Thursday, January 31, 2013

Nerds FTW: The Entire Game of Thrones King's Landing, in Minecraft

Minecraft. It's the Lego of the gaming world. And it seems, these days, that if you want to be Internet famous, then building something epic in Minecraft is a sure-fire way to do it.

People have done crazy things like remake entire music videos (Gangnam Style, anyone?), replicated real buildings, even built ginormous rollercoasters inside the Minecraft landscape. And now this.

King's Landing by WesterosCraft (Source: Reddit)
A team of people who call themselves WesterosCraft have spent 4 months building the entire King's Landing in Minecraft. Now this little team of 100 people (!) dedicated their time to recreating it as closely as possible, this fictional land. According to their post on Reddit, it contains about 3,000 buildings. And each one is decorated on the inside.

Now, if you are in the middle of watching the series or reading the books, the designers warn that there are spoilers all over the place, so consider yourselves warned.

Not surprisingly, managing a team that large on an undertaking this epic had its challenges:
All in all we don't like bureaucracy but recognize that you need to maintain a certain level of organization to remain a functional collective. So we do have certain "hard limits" in place - fairly strict applications to become a builder on the server, moderators for the entire Westeroscraft project that act as supervisors and, when necessary, conflict mediators, and applications (by builders) for "minor" projects. But between in-game activity and chat, TeamSpeak, and the forums, the work itself is mostly fluid and bottom-up - "Hey, what do you think of this?" kind of thing. Sometimes this results in headaches, dismay, and drama, and sometimes it results in genius. It's worth it.
If you play Minecraft, you can access their server: mc.westeroscraft.com and take a look around this incredibly impressive example of nerdery.

I think commenter hooplah sums it up perfectly with this comment on the Reddit thread: "Holy f***ing hell. Color me staggeringly impressed."



(Source: @PCGamer on Twitter)

1 comment:

f* me! it's all connected! said...

i was reading the previous post, and was going to get all "people don't know shit should be left behin.." then I read this post and realized my super minimal knowledge of the minecraftery puts me in the blissfully-ignorant category. so evangelists like you can't get mad at me not getting it.

i'm going to start to get it.
i think.
hey look! a fish? no. a dolphin. Im' so confused..