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Week in Review - Week of November 15, 2015

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avatar GrayRemnant
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
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Ok, so in case you're unaware, I'm very busy at the moment.  I'm currently working on my Binding of Isaac Let's Play series (Episode 1 will be uploaded this Wednesday), as well as the new blogging contest here on PMC.  Add to that the preliminary work for this year's episode of Year in Review, and you can see the problem.  But no worries, I'm still going to be uploading WiR on a weekly basis, albeit a little late now and then.  ;)



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Majesty.  That’s a word, right?  But what does it mean?  For those of you too lazy to do a quick google search, please look at the following image.

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This is what majesty means.  The best structure of the week is a build titled TEMATOS, created by achiminecraft.  This is, without a doubt, one of the most majestic things I’ve ever seen built in Minecraft.

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Majesty is defined as ‘impressive stateliness, dignity, or beauty’.  I ask you, has there ever been a greater, ‘Middle-Earth-Level’ palace of majesty?  Perhaps, but I haven’t seen it.  And, as my Lord of the Rings reference implies, TEMATOS is basically what Rivendell would look like after a 10 trillion dollar renovation.

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TEMATOS, not to be confused with ‘tomatoes’ which are red orbs filled with a vile gooey plasma that tastes like sewage, stands for ‘The Epic, Majestic, and Totally Opulent Suburb’.  Not really, I just made that up.  Still, this is what I’d imagine a suburb would look like if it were built with an infinite budget.  If you have a hard time imagining what an infinite budget looks like, just picture half of the United States’ military spending budget.

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What we have here is a pristine city built at the bottom of a vast canyon.  The structure is made up of an array of swirling walls, bridges, arches, and high reaching (sometimes floating) towers.  Add to all of that some amazing terraforming and cleverly placed organic work, and you have TEMATOS.

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Part of what makes this so impressive is the degree of curvature that is incorporated into the infrastructure.  The city is split down the middle by a curved, tiered wall that resembles a great big ’S’.  This is further subdivided into massive courtyards, and a stacking of buildings upon buildings upon buildings.

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All of the architecture is built with a delicate and heavily detailed building style, which gives the whole a very expensive feel.  Furthermore, TEMATOS is not held back by geometry, symmetry, or simplicity.  It couldn’t be a more chaotic array of architecture, yet somehow amongst the madness, there is clearly method in it.

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And of course, TEMATOS is filled with juicy little treats here and there, including a steampunk aircraft, a dark forest area, and a beautify cliffside/beach area.  Every element is flawlessly executed, and it’s a shining example of epic building in Minecraft.



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The best terraforming of the week is a miniature terrain titled Maestria, created by Dezd and Plutouthere.

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Maestria is the result of water erosion, which has occurred at the base of a giant tree.  The effect of said erosion has left the tree suspended above a cliff, with its roots embedded in the surrounding landmasses.  Any questions?

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But while erosion is usually a slow, boring process that requires the construction of 2 billion dollar suspension bridges to circumvent the inconvenient gaps, this couldn’t be a more beautiful result.

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I can tell you right now that the tree itself must be very old, as it would have had to survive the entire erosion process which, judging from the layers of strata, probably took thousands of years.  Or if you’re a buzzkill and you want the real truth, this was built in a week with Minecraft.  There, are you happy now?  The magic is gone.

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Regardless, the terraforming here is impeccable.  The layers of strata combined with the globular, overhanging grass is undeniably beautiful, and the tree (which I assume was Plutouthere’s doing) is excellent as well.

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The great thing about this map is the fact that it was kept small, so that the tree could shine through as the centerpiece.  That was a wise decision, and it shows that small-scale terraforming can be just as jaw-dropping as large-scale continents, as long as there’s some clever, thematic beauty behind it.

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And the best organic work of the week was a giant-scale house titled Humble Homestead, built by BzUrQ.

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This is my personal favorite type of organic work.  A large collection of globular and geometric shapes that are strewn together to create a familiar form.  In this case, that form is a humble house.

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It’s amazing how much texture BzUrQ developed here using simple materials and patterns.  The stonework, wooden planks, tiling, and patches of grass all look incredibly realistic, and act as suitable backdrops for the flowers, and interior decor that are expertly crafted as well.

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But it’s the little things that really define this build.  The axe wedged in the tree stump, the open shutters, and the attention to detail present in all the woodwork show a mind boggling level of effort, as well as a clear sense of spacial positioning.

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I’m not going to go at length and describe every component of this build, as you can see it all quite clearly in the images provided.  Overall, this is one of the most impressive mega-scale structures I’ve ever seen executed in Minecraft.

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Top Ten

Thanks very much for stopping by!  I'll see you guys next week, but in the meantime don't forget to check out my new let's play series, starting tomorrow.  Bye guys.


-Gray Remnant
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11/28/2015 2:34 pm
Level 23 : Expert Toast
Dubstep Wolf
With Binding of Issac and the updated Week in Review for 2016, how on earth will you survive?
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11/28/2015 7:09 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
I don't know.  :P
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11/28/2015 7:25 pm
Level 23 : Expert Toast
Dubstep Wolf
And besides all of that, you have an actual life where you do things with people. (I hope.  It's not healthy to be sitting in front of a computer all day, and I'm the one saying that.)  I admire your dedication.
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11/28/2015 8:35 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Well, thank you.  ;)
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11/26/2015 6:06 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Engineer
Jmal116
Oh man... I legitmately thought that house was just a really good texture pack... That's just insane
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11/26/2015 4:08 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Miner
pot
Gray I was looking at your "Top Ten" spoiler and I  saw PINGUINENTE. He was no posts... o.o
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11/28/2015 5:47 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Yeah, he went offline and deleted all his work.
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11/25/2015 11:57 am
Level 36 : Artisan Archer
Sondrebol
MY GOD! how mch freetime does people have?!

these builds are insane!!!
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11/26/2015 1:35 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Architect
RebirthOfShien
~5 hours per second :P
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12/10/2015 11:06 am
Level 20 : Expert Architect
Freude_S
That would be really wonderful a full 432,000 hours per day!
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11/25/2015 11:46 am
Level 57 : Grandmaster Meme
CroatiaTheMan
Awesome Review, and will the Let's Play of The Bonding Of Isaac be posted todays Wednesday or next week's?
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11/28/2015 5:46 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Sunday for sure.  I've got it all finished.  ;)
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11/28/2015 5:57 am
Level 57 : Grandmaster Meme
CroatiaTheMan
Haha Cool, I can't wait ;)
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11/25/2015 8:48 am
Level 28 : Expert Mountaineer
PhirePhoenix
It wasnt really I good week for organic work I see.  But I think solas shouldve won for terraforming because of scale, color selection, and detail.
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11/28/2015 5:48 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Yeah, it was a close one between Solas and Maestria.
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11/24/2015 7:32 pm
Level 22 : Expert Hunter
xpCube
TEMATOS is really cool! And, the trees look real. I wonder what texture pack it is. The thing is...
I like tomatoes.


P.S: Have you entered the Life on Mars Contest?
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11/28/2015 5:45 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
No Life on Mars contest for me.  I've only got time to do the blogging contest.
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11/29/2015 8:18 pm
Level 22 : Expert Hunter
xpCube
Ooo ok then. Is it finished?
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12/07/2015 4:50 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
I'll tell you guys about it in WiR tomorrow.  ;)
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11/24/2015 6:20 pm
Level 20 : Expert Engineer
Benamax
Man. That's some serious sweg right there.
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11/24/2015 5:18 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Engineer
shanewolf38
Wow, the organic of the week is amazing! Definitely the best one out of the three!


Also, as a side note: Yaas, Binding of Isaac! You playing Binding of Isaac will be the funniest thing ever! I can't wait.
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11/24/2015 2:30 pm
Level 48 : Master Fox
Orbiter
The terraforming looks like pancakes. xD
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11/28/2015 5:44 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Now that I think about it, yeah, it kinda does.  xD
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11/28/2015 12:39 pm
Level 48 : Master Fox
Orbiter
Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?
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11/28/2015 7:14 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Aside from my dad burning the turkey, yeah it was fine.  :P
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11/28/2015 7:54 pm
Level 48 : Master Fox
Orbiter
Very good, very good. ^^
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11/24/2015 12:56 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Engineer
TJC05
could u add a best server, best vehicle etc?
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11/28/2015 5:44 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
I'd rather not do servers, since that requires better internet than what I have.  Vehicles, however, might be something I'd consider.  ;)
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11/24/2015 12:19 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Architect
Pang
Very nice
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11/24/2015 12:22 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Architect
Pang
still sad you haven't commented on my builds yet! :c
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11/24/2015 6:45 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Sorry about that.  I'll probably do my browsing binge tomorrow when I go out to upload.  :P
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11/25/2015 11:01 am
Level 39 : Artisan Architect
Pang
it's no problem! I was only kinda joking anyways. Love and appreciate all you do for the community <3 :P
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11/24/2015 10:41 am
Level 26 : Expert Miner
MrFlornCake
Beautiful week :)
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11/24/2015 10:18 am
Level 9 : Apprentice Network
WhoIsThis
"tomatoes’ which are red orbs filled with a vile gooey plasma that tastes like sewage"

Can't stop laughing XD
Anyways, nice review as always! 'Tomatoes' was tasty
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11/28/2015 5:43 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Thanks, my friend.  ;)
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11/24/2015 9:37 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Sailor
tillwill
"If you have a hard time imagining what an infinite budget looks like, just picture half of the United States’ military spending budget."
very true.
USS Gerald R ford cost (new aircraft carrier as of 2013): $12.8 billion + $4.7 billion R&D (estimated) (wikipedia)
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11/24/2015 6:07 am
Level 27 : Expert Architect
DuncanBuilder
I like being 2 times in the qualifiers tho haha
Mordone for the win <3
At this point I am working on a Amazing adventuremap, and it's my most detailed work yet, so I am still working hard on new content : )
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11/24/2015 5:16 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Explorer
RenegadeRad
What daya think about fallout 4 gray?
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11/24/2015 6:46 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Glitchy as hell.  But then, what do you expect from a Bethesda game?  xD
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11/24/2015 11:30 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Explorer
RenegadeRad
to be honest bethesda games never glitches for me, Minecraft does xD

Fallout 4 is epic, its good they did not let Obsidian entertainment near it, because Fallout new vegas is the worst bethesda can do.
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11/24/2015 4:46 am
Level 25 : Expert Sweetheart
Exoh
Awesome!
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11/28/2015 5:42 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
Glad you liked it!
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