• Truck is spoiling me

    This truck is spoiling me… It has Bluetooth. Not only can I do calls, I can do messages and play music wirelessly. And control it from the steering wheel.

    Not sure how I’m gonna go back to my truck lol


  • Minecraft Planning

    I spent the weekend updating my Minecraft Page and planning out my next projects.  I’ve had several projects planned out on my long-term list for awhile now, but most of them were quite vaque, and I have finished all my fleshed-out ideas.

    I’ve been looking forward to building a far-away, grander place.  When I first built Southron, it was intended to have a far-away feel to it, but ended up being way too close geographically. (I’m bad at judging distances till I map it out)

    I had labeled a large frozen continent to the far east as “Frozen Land of Nador” quite some time ago, and have a vague idea of an ice-themed city I wanted to build there. Last night, I finally picked a location for its City-State – Arthur’s Crossing.

    Now, for all you nerds, there’s a reason behind my naming choices.  When I first discovered this frozen land, I was watching Monty Python’s Holy Grail.  In it, someone utters the line “Arthur crossed the frozen land of Nador”, and it stuck in my head.  I named the region Nador, and the city will be Arthur’s Crossing :)

    This is probably my most insane project to date. It would involve de-constructing, nay, pretty much leveling three or more structures at Cair Denbar (my first, biggest, oldest castle).

    The oldest section of Cair Denbar was built as one keep, and has grown and expanded on its own, off on its separate mountaintop.  When I turned the corner onto the second mountaintop during the original construction, I decided to expand in phases and build separate buildings/structures.  This has worked for a long time, but I’ve run out of room, and some places are starting to feel a bit cramped.

    My plan would be to level the majority of the buildings on the second mountain, and construct one new building. One singular keep.  I can better utilize the available space, move the towers, make it bigger and grander.

    I’m just a bit nervous…  This would be the largest project I’ve taken on at Cair Denbar in a few years.  I’ve done updates and moved things around a bit, but nothing on par with rebuilding an entire set of buildings from the sub-basement up.

  • Agrazahn Expansion Complete, Story at 11 (am)

    My expansion in Agrazahn is complete! I finished the Coliseum a bit ago, and I’ve been plugging away at the rest of the new section of the city that surrounds it.  I managed to fit in a new Ravenry (the old one was too small for the size of my city), and very shiny new brothel.  I had always intended to have a Brothel here, but had never managed to find a good location for it.

    Its late, and I’m getting sleepy, so I’ll take some screenshots tomorrow :)

  • Coliseum is done, progress rolls on

    I finished up the Coliseum tonight.  Then I moved on to laying out the exterior city wall around the new city section that the coliseum sits in.  I have a good bit of expansion room!  I also managed to expand the lawn area of the Sultan’s Palace.  It was the only grassed area in the entire city, now its a good bit larger, and has some trees and greenery!

  • Cartography is a passion

    I’ve always liked maps.  Not really sure where it comes from, but I have.  And that has passed over into Minecraft.  I tediously created maps ages ago and then marked them up with locations and borders and such.  Downside to this, is updating the maps takes eons – let alone creating them.

    So I found a new method.  MCAMap is a program that loads up the entire saved world, and generates the entire thing into map form.  It took a little over an hour for my i5 laptop to perform this, but my GOD the results are amazing!

    Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 10.47.52 PMLook at that detail!

    I had to spend a few nights converting all the data from the old map over to the new one, but it was worth it in the end. I’m much more satisfied with the map now, AND, its actually a map of the entire known world!!

    The full-sized file of this map is ENORMOUS.  16896 x 1484 pixels. 752 MB.

    I did scale it down a bit for viewing if anyone is interested: Full Map of Alpha