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Recently, a girl I have gotten to know over the last 2 years
while volunteering passed away. Her name was Erica, and she was one of the children
I participated in my Extra Life Marathon for (Go Team GIO!). One of her favorite games to play was Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. We would constantly play every time I would
visit. She was also a fan of Timesplitters, which still confounds me with her
being that young and knowing about that specific series, but still very cool
nonetheless. So the day I found out she
passed away, I decided to pick up Minecraft again after taking a hiatus due to
the huge fall releases. When I woke up the next morning and had time to think,
I decided I needed to do something in honor of Erica. I decided to go on a
Minecraft Adventure and build her a monument while blogging about everything
that goes on.
A little about me before I continue; I truly love kids. I am currently working at a middle school
with Behavioral Discipline students. I
volunteer at a children’s hospital. I
fundraise and do various activities and events for the Make-A-Wish Foundation
and most recently Extra Life. And I’ve
been a volunteer little league coach since the start of college. So when I lose a child that I’ve gotten to
know extremely well over the years (and one that called me her big brother
because she was an only child), I feel the need to do something for them rather
than sit around and mope about even though it does hurt.
Now getting back on track to the point of this blog; some of
my friends told me to build this monument in Creative Mode, since it would just
take the night. But that’s not the way
to adventure in Minecraft. And that is
definitely not the way Erica would want to play. She would’ve told me to ‘man up and stop
being a baby!’ I started up a new world in Survival mode and cranked up the
difficulty to hard.
After toying with ideas for the monument, Ryan McGinley whom
I met through the Overblood and Replay Communities suggested making a giant
gold heart and writing her name above the heart in diamond blocks. I loved this
idea and started planning out dimensions.
The heart would be made out of 46 gold blocks, which would take 414 gold
ingots. Erica’s name would be made out
of 54 diamond blocks, which would take 486 diamond ingots. The monument dimensions made me realize that
this task would take a good amount of time.
I put out an open invite to all my friends to join me if they feel up to
the task whenever I was logged on.
Before anyone asks, I’m not looking for any type of monetary
donations or gifts. I am only looking
for people to listen to my story, support what I’m doing, and keep up with my
blog if they choose to. I am truly
excited to do something like this for someone that meant a great deal to me and
had a huge impact on my life.
So in short, I’m honoring a child I’ve gotten to know over
the years who passed away recently by adventuring in Minecraft on Survival
Mode, Hard Difficulty and building a massive monument out of gold and diamond
blocks in her honor. I will always have
an open invite to anyone who would like to join and adventure with me. I am also doing my best to take screenshots
and record some nice video clips of this journey. Thank you for all your support. I really hope this inspires some of you to go
out and do something special for someone you truly care for!
Erica's Monument-al Adventure: Day 1
started out the day spawning at my village, and figuring out what supplies I had. I already had a great deal of coal, a set of
iron armor, 15 cooked steaks, and enough iron weapons and tools to begin a cave
excavation. I made sure to grab some
extra wood to make planks and sticks before heading down. I started excavating the cave, coming across
much more coal and a few iron ore, and into a massive ravine filled with water,
lava, and a boatload of monsters. Across
the ravine, I found my first wall of gold ore.
I made a makeshift bridge to carefully get across and mine the
gold. Once finished, I rushed back to my
village on the surface, dodging three separate Creepers on the way up. I managed to smelt five gold ingots, only
four hundred and nine to go!
heading down, my friend Tim Smith joined me in my world for the adventure. I made sure to equip him with what extra
items I had, set his spawn point in my village, then finally showed him the way
down the cave. We instantly ran into
trouble with Zombies, Cave Spiders and Skeleton Archers. But I made sure to channel my inner Michael
from Achievement Hunter and release Mogar on the enemies! Needless to say they
were no match for the Mogar in me. Tim
was stunned by the ravine and quickly learned that the lava was everywhere by
burning himself a few times.
next hour or two wasn’t very exciting.
We both ventured around the ravine, dodging the water and lava, building
bridges, and mining the massive amount of iron and coal found. I did manage to kill myself in lava twice,
but was able to retrieve all my dropped items.
Tim had the smart idea of making a base of operations for this cave
right above the ravine. We nicknamed
this base, ‘The Crib,’ and filled it with chests, furnaces, a crafting table,
and 2 beds. When trying to rest in the
beds to set our spawn point, enemies kept attacking us in our sleep because Tim
kept forgetting to shut the door and closing up a wall! We died a few times, but I managed to sprint
back down the cave and fist the enemies to death. We learned our lesson and closed up the base
before setting our spawn for the night.
found a few more pieces gold ore to mine and smelt down, but no diamond. We finished up the night by doing a dig-down,
making a staircase next to the base down to bedrock. This will be used to create a system of
underground tunnels and caverns. Mind
you we both lost our maps in lava and yet to make new ones. We were winging it
on direction. Maps would be one of the
first things to craft the next time.
We managed a total of 25 gold ingots in the 4
hours played, but no diamond. Not the
best start, but we were getting our bearings and exploring for most of the
first day. We’ve hardly touched the
world, only exploring around and under the village. There is still 90+% of the world to explore
(above and below ground), and the more people we get to help out the next few
days, the better chance we will have of actually finding some diamond and maybe
hidden strongholds and mines with useful items.