199 Photos - Sep 22, 2011
Photo: This is where the town originally began.  Though it's gone now, you can see the rail that went around the outskirts of the city limits in the beginning.Photo: Flag of GarbendorgPhoto: Courtesy of the Garbendorg Historical SocietyPhoto: By Matt LepagePhoto: DigCleft, by Matt L.Photo: DigCleft history, by Matt L.Photo: DigCleft history con't., by Matt L.Photo: DigCleft history con't., by Matt L.Photo: Once upon a time, this automatic door was in the middle of nowhere.  It was just a test creation by one of the server's earliest participants.  Being one of the first creations, however, makes it something special.  Shrine by Ben Myers.Photo: Shrine by Ben M.Photo: Shrine by Ben M.Photo: This is the top of the Shrine to T'seg'felt (or something like that).  Underneath is a small dungeon containing several kinds of puzzles.  By Matt Guay.Photo: By Matt G.Photo: Procrastinatius, god of college students.  By Tim Froehlich.Photo: The Ice Rink, by Matt L.Photo: A view of th transition between the Canal District and the Slums.Photo: Another view from the bridge over the slums.  To the left, there's Matt L's floating house.  Ben and I painstakingly moved the entire thing about a dozen blocks to the left so that the view of Reaganoth wasn't obstructed.  Matt didn't even notice.  :(Photo: Reaganoth will be flipping off the slums for all eternity.  The Canal District is entirely by me.Photo: Reaganoth by Tim F.Photo: REAGANOTH by Tim F.Photo: The top of WUCORP HQ.  By Tim F.Photo: Outside WUCORP HQ by Tim F.Photo: WUCORP HQ by TIm F.Photo: WUCORP HQ by Tim F.Photo: WUCORP HQ by Tim F.Photo: As it turns out, W and U are the only letters you can make (at this scale) using lava.  Thus, WUCORP.  By Tim F.Photo: WUCORPPhoto: The lava pillar to the left goes straight up to the surface.Photo: WUCORPPhoto: It's amazing how much more character you can give to a location with just a handful of words.Photo: These lava vaults took about 5-6 hours to complete.  Most of that time was spent trying to figure out where i should be digging out space to make sure lava wouldn't flow into the walkways.  Once I had the method down it was just a matter of effort.  By Tim F.Photo: I enjoy the end product thoroughly.  By Tim F.Photo: WUCORP is run by the CEO, Fiendish Dr. Wu.Photo: Here you can see the original logo that started WUCORP.  The W is made up of 3 lava spawners inset into the wall, and there's a pit beneath the letters to prevent them from spilling onto the floor.  By Tim F.Photo: WUCORPPhoto: WUCORPPhoto: I was never too happy with this room.  Too cluttered.Photo: WUCORP :: Materials TestingPhoto: Fiendish Dr. Wu has a master plan: collect enough lava to melt the canal district so that he can flood the slums!Photo: WUCORP :: Materials TestingPhoto: Fiendish Dr. Wu's plans are being foiled by the presence of the sponge, however.  His researchers are working hard to overcome this problem.Photo: WUCORPPhoto: WUCORPPhoto: I love this room.  It still gets me laughing.Photo: WUCORPPhoto: WUCORPPhoto: WUCORPPhoto: Photo: WUCORPPhoto: When I created the Canal District, there was no water flow or any sponges down here.  I think this was John's addition.  Little things like this can push the creative process really far forward.Photo: One of my favorite signs ever.Photo: Slums / Canal DistrictPhoto: The Egg was my first creation on the server.  Originally it was just going to be a dome, but once I'd leveled half a mountain and saw I had half a sphere, I figure I should just keep going.  By TIm F.Photo: Turns out my sphere wasn't even close to spherical.  So I called it an egg, because it's pretty oblong.  Once upon a time this entire space was filled with a massive hedge maze.  The egg itself probably took 30 hours to complete, but most of that was in digging out the bottom half.  The hedge maze consumed another 40 or so hours of my time.  Maze building is a fascinating cognitive challenge; I was originally pretty bad at it, but there comes a certain kind of intuition about what's challenging for a player.  Manipulating that is a really joyous experience, particularly when it works.  I'm proud to say that only a handful of people ever solved the entire maze.  By Tim F.Photo: The maze led to the very top of the egg.  You can see an aqueduct I built, carrying precious Eggwater to the canal district.  John's tower is to the right, and you can see the skybridge (which stretches all across the landscape of the server) to the left.Photo: This is the bottom of the egg.  I really didn't have much of a clue what I was going for in this area, but I enjoy whatever it is.  It's a chaotic landscape.Photo: This heart is probably the most personally meaningful of my creations.  My aim was to draw curiosity towards the nature of the obsidian track, and I think it worked.Photo: Photo: The caves through which the obsidian track goes are dimly lit and winding.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Although it's obvious that an exit exists at this resolution, the normal window size makes seeing the end of the tunnel rather difficult.  Just before the end, there's a pit that drops off.Photo: Opening into the tomb.  The sign reads: 1917 - 2010 <3.  It's for my grandmother.Photo: A view of John's tower from the bridge over the Slums.Photo: John's tower.Photo: From the top of John's tower.Photo: It's worth noting at this juncture that everything I've made was done using spawned items.  I saw no reason to waste time mining and crafting when a simple command could give me whatever I wanted.  The guy that made this bridge and the monument it leads to did it all by hand.  I don't think he knew about the /item command.Photo: This stairway starts at the top of a very tall mountain, and descends close to the bedrock.  It's a long-ass stairway.Photo: By ChrisPhoto: That skylight above the statue of the man goes all the way to the surface.  Before covering it in glass, Chris was having an issue with pigs and cows falling into the hall.Photo: Trumph of Man Over Nature by ChrisPhoto: Statue of Liberty by Ben M.Photo: This was Ben's first creation.  He was the first one to make a jumping puzzle.Photo: And you can, indeed, climb it.  It was a serious challenge, the first time.Photo: Matt L., Ben, and I wanted to make something together, simultaneously.  So we set an 8x8 square and built up, using every material possible.Photo: We made it a jumping puzzle, but we also covered it in signs.Photo: It's a beautiful thing.Photo: We (or one of us, I can't remember) called it the Tornado.Photo: This Treebor actually predates the bigger Treebor.Photo: By the time we reached the top, we'd begun sticking to thematic zones.Photo: The TornadoPhoto: Having reached the top, we decided we should each make a little story.Photo: The TornadoPhoto: The TornadoPhoto: The TornadoPhoto: The TornadoPhoto: The TornadoPhoto: The TornadoPhoto: The TornadoPhoto: The TornadoPhoto: The TornadoPhoto: The entrance to Hollow Mountain.  By Tim F.Photo: On the left there's a graveyard, complete with tombstones.  The streets are lit with jackolanterns.Photo: 179 Hollow Mtn. East, by Ben M.  This was before I landscaped, so the green grass kind of stands out.Photo: 179 Hollow Mtn. East, by Ben MPhoto: 179 Hollow Mtn. East, by Ben MPhoto: 179 Hollow Mtn. 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East, by Ben MPhoto: The SlumsPhoto: History of the SlumsPhoto: History of the SlumsPhoto: Photo: Residence of Schneizel McSchnoowitzel by Ben M.Photo: The SlumsPhoto: LOOKIT LOOK THERE'S SOME PIGS by Matt G.Photo: LOOKIT LOOK THERE'S SOME PIGS by Matt G.Photo: Residence of the Pubstomp Trashclown Family, by Tim F.  The name is a reference to an infamous HoN player, KingRaven.  http://www.kingraveninsults.com/Photo: Residence of the Pubstomp Trashclown Family, by Tim FPhoto: In Memorium: Jeffrey Shatftjumper by JohnPhoto: Before the Slums were the Slums, we had created a giant crater to the bedrock using the Ion Cannon mod.  When we created the bridge over the crater, we realized the surface should contain the slums, so we built over it.  The massive crater left over was perfect for a mine.  This would be a lava mine - the poor residents of the slums would be lava miners for the ruthless WUCORP.Photo: WUCORP MinesPhoto: WUCORP MinesPhoto: WUCORP MinesPhoto: We, of course, needed a bar.  Schlumnuts by Ben M.Photo: WUCORP MinesPhoto: I used wood stairs to create the appearance of a rickety bridge.Photo: WUCORP MinesPhoto: This was the original WUCORP logo.Photo: It's lava, after all.Photo: WUCORP MinesPhoto: This was the last sign I made, and I hadn't actually planned this punch line - but it worked out pretty well, yeah?Photo: Sponge Home of the Sponge Man by Tim F.Photo: Sponge Home of the Sponge Man by Tim F.Photo: Sponge Home of the Sponge Man by Tim F.Photo: Sponge Home of the Sponge Man by Tim F.Photo: Sponge Home of the Sponge Man by Tim F.Photo: This was the first expansion on town lore after the initial Bug King statue.Photo: Sponge Home of the Sponge Man by Tim F.Photo: Sponge Home of the Sponge Man by Tim F.Photo: Sponge Home of the Sponge Man by Tim F.Photo: Sponge Home of the Sponge Man by Tim F.Photo: This is probably the oldest existing picture of the town.Photo: A little garden.  It's amazing how a little horticulture can make a place seem much more lived in.Photo: Creditor, financial god of easy credit and fixed APR.  By Matt L.Photo: Creditor, financial god of easy credit and fixed APR.  By Matt L.Photo: Creditor, financial god of easy credit and fixed APR.  By Matt L.Photo: Matt had made a little living space underneath Creditor.  Ben griefed it.Photo: Aint no room for Pumpers.Photo: Underneath CredotirPhoto: Underneath CredotirPhoto: Underneath CredotirPhoto: A view of the plaza from Hollow Mountain.  Those are not water boobs, but fountains.  Just in case there was any confusionPhoto: The Bug King was the first structure built in Garbendorg.  It set the stage for much of the creation that would follow.  By Ben M.Photo: Bug King by Ben M.Photo: Bug King by Ben M.Photo: Mural of the Bug King's death by Matt L.Photo: Seasoned Ascent was also among the first few structures Ben built to get Garbendorg started.  It's hard to demonstrate its cleverness.  By Ben M.Photo: Note the placement of various details - the jackolantern, the water, the trees.Photo: Seasoned Ascent by Ben M.Photo: Seasoned Ascent by Ben M.Photo: Treebor was originally a massive Christmas tree.  When the code changed to cause leaves to decay if they weren't directly attached to wood, the tree died (along with my hedge maze).  Ben converted it into TREEBOR.Photo: TREEBOR by Ben M.Photo: There's a series of tunnels underneath the city, making the framework for a network of rails.  Mostly built by Ben.Photo: Only one of the tracks has actually been built, and the mods the system depended on have long since been broken.  Some day we'll make it function again.Photo: Garbendorg Town Hall by Tim F.Photo: The Sun Temple was my first creation.  Yes, many people have commented on the humorous notion that the first thing I built was a church.Photo: The garden was built by Ben and Matt.Photo: Sun Temple by Tim F.Photo: Sun Temple by Tim F.Photo: Sun Temple by Tim F.Photo: Sun Temple by Tim F.Photo: Photo: Sun Temple by Tim F.Photo: Sun Temple by Tim F.Photo: Seeing this sign was probably the most exciting moment I had in my Minecraft experiencePhoto: This tunnel was added later, but it's a great addition.Photo: By Matt L.Photo: By Matt L.Photo: By Matt L.Photo: By Matt L.Photo: By Matt L.Photo: By Matt L. and Ben M.Photo: By Matt L. and Ben M.Photo: