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’ve been keeping myself busy with some more random updates in Imperial City.
I expanded the tiny central square into a proper large square, and I upgraded some of the older buildings in the Marketplace.
I decided to finish off my Anniversary Celebration by pulling the trigger on a project I’ve been hemming and hawing over for probably a year now. I covered over the area behind the Senate Building.
After I expanded the Senate, the overhang on the cliff behind it just didn’t feel right, so covering straight across was the best solution.
In doing so, I’ve overhauled the Lagoon beneath, added 3 new buildings to the Waterfront, and added a fancy new Park!
After this was done, for some reason I went along and created one more Tram Station. You can now travel from the Skyport to three different parts of the city!
Today I overhauled the home of the Imperial Senate. They had gotten a case of building-envy over the shiny new Palace of Nations. It really made their once-grand building feel old, and out-dated.
I didn’t have much room to play with, so I decided to just expand the building some. I added a new third floor for the specific purpose of giving it a much grander meeting hall.
I also redesigned my Map Hall so the maps were lit MUCH better than they used to be. I managed to sneak in some updates on them as well, since some hadn’t been updated in well over a year.
Tomorrow marks the 8th Anniversary of my Minecraft world, Alpha.
I’ve spent the last several days working on an anniversary project in Imperial City. I have added a new International District. The main feature is the Palace of Nations, our version of the U.N.
I’ve also had the other players on my server all build embassies representing their kingdoms in Alpha.
To top it off, I upgraded my little tram line that ran between my main castle and the Senate building. I relocated the station by the Senate to be by the Skyport. Now you can go by rail from my castle, to the Skyport/Senate, and then along to the new international district. Progress!
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.