Your imagination runs wild in Minecraft. With little in the way of an aim to the game and a vast, sprawling sandbox world to explore, building and creating is how you make entertainment. However, the vast amount of possibilities makes it difficult to know what exactly to build. You might have made a start with a crafting table and a basic shelter, but the game starts to open up when you explore more areas, find materials, and start building impressive structures and objects. You're only limited by your imagination, but here are five projects you might want to challenge yourself to build.
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Furnaces are an important part of Minecraft. They are useful for cooking food, smelting ores and making many other items. If you're playing without much forethought and planning, you will end up with a few furnaces you created on an ad hoc basis dotted around your home. However, if you create a room specifically for this purpose, not only does it look cooler, you'll be able to create a large amount of material efficiently.
Make a blacksmith's forge by creating a room and packing it full of furnaces. Leave an open space in the center so you can access your furnaces. Build a storage cupboard at the side of the room or include chests in the main room to fill with crafting materials. If you can make this room near a source of lava, you have a ready supply of fuel for your furnaces, as well as a cool visual feature for the space. You can even create automatic furnaces if you want to automate the smelting process.
Statue of Anything
Making objects that don't serve a purpose is one of the most entertaining and oddly rewarding things you can do in Minecraft, and a statue is the perfect project to get your creative juices flowing. It's about as flexible a project as you can get, so think about what you'd most want to honor in your Minecraft world and choose a good spot on the landscape for it. Whether you want to make a giant mock-up of your cat atop a mountain or build a huge skull to guard the front of your house, plan your approach, gather your materials and get building.
Minecarts are the best way to get around in Minecraft, and making a minecart network that sprawls across your landscape is a great project for both aesthetics and practical use. The characteristics of your network depend on the world you've created, but the best thing to do is think about where you want "stops" on your network to be and then go about linking them up with rails.
Incorporate powered rails – one every 38 blocks gives optimum speed on a flat surface – if you want to keep your cart moving reliably, and make use of hills and other features of the landscape to create an efficient track. You can climb a hill at full speed using alternating powered and unpowered rails, or less if you just want to get up there. Your cart has momentum though, so if you plan it right, you can clear small hills without additional power.
Finally, create a fun experience. Send the rails on the scenic route and give yourself a tour of your creations. Other players have created functioning subway systems for their worlds, complete with platforms.
Nether Portal Room
The Nether is the hellish dimension you access in Minecraft using Nether portals. These are 4 by 5 (or bigger) frames made from obsidian and then filled with fire to activate the portal. If you make regular trips to the Nether, you need a portal somewhere easily accessible. They're noisy, so putting them in your house isn't the best solution. Use this need as inspiration to create a suitably grandiose room for your Nether portal. Many people go for a templelike theme for the portal room, but you can make your portal room in any style you like – see where your imagination takes you.
Castle or Mansion
Shelter is one of the things you build most often in Minecraft, but creating an opulent mansion or a grand castle is something different entirely. Whether you want a huge medieval castle surrounded by a moat or a futuristic palace floating high above the ground, you can take your shelter to the next level. Make sure you plan your structure before you start building, including where you're going to build it, the general visual style you're going for, and any specific rooms you want to include. As your idea fills in, think about how different parts will be decorated and choose materials accordingly – for example, you can use glazed terra-cotta to get cool visual effects or make borders for your windows using red sandstone.
Be inspired by choosing an interesting location at the top of a tower you build in the sky, deep underground, or on the side of a mountain, for example. You can also take inspiration from a building in a film or book you like or try to replicate your real-world house in Minecraft.