SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018

Game of WesterosCraft

As a pretty huge Game of Thrones fan, last week I decided to show a friend the first episode of season 1. We continued to watch the entire season in one sitting. While on my Game of Thrones high, I started playing some Minecraft, went to Google, and searched “Game of Thrones Minecraft” to see what people have created regarding Martin’s universe. Soon I discovered… WesterosCraft:

WesterosCraft: Game of Blocks

It is truly jaw-dropping. They have done extensive and amazing work recreating Westeros in all it’s blocky glory. I’ve spent the better part of my vacation traveling to the different cities, taking screenshots, and working on the in-game scavenger hunt. It is the most fun I have EVER had in Minecraft and puts my little beach castle to shame.

The world is set just after the first book and is mostly based off all the books in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Bits of the show from HBO are included. Design ideas are derived from the book descriptions, some of the show, and most importantly, real-world castles and cities. The level of detail you will find is… there isn’t a word for it. You have to see it. If you own a copy of Minecraft, their server IP is mc.westeroscraft.com.

In Winterfell, you will find the Great Hall, the Godswood, even the tower that Bran fell from. Visit the ancient crypts to see some of the developer names and the historical crypts from the books.

Winterfell

Winterfell Towers

Winterfell Great Hall

Winterfell Great Hall

Winterfell Godswood

Winterfell Godswood

The cities of Casterly Rock and Lannisport have been envisioned as connected to one another. The Rock has extensive gold mines inside, as well as vaults and a giant Lannister sigil banner. Lannisport is most impressive, with an extensive sewer system under the city itself, a large port with many ships, and some of the best architecture they’ve completed to-date.

Lannisport

Lannisport

Lannisport City Square

Lannisport City Square

Lannisport Sewers

Lannisport Sewers

Casterly Rock

Casterly Rock

Harrenhall is enormous and a lot of love was put into making it look in such disrepair. There is an arena where the mods sometimes have battles.

Harrenhall

Harrenhall

There were many locations that were very well done, with little point of reference from the books or show, such as White Harbor.

The world is currently a 1:200 scale replica of Westeros, soon to be a 1:150 scale. This means that they have terraformed the entire continent. You can actually travel from King’s Landing to the Wall and Castle Black along the Kingsroad. Of course, this would take quite a while! For faster travel you can fly by double tapping your space bar, or use /warp commands to fast-travel to the areas you want to visit. There is not a single-player version of the map as of yet so you have to have paid for Minecraft and join their server.

White Harbor

White Harbor

The Eyrie

The Eyrie

The walk to the Eyrie is epic in itself, and that’s saying epic knowing full well how mis-used and often that word is used. Castle Black and the Wall are equally enjoyable.

Water Gardens near Sunspear

Water Gardens near Sunspear in Dorne

Jamie and Cersie Lannister Easter Egg

Jamie and Cersie Lannister Easter Egg in a Winterfell Tower

Iron Throne

Iron Throne in the Red Keep and Devs/Mods working on NPCs.

So much has been done that if the project ended tomorrow I think it would still be one of the most sought-after server maps going forward. However, there is a lot of activity in WesterosCraft. I don’t see that stopping any time soon! Keep up the great work!