By Bixyl Shuftan
On the evening of Wednesday Sept 18, the night before "Talk Like a
Pirate Day," Nydia Tungsten wanted to do something with Minecraft. She
mentioned she was uploading a "map" onto a new server, and invited
on, I found myself in the water, and had to swim for it. Getting to the
surface, I found two ships, one with a pirate flag, the other with an
English one. Both had four large openings on each side. I swam to one,
and was told this was going to be a battle between the two ships. How
would the ships fight? Looking around on the deck, I found above each of
those holes I saw were loading mechanisms and buttons. On the other
side of the deck were chests full of dynamite.
we were supposed to do, at least once the signal was given, was to load
the dynamite into the bottom part of the "cannons," press the piston
button, then repeat a few more times. Then load another couple pieces of
dynamite on a hole on the side. To fire the "cannon," one had to press
the button to ignite the stacks of dynamite down below, which was to act
as propellant, and *quickly* ignite the dynamite acting as the
"cannonball" before it was launched, and scramble back a few feet. If
all went right, a piece of ignited dynamite would be launched toward the
other ship, where it would do some damage if it hit or blew up close
it was tricky to use, and I don't think I really got the hang of it.
Once I figured out what to do, well, what came to mind was the
expression "knowing just enough to be dangerous." I ended up blowing up
the cannons when I fired them the way the girls were, leaving a huge
hole on the side of the ship. It seemed to be safer to just fire the
propellant, and wait for the gunner on the other ship to slip up and go
boom. It seemed to work, as more often than not the other ship would end
up unable to fire before ours was. The result was one or more of the
other crew grabbing a sword, and swimming over to board us. I never
could find the crate where the swords were, but the others on my team
were able to beat them back. The exception was the "guys vs girls"
round, in which the girls were just merciless with the stickers.
Eventually, it was time for some of us to go to bed, and the Minecraft
ship battles came to an end. At least for now. Perhaps another day,
It'll be time to once again "strike the colors."
If only I could get the hang of firing that blasted cannon.