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Level 28 : Expert Ranger
Background: Ambervale is a project that I began in the summer of 2014 while serving as a Soldier in Afghanistan. Fundamentally, it's an endeavor that allowed me to enjoy two great hobbies: playing Minecraft and world building. On a deeper level, however, this project was a way for me to escape the high operational tempo, boredom and stress of life in a combat zone. 

I shared a few images of my progress on Reddit and, to my surprise, Ambervale was very well received. The overwhelmingly-positive response inspired me to continue building even after I returned home. While I'll be the first to admit that I am not the strongest builder architecturally, I've developed a fair reputation for developing atmosphere and environment. 

Initially I had no plans to release Ambervale unfinished, but two realizations compelled me to have a change of heart:

1.) I may never personally be satisfied with calling this project “finished.”

2.) If I can enjoy this unfinished project so much, why wouldn't others be able to do the same?

I am eager to give people the opportunity to get into the world and explore. I’m also curious to see how people may continue building in ways that make Ambervale better than I could have ever imagined. Of course, I will continue with my own progress as well. 


Before you Explore Ambervale:

This project was built with one texture pack exclusively in mind – “Conquest” by Monsterfish. From the very first block, this is the texture pack I have used and I honestly have no idea what the project would look like using any other pack, to include vanilla. I also highly recommend that you install “optifine,” which will enable Conquest’s connected textures and fog settings. I adjust the atmospheric fog settings to the lowest distance. The results are absolutely gorgeous. If you’re going to play in my world, you should experience it as it was designed to be experienced.


Fictional Background:

The village of Ambervale rests quietly long the banks of the river Scarlett in the sovereign summer lands of Adelysia. Tucked away in a sequestered corner of the realm, Ambervale has enjoyed peace and prosperity for more than 600 years. The ruins of a large stone stronghold silently decay in the forest west of the village. Now covered in moss and vegetation, the stronghold whispers of an ancient time when Adelysia’s old friends were once bitter enemies. Today, townsfolk work hard on their fertile lands and relax when the sun begins to cast its golden rays upon the surrounding fields.

If you seek excitement and adventure, then you are advised to look elsewhere. But if it is tranquil beauty you are after, then look no further.

Credit Where Credit is Due:

I would like to acknowledge jortgutter, whose castle ruins have a near facsimile residing in the woods outside of Ambervale. While I did build the Ambervale stronghold brick by brick, completely from scratch, the design is based off of jortgutter’s outstanding work. Thank you.   

I would also extend a huge acknowledgement to lentebriesje’s custom trees. I based my trees off of so many of his designs and without them as a foundation, I would have never been inspired to build Ambervale in the first place.

When designing the homes of Ambervale, I had a “Tudor” style in mind.  A google search inspired with several images that I used as reference when building some of the homes in my villiage. If you see a house that looks familiar, it could be that I built my home by looking off of a picture of yours. I will happily give you credit you demonstrate that this is the case.
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  • AlphaWolf777
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • February 18, 2015, 10:09 pm
This is amazing, one of the best medieval builds I've seen!
  • HeruEdhel
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • January 23, 2015, 7:07 am

....but this build is better
  • Ovenfrite
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Architect
  • January 13, 2015, 2:14 pm
Really impressive job, this is exactly the kind of build I love.
  • Hjormel
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • January 11, 2015, 7:04 am
The inspiration! it's drowning me, lovley job there.
  • the3rdnumber
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Artist
  • January 8, 2015, 5:23 pm
That is pretty awesome mate.
  • Reeqo
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • January 8, 2015, 5:57 am
Very well done
  • r0w3ntje
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Pixel Puncher
  • January 8, 2015, 3:22 am
i gave the 200st Diamond! you deserve it Udlose!
  • Nomadic Miner
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Explorer
  • January 8, 2015, 3:03 am
  • Plutouthere
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Crafter
  • January 7, 2015, 9:37 pm
You need to give us some HD stuff man!
  • dennisbuilds
  • Level 45
  • Master Sweetheart
  • January 7, 2015, 9:57 pm
What about a cinematic ? :D
  • Plutouthere
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Crafter
  • January 7, 2015, 10:11 pm
?!? I'm talkin about renders man
  • dennisbuilds
  • Level 45
  • Master Sweetheart
  • January 7, 2015, 10:14 pm
ahh. sorry...
  • InsipidTree
  • Level 25
  • Expert Crafter
  • January 7, 2015, 5:03 pm
This is the best build I've ever seen, hands down.
I love it! I love it!
Loved it the second I seen it. That's why I recorded a cinematic for it, I really hope it represents the true beauty of this build. Thanks a lot for this, I'll definitely keep up to date with this project!

  • udlose
  • Level 28
  • Expert Ranger
  • January 7, 2015, 11:07 am
This video is beautiful. Thanks for capturing the build in such a great way. I love it!
  • ryco50
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 7, 2015, 4:04 am
This reminds me of the beautiful art style of Cartoon Network's new show, "Over the Garden Wall."
  • Ember1654
  • Level 21
  • Expert Pokemon
  • January 7, 2015, 12:31 am
Amazing is all that i need to say!
WoW I love
  • athayus
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • January 6, 2015, 6:46 pm
Amazing build
  • Quicksmith
  • Level 29
  • Expert Artist
  • January 6, 2015, 3:31 pm
Clearly a diamond here ! :3

Cozy and reminds me of my childhood when around 15 years old out on the contryside :)
  • WizryNet
  • Level 44
  • Master Network
  • January 6, 2015, 3:31 pm
Absolutely love the atmosphere of the project!
  • Coldshade
  • Level 25
  • Expert Toast
  • January 6, 2015, 1:36 pm
Oh yeah, I've seen this on Imgur last summer. :o
  • Myahster
  • Level 44
  • Master Skinner
  • January 6, 2015, 1:30 pm
Diamonds to you, sir.

And might I say, this is a truly amazing build. Well done.
  • fredmow
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Network
  • January 6, 2015, 8:19 am
fak omg
  • Enoshade
  • Level 20
  • Expert Scribe
  • January 6, 2015, 3:14 am
If I could, I would give this a thousand diamonds. One of the best worlds/countries I ever saw in minecraft.
  • drasoli
  • Level 23
  • Expert Architect
  • January 6, 2015, 1:24 am
Oh lawd the atmoshpere in this is suffocating me D:

+1 everything :3
  • CrankerMan
  • Level 42
  • Master Architect
  • January 5, 2015, 9:20 pm
great atmosphere :)
Oh ma God it's about time!! YES!
  • Fudds
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Blob
  • January 5, 2015, 8:20 pm
You are amazing! And such an inspiration. Diamond, Fave and a new Sub :D
  • kenofox
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Fox
  • January 5, 2015, 8:10 pm
Very nice. I very much love the atmosphere it brings with the way things are planned out in it.
  • BubbaGranny
  • Level 41
  • Master Geek
  • January 5, 2015, 6:03 pm
Firstly, I'd like to thank you for your service in Iraq. I greatly appreciate what you and other americans do to protect us at home over seas. Secondly, I think you did an outstanding job with this map. I've been exploring it for some time now, and it is magnificent! Great work :)
  • nebux
  • Level 48
  • Master Wolf
  • January 6, 2015, 10:49 am
kid learn to read!
  • udlose
  • Level 28
  • Expert Ranger
  • January 6, 2015, 5:42 pm
His sentiment was well-meant and so I thank him for his support.

Also, he's not entirely wrong because I've deployed to Iraq as well. ;)
  • The115Show
  • Level 21
  • Expert Geek
  • January 5, 2015, 5:18 pm
  • bangbang70
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Ranger
  • January 5, 2015, 3:42 pm
Wow, you've done some great stuff here, sir. This really is an increidble piece of work. Keep up the awesome job!
  • faldoria
  • Level 41
  • Master Cake
  • January 5, 2015, 1:41 pm
Good work. I like this very much. You managed it to create a great atmosphere. 
A small tip: If you add some tall grass and Fern to your corn fields it would look even more "natural" (I´ve just started doing this a few days ago myself and i have to say, it´s worth it).
  • unlukybob
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Architect
  • January 5, 2015, 1:36 pm
The atmosphere of this project is beautiful! I would totally want to live here if it was a real place.
  • SGTRedd
  • Level 22
  • Expert Modder
  • January 5, 2015, 1:30 pm
Absolutely stunning, too bad I can only give one diamond! New sub for you and congrats on the 'Pop Reel'!!
  • lynchyinc
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 80
  • Elite Architect
  • January 5, 2015, 12:55 pm
Oh yes! You finally uploaded it. 

I've been waiting for this project for ages. This is probably the first world I've downloaded to explore in years.
  • noafro1991
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Blockhead
  • January 5, 2015, 12:51 pm
Your landscaping skills are unbelievable.
  • zerkoh
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Artist
  • January 5, 2015, 10:54 am
Sooooo great. Wow.
  • Onix
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Robot
  • January 5, 2015, 10:38 am
Served in Iraq myself. So I totally understand the whole "Looking for something else to do" kinda project. Glad to see you finished it!
^ interesting words by a famous guy...
  • ibuildpixels
  • Level 49
  • Master Mountaineer
  • January 5, 2015, 10:12 am
Very atmospheric build.  Seen this on reddit and did not disappoint.  Unfortunately, not compatible with 1.8 due to meta datas.
  • Origines
  • Level 72
  • Legendary Architect
  • January 5, 2015, 9:23 am
The atmosphere of this build is quite inspiring... I'll definitely be downloading this and taking a look. Considering how your pictures use the vanilla lighting, I'm very excited to see how this will look with shaders.
  • Vvardenfell
  • Level 27
  • Expert Mountaineer
  • January 5, 2015, 8:51 am
WOW! I build with conquest on the Ravand server, but i havent seen many builds that look so nice with it! Keep up the good work, its nice to know that there are more people interested in building in mc :)
  • Red_Fox
  • Level 23
  • Expert Blacksmith
  • January 5, 2015, 8:33 am
Very nice. :)
Very cool, this deserves more diamonds!
I've been following this project on reddit for quite some time now and now that it's up for download I can't wait to see all of your atmospheric work up close!

Here's a diamond and fave! Keep doing what you do best!
  • Adeptx3
  • Level 49
  • Master Warrior
  • January 5, 2015, 7:37 am
beautiful =)
i'm excited to see more

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