[Hello. Sadly, the regular Towards Dawn update won't be appearing today as I just simply have not had the time to play or write it. I'll make up for it by doing at least one post over the weekend! In the meantime, my good friend Sean Di Lizio has been doing some math, and I thought I would share them with you. They may be considered depressing, if you see the goal of Towards Dawn to circumnavigate the globe or to see the 'entire' world. Rather, though, I just see them as exciting. So much left to see!]
I did some calculations that might be interesting to you.
I’ve listened to an interview where Notch said that the world is the equivalent of having 8 times the surface area (n.b not volume, not circumference) of Earth. As Earth’s circumference is just over 40,000km, we’re talking roughly 113,000 kilometres to circumnavigate the Minecraft planet. (It works out to the square root of 8 for the increase in circumference for a world with 8 times the surface area.)
Thus, being that the character walks at about 4.25 m/s (or so I’ve read on the wiki). Doing some rough calculations, that works out to about 7,400 hours to walk around the world. Of course, crossing mountains and taking detours slows that pace to half, and you’re only able to walk for about a third of the time due to the day / night cycle and the need to gather some resources. So, we’re talking about 44,400 hours of gameplay, or just over 5 years. (Boating is slightly faster at max pace, but works out much better in reality due to a lack of obstructions.)
Thus, Towards Dawn is probably unlikely to achieve a circumnavigation of the planet, but you could start calculating percentages.
A complete day / night cycle is 20 minutes. After 18 days of travel, assuming you’re only walking for 8 hours on average due to other tasks that need doing, then we’re talking 8/24 * 20 minutes = 6.67 minutes of forward travel time per day. Giving you an average pace of 2.5m/s due to hills and obstructions, that works out to traveling about one kilometre per day. So you’re now probably 18 kilometres from spawn. To date, you’ve walked 0.016% of the world’s circumference. By Minecraft day 113, you’ll have achieved 0.1%. :)
Also, doing the maths for Minecraft years, then it would take 310 Minecraft years at your current pace to circumnavigate the planet.