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avatar jamsessionein
Level 58 : Grandmaster Blacksmith
Server IP: mc.crafti.ca

I'm in the process of setting up a new build server at the moment that will make heavy use of Multiverse to enable players to work on specialized super-build projects in highly thematic worlds. I wanted to create a realm that would function as sort of World Lobby where players would spawn and have easy access to portals to each ancillary world. I brainstormed a little bit about what I wanted, and I came up with the general concept of having a gigantic Atlas-esque titan holding a continent aloft over his head, and putting the gateways to the worlds up on it. After a little while, this idea developed to include Atlas inside a giant oceanic bowl - I'll get to why in a minute.

Anyway, I started off by making Atlas, which was not actually as bad as it sounds.


Then I started making the continent for him to hold. Also, not as bad as it sounds, since there are a lot of good terrain editing tools for Minecraft.

The reason I put him in a bowl to begin with was twofold:

  • I planned on making some sort of bridges from the landmass he's holding to peripheral islands around the rim of the bowl, which would serve as extra places to put portals to worlds if I ever run out or need to expand.
  • I wanted the players to see Atlas after I put so much work into building him, so I figured first-time players on the server would spawn on one of the aforementioned peripheral islands and walk out from the rim of the bowl to the central landmass. By starting them out there and making them traverse this, I know that they get the full effect of "there's a big dude and an even bigger bowl!"

Then I came to the point where I had to build the stuff that goes on top of the continent, and my brain hit a brick wall and came to a screeching halt. This is where I need help.

I know I'm after the following general visual motifs:

  • Ancient overgrown ruins, almost like an old city. I'm thinking sort've romanesque in appearance. I would try and integrate the gateway portals as best I could into the city's layout
  • A bigass tree in the middle. Two reasons for this. The first is to serve as a focal point on the center of the landmass, because I think that's required. The second is because I think the root systems of the thing could provide a really interesting building opportunity. I want to have the roots from this tree sprawl all over the continent, over and through the ruins, and even hanging from the underneath of the continent. I did this once on my old Laputa project and it made for some really neat interior spaces where the roots had basically taken over.

The only thing I've found in my digging for concept art and doodles that has felt really 'right' so far has been this image:


I like the idea of having those arched bridges out to the peripheral islands, and having the base of the arches just crumble into nothing as they cross the gap between continent and rim of the bowl. However, the stuff in the central island just feels too nonspecific for me to take any queues from it while building, which has lead to me getting frustrated with this a bit.

What I need, then, are good builders who can help me figure out how to lay everything out. Ventrillo's a plus if you have it and aren't twelve years old. I'm also hoping to dig up someone decent at organics who can help me sort out the titan's toga, since I've been working on it and haven't been happy with my own results yet - I'm pretty badly out of practice. The overall goal is to have a overgrown, ruined, and ancient city where I can incorporate portals to each of the worlds (oceanic worlds, sky worlds, etc.) hosted on the server. To that end, I'd appreciate people hopping on with some fresh ideas that might help me get past where I'm stuck currently.

Note: This server is only being localhosted on my primary machine at the moment so that I can easily MCEdit things as required without having to take a server offline, transfer files, make changes, transfer files, and start it back up again every time. The final server's already online and waiting with a 100-man player limit, but I won't be moving everything over onto it until I have no further need for regular MCEditing.
Progress100% complete

4 Update Logs

Update #4 : 04/25/2012 10:51:24 amApr 25, 2012

Almost a month later, and work's still continuing! It's taking this long because I'm largely by myself, and also because I've been buying a house to live in.

Anyway, I've added a bunch of disjointed pictures to the project. If you're having a hard time figuring out what goes where, I don't blame you - the place is kinda dense with stuff. I will be filming it in a couple days' time, which I hope will be more illustrative of the amount of work that's taken place!

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the server Ip is broken!
  • DJRemical
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • September 7, 2014, 4:45 pm
  • Customised
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • July 3, 2014, 3:40 pm
Just came across this and had a little fly around. Really really nice work! The attention to detail is fantastic. :)
download!!! !!!!!!!
Very creative! I love this!
plz download
download link of just the men please??
  • ShadowCraft77
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • February 21, 2013, 4:39 pm
Um the server isn't working for me. But great job!! I love it :D!!
are you putting this out for grabs
  • matthewmax
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • October 23, 2012, 4:31 pm
i gave u the 90th diamond
  • CandLers
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Cake
  • September 4, 2012, 2:41 pm
  • ObbyCow77
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Lava Rider
  • July 17, 2012, 1:10 pm
ein what happened to the server? I had a fun time on it.
  • PhireBall
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • May 27, 2012, 9:33 pm
would this be up for download once you complete it?

nice anyway, diamond
  • olha2
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • May 23, 2012, 12:33 am
server down
  • sjoerdtim
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Architect
  • May 23, 2012, 5:11 am
its a shame, i can't contact ein either )=
  • olha2
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • May 23, 2012, 9:54 am
to bad:(
this is just too amazing
  • olha2
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 26, 2012, 8:04 am
  • nkishimoto
  • Level 45
  • Master Architect
  • April 25, 2012, 12:14 pm
It would be neat if you made the roots from the central tree come down and wrap around part of the titan. Just my two cents. Keep up the awesome work! :)
  • Mattianmcc
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • April 25, 2012, 10:50 am
Very cool :)
  • Mitchamaya
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • April 5, 2012, 8:37 pm
Very fun to log in and look at the progress. I only wish I could contribute something.
  • AngyLPer
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Dragon
  • March 31, 2012, 2:29 am
Wow that's really cool :)

I dowloaded zbrush too but it's very difficult for me to create an model like yours
Would you like to send me your zbrush model, please? I will be very happy :)
Because it's really amazing!!
And 1 diamond, too :)
  • sjoerdtim
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Architect
  • March 29, 2012, 2:09 am
I am very experienced with VoxelSniper & WorldEdit, if you want i can help you.
I also designed some [email protected] worlds in the past.
  • Baabaadoo
  • Level 25
  • Expert Architect
  • March 26, 2012, 4:29 pm
I'm trying to get more skills w/ worldedit & making structures like this statue of the guy. Mind if i stop by sometime and talk with you? preferably we could talk on teamspeak or skype? I'm a mod in a server that i'm loyal to (soon to be an admin) & i want to know more about this type of building that's more accurate. Do u do this w/ Voxel? bcuz i don't know how to use that. I just know of it, but i'd like to learn more about it.

Nice work so far on this project. Looks like it's got a lot of potential to really attract a lot of good builders on your server.

I look forward to talking to you about tips/building techniques/skills.

p.s. message me personally please. I'd really like to talk to you. Your projects look great and i'd like to be able to make statues/figures of animals/creatures. Fyi, i'm 21 so i'm not some random little kid. ^^
  • jamsessionein
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Blacksmith
  • March 26, 2012, 4:39 pm
I'm on the server most of the time. We have Ventrillo info posted by spawn. Hop on and I can try and answer some of your stuff.
Well, that's pretty sweet, i plan on watching this one ;D Diamonds!!!
  • builtoveru
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Unicorn
  • March 25, 2012, 5:45 pm
I want to play on this server!!!
  • tree5153
  • Level 26
  • Expert Explorer
  • March 25, 2012, 3:22 pm
Good Job Ein!
  • jbg101
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • March 25, 2012, 3:08 pm
Just saying, you could give him eyes of glowstone and a heart of netherrack
  • Luhky 7
  • Level 1
  • New Warrior
  • March 25, 2012, 2:14 pm
Download of the map?
Hey Ein, please un-ban me, I hope it was an accident. I am just trying to help!
This is gretchen101
no one told me not to ask, i didn't know.
  • DekuHero
  • Level 47
  • Master Nerd
  • March 25, 2012, 10:42 am
This is beyond beast.

Love it. Wish I lived on top of this :D id feel like a god.
very impressive !
Did you use a program to get a 3D version of it?
  • jamsessionein
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Blacksmith
  • March 25, 2012, 6:22 am
I posted the whole process I used to make the titan as an update to the project. It's all explained there. If you guys can't read the updates tab, I can't really do much more to help you!
  • GeluMartin
  • Level 24
  • Expert Blockhead
  • March 25, 2012, 5:39 am
Can you make this map downloadable? coz I really really want it. 55th Diamond!
  • Fantym
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Architect
  • March 25, 2012, 5:29 am
Very nice indeed, i love all that has to do with greek myths structures, one up
  • Jinzha
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • March 25, 2012, 12:43 am
Awesome atlas! Also digging your reference images! Google or a specific site?
  • Ragnur Le Barbare
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Caveman
  • March 24, 2012, 11:37 pm
Amazing build, congrats!
  • Miso_Soup
  • Level 42
  • Master Network
  • March 24, 2012, 6:33 pm
Nice, I see that you're an artist as well :D I hope you best of luck, I'm currently affiliated with three other servers and trying to do my best to keep up with em. Maybe I can help you some time! :]

  • lonerider25
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Architect
  • March 24, 2012, 6:20 pm
YOU ARE GOOD. Keep it up. I am interested in your next project.
  • ImACow
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Nerd
  • March 24, 2012, 6:11 pm
yo dude did u use a 3d model for that atlas? if you did could i have the link :)? would be very cool
Three words: BEST MAP EVER
  • Ralphinat0r
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • March 24, 2012, 4:51 pm
Look's really great! I would be totally down to help out in any way possible.
  • Gawfield305
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Spelunker
  • March 24, 2012, 3:20 pm
one big WOW for you
  • bob99
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Nether Knight
  • March 24, 2012, 2:24 pm
ello Atlas :D
  • Mcholypotato
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Blob
  • March 24, 2012, 1:59 pm
Very nice! Looks much like a 3d import.
  • xXDO0MXx
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Artist
  • March 24, 2012, 2:39 pm
It does. Just curious.. wonder if used anything like Kinnect or something to create Atlas, or if it was made manually. it doesnt look like it
  • luis17
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Artist
  • March 24, 2012, 1:55 pm
I could help you!!!!!!
  • Block_Fortress
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 76
  • Legendary Unicorn
  • March 24, 2012, 1:06 pm
Looking awesome! ^.^

That concept is great! Hopefully you can pull it off ;)
  • jamsessionein
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Blacksmith
  • March 24, 2012, 1:09 pm
Would you believe one of the people that joined in started building an arcane sky-sigil akin to the stuff in your works? You've really entered the minecraft zeitgeist, man.
  • Block_Fortress
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 76
  • Legendary Unicorn
  • March 24, 2012, 3:37 pm
  • Agorbs
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • March 24, 2012, 3:08 pm
Hehe, I did that.
This. Is. Good. Look at my blogs!!!
  • teshinaky0
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • March 24, 2012, 12:05 pm
That is freaking awesome, atlas looks amazing!
  • Eatoncheese
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Hero
  • March 24, 2012, 12:02 pm
You have to diamond this.
  • GulchLungs
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Architect
  • March 24, 2012, 12:01 pm
Atlas looks amazing! Well done sir, well done!
  • TGAddiction
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Miner
  • March 24, 2012, 11:20 am
Diamond :D
  • Jeroenvb
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Pirate
  • March 24, 2012, 10:23 am
Omg, just freaking amazing. Diamond for you :)
  • atlasbot
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • March 24, 2012, 10:13 am
awesome bro
  • Kylar67
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Crafter
  • March 24, 2012, 9:08 am
Amazing job. any chance of a Mcedit schematic of the atlas being posted?
  • jamsessionein
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Blacksmith
  • March 24, 2012, 1:03 pm
He's not done yet - maybe when he is. I have a couple smaller versions I can post up at the same time.
  • Newdood
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • March 24, 2012, 8:51 am
One word. Amazing
  • MrMiner225
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • March 24, 2012, 8:23 am
Isn't that a titan form greek mythology holding up the sky?
  • stee_vo
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • March 24, 2012, 8:30 am
Pretty sure that's what he got inspired by atleast..
This deserves much more diamonds even if its not finished yet ^.^ gratz man its beautiful.
  • skaterjoe22
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Blockhead
  • March 24, 2012, 7:01 am
same here check out my taipei 101 sky scraper
  • Mattianmcc
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • March 24, 2012, 6:06 am
Looks really cool. This should come out great :)
  • Kretts
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Architect
  • March 24, 2012, 4:54 am
Looks amazing! Keep up the great work! :D
  • MGWize
  • Level 23
  • Expert Lumberjack
  • March 24, 2012, 4:04 am
Consider taking me on board? Look at my tower.

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