The rain beat down on the cliff that shot into the sky in front of me. I was alone, and taking in my surroundings. It was a strange world but I knew I had to get over the view and adapt quickly. The rumors that surrounded this world were full of tales about creepers and zombies. I found a set of trees and went to work harvesting their wood to hopefully create useful survival items, like a pick axe, shovel, and ax. It seemed like I was only harvesting material for a short while before nightfall began to ascend. I spent so much time hoarding my material that I hadn’t begun to build actual shelter. My first move was to dig into this cliff I was scavenging around. I would dig in and then close the opening behind me. This idea I had was full proof; until it wasn’t. I quickly realized after ten real life minutes of digging, it was very dark. Then I heard the most terrifying noise anyone can hear lost miles underground. The dull low roar of something inhuman. I continued to dig, turning around every now and then to stare in the darkness that was my mountain tunnel. After a half hour of being lost inside a cliff, I struck coal. Coal allowed me to craft torches. It was an interesting feeling in real life. I felt a sense of relief when I lit up my first torch. A sense of pride washed over me and I yelled to my wife and ten month old, “I MAKE FIREEEEEEEE”! I said, “I make” instead of “I made” because when I become excitable I talk like a three year old apparently. Both of the women in my life stared blankly at me with concern. Their stares did not take away my pride. Fire was a game changer for me, no longer digging in darkness provided some hope that I could figure a way out of being lost inside what seemed like an endless abyss.
With fire and a new stone pickaxe I was making some good progress. I decided to start digging up. Dig, step, up, dig, step, up, repeat. Twenty more real life minutes click by and I’m starting to think this is how it ends for my minecraft character. He’s getting hungry, and running out of coal. What started was for me to focus on building a shelter now turned into an adventure of just finding my way out of being lost. Then something incredible happened, the block I mined did not have a block behind it, it actually opened into what seemed like an underground cave network! Finally, I thought something I can work with. Then the dull low roar seemed louder and closer than before. I swung around my torch in time to see two green zombies making their way towards me; I retreated and started running through this cave network. I found a room, threw my final torch into the wall, and built up a wall to protect me from the danger chasing me. I successfully blocked the zombie attack, to turn around and face something much more deadly. My first encounter with a creeper. I swung my ax once, and tried to retreat, only to hit the wall I had just built, I was trapped. Then the screen went dark after a small explosion. It was all over.