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The Dig Deep Essentials - A Guide to Dig Deep
« on: July 10, 2014, 08:08:57 AM »
The Dig Deep Essentials - A Guide to Dig Deep
By Trubtavium Recordsmith (Mr. Dig Deep)

    This topic will be made for giving an overview of Dig Deep and how to get the most fun out of it. The topic will cover many aspects of Dig Deep among other things. This topic is in it's beginning stages and will have a lot more added to it once I get more written down. For now, enjoy and critique!

Table of Contents
Why Play Dig Deep?
Getting Started
Using Your Map Markers to Their Full Potential
Cave Exploring
Unlocking Unlockables


Why Play Dig Deep?

Dig Deep is a very fun and explorative gamemode of Total Miner! There is plenty to do and lots of avatars to unlock! Dig Deep gives a sense of accomplishment like every other gamemode when you finally see your world coming together. Unlike Creative or Survival modes, Dig Deep has a more obvious goal, to find all blueprints and wisdom scrolls. Along with other gamemodes, Dig Deep gives you plenty of creative control over what happens on your map.


Getting Started - Beginning

Spoiler for Getting Started:
Getting started with a new Dig Deep map can be a lot of fun. To get started, you’ll want to find most of your surface blueprints off the bat. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find an iron pickaxe blueprint before having to start digging. If you don’t find it, there is no need to worry, plenty of stuff can be done on the surface before beginning to start your adventure underground!

- Do not use your pickaxe to grab any blueprints or wisdom scrolls. Instead, switch to your fist and punch them. It will save uses on your pickaxe that can be used for chopping down wood.

- Do not sell your obsidian! It is much better to use it for getting yourself out of tight situations when you can't get out of a cave.


Getting Started - Setting up an HQ

Spoiler for Getting Started Cont.:
Once you’ve finished finding your surface blueprints, now would be a great time to mark your main base of operations. Choosing a good spot to set down your shops may seem like a tough decision, so here a few tips for picking an area.

- Try finding a location that has some flatland for future building. This will save time spent digging and flattening mountains instead of further exploring your map.

- See if you are near other caves that have a quick walk to. Even better, you could set up your first HQ in a cave. You’ll waste less time walking back and forth between your HQ and any starting caves that you might want to explore.

-Place down one of your two starting obsidian blocks as a safe way to get out of caves later on.

Don’t forget to also mark your HQ location on the map so you won’t have to get lost looking for it later on.


Using Your Map Markers to Their Full Potential

   
Spoiler for Using Map Markers:
The addition of an overhead map plus map markers has been a great help to keeping locations marked and information kept. This little section will give you some ideas as to how you can use your map markers to help you on your journeys underground.

    - Before diving underground, mark your HQ so you won’t lose it’s location.

    - Any surface caves that you might find on your journeys, mark them on your map. If you are a bit short on time to locating these caves, you can usually tell where they are on the map by their non grassy or basalt look.

    - Marking caves also goes for any cave entrances you might find on the various underground levels. If you find a cave entrance on the Hell or Oasis levels underground,  you can mark them on your map with something like “H-Cave” or “Oasis-Cave”

- For these types of caves, you may soon forget what caves you’ve already explored. You can set markers for these as well using a marker titled “H-Cave-X” Just use something that you can remember to remind you that you have no need to go through that cave again.
- Alternatively, you could also delete the map markers on your map and mark the cave with a coloured block to remind you that you’ve explored it. This will keep your map nice and clean of excessive markers.


Cave Exploring - Overview

Spoiler for Cave Exploring:
Cave Exploring is probably the main aspect of Dig Deep. With some tips and tricks, you can become more familiar with the underground than ever before!


Cave Exploring - Preparations

Spoiler for Cave Exploring:
When setting out to go cave exploring, you don’t want to pack unnecessary equipment, while at the same time, you’ll be wanting to bring certain items on your journey.

Depending on what equipment you have available to dig with. You may want to pack more than one pickaxe.

- If you’re still using wood tools, Pack 3-5 depending on how much digging you plan on doing in caves.

- For Iron, 2 is always a good number of pickaxes to bring.

- For Steel, you’ll want to bring 1-2 depending if you’re digging to get to other caves or not.

- Diamond and above, you should always be set with just one.

Next, you’ll be wanting torches, and plenty of them. When in caves, I find that I burn through torches more than any other tool. Because of that, I tend to being 300 or 400 torches.

A ladders (preferably ropes) are optional but not entirely necessary but can come in handy for when your cave suddenly goes vertical for 30 blocks.

Lastly, try and bring an obsidian block with you that can link to your HQ. If for some reason you can’t bring an obsidian block, pack a chest or crate to store any blocks or equipment that you’ll want to go back for later on. Mark the location and depth of the crate/chest on the map so you’ll know it’s location.

Cave Exploring - Final Tips!

Spoiler for Cave Exploring:
Now that you are underground and in a cave, you must decide why you are down there. Are you looking for blueprints and wisdom scrolls? Are you trying to strike it rich? Whatever the case, you’re down in a cave now and ready to explore.

- The torches that you have will really help with lighting up caves. They might not seem necessary, but walking blindly can get very annoying.

- Keep note of what you can and can’t break if using skill levels. I’ve gotten stuck in caves due to not being able to break certain blocks that I could crawl through one way, but not the other. If you are in a cave made of blocks that you can’t break, explore with further caution.

- If playing with combat enabled, be ready for cave-ins. When a cave-in does happen, be ready to place a block over your head and wait for the whole event to end.

- When you come across a rare chest, destroy it after you’ve looted it. The last thing you want is to return to it and be disappointed when nothing is in it.

- If you find a fork in your cave, remember this golden rule; “Right is Always Right” - Mr. Creative (Ex Mr. Dig Deep) When you reach the bottom of it, you can go back up and explore the other route.

- Drop unimportant items once your inventory is getting full. Less necessary items include: Keys, Excess Blocks, A low stack of torches (I mean ~15 or fewer), Depleted tools (always check how many uses they have left).

Unlocking Unlockables

Spoiler for Unlocking Unlockables:
Some of the unlockables that are obtainable through Dig Deep are pretty straightforward to obtain while others have more of a challenge to getting them. This section will hopefully give you a couple tips to unlocking these unlockables.

Note: Some of these unlockables may be or become bugged as updates change.

Pirate- Not Much can be said about getting the edge on this one. The best thing to do is stay underground and scout the caves that litter the rocks. Be sure to check the depth checkpoints as some treasure chests can pierce the surface of some areas.

Madman - Explosives are expensive, so you’ll want to get a large sum of money on your world before you attempt this. Using TNT will cost you about 36 stacks of money. C4 will cost you even more requiring over 67 stacks of money. Using a Grenade Launcher and Grenades is the least expensive route requiring an estimate of 12 stacks of money. Although this is very inexpensive, it will require you to have made it down to bedrock along with finding the Grenade blueprint. Make sure you aren’t going to blow up anything you don'twant damaged. It is best to place your explosives down at the Rhyolite layer. Lastly, before setting off your explosions, make sure your difficulty is set to easy or higher.

Knight - Unlocking Knight requires you to kill 50 enemies before prospecting bedrock. Here are a few tips that will give you a further understanding about the requirements of this unlockable. For starters, you can play on peaceful at any time on your Dig Deep map to unlock this character. You just have to make sure that your stats say you’ve killed 50 enemies and you prospect the block while on easy difficulty or higher. If you’ve prospected bedrock before killing your 50 enemies, you can go back and kill the remaining enemies and re-prospect the bedrock.

Soldier - You should play it safe while unlocking this one. While crafting your Grenades and Grenade launcher, play on easy difficulty of higher. Once you’ve crafted your Grenade launcher and 50 Grenades, you’ll want to be careful launching them as the Grenades have a blast radius that can harm you. You’ll also want to be careful not to destroy anything you don’t want broken as the grenades cause damage. It is best to set up an area to launch the grenades that doesn’t harm you or your world. This unlockable can go along with Madman as you will only need 450 more Grenades once Soldier is unlocked.



« Last Edit: July 14, 2014, 02:43:15 AM by Mr. Dig Deep »

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Re: The Dig Deep Essentials - A Guide to Dig Deep
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014, 10:54:50 AM »
Great Guide! Couldn't explained it better my self!
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Re: The Dig Deep Essentials - A Guide to Dig Deep
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2014, 06:32:17 PM »
thanks for the guide it was helpful.

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Re: The Dig Deep Essentials - A Guide to Dig Deep
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2014, 02:43:53 AM »
Thanks for the feedback guys :D A new section has been added, I am currently working on the next one.