Construction of our sets in Hoboken's Heroes was initially a slow going process. While some of our ranks were fairly well versed in Minecraft (Josh), no one had attempted a project anywhere near this scale before. At the time we did not feel like we were going particularly slowly. Slow was survival mode. We were in creative, we were immune to death, we could fly, we had unlimited access to every block under the square sun. We thought we were all powerful gods ruling over a vast cubicle empire. But the powers that awaited us would surpass, not just our wildest dreams, but the wildest dreams of a particularly wild person. Like… I don’t know, Bear Grylls or someone.
Finally, starting to crack under the strain of building what is easily the most colossal structure of our world, Max decided there had to be a better way. So, Max went ahead and started looking up the things that could be done using the console commands. The first power he discovered was the /fill command: a noble workhorse of a command that allowed us to ease creation of vast uniform structures which could then be garnished to taste. All it took was some modest planning and a few seconds of typing. After using this power to great effect, Max, as he is so often known to do, descended unto the ranks of us mere mortals like the great Prometheus of myth.
I was among the first of the mortals to revel in his divine fire as he taught me the syntactical intricacies of the /fill command. As soon as I’d learned the proper syntax, I made an immediate change. I switched the example block type Max was using (stone I think) to TNT. An enormous block of TNT sprang forth before me and the cockles of my heart lit up like a fiery sun.
I of course have a strict, and particularly vaguely defined code about the chaos I like to inflict and so, I was prevented from igniting the dynamite due to my extremely robust scruples and definitely not at all from the stern threats emanating from Max. However there were other benefits.
During a previous evening of filming, a running joke was started when Daniel confused the words embroider with immure. I took this as reason to start immuring and or embroidering people whenever they went afk. The /fill command made this much easier. A few nights later, Emily took an extended afk and I took the opportunity to immure her in TNT. This particular instance of my oh-so-hilarious and definitely not annoying and overplayed gag happened to backfire. As it turned out, it was getting a bit late and Emily’s extended afk turned into a getting off for the night. At this point I decided that maybe I should go to bed as well. Before I go on, I should mention I was still fairly unfamiliar with Minecraft, despite having purchased it years prior. So I didn’t really understand how a lot of things worked. So I was trying to make room in my inventory, and I accidentally placed a block of redstone, which we’d been using to decorate. This of course happened right next to the enormous block of TNT, which I had been careful to keep fire away from. But not understanding how redstone worked, my caution had not extended in that direction.
So the evening concluded about an hour later than I had intended as I sadly stood around and cleaned up the mess I had just made. So may that be a lesson to you all. When immuring people in TNT, detonate it when they’re around so you can guilt them into helping you clean up.