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Learning Minecraft #6: Stairway to Heaven


Once back in The Overworld, I set about finding some horses, donkeys and mules (added in version 1.6) but soon became fixated on the sky. How high was it? I knew, by digging so deep I’d fallen off the very planet, that the world had physical limits and I decided to test them once more. With a massive skyward stairway.


I began constructing a four block wide staircase of obsidian and stone – this would be a bold structural triumph. Row after row of steps materialised and trees soon became mere dots. The overlooking vista became more impressive as the days and nights passed by. The construction process became so repetitive that it began to take on a meditative quality. Once the steps passed the cloud-line there was silence. No birds chirping or strong winds howling, just the thump after thump of blocks bonded together. I built toward the luminance in the sky. The stairs soon led so high they became the first point of contact upon which the hazy sun’s rays shone.


Eventually, I relented. The repetition had become too much. Precious time had been devoured. The world was higher than it was deep. I ceased building and instead took flight, sure that the world’s highest point would soon be within reach. I ascended with fervour. But, like Icarus, I had gotten too close. Instead of my wings being consumed by flame, lag set in, the graphics flickered and time itself was frozen. The quest was over. After this malaise subsided I hit space-bar twice and plummeted back down to the surface like a dead weight, amongst the pigs who’d been investigating the base of my creation. I’d faltered in my initial task but had succeeded in creating a skyline-dominating structure worthy of the most insatiable lover of stairs.


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