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CONSTRUCTION OF THE ARENA (working title): DAY ONE
On our home server, the Dystopian Mercenaries are currently constructing an enormous Arena to host all things competitive in Minecraft. So far, Fnfrg, Link, Shouter, Lakefisher, and Kevin have contributed to construction, which is organized and directed by myself. Once completed, the Arena will hold events for PvP, PvE, and whatever other challenges and obstacles we can think of. Today, January 19th of 2014, construction began on this Arena, and as I write this, it is the end of the first day of construction, and I believe we have come very far.
The arena from the outside:
The reason it's so tall is because there are three floors, making it well over a hundred blocks high. The exterior, which will be made aesthetically appealing once the interior is completed, is a cylinder, with the diameter of the base at a nice 101 blocks. It's a pretty massive structure. Today, we were able to near completion on the first floor.
As can be seen, the inside of the first floor is separated into four Quadrants. These Quadrants are unnamed, and as such will be identified by the type of place they are: The Nether, The Tundra, The End, and the Void. Note: The Glowstone blocks are a temporary lighting system, placed in order to prevent mobs from overrunning the floor. A superior lighting system will be placed at a later date.)
Fairly straightforward: The Dystopian Mercenaries bring the Underworld into the Overworld. This Quadrant has Lava, Netherrack, Soulsand, Nether Quartz Ore, and Glowstone. Naturally, there's stuff on fire for no good reason.
Right next to the fiery Nether is the icy tundra. This Quadrant features Ice, Snow, and Trees, and again is an excellent copy of a winter wonderland.
A unique, inspired addition to the Arena, the End is exactly what it sounds like. Complete with the same materials and type of tower that the real End contains (no Endermen or Enderdragon.....yet.) this Quadrant is a faithful recreation.
My personal favorite, the Void section brings a completely original kind of combat not found anywhere else in Minecraft. If you fall off of the Void's platforms, there won't even be Bedrock to stop your fall. Players need to navigate the unforgiving platforms all the while worrying about getting knocked off by others; in this way, the Void brings a unique combination of PvP, PvE and Parkour to the Arena.
But wait! There's more!
What better way is there to watch people die than in the comfort of your very own Throne? This box, fit for an Emperor, provides a way to simultaneously experience the events of the Arena (from a safe distance, of course) while satisfying your God Complex.
A Throne for a King:
The Best Seat in the House!
One of the best additions to the Arena is the Fence-Piston System. When holding an event in the Arena, the first question is "Which Quadrant?" If the answer isn't "All of them, damn it!" then the Fence-Piston System is the System for you. Fences, operated by Sticky Pistons, provide a way for players to be contained in a Quadrant, or Quadrants. Each of the four borders between Quadrants contains a line of Fence-Pistons operated from a single lever. (These levers will later be moved to a Master Control Room). When raised, nothing can leave the Quadrant, and nothing can enter.
Hitting one of these levers sends out a signal to raise or lower a line of fences.
Your signal starts out its brief adventure here. Each individual current is a type of gem block (material chosen because I'm fabulous like that)
Onwards and onwards it goes through the vast area beneath the Floor:
Until it reaches its destination, and activates/deactivates the line of pistons.
Due to the nature of this setup, it's possible to hold different events in multiple areas. While players battle off endless waves of Zombies in the Nether and the Tundra Quadrants, there might be an Archery battle going on in the Void, and a duel in the End. This allows the Arena to again provide a unique experience not found anywhere else. And that's just on the first floor. What comes next, you might ask? Well, that's going to be a surprise. Stay tuned for more.
So much has been done, with a lot more to do. We'll get there.
no_hands_45 and the Arena Construction Crew.
Ahh... looking good there! I like the idea about multiple levels and quadrants, gonna be exciting to try!