Don’t Stop Me Now!

Today is a continuation of the last post! Time to clean up and start fixing some parts of the new features in the eastern portion of the kingdom.

I am in love! Yes, my wife is amazing! It’s amazing how she encourages me to keep up with this crazy, silly idea. Between her and my brother, I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such awesome people!

Sometimes, I’m convinced that the radio is secretly watching and listening to me.  As I’m riding this current good-vibe train, the song “Don’t Stop Me Now” starts playing.  Perfect song at the perfect time!  Now excuse me for a second while I go watch the clip of Shaun of the Dead where this song is featured. If you’ve never seen it or the movie before, check it out!

Ok, I’m back and focused! Super psyched and ready to go! In our first set of screenshots today, I’ve done my favorite thing ever: build roads.  No joke, I’m looking forward to a break from building roads.  Anyway, nothing special going on here. I’ve made some minor adjustments to the layout in a few places, but only by a few blocks or so.

This next section is PURELY experimental.  What happens here depends on how the waterfall section ends.  I’m modeling this area off of the portion over by the windmill, but the combination of the waterfalls and the bridge that crosses over them will determine what this area ends up looking like.

2017-05-18_22.05.37In wrapping up this last section, I’m once again blown away by this view.  It’s not even done, or close to being done, yet it’s already quite impressive.  Things to still to complete (that I can think of) in this section are:

  • Complete the waterfalls
  • Add a third building to the left of the pink outline
  • Build the small footpath bridge by the pink building
  • Build the larger bridge to the left in the picture above

Eastern Kingdom Makeover – The Beginning

So, a massive overhaul is now in the works over in the eastern kingdom. I’m incredibly excited about this build, but this is going to be a long haul!

Are you ready for this? Am I?

Today marks the start of a new, and if I may be so bold, fantastic project.  It’ll be located by the eastern gate, just north of the main street.  In the pictures below, it’s the giant awkward mountain that was sticking out randomly and awkwardly.  In the left picture below, that mountain is in the center top portion of the image. It’s actually a little easier to see it in the right picture, off to the left-hand side.

So, the project there, meaning that the first step of this build was to, well, remove a mountain!

Now, I’m not going to fill up this post with a bunch of random pictures that don’t make a lot of sense out of context. The best way to convey this process to you would be to show you a time-lapse, so roll that slide show!

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The big idea of this build is to include a water feature in the nicer portion of the kingdom which will become the “more beautiful’ district. There will be bridges, walkways, and waterfalls!

Obviously, this is a massive undertaking and is nowhere near completion.  The good part about the magnitude of this build is that it ties in with my work with the main street and town square.  Basically, I took two smaller builds, but still significant in their own right, and combined them into a super mega crazy build.

I’ve got two things sticking out in my head right now that I need to tackle:

  1. Lore. I know there will be some remarkable stories hidden in here. What could they possibly be? Expect some updates on this in future posts; you never know when the inspiration will hit me!
  2. Water flow. This turned out to be a much larger pain than I thought it would be.  The water flowing has to come from somewhere, and at the same time, it has to go somewhere else too.  Right now, I’m struggling with the source.  The brother and I basically started off this build by adding water at the wall and figured we would deal with the outside later. Well, later came, and we still had nothing. I guess we are waiting on later-later.
    In addition to coming into the walls, it has to go somewhere, right? Right now, the feeble story is that it flows down into underground caves. I know, I know, I feel like I’m cheating too.

With the end of the time that my brother and I had to work on this project, we walked from outside the eastern gate, down the main street, over what will be a bridge, and stopped at where the new road will be constructed.

I tried to take some snapshots that captured the feeling that I had when walking by this section.  I can’t wait to see what that building will look like that is currently just red wool.  I want to see how the water develops. This area gives me hope, which I realize sounds totally stupid.  It’s the same feeling I had when I first started adding the roads in though. This section is really turning into something–something that I and my brother created. It’s mind-blowing.

EK017EK018 Expect plenty of updates in the future on this! I can’t wait to show you more!