Well, my really built-up mod worlds are gone, it got corrupted somehow and kept crashing every time I tried loading it, so I have begun a legit vanilla games with 1.2! Yay! I basically kept going until I found a jungle biome, then explored. I found this cave in said biome which had jungle vines growing INSIDE of it, it looked straight out of an Indiana Jones film or something. I started a mine in said cave, a staircase descending to bedrock, and I dug with stone tools for a while. I used my cobblestone to wall off the cave and set up the beginnings of a proper cave home. I switched game onto peaceful, went out at night and harvested a lot of sand from my nearby beach, then cooked up a LOT of glass blocks, then converted all of it into those thinner glass panes, I LOVE working with those! So, a cave with a beautiful jungle view, and switched back to Normal mode. I remembered reading about how Zombies can now bash wooden doors down, but it occurred to me, why not simply make an iron door? Wouldn't be hard, I had enough iron at that point, so I went and made two iron doors, along with 4 levers. Set up the right way on the side of my cave, I have an indestructible entranceway! Though so far nobody's come around to test that theory... I flattened and carved up the floor of the cave to put down some wooden blocks for a floor, only to discover I now had THREE different types of wooden blocks, corresponding each to a different kind of tree! Birch, Normal, and now the Jungle wood! I discovered quickly that birch planks have a pale color, and make a wonderful wall backing from which to hang paintings from. I made a 5x5 square of birch planks on my cave wall, then threw a painting on the wall until I got a 3x3 painting (the skull one btw). Looks wonderful. I was soon after rudely interrupted by a skeleton wandering into my house from the depths of the cave! Swiftly dispatching it with an iron sword, I wandered to the ultimate back of the cave, only to discover it punched out the other side of the hill! I took cobblestone and cooked a few stacks worth of it, then used the smooth stone to make a few stacks of stone bricks, which I then used to make a cool pseudo-temple entrance to my home. The look was slightly off with the iron door and lever, but hey, it still looks awesome. My new back entrance was prettied up by putting another painting up right in front of the front door. My back entrance opened up onto a moderately wide section of what I can only describe as prime beach real estate. After digging out quite a bit of clay and a lot more sand for future uses, I took a few stack of dirt and extended the dirt part farther out, laying down the groundwork for a future farm which I would build, but I needed to mine some more. Simply going down my stairway after making some iron armor, I went down to y=12 and began digging 3x3 tunnels to the left and right of the staircase, beginning a Minecraft Mining Grid (tm). I place torches 2 up from the floor on both sides of the wall, and I start two blocks in from the staircase, then every 8 blocks afterwards (a mistake I later realized; if I had made it on every 9th block, I could have placed two 3x3 tunnels on either side, maximizing the potential of my mining! Ah well, lesson learned). I used up two diamond pickaxes and one diamond shovel (including several iron tools of both types as well) before I discovered the true prize, one which I have never discovered before: an abandoned mine system! Having built a cobblestone walkway across a lake of lava to get to it, I began placing torches, but almost immediately ran into a cave spider spawner, and discovered their poison bites and small size the hard way! I didn't die, but I was hard-pressed for a long while. ...turns out a very long while. After fighting off waves of those damn things while hacking out entire corridors filled with spider webs I said "fuck it!", set it to peaceful, and then hacked that spawner, and a zombie spawned behind it, to bits. I then began my explorations of the mining system, which is immense! I goes in all directions for literally miles (I got lost multiple times I went down there, filled up all possible slots in my inventory, dug straight up to get to the surface, and my compass showed me VERY far from home!) Mines criss-crossed on multiple levels, and I have deliberately gone down there three separate times now to get lost, filled my entire inventory with all manner of valuable goods, and I STILL am finding new territory to explore in! In between these vast mining expeditions I would spend some time on the surface. I took considerable fence posts, wooden planks, and railroads that I had harvested from the mines and put most of it away, then used the fence posts to wall off a single massive rectangle of room for my farm. I hooked all of my three fields together, this way I used less fence posts as some walls doubled for each field, and I decided that 10-wide farms would be fine (since I am alone after all in this world *sobs*), I am just feeding myself. In the mines I had discovered multiple chests with over 14 melon seeds, which I was jubilant over as I have never gotten to play with melon seeds yet! Ultimately, I have a melon, pumpkin, and wheat farm set up now. I set up a single lane of water running down the middle, with a single block of cobblestone on each end to stand on. The blocks adjacent to the water line are where I planted my crops for all three fields; since my melons and pumpkins need an adjacent block to put their stemmed growth out onto, each field ended up 10 blocks deep and 5 blocks wide. I put a gate on each side of each field, and I put up torches on all of the field corners. When all fields are fully grown, I harvest 20 melons (over a stack of melon slices), 20 pumpkins, and 40 wheat (with a LOT of leftover seeds, over a stack per harvest) per harvest. The great thing about melons and pumpkins is that once planted I just leave them alone, really. I harvest the melons and pumpkins, but the initial plant will just perpetually grow them back forever. Wheat I have to replant, but each harvest provides the seeds for replanting right then and there! Not so inconvenient, and I have a VAST food source. Also with the prime real estate, I can go fishing anytime I want, so I have quite a bit of potential fish in my diet, plus a lot of eggs taken from chickens, plus the various animals meats I have gathered in my travels. Thinking about the surrounding land, I realized I didn't want animals or worse, monsters, to mess with my fields, so I got to something I've been wanting to do for a long time...I took my pumpkin heads, my stack of 64 iron cubes (I have a LOT of iron ingots, a good way to store them for future uses), and I made Iron Golems! I made one in my "front yard" to wander around, one on the side of the hill, and another to wander by my fields in my backyard. The one by my fields is weird, it seems to like climbing up onto my fence posts and go break dancing or something, it just spins in place for awhile. Whatever floats your boat, I guess. So, I wandered to the top of the hill, to plan more adventures, and this is where things get weird. I was told dinner was ready, so I put the game on pause with me looking out over the vast lands before me, perfectly safe. When I come back from dinner, I find myself face first in some crater, with me having died somehow! My entire family was at dinner, nobody else was in the house, and I paused the game. Weirdest of all, when I respawned and (naturally) headed back to that hillside where I had left off standing, there was no crater, no signs of a creeper attack even, and my goods weren't there. I put the game on peaceful and circled my home in ever-increasing circles for over a half-mile out before I gave up, but all of my stuff had just vanished into thin air, and I have no fucking idea where any of it went. I don't know where I dies proper, as the only view I had was staring right at the ground. ...maybe our house kitty Oreo did it, she was sleeping by the laptop, hit a button on the mouse or something. Fucked up; lost a perfectly good suit of iron armor, plus all of the diamond tools I had made in the meantime. Damnit. After I took a break for a couple of days I logged on, remade a bunch of iron tools and more iron armor, then began digging a stairwell up into the hill above the cave, so I could a second floor for my penthouse apartment. I've been digging a vast chamber up there, but I have no idea what I am going to do with all of this space, as ultimately I am limited by the hill's dimensions above me (at least until I have an original idea or something...). I have plans to make a library room up there, with an enchantment room adjoining it, but that will be in the future. That's where I am now, though, happy as a clam.