Published on July 17th, 2012 | by Mat Mckeown0
A Game Of Blocks: Westeroscraft.
Ever since Minecraft broke onto the gaming scene not too long ago there have been those (including myself) who have sunk countless hours into it. Exploring mines solo or with friends, building experiences and great memories, marvelling at our towns we make as we see them to be greater constructs than the tower of Babel itself. But there is a select few that go one better, looking at the screenshot above you may think that its a simple 3D model of great landmarks in that fantastic series Game Of Thrones. But, you may begin to notice that something is not quite right with the image, it is in-fact made up of tiny single Minecraft blocks that have been placed there through careful planning and design.
Although there are obviously a few shaders and renders being used to make it look pretty, it still boils down to what Minecraft is really capable of. Fantastic structures, great detail and design all thoroughly planned out in advance by a team of dedicated players of the Westeroscraft Crew. From King’s Landing all the way to towering Wall Of The North, they have recreated the world of Game Of Thrones in such minute detail, that even the most die-hard fan of the series would find it hard to pick faults. The map takes players in what were told, is an hour and forty minutes journey across the world from one end to the other on a powered rail.
Member of the Westeroscraft Crew, Tothas explained:
“We have a group of builders who live around the world, about 50 in total consistent builders. There are some programs you can use such as World Edit and Voxel to make your builds easier but we dont use them in builds, only to edit and terraform. Since our bigger builds tend to be filmed we place every block by hand.”
He continued:”To make it look the way it does for the wallpapers we use something called Sonic’s Unbelievable GLGS Shaders and then we render that picture in a program called Chunky to make it super pretty. The way we plan a build is to take all the information available about a place from the books, every little detail, then we turn to artistic interpretations, HBO stills and our collective imagination. We are rebuilding Kings Landing as our next build to fit the scale we’ve set with Lannisport, since its the middle of the 5 big cities of Westeros we can fit the scale around it for the other cities. The original Kings Landing was built by about seven folks in three months and our community has grown much larger so we’ve decided to rebuild.”
Currently a private server, there are plans for it to go public, for more information on this project visit, www.westeroscraft.com.