All has become gravel in a minecraft survival map where grim landscapes and even grimmer chances of survival are the order of the day. You begin close to what was probably once a small fortress, but which is now a tattered pile of rubble. A few supplies can be scavenged here, but your hunger is already growing and food is the first thing on your mind. But where can food be found? Not growing in toxic gravel, that’s for sure.
As for wood, there is precious little of that. No trees grow in this dead land, though a few stumps are to be found hither and thither. In addition to the mob infested ruins plain to see above the ground, there are dungeons lurking beneath the gravel and sand. One may as well abandon all hope before descending, for the steep drops and the high pitched call of bats inform one that this is a trip likely to be taken in one direction only.
This is a very challenging survival map. With very limited resources, you must choose very carefully what you do with them. Even allocating four wood planks to the construction of a crafting table caused me no small amount of anxiety. Having accidentally made an axe instead of a pickaxe was a tactical error I soon paid for. Actually, I re-started the entire map, for I found myself in the depths of a dark hole with no way of getting out.
Other minecraft survival maps are more forgiving. They hand you a sapling with a benevolent smile. This one gives you no saplings. You are no tree farmer, you are the sole survivor of something too terrible to put into words. A single mistake can mean death and often does – though the rewards for courageous, well prepared exploration are quite rich. Oh, and there’s no water immediately available either, so I hope you’ve adapted to a world without moisture. Maze like traps, lava falls, and a band of mob spawners surrounding your position are all potential nails in the coffin of your minecraft experience.
On a more positive note, food can be found, and mushrooms are a very healthy form of minecraft nourishment, if you get my drift. Learning how to make minecraft mushroom soup might very well be the difference between besting the map and seeing the death screen.