As many of you may have ascertained from my hyperventilated mumblings last week, Minecraft 1.8 (aka. The Adventure Update) has rendered obsolete the survival multiplayer maps from earlier versions. If you want to play the full game from here on out, you have to start anew. For now. I'm sure some loveable nerd out there is working on a fix to make it easy to port old maps into the new Minecraft, but for the time being I am assured it is actually quite complicated to try to move objects from one update to the other. This revelation, which originally had me gasping like the goldfish your little sister decided to teach how to breathe outside the tank, has gradually become something I quite welcome. They say that, when you're trying to be creative, think up two ideas and throw out the first one because it's been done before. 1.8 is a perfect chance to do just that.
But enough about me. What about the other residents of Sigil (a map which will be available to die-hards, our server's mostly-benevolent overlord has assured me)? Today I present to our readers the fruits of Sigil's twilight days, an explosion of creativity unparalleled in the server's history: Princess Point. Whatever will become of Sigil's as-yet-unnamed successor, Princess Point will leave some mighty big shoes to fill. Follow along, after the jump.
Princess Point, like so many of the internet's other wonders, was conceived of mainly through debauchery, I'm told. Unlike Creepertown, to whose storied genesis I was privy, Princess Point happened off my watch. But judging from the fact that it features a secret grow-op and a humongous golden phallus (which is a fountain, no less), I believe what I am told. Good times, I'm sure, were had by all.
The residents of Princess Point mostly live, as it were, on Goomba Drive, an interesting experiment in which gamers were made to constrain their dwellings to the standard footprints of row-housing. When I first saw it I thought Coronation Street, but only about half of the neighbours are British, so I guess it's an imperfect - if very gay - analogy. Each house that I visited was unique, some of them quite amusing, and reminded me of how much fun it can be to work within constraints. Like haiku - the beauty is in the application of the rules. Anyway, Goomba Drive was surrounded by buildings of all types intended to make it feel more like a neighbourhood, including a school (pictured above) and a jokingly-labeled "American style" fast food restaurant (which, regrettably, I never snapped a picture of), meaning copious amounts of fried pig were available 24/7.
Like elsewhere in Sigil, Princess Point was home to all kinds of pixel art, including Luigi, Princess Peach, a huge Sonic, and more.
As is befitting a place with as decadent a name as Princess Point, there was also a massive theatre to entertain and awe the locals. I can't say if I know that a play was ever put on there, but in retrospect it might have been a lot of fun.
What is perhaps this astronomy nerd's personal favourite structure was the gargantuan planetarium, seen above both from outside and in. I'm often impressed by the stuff I see on Minecraft (though I must admit that straightforward recreations of structures on Earth are starting to wear thin on me) but few things have filled me with the...well...can I say "penis envy" on this site? Anyway, the planetarium made me feel like I should be working harder. Cool, complicated, and brilliantly executed. Bravura construction work.
There's a lot more to Princess Point. Like, a lot alot. But I'll leave you with the image of Gooserd's castle there, a structure which recalls the conical spires of so many princess castle playsets.
Farewell to Princess Point, and to Sigil. I'm sure we'll meet again soon.