Though I will start with the rather large and exciting 1.7.2 update, as you probably know this resource brought a major overhaul of the game’s code meaning that the resource for mod creators the Minecraft Coder Pack (MCP) is still in the process of being updated so until that has happened unfortunately we won’t be able to use any of our beloved mods. This doesn’t really bother me as I’ve still got 1.6.4 available and can use that whenever mods are needed but I may be curtailing my Minecraft business for a while until the mods are back up to business.
But anyway let’s go through some of the major changes...
There has a been a few changes to the options, the resource menu screen overhaul which apparently lets you select more than one resource pack at once? and the fun “super secret settings” which adds in a random filter to your view such black and white and inverting colours. Lighting has been changed with black spots in the terrain being almost fixed and thunderstorms make the day much darker. There has been new changes to both fishing mechanics and items as you can now fish up more than just fish and we now have more fish including Raw Fish, Raw Salmon, Clownfish, and the Pufferfish which we can now use to brew the water breathing potion. There’s also some plans for players to create Nether Portals bigger and with different shapes that may even allow ghasts into the overworld.
|And in case you ask, no it automatically shrinks to a smaller portal when you actually go into the nether so I'm not exactly sure how a ghast would get to here.|
|A new Savanna biome.|
|Stain that glass|
So now on to my quite extensive Brick Mansion...
After I had grown bored of building on the Vancraft server I decided I had to have a crack at finishing off my Brick Mansion, well the house part at least and I started of course with the main roof though I’ll first need to talk about the roof of the lobby. Apart from the stone bricks and pyramid the lobby roof was mainly constructed of oak wood planks unlike the stairs design I currently use, probably because there was no stair edges like there is now, though I did add some stairs in to finish off the roof as well as a oak wood slab trim to add a bit of overhang and it looked much better. When I started the roof of the main house I went for relatively the same effect with oak planks except I would use oak stairs to join the levels for a much cleaner look.
I think I used about a two block overhang (which I hope was low enough
then did the usual trim of oak slabs, I then went 3 blocks across then 3 stair
blocks up in sections right up until I’d closed off the roof, didn’t run into
many problems apart from forgetting to extend some of the chimneys. When I’d finished
off the top I went to work on the upper level and quickly decided which rooms
were going to use the main roof as their actual roof as the rooms looked quite
cavernous without a roof of their own (which is lower down obviously). So I
designed rooves for the activity room, band room, gaming room, home cinema,
lavatory and the inner guest rooms as the roof was low enough for the ones on
the edges. I then heightened the walls of the rooms and boy did those rooms
look big especially the main upstairs hall.
|Buildin' that roof|
|Night time, I added torches around the roof to keep monsters from spawning (when I eventually turn then on)|
|The finished roof|
|Band room roof.|
|Activity room roof|
|Viewing the inner roofs from above is an interesting sight.|
|The Main upper hallway, that's some high walls yo.|
I decided to do a sort of lookout deck at the very top of the house, and I would use my favourite type of stone: stone brick to do the floor and made a sort of fenced platform right round the top layer of the roof, I also made a mini tower to get even higher up, then it started raining and I realised as always when it rains I had to make a roof over the platforms so I decided to put some glowstone on the top of the lookout roof as a sort of beacon. I then had to create the stairs down (or up) to the platform which I basically just made over the stairs down to the middle level which I did in the usual design. I also added some hanging light in the form of lightstone on wires though I had to use fences as always with these things as there’s a lack of any type of wire, but I guess Minecraft is mostly blocks and I’d have to look at mods such as Industrialcraft to get any semi-proper structure building items but this house was always supposed to be vanilla Minecraft and that’s the way it will stay.
|The "lookout deck" at the top of the roof with light tower|
|The stairway up to the roof in the main upper hallway.|
With the rest of the lighting the activity and band rooms had the glowstone light worked into the ceiling, the great library was chock full of torches (which is kind of dangerous around books now I think about it) but I made some spruce log chandeliers so the roof wasn’t this big dark mass. The “Hot Box” cinema obviously had minimal lighting and the games room had lighting worked into the roof but I made some mushroom lamps for the games tables to keep in theme with the mushroom-style roof. I had decided when making the staircase up to the lookout platform to include a gap in the wall with a fence overlooking the guest hall so I had also decided to not put a secondary roof over the guest hall or the very eastern guest rooms.
|Library Roof Chandeliers|
|Games room mushroom roof|
|Guest room hallway|
|The gap in the wall on the stairs down from the roof which I thought looked better then just a plain wall.|
|"Wall windows" and jutting out lightstone|
|Jungle Log chandeliers|
|My cool golden chandelier|
|Windows make house look better|
|My dad would get this...|
|Pool party baby, it was a cool party, cool pool party, lalalalaa|
|New exit out to the deck, there's also one on the other side of the indoor pool.|
|The sun sets in the west you dumhead, though I spose the dancefloor balcony can see the sunset making a fairly romantic setting (with myself).|
|The wall around the mine entrances|
|The quite bare west side of the house. Mainly because of the Library and the movie theatre but might add some windows to the library and band room if I can fit them in|
|Southwest side of the house.|
|The house in all it's grandeur|