Exploring the Maze
After opening up EngineerLand, it’s not hard to find my maze. As you can see in Figure 3.19, it’s gigantic!
FIGURE 3.19 My maze looks great in Minecraft.
I’ve circled around and found the maze entrance. I can see that it’ll probably be helpful to build some sort of building at the spot shown in Figure 3.20 so that I can easily find the entrance.
FIGURE 3.20 The entrance needs a big ENTER HERE sign.
The real fun begins, however, inside the maze. If I memorize the solution, I’ll be able to run through it super-fast, while any enemies chasing me will certainly get lost.
Figure 3.21 shows what it’s like to be running through the maze. If you don’t know the solution, it can definitely get confusing as you explore.
FIGURE 3.21 Having fun inside my version of a hedge maze.
Before leaving this chapter, think about how long it would take you to build a maze of this size and complexity using simple mining and placement of individual blocks. It would take dozens and dozens of hours…maybe even hundreds.
Guess how long I spent on this entire process? Less than 15 minutes. Here’s a breakdown:
- Creating the maze with the maze generator: 2 minutes
- Converting the maze file to .svg with online-convert.com: 1 minute
- Importing into Tinkercad and resizing the maze: 2 minutes
- Exporting the maze to a .schematic file: 1 minute
- Flattening terrain before maze placement: 3 minutes
- Importing the maze and placing it: 2 minutes
- Importing the tower and placing it: 2 minutes
It may take you just a little longer than this because you’ll be familiarizing yourself with the various tools, but once you become familiar with Tinkercad, MCEdit, online-convert.com, and other tools, the time it takes you to create these kinds of amazing structures will drop as well.