Hey everyone! I felt it was about time to share this. I've mostly hit a wall until Notch updates Creative, so I figured now would be as good a time as any. I hope you enjoy!
What is Shadowmarch?
Shadowmarch Castle is the central location featured in Tad Williams' book series named Shadowmarch. There are currently three books out with the fourth, and final, book due out in November. They're all really amazing, and a fantastic story, so I highly recommend them.
What is included?
A lot, actually. :smile.gif: This is a 512x512x256 map, started in OMEN. However, the OMEN portion was very small, and I took a completely hands-on approach after this point:
It now looks like this:
I can't stress this enough: ALL castle work and ALL detail terrain work was done in-game, by hand: no cheats or hacks.
What is included is as close a product I could make within the size limits of the map and up through the second book, Shadowplay.
What is not included?
Funderling Town and below isn't done. Ah well. It's a lot to do, and I'd like the lighting Notch is doing to be implemented before I try it. I also haven't updated it to account for Shadowrise, the third book yet. There are also some small areas and details that I either ran out of room to do, or was incapable of doing well in Minecraft.
Thanks guys! I'm a "big-project" person, so it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility that I'll attempt something this size when the game is gold. But not yet....there's still too much that is going to be added to the final game. Maybe when the beta starts......?
And definately not by myself. The amount of materials needed to do something like this is....ludicrous.:biggrin.gif:
Absolutely amazing. Love it! I have tried to explore this amazing fortress before, but the formidable size of the map has stopped me in my endeavors. Last time I tried I spent a steady hour of swimming and climbing about the map until I was satisfied I'd explored the whole region... Until I realized the amount of land underneath what i'd traversed. =/ It's a -bit- too big for my computer, unfortunately, but awesome nonetheless!
Now, what I'm curious about is whether you'll do anything underground. Perhaps you could dig out a massive mining region underneath the city? A "bunker" for the Shadowmarch royalty? Some fancy lava and water ducts and tunnels and stuff (if simply for show)? =)
@My dear friend Owl: I'm aware of that; I read the topic too. :happy.gif: But he also said he can't make a perfect replica, and if it's not perfect, it is no true replica! Therefore it must be individualized. Or could be. Or should be. Or whatever.