot wait for a house to be built, always face your house with cobblestone to avoid it being overwritten or demolished.
- Never run around a poorly-lit military village at night - the author has been attacked by zombies before while prowling in a Jub'uy. This despite military villages having mobs hostile to monsters.