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Planet Merdria: Tower of Challenges

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Level 34 : Artisan Architect
About me:
Hey, it's me again, martijnfa. This time to show you the Tower of Challenges!

About this project:
This is the Tower of Challenges from the Capital City located on "Planet Merdria". (For a full introduction and a global overview of the "Planet Merdria Project", visit this link:http://www.planetminecraft.com/project/planet-merdria-capital-city/)

The Tower of Challenges of a large, high stone tower and is meant to be a challenge, or quest for survival-players to reach the Nether portal on top of the tower. Now it doesn't really have any traps or something, but it's not that which makes this tower special. The tower hasmore than 10 floors with many stairs and it is built in gothic-like architecture.
Around the tower lies a symmetrical field of grass and bushes with around it gothic walls and towers and 4 entrances. The tower itsself is symmetrical as well.

Review (by Alex50911)

Please, for any updates of the review, and more info in general about the reviewer and his other reviews, look at the JustMinecraft website: http://www.justminecraftpr.blogspot.nl/
Link to the review-page of this project: http://www.justminecraftpr.blogspot.nl/2013/12/tower-of-challenges-review.html

Tower of Challenges Review

Part of Planet Merdria

Made by: martijnfa

Review by Alex50911

The Tower of Challenges is part of Planet Merdria, made by martijnfa. Planet Merdria is a collection of Minecraft projects with sort of a medieval twist! The Tower of Challenges is the only map from the collection that has been released. The other projects will be published as the collection becomes more popular. Be sure to give martijnfa’s profile a visit!


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Hello everyone, long time since I have done a review and I’m coming back better than ever with 2 project reviews every week (unless there is a contest -_o)!

Today, I’m gonna be telling you about the Tower of Challenges that as you may have read above, is part of the Planet Merdria.

The Tower of Challenges is a medieval style tower that packs nearly 10 floors inside of it, even though of its size from outside.

First, you spawn exactly as the image above shows. You can see the tower, whose entrance is facing west, and the beautiful gardens around it. The garden and walkways were well made, incorporating many minerals like glowstone, lapis lazuli and other non-mineral elements.


View of the gardens and the tower base

A problem I noticed when I entered the map for the first time is that you spawn in Creative mode, which makes the name Tower of Challenges, quite pointless in some way. So, just switch to survival, but remember that cheats are enabled!

After spawning, I looked around a bit, and found mobs everywhere (which I enjoyed killing)! I think I found them red-handed when they were planning something against me.

If this were in survival, there would really be a challenge. I switched to survival to see if I could make it to the tower. I didn’t make it in the first attempt, or the second, but I did in the third.


Mobs plotting against me!

I was amazed at how the building was so small from a few blocks away, but amazingly tall when I got close to it!


View from the tower entrance


After entering, you find the lobby with empty chests. I like the implementation of the Minerals and Wool into the lobby, makes it look good.

After that, you climb up the stairs and go to each floor, each with different decorations and layout. Here are some of the floors and features:


Top floor- Nether portal


Which stairs should I take? Guess we’ll just find out!


Large hallways


Friendly people from the Kingdom


Many, many stairs!


What I think is a ballroom. Looks great!


Floor with chests


Wooden Fence Chandeliers! Nice!


Large Chest Chamber


Hiding in a corner...


Chest Chamber


Red floors


What I call the Grand Staircase!


Last floor before the roof! You can walk out the window and see from the edge!


All hail the Ender Portal!

This last challenge could be redesigned to make it even more challenging to enter! A player could simply break the bars and enter, not much of a challenge here...

After climbing many floors, we cross the Ender Portal to see this...


View from above the area you spawn in the Nether after crossing the portal

This is basically a bad thing to do for a player; you have to give the player a feeling that they accomplished something after climbing nearly 10 floors, breaking bars protecting a portal, battling mobs on the way up, etc. Maybe a nether build?

In conclusion, this is a great build although it should be given some extra work to make it better for the player. Structurally amazing, but not that much of a challenge when you’re in creative.

More images (shaders)


Copyright Notice: You are not allowed to redistribute this project without giving me proper credit. Modifying my project is permitted as long as you keep it for personal use only. You are not allowed to use this project on servers other than a server you personally own and is intented as a small server for friends to play on. If you have any questions regarding the copyright of this project, please contact me through PM. 

Additional Notes

Programs I used to e.g. accomplish the creation of this structure:
- MCEdit
- Chucky (for the render)
CreditAlex50911 for the review
Progress100% complete

5 Update Logs

Update #5 : by martijnfa 12/05/2013 9:14:53 amDec 5th, 2013

Added extra links to the "Just Minecraft" site. Again, you can locate it under the first spoiler if you scroll to below on the project page.
This website is from the reviewer, Alex50911. Be sure to check it out as well! :)

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04/28/2014 6:29 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
Noirsthename's Avatar
I don't know how, but I just name a fantacy world Merdria. Shoot...
Looks amazing by the way.
12/05/2013 8:29 am
Level 21 : Expert Pokemon
itsivchoandemo132's Avatar
Looks amazing!
12/05/2013 7:57 am
Level 48 : Master Architect
Poohcraft's Avatar
Very nice build diamond :D
09/26/2013 8:50 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Architect
Sbloosh's Avatar
Nice Man!
Check this out if you get the chance.

07/30/2013 10:33 am
Level 38 : Artisan Herobrine
byhero123's Avatar
Looks good, let me guess what you used for the picture, Chunky?
07/30/2013 10:41 am
Level 34 : Artisan Architect
martijnfa's Avatar
Thanks ;)
Yes I did. I rendered up to 1000 I believe (SPP Target)
07/30/2013 10:43 am
Level 38 : Artisan Herobrine
byhero123's Avatar
Ok, chunky is a good program.
07/30/2013 10:50 am
Level 34 : Artisan Architect
martijnfa's Avatar
Yeah indeed. I used it for many structures to render. The disadvantage is only that it takes damn long to render and slows my computer much down.. Besides that, it's perfect.
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