VGHVI Minecraft: April 27, 2017

May 20 2017

Pictures from the April Minecraft session:

A rising moon behind a world that’s still loading

Some strange underwater lights in the water; pretty sure the game generated these, we didn’t build them?

A closer view of some of the lights

And here’s a side view

I’m honestly not sure if this is a top view or a bottom view

A pretty island that I wandered across

Some unexpected fluid dynamics

This cave is why the water looks like it’s flowing oddly

And Pat is adding another building onto his set of floating islands:

An unfinished room in the new building

Looking out of a dark window

A lit but otherwise unfinished room

An outside view of the islands

A bedroom upstairs

A bookshelf and some blinds on another wall of the bedroom

Another window view, this time with flowers

Looking out at the street

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VGHVI Minecraft: March 30, 2017

Apr 22 2017

A few pictures from the March 30 Minecraft session:

A glass-covered shelter in the snow

Pat is adding another house to his floating island

Outside view of the top and side

View from the back

Looking into the ground floor

A sitting area on the first floor

Another view, showing vegetation near the door

Upstairs is empty for now

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VGHVI Minecraft: February 16, 2017

Mar 18 2017

Pictures from the February Minecraft session:

Not many pictures this time, mostly just wandering around.

lava- and waterfalls

a tower in snow

underwater tracks

a view from the tracks right outside the underwater tunnel

a pillar in the distance

a little odd to see jack-o-lanterns covered by snow

a closeup view of the piller

a tiny house in the trees near the pillar

Pat was continuing building on his floating islands; he’d started a new building but, if I’m remembering correctly, wasn’t particularly satisfied with it, so it may change significantly next time.

the frame of a building

a top view

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VGHVI Minecraft: January 22, 2017

Feb 12 2017

Pictures from the first VGHVI Minecraft of 2017:

Not sure if I’d seen this island before or not, but I didn’t remember it

Apparently pirates had been there before

A forest with lots of fire

The nether gate by pinetown

Returning to the balcony in my cave

The view from higher up the cave

The only new bit to take a picture of was an addition that Miranda had made to the pit she’s working on:

A dark corridor with torches

A circular room at the end of the corridor

Looking out from the room into the corridor

Looking up at the entrance to the pit

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VGHVI Minecraft: December 2016

Jan 09 2017

Pictures from the December Minecraft session. (This server has now been in existence for more than six years!)

A pool of lava in the snow

Still one of my favorite terrain generation algorithm change mismatches

Looking down at the podded building at night

A view across the water to the tower at night

I think this was a natural passage, not one I built?

When I exited the door, I looked right and saw this sign, and had completely forgotten what was so inappropriate about this door

Then I saw the other sign and I remembered: there had been some cliff-dwelling cows here

Pat finished off the floating island he’d been building in October and November, adding a restaurant:

The restaurant entrance

Inside the restaurant

Here’s what those tables look like from the side

The entrance to the kitchen

Inside the kitchen

The view across the roofs. (That’s the kitchen in front)

Looking down at daytime

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VGHVI Minecraft: November 2016

Jan 02 2017

The November Minecraft pictures are mostly a continuation of the same structures that I took pictures of in October, but, as always, I started by flying around a bit:

Some lava in a cave

I decided to put a table in a natural forest alcove

The moon above a snowy forest

The desert castle

I put a table and chair on this ledge

A spit of land

A ground view of the spit and reeds

Then I took some pictures of the current state of Pat’s floating island:

The tower

A corner view of the brown house

A view angled so you can see the water beneath

A side bedroom in the brown house

The bedroom entrance

The stairs to the second floor

Big windows on the second floor room

A tree

The kitchen in the lighter building

Looking down from the balcony

A plaza with a tree and a pond

A view of the floating islands from above

The side view of the islands

A shadow on the water

The I went over to the pit that Miranda had been digging:

Hollowing out a pit

The view from above the island

A door to a cave

The cave behind the door

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VGHVI Minecraft: October 2016

Dec 03 2016

I didn’t take enough pictures in September to be worth a post, but here are the (belated!) October pictures.

I spent quite a while wandering around old spots, taking pictures. First, a few photos along a long underground path near the spawn point:

A pink path through a natural cavern

A pink path through a natural cavern

A mine in a cavern the path meets, with water going through it

A mine in a cavern the path meets, with water going through it

A zombie cave

A zombie cave

Looking out from lava

Looking out from lava

The exit at the end of the path

The exit at the end of the path

Then I headed back to town overland.

Sunset over a swamp

Sunset over a swamp

A house of glass

A house of glass

And some pictures from structures in the lake next to the town.

Inside the sunken ship

Inside the sunken ship

The edge of the water near the ship

The edge of the water near the ship

Looking out from a tower

Looking out from a tower

Looking up at the top of the tower

Looking up at the top of the tower

Snow, ice, and rail

Snow, ice, and rail

A duck getting rained on

A duck getting rained on

Pat was building a floating island with a few buildings on it.

A house in the sky

A house in the sky

Looking along the house to the tower

Looking along the house to the tower

Inside the house

Inside the house

The house's builder at sunset

The house’s builder at sunset

Looking up at the balcony

Looking up at the balcony

Looking down from the balcony

Looking down from the balcony

Balcony furnishings

Balcony furnishings

A door and ladder

A door and ladder

The tower at night

The tower at night

Inside the tower

Inside the tower

A floating platform off to the side

A floating platform off to the side

Looking up at the floating buildings from the ground

Looking up at the floating buildings from the ground

Miranda was working on hollowing out an underground shaft.

Looking down the shaft

Looking down the shaft

Near the bottom

Near the bottom

Digging away at the bottom

Digging away at the bottom

We've hit a gusher

We’ve hit a gusher

There's a cave behind that water

There’s a cave behind that water

The cave is actually pretty cool

The cave is actually pretty cool

The top view from outside

The top view from outside

A side view of the entrance island

A side view of the entrance island

The island next door

The island next door

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VGHVI Minecraft: July and August 2016

Sep 05 2016

I didn’t do any building in either the July or August VGHVI Minecraft sessions, and neither did anybody else; I wandered about a bit, and took a few pictures, but not many. (And no pictures of anything new.)

A village near the main city

A village near the main city

Pinetown in the rain

Pinetown in the rain

Flowers, melons, and pumpkins

Flowers, melons, and pumpkins

A stable in that building

A stable in that building

The side room off of the library

The side room off of the library

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VGHVI Minecraft: June 23, 2016

Jul 09 2016

At the end of the May Minecraft session, the main idea I had for my cave was to put in a stained-glass window, so I decided to work on that in June. But first, I had to make sure that my fence wasn’t on fire!

The fence remains; hopefully that's not just because of the rain...

The fence remains; hopefully that’s not just because of the rain…

Here’s some experimentation about the stained-glass window:

This is where the stained glass will go

This is where the stained glass will go

Starting off with purple glass

Starting off with purple glass

The glass needs to be larger

The glass needs to be larger

Adding a second color

Adding a second color

Trying out red and yellow

Trying out red and yellow

Green and yellow

Green and yellow

A different shade of green

A different shade of green

Maybe put the yellow in the outside?

Maybe put the yellow in the outside?

Going back to red and yellow

Going back to red and yellow

I’m not particularly happy with how this turned out; I don’t have a better idea for what to do there, though.

 

After that, I wandered around the cave and Pinetown taking pictures:

A nighttime view from above the cave

A nighttime view slanting down into the cave

Daytime, from higher up; the blue and black is the cave entrance

Daytime, from higher up; the blue and black is the cave entrance

The view towards oaktown

The view towards oaktown

Oaktown at night

Oaktown at night

A guardian remains

A guardian remains

 

Pat was building a floating island; here are pictures of that.

The temple on the top of the floating island

The temple on the top of the floating island

The bottom of the island

The bottom of the island

The island's shadow on the ground

The island’s shadow on the ground

Another view up, with the tips of the ice forest treetops in view

Another view up, with the tips of the ice forest treetops in view

A side view

A side view

I think this is the old cottage inside the ice forest?  I'm not 100% sure, though...

I think this is the old cottage inside the ice forest? I’m not 100% sure, though…

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VGHVI Minecraft: May 26, 2016

Jun 11 2016

At the end of the April Minecraft session, I had a few ideas about where to improve the cave next; for May I decided to dig up and out through the cave on the left.

That grey area is a graphics glitch, not the sky

That grey area is a graphics glitch, not the sky

So I started by wandering around, seeing where I thought it would come out, repeating the survey from April. There’s a pretty high snowy hill that I think goes pretty much straight back from the cave; I think if I went up at a 45 degree angle, I’d come out in the middle of that, but I’m not completely sure.

This is behind and above the cave

This is behind and above the cave

Here's the view from the outside back towards the cave

Here’s the view from the outside back towards the cave

The entire view from the cave to the castle

The entire view from the cave to the castle

That seemed non-ideal but workable, and maybe something interesting would come out of the shape of the hill, so I decided to go forward with my plan and start building stairs up and out of the back of the cave. But I ran into a surprise when I did that: not only was there a passage right behind the back wall of that cave, but it was lit by torches. So I’d been there before, I just didn’t realize it.

A surprise visible through the wall

A surprise visible through the wall

I wandered around; I found some areas of cave that were new (there are a lot of caves and passages here), some that I’d been to before and some that were new, and eventually I managed to make it back to the furnished area of the cave by following through the passages. I still don’t have a complete view of things, but basically there seems to more or less be a ring of cave passages around the large central cave, though it’s twisty enough that it’s hard to put together a mental picture.

Here's a pit I fell down

Here’s a pit I fell down

Light through a crack

Light through a crack

An underground waterfall

An underground waterfall

A cave with mushrooms

A cave with mushrooms

I recognize that stair

I recognize that stair

At any rate, I kept on going back, and ran into a second set of caves; there was a passage that was going up and to the left, so I followed it for a while, but eventually it turned too much so I decided to just build my stairs out in the appropriate direction, and I didn’t run into any more surprises.

The exit to the surface

The exit to the surface

Lava right ahead of me

Lava right ahead of me

A pond and a duck past the lava

A pond and a duck past the lava

Let's build a hot springs

Let’s build a hot springs

It turns out that, because of the jog to the left from following the existing passage, I came out just barely to the side of the hill that I thought I would be up: the exit is in a really nice position, actually. Nice not only in terms of coming out right at the edge of the hill, but also nice because there was a lava and a pool right there, so I decided to treat the pool as a hot spring.

Cleaning out the inside of the pool

Cleaning out the inside of the pool

Finish up the back

Finishing up the back

Maybe dark brown stairs would work better?

Maybe dark brown stairs would work better?

Or grey stairs?

Or grey stairs?

Nah, let's stick with the light color

Nah, let’s stick with light oak

That’s the inside; looking at it from the outside, there were some safety problems, so I added railings.

People could fall in!

People could fall in!

Attempt one at a railing

Attempt one at a railing

That was too overwhelming, light oak is better

That was too overwhelming, light oak is better

The first attempt at a fence around the lava didn't work so well

The first attempt at a fence around the lava didn’t work so well

A nether stone fence seems better, though we'll see if it's still intact this month

A nether stone fence seems better, though we’ll see if it’s still intact this month

The view back towards the floating castle

The view back towards the floating castle

I also tidied up the route from the cave to the hot springs, adding signs and proper stairs.

Improving the route out, now that I know what it's doing

Improving the route out, now that I know what it’s doing

Here's the cave entrance

Here’s the cave entrance

The next place I decided to work on was the upper room in the back. First I tried a podium, but that didn’t look so great, so I decided to use a couch and bookshelves, similar to the room beneath it.

Here's the experiment with the podium

Here’s the experiment with the podium

Nah, let's stick with a couch

Nah, let’s stick with a couch

Front view of the couch and decor

Front view of the couch and decor

Here's the whole room

Here’s the whole room

Once that was done, I decided to work on the stairs up from that room, to the back exit. And there, too, I ran into a surprise: when I replaced blocks with stairs, I again ran into the cave passage ring. I ended up splitting the steps into two: one up to the back exit, and one back down into the cave passage ring.

The hole I hit in when building stairs

The hole I hit in when building stairs

Splitting the stairs into up and down

Splitting the stairs into up and down

The other side of the split

The other side of the split

Here are the stairs continuing up

Here are the stairs continuing up

The current view of the central cave

The current view of the central cave

I’m not sure what to do next. Maybe I’ll work on that flat area above the upper room? Maybe I’ll investigate that ring passage? Maybe I’ll start connecting this cave to Pinetown? Pretty sure I’ll continue in that area, at any rate.

 

Miranda was also there for some of the time, she was working on a desert castle.

Teleporting to the desert castle

Teleporting to the desert castle

A full view of the castle

A full view of the castle

Looking through the portcullis

Looking through the portcullis

The top level of the castle

The top level of the castle

Inside the corner towers

Inside the corner towers

The lower passages

The lower passages

The surrounding scenery

The surrounding scenery

Another view of the surroundings

Another view of the surroundings

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