Have you ever been building a building (big or small) and realise you made the dimensions wrong by one or two blocks and everything you intended to fit inside won't now? That's happened to me. Many times.
Or sometimes you go to build the fancy stair roof and you end up placing the stairs upside down. I hate that.
I've... built many a epic things, and simply deleted my world afterwards. Why? I don't know, the spark just kinda goes out... I have a problem finding a main world I really like. Been playing since 1.7.3 and still haven't gotten a main world on SSP
I don't really like building, I much prefer to just go dig everything in the world up. The last thing I built was basically a huge, massive storeroom for the server I play on. I didn't bother thinking out the dimensions....Just started tossing down blocks. It ended up being 75x121x23.
I realized that I'd buggered it when it came time to work out the design for the areas where the various materials would be kept. But because the outside of the building itself took so much effort (The floors alone were ~12 hours apiece), I just made it work.
I rarely blunder because I measure things and have a general plan. I never go as far as to have a schematic, but I always have a general idea of how the building will be structured. I also pick room dimensions before I build the room, lay down floorboards before building walls to make sure I've got the dimensions right, then build walls.
Maybe I'm more careful than most people...
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The source of my intention isn't really crime prevention; my intention is prevention of the lie! Yeah, welcome to the Scatman's world!
On my biggest build I was afraid of that. You know what carpenters say? Measure twice - cut once. (If you were a carpenter you'd understand - you can't un-cut a board.) So I measured twice, and when my huge wall came all the way around, everything lined up.
I once built a bridge that spanned 460 blocks and was supposed to be built to mimic the shape of the river underneath while contouring to the land, and it did for the most part, except for this span of 60 blocks that was perfectly straight.
See, what happened was I had to build the bridge in two pieces and meet in the middle (start on one side and build up, then start on the other side, build up, and connect it with the other section). I was kinda getting close to finishing it and bringing both pieces together, but I thought I was a lot closer than I actually was. So I started building straight a lot sooner than I was supposed to. So I had this giant flowing, free-form bridge with a perfectly straight 60 block section right in the middle. It looked pretty bad. Still does.