I’ve gone ahead and started making my home base, more of a home than a hovel. With enough stone bricks for walls, and neat looking granite floors, the place has changed a bit.
I then spent several expeditions digging nothing but the three new ores. They tend to all interesect, so if you’re digging just them, you can dig 99% of the three and leave the cobblestone mostly alone. Almost one chest filled with each type.
Don’t like the look of andorite for anything yet. Granite looks good for interior floors. I like the andesite for a pathway; not sure if I want to go to all the effort of making one as my roadway, or if I’ll just use some cobblestone variant.
Then, I went to work inside. All granite floors and stone bricks.
Exploration continues as well. I have now completely mapped out map #3, populated by swamps, birch forests, and with some mountains in the center-ish north and south.
Obviously the next quadrant to explore is the one south of my home base.
The road is at last getting expanded, most of the way across map #2.
In true Minecraft fashion, I keep meaning to create a chamber and portal to the nether, but I get distracted by other ideas. So I’m not making any predictions on what I end up doing next.