Minecraft Metropolis – EPICITY

Epicity – A grand city in Minecraft that my friends and I have been working on. Although my friend Michael and I did most of the construction, my other friends have been gathering resources and have been a huge help to the overall development of the metropolis.

Starting off in a typical survival multiplayer world (SMP) hosted on my server, the server players took off in their own adventures with no central objective for all players to help in. Upon construction of what would be the first structure in the entirety of Epicity, the hotel named Aquaris Sunrise, my friend who was in an alliance with me on the server called Michael was thinking of building a town or a city; a central place everyone could go to do practically anything they wanted and build all sorts of things as in long it was going to be allowed by the governor (me :D).

So we cleared out the land near and around the hotel and convert the natural hills into a suitable place to start a new civilization. Following this was the construction of the town square; the King Creeper fountain, which was followed suit with the establishment of a cafe, an office complex, the city high court, and a comic book store (don’t ask me why on the last one, I didn’t do it :S). New buildings sprouted up with great progress including the first skyscraper for Minecorp (a mining company on the server), a bakery with no bread, and a bank, which later had a 6-digit combination lock vault. A library was made, a museum that showcased all the types of things in Minecraft, a football field and the town hall. A police HQ building was created, complete with a conference room, offices, and a firing range to test your skills with a bow and arrow.

A fully automated redstone  train station named Central Station was established where you could select your destination with the click of a button which changed all of the tracks into the correct arrangement, and when you were ready to depart you pressed another button to send the cart from the cart loading dispenser into the boarding zone. If the player decided to not go on and that they wanted to return the cart, simply standing on a pressure plate and the redstone mechanics would do the rest of the work for you. It was a self sustainable method of transportation with great speed and efficiency.

A lot of progress was made and many things have been created since the days gone by. Buildings have gone through redecoration and reconstruction, the Central Station was abandoned and taken down due to consistency problems and a new subway station with carts arriving at regular intervals has been built to replace the old method of transportation over large distances. Many mining shafts have been established and many have been closed down due to the depletion of resources. Forests have been cut down and forest have been replanted in order to revive wood supplies and to keep the environment looking nice and natural.

The city was no longer just one area; there was the central district, the residential district where all the houses for the players were, the shopping district with many places one could buy things,the agricultural district where a multistory farm has been built, the port which features docks, several ships, a boathouse and a variety of seaside shops. There was also the rougher part of Epicity, outside of the main borders where the military outpost or barracks resides, and a huge 20×20 excavation site which has been dug down to bedrock to obtain cobble for the following construction plan;

Last night we started one of the biggest team projects for a single structure on a lot of Minecraft servers: mapping and starting to build a 5-thick city wall surrounding the city to prevent mobs from getting in city and to ensure that the residents can build and develop in peace. The wall, as it will be limiting the amount of construction and expansions we can make, will be redesigned or remade around the areas suitable for development. A cactus wall is built to ensure the extermination of all enemies near the wall and so that spiders don’t climb up the walls vertically (they can do that now :c). Dispenser turrets probably will be added too at main checkpoints and at gates into the city.

Epicity is making great progress in all fields of development at a very rapid pace, whether it be mining or gathering wood, clearing area for construction, building new things for the city, or organizing how the city is set out. We had ideas to make a gaming district where everything was fun and play, including various stadiums for football, spleef, a swimming centre, a PvP (player versus player) arena, and a zombie defense arena. There will also be casinos and a big theme park; which we won’t reveal to you yet. We also plan to have a city CBD (central business district) sometime sooner or later on a different continent where the land is untainted by human activity and with fresh resources, but these are plans to be and so they may be changed at any time in the future.

For now, I shall go back to playing with my friends and hopefully finish this city wall today. Minecraft is a very fun game with lots of potential.

After all, what is a game if you don’t find it fun?

First Snow – Breezes of Winter

A simple and effective signature created by me. The stock is called “First Snow” by taenaron from deviantART.
Click the image to enlarge it to what it’s supposed to look.

Christmas Tree – In Minecraft!

Christmas Cheer

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays! :) Hope you got what you wanted for your presents!

Minecraft – Building Blocks and Endless Fun

A new dawn is upon us. The dawn of Minecraft.

Minecraft is very unique indie game which has been hugely successful even in its pre-Beta (alpha) stage of the game’s development. To sum it up, it is a game where you mine and craft. Sounds too simple and too boring? This is exactly what I thought before I received Minecraft as a gift from a friend of mine. I thought Minecraft would be what it looked on videos; a sandbox game with no objective or goal with poor graphics and dull sounds.

Alas, I take all of that entirely back. Minecraft is one of the best games I’ve played with never-ending entertainment all of the time. There are endless things to do in Minecraft; whether it is to build a castle, blow up some stuff with TNT explosives, build a rollercoaster, develop a town, or as I’m currently doing; building a floating glass observatory above the clouds. Minecraft features a challenging mechanic; monsters that come out at night and attack you. To fend and hide against these monstrosities you will have to build your shelter. As time progresses you could turn your former hiding hole into a magnificent mansion. With one person playing it can be an absolute cracker to play, but you won’t have experienced the full ride of fun until you play Minecraft’s strong point; multiplayer.

You can adventure forth as far as you want on the landscape, crossing rivers, oceans, mountains, hills, gorges, waterfalls, forests, cliffs, and even a mountain of sand as you find the perfect place to develop your land into your own creations. You can see what other people have accomplished and you can build your own with a few friends. Multiplayer really is a very interesting experience overall, because anything can happen, anywhere. You could have a competition with other people to build a specific object to highlight one’s craftsmanship expertise, maybe a game of bows and arrows to see who is the master in marksmanship, or develop your own little settlement; complete with houses, farms, a river or water supply, and most importantly; a quarry for your mining pastimes and exploration.

Even though Minecraft is still in its alpha stage of development, it is a hugely popular and very fun game to play. Bugs and glitches are being fixed constantly as the developer Notch works hard to put the game in beta. This game will be the kind of game which people will still play years and years after its appearance. Minecraft has endless possibilities and will appeal to players of all ages and interests.

Twixtor – Amazing Slow Motion Capabilities

Started AfterEffects and Vegas yesterday. Made this using a bit of both, and of course Twixtor.

If you don’t know what Twixtor is, it’s simply an extremely high quality time warping plugin for Adobe AfterEffects which lets you render a slow motion clip of the selected time frame. Because COD games run on 60 frames per second, using Twixtor with a Call of Duty clip really lets you showcase the potential and amazing capabilities of Twixtor.

Thanks to PeerTheDong (Brian), without his help I would be completely confused as a newcomer to the world of editing.

overLIMIT – Modern Warfare 2 Montage

Little montage I made in a day when I was bored. Edited using Windows Movie Maker so don’t blame me if the effects were crappy D: I didn’t know how to use Vegas at the time so yeah.