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Criswelvania vRC2 Gold Edition

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Level 25 : Expert Taco
Criswelvania is an homage to Konami's Castlevania series of games. Fans of the original NES game will note that every level and even the overall progression of the first Castlevania has been in some way interpreted in this map, and many elements from Simon's Quest, CVIII, Super Castlevania IV for SNES, and Symphony of the Night make appearances as well.

The Gold Edition update features a complete upgrade to the original map with new areas, challenges, battles, puzzles and hidden treasures, rebalanced with multiplayer support and a slew of new redstone and piston traps and mechanisms. Maybe it's time to return... to Criswelvania!


Extract the Criswelvania vRC2 folder to your .minecraft/saves directory. Do NOT create a new folder when extracting, the World folder is contained nin the archive file.
Criswelvania is current with Minecraft version RC2. No mods are required to play. An AdventureCraft-modified version may be forthcoming in the future, but the intention is to maintain a vanilla MC-compatible version as the official edition.

Quickstart Guide
Chapter 1: The Fangs of Winter begins at sunset on the edge of a dark forest. Nearby you should find an lodge with posted guidelines for review, and chest containing essential supplies. Equip the sword. You can use the snowballs too, to keep monsters at bay until you can find something better. The other materials might come in handy as well.

Follow the path East, then South until you come to a lake and Zweilliger Farm. You can take refuge overnight in the farm if you wish; you may find some more items to aid you. When you are prepared, continue down the road and you will come to an passage over a cliff leading to the first village of Gillis. You should be able to see the Castle in then distance. If you search the houses in Gillis you will find your first quest.

Adventure Goals
Ascend the dark halls and towers of Criswelvania and cleanse it of the evil that awaits you within. Visit the nearby towns surrounding the Castle to buy supplies and get hints to guide you to the rarest and most powerful equipment.
There are 24 treasure items to locate across the land -- find as many as you can, and journey into the portal under the Palace of Darkness to the Nether Castle. If you can return through Gatehouse at the end of this final challenge, and escape from the Caves of Confusion to the starting point on the surface, your name will become legend! If you fail, yours may end up as rather more of a... cautionary tale.


"For the best experience while playing through Criswelvania,
the following guidelines are suggested:"

General Gameplay
Criswelvania is a tense action-adventure with roleplaying, platforming and puzzle-solving elements. Exploration is rewarded. The guidelines suggested are mainly to simulate NPC interaction, provide a challenge and sense of accomplishment, and an intuitive progression to prevent players from getting lost.
  • Difficulty must be set to at least Easy; Normal or above is recommended. Switching to Peaceful effectively forfeits the game if playing for score.
  • A Fog setting of "Normal" instead of Far is also recommended (light fog, can still see sun/moon). Try more fog (Near or Tiny) for a greater challenge and a more tense atmosphere, but only once you're familiar with the map, as high/max fog can be disorienting in some areas.
  • Real Vampire Killers will only venture outdoors or leave towns after sunset. There are some encounters that only occur at night.
  • You may get items from dispensers by activating them, but you may not loot the dispensers directly.
  • Limit yourself to carrying only one stack of any particular item, such as torches or arrows.
  • You can stash extra loot for later in the chests you find. Accidents happen...
  • Some TNT is scattered around in some chests, it's up to you how or if you want to use it. It's also worth bonus points at the end of the game (seen Scoring).
  • Hardcore Mode: in the event of death you must delete, and restart the map only from the original save. If you beat the game in this way you earn an large bonus to your Final Score.
  • Hardcore Multiplayer: Killed players return as hostiles that hunt the surviving players. Map is lost when all players have died once. (Optional. see manual for Advanced Multiplayer suggestions)
  • To set the right mood, I highly recommend the outstanding Castlevania Symphony of the Night soundtrack as background music.

Looting & Treasure
You may generally take any items you find, as needed. There are several items you may find which have no specific use in the game, and your inventory will fill up quickly if you take items not related to combat, defense, and survival. There are also some valuable items which can be traded in towns for supplies (see Currency), and other treasures which can be returned to the chest at the spawn point for a higher Final Score (see Scoring).

Shops & Currency
Then treasure items you find in chests throughout your journey support the local economy in Criswelvania, allowing you to purchase items marked for sale in shop chests, by placing the appropriate amount of currency (honor system!) in exchange.

The rates of exchange are as follows:
Iron Ingot . . . $ 1
Gold Ingot . . . $ 5
Diamond . . . . $10

Additionally, there are locations where you may sell any found books or paintings for $2 and $3, respectively. You must trade them in at the designated broker however; you may not use these as normal currency in shops.

Breaking & Placing Blocks
There are a few breakable blocks: any clay is breakable, as are suspiciously-placed single or paired blocks of half-steps or brick, or out-of-place patches of sand or gravel. There is usually a hint nearby, such as a pick or shovel in a chest. You may break monster spawners, or disable them with torches (unless playing Hardcore).
You may also mine out exposed minerals, and smelt any ores found to use as you see fit.

It is permissible to place dirt, stone, wood and other blocks to repair damaged floors or walls with the same kind of material. You may also build emergency barricades, and you may build bridges in situations such as crossing lava or chasms if it suits your style, but you may not build steps or towers to climb over fences, walls or other obstacles.

You may not craft items which you have not found yet. So, even if you find 2 bars of iron, you may not craft an iron sword until you find one first. Likewise for armor and diamond gear. It is possible to find or buy everything you need and never have to craft anything, but you will have to search! You will need at least some of the iron you find to buy things with anyway. Additional items may be crafted for extra players as well.

Adventuring Tips
If you die in Criswelvania, you will spawn at your starting location outside the forest. You may want to leave some items stashed behind you in case you need to craft or purchase replacements for any lost gear.

There are a few usable beds around, you may use these to advance your spawn position.

There is a marked path to every important location, and clear boundaries to the distinct regions in the map. Try to stay within these boundaries to avoid getting lost or breaking the game. Anywhere you see pavestones or stairs is fair game for exploration. If you get out of sight of civilization, you are getting yourself lost.

Try not to break obstacles to get around them. The puzzle elements of Criswelvania are not overly complex for the uninitiated, nothing is too fiendishly buried or requires esoteric knowledge of weird Minecraft techniques. Players need not randomly rip apart the environment to find arbitrary loot. There are occasionally multiple paths to get to or from some locations, so if you get stuck, backtrack and keep searching.

o If you choose to roleplay the adventure in this way,
it will greatly increase the depth and enjoyment of your game.o


Chapter 2: Throne of Darkness begins once you ascend the Clock Tower. You may still return to previously visited locations to recover overlooked items. After you clear the Palace of Darkness, you are free to locate the Treasury and the Portal Room.

There are also several challenge areas to explore once you are sufficiently equipped. First of these encountered would be Deadman's Cave, just outside of Gillis, where a great amount of pirate treasure lies tucked away. There are other mysterious areas scattered around containing treasure as well.

When you are prepared and carrying as much treasure as you can, enter the portal. To complete the game, simply return from the Nether through the next portal you find, to the Caves of Confusion. Escape to the surface and you will be back at the starting point, now determine your Final Score!

Locate the following items and return through the Nether Castle with them to the starting chest
for a higher Final Score:

Golden Arms: Golden Sword, Golden Helm, Golden Chestpiece, Golden Leggings, Golden Boots
Artifacts: Gold Watch, Compass, Gold Record, Green Record, Golden Apple
Crystal Arms: Crystal Sword, Crystal Helm, Crystal Chestpiece, Crystal Leggings, Crystal Boots
Crystal Tools: Crystal Pick, Crystal Axe, Crystal Spade, Crystal Tiller
Golden Tools: Golden Pick, Golden Spade, Golden Axe, Golden Tiller
Valuable Goods: Iron Blocks, Gold Blocks, Diamond Blocks, Ender Pearls, Whole Glowstones

See cv_gameplay.pdf for full Scoring Table and Advanced Multiplayer Suggestions.

Take a screenshot of recovered Treasure in the starting chest,
and post it in the thread to enter the Hall of Fame rankings!

Further Exploration
Once you beat the map, you are free to use the world as your own. If you decide to use the castle as a base, there are 3 other large and mostly unexplored caves in the area, full of minerals and danger.
The extensive Nether portal system will take you to dozens of areas to explore spanning 2 large continents, an enormous world with hundreds of things to discover. The Nether itself has 32 secret chests tucked away -- how may can you find? See if you can find the Western Ziggurat, Embersted, or the Sacred Caves. Take an 8-minute train tour of the main continent! Try to sail back to Criswelvania?

Longer than Portal!

More images:

Helpful Hints
  • Keep an eye out for buttons which open doors from the outside.
  • Many metal doors can be permanently opened from the inside by a lever.
  • Wooden plates activate when an item is dropped upon them. A fishing rod sinker also works!
  • Spare ladders may come in handy.
  • Stash excess loot in safehouse locations and always enter unexplored areas prepared!
  • There's always a way out.

Download Files (23-page guide included)
Visit the Criswelvania homepage on mcforums for the most current info and versions:

Gold Edition (422MB) - includes full world with extra features! Great server map!
DOWNLOAD Criswelvania vRC2 Gold.rar from FileSwap (<- Ad link removed)
DOWNLOAD Criswelvania vRC2 Gold.zip from FileSwap (<- Ad link removed)
DOWNLOAD Criswelvania vRC2 Gold.rar from GoogleDocs (<- Ad link removed)
DOWNLOAD Criswelvania vRC2 Gold.zip from GoogleDocs (<- Ad link removed)

"Lite" Edition (38MB) - Full Adventure but no extras. Perfect mobile version!
DOWNLOAD Criswelvania vRC2 Lite.rar from MediaFire (<- Ad link removed)
DOWNLOAD Criswelvania vRC2 Lite.zip from MediaFire (<- Ad link removed)
DOWNLOAD Criswelvania vRC2 Lite.rar from FileFactory (<- Ad link removed)
DOWNLOAD Criswelvania vRC2 Lite.zip from FileFactory (<- Ad link removed)

Let me know if there are any problems with the links. Thanks for your support! I really appreciate it!

I've added a Lite version trimmed way down for those of you with limited bandwidth, which will not include all the extra features of the full map outside of Criswelvania and the Nether. It is however the perfect size for perhaps someday playing on Minecraft Mobile, last I checked it actually worked in MineDroid, but that was before 1.8.1, who knows.
Why so many download links? Because you've asked for these options and I am happy to provide! :)


FAQ & Troubleshooting
Q: Does Criswelvania install or require any mods or texture packs?
A: No, Criswelvania runs on vanilla Minecraft and is maintained to be 100% compatible with the current version. Texture packs and mods are purely optional and officially unsupported, however some efforts have received my recognition as adding something complimentary to the mood or spirit of Criswelvania, for players seeking a different experience. My best recommendation is to play the map on default first, then replay with mods or textures, unless you really want to jump blind into an unfamiliar scenario.

Q: I'm spawning somewhere weird/The map is broken/I don't know where I am or where to go!
A: Anyone having troubles getting started, post or PM me as much information nabout your setup as you can: which MC version/mode, any mods in use, which links you've tried, and most helpfully a daylight screenshot of a distinctive landmark where you are spawning, and I'll try to troubleshoot.
Some quick suggestions are to try a different download link, and to make sure that the World folder is in the .minecraft/saves directory, and that the World folder was not double-nested upon extraction (i.e.: "Criswelvania" folder with level.dat inside another "Criswelvania" folder inside /saves). Do NOT create a new folder when extracting.


Playthrough Videos
Check out these playthroughs on YouTube, many of these may be using older versions of this map -- it's almost a year old now! There are over 100 hours of viewing combined in these playlists!
Keep 'em coming -- I try to watch them all and I love them!

The first official youTube playlist of over 150 Criswelvania videos from players around the world (spoilers ahead!):
Criswelvania Official YouTube Playlist
There are so many videos now that I had to create two more playlists:
Criswelvania 201+ - The first 200 videos not enough? Here's another hundred or so.
One of your favorites no longer on the list? Maybe it got moved here:
Criswelvania Best Of - The funniest, most action-packed, best-produced and most thorough runs have been moved to their own Best Of playlist. It's still being updated, there are a ton of deserving videos I haven't been able to re-watch yet to evaluate.

If you have a Criswelvania playthrough you'd like to promote, feel free to post a link in this thread! I'll be sure to give you a free like+subscribe, and add your video(s) to the official playlist on YouTube. If you would be so kind as to post a link in your description back to this thread for others to download, it would be appreciated.

Feedback is welcome!

Donations (PayPal link) are purely optional but appreciated! They will go towards the continued development of this and other Minecraft projects.

Follow me on twitter: @ultrafetzig for updates from MineCon, and for the current word on this and other Minecraft projects, and more!
Read the full development thread on minecraftforum here and find out more about Advanced Multiplayer options!
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Update #2 - RC2 minor fixes : by Criswell 11/14/2011 2:05:33 pmNov 14th, 2011


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03/28/2013 12:54 am
Level 25 : Expert Taco
Criswell avatar
Sorry for the lapse in updates, I got locked out of my account here for a while and couldn't reset my password! :s

A new version is due to be released shortly and I can see that my previous release, Return to Criswelvania v2.5 (for Minecraft versions 1.2.5+) is not posted here either. Well the next release features all-new character selection, villager shops, new content to explore, spiffy command block effects and more. Coming in the beginning of April!
06/28/2012 4:51 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Engineer
atom202 avatar
is the 1.2.5 version out yet i havnt tried converting still downloading and keep up da good work u hav inspiered me to TRY to make a nice kind of open world map
05/14/2012 7:22 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
DementedDairy avatar
Love the Idea, Want to play on it. However when i place it in my save folder and load i get a black screen. (Playing on MC 1.2.5)
06/05/2012 8:03 pm
Level 25 : Expert Taco
Criswell avatar
You will need to convert the world to the more recent Anvil format, this may take a couple attempts depending on your computer, if you have very low RAM (<2GB) you may not be able to convert it. Save a copy before conversion in case it crashes.

A new version is almost ready that is pre-converted and fully updated for v1.2.5. Potions, enchantments and a new treasure system, and a ton of new areas to explore. Should be ready in the next few days, stay tuned!
03/14/2012 2:00 pm
Level 25 : Expert Taco
Criswell avatar
planetminecraft have changed their policy on filehosting, currently my chosen host is not whitelisted, although I have contacted the admins and hopefully this will soon be resolved. In the meantime, the normal download link at the top of the page is deactivated. There are still the links in the body of the description (same text I use on my main mcforums page) which you can download from for now. The new host is fileswap.com, which Vechs also uses, so I hope you will consider the links trustworthy. I migrated from filefactory because their links expire after 90 days or less, mediafire and many others will not host files as large as the full Criswelvania map. Thanks for your support!
02/11/2012 11:02 pm
Level 25 : Expert Taco
Criswell avatar
New release is about ready, gonna wait for Minecraft v1.2 to release though for maximum compatibility. I expect it in the next couple weeks. I want cats in the Crazy Cat Lady house nyaow!
New version features potions, enchantments, a challenge gauntlet where you can gain mass experience and/or die, wolf cave (reliable source of wolf companions if you provide the right conditions...), NPCs in towns, all new Multiplayer character kit options, revamped gold standard money system, bless altars and curse traps, and a couple new areas within Criswelvania itself. The Nether will probably get some love too. Recent changes to ladder behavior has made some areas there more difficult than intended.

I'm working on Chapter 3 stuff again, a slim chance I may get it ready for next release if I get enough time.
01/22/2012 4:00 pm
Level 25 : Expert Taco
Criswell avatar
So, those MegaUpload links are probably broken by the gov't takedown, I'll have to find a new alternate host. Meantime, just use one of the other links provided. Thanks!
01/28/2012 5:50 pm
Level 25 : Expert Taco
Criswell avatar
Replaced the broken download links, should be able to get the files now. Let me know if you have any troubles downloading!
12/19/2011 4:03 am
Level 25 : Expert Taco
Criswell avatar
Apologies to those of you waiting on the update, my computer died a couple weeks ago, although I'm back up and running again and no crucial data was lost (backups to a separate HD turned out not to be paranoid at all!) It has set me back a couple weeks though, I hope to finish up the 1.0 update over the holiday break.
12/04/2011 1:49 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
PiriahD avatar
in the other images there is a pic of another castle. how do i get to it? i checked all over and cant find it
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