Hi all. Most of you know me. Most of you also know that I like mining. It’s what I do. I thought I’d share some of my tips on creating a mining base. Feel free to incorporate any you like, and discard any you don’t. This is just a FYI kind of thing… So here goes:
First of all, I like easy access to my mining base, although access that is discreet. I don’t want just anyone popping into my base. So here’s one of my favorites:
Doesn’t look like much right? Nothing untoward here, just a rest stop and a few shops. But take a look at the door on the left:
Underneath the door, there’s a working elevator shaft. No indication it’s there from the surface, and the base itself is to far down to be seen from the surface. If you can’t see the light area, the elevator is of no use to you! You can’t select an area of darkness as a destination.(I removed the door simply to show the elevator shaft. The elevator works just fine with the door in place.)
So now we get to the base entrance:
This first area has one purpose; I can place a portal down in complete safety. Anyone who can see the portal can teleport to it, but unless you’re me or an admin, you won’t get through the iron door or trapdoor. And yes, the entire base is protected by signs.
The next part of the base is its power plant. 1.6 added the ability to remove stone backwall so long as the area above, and one block on the side is open to the air. If you think about that for a minute, that means you can have fully powered solar panels as far down as the lowest block of sand under an ocean. And I do:
I can have 24 fully powered solar panels during the day and, because of the lights, all the solar panels produce 1/8 power 24/7. That means even at night I get the equivalent of three solar panels at full power. All of it is backed by 16 steam generators.
The next part is something I’ve been working on and perfecting for some time. A mining base needs organization. Here’s how I go about it: