Two Steps Forward, One Step Blown Up…

Things start getting nice, and then I get reminded that nice things come with great responsibilities.

Building roads are fun at times, insanely frustrating at others.  On the one hand, I love adding them because it’s a HUGE step in actually turning this land into something more.  On the other though, it forces me to make decisions a little rushed? I’m making guesses at what I want this town to look like, what if I place the road off?  I know, suck it up and move it, right?

Anyway, I only need to build what would be deemed “the main road” into the east and west of the palace district’s town square.  I’m finding that scale is difficult, however. It’s a main straight away, and the main conduit into town, so I feel that it should be larger? Maybe I’ll consult my super-smart brother!

Sidenote: I’m watching the end of How to Train Your Dragon 2. Man, Dreamworks pulled NO punches on this one. Even though I’ve already seen it, the emotions and expert storytelling in this movie are too much! I’m not crying, shut up. It’s my allergies. End sidenote.

Disaster strikes.  I wasn’t paying attention, and then I heard the tell-tale hiss of a creeper.  Here are the results…

Map 04:25 1-4

It was like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle. Except, you can’t look at all the pieces at the same time.  And there were no edges.  And the map, before the explosion, wasn’t exactly a square yet.

It was hopeless. Yes, my friends, it was useless.  I had to start over, which was really a blessing in disguise.  It forced me to go back and finish the ENTIRE map this time, so no more awkward blank spots.  Also, I added some unique features, namely a solid obsidian case.  Try to blow that up, you creeper jerk!

Boom! Creeper-proof! Now, this makes me feel like I need to make sure I put a map room of sorts in the palace, whenever THAT build actually happens!

Big Things are Happening!

Quick post today! Huge addition to the kingdom!

Here’s a quick update!  I’m so incredibly excited with the way things are developing.  The northern town square is looking pretty with a new building frame. This frame will eventually be a row of houses! We gotta have houses! What’s that in the background though?



Boom! Town square number 2! This is going to be much more regal! And circular!  This is going to be the only place where I’m planning on putting a circle in this city.  I want it to stand out and to be unique. Big plans, friends! Big plans!


Here is the view from the east! This entire section, from this wall to the town square in front of the palace, will be a more regal, expensive build.  I also like how you can see parts of the palace peeking out and around the wall. My only complaint is the wall itself. I definitely need to improve the gate… it looks like garbage.

Next time, expect some lore and background! I plan on discussing the development of the city as it expanded from a small village!

Did you know there was more to the kingdom than the Grumpy Bear and the Northern section?

Instead of windmilling it up, I get distracted finishing some walls and working on my block palate for my palace.

Yeah, it’s a long title, I know, but it truly captures the essence of the two pictures I’m sharing in today’s update.

Hey, did you know palate and palace are almost spelled the exact same way? I never made that connection before. It doesn’t really change my life in any dramatic way, but it’s a fun little oddity that I enjoyed for a few seconds.

Anyway, I present my palace palate of blocks. p002

The “grass” blocks are really just hardened clay.  I got the idea from the Hermitcraft server in which they used these blocks to simulate a freshly manicured lawn.  I’m not entirely sold on them, but I know that I wanted to make a nice garden/lawn in front of the castle that includes a gorgeous fountain and well trimmed…things.

I like the idea of these blocks, and I want to include a lot of towers and such.  I don’t want to say like Hogwarts from the movies, that is too large in terms of scale.  I just like towers, people definitely not “nobody” seeing as how I’ve never shared this out and kept it entirely secret from my friends, family, and loved ones. Hello, Random strangers!  Maybe I’ll toy around with some purple or stuff as well, it might look good with the bricks, but definitely nowhere near the green. Gross.


In other parts of the world, I finished the walls! Well, phase 1 of the walls at least. Anyways, it stretches from the eastern edge, up to the north, around the north, and down part of the west.  Actually, now that I think of it, I need to finish the west edge of the walls… Darn. Scratch that. Phase 1 isn’t done. =(

I will admit that I started to lay out the foundation for the windmill.  I think that maybe next time that will be what I work on.  That, or I’ll probably find something else to get distracted by. It’s not like there are a thousand other things to work on or anything… Until next time!

Last. Catch. Up!

Finally done catching up! Check out the start of the eastern side of the kingdom as well as the location of the palace.

Playing catch-up is tough.  It’s sooooo hard to get motivated when you know that you have more work to do than normal, right? I’m totally not putting off work that I’m behind on for my job right now because I’m behind and unmotivated. I promise. Mostly.

The final sections that we’ll be checking out will be the eastern section of the kingdom and also where the palace will be. Don’t worry, only three pictures total.  It’s not that I haven’t been working over here…There’s just been a LOT of terraforming.  Hills, mountains, they’re great.  Sometimes they could be positioned a little better, though.  If they’re a little off and just not quite right, though,  you gotta fix it, right? I find myself sometimes clearing out huge sections and regretting building in the mountains in the first place, but then the work pays off in the end.

Without further ado, I present to you the eastern wall and gate…skeleton. ek01

The gate will go here. I want to put something super wicked on the top of that hilly-mountain, but I’m still unsure what would go there. Maybe an astronomy tower?ek02

Finally, without any more delay, the palace for this land.  I just realized that I don’t have a name for the land/kingdom, do I? Wow, that is a pretty massive oversight if I do say so myself.  I’m going to have to think on this one.

Anyway, I like the idea of building this palace literally on the side of the mountain.  I’m not quite sure what type of look I’ll be going for, but I think I want a lot of white to stand out against the mountain.  Structurally, I love the idea of towers and towers and some more towers.  This might be harder than I think…


No lore today, I’m sorry.  Oh, ok, fine, I’ll give it a try.

The palace, unlike other palaces that stand tall and proud on their own, seems to have grown out from the mountain.  While magic was used to help build it, much of the palace’s towers and turrets have been constructed rather than grown out of the mountain.  Fearful of an attack, the builders felt that the mountain would provide ample protection on all side, save the front, from invaders, barbarians, and other foul creatures that have a tendency to cause mayhem and panic for sport.

Next time, an update on ONE area! Here’s to normal’ish posts from here on out!