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Minecraft Monday: The Monuments Of Sigil

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This this series has tended to focus on the monumental architecture of our readers, and of Sigil (to the uninitiated, Sigil is a queer-friendly server that we've featured here for some time), which makes sense as monumental architecture is pretty much Minecraft's thing. That being said, there's much more to do in this vast Lego land than that, just as there's a lot more to do with stone than build a colonnade.

If you're at all like me, one of your favourite parts of sandbox games is finding the little hidden gems - the flourishes the developers leave behind. They may not advance the main thrust of the game, but they flesh the world out - little places in your adventure where you can just muck about, or features that are just there to be pretty, or to say something about the denizens of the game world. So, if you're at all like me, you'd love wandering around Sigil and finding the monuments, the random bits of artwork that its citizens have left behind. From a giant pink sheep and an even bigger atom, to 8-bit heroes and more, the people who populate the server I love have left me with no shortage of images to show you. Follow along, after the jump!

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On a hill in the oldest part of Sigil, near the warp point, across from Sky Town, right next to Zetta's house, stands one of the most recognizable images in video game history. Made of dyed wool and dirt, 8-bit Mario surveys the world that harkens back to the one he first ran through - blocks of dirt and stone, with squids, an underworld, castles and even secrets in the clouds.

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Not far away, near festerer's castle and pyramid is another unforgettable video game hero. Once a day he proudly holds up the rising sun, as if he'd just found it in a locked chest.

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And somewhere between the two, at the top of a mammoth tree house, we find...ummmm...relief?

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Farther afield, we find a giant snowflake and a pink sphinx sheep. I can't even imagine how long it must have taken to harvest enough pink wool to make that thing. Meanwhile, the snowflake is one of the most treacherous - and picturesque - warp points in all of Sigil.

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Speaking of gay, the rainbow flag flies over both Creepertown and Retro Hotel. Located not far from the spawn point, Retro Hotel is a dorm for new players who don't have a place to sleep yet, so it's doubly nice to have one welcoming the newbies there.

There's a lot more than just this. There are hidden treasures all over Sigil, but these are some highlights. And speaking of highlights, there are a couple more pictures of the big atom from the top of the article. Until next week...


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6 Comments

Reech said:

Some excellent sights around the server. Other things to see are Bran's amazing towns; there's several of them near his castle (and the excellently named 'Bran Central Station' from the spawn point train track.)

Also - Lava Town; while the ugliest thing EVER to look at was still a triumph of engineering...

Xzarron said:

How does one go about joining/visiting Sigil? My boyfriend and I have to play on our own home run server because most multiplayer servers we visit are full of racism and homophobia.

Reech said:

Xzarron - pop onto the Gaygamer Forums, and go into the PC Games section; you'll see a thread there for the Minecraft Sigil server.

PM me (reech!) and give me your minecraft username\s and I'll add you to the whitelist.

If you're new to forum account stuff on GayGamer, I will suggest you browse a bit, join in the introduction thread, and contribute to the forums first - but just so we can know *aaaaalllll* about you.

Which isn't as creepy as it sounds, but I guess it's promoting community...

patrick aka gooserd said:

Regarding the pink sheep: It didn't take as long as you might think to get the wool. For one thing its hollow, and you can climb inside and to the top of the sheep. But your picture reminded me that I had been considering turning the mountain formation in the left of the picture into a big reproduction of the Thundercat's lair. Thundercats Ho!

And a lot of the fun of the snowflake is falling off of it. I made sure the water is deep enough around it so you won't get hurt.

Snownova said:

I do love that atom it's just so elegant.

Thanks so much for Oreyeon for making it (at least I'm told he was the artist).

The reason I chose my spot to settle was the combination of desert biome within reach, grass on the other side and an awesome view of Lake Atom :)

MikeB said:

My periodic table says that's beryllium atom, 4 protons, 4 neutrons, 4 electrons. *nerd walks away*

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