So this is the second round of Minecraft builds in the same world as the last time. I built a highway from the original mine, then thanks to a decision to build a "skyway" over a pretty flowered glen ended up hovering over the water. Rather than keep going I ended up building a hovering platform, and from there kept adding to it. At this point I think it is pretty much done.
|The Northern Outpost|
(Probably more intricate than Home Base is right now)
So thanks to the marvel that is gravel, I've added some "legs" to give the illusion of support. I've built a second level where the "workshop" stuff is. And the third level is a Solar Cathedral.
|Dawn in the Solar Cathedral|
Glass is a pain to collect in my current world because sand isn't anywhere near where I've been wandering. Gravel is more common, which is good because it is incredibly useful, but you can't make glass out of it.
The other thing I've been playing with is the idea for a dam made of glass. I have managed to build a prototype using sand and gravel. To be honest, the idea for this arose when I started mining a very shallow beach for sand using a gravel wall that I started progressively pushing outwards. I figured if I put up a gravel wall, then put glass up against that, I could pull the gravel out from the bottom and end up with water against the glass.
|How's that for a view|
This particular one is limited because immediately underneith this "floor" is a cavern that would have to be dealt with if we wanted to drop things lower, and we are pretty much at the edge of the sand bar that I was mining. But the technique is probably sound.
It might be neat to try to use this technique to build a house entirely out of glass under water. If the top layer of the gravel stays under the water except where the door is, I probably wouldn't get the same edge dropping that I am getting here.
|Small dam made of glass|
So maybe I'll try to find a place to build a prototype under-water house next.