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Phain – Game Board of the Ancients [6000 x 6000 multiple biomes survival map, 923 plots] | Theme - Hexagons [1.8+]

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avatar Darastlix
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Terraformer

I’m very happy to present to you Phain – Game Board of the Ancients, the project I’ve been working on for more than 400 hours over the entire year! The terrain was inspired by a strategy video game called Endless Legend.

Welcome to Phain!

Guided by the spirits of seasons in Iaven, Lone Wanderer travels to Phain, the landmass built by ancient giants for their amusement. In Phain he will search for the way to his lost home Theia.

The Story - click to reveal
Countless eons ago there was a large mass of land known as Phain. Among this land lived the utopian society between man and land. Although the people and creatures that resided here were peaceful and nomadic, from an unknown land, nefarious giants that had a keen for entertainment quickly plagued this land.

After a legion of time these giants carved lakes and dragged mountains untill they created a new land. With the shape of an extensive game board the giants forced humanity to once again populate Phain.

After many life times passed these new residents to Phain quickly created alluring towns and cozy villages. But on the brink of humanity once again becoming at peace with the land in Phain, the giants decided it was time to let the games being...

Almost instantaneously wars were evoked as the humans became pawns in this game. The only one welcome to Phain now, was death...

Ages have flown by now and the dreadful history of Phain has seemed to fade. With nobody to tell the stories of the past, it seemed to not exist.

Only the faint whispers of death in the wind can be heard

-Story improved by OfficialGoneZero


Phain was built eons ago by ancient giants. It consists of 4 areas, nobody knows their real names, so we can simply call them Blue Ice, Red Sun, Yellow Wheat & Green Leaf.

Blue Ice is the largest area, covered by thick snow and ice. It has blue slopes.

Red Sun is a humid area covered with deserts, savannas, jungles and ancient canyons. It has red slopes.

Green Leaf is overgrown with colorful forests and swamps. It has green slopes.

Yellow Wheat is a place filled with fields, gardens and labyrinths created by magic. It has yellow slopes and is the only area adjacent to all other areas.

Guide to the terrain

Phain terrain is very different from other terrain that you saw, mainly because it is made of hexagons. Hexagons are separated from each other by trees, rocks, bushes or slopes. Slopes are decorated with trees specific to the region they are in. Wheat and Leaves regions have deciduous trees on the slopes, Sun region haves palm trees and Ice region pine trees.

There are 4 elevation levels. First level is always beach. Levels are separated by slopes that are usually 32 block high. To move between levels you can look for stairs or build giant ladders to the top. Image below can help you understand it better.

Image - click to reveal

While exploring Phain you will encounter giant floating things. Those are called obelisks. You can use obelisks to teleport yourself to other obelisks. This way you can cover large distances quickly, but beware, because some obelisks will teleport you to a place where you will face a horrible death :) (this was made for fun).

Image - click to reveal

Here are some hexagons that you will encounter in each region. Rare hexagons are called anomalies. Image below shows most of the hexagons (not all of them):

Making the impossible map - click to reveal

1. Python

The first question that came to my mind after deciding that I want to make this map is how it’s even possible? The answer was - with tools that most terraformers use it isn't possible at all. Phain terrain is made of hexagons - something that neither World Painter nor World Machine supports. So what to do? If no software is available I have to make my own software.

Since information about the map is stored in heightmaps, I had to create generator that will generate me a heightmap with hexagons. To accomplish this I decided to use Python programming language with PIL library for managing images. The program that I created takes any heightmap as its input and generates hexagons from it along with rocks near the slopes. After it was done, all I had to do is create interesting input for the program, generate heightmap with hexagons and move to the next phase. Different layers generated by my program were then combined using max function as the gif below shows.

2. World Machine

Heightmap generated by my program is very boring. All it haves is slopes and flatlands. And we need tundras, deserts, fields, hills, rocks and so on. I'm using World Machine to accomplish that. With World Machine I can add everything I want into the previously generated terrain. Unfortunately adapting WM terrain into my heightmap is a HUGE technical challenge. This is the network that I ended up with after countless amount of hours and planning. It haves 421 nodes and it generates terrain on top of the heightmap made using my program in Python.

3. World Painter

So the hard stuff is over? Unfortunately it only begins here. The map haves 923 hexagons. 923 plots that I have to fill somehow with (you guessed it!) many custom objects that I alone just cannot build by myself in reasonable time. After countless hours of work, I ended up with a WP file that haves more than ~200 different layers. And even after that I had to check that every single tree, object, terrain layer is in the right place.

4. In-Game Editing

Some shapes generated by previous steps weren't perfect, so I had to fix them in minecraft by hand. Adding teleports between obelisks was another thing that I accomplished in this phase.

5. Planet Minecraft

And now the map is on Planetminecraft. After ~400 hours of research and work I can finally call it completed. This map was the biggest artistic and technical challenge that I ever undertook in minecraft terraforming. And it'll probably remain so for a very long time if not forever.
MAP - click to reveal
Hidden content here!

Main features

Survival ready map, with caves, stronghold, villages and resources.

Unique terrain never seen before in minecraft.


What tools were used to make this map?
-Read “Making the impossible map” section.

What software do you use to render images?
-All my images are rendered using chunky.

Can I play survival on this map?
Yes you can.

-Can I use this map on my server?
Yes you can. Read “Terms and Conditions” for more information.

Ideas for using this map

Because of its unique nature, there are many interesting ways to use this map! Here are some ideas:

Creative server with plots
- every player gets his own hexagon where he/she can build.

RPG server - use this map on RPG server, let each kingdom have its own hexagons, each hexagon can provide players with its own set of resources, expand and conquer new plots!

Survival Map - why not? It is survival ready after all!

Custom gamemodes on servers - use your imagination!

(No watermarks)


Special Credits

ibuildpixels – for custom objects, support and being interested in the development process.
Splekh – for managing to make very complex renders of the map


If you think you should be in the credits but haven’t found yourself or feel that something is wrong please contact me.

Alecvdh – colorful custom tree pack
AMPLITUDE Studios – for terrain inspiration (Endless Legend)
BlockWorks build team – custom objects.
Gabersid – custom objects
GoCreative build team – custom objects.
MangyFox & Block Fortress – custom objects found on schematicStore
Monsterfish_ - custom objects:
Moonti – custom objects.
Plutouthere custom trees (additional credit to TheTripping Kangaro0 for providing some objects made for him).
Rastammole & Moustafa74 - custom objects.

Terms and Conditions

You can use it on your server without asking me for permission.
You can use images made by me as you wish, but you cannot claim them as your own.
You can upload your creations on this map to PMC. Credit is appreciated.
You can make videos on this map! Credit is appreciated.

You cannot claim that you made this map or parts of this map (unless you are the creator of those parts mentioned in credits) or that it belongs to you.

You cannot make money directly from this map. You can't sell it or its parts. You can't reupload it to other websites and use adfly or similar links that make you profit.

If you reupload this map to other website, you must credit me by providing link to this page! The link must be visible and must
work. Violating terms and conditions can result in DMCA take down notice.

Things above are appreciated! :)

A great strategy alone won’t win a game or a battle.
-Naveen Jain

Discover all maps from the series here!


And please consider following @Amplitude on twitter, not all developers are so kind and awesome!

Phain is The Best Terraforming Project of 2016! (MTB Oscars)

Phain is The Best Terraforming Project of 2016! (MeetTheBuilders Oscars)

Creditibuildpixels, Splekh, Alecvdh, AMPLITUDE Studios, Blockworks, Gabersid, GoCreative, MangyFox, BlockFortress, Plutouthere, TheTripping Kangaro0, Rastammole, Moustafa74
Progress100% complete

1 Update Logs

Ultrawide renders, map and Endless Legend giveaway! : 05/10/2016 5:40:05 pmMay 10th, 2016

Amplitude Studios (Endless Legend developers) noticed this project and decided to share steam keys for their game. Added info about that to project description.

Added renders for ultrawide monitors.
Added map for the map.

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  • Crunchysnack
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Button Pusher
  • October 19, 2018, 10:35 am
Are there any treasures or chests hidden throughout the map?
  • Aspirin60
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Scapegoat
  • August 19, 2018, 3:49 am
I'm a map?
no i am c:
  • Feathy_101
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • November 10, 2017, 1:07 pm
████──▄──────────▀█────────█────█ Look son
███──█──────▀▀█───▀█───────█────█ a good map!
  • LunaNik
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • October 26, 2017, 9:15 am
This is stunningly beautiful! I gave you a diamond, which you absolutely earned for creativity and hard work. I can't wait to explore.
Great job! a unique and wonderful map, truely creative
  • le bird
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • June 25, 2017, 10:03 am
Wonderful... Spelling killing me though...
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • June 25, 2017, 2:36 pm
English isn't my native language. If you found any mistakes in the description please let me know. I'll correct them.
  • le bird
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • June 26, 2017, 8:42 am
I meet a lot of people that don't know English that well, it's fine, I don't know Russian that well, so I guess if I made a project in Russian it would have (many) spelling errors (If I could even get the words together, that is).
  • le bird
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • June 26, 2017, 8:44 am
It would be so cool if you teamed up with some modders/command techies and made the board game functional! That would be a sight to see.
  • Enoshade
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Scribe
  • March 7, 2017, 8:44 am
I am amazed that you have managed to create this. I love the concept, and everything about this is perfect.
Looks very beautiful!
Software please? :D
I love this map and I got a question.Is it ok to use this map for a youtube projekt as long as I put you as the original creator and the link in my discription?
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • January 22, 2017, 11:32 am
I have nothing against it :)
  • Jimy143
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • January 21, 2017, 3:22 am
It might be a survival map, but I would LOVE to build here in creative! Thinking a bout creating an alternate version of the map. What if humans from FAR away find Phian and decide to inhabite it? What if the giants failed to keep them at war and they are defeaten?

I can only imagine the possibilaties!
  • merrrr1
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • January 3, 2017, 3:14 am
Think you should be making video games rather than building maps.
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • January 6, 2017, 5:56 am
maybe :D
  • Qera
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Prince
  • December 7, 2016, 11:01 am
How big is one hexagon? They look giant
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • December 7, 2016, 4:29 pm
radius is 72 blocks if I remember correctly.
  • t88993165
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • December 5, 2016, 9:13 pm
Hello, I am from Taiwan, I am very happy to find this great creation, I hope to be able to put my server to promote his family
  • Ghiojo
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Warrior
  • October 26, 2016, 6:52 am
As someone who builds and enjoys aesthethics, terrains and the like, i diont have enough words to tell how wonderful is your project here, it is just mind blowing, and the work you put in it is just incredible, in all honesty, if you ever managed to create a whole generation tool just for this type of terrain, it would be the greatest thing that mc building (and server creator communities, cause jesus fuck, that is basically a Civilizations type of server awaiting right there) community had.

Anyways, just wanted to say that I love all of your work, but this one is just a master piece, wish you good luck in your future projects, and thank you for this minecraft wonder!
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • October 26, 2016, 7:32 am
Thanks, such comments mean a lot to me!
  • Polentaum
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 21, 2016, 8:58 am
Best map builder that ever met, continue making maps of this quality
  • SteamFan
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Network
  • July 16, 2016, 1:32 pm
Oh my, This is large. Very good job man!

(I must try and compete)
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • July 16, 2016, 1:42 pm
Thanks and good luck! :)
  • LittlestLeaf
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Unicorn
  • June 23, 2016, 4:24 pm
I downloaded the world and put it into my saves but it wont show up ;-; halp me oh so great dara
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • June 25, 2016, 10:40 am
It must show up, but it is called "Game Board of the Ancients" not "Phain".
  • LittlestLeaf
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Unicorn
  • June 25, 2016, 12:42 pm
I got it to work. I had to remove a folder (the world save) from another folder and put it in my saves and got it to work. Love it!
  • Shizenokami
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Architect
  • June 11, 2016, 2:03 pm
Wow! O_O
Saw you were planning something big but this is completly insane and awesome! ^^

Love the render, the details and the map deseign as well

Another awesome creation from you to admire!

Have my Diamond+Fav+Respect again Sir!
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • June 11, 2016, 3:47 pm
Thank you! :)
Amazing job on this map! I did have a question about it though: Does it have every resource available in the game available? I flew around a good portion of the map and didn't see a couple things, like cocoa beans or prismarine.
  • Techno
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Senpai
  • May 20, 2016, 8:38 am
Logged in just to diamond this, always check your page out to see if anything crazy has come out, and sure enough, crazy came out. Well done man, this is really, really admirable. Top kek 10/10.
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • May 23, 2016, 2:30 pm
Thanks, such comments is one of the reasons why I make these maps :)
This has got to be the best map I have ever seen.
Amazing :)
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • May 15, 2016, 1:48 pm
Contest is now officially over. Once again HUGE thanks to Amplitude Studios!
  • craftercis
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Miner
  • May 15, 2016, 4:54 am
Can i use this map to make a adventure map. Of course i will credit you ^^
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • May 15, 2016, 4:59 am
Of course you can :)
  • Miso_Soup
  • Level 43
  • Master Network
  • May 13, 2016, 8:34 pm
This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing Darastlix! ^^
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • May 11, 2016, 2:10 pm
Hey! Remember about giveaway :)
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • May 13, 2016, 11:06 am
Winners will be announced this Sunday.
I can't wait to try this out. This map looks awesome!!
  • Bear_
  • Level 42
  • Master Artist
  • May 11, 2016, 6:25 am
Not sure what to say.

Just wow.
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • May 10, 2016, 1:58 pm
I will announce the winners this week. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
Looks amazing as do all your other maps
  • Digyaotic
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • May 5, 2016, 5:24 pm
If I used other mods would ores and other things spawn from those mods or not since the entire map is handmade? For example if I used orespawn, would the extra ores and stuff in there spawn on this map?
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • May 6, 2016, 12:01 am
Hi, nothing will spawn. You have to add all necessary ores using mcedit or something similar.
Me and my friends Had a fantastic time with this map on our private server. These obelisk and hexagons gave this map a mystery. We tried to do some sort of roleplay survival with a "Hunger Games" feeling with this ancient mysterious world. (My favorite part was to fight people on top of the obelisk. People reading this must try it!)

Awesome map and creativity making it. Thank you guys for making it and please continue!
There is still so much left to do. If any1 have some challenges please tell me!
Well done guys, this map rocks!
  • bobisthe
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • May 5, 2016, 9:45 am
Its like the Settlers of Catan board game!
What version?
  • Darastlix
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Terraformer
  • May 5, 2016, 5:48 am
  • PrismaWorks
  • Level 22
  • Expert Architect
  • May 5, 2016, 3:52 am
This reminds me of the sid meiers civ. games. Great work.
  • RedSauce
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • May 4, 2016, 5:00 pm
Where is the map spawnpoint?
  • babbajagga
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • May 4, 2016, 11:19 am
I thought I was mindblown when I saw the images of that huge amazing map of Art.
I was wrong.
My mind blew away when I clicked on the spoiler Making the impossible map and read the content...

The Spoiler titled: "Making the impossible map - click to reveal" should say: "... - click to get mindblown"
  • bobisthe
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • May 5, 2016, 9:44 am
  • Nxyis
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Pig
  • May 4, 2016, 10:33 am
I love you
  • Fandyus
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • May 4, 2016, 8:07 am
  • Laoconte
  • Level 28
  • Expert Artist
  • May 4, 2016, 6:55 am
  • Razordawn
  • Level 23
  • Expert Fish
  • May 4, 2016, 3:43 am
Beautiful. Absolutely stunning. I have no words.
  • Raptor__
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Modder
  • May 3, 2016, 5:04 pm
Mind = Blown
You, sir, know how to do.
I will have fun with this, I know it.

Is there any treasure?
  • David
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Prince
  • May 3, 2016, 12:51 pm
ok sir
  • michaelBix
  • Level 1
  • New Architect
  • May 3, 2016, 10:59 am
this would be a great setting for an anime. I would say amazing work but that wouldn't be enough praise.
You truly are a genius, im starting a cinematic of that but I want your opinion. Should I make one with all of regions or 4 different videos. I will give you full credit of course. :D
  • Level 40
  • Master Droid
  • May 3, 2016, 6:28 am
Civilization V? :D 
Would be awesome if you tried making a civ map next
  • iQub
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • May 3, 2016, 4:00 am
Totally approved and endorsed by the great fan of Amplitude studios.
The amount and quality of the work done is worthy of true admiration!
  • FoxNest
  • Level 23
  • Expert Crafter
  • May 3, 2016, 2:19 am
I will as a goal!
  • JonaMonette
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Warrior
  • May 3, 2016, 2:06 am
Just DO IT. DON'T LET YOUR DREAMS BE DREAMS. And you didn't. You made them into something real.
  • spongedog10
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Pokemon
  • May 2, 2016, 4:26 pm
Is it okay if i populated this map with structures and then maybe released it? (Honestly i'll probably fail.)
Wow, I'm honestly speechless with this. Great job!
  • KingIonius
  • Level 27
  • Expert Dragon
  • May 2, 2016, 2:46 pm
Are the giants who built it supposed to be inspired by the guardians from the game?

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