Progress Update

After digesting the information and help I received in class, I am happy to report that I am now back on track for the creation of my game. Last class I found out that it wasn’t working at all, thematically or physically, but I’m happy with where it’s at now. It’s still pretty barebones, and I need to clarify some design choices, but the whole idea and concept is there, and I can’t wait to have people test it out later.

Jacob Robson: My Minecraft Experience

Game Basics:

Build a crafting table. How do you do it?

I took wood, made it into planks, then placed four planks in the crafting window to make a my very own crafting table.

How can you grow plants in the game? Why do you want to grow plants?

You can grow plants by planting saplings you get from harvesting trees. When a tree is harvested, it is removed from the game forever. In order to maintain a supply of wood, saplings need to be replanted.

You may have discovered the Forest and Mountain biomes. What other biomes are there? Do they offer different resources?

I had started out in a massive jungle, with tall trees and vines everywhere. I found a  tundra too, with snow and ice everywhere. I don’t know if I can build anything with the snow, but I could gather it up.


Theme Insights:

What do you do when you have collected too many things to carry?

I made a chest and stored my random objects by putting eight planks in a square shape with the crafting table.

Diamonds are rare. How does their scarcity affect what you do with them?

I never found any diamonds, but I imagine that they are used to craft some of the best equipment later in the game. As they are rare, they will always be allocated towards what you absolutely need at the moment

What resource do you wish you had more of? Why is it hard to get? How can you change that?

As I got to the tundra, there were very few trees, so I needed to bring wood from the jungle in order to build my wooden tundra house. I wished there were more trees in the tundra, as it would have saved me a lot of time in the long run, and crafting wooden equipment would have been a little easier. I could have searched a bit harder, and probably found some trees that grew in the tundra, but I knew where wood already could be located.


World Connections:

Are all resources renewable? Identify a renewable resource in the world. How is the use and renewal managed?

There are many renewable resources all around us, such as wood and game animals. In order to maintain a steady supply of these resources, conservation efforts and breeding programs have to be implemented in order to maintain the “flow” of the resource.

What strategies are used if a resource is hard to renew? Why are these strategies important?

If a resource is difficult to renew, ordinances such as hunting limits have to be put into place to stem the consumption of the resource, and for the continued survival of the item being harvested.