VGHVI Minecraft: June 29, 2017

Jul 19 2017

For the June Minecraft session, I started off working on the house I’d begun in May. I was happy with the location, but I didn’t know how the back and side walls would work, and I hadn’t finished off details at all.

I’d ended May experimenting with adding colored columns; so I started off June finishing the columns. And then I moved on to the back and side walls, in ways that gave me access to the garden in the back and the chasm in the middle.

I settled on a darker grey for the color of the columns

Here’s the back wall and the back door, with smaller windows next to it

For the side door, a wider opening fit better

A view out the back at the trees

A different angle at the back, with more sky visible

With the walls and doors in place, I wanted to tackle the ceiling and floors next.

I had two ideas of possible wood colors for the ceiling

Looking at it on the inside, I like both colors, but I think the light color looks a little better; also, the ceiling is a little low?

Maybe move the ceiling up and leave in the dark as a support beam?

That fits together a lot better

It looks a little funny on the outside, especially since I’m tentatively thinking that I’ll add a second story: I’m not sure a light band fits on the outside

Let’s have the support beams go through to the wall but leave the floor inside the building

Light up the room a bit

Let’s use the same light wood for the floor

Here’s the other side of the room

Now the room felt good as a room. The doors seemed a bit plain, though, so I wanted to mark them off more:

Here’s my first experiment: I liked the red, but something didn’t seem quite right

The second experiment was worse

Ugh, this one didn’t work at all

Good color and texture

Here it is on the other door

Looks good from the outside, too

And it looks good through the trees

Here’s some placeholder carpet on the floor, though I’ll replace it with furniture next month

A random view down the middle; one future question is how I’ll build that up

Here’s a waterfall in the middle

A view from the distance; I do think the mountain looks better with the building on top than it did without it

I was pretty happy with that session’s work: I’d gone from sketched out walls to a first floor that fit well. But there’s still a lot to do:

  • Add in furniture
  • Add at least one more floor
  • Think about the garden
  • Think about the chasm in the middle of the mountain
  • Maybe put in some rails to connect it to the main city

So I’ll probably be working on this for most of the rest of 2017.

 

Miranda was starting construction on an island, making a building with a Howl’s Moving Castle / Baba Yaga vibe.

A full view of the current state of building

A mushroom cow sitting under the building

A whole mushroom cow family

A box

There’s something inside the box!

And then I went to check on Pat.

He’d started his next building, but hadn’t gotten very far

The finished attic from his previous building

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VGHVI Minecraft: May 25, 2017

Jun 18 2017

Pictures from the May Minecraft session:

First, the obligatory wandering around and glitch pictures:

The sky at sunrise

Lots of octopi waiting for the water to fill in

A pig is taking a swim

A loading glitch at the side of a mountain

Another loading glitch

I don’t think this is a loading glitch, I think this is a result of algorithm changes between when the segments were generated

A hole in the snow

Nighttime view of the roller coaster tower

Nighttime view of the megatree

A glass door in a hillside

Mountains in the distance across a field

An evening view next to a lava pool in that field

 

I decided that I wanted to start building something; I didn’t want to build completely from scratch, though, I wanted to find something in the environment that a structure would fit naturally into. And eventually I found a mountain with an oddly flat top, I thought a fort might fit well on top.

Thinking of putting a building on top of this

A rock/water/lava combo when exploring the ravine under the mountain

A top view that gives an entirely misleading notion of the height

You can see the height difference (including the hole in the middle) much better from this angle

Starting to place the outside wall

Looking through one of the windows at sunset

One version of window placement at an inside corner

Another version of window placement

The view to the outside, not sure which direction this is in

The view down the middle

Another outside view; I think this is towards the back?

The outside wall is in place

Looks way too bland from the outside, though

Seeing what it would look like with stone bricks instead

Experimenting with something different in the corner

I still need to figure out what to do with the corner, and then do the same to the rest of the wall. More of a problem is that I actually don’t know yet what I want to do with the walls in the other two directions: I don’t know how to handle the wall next to the central hole, or even whether I want there, and also how I want to handle the transition from the stone area of the top to the grass / tree area of the top. So I’ll try to figure that out next time. (And I hope I can find the location again! Maybe I should build a train there from the spawn point?)

 

Finally, some pictures from Pat’s latest addition to his floating city:

The ground floor of the building

Bookshelves and chair on the second floor

A bed on the other side of the room

There are books on both sides of the bookshelves, with an access passage between it and the wall

Stay away from the attic!

An outside view

Another outside view

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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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