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Minecraft Middle Earth: Barad-dur

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GammaRay
Level 49 : Master Enderdragon
I am a big fan of the Lord of the Rings books and movies, and I enjoy recreating those great monuments and castles in Minecraft. I built Helm's Deep and Isengard without using "cheats", but they looked pretty mediocre. So, for both your and my benefit, I decided to not to mine all of my materials the fair way. It's not completely done yet, but since I won't have the opportunity to work on it for a very long time, I wanted to get this save file out to you before I left.

Scale: Walls aren't to scale with the tower. The walls should be tiny compared to the tower, but if I did that then there would be no fortress at all due to the max height being so low, so I made the fortress about 1:1 but the tower 1:8 (very roughly).

Also, to make the fortress more interesting I added shops and things that a normal fortress would have. The alternative was to have a lot of empty space, which looks horrible.

It's on arnoritter1991's Minas Tirith map (give him a thumbs up!) so you can compare his Minas Tirith with my Barad-dur. A kind of juxtaposition of good and evil, if you will. It also provides some scenery so you don't have to look at empty wasteland.

True to my word, I have uploaded the save file ahead of schedule. Thank you guys for being supportive!
Progress: 100% Complete
Tags:Land Structure, Lord, The, Rings, Mordor, Barad Dur, Baradur, Minas Tirith, Sauron, Tower, Middle, Earth

Update #7 : 06/07/2011 11:36:21 pm6/07/11

Save file is up! After many weeks, I have finally done it. Enjoy!

Update #6 : 06/05/2011 10:14:06 am6/05/11

After a long time, I have finished the multiple levels within each ring of walls, filled out the lava moat better, and made the fortress more convenient to walk through.

The place is a nightmare to get around, still, but at least it's at least possible now. Since no one has given me any suggestions on the interior I will be simply putting whatever comes to mind. Five more days to release, hang in there!

Update #5 : 05/06/2011 10:14:26 am5/06/11

No pictures with this update, but take my word for it.

I am preoccupied with other things at the moment, but rest assured work on Barad-dur will resume shortly. I have filled all the "shops" with items, I have built additional walkways, and the library is complete.

The tower interior is coming along nicely, but I'm running low on ideas and now I'm just trying to fill up space. Any reasonable suggestions for things to add to the fortress or the tower would be greatly appreciated.

Update #4 : 04/15/2011 5:47:21 am4/15/11

Added additional torches to improve lighting, but more is needed on the inside. Also, the hallways are in the process of being completed. The walls have 2-3 floors in them, and it's a real pain to get it done.

Update #3 : 04/14/2011 3:16:07 am4/14/11

Shifted the tower around a little to match up with other buildings. Added items to the shops on the left side. Filled in part of the floor in the back.

I think I'm only building one barracks. Those orcs can sleep on the floor.

Update #2 : 04/12/2011 6:07:14 am4/12/11

Lava moat finished. I have added even more stairs/walls to my fortress now, and it's a complete mess. Once again, Sauron's architectural style emphasizes its lack of convenience/sense.

I'm lazy to finish the back of the castle and add in a barracks. I feel more like doing the inside of the tower.

Update #1 : 04/10/2011 7:40:51 am4/10/11

Interior of the fortress mostly completed, except for the walls. Some lava in the moat now, but not enough.

Tower still needs an interior, need to build the barracks and library. Because orcs really love to read.

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CNCminecraft
Level 63
High Grandmaster Engineer
August 31, 2013, 7:08 pm

Keep bringing us great stuff! Diamond and subbed!

Apocalyptic
Level 5
Apprentice Dragon
April 8, 2013, 9:02 pm

This looks AW... TERRIBLE!

VethMC
Level 1
New Miner
March 2, 2013, 5:39 am

102 DIAMOND! :)

bobjibbly123
Level 1
New Explorer
February 28, 2013, 12:15 pm

this is awesome

shadowspade7
Level 8
Apprentice Dragon
February 28, 2013, 5:55 am

PLEASE MAKE ZIP FILE IM BEGGING YOU!!!!!!!!!

EndermanSquid
Level 3
Apprentice Dolphin
February 10, 2013, 6:35 am

I downloaded and installed the map and its taking an extremely long time to convert.

yoshys
Level 2
Apprentice Explorer
January 5, 2013, 8:27 am

WHOA that is awsome!!! Diamond!

Anyone 45
Level 3
Apprentice Explorer
December 13, 2012, 5:40 pm

PLEASE MAKE IT A .JAR FILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

momo32
Level 1
New Explorer
December 9, 2012, 6:46 am

One does not simply

Enter Mordor!

It's an epic map. had it on my old lap top before the screen broke :o

Lord_Sauron_of_Arda
Level 1
New Miner
October 18, 2012, 5:55 am

you should have made a cool texture pack for this

scoobybones
Level 1
New Crafter
September 8, 2012, 5:32 am

awsome

killenraxel
Level 1
New Explorer
August 16, 2012, 12:19 pm

aah virus and i was hopeing to play this map

Kozume
Level 33
Artisan Pony
October 27, 2012, 1:57 pm

No virus, your Anti Virus is just a piece of crap.

fp8122
Level 14
Journeyman Creeper
August 15, 2012, 8:10 am

how do i use it in game?

gperson21
Level 1
New Explorer
June 23, 2012, 1:05 pm

yeah pleas make a .jar file cause i dont want to download a virus

King_Thedoen
Level 19
Journeyman Skinner
June 13, 2012, 7:08 am

NOOOOOOOOO! Its a .rar! Please change it! Please,please,please please!

TNTfreaks
Level 23
Expert Architect
June 13, 2012, 7:23 pm

Deal With It, You Can Just Unzip It...

King_Thedoen
Level 19
Journeyman Skinner
June 14, 2012, 5:19 am

Well how can I do that when I can't even download it due to the fact that it is a .rar -.- I can't change it,if I can't download it on my computer.

Luckyleprechaun1
Level 36
Artisan Creeper Hugger
July 18, 2012, 9:15 am

Why you cant download rar files?

123jordan126
Level 1
New Miner
July 1, 2012, 5:32 pm

get winrar

jolan
Level 3
Apprentice Crafter
June 6, 2012, 10:26 am

jolan
Level 3
Apprentice Crafter
June 6, 2012, 10:26 am

dacreeperguy
Level 1
New Miner
May 23, 2012, 11:17 am

for some reason i dont take any damage in this place yet in every other world of mine i do plz respond asap and ignore the last question about .zip i found it out thank you

dacreeperguy
Level 1
New Miner
May 21, 2012, 11:47 am

may you please make into .zip it would make it so much easier thank you
also if not please tell me what i have to extract.

awesomeprojectteam
Level 1
New Miner
May 15, 2012, 7:03 am

me and my friends are building minas too : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P09EBhFeDW0
pls watch and give us tips

chloeeolhc
Level 33
Artisan Nether Knight
May 14, 2012, 10:05 am

Just whoa

chloeeolhc
Level 33
Artisan Nether Knight
May 14, 2012, 10:05 am

Whoa

SoulReaper7787
Level 1
New Miner
May 12, 2012, 1:58 am

ammm why it wont start to download?!

derangedimmortal
Level 39
Artisan Creeper
May 11, 2012, 6:18 pm

hay you sood up date it senes the new hight level

MasterHeadhunter
Level 1
New Miner
May 11, 2012, 2:59 pm

MAKE IT A ZIP FILE PLEASE

Aidanater
Level 4
Apprentice Blacksmith
May 18, 2012, 10:42 am

just extract it

will0311
Level 1
New Miner
April 29, 2012, 2:11 am

It's amazing!!!!

Have a diamond. Where do you put it after turning it into a file?

Pyrotyger721
Level 2
Apprentice Crafter
April 28, 2012, 5:09 pm

That's pretty sick dude nice job.Here's a diamond

Gawfield305
Level 21
Expert Spelunker
March 16, 2012, 2:49 pm

Its just a friken .rar file. please convert it to a .zip file

bob5425 bob
Level 1
New Miner
February 25, 2012, 6:24 am

it wont convert to the anvil

lucky_luke_2001
Level 7
Apprentice Ranger
February 4, 2012, 4:58 pm

D: ITS NOT DOWNLOADING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lucky_luke_2001
Level 7
Apprentice Ranger
February 4, 2012, 4:56 pm

IT LOCKS COMPLETELY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thoompie7
Level 2
Apprentice Miner
January 20, 2012, 3:59 am

iwannagivemodiamond

sumo377stucki
Level 22
Expert Lumberjack
January 13, 2012, 3:37 pm

Totaly epic dude 1,000 diamonds for you lol

gab51299
Level 56
Grandmaster Skinner
December 28, 2011, 2:06 am

Is this even possible? AWESOME

fyromaster
Level 18
Journeyman Geek
December 1, 2011, 12:28 pm

Can I post these pix for on my server man? I have both of these. U RULE!

GammaRay
Level 49
Master Enderdragon
December 14, 2011, 8:30 pm

Post them anywhere you'd like. Just say where you got it.

fyromaster
Level 18
Journeyman Geek
December 15, 2011, 11:03 am

thanks man.

theberlinmonkey
Level 1
New Miner
September 10, 2011, 6:07 pm

great replica fantastic

CarterKhoury
Level 15
Journeyman Miner
September 8, 2011, 11:11 am

Incredible. But one thing though. Barad-dur is actaully around a a mile high (1600 meters, 4800 ft). Idk if u meant your minecraft version or the actual tower in the movies.But anyways very impressive! Its hard to build utterly MASSIVE fortresses and towers in minecraft because of the sky-limit. But great job!

GammaRay
Level 49
Master Enderdragon
September 9, 2011, 2:08 am

Thanks! Yeah, my calculations are pretty inaccurate, I agree. I guess I deserve it for doing the math after I was halfway through construction and trying to make the numbers fit my design instead of vice versa.

Nicholas
Level 1
New Miner
July 29, 2011, 3:22 pm

INCREDIBLE now is just missing only gondor more detail u know i cant belive that no one have done it yet =O

grillyoll
Level 14
Journeyman Pirate
July 1, 2011, 9:49 pm

A-W-S-O-M-E-!

gameos7
Level 13
Journeyman Modder
June 26, 2011, 2:39 am

wow

bananinator
Level 1
New Miner
June 18, 2011, 4:04 pm

hey looks awesome cant wait to ply but i cant use the file i doesnt comes as a folder :S

GammaRay
Level 49
Master Enderdragon
June 19, 2011, 7:51 pm

It's a .rar file, so just use winrar or similar software to extract the file, which will give you the folder you want.

Kusokurae
Level 1
New Miner
August 5, 2011, 1:29 pm

how do you do it on Mac?
Do you just place it in world folder after that?

GammaRay
Level 49
Master Enderdragon
August 6, 2011, 9:04 pm

Yeah, unzip the folder and put it with the rest of your worlds. Shouldn't be much different from windows, I think.

barack15
Level 14
Journeyman Archer
June 9, 2011, 1:34 am

OMG this is awesome!

Alunya
Level 1
New Miner
June 8, 2011, 1:26 pm

Soo... I just downloaded the world save and i see nothing, just a normal map, Either i did somethign wrong or theres nothing on this map any help ?

GammaRay
Level 49
Master Enderdragon
June 8, 2011, 7:12 pm

Are you extracting the file into the .minecraft/saves folder? I tested it out again and it worked fine for me.

Anyone else having issues with the map?

Alunya
Level 1
New Miner
June 9, 2011, 10:56 am

I tried again, downloaded, extracted all the files into the saves one and I start under like 30 blocks of stone come to the surface and its just a normal map.

GammaRay
Level 49
Master Enderdragon
June 10, 2011, 3:16 pm

This is strange. I ran a few tests to see if I could replicate the same issue. I tried downloading it on my friend's computer running windows XP, and it worked. In addition, I tried it on yet another friend's computer running windows 7. Not sure about vista. I also ran it on different versions of Minecraft (1.3, 1.4, 1.6) without error. This leads me to the conclusion that the error is not with my file but on your side. If you don't mind, can you walk me through your process?

Alunya
Level 1
New Miner
June 11, 2011, 11:28 am

It's ok now, I got someone to download it and turn the tower into a shematic for me to use

K1N6
Level 29
Expert Architect
June 7, 2011, 9:04 pm

Nerdgasm

GraphicalMe
Level 45
Master Artist
June 7, 2011, 9:39 am

Very nice done, check my barrad dur ^^

iRapp
Site Moderator
Level 47
Master Technomancer
June 6, 2011, 3:43 pm

Wow, just saw this by chance. I'm a huge LOTR fan, and this is absolutely incredible! I especially love how you used the Minas Tirith for comparison (also, good job giving credit, a lot of people steal that Minas Tirith). It's very impressive, and very tastefully done!

Brennan1129
Level 4
Apprentice Crafter
May 28, 2011, 5:23 pm

10,000 views??? Man.. I don't think I can wait that long! =)

GammaRay
Level 49
Master Enderdragon
May 28, 2011, 7:04 pm

I can't wait that long either, and have decided to release in a few days instead.

Kable
Level 26
Expert Crafter
May 28, 2011, 2:16 am

i watched ur vid, what song is it? :)

GammaRay
Level 49
Master Enderdragon
May 28, 2011, 5:49 am

The intro song is from Rome: Total War and the second song is Requiem for a Dream. I originally had different audio from the LOTR soundtrack but WMG wouldn't allow it.

GammaRay
Level 49
Master Enderdragon
May 23, 2011, 12:34 am

Alright guys, I will release the save file when my Youtube video gets 10,000 views. So the more people you ask to watch it, the faster you will get the world save. Advertise, spread the word, spam, do whatever it takes to get to that 10k views mark. The map is done, but I don't want to release until I know enough people are interested. Thank you!

Dag_Spicer
Level 1
New Miner
May 17, 2011, 5:01 pm

oh yes! i've been waiting my whole life for you...please make this a save file!!

LOuis25
Level 1
New Miner
May 10, 2011, 9:47 am

when u publish(and i hope u do because it looks amazing) will u put it on a save file?

Aaron
Level 1
New Miner
April 19, 2011, 12:08 am

i really wish this was actual word not mc edit still awesom as anyway can i get a burad dur tutoial if anyone has

GammaRay
Level 49
Master Enderdragon
May 6, 2011, 6:10 am

If I actually did everything the normal way, I'd still be working on it now (and wouldn't finish for a few months), and you wouldn't be able to see it at all. MCEdit only performed the tasks which required lots of repetition (e.g. walls). I want to emphasize that MCEdit doesn't build amazing structures for you, you still have to do work. A lot of work, actually.

I don't think there is a real tutorial for Barad-dur in existence, but once I release the save file you can take a look at how I did it for some ideas.

dimondmine2
Level 12
Journeyman Architect
April 15, 2011, 7:25 pm

i would like to see this put on a multiplayer server and and 20 people in each city battle to the death while like five people record it to put it on youtube

Smink
Level 57
Grandmaster Pegasus
April 15, 2011, 4:10 am

Nice, also cool usernmae haha

Angelus Terrae
Level 1
New Miner
April 15, 2011, 4:07 am

That is awesome.

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