Sunday, October 21, 2012

1.8.2 Seed & Map: chiaroscuro

Total Score
51.5 / 170.0 ( 30.3% )
FLAT 2.5 V -- M/H 2.1
RAV 3.9 C 5.5 AMS 6.5
HOLD -- DW 8.8 OH 1.2
LB 2.1 FLOAT -- SHADE 1.6
W 1.9 CLAY 6.6 LAVA 3.7
WF 3 LF 2.1    


  • Abyssal! 8.0 or higher in deep water.


  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • ++ Advanced ++
  • Expert
  • Suicidal Expert


Seed Number: 1360937512
Version: XBL 1.8.2 (equiv PC 1.2)


Chiaroscuro is the interplay between light and shadow. This applies to most artistic works like photographs, sculpture, and traditional painting.

My Review

This is a seriously challenging level. Both the nether and the top world have very little land to work with. However, there is a significant collection of underground features that will easily keep you busy and make trying this one worth the time to see. Also, if you're into clay, this is a level you'll want to check out.

The Nether

This is a wide open nether with plenty of lava, however the most interesting feature that I found was a lava fall that, due to the topology, splits into four different streams that then pour through the "fingers" of a rack shelf like maple syrup. It's a really cool thing.

The rest of the level is almost exclusively shelves, so unless you're playing creative, getting from one place to another is going to require some serious week-long bridge building.


The southern portion of the northwest island is quite possibly completely hollow.


  • [-60.20.90] abandoned mineshaft with gold
  • [-64.22.30] chest, x1 diamond, red stone, and melon seeds
  • [-46.37.123] underwater ravine, y=12
  • [369.44.-73] tiny underwater cave
  • [211.12.-260] x2 diamonds
  • [-402.13.-64] x2 diamonds
  • [-414.12.-45] x6 diamonds
  • [-387.18.-32] x14 gold
  • [-374.13.7] x16 red stone, x2 lapis, x2 gold
  • [-42.28.333] x6 gold
  • [-65.15.281] x4 gold
  • [-88.25.320] x4 gold
  • [-63.32.303] medium underground ravine, waterfall, two lava falls
  • [-69.67.309] island; dig down in this spot to safely find ravine
  • [-32.63.250] small underwater ravine, obsidian generator, Y=12

Above Ground

  • [12.70.-209] small flat island
  • [-314.63.-385] clay field, x5 deposits
  • [369.72.366] lava pit


[TOP] This is a really weird, bulbous spire? Butte? Overhang? What the hell is this thing?

[ABOVE] This is a view of the inside of one of the underground ravines (-63.32.303). The ceiling is open to the water above, so the entire midsection is difficult to pass because you're constantly being thrust down toward the floor.

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