I've decided to try and recreate Laputa in minecraft, modeled after the famous animated movie!
Here's an image to help give you an idea of the final product:
Where I'll be making this:
I don't like working on single player as much, so I've decided to make this on an online server, both to help make me keep this as legit as possible, AND to make it easier for other minecrafters to come and see the build.
I'll be making this on ArcadiaMC, a server I found from a thread I created in the looking for section of the forums. This is the official website, which will let you apply to the server if you want to check it out in person: http://www.arcadiagames.net
If you decide to join this server too, be sure to mention in your application that Ousire sent you. This will get me bonuses if your application is accepted
NOTE: even though I've decided to make this in multiplayer, I wont be accepting any outside help constructing this. I want to do it 100% legit, 100% by myself, so sorry if you want to join in the construction! however, I will be accepting suggestions for things to add if I like them
For your viewing pleasure:
To accompany this project, if I find any videos that are topical, I'll be posting them for you to enjoy while going over the thread! This time, no video, but there will be one next update which will be up very shortly, so don't you worry!
If this thread is popular, and you guys are interested, I'm tempted to make small contests to go with each major update. They'd be simple things, like guessing games or trivia questions, and if you win, you'd get a prize. However, what that prize is would be secret until later in the project when it'd make sense to reveal them. Winners would get the info of the prize PM'd to them if they agree to keep it secret until I post it in the thread. WHO'S INTERESTED?
Given that this is the intro update to the series, I figured the most logical thing to add would be the intro to the original movie that inspired this build! Here we have Kimi Wo Nosete, which translates to "Carrying You" in english. Enjoy the singing while reading the update
After finding a good location using the server's maps to situate Laputa, I explored the nearby jungle and found a small cave hiding in the side of a ravine!
Its full of delicious lava, and had some exposed ores in it. I quickly walled it off, then used the iron to make a bucket and light the walls with lava recessed in.
My second step was to get a lot of dirt to mark my location, so i just dug a staircase down to get stone and dirt, which eventually lead to making this:
This, while pretty puny looking, is the start of Laputa! using http://www.mineconics.net/ to find circle patterns, I made a 19 diameter circle, and marked out where the next layer will go (which you can see a little bit of)
Here's how I found where to make this: my goal was to be far enough out to sea that you couldn't see any land, so I made a long dirt path out into the water until I couldn't see land. I marked that point, then just kept going father out until I reached the center of my blueprints, and pillared into the sky! pretty simple, right?
The Next Step:
Now that I have my little base in the caves, and my little disk in the sky, I need to establish a more permanent and monster free local. I'm going to expand the dome's bottom out with its next few layers, then I plan on making a cobblestone generator and small tree farm on top. This will let me quickly get cobblestone, and wood to make charcoal to smelt my stone for building the dome, so i'll have a sort of self-sufficient little sky island. When I fill my furnaces with cooking stone, I'll go mining for more iron and diamonds while they smelt.
Now that you've seen my starting dome, you know that the bottom layer is a 19 diameter circle. Can you guess how big the final diameter of the dome will be though? You can see that the bottom is pretty high in the sky, so those are your only hints. First person to guess correctly, or whoever is closest by the time the next big update rolls around will win FaBuLoUs PrIzEs!
(If anyone likes this challenge idea, i'll keep going with them. If not, I'll skip them in the future)
Last time we had the original opening theme, so i felt it would be appropriate to put in the English version of the opening theme! Its pretty easy to see how different it is from the original.
Like i said last time, my main goal was to expand the castle's dome, and build some trees and a cobblestone generator. However, before I could do this, I needed to go mining and get some stone to finish the next few layers of the disk and some iron and coal to start off with. Good thing I found a mineshaft underneath me! I love finding them, due to how easy they make it to cover ground, get free railroad tracks, and find a bunch of ore. Nothing can go wrong with this-
Oh. Well, someone else found this cave before me. He also happens to live in the area too! Kingcool9111 and a friend of his live somewhere in the jungle. Surprise! Time to go mine somewhere else i guess...
Right, now that I've gotten some phat swag supplies, I expand the disk, and build up a little home on it:
Cobblestone generator, a few furnaces, and a lot of dirt patches to plant trees. Not seen in this image is some chests I placed afterwards
Later, while I was building, suddenly-
Surprise guest visit! Everyone, say hi to Glomp, one of our server's slavedriving taskmasters admins! As I was building, she teleported to me and decided to investigate the progress.
In addition, extra special guest, Llama! The server's evil overlord owner!
Its a well known scientific fact that llamas can fly.
After doing a flyby of the dome-in-progress, he decides to question my skill at planning! I assure all of you that i have tested this thoroughly, fear not!
After soothing his worries he decides to question my sanity instead
Iiiii don't really think i can argue against this one very much. Oh god the circles~
anywayyy....After a little more work, we'll be ending this update at this point here:
I decided to just finish the four arms of the dome all in one night so i wouldn't need to keep remembering the pattern. This shot was taken from the top of the last arm. However, as it is this is slightly inaccurate to my plans for the final build. In the Miyazaki movie you can see that the dome has a very small rim around the entire edge that people can walk on. It has a secret entrance to the interior of the dome. So later I'll be removing the top 3 blocks and make that section one or two blocks smaller. I'll hide a piston door somewhere there.
So far so good right?
The Next Step:
With the four arms finished, all that's left to do for the exterior is actually build the damn thing! this will take forever, so don't expect many thrilling updates for a while. I'll be post some mini updates partway through to show how far i'm getting, along with anything exciting that DOES happen. For example, I have a few utility mods i am plotting on downloading.
Due to a lack of excitement in the near future due to how boring making the dome is, I want YOU guys to add some excitement! Your mission: try to think of some small buildings, shrines, designs, art, etc that can be build inside the castle itself when we eventually get there or in the grassy field that covers the castle's large platform. post pictures of your idea, or descriptions, and I'll try to recreate it as best as i can. Winning suggestions will be placed in the castle with a sign giving credit to the creator
Additionally, last update's challenge is still open: Guess the final diameter of the dome! closest guess will win a prize!
I would love to help with this! Can you tell us the IP? Seems like a lot of fun!
sorry bro, I've decided i wanted to try and do this entirely by myself just as a challenge. This thing is the largest build i've ever made under any circumstance, so i want to see how long it will take to finish it.
however, if you want to join the server and check it out, that's cool. The IP is server.arcadiamc.com
If you join you can look around and stuff, but no building untill you apply on their forum. If you do, be sure to mention me in the application so i can get extra points
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