Roofs are hard…

The Grumpy Bear is finished!

Yeah, trying to create interesting builds in much more difficult than I thought it ever would be.  Regardless, tonight, the Grumpy Bear is officially done with its rough draft.  One never is done with a build, are they?


So, I’ve tried really hard to not make a giant cube.  I feel like I’ve got a good thing going for now.  I need a fresh set of eyes to check it later, but I’ve got depth, variety, etc.  All of my hours of watching Minecraft YouTube videos has really paid off! Hooray for being lazy!


I’m not sure what I think about having this stall wedged in by the Grumpy Bear. Oh yeah, I like the Grumpy Bear better than the Sleepy Bear, so I’ll keep it for now.


View from behind, looking to the north. Directly north of the Grumpy Bear is the North Gate. Beyond that lies a village and wheat fields. Eventually, there will even be a windmill there!

By the way, how do you build a windmill in Minecraft? Time to find some pictures!

Building Update: Northern Kingdom

Just some tweaks and additional building on the inn.

Not too much progress today. Nothing super cool or exciting, just some tweaks to the Northern Gate, the Grumpy Bear Inn, and the marketplace.  In another, completely random, note….Maybe I should change the Grumpy Bear Inn’s name to the Sleepy Bear Inn? I think I like the sound of that better, but I’ll play around with it for the next couple of days to see if I like it better or not.


I cleaned up the original stand’s cover and I think the one color looks a little cleaner.  I really need to figure out what they’re going to sell, maybe that will help tie all of these stalls together.


So, this side looks like garbage. I need to figure this out like woah, don’t I? I don’t want the second floor to be as large as the first, but now I need to find some inspiration to figure out how to do the different roofs.


I was trying to break up the main gate slightly, make it less “Stone Brick Monstrosity” and into something a little pleasing to the eye.  I like the added spruce logs and the arches for sure.  I still should go in and add some cracked and mossy stone bricks now.  There definitely would be a quite of bit of moss on the exterior of the wall, being on the north side of stuff and all.


I wasn’t going to include this picture, but I couldn’t resist the lens flare! Michael Bay, eat your heart out!

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.