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Minecraft Monday

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Minecraft Monday begins in a slow news cycle for all things Minecraft. The latest update - two weeks ago - was highlighted by increasing lapis lazuli drops and changing the name of "ink sacks" to "ink sacs". However, our readers have stepped up, and we have some great content for you coming over the next few weeks.

Today we're featuring Zenuel, an avid Minecrafter (and an active Gaygamer forum member) who has expanded his game to include a gallery on deviantart (you can see an example of his work above) and a fantastic YouTube channel, The Grass Block, featuring Minecraft-related walkthroughs and tutorials.

Check it out after the jump.

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"My Necropolis project was actually pure ambition with a touch of boredom," Zenuel told Gaygamer.net. "I loved building Cathedrals and temples, and getting an aerial view of them made me feel all proud and such, so one morning I logged into my world, looked around and felt that my roads needed more reason to be, so I took my diamond shovel and pickaxe to a section of the land, and carved out a nice little 'T' shape.

That alone took me almost a week and some change, but even after all that I still had this burning ambition to build some gargantuan monument to my architectural style, I had tons of cobblestone from previous underground projects, and had just gotten even more after leveling a chunk of the land, building it to fill that space took some time, but construction went much faster than destruction did, and I got what you see in all the pictures done in about three or four days."

Zenuel's Necropolis (pictured) is a fantastic example of the sort of architectural freedom Minecraft's seemingly simple design gives its players. Zenuel picked out this video as his personal favourite, which includes a quick tour of the Necropolis. Make sure to check out his other videos over at the Grass Block.



Of course, like everyone else playing Minecraft, no project's ever really completed. Zenuel told us: "I still need to plop a roof on the thing, and finish off the topmost towers, some little details inside and that should finish the Necropolis. However, after it's all squared away, as I said in my TGB video I do plan on making this the gate/entrance into my Undercity, I'm currently using other saves to practice my 'city building' if you will, just so I can make sure that when I do construct it, it become my pride and joy."

And, if you're interested in how he got the aerial images of his work, check out Minecraft Cartographer.

Not to end there, YouTube is one of the channels (no pun intended) through which Minecraft has exploded out of obscurity. Every week on Minecraft Monday we'll be featuring some of the favourite, or just snazziest, Minecraft videos on YouTube. Today, we check out the video that convinced this author to try the game out, an absolutely fantastic fan-made trailer for the game. Check it out below. Also, if you're a Gaygamer.net reader and Minecrack addict who's interested in being profiled in an upcoming Minecraft Monday, send some screenshots of your best Minecraft work (no more than 5 at 250k each, please) and describe what it is you're building/excavating. Meanwhile, make sure to tune in over the next few weeks as we bring you the latest Minecraft news, and more great user-generated content!

3 Comments

Chris said:

YAY!!!!!!

I just bought Minecraft last week, so the announcement of this column this couldn't have come at a more perfect time!

I'm amazed at how much the Minecraft community has EXPLODED, possibly because the developers are creating each update of the game directly in response to player requests. You definitely have your work cut out for you.

Looking forward to it! :D

Chris said:

btw, I just found this awesome video, which would be a great addition to next week's column, cause it's got a RAINBOW FLAG!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuWW9bEfzvs

Hal said:

Hey Chris,

Thanks for the heads up! I'll definitely look in to it for the next column.

-hal

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