We decided to just keep playing and recorded a second episode with just a short break to reset the recording equipment in between…
And you’d think that would mean that we would have kept working on whatever it was we were working on, right? Well, yeah actually… Claire finished her minecart roller coaster and we took a few giggly rides on it.
But then… well, she saw a cow floating in the nearby lagoon, and next thing you know we’re goofing around with a new –um– pet… I guess.
Enjoy episode seven, but beware… we got a little weird.
Another busy Saturday, and this time she was on a bit of a roll…er coaster.
In the first of two Saturday episodes, we were poking around in our new-ish world again, for the third weekend in a row. All my behind the scenes work is paying off, I suppose, because she robbed the larder and started to build.
First on the agenda: a little roller coaster. She got to work collecting all the bits of train tracks, which took most of our twenty minutes, and really just kicked things off before I called it.
After enjoying some blueberry pancakes, Claire excitedly hauled the computer back down to the basement and helped me set up another episode and recorded installment of our Let’s Play Minecraft videos for her channel. She’s very proud, by the way.
The problem, however, becomes one of resources. In Minecraft there is a kind of stretch of time early in the game, after you have completed your initial gathering and shelter set up phase, where you are really stuck just grinding out some time gathering even more resources and establishing the ability to generate building supplies.
This can be really boring. It is probably even more boring to watch. And we kinda hit it in episode 4.
Not that this episode is boring, but in it I acknowledge a few times the need to spend some time (unrecorded time) chopping stone and growing trees so that we can actually do some builds.
That is going to be between episode 4 and 5… definitely. In the meantime, enjoy episode 4.
We’ve been playing a lot Minecraft lately. In fact, after I figured out that we could multiplayer it over the LAN using the Steam Link, we’ve been dabbling almost exclusively between bouts of Minecraft and Disney Infinity.
So, when we started recording these videos, Claire has been pretty adamant that she wanted to make a video in one of our existing worlds. Thus: Raspberry Tealand, the world named after the fact that we had made ourselves some raspberry tea moments before starting this world and –well– it seemed like a clever name.
We’ve only spent a couple months building in this world, but we thought we’d take you on a quick walking tour of Raspberry Tealand where we hope to keep working on some epic builds, all in Episode 1 of our second series:
It’s still really cold outside, and having looked out the window –and at my phone for all the people who were skipping out on the morning run– I told Claire we could make another couple Minecraft videos instead.
Plus, YouTube had unblocked my account (huzzah!) so after a day of delay we seemed to be back in business.
Our plan is make (at best) a new 20 minute video every week. That’s not tough, finding twenty minutes to record yourself playing a video game. What is going to be tough is keeping my partner on track and from getting to wired up while recording.
I mean, check out when she breaks into song part way through Episode 3:
After a hearty breakfast of homemade pancakes, we went back into the basement to record another episode in “Thirty Below” — our peaceful-survival world that will hopefully turn into a regular series.
I can tell that one video every week or so is going to be close to the max on this project. Her energy wanes faster than mine. I spent ten minutes in-game pre-recording un-lost-ifying her and getting her back to our little house.
And then we started again… Unfortunately, as you start a new world, there is lots of little bits of housekeeping and resource gathering to be done. This episode is mostly that. Finding some wood. Looking for iron ore. Clearing some land to build on later. And lots of jibber jabber from an eight-year-old and her dad.
Claire woke me up at 6am because I’d promised her that we would FINALLY start recording for her YouTube channel this morning.
Aren’t parents supposed to be able to sleep in on Saturday morning? I’ve still been nursing the tail end of this cold, not because I’m really sick, but because this cough just doesn’t seem to want to go away. I feel fine… just with the coughing and throat clearing.
Anyhow, we launched into a new world and started exploring… and then Claire got lost just as we were trying to find a good place to sign off.