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In Minecraft, I often lose track of some of the chests that I've created, as well the bases that I've made, so I keep losing some of the items that I've collected. Is there any efficient way to keep track of multiple bases in Minecraft, besides writing down the coordinates of each base and using the F3 key to travel to each one?

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Perhaps it would be easy to "link" multiple bases together using Nether Portals, taking advantage of the fact that it's possible to move faster in the Nether than in the overworld. (However, some Minecraft servers specifically disallow nether portals, so I'll need to find other options as well). –  Anderson Green Feb 14 '13 at 4:05
    
Also, on multiplayer servers, you'd need some way to protect the Nether portals from other players, so that they wouldn't be damaged. –  Anderson Green Feb 14 '13 at 4:14

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One easy and organizable way would be to use Rei's minimap mod. It is a really nice mod where you can create waypoints that can be seen on the mini map and in the game. Most servers allow it, but double check if you're not sure.

Another simpler way would be to make pillars out of bright, noticable materials (birch wood, snow, etc.) and putting glowstone/torches at the top so they can be seen easily from a distance. If your bases are far away from each other, you could try making smaller waypoints along the way, to stay on track.

enter image description here Note that some servers will ban or kick players who make large, 1x1 towers (thank you SevenSidedDie), so be careful. If you really had the time you could make a fancy 3x3 or 4x4 tower, or you could just make 3-5 high tall pillars, here and there, denoting a path.

Or you could make a trail of some sort on the ground (gravel is nice). The problem with this one is that it would require a good bit of time for something you will use minimally.

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Note that some server ban users who build that sort of tower. –  SevenSidedDie Feb 14 '13 at 4:36
    
@SevenSidedDie Very true... I was thinking of it from a singleplayer stand point. I'll edit that. –  Jonny Feb 14 '13 at 4:38
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Making a canal (using 2x2 infinite water sources, placed adjacently and then connected) would probably be easier than making a gravel or dirt road. It would also allow for fast travel by boat. :) –  Anderson Green Feb 14 '13 at 5:12
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@AndersonGreen please mark that this only works on flat route and this usually requires loads of digging. another possibility to keep track and travel fast would be a railroad. –  Vogel612 Feb 14 '13 at 11:50
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I think the iron needed to create a couple of buckets would be a lot less than the iron needed to create a railroad. I've often build a railroad to a quarry but found I've used all the material from the quarry building the track to it... –  tombull89 Feb 14 '13 at 12:32

Make copies of your map and put one in an item frame in each base. When you walk nearby it will show up on your map if you are carrying one with you. It's a bit glitchy but it works pretty well if you don't want to install a mod just for this. Another easy way is to craft a journal and write the coordinates in it for each of your bases, then toss it in an ender chest so you can grab it from anywhere.

If you're going to use a mod, you may as well use mystcraft or dimensional doors to warp directly between bases and cut the map part out altogether.

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Will either of those mods work on multiplayer servers? –  Anderson Green Mar 20 '13 at 14:19
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not unless they are installed on the server. –  legacy Mar 20 '13 at 14:48
    
If you're running a bukkit server, use multiverse or another server plugin to make warps. –  mopsyd Mar 21 '13 at 3:50

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