Monday, August 8, 2011

Minecraft for PSP: Building Great Galleons!

So one of the things I have been doing in my spare time when not blogging has been Lamecraft, aka Minecraft for PSP (available here). Sadly it's only available to those PSP users who have, erm, enabled their PSPs for homebrew. However, it is a blast. It's very much like Minecraft Classic, great since I have not a computer capable of running Minecraft itself.

I started out by building nothing really- literally mud huts, which I have long since deleted. Then I built a few spacecraft, but now the major construction projects have been... Galleons!

What is a galleon? To save time, it is a ship from the Age of Sail (think pirates, Britain owning every foreign country, cannons and so on). In reality galleons were very large, and owing to their name being descended from galley, sometimes even capable of being rowed. However, I use the term to describe my ships, which are significantly smaller, but far cubier.

The first ship I built is the SS Chibi!

Normally I wouldn't post a test subject for an idea of construction, but I couldn't help but find the ship so goddamn adorable!

This is most of the main deck looking into the forecastle. That log in the middle? It's a mast. That block with a torch on it to the left? That's a cannon.

I figured that the sideways blocks kind of looked like a barrel, and the larger block looked like the main part where you load it in. As for the torch? What better fuse could there be?

The view up the relatively short mast, and the ladder to the crow's nest.

Nothing too special in the hold. Everything's so cutesy and small, though!

But that's not all. What kind of post would this be if I only included the small test subject? A stupid one, THAT'S what kind. So now, presenting... the SS Matey-9! *horrible pun*

Pretty damn big, eh? The first ship took about 15 minutes of concerted effort. The Matey-9 is the result of about two hours of on and off gameplay, applying many lessons learned from the construction of the Chibi. Let's take a tour, shall we?

Pretty expansive deck, and a sizable forecastle too. The masts are each 3x3, as opposed to the 1x1 Chibi masts, and like the Chibi they go through each hull as well. I could seriously picture a swashbuckler brawl taking place on the deck of this ship.

The hardest part of the ship's design was the decision of the configurations of the sails. I tried to achieve something that not only appealed to the blocky nature of Minecraft, but also looked fairly realistic for a slowly moving ship.

The interior of the forecastle. Sweet, sweet barred windows. I was sad that I couldn't fit a captain's cabin in there, but there's always next ship...

When I figured out that the cannons could be placed so perfectly to allow 8 cannons on each side, I was honestly surprised. I was not expecting such symmetry. The ship has 16 cannons peeking out of the cannonports, ready to fire at enemies far and near.

Thus are my first two true "epic" minecraft building projects, the SS Chibi and SS Matey-9. I'd like to hear your thoughts, fellow Minecraft/Lamecraft architects! How do you manage to squeeze personality and beauty out of increasingly smaller space? How'd I do?


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