It’s been a while since I did an update! I finished the expansion to the east. The city feels so much fuller, and more complete!
I’ve sat here for 2 weeks staring at Minecraft, trying to decide which project to start working on. And I keep drawing blanks. I have three locations to pick from, but I’m afraid the projects are just too big and I can’t wrap my head around any of them yet. I think I’m almost trying to bite off too much. All three are major projects, which are going to culminate in new cities. I think I need something smaller.
In the meanwhile, I keep ending up in Imperial City. Looking at it. Seeing things I can upgrade, or add. Its a problem I’ve had for years, and its the reason the city hasn’t stopped developing and growing in 8 years.
I keep ending up on the eastern side of the city, just staring at it. I can see my next expansion here, and I just keep coming up with more ideas.
It’s time to give in. I’m going to stop fighting it, and just work on Imperial City some more. Nothing else is coming to me creativity-wise, and Imperial City just never shuts up in that fashion.
I’m going to expand outwards towards the East, the opposite side of where I recently added the International District. It has a variety of land, ranging from a high hill at the south, to a jungle in the north. It also contains a cute little ravine that I plan to build down into. I may even cover over the steep valley outside of the current East Gate, and make an underground area where the main road passes through.
Its all in the planning stages still, but at least I’m having ideas.
I decided to add some buildings into a more undeveloped part of the city. I had originally planned to make this into more of a park, but I made a beautiful park just down the road in the new area. I figured we could make this a little denser.
I spent the weekend mining and crafting, as I’m starting to go slightly crazy from the quarantine stuff.
I started working on a the new International District in Imperial City. It will eventually contain a fancy “Palace of Nations” that will be our version of the U.N. I’m also going to have the other players on the server all build their own little embassy to represent themselves.
I started out by walling out the boundaries, building the new outer gate and wall. The mechanics in the new gate are soooo much smaller than the same style of gate I built years ago, it’s a bit nuts.
For my next trick, I need to remove the old gate. I was originally going to leave it, but it and the adjoining angled wall are taking up a lot of real estate.
In a little under two weeks (on April 7th), my Minecraft world will be 8 years old! I’m still not sure what to do for a celebration this year, but I did make a major upgrade to my main city.
Imperial City has had a clock tower positioned far above the center of the city for many years, but its always been pretty plain – a simple 3×3 square ugly clock.
I have expanded it to be MUCH larger, with a detailed clock face visible from all over the city. I’m quite happy with how it turned out!
Here are some pictures of the construction process.