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Minecraft Monday: The Snownova Edition

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While today may be a holiday for my fellow writers, here in Toronto it's business as usual. Well, sort of...Pride was yesterday (more on that later), so this will be flying through the internets while I recuperate on the shores of Lake Ontario. But I digress.

Today Minecraft Monday brings you a builder of superlative talent, which I guess is little surprise given that he hails from central Europe, the land of superlative architecture past and present. Snownova has been playing on Sigil for some weeks now, and while we've talked back and forth quite often I must admit I hadn't been by to see his place until he invited me - which is a pity, as I'd love to have seen what his grounds looked like throughout the building process, and we're only separated by a couple of lakes.

There are a great deal of fantastic builds in Sigil, but Snow's Castle wins the award for the most expansive. You can see an aerial view of it here, and check out the spread after the jump.

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Snownova, the builder himself.

Snownova is a Sigilll...ummm...Sigilian? Sigilite? Anyway, he's a resident of Sigil who's joined since Minecraft Monday started profiling our readers on the server; and, like many modern builders, he's less trying to recreate the real world in the game than he is trying to create something that flows from the game itself. You can see him above posing in the midst of his giant aquarium dome, where he's hoping to farm squid.

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The aquarium dome is at the far north of Snow's Castle, while this half-submerged dome is at the southeast. Anyone who has tried to dig underwater can understand how hard it is. That Snownova managed to design a sphere nine blocks beneath the surface is impressive indeed. If you're looking for a tool to help you do this, check out Plotz, a website out of the UK that's handy indeed for creating plans for shapes that don't readily lend themselves to being built in Minecraft.

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Snow's various buildings are often separated by enormous distance (check out the above pick, with the red arrow pointing to Snownova himself, providing scale), and anywhere outdoors can be scary at night. Creepers, skeletons, sheep giving you dead-eyed stares... So, Snow's Castle is connected by a series of hallways which Snownova has outfitted individually to make each attractive or functional in its own way. The main hall is lined with boxes while the hall of art and literature, below, looks like the kind of place I'd like to hang out. Views? Check. Books? Check. Inviting furniture? Check.

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Snow's castle really needs to be experienced to be appreciated. Its expansive grounds hold a mushroom farm, a cactus farm, a wheat farm, a reed farm, many domes, a beat generator, streams, and observation towers, as well as Nether portals and more. I often wondered what Snownova was up to while we were chatting over the past few months, and when I found out he sure didn't disappoint.

As you may have noticed, some of this week's pictures are not in the standard texture pack. These were generously supplied by Snownova himself, who uses HDCraft, one of the many alternate texture packs available. Be sure to stay tuned for a texture pack-themed Minecraft Monday soon.

Thanks again to Snownova, and happy Pride everyone!

7 Comments

Michael / Spydernights said:

I finally got to look at his castle a couple of days ago, and it really is amazing.

Reech said:

Excellent to see the Sigilians (yup, that's it!) getting some in depth interview and building-exposure.

Will be good to see more people heading along in the wake of the new piston plans, and to see what people develop with their pushups...

Snownova said:

Great article Hal, and thanks for the kind words :)

I'm always happy to give tours to anyone who wants one when I'm online.

Hal said:

I'm glad you liked it guys! I'm sure I'll see you online soon.

kybarsfangfang said:

Snownova is the reason I stopped playing. I thought I was making a great big home and then he goes ahead and parks THAT monstrosity next to my castle. There's no room left to compete. XD

Snownova said:

Aww I'm sorry to hear that Kybar :(
I've been wondering why you were never online anymore.

kybarsfangfang said:

Meh, don't worry about it. I'll eventually find some giant undiscovered plot of land and make a new home just as good as yours. :D

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