Loving all the progress of peoples cities. For those interested I am working on the Castle challenge currently, here is my latest episode. You can check my playlists on Youtube for my City Challenge series (went 42 episodes)!
When you come back after a year, and VaalDeth is still releasing videos.
I think I'll be taking up this challenge again, and combining it with a few others.
Considering starting up this challenge again (with the old world) or starting the Castle construction challenge as Vaaldeth has done.
With the new Windows 10 features making it easier to record gameplay, I may upload some videos and post them here, if anyone would be interested in watching that. It would most likely be constrained to timelapses of builds as I don't have any microphones available for use.
I have completed the town hall as well as a fairly large barn. I am unable to post pictures at the moment because I'm travelling, but they should be up in the next week or so. In the meantime, I'll be exploring some mechanisms for simple separation of adult and baby animals to give myself an easy way to spam breed and kill animals.
UPDATE: Now that I am in the iron age, I can cast portals. I was wondering if any of the people following this thread had ideas on how to create a good infrastructure for navigating the Nether and de-Nethering it to be more habitable for Overworld creatures.
Upstairs, I have a meeting room, some tables for open discussion/forum and the treasure (a little bit against the rules with the iron door but whatever)
Downstairs I have a pair of offices. Not decorated yet, but will serve as licensing/zoning office and a room for staff meetings.
I'm really happy as to how the architectural style is working out. I don't know how to I'm going to apply it when I get into mega-structures, or if I'm going to try to apply it at all. I also need to work out how to apply it to structures like a fort and blacksmith.
I'm not spending that much time on the challenge, but I'm really enjoying it so far.
Town Hall progress
I've decided to go with a center tower containing either the mayors office or serving as an open airflow light source type of thing.
Had time to do some more work on construction. It's not much more, but it lays the groundwork for the second story. Rather than implement the octagonal center into the first floor, I've decided to give the second floor largish balconies across each corner. I am currently undecided as to whether or not the roof should extend over these.
I've decided to combine the first and second stages in order to save time, especially since my design style requires stone to look good. I've completed the first home, a tree farming area for my non-indigenous saplings (dark oak and acacia), and I've started construction on the Town Hall. I'm quite happy with the open air separators I currently have between rooms.
I've decided to build a decently sized town hall. I plan to use my two-story design on the wings of the plus shape, with a higher roof peak in the center and possible a spire or tower of some sort. I also intend to turn the joints of plus sign in order to create an octagon shape, with the wings protruding from four sides.
I started way back on page 6 of the challenge. It's been quite awhile.
You may be right that the building is too square, but I'm not sure. In any case, the buildings that use this style will most likely be more rectangular in order to have rooms on either side of a main room as opposed to a single room on each floor, so I think that should work out well. If a building needs to have more radial symmetry I'm considering using a plus shape, with roof beams along each wing.
If I decide to build a tiered tower structure, I'll likely use the multi-layer roofs often seen in Asian architecture.
(Apologies for the double post, but the limit for attached photos is 5 and at this point I remain too lazy to bother with embedding them)
I've completed a second architectural prototype, this time for 2 floor structures. This again follows the oak/dark oak/cobblestone motif I set up in my first structure. This again takes inspiration from VaalDeth, with modifications thereupon.
After several years, I've decided to begin this challenge again. I'm modifying the rules slightly, allowing myself to use stone tools from the first stage, and buckets from the second in order to help my limited attention span.
Looking back at my first run, I hope see my expanded building skills over the years, and a more developed town planning.
Update to avoid double posting
Spent about an hour trying to work out an architectural style for the city. I decided to attempt to stylize a standard log-plank style with an Asian touch and also a slight Nordic influence (been playing quite a few hours of Skyrim lately). It's late here so I'm too lazy to embed the images into this post, but here is my prototype structure.
The main materials are a cobblestone stair foundation, oak plank based with dark oak highlights (mostly inside), fences as windows, and some texture added by using fences as walls.
The roof beam and embellishment thereupon are inspired by VaalDeth, as I started his video series earlier today.