Times flies playing MineCraft...
So, whoops. I've been M.I.A. for a bit. Easily explained, I've been playing MineCraft. Yes, it's a bad excuse, but it's entirely true.
You see, I stumbled across this Mod compilation called "Tekkit" (Or Technic) - in it are a bunch of amazing mods that make playing MineCraft even more of a blast than it already is! One of the mods I have massive experience with, BuildCraft. I've played with this mod before because I absolutely love the idea around it.
With BuildCraft, you construct machines that automate things such as mining or construction. These machines are then linked together with transport pipes to get your item from A to B. With just the BuildCraft mod you could not do too-too much, just get items from the ground into a chest - or items from the ground into a automatic workbench to craft things (to later go into a chest). It was very neat, but not overly amazing.
But then, combine BuildCraft with Industrial Craft and you've got yourself a business! Industrial Craft adds more automatic machines that make MineCraft sweet. You can grind down ores into dust and then smelt the dust giving you two times the amount of metal from an ore (Ie: You could smelt an Iron Ore block to get 1 Iron Ingot. Or you could grind it down to 2 Iron Ore Dust and smelt the dust into 2 Iron Ingots) - The extra step is "more work" but you reap reward from it. Industrial Craft also introduces the idea of 'power' - so you can power your machines with energy (Or blow up your house if you're not careful, as mixing high voltage power with low voltage machines is hazardous to your health; or having your Nuclear Reactor (!!!) explode in your face... hazardous to your house, and your neighbours, and the rest of the city in fact...)
So I've been playing a LOT of MineCraft after work (and sometimes before, I'm afraid).
To top it off, I've also been buying tremendous amounts of Steam games during the STEAM SUMMER SALE. Oh wow, I spend so much money unnecessarily. I buy a game just to have it, not to play it. With 400+ games in my Steam catalog, only half of them touched, you can imagine the amount of money I've spent. (I did the math, because all transactions are tracked. It was scary. Trust me.)
In any case, here's some MineCraft screenshots after the break.
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