Here is a helpful little page about me and my expedition to the Minecraft Far Lands. If you really want to know more, you should watch the videos on the Far Lands or Bust YouTube Channel where I do nothing other than talking about myself whilst playing video games!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Far Lands?
The Far Lands are an area at the very edge of the infinite Minecraft world where the landscape is severely distorted. They were first mentioned in a blog post written by the game's creator, Notch, about Minecraft's terrain generation. This is where he first coined the term "Far Lands" as well. According to the Minecraft Wiki, walking to the Far Lands would possibly take about 820 hours from the center of the map.
Minecraft 1.8: Unfortunately, the Far Lands were removed from the game when the new terrain generation code was released in an update on September 12th, 2011. Fear not, fellow Farlanders! I will continue the expedition in Minecraft 1.7.3 for as long as I must!
How far have you walked so far? Press F3!
To keep my journey a bit of a mystery for myself and viewers, I will only ever press F3, which displays the player's coordinates in Minecraft, when we reach our Child's Play Charity Fundraiser Goals. I have only pressed F3 in Far Lands or Bust twice: Once on November 12th, 2011 and recently at the end of FLoB-ATHON Weekend on August 12th, 2012. At the end of FLoB-ATHON Weekend we discovered that I was 699492 blocks in the furthest 'Z' coordinate, almost 700-kilometers from spawn! Amazing, yes, but it means we are still only 5.57% of the way to reaching the Far Lands! They don't call them "far" for nothing! INDEED!
Why are you walking to the Far Lands?
I began my YouTube series as a standard Minecraft Let's Play, where I built a settlement, searched for resources and explored the area around my spawn point. After a while I grew impatient and in the 11th episode of the series decided to pack some essential supplies and head West with the goal of reaching these mysterious Far Lands. I vowed to make my attempt for the Far Lands without the aid of any mods or cheats. Along my way I take note of the interesting geography of Minecraft, sometimes get into trouble and answer questions from my YouTube channel subscribers. Now, I have also decided to utilize the popularity of my expedition and turn it into a fundraiser for the Child's Play charity!
What is Child's Play Charity?
Child's Play Charity was founded in 2003 by the authors of the popular Penny Arcade, to improve the lives of sick children by donating toys, books and games to hospitals worldwide. As a bit of trivia: It was the Penny Arcade comic [1,2] that first introduced me to Minecraft, without which I wouldn't even be on my amazing adventure!
How much has FLoB raised for Child's Play Charity so far?
Since starting Far Lands or Bust fundraiser in June, 2011, generous Farlanders from around the world have raised over $100,000 for Child's Play Charity, and continue to do so!
Seasons 1 & 2: The first fundraiser goal was a modest $820, derived from the estimated 820-hours it is calculated to take a Minecraft player, at a constant walking rate, to reach the Far Lands from the center of a world. Fans reached this goal in less-than a week, so I upped the goal tenfold to $8,200! As you can see from the archived donation widget, we exceeded even that!
Seasons 3: This season started with the annoucement of a new goal of $29,220, inspired by the official "F3 Distance" from the end of Season 2 of 292202. To celebrate reaching the goal, we scheduled a 3-day FLoB-ATHON Weekend livestream event, and submitted a challenge to double the season's donations to $58,440! When reached, I promised fans that I would attend MineCon Paris 2012 as a thank you for the support and generousity for Child's Play Charity!
Season 4: Currently in progress, and with a hefty goal of $100,000 to raise, you can give directly to Child's Play Charity using the active donation widget on the homepage of FarLandsorBust.com!
What are your computer specs?
On March 14, 2012 I built a new PC for the sole purpose of recording higher-quality videos, newer games and expedited rendering times. Its codename is Enceladus.
- Case: Antec P182
- Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 ATX LGA1155
- CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K (Overclocked to 4.2GHz)
- CPU H/S: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
- RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4x 4GB) DDR3 1600
- GPU: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570 HD
- PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 750W
- SSD: Crucial M4 64GB & OCZ Agility 3 120GB
- HDD: Western Digital 500GB + 1TB + 2TB + 3TB Internal & 3TB External USB
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate
- Monitors: 24" Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP, 24" Dell UltraSharp U2412M
- Keyboard/Mouse: Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000, Logitech MX 518
What equipment and software do you use to record?
I'm always striving to improve my content, so my methods are constantly changing. Currently, I record video game footage and audio using Fraps, while simultaneously recording my microphone audio in Audacity. Up until recently I was using a Razer Carcharias gaming headset to record my voice, but now use a Rode Procaster dynamic microphone plugged into a Tascam US-100 USB audio interface. Earlier videos were edited and rendered using Windows Movie Maker (ha!) but I have since upgraded to Sony Vegas.
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