The Grumpy Bear

I started trying to build the Grumpy Bear Inn, and surprisingly, it doesn’t look super awful?

Long ago, before the INSERT REALLY COOL NAME Kingdom was what it is today, a pair of brothers from a nearby village decided that they were going to break from family tradition and make it big on their own.  At the time, there was no kingdom, there were no walls, just some crossroads that people used to trade with the dwarves and the elves.  

Today, the Grumpy Bear is a must see for travelers near and far.  The original brothers’ descendants still run the inn.  Owned today by a pair of twins–one boy and one girl–the new owners hope to live up to their forefathers’ dreams of being a welcome sight for tired and weary travelers.

I have to admit…I think I’m ok at Minecraft, but I’m not some super awesome builder.  It’s actually quite difficult. Anyway, here is the start of figuring out what this inn will look like.

View from the west (Bridge to the dwarven kingdom).  I’m trying really hard to make the build have depth and not be a flat building.


Main room with a view of the staircase leading to the second floor.


Figuring out the layout, block pallet, the little details, adding layers… Designing is actually quite difficult.  Luckily, I’ve seen a BUNCH of awesome builds by some awesome Minecrafters.  Unfortunately, I’ve watched a bunch of awesome Minecrafters and I keep trying to compare myself to them and I get all bummed.

I plan on working on the Inn quite a bit more.  I’m concerned with the size that it’s become, though.  Is it too big for the area?  It’s just something that I’ll have to consider. More pictures next time!

Starting to Build!

I build stuff instead of working on the structure of the kingdom. Everyone needs a distraction every once in a while, right?

Yes, I know that the walls aren’t done.

Yes, I know I started building the path to the Dwarf Kingdom.

Yes, I know that I’ve not even STARTED the palace yet.

Don’t care.

When inspiration strikes, you take it and just go with the flow.  Today, I decided that the North Kingdom Wall region needed some work.  In my mind, I imagine this as a place that is frequently accessed by travelers from the surrounding villages as well as those travelers who may be on a journey of sorts.  Located directly inside the kingdom walls, it makes sense that there will be things available for this demographic, hence merchant stalls and The Grumpy Bear Inn.

nk11Farmers and traders need a place to sell their wares, and it would make sense that they would sell to a kingdom who has to outsource all of these needs, right? It’s still in the early phases, but I feel that this might be a good start for a larger stand.  I plan on including other varieties of stall, most of which will be smaller.  This could be for a farmer selling a variety of wares.

In addition, located behind the stall, is the foundations for what is to be known as the Grumpy Bear Inn.  Why the odd name? Well, I’ve been described as a bear on many an occasion, and every good inn name needs a fun adjective before it, right? You can’t just have “The Bear” inn…doesn’t work.  Foundation is not complete obviously, just a quick rough sketch. I like that it wraps around the stall in the front.  Perhaps the landlord of the Grumpy Bear owns the stall but leases it out to different vendors? Sounds good to me. Anyway, here are some different views of the possible layout.

Finally, I “toured” the path to the Dwarven Kingdom today because I decided that I needed to look at it with a fresh site of eyes. For the most part, I don’t hate it! The tunnel needs to be blended into the mountain better, I know.  The statue of Garvog also needed to be tweaked, so I made some changes to make the statue look more…connected?

I don’t know if most of it can even be noticed. I like it better, though. It looks more fluid. The sword might be the most noticeable change; I was afraid that it was too different from the rest of the build, causing it to stand out too much.

Just some tweaks

Just a few little tweaks to the kingdom this time.

Inspiration has eluded me as of late. I decided that I’m going to put in a shanty town of sorts up against the north wall, but off of the main stretch of what will soon be stalls and shops.  It’s sad, but every place seems to have an area of slums of some sort… Or maybe I’m just reading some depressing books.

Two major tweaks today. The first, I tried to spice up the roads a little bit.  I think I like it…they’re kind of like gutters? It helps to define the edge of the road now, though, kind of like how you use a black Sharpie or crayon to outline your coloring? I’m going to need to look at this with a fresh set of eyes to be sure I like it.


By the way, I looked at the stuff I did last time to see if I still liked what I did (refresher: dwarf stuff).  I think I need to add more to make it look better.  The statue might need some tweaking, however.

The second change that I made is that I finished the suspension ropes on my bridge.  When I added the second (middle sections, not the middle), I was pleased.  The last section that I added today….not so much? Curse you, Minecraft, for only doing blocks and half blocks! *angrily shakes fist* Nah, just kidding.  I’ll need to tweak it a bit.  I’m not ready to say “Yeah, this is cool!”


No lore today. Maybe next time I could write some about the shanty town? We’ll see, I need to think on it.

Ha! Fooled You

So instead of working on my kingdom, I decide to start working on the road to the dwarven kingdom instead. Who says procrastination isn’t a great thing?

I can’t believe you fell for it! It’s the oldest trick in the book! C’mon, man!

God bless Mel Brooks.

Remember when I said, “Hey, posts aren’t going to be a bunch of pictures?”  Yeah…maybe more in the future…when I’m working on a building or a small section. Definitely not, however, when I’m still creating the infrastructure? I guess I need to say “There will be posts of ALL types: short, long, many pics, no pics, hairy, skinny, fat, etc…”

I decided that I’m going to take this bridge slowly. It’s freaking difficult to create the suspension rope parts because, and I don’t know if you realize this, but Minecraft is based around…blocks. Not rope. Anyway, here’s a progress update. I’m pleased.


Moody bridge post. How romantic!

I would like to introduce a new section of the kingdom today.  If you head to the west of our kingdom and go over the bridge, one finds themselves on a road.  If you follow the road far enough, you may find what is left of the once proud dwarves and their home….yeah, I don’t have a name for this either. I’ll work on coming up with some names though.

I’m trying to find a way to blend wilderness in with some dwarven touches.  I think it’s definitely a good start, but I know I have a long ways to go.  Anyway, check out the pictures below.

Oh, I thought taking a mountain down was a pain… Boy, was I wrong!  I built quite a bit of a mountain today and I have decided that I like to take them down a whole lot better than I like putting them up.  Look at the section above the tunnel to see what I’m talking about.  I added quite a bit there to make it look more like one continuous landmass and I think that it turned out ok.


Note to self: Take screenshots during the day. Granted, the statue at night looks wicked sweet, but the rest are kinda….meh. It’s a learning process! Today’s lore deals with my awesome statue.

To protect themselves from harm, the dwarves prayed to the hero-god Garvog.  He stood strong at the entrance of the city as an invading army of orcs swarmed around the massive stone dwarves. Garvog was an entryway guard and the rest of his platoon had fallen to the impending orc army.  He retreated out of the open and instead fought in the entryway.  Forcing the orcs to deal with the bottleneck, Garvog struck down orc after orc until the pile of bodies reached so high that further assault was impossible.  Garvog planted his sword in the ground, surrounded by the bodies of 127 dead orc soldiers, and stood tall until reinforcements came.  Awestruck of his bravery and abilities, the other dwarven gods blessed Garvog and welcomed him to their side to serve as a protector and inspiration for all dwarves to follow.

Eh, it’s a start.  I totally have to admit that when I write this lore, I’m literally typing whatever comes to my head. Like, for reals. Whatever pops in gets typed.  So, if it’s rough, that’s why.

Did you notice that I came up with a name too? Garvog? Yeah! A name! Not sure if I like it or not, but I can always change it. But I used a name!

Let’s Play Catch Up Pt. Deux

Catch up post 2 of 3. This details some of the work I have done in the northern section of the kingdom.

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Today’s post is playing some catch-up.  I started playing this world quite a bit before I started this blog.  Luckily, I had been taking a bunch of screenshots, so here will be the dumping ground for my Northern Wall and Bridge.  In the future, it should be one screenshot at a time…Not a whole bunch at once.

I know it can be slightly overwhelming…There are quite a few pictures, but I put captions in and that makes everything better, amirite?  This is a look at the northern part of this kingdom.  I’ve put the rough sketch up for my wall and terraformed the surrounding land. Guys..mountains are a pain. Here are some thoughts for this place.

The nearby village and farmers set up stalls and have small shops located inside of the northern gate.  Every morning they haul their wares along the main road to set up shop for the day, eager to sell their trinkets and food to the city folk.  

In between the northern entrance and the bridge entrance lies the Grumpy Bear Inn, a local establishment known for its fine ale, upbeat music, and a really upset bear statue found within.  Humans and dwarves alike used to frequent this establishment after a long day of work before they depart the city for their respective homes.  

If you cross the bridge and travel to the west, you find yourself in a valley.  By traveling deeper into the valley, one can find the entrance to the dwarven city of **SOMETHING DWARFY** silhouetted by waterfalls and sheer cliff faces.  All used to be welcome, but now, the dwarves have shut themselves off from the rest of the world to tend to their wounds after the slaughter unleashed upon them.

Next post, we’ll check out the eastern edge of the kingdom as well as the location of the palace.  It’ll be much shorter because I’m playing less catch-up.  After that….it’ll be normal updates! Gasp! Ooh! Much wow!

What is the meaning of this?!

To be totally honest…. I have no idea.

Everyone needs an outlet, right? This is my attempt to put some order to my thoughts.  Hopefully, I give this a good try and stick with it.  Maybe a post a week? We’ll see!

The purpose of this is to order my thoughts with my Minecraft building. Yes…I’m a nerd. I don’t have Legos (or money to buy Legos),  I can’t really draw, so I build on Minecraft.  I’ll post updates on my builds as I go along.  I’m going to add some lore to the posts in italics. Why am I adding lore? It makes the world more interesting. This is how I’m fleshing out my ideas that I would ultimately like to put into a book someday.