• 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

  • Planning in the Frozen Land of Nador

    I thought I had settled on a location for my Ice City, but I found a few other nice locations and now I can’t decide.  Since I’ve been stuck on this problem for a week now, I’m looking for opinions.

    Frozen Land of Nador
    Frozen Land of Nador

    I have chosen the name “Nador” from an obscure line in Month Python’s Holy Grail: “Arthur crossed the frozen land of Nador”.  So here we have Nador, and we need to pick a location for its capital: Arthur’s Crossing.  Yes, its a play on King’s Landing.  I’m looking to build this as an organic city, one that starts out small, and grows; similar to Imperial City and Agrazahn.  Pictures are at the bottom.

    SITE A
    Site A is a point of land surrounded by a frozen river.  What I like here is the natural cave system thats open to the surface. It makes for a nice place to start a small settlement, protected from the elements.  I think regardless of whether I pick this spot for the City, I will still build something in this cave :)  We have some decent hills here to build a castle upon (I like my castles up high).

    SITE B
    Here there is a nice crescent-moon type hill above a mostly flat naturally-defined bit of land.  This was the original spot I had chosen, and I do still kinda like it.  I pictured the royal castle on the crescent-hill, but I really don’t think its big enough now that I’ve looked closer.  The hill across the river might work better.. But what this spot really lacks is some defining landscape feature. There isn’t much going on here, just a large flat open area.

    SITE C
    This is a nicely defined “island” created by a looping river.  The frozen river that loops around could be used as a type of moat, with the city walls built right up against it on the inside.  There are also two large hills here to build something impressive upon, be it a castle, temple, whatnot.  And there’s plenty of room to start a small town in the center, and then grow it to fill the “island”

    SITE D
    Very similar to Site C (actually, its just south of it, the bottom half of the figure-8 river islands), but its a bit smaller. It also has one mountain, but its a bit larger and I kind of like it better for an imposing ice-fortress type castle :)

  • Facebook, you crafty expletive…

    Facebook irritated the hell out of me today.  They overhauled the whole setup used to show a facebook page feed on a website.  It used to use an iframe, but now it uses some demonic javascript.

    Visually, I love what they’ve done.  You can now see a small version of the page’s cover photo, and it looks very fancy.  I have one severe gripe though.  The widget is now limited to be a whopping 500 pixels wide.  This posed an issue for me, as I have 15 (yes, I counted) facebook feeds on TRC, and most of them are built at 800 pixels wide, to fill the page.

    So I had to go and update all the coding for 15 seperate feeds tonight.  And I get to do it again at work tomorow for the 3 feeds there!

    Thanks Facebook.

  • 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 :)