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Re: Minecraft

Post by dbt1949 » Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:30 pm

Well, there went that game. China IS NOT on the bottom of the world. Endless sky, eternity and death are. I didn't think the world was that shallow.
I'm going for a regular world next time.
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Re: Minecraft

Post by Isgrimnur » Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:33 pm

With digging instincts like that, you should be playing Dwarf Fortress.
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Re: Minecraft

Post by Blackhawk » Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:38 pm

dbt1949 wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:30 pm
Well, there went that game. China IS NOT on the bottom of the world. Endless sky, eternity and death are. I didn't think the world was that shallow.
I'm going for a regular world next time.
This is a function of the creative world. The normal worlds are really, really deep and have a hard bottom.
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Re: Minecraft

Post by Cylus Maxii » Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:58 pm

The MP server is going well - though it does lag if 3 or more people are on and somebody is travelling in previously unmapped territory. I blame it on world gen. We have space if anybody else would like to join. Its heavily modded, so it would be best to have some experience with that.
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Re: Minecraft

Post by Cylus Maxii » Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:08 pm

MP server projects update: I got my Storage Drawers sorting system up last night. It was kind of driven forward by me setting up a automated mob farm and having a lot of drops. I have been deleting/voiding most of them since it was filling up inventory at my mob farm. On the good side, I filled a couple of Iron Drums up with liquid essence/XP that I can use for my mob generator (specific mobs vs random).

My other issue was that a crate filled on the junk output for my refining and it stopped working. When I found out, all of the fuel reserve (I'm using tree oil) in the drum was already burned off by my generators and they were within a few hours of shutting back down once their piping and internal tanks were emptied. I noticed right before I started a big processing job that would have drained them in minutes. Man, it would have been a pain to jump start it again. As it was, I had to turn off everything I wasn't using (like the mob farm) and just let it build a reserve. I doubled the size of the tree oil (resin) farm to make sure it is ahead of the idle rate used by the generators (they have a lot more waste/leak losses when idling since I've upgraded them a couple of levels). I hope the reserve will be refilled to maximum capacity by tonight.

I already have fairly good automated ore processing using upgraded pulverizers and powered furnaces. But I really need to setup a matter-energy storage system using either Refined Storage or Applied Energistics (both mods are on the server) before I even think about automated mining. Plus, I need to use it to connect the storage drawers in so I can craft without constantly running down to my basement for supplies.

If anybody needs either plastic or steel - I have setup production of both and would be happy to pass some on. I also have pink slime and pink slime ingots.
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Re: Minecraft

Post by Cylus Maxii » Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:29 pm

MP server progress update (for Wednesday night):

OK - so no base-building progress last night, I just re-arranged my storage drawers a bit. I did have some fun with system testing.

When I logged on, my fuel reserves had caught up and topped back off. I currently use a simple fuel loop that pulls resin from spruce trees and refines it into tree oil with rosin as a byproduct. (1 step process). I burn the tree oil in compression dynamos and use a bit of the generated power to run the fractioning still (refinery) that makes the tree oil. Its renewable and low maintenance loop once you set it up and jump start it using some other power source. I originally piped the byproduct rosin back into a combustion dynamo as a backup power for the refinery. I had originally started the system using charcoal in the combustion dynamo. I have since cleaned up the over-complicated setup and put the combustion dynamo into storage. I now just dump the rosin into a trashcan so it doesn't back up the system. If I have to jump start it again, I will use a fully charged energy cell I have in storage.

I decided to run some tests on the power/processing systems and the fuel refining. FWIW- the MP server is a persistent online world and has limited (max 75/user) chunk loading, so it can keep cranking out some stuff on auto when players are offline. 8 chunks of my base area are set to chunk load. That's how the fuel refining caught back up while I was offline.

First, I did some more branch mining. When I got back, I dumped the accumulation from that run, along with all the ores I didn't process on Tuesday, into my auto-processing machine string. It blew through pulverizing and smelting 40+ stacks of ores in just a few minutes! The fuel use noticeably spiked when my 8 generators (compression dynamos burning tree oil) were each cranking out ~200 RF/t instead of the idle 40. The processing string has 4 pulverizers and 4 furnaces and pulls about 1600 RF/t when its going full bore, which is only 50% of my current power generation capability. I built it a bit over-spec since I always need more power! At their current upgrade level, the 8 compression dynamos each crank out a max of 400 RF/t. It seems to be going well enough to keep up with processing for a quarry or laser of some sort. Unfortunately, the remaining 1600 RF/t of available power is way too little to actually run a quarry in parallel with processing. Plus, I need some of that surplus for M/E storage (coming soon), other machines, and maybe a teleporter (also coming soon). Heck, the max 3200 RF/t is maybe 2/3 of what I would need to run a fairly basic quarry and it would likely draw even more if I set it up with a bunch of speed upgrades, or things like silk touch or fortune. At most I could run a quarry in short bursts powered by RF stored in cells/capacitors. Hmm - that might be fun to at least play with. I do have a few good energy cells..

I'll probably be building out some more power generation this weekend. I don't really need it for the toys or materials I would use for base-building or exploring. But I do enjoy the tech stuff on its own merits. Plus I like playing with reactors and such. In fact, I've been building up stores of specific supplies toward that eventual goal and I think I'm close to what I'd need to build out a decent reactor. With a nuke reactor, I could refine the collected yellowrite and uranium ores from a quarry or mining laser directly into fuel ingots using my existing ore processing string. I could scale the on-demand power gen to 50K+ RF/t and run basic stable pocket dimensions when I felt like it. That's VERY tempting..

I'm more likely to go that route than to expand on my current use of Compression Dynamos burning tree oil. I could switch over to a better fuel source like refined fuel. Then I could specialize the dynamos and get much better fuel efficiency too. If I ran a mining laser or quarry, I'd probably get enough coal to setup a 4-step chain that would produce surplus refined fuel. It would go: Coal => pulverized coal => liquifacted coal => naphtha (sp?) => refined fuel. That would be fairly complicated. But complicated can be challenging and fun.

I'll probably end up building out both a reactor and a refined fuel processing loop. If I run a quarry or laser, I will get materials that will allow me to fuel both. So I might as well use them. I would keep the existing dynamos and tree-oil refining setup to run the base and have reserve power in case I left the quarry/laser off for any extended time. I will eventually get bored with it or run into storage limits after all.
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Re: Minecraft

Post by Lordnine » Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:55 am

And here I am happy that I made my first hammer. :lol:

If I have one complaint it is that the mod makes the game take too long to startup. For me, MC always had its most appeal as a game I could boot into and play for 10 minutes while waiting for something else. The problem is the large number of mods means it takes a solid 3-4 minutes for me to load up. If there is a way around this that I am just missing please let me know!

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Re: Minecraft

Post by Cylus Maxii » Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:56 pm

I agree - its a slog. I don't know of any way to speed it up by much. This is a lot of mods. I could probably eliminate at least 1/3 of them, or just pick a smaller pack next time.
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Re: Minecraft

Post by Cylus Maxii » Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:08 pm

Last night's progress - Conquered the Minoshroom boss that dwells in the subterranean mazes in the swamps of the Twilight Forest. FWIW - the stupid maze maps don't seem to work. Then I located a stronghold, activated the End portal and conquered the End Dragon. I strongly suggest placing a bed and setting your spawn right outside the portal before you go through it. I completely forgot.. The Ender Dragon killed me 3 times.

Since there is only one End Dragon, I will reset the End dimension this weekend after I travel back and get the dragon egg. I forgot the trick to collect that thing.
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Post by Cylus Maxii » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:17 pm

Progress update: Killed the Fire Swamp Hydra. Died 3 times doing it. Traveled to the Nether and retrieved the Ender Dragon egg. Also flew 1000 blocks from the land mass where the dragon spawns and found some of the outlying islands. I harvested Chorus flowers and fruit and made my way back. Nothing to see there.

Dabbled with VERY basic Botania stuff. I made the magic-ish fertilizer stuff and grew a bunch of Mystical Flowers. And then converted them to petals and put them into Storage drawers. I also made the most basic petal apothecary and then stopped after I failed to successfully pipe water into it. I'll have to figure that out.

Dabbled in very basic Thaumcraft. I made the Thaumonomicon (sp?) and the Thaumonometer (sp?) ans scanned some stuff. I have not even made the first wand yet. Basically I got into this because I have a few hundred of the primary vis crystals in stock.

I donm't know if I'll get much into Thaumcraft or Botania. But I thought it might be worth it to at least get started and see if either hooks my interest.
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Re: Minecraft

Post by Lordnine » Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:06 pm

FYI, the Binnie mods don't seem to work. Trowels don't do anything and there doesn't seem to be a way to get the pigments despite them showing up in the interface.

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Re: Minecraft

Post by Lordnine » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:10 am

Anyone still playing? I finally got my Washing Machine running. Mixing water and electricity, what could go wrong?

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Re: Minecraft

Post by jztemple2 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:48 pm

Good gosh, I put in so many hours on Minecraft when it was first available. I just can't see myself digging through it again :D
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Post by Cylus Maxii » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:12 pm

I'm still playing.

I've been working on my storage and auto-crafting system today. I mostly have it working, though it doesn't seem to work very well in crafting sub-components. Maybe I need to teach it more recipes. For now, I am trying my hand at running a quarry in the mining dimension. I tried the Deep Dark - but it was a bit too much of a pain while I was just trying to test it out. For now its running on energy cells.

Pro Tip: you can enchant Satchels and Energy cells with a holding enchantment that increases capacity. Cool.
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Post by Cylus Maxii » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:05 pm

I completed the Knight and the Quest Ram bosses in Twilight Forest last night. I also upgraded most of my Thermal Expansion mod's machines and cells to the final (Enderium) tier. Then I dropped by L9's place to check out his new machines and the construction progress. That Dwarven Fortress is beautiful!

I've got the auto-crafting working pretty good now, and it has no problem with sub components so long as they are crafted in a workbench. I would have to do a lot of work to setup process automation for stuff that uses my machines (like a pulverizer, alloy smelter or furnace). I also can't make stuff that takes filled buckets of fluid right now. I used the auto-crafting to make the Enderium upgrades and a few more storage drives for my Refined Storage system.

Next up is more power (reactor), high-power distribution/cabling, and probably some tweaks to my auto-sorting to channel ores straight into the processing string.
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Post by Cylus Maxii » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:39 pm

I ran around with Dan and Nic (Unicorn and Derpy) last night and did the first 3 Twilight Forest Bosses with them. Two of us died in the Minotaur maze and had to retrieve our graves.

On the home front, I struggled through the lower tiers of EnderIO so I could finally build the advanced SAG Mill and Advanced Alloy Smelter. Then I knocked out the Slice-n-Splice and Soul Binders. With those in place, I was able to smelt up a couple of stacks of each mod-specific alloy and build the components of my precious Dimensional Transceivers (x4) and also various EnderIO conduits for fluids, power, items and even redstone signals. I absolutely needed the transceivers and energy conduits to move the power from a reactor. They will be a boon for running quarries in other dimensions since I can route power, liquids and items through them and between dimensions. I can now run a quarry in the Deep Dark using power generated at my base, and then routing all of the ores back into the storage and processing in the Overworld. Now I just need more power! I'm ready to build out a reactor today.

FWIW - The EnderIO conduits are just as big of a deal for me. They will help a lot with cabling and organization since they are all multi-part compatible and I can route multiple types of them through the same block spaces. They also support priorities and color-coded channels. I love this feature because it allows me to route items and fluids to multiple destination through one pipe. It also allows me to insert items into a machine on one channel and pull them out on another using one connection. I can have a high-priority connection emptying ores into my processing string and a lower priority one that will dump them into storage for overflow. Yay! More projects..
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Re: Minecraft

Post by Cylus Maxii » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:26 pm

I successfully built and tested the reactor last night. I built a OpenComputers PC and downloaded a program to run reactors, turbines and grid power. I've never used that mode before. I've always used some sort of redstone signals for charge level and just tweaked the reactor to the most efficient control rod settings by hand. And then the reactor simply switched on at 10% storage buffer and switched back off at 90%. If I had something making a huge power drain, it would just eventually catch up once the drain was over. The program actually moves the control rods to the most efficient setting for the amount of power required. Its cool. It took some fiddling to figure out which settings I want to use. I'm looking forward to building a couple of turbines and some great power storage and to seeing how it all works. It is fun to tinker around with the mod.
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Re: Minecraft

Post by Cylus Maxii » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:05 pm

Last night, I built a Wither cage out of Reinforced Obsidian and managed to kill it a couple of times for Nether Stars. Then I got overly ambitious. I used the stars to make a wither builder and reassembled the wither cage inside of my mob farm where I could use existing power runs and the existing mob crusher to help kill the Withers..

..I fiddled with the wither builder for a half hour before I realized that it would never complete the assembly (wouldn't place the 3 skulls) unless I unclaimed the chunks. So I did that. Next thing I knew, it had rapidly spawned about a dozen of the buggers. They were inside the cage, but the explosions they caused did some pretty good damage to my mob farm. One of the bonuses of claiming chunks on the server is that it prevents explosion damage from Creepers. Apparently that includes all explosion damage. Once I had unclaimed the chunks, they were no longer protected. And that's how I found out that my wither cage design was somewhat flawed. :D
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Re: Minecraft

Post by Lordnine » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:28 pm

Funny. I didn't know that about the explosions. I had a creeper blow up in my base that did almost no damage, makes sense now. I thought I just got lucky.

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Post by Cylus Maxii » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:35 am

Woot - I finally built out 4 turbines and a Draconic Power Core. It looks amazing. It took a few days to assemble the parts. Currently, the turbines are in kick-off mode and are slowly spinning up. The control program works pretty cool. I'm so excited!
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Post by Cylus Maxii » Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:16 pm

A few base pics:









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Post by Cylus Maxii » Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:24 pm

And its pretty at night too -

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