Sunday, 24 July 2016

Part 15: Dark Cave

Part 15

Dark Cave is a place in Johto I've never really cared about. I've never explored it in the DS game. But it's apart of Johto so I guess I'll have to make it anyway.

Dark Cave

Dark Cave consists of two caves. I started by making the cave accessed from route 31. 

Using the new way to make caves, Dark Cave was made away from where it should be. It just gets moved to its final designated area.

I was going to add light bu then I remembered it was called Dark Cave. There are no lights at all.

The second room was a little easier to make. It wasn't as complex and it didn't have the elevation changes that the other cave does.

It also has a lake.

The two caves finished. Sort of. They just need to be moved.

Installing the caves was quite straight forward. Just clone certain areas at a time and align them into their final place.

This is what it looks like inside the cave.

The caves are quite a lot further north than I thought they would be. I'd move them further south but then it would intersect with route 31 and then all the landscaping would need to be changed and that is something I would rather not do.

Now it's time for the fun part. Filling in the terrain and making it look mountainous.

I'm still a bit of a novice when it comes to using WorldPainter. The way I do it is to square off as much terrain as possible and then smooth it out and/or add to it.

Like this. I just smooth this out.

And add mountains. Well, the best mountain I currently know how to make.

While I was exploring the Dark Cave checking for any corruptions I was unaware of a new particle effect. I used the splash bottle night vision potions to see and they left the particle effects where the bottle hit the floor. I just found it to be a bit strange.

Working on refining the landscape even further. Just with trees though.

Finished Product

Dark Cave entrance from Route 46.

Inside the cave. Lit with night vision potion.

A different angle.

The lower cave accessed by the entrance on Route 45.

And again from a different angle.

What the cave actually looks like.

The underground lake.

And outside. Very brown.

Progress so far.

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If you have any tips for improvement please don't hesitate to share. It would be greatly appreciated. Next: Route 38 and Route 39
After That: Olivine City
And After That: Route 40 and Route 41
31% Complete.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Part 14: Route 45 and Route 46

Part 14
Route 45

Time for the mountain roads. Both these routes are one way routes that descent from Blackthorn City back to the starting town.

Route 46

A reasonably sized route. It is one way with ledges preventing progress right after the tall grass. It is best accessed by descending route 45. 

This route is also an access point for Dark Cave right up in the northern part of the route.

And here is route 46 all complete.

Route 45

Route 45 is the longest route in Johto. The route connects Blackthorn City to route 46. It is (in the DS game) a one way route starting from the north. Here in Minecraft though it can be traversed in any direction you choose. 

The route was built layer by layer. Because of the way I built these route, for accuracy I use the actual DS game to get measurements. Because it's a one way route I had to keep moving back to the start. A minor inconvenience but it was worth it.

The landscape complete. Just the plant life needs to be added now.


Finished Product

Route 45 looking from Blackthorn City. 

Looking downstream.

Halfway down the route.

Further down near the southern end.

The intersection of route 45 and 46.

Route 46.

Progress so far.

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PS: Check this project out on Planet Minecraft.

And sample the progress so far by downloading the world here:

If you have any tips for improvement please don't hesitate to share. It would be greatly appreciated. Next: Dark Cave
After That: Route 38 and Route 39
And After That: Olivine City
29% Complete.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Part 13: Route 44, Blackthorn City and Ice Path

Part 13

Well, Part 13 is done. And also I found out why this blog was getting no views. It was set to private, read only by authors. So if you haven't been able to read this blog after clicking on the link on, you should be able to now.

Dragon's Den

Route 44

Route 44 is a mountain route leading from Mahogany Town to Ice Path. 

The route is quite flat for a mountain route until the eastern side where elevation goes up before entering Ice Path.

Just the usual route construction. And there it is all done.

Blackthorn City

The highest elevation city so far. Accessible in the DS game only by the Ice Path or by flying. 

It is a moderately sized city nestled in the mountains.

The over world all done. Underground is where is really starts to get interesting.

Ice Path

Ice Path is a huge underground cave with multiple rooms that get deeper and deeper underground. 

I decided to try a new way of crating caves. Create them away from where they are supposed to be. I thought it would make it easier to build caves. And it is.

Inside I had to be careful with the lighting. Ice blocks must no be exposed to a light level higher than 9 or they will melt. But light level 9 is quite dim so torches had to be strategically placed. But in the end it's lit enough.

I didn't take screenshots of the lower levels because there's not much to say about them. Only that there is 6 rooms within the cave.

Here is the cave cloned to where it lines up with the entrance and exit points in Blackthorn City and Route 44.

I had some concerns though. The entrance to the cave from Blackthorn City was ~20 blocks off from where it should be. And it is a little bit high as well. To fix it I just built a tunnel.

Before I removed the original Ice Cave I removed the dirt and stone surrounding it to see what it would look like. And this is what it looks like.

Dragon's Den

A den deep underground below Ice Cave. 

 Applying the same technique as I did when Building the Ice Cave, I built the lower part of Dragon's den away from where it will end up going.

All the walls are done, also the underground lake.

And now, the den. It is an underground building build in the underground lake.

The architectural style is heavily influenced by ancient Japanese architecture.

I also tried a new way of creating and shaping the rocks in bodies of water. Create solid cubes and chip away at all of them one by one. It means that all the rocks are unique and lessens that 'man made' feel.

And there it is all done.

However this is where the Den is supposed to go. And there are some clearance issues because Ice Path is in the way.

But the solution I came up with was to lower Dragon's Den until the point where it fitted.

There it is. It had to be rotated to fit so there lacks some of the originality from the DS game.

And there it is. All lit and all underground.

Blackthorn Gym

A Dragon Type gym. With a lot of lava.

In the DS game there are movable platforms the move between different areas. But here I just built a bridge. Much easier.

Some detail such as popping some cobblestone and replacing it with stone to add something to look at.

And adding the finishing touches. Ferns and flowers.

Finished Product

Blackthorn City

Leaving Mahogany Town.

Heading east.

Lake on Route 44

Entrance to the Ice Path.

Ice Path.

Leaving the Ice Path at Blackthorn City.

View of Blackthorn City from the south.

Entrance at Dragon's Den.

Pokemon Centre at Sunset.

Progress so far.

Stay tuned and subscribe.
PS: Check this project out on Planet Minecraft.

And sample the progress so far by downloading the world here:

If you have any tips for improvement please don't hesitate to share. It would be greatly appreciated. Next: Route 45 and Route 46
After That: Dark Cave
And After That: Route 38 and Route 39
27% Complete.