Minecraft Adventures

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The first day of a Minecraft game is crucial to survival. Huddled in the living-room, iPhones and iPads in-hand, the seven of us carefully formulate our plan. First, we lay down ground rules: no killing each other’s avatars, no lazing around. He who shall not work, shall not eat. Then, we squabble over roles: miner, tree-cutter, food-gatherer, crafter, housebuilder. Once satisfied with our positions, we discuss the miscellaneous. Wooden or cobblestone house? Diet of beef and pork, or melon and carrots? Sleeping at night, or monster-hunting? A few minutes more, and we’re ready to begin.

As the oldest, I host the server. Everyone joins, and our avatars disperse, excited to complete our tasks. With the threat of a shadowy, zombie-infested night looming ahead, we work efficiently. Shouts of “I found coal!” and “Help me kill these sheep!” soon arise. A more laid-back soul, I always volunteer to be the housebuilder. This time, my brother has the “boring” role of tree-cutter. He sulks, but dutifully provides me with wooden planks, which I use to construct a simple 8x10 house that’ll be our party’s fortress tonight.

Once the sun sets, we take refuge inside my makeshift residence. We pool our resources– fashion torches from the coal,...

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