• Tag Archives Cair Denbar
  • Updates at Cair Denbar

    I got back into Minecraft a bit the last few days.  I overhauled a few sections of Cair Denbar, needed to make the private areas a bit more secure.  My biggest hurdle was that the Dining Hall was deep within the Royal Keep, which is the section I wanted more secure.  I ended up creating a new Dining Hall that still had good access to the kitchens (without moving the kitchens).  It actually seats more than the old hall, and has a much higher ceiling.  I also moved several other places in hot-potato fashion.  The old Dining Hall became the new Royal Academy, the old Royal Academy became the new Emperor’s Study, and the old Emperor’s Study became the Chancellor’s Study, right off the main hall.  Let the Chancellor deal with the public I say.

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  • Magekeep & Sagehold Updated

    To finish out my 5th Anniversary projects, I did some major updates to the Sagehold and the Magekeep.  They had gotten quite out of date and needed some upgrades.

    The Sagehold gained a new entrance wing with a new entrance and balcony, as well as some needed office/study space.  It also saw some needed upgrades to the dormitory and the dining hall.

    The Magekeep finally has its own entrance, next to the Imperial City Arena (instead of having to get to it through Cair Denbar).  I also expanded and overhauled the main hall, renaming it Wizard’s Hall.  The final touch was the addition of the Ravenry Tower, which sits atop the fourth and final mountaintop at Cair Denbar.

    Click here for full sets of pictures of both locations.

  • Project 42 is complete

    I finished Project 42.  Technically I was done a few weeks ago, but when I finished work on the castle, it kind of overflowed out into the city a little bit.  I had some buildings in the Old City (oldest portion of Imperial City, directly outside the Castle Gate) that really needed some updates. They were too small.

    I ended up expanding the Halls of Knowledge a little bit, adding some floors to a few buildings, tearing down two small buildings and building one larger one and so on.

    To finish things off, I did a major overhaul on one of my oldest sites in the Old City – the Soothsayer Inn & Pub.  It was the first inn/hotel I built anywhere, and it was desperately in need some updates. I overhauled the entire inside, and even added a whole floor and a new roof.

  • Cair Denbar: A Look Back

    Construction of Cair Denbar began on the first day I purchased Minecraft.  It started out pretty small, but within one week I have built nearly half the current complex.  Over the last three years it has been constantly developed and reworked, culminating in the most recent major overhaul.

    I’ve compiled a little collection of pictures here that show the development of Cair Denbar over the past 3+ years.

    Cair Denbar: The Royal Keep

    The Royal Keep is the oldest portion of the castle, built on the first day I played Minecraft. It has become the private home of the royal family.

    Cair Denbar: First Hall

    First hall was quite obviously the first real hall in the castle. Originally it doubled as throne room and dining hall, until the Great Hall was built.

    Cair Denbar: Chapel on High

    The Chapel on High was the first church I constructed in Alpha. It isn’t very big, but its my favorite.  It recently got moved 2 blocks to the north to accomodate the new construction project. The Chapel also got a nice new tower.

    Cair Denbar: North Gate

    The North Gate began as a simple built gate, and was eventually upgraded to a fully-functioning redstone gate.

    Cair Denbar: Great Hall

    My Throne Room started out quite modest, then got a bit bigger and grander.  The current version has been expanded quite a bit and feels MUCH grander now.

    Cair Denbar: From the South

    The view from the south has always been impressive.  It’s the cliff. It just does it.  This view shows how the various towers have changed over the years.

    Cair Denbar: From the North

    This is the best view of the entire complex.  These picutres show how the castle started out alone on the mountain, and then the town sprang out in front of it, and slowly grew down the mountain into the monstrosity that is now Imperial City.

  • Massive progress on Project 42

    I spent a few hours last night and all day today actually working on the REAL building.  I leveled half the mountain last night, and copied in the prototype building section by section.  I spent this morning attaching to the existing structures, and filling in the new bits of castle.

    I’ve done some furnishing on 2 floors, and still have a good bit to go.  I spent quite some time upgrading my Throne Room, and I’m QUITE happy with it 🙂  I still have to finish the roof on the Throne Room, and figure how tall I want the new round tower to be (I haven’t copied it from the prototype yet).  I’m not looking forward to re-setting up the fireworks display and the false roof that hides it.