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Bellatrix’s Potion Shop

I wanted to build a potion shop and factory and got inspired to do something witchy.

I started with the idea of a witch living in a haunted house; it would have started small and simple, then she would have added on rooms and extensions as she needed space to grow. I represented this with different build styles indicating the stages, thinking a witch wouldn't care to keep the same build style as she added on rooms. I wanted it to look dirty, cluttered, and very used which I think I pulled off; the interior is split into a lab area and a kitchen, with a few upstairs rooms for living. Using the invisible item frame vanilla tweak, the more mob heads vanilla tweak, and the armor stand vanilla tweak, I think the yard and interior do a good job of telling the story.

The zombie nitwit (Frank Stein, not sure why replaymod rendered him out on the roof) lives in the attic, and Bellatrix lives in her tower. The Dinnerbone'd and charged creeper was a ton of fun to get in place, and the bubble column in green panes was a really cool element in the room...even though it's a huge threat you can get right up next to it. Getting the endermite into the cauldron was another ordeal as well. Minerva the black cat was the last decorative mob detail.

I dug out and blackstone brick'd the entire footprint, then set up the bubblevators. The potion brewers were easy enough to make; this is the first time I've worked with candles, and I think the denser pattern on the nether brick walls helped make the sconces make more sense. I crammed a few other micro farms in there, and in theory need to build a small slime farm (1/4 of this is in a slime chunk), a small creeper-only mob farm, and use any remaining space to farm nether wart.

This was a ton of fun to make and I'm glad I got it done in time for Halloween!

Building a Diagon Alley Door

Lucas wanted a "Diagon Alley Door" in the style of this from the Harry Potter movies.

So I made this:

He's been learning redstone, so I prototyped it in our creative area to make a schematic that he can rebuild in his base. To make it look "random" it's 6 flying machines going in somewhat different orders when opening and closing. To activate it from the outside, you throw any item in the cauldron (and you get it back as a dispenser pops it through the floor on the other side). From the inside, you press the button; it auto-closes in about 5 seconds.

It could probably be compacted, but for his needs this is perfect. Also things like the water column for vertical signal transmission are fun because it makes bubbly noises which "is like potions" so it works!

Here's the Schematic!

Here's the spacing; yellow and green are above ground level, blue and red are at/below ground:

Digging out a MEGA PERIMETER in the 1.17 area

After we established base camp in new 1.17 chunks, we sent out a tunnel bore to get deepslate. The tunnel bore hit a mineshaft with about 9 cave spider spawners and a zombie spawner. We also found 5 geodes in close proximity, so we started building farms. The problem is, the entire area is under an ocean, and the buildup of mobs under the water caused severe lag.

We decided to build a perimeter, but because farms had already been built, world eaters or raining tnt wasn't an option. We were going to work mostly by hand.

We Built A Zoo

This video is several months after the fact, but we've made a zoo. We captured every possible mob in the game. Below is a guided tour, and below that is a playlist of ALL the varios mob-catching videos.

Gullopolis Sugarcane Farm

The next big farm on the sky city is a sugarcane grinder. There's a few other farms built before this, but I haven't filmed them yet lol...I have a new computer ready to set up which will allow for better recording.

This shop is big for a few reasons. First, we have elytras, so we need rockets. We have unlimited gunpowder from the mob grinder, and we consume rockets like mad, so we need paper. Also, we use paper to trade with librarians. It's a pretty good resource, and it comes fast and easy.