Wow! You folks and your videos .. I really enjoy them but seldom have the time to watch. Is there any chance you could also post a few pictures?
Vaal - I did have a chance to watch a bit of your video #7. You are such a talented builder. There are so many outstanding details; it's very inspiring. I'm afraid mine are pretty sad next to yours.
EpicLibrarian - looks like you are off to a great start! I totally sympathize about the coal .. it took me forever to find some too. Your egg farm (if that's what it is) looks really interesting .. I've never tried building one but that one looks pretty straightforward.
tapfer486: that looks like a great location! Lots of room to spread out! I'd love to see some closer pictures of your buildings!
TheKleeto: congrats on the horses!
I've finally finished Stage 3 which felt like it took forever (I blame the villagers!). So here's what I've got so far.
Farming District - my original farming district got squeezed for space as I built lots of extra housing for the villagers. So I built a new farming district and retrofitted the old one into a Market District.
Main Street - the residential side
View from the hill between the Market District and the Farming District
The Honey Buns Bakery and the Kennel with the Market District beyond
The Honey Buns Bakery - inside and out
Town Hall Exterior - it's small but it meets all the requirements!
The Kennel - these are hard working farm dogs!
Chickens - I had to double fence the chickens and remove the dirt floor to protect them from the ocelots in the neighboring jungle. Woolery and Sheep behind and Market District off to the right.
Expanding into the surrounding area
I'll be back in a bit to post the Market and Mining districts!
Wow lots of activity on this challenge - everyone seems to be making great headway!
I haven't made much progress with the actual challenge goals but I've gotten some other things done that I hope will pay off later. I was expanding my mine and came across a huge network of abandoned mines. And I was amazed and delighted to come across a stronghold - my first one ever! It's pretty mangled though .. all intermixed the mines and it's pretty hard to explore .. I've only opened up a small section of it so far.
I had resolved early on that my city would be populated. I explored for many days before I found a location I really liked near a village. Once I had a few houses built I decided to try and move in some villagers. First I tried moving them by building a trail of doors .. this proved to be spectacularly unsuccessful. The next best bet looked to be minecarts .. luckily I had several carts and lots of tracks from the mines. It was surprisingly easy to get the villagers into the cart and scoot them along to my small city. It was downhill almost all the way which helped a lot. I moved 3 villagers. I then built a couple more small houses to fill in the farming district a bit. I also added an iron golem to help keep an eye on things. Following a method I read about on the wiki I built a bunch of tiny fake houses .. consisting of just a door and 2 blocks to encourage the villagers to multiply .. and they did! I now have at least a dozen, though it's a bit hard to count.
Other than that I have built up the entrance to the mine, built a little stone bridge from the farming district to the mining district, have my sheep dyed in all 16 colors, and have fenced the farming district to help protect the villagers. It looks like it's time to get moving on the trade district.
That's a great start Steelfeathers! I very much like your modern style house .. that's one of the nicest ones I've seen. Love the use of the Jack O'Lantern for lighting in the garden too. And what great luck finding a jungle temple! Do post what you find in it!
Roland - oh no! That's terrible that you lost all your saves! Looks like you are off to a good start though.
I *finally* finished up phase 2. Midway through I decided to switch from normal to hard mode, so there was a bit of backtracking to do. The farming district still needs some work regarding the layout of animal pens and crops, etc but all the requirements are in place.
One of the houses I built turned out to be quite large and I decided to make it into a bunkhouse, so that's my second community structure. The houses are a hodgepodge of styles and materials, but I don't think any of them clash to badly.
I tried this challenge a few months back and it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately I made a rather bad choice of location for my city and ended up spending more time terraforming than building. So I'm giving it another go.
I've been traveling through the world for many game days, just gathering wood and other resources and checking things out. I've finally come to a promising area of forests, fields and rivers that has the added advantage of a small village nearby.
I'm still debating on exactly where to start my city but in the meantime I've gone ahead and built a rudimentary house that meets all the requirements for stage one. It's only dirt but I did opt for full basement and nice wood floors. As soon as I settle on a permanent location I'll build something more worthy.
I'm playing in normal mode and plan to start trading soon with the villagers. It's always a glorious moment when I can finally toss those shabby wooden tools and move on up to stone! Woohoo!
Vaal - I like your houses very much, especially the first one with it's interesting roof line. Very attractive furnishings too!
Second Stage: Building on Foundations (playing in Survival mode .. Classic Challenge)
I decided the plains, where I built my original house, were too open and have moved a short distance into the mountains. This is of course requiring a huge amount of terraforming but I love the setting.
Town Hall, meeting room, empty room, treasury contents
My new house
My original house is visible in the distance
Water was only added after all the challenge requirements for this stage were completed.
Town Hall, public bath, and house, all linked by road