Minecraft Yoshi's Island

It’s been a while, but finally, here’s the video!  AND download links so you can have this map for your very own!

Welcome to Minecraft Yoshi’s Island!

I built this model over the course of about 3 months (June-October 2011). It was built entirely in Survival Mode (This was before we HAD Creative mode, for one thing), most of the time using Peaceful mode.
That means I harvested all my own resources “by hand”. No mods of any sort were used, except to film the video. I did use some cheap tricks with textures for the blue blocks, though (I sure as heck wasn’t gonna farm all that lapis lazuli for the mountains).
Due to the normal height limits of a Minecraft world, the island is built to about 56% actual size, in pixels.

Download the map here - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11031015/Yoshi%27s%20Island.zip
And don’t forget the texture pack to make the mountains blue - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/11031015/YoshiTextures.zip

Check out Space0’s 3rd person camera mod here - http://minecraft.spacechase0.com/mods/third-person-camera/

And just for kicks, why not take a peek at my website to see some of my professional work - http://www.mantinone.com

So, it’s been a very busy week, and there are a lot more technical issues to figure out in getting this video made than I had thought.

Rest assured, the video is coming.  I just want it to be as good as it can possibly be, so keep your fingers crossed that I can work out the special tricks I’ll need to get it just right.

In the meantime, here’s some interesting pictures to tide you over.  A low angle shot at night, a view from the top of the world looking down, a view from inside one of the blue mountains looking up, and The island with fall colors.

IT’S DONE!!!!!!!!!

I can’t believe it! 

At least, the island is done.  I’ve still got a little more work to do.  I’m gonna be making a video in the next couple days, and I’ll be putting the map up for download as well, so I’ve got a few final touches to do for those.

YEEEEE!  It’s dooooone!!

So, I’ve got a bit of a confession to make…

While I’ve tried to do everything on this island legit, by hand, some things are just too tough.  There aren’t very many blue building materials in Minecraft.  Dyed wool is pretty much it, unless you do some creative use of water or hack in ice. And, well… wool is a pain in the ass to collect in large volumes (those green hills and the clouds around the island are the sum of what must be 24 hours of spider-string farming by now).  And those blue mountains?  Lots and lots and lots of material.   On top of all that, blue dye is one of the rarest materials in the game, on par with diamond in rarity.

So, in the interest of time and my sanity… I pulled a little trick, and figured out a way to make use of a plentiful, renewable resource. 

At the top is a picture of what my house should look like normally.  Below is my new “Smurf House” after texture swapping wood for cyan wool.

Yes, those blue mountains are made out of wood.  Same for the tops of those green hills.

The mountains are done!!!

All I’ve got left to do now is to build Raphael the Raven’s castle and make a few clouds.  (maybe the clouds aren’t entirely necessary?  They will take up an awful lot of time farming spiders for string…  Man… those green hills… they’re totally built of of 75% spider wool.  How freaking weird is that?)

It’s so close I can smell it!

I think once the island is done I’ll build a little special something for taking video of it.

So… funny thing about those snowcapped mountains on Yoshi’s Island… Seeing how you can actually make snow blocks in Minecraft, I decided to go ahead and actually build the snowcaps out of snow!  And for that matter, I needed pine trees.
There was just one little problem with that plan…

As you can see in this photo of my spawn base, the place where I started was warm and wet.  I was surrounded by forest and jungle, and if I walked great distances, I might find desert of savanna.  So, pretty early on (before I even began construction) I set sail along my world’s vast waterways in search of a taiga or a tundra.

I sailed for weeks (Minecraft time) tracing a broad circle south of my spawnland, and though I certainly saw some interesting sights, all I could find was jungle and shrublands, with the occasional tiny, isolated patch of snow.
Eventually I came home again and then sailed a day north, and saw some mountains.

And I thought, screw it, I’ve just been checking shorelines.  Maybe if I climb over those mountains I’ll actually find some freaking snow! (of course, I put that pillar there)
And… what do you know…

I found a huge, expansive patch of tundra. (and, WTF was that cow doing up there!?)

When I got there I set up some guide towers to find my way back, and made a little cabin the stay the night in.  I also dug a branch mine down from the cabin to go look for some diamond because I knew I’d be using up a ton of shovels.  This shot is actually some time later, after I’d returned to the place for more snow.  First time I’d been back since Notch added weather to the game, so it was fun to watch the snow regrow.
Unfortunately, I won’t be watching it regrow anymore.  With the huge changes to the terrain generator in the 1.8 update, this area isn’t actually a snow biome anymore!!  (for that matter, going by the color of grass, the warm jungle where I spawned should be seeing snow when it’s implemented again!)

Of course, knowing I’d be coming back and forth to this place (I didn’t realize just how much snow I’d really need.  I used up about 7 or 8 diamond shovels here!) I knew I’d need a quicker way to get there.

So when I started actually building the mountains, I returned and made myself a portal.  This was the first time I’d actually used the Nether as a shortcut, and… it’s so awesome!  You have to be careful, though.  The snowplain wasn’t as far away as I thought, and when I build the portal there, it actually connected back to my home portal.  So I did the math and walked to where its nether portal should have been and built one myself.  (this was all relatively easy since the island I spawned on was chock full of nearly surface level lava lakes.  Go figure)

So… yeah.  That’s the story of how I found the snow to make my mountains.

So… funny thing about those snowcapped mountains on Yoshi’s Island… Seeing how you can actually make snow blocks in Minecraft, I decided to go ahead and actually build the snowcaps out of snow!  And for that matter, I needed pine trees.

There was just one little problem with that plan…

Grassy land

As you can see in this photo of my spawn base, the place where I started was warm and wet.  I was surrounded by forest and jungle, and if I walked great distances, I might find desert of savanna.  So, pretty early on (before I even began construction) I set sail along my world’s vast waterways in search of a taiga or a tundra.

I sailed for weeks (Minecraft time) tracing a broad circle south of my spawnland, and though I certainly saw some interesting sights, all I could find was jungle and shrublands, with the occasional tiny, isolated patch of snow.

Eventually I came home again and then sailed a day north, and saw some mountains.

And I thought, screw it, I’ve just been checking shorelines.  Maybe if I climb over those mountains I’ll actually find some freaking snow! (of course, I put that pillar there)

And… what do you know…

I found a huge, expansive patch of tundra. (and, WTF was that cow doing up there!?)

When I got there I set up some guide towers to find my way back, and made a little cabin the stay the night in.  I also dug a branch mine down from the cabin to go look for some diamond because I knew I’d be using up a ton of shovels.  This shot is actually some time later, after I’d returned to the place for more snow.  First time I’d been back since Notch added weather to the game, so it was fun to watch the snow regrow.

Unfortunately, I won’t be watching it regrow anymore.  With the huge changes to the terrain generator in the 1.8 update, this area isn’t actually a snow biome anymore!!  (for that matter, going by the color of grass, the warm jungle where I spawned should be seeing snow when it’s implemented again!)

Of course, knowing I’d be coming back and forth to this place (I didn’t realize just how much snow I’d really need.  I used up about 7 or 8 diamond shovels here!) I knew I’d need a quicker way to get there.

So when I started actually building the mountains, I returned and made myself a portal.  This was the first time I’d actually used the Nether as a shortcut, and… it’s so awesome!  You have to be careful, though.  The snowplain wasn’t as far away as I thought, and when I build the portal there, it actually connected back to my home portal.  So I did the math and walked to where its nether portal should have been and built one myself.  (this was all relatively easy since the island I spawned on was chock full of nearly surface level lava lakes.  Go figure)

So… yeah.  That’s the story of how I found the snow to make my mountains.

So, uh, rather a lot got done this week, actually!

I think it looks a lot more like Yoshi’s Island now that it’s got those huge, blue, snowy mountains out there.  I’m gonna have to mine a lot more snow to finish them…

Seeing as how those mountains obscure a lot, and how there’s so much more to see now, I’ve decided to change my update posts a bit.  For Sunday night I’ll be doing a post showing the whole island from four different angles, and at other points randomly during the week I’ll post some ground shots and various items of interest.

There may be no update next week, though, as I’m very likely moving next weekend!

Here’s a temporary mid-way post to show off some of the stuff that’s in the works for this week.  I actually got a lot done!  Those green mounds will take forever just to get enough wool, but the mountains are actually going pretty quickly! 

I should mention, maybe, that… given certain… uh… material shortages, those mountains may not actually be made of blue wool.  More on that later ;) 

Also, I’m really proud of that volcano. 

I’m amazed at how quickly the buildings seem to be going up compared to how long the island base took to make.  Maybe it’s just that the buildings make such a visual difference.  Now all four of the boss’ castles on the ground are built (Raphael’s castle will be the finishing touch), and my next big task is general land features.

Also, here’s a better look at the destruction my dirt mining has wrought.  You see all that stone to the left half of the picture?  All of it used to be covered in dirt.

Updates might be a bit slow over the next couple weeks.  I’m job hunting, and the hills and mountains will require an awful lot of item farming.  (I still haven’t entirely figured out what I’m going to build the mountains out of.)

LOOK!  BUILDINGS!

I didn’t have much time for Minecraft this week, but the progress I did make looks pretty dramatic.  I’ve built Burt the Bashful’s and Naval Piranah’s fortresses, as well as one of those weird grassy mesa things (grass pending).

Lemme, tell you, it’s nice to finally have some landmarks.  I’ve been working on this totally flat island with a few lakes and some abstract arrangements of sand for a while.  Now that I’ve got these buildings up, it’s really starting to look like an actual place.

Also… hello, I guess Notch changed the grass colors.  Or maybe the biomes got rearranged a little.