Session I – 12 Aug
I log in, respawn, and find myself among trees. It's night. There's an entrance and I duck in for the night.
I start exploring. Spawn is a forest biome with a few hills. There's a cave complex beneath my feet, with many different branches and several openings. To the east, there's a swamp biome, to the north, water with what looks like a boat half (de?)-constructed. It is made entirely of wood, which is a bad idea if ever a thunderstorm were to pass through. I swim to it and look in the chests: oh — a little redstone. It indicates a rather deep mine, but probably not an organized one, as in this case there would be a lot more. I wander around and the night catches me unaware, so I dig a hole and wait.
I get out and explore briefly the cave system. I find iron and make shears, stock up on stone tools and coal, and get out: the cave is mostly unlit, and I have no way of protecting myself were I to fall prey to a large amount of mobs. I decide I am not liking this place very much, so with about half the day remaining, I set to the south-east. I pass through an ExtremeHillsEdge biome, with huge cliffs towering over the sea. I climb up the tallest one.
Off to the south-west, I glimpse a desert and a grassy plain. This looks much better! I hop down carefully, walk the desert for a short while, and reach a lake at the boundary between four interesting biomes: a variety forest (containing birch and oak), the desert (with a few cacti and a lonely sugar cane), a grassy plain (with grazing sheep), and a jungle (with several cocoa trees well in sight).
The night comes, so I build a small dirt hut, shear two sheep and make myself a bed.
Day 3 and forward
Now I have a bed and a mostly secure dirt hut, I can work during the day and skip the night, which is very good for productivity. I start by cutting the grass on a fairly large area besides the lake. Beyond giving me space to build a better, stronger house, it allows me to get enough seeds to plant a decent wheat farm.
The next few days are spent amassing two stacks of wood and converting one into planks. I then craft a table and three furnaces, using the middle one to make charcoal, and the other two to smelt sand into glass, and cobble into stone. I use the stone to make stone bricks: the decision is for both aesthetics and practicality: cobble is ugly, stone is better, but stone is very annoying and wasteful as a building material because once placed, it cannot be retrieved without wasting the ~1/4 coal you put into smelting the cobble.
I start placing walls, and use glass panes to create large windows. The next ~10 days are mostly routine: harvesting and replanting wheat, making bread for food, monitoring the furnaces and strip mining below the dirt house to provide cobble. The house is coming along nicely. I use light wood slabs from birch to make the floor, and leave gaps for the double bed, in-house crafting place, and chests. When I have nothing to do, I go and shear sheep, craft the beds and two double chests, and dump most of my stuff in there.
Even though there are beds in the big house, I still use the small dirt hut to sleep. The roof is not there yet, so I fear spiders might be able to get in. The walls are finally complete, and I use stone brick slabs to cover the roof: this adds a step in the crafting process, so the roof takes three whole days to complete. I include a small stairway to get to the roof, closed by a trapdoor.
Now the house is finished, I install torches, transfer everything from the dirt hut to the coffers in here, and sleep my first night in. I'll be keeping the dirt hut, though: that way, I can have a completely separate mine, which is much better security.
Session II – 13 Aug
Today I went mining. The lack of iron tools was getting annoying, and burning wood to make charcoal is tiresome. I built a 4x4 stairway straight down to bedrock, then added a water column for a fast but smooth descent. That alone gives me plenty of cobble, so instead of just letting it fill chests, I set up a bunch of furnaces and smelt it to stone. Then begins the difficult part: finding interesting shit.
I start by doing a quick 50% efficient strip mine on one side, but it doesn't yield much except for two stacks of redstone, so I go back... when doing the stairs, I had heard lava nearby, so I open my ears and dig straight into a lava lake. It appears I am a few blocks below the surface, so I climb up just a bit and redirect the water column to create obsidian.
I still don't have diamond, nor even iron for that matter, so I start digging in the other direction, and, after hitting lava twice, finally find a diamond vein! Right next to it, as if telling me how lucky I am, is enough iron to craft a full toolset. I mine 13 obsidian blocks: I thought I needed 14 to craft a portal, but then I realised the cheap version only requires 10 :)
I then go for a quick stunt through the Nether. I spawn at a pretty nice place, inhabited by a bunch of inoffensive pig-zombies, with a soul sand plateau and two glowstone bouquets. I harvest one and leave half of the other in place, collect a stack of sand and a quarter of netherack, and leave. The cries of ghasts can be heard, but I didn't see any despite an incredibly large view.
While I was gone, a good amount of stone got smelted, so I obtain about 8 stacks of stone bricks. I use half of it to create a second story for the house, and place stairs leading up to a well-lit flat roof, whereupon I can safely (bar the occasional climbing spider) observe my surroundings. I notice mobs are spawning a bit too close than is comfortable as I didn't bother to place torches around my settlement.
I hop down, take a good night sleep, and circle around, placing torches ça-et-là. That done, I start building a pool behind the house. While digging and placing nice slab borders is easy, filling it up is surprisingly hard. It takes me a full two days and a night, during which I get very frightened as a straying spider attacks me while I am underwater! I make a trip to the forest to get enough wood to finish, sleep one last time, and add the final touches.
Session III - 14 Aug
First thing in the morning: deforest! I cut down enough trees to have wood to last me a good while: 2-3 stacks. On the way back, I noticed I had visitors in my new pool... a few squids had spawned during the night! Well, I'm not too fond of the beasties, so I got myself experience and ink by blunting my sword against them.
Speaking of experience, I also crafted an enchanting table and tried enchanting stuff. That didn't work too well, or rather, not to my satisfaction. Maybe I should have waited for more XP. Nevertheless, I now have a weakly enchanted iron pickaxe, which is better than not, I guess.
I start on making the house a little prettier and less of a big block of stone. First, I make a plongeoir doubling as a balcony that lets one jump into the pool from the first floor. Then, I craft a bunch of stairs and rework the roof to have two slanted sides and a vast lake-side window, but I run out of glass panes just after my pickaxe breaks so I go restock for a while.
On the way, I harvest and replant my wheat farm, which is proving to be very much worthwhile. I also harvest the sugar canes I had growing at one side and replant the whole lot, nearly surrounding the entire lake. I then kill a few straying skeletons who had survived the daily heat by taking a dive in my pool.
I have a little experience accumulated, so I try enchanting something again. Having emptied my gauges, I decide to tempt fate a bit by going the way of the Dora. I empty my inventory and started walking across the desert. After a day or so of finding nothing interesting, I head back... but night catches up to me and spiders start chasing me! I stumble upon this little, isolated structure but don't have time to stop due to the crowds of skeletons in front and the spiders behind.
I arrive home at the lull of the day. To relax, I go for a bath... which turns out to be a really bad idea when a creeper jumps in with me! I can't get out, because then it would follow me and damage either the house or the pool, so I wait... it explodes safely in the water, taking half of my life, but leaving me alive. I sigh, realising too late my air is out.