• Cair Denbar: A Look Back

    Construction of Cair Denbar began on the first day I purchased Minecraft.  It started out pretty small, but within one week I have built nearly half the current complex.  Over the last three years it has been constantly developed and reworked, culminating in the most recent major overhaul.

    I’ve compiled a little collection of pictures here that show the development of Cair Denbar over the past 3+ years.

    Cair Denbar: The Royal Keep

    The Royal Keep is the oldest portion of the castle, built on the first day I played Minecraft. It has become the private home of the royal family.

    Cair Denbar: First Hall

    First hall was quite obviously the first real hall in the castle. Originally it doubled as throne room and dining hall, until the Great Hall was built.

    Cair Denbar: Chapel on High

    The Chapel on High was the first church I constructed in Alpha. It isn’t very big, but its my favorite.  It recently got moved 2 blocks to the north to accomodate the new construction project. The Chapel also got a nice new tower.

    Cair Denbar: North Gate

    The North Gate began as a simple built gate, and was eventually upgraded to a fully-functioning redstone gate.

    Cair Denbar: Great Hall

    My Throne Room started out quite modest, then got a bit bigger and grander.  The current version has been expanded quite a bit and feels MUCH grander now.

    Cair Denbar: From the South

    The view from the south has always been impressive.  It’s the cliff. It just does it.  This view shows how the various towers have changed over the years.

    Cair Denbar: From the North

    This is the best view of the entire complex.  These picutres show how the castle started out alone on the mountain, and then the town sprang out in front of it, and slowly grew down the mountain into the monstrosity that is now Imperial City.

  • Massive progress on Project 42

    I spent a few hours last night and all day today actually working on the REAL building.  I leveled half the mountain last night, and copied in the prototype building section by section.  I spent this morning attaching to the existing structures, and filling in the new bits of castle.

    I’ve done some furnishing on 2 floors, and still have a good bit to go.  I spent quite some time upgrading my Throne Room, and I’m QUITE happy with it :)  I still have to finish the roof on the Throne Room, and figure how tall I want the new round tower to be (I haven’t copied it from the prototype yet).  I’m not looking forward to re-setting up the fireworks display and the false roof that hides it.

  • Project 42: Progress continues

    The Planning Phase is nearly complete.  I’m being pretty anal about this project, I know.  I’m just so nervous about knocking down half of my “crown jewel”.  I really am liking my plans though!  My prototype structure is enormous, but its letting me pick locaitons for all the interior places I need to relocate much easier than gutting and going “oh shit, what was here before?”

    I am getting pretty stumped on where I want to locate some things though.  As part of this expansion, I need to include some sort of Imperial Senate Chamber, and some simple offices for the 8 Senators.  I’m just torn on where to put the dang thing.  I have a few options, but I’m still debating amongst myself.

    Here’s some pictures.  Each one has some details about it in the description, so check them out!

  • Project 42: Planning Phase

    I did a bit more planning this evening, and took a bunch of pictures to share.

    This project will involve moving my church 3 blocks north to accomodate the new structure that I’m planning. Thanks to WorldEdit, this won’t be such a horrible project.  As simple as copy and paste really :)

    I went off into the backyard of Cair Denbar and I’ve constructed a sort of template or testing structure based on my measurements of the area I have to work in, including the spots where it will connect to the already existing structures.  This gives me the ability to play around and figure out how I want it BEFORE I level half the structure, and then decide I don’t like it.  Yes, I’m paranoid.  This castle is like my baby. haha

    I’m actually looking at a LOT of new, created space.  Which is good, as the main purpose for this reconstruction is to make things more spacious, a bit larger-feeling.  I also need to create some new space for the Imperial Senate.  Right now I’m arguing with myself over where to place the main hallways.  I’ve always had an issue with where to locate the stairs up to the Throne Room, as its upstairs from the “main level” of the whole castle.  I’ve honestly relocated them 3 or 4 times already.  This time around, I’m considering changing the approach of the main hallway, so it won’t interfere with the stairs quite so much.

    Its all still a work in progress.  If you want to follow my progress on this project, make sure to bookmark this link!

  • Cair Denbar: Project 42

    It has come to pass. I have begun a project that is nigh unthinkable. It involves leveling and rebuilding 3+ buildings/structures at Cair Denbar.

    I’m waiting for the shock to wear off still. This project was just a vague idea a month ago, and I had been planning to work on Arthur’s Crossing next. As it turns out, I just couldn’t find the creative juices in Arthur’s Crossing. Cair Denbar was hiding them this time.

    I’ll get into further detail of my plans tomorrow. And when I have a full keyboard. Silly smartphones make my thumbs hurt after awhile lol.

  • Peaceful in the Park


    The breeze outside felt beautiful tonight, so I took a walk down to the park.

    It’s beautiful and peaceful here. Nice steady breeze off the ocean, listening to the waves as the tide starts to come back in.

    I may sit here a while.

  • Holy Crap, Windows 10

    Its official, I now have Windows 10 on my MacBook Pro.  I’m writing this post there, now :)

    The upgrade process wasn’t all that horrible, except for having to pay attention to reboots so I didn’t end up back at the Mac Desktop.  So far, everything seems great! No issues what-so-ever.

    Keep your fingers crossed for me, I hope this works out.

  • Childhood Dream: Achieved

    This past Sunday, I achieved an old childhood dream.  My friend Perry and I traveled to Portland, and saw Weird Al Yankovic at the Maine State Pier!!

    It was amazing!  All I’d ever hoped for really.  He even played a ton of older songs, including “Fat”, “Dare to be Stupid”, and even “Amish Paradise”!!

    To top it all off, his encore consisted of both of his Star Wars Songs!  “The Saga Begins”, and “Yoda”!

    Here’s some pictures and videos from the concert :)


  • Arthur’s Crossing has a Location

    I have chosen Site C as the final location for Arthur’s Crossing.  I’ve layed out some plans on the attached picture.

    The Blue area will be a tall spiky ice fortress/castle for the Prince of Nador. The Red area will be the inital settlement.  It will be a smaller town, with a decent outer wall.  The Purple areas are for future expansions.

    The Green line will be the eventual outer limits of Arthur’s Crossing.  Once I’ve expaneded it a few times, I’ll build a fancy outer wall right along the water’s edge.  I figure the frozen river makes a nice moat :)

    This project will probably go on for a long time.  I don’t plan on doing it all at once.  For starters, I’m going to build the castle the smallest portion.  Red and Blue lines.  Then I’ll probably venture off to one of the other dozen things on my list of plans.  Eventually I’ll come back and build an expansion or two, so and so forth.

    This is the first “organic” city I’m going to document from the very start, so this should be a lot different :) I usually just document during construction, but the last few big places I’ve built weren’t “organic”, they were much more planned and built as a whole.  It’s been a few years since I tackled a long-term project like this, so we’ll have to see how it goes!

    Arthur's Crossing Plans