My friend Lee (PwnerYoder) took some time and a bunch of effort to take some beautiful pictures and video of Imperial City! He used some pretty impressive shaders that make my City look amazing!
What started out as a simple project to fill in a portion of the harbor for some new land quickly snowballed into a major project to update a good portion of the city.
The new buildings in the harbor ended up being taller than all the surrounding buildings, so I had to do some updates to make the neighborhood look right. I added some floors to a few buildings and updated a few others. I added alot onto the Bank, including a golden dollar sign on the roof. I then went on to overhaul one of the oldest city squares by adding a statue of a Wizard, and then onto the Marketplace where I made some buildings taller and added two new ones.
I finally removed an ancient section of city wall that was between the Old City and the Marketplace that served no purpose anymore. I kept the gates but removing the wall allowed me to add in some new buildings.
I found my way back into Minecraft this weekend. I finally picked a location for the future Free City of Verata, my first build in a Mesa Biome. Its gonna be a large, spread out city most likely built of mainly clay.
I also started a project I’ve been thinking about for some time now. The expansion of East Harbor in Imperial City. The harbor is pretty useless, as when it was first built I thought the city was on the coast, but it turned out to be a sea with a narrow connection to the real ocean. So decent sized ships can actually MAKE it to this harbor, it doesn’t have much use except for say local fishing. And as we all know, this city can always utilize more land. So I’ve decided to fill in a portion of the harbor to create some new land for expansion.
Last night I built a new home for the Imperial Senate. After I had torn down the buildings I wanted to replace on Westbluff, I realized just how cramped it was going to become up there. So instead I built a large domed hall for the Imperial Senate. I also included a room with giant maps of each Province, and studies for the 8 senators. It ended up being very park-like around the Senate Building, as it didn’t really leave room for many other buildings on the hilltop. I actually only built one other new building.
I also went and converted the Senate Chamber in Cair Denbar into a Music Hall.
After a lot of thinking it over, my next project is going to be in Imperial City. I really want to work on Arthur’s Crossing next, but I sit here and stare at it, and I just can’t figure out how or where to start. It won’t come to me. I sit here and stare at Imperial City, and all kinds of things come to me. I guess it’s a sign that its time.
THE NEXT EXPANSION
Originally this was to be called the LAST expansion, but I’ve decided to stop kidding myself. I doubt this city will ever stop growing. The next expansion is the low area and slope up the mountains to the west of the city. I plan to build up the slope to the crest of the mountain and built an outer wall up there. Its pretty steep on the other side already. I’m also thinking of building a new fortress at the upper portion of the mountain for my empire’s air force 🙂 Yes, we have airships. I also want to include some small temples for my other religions, as they’re all included in the Empire now.
This project will also involve leveling most of one of the older areas of my city. Westbluff Square still has a large group of tiny old buildings, with low ceilings etc. I’ve replaced similar buildings all over the city. The only other neighborhood of smaller buildings left was covered over and made into a sort of slums. Westbluff was meant as an upper-class kind of neighborhood, so it definitely needs some bigger homes.