Personally I am excited to see you do Caerlaverock. Its not as "grand" as some of the others but it is beautiful.
Ahhhhh yes, the triangle castle. I REALLY like this one. It will require some serious design work, though. If I cant satisfy myself on paper, I wont start the build, and as I said.... tough tough translation to minecraft
...and that skeleton was always teased for not having any brains...
Anyways, Swervish, truly inspiring work you're doing there. I'm a 28 year old nursing student, and you've been a joy to follow. I don't quite have the level of patience that you do; however, I find myself starting to use some of your techniques in my own builds. You've helped me rediscover the game, and find some joy during my rare free time.
I would second the idea of posting a poll, if you're truly interested in community feedback. However, I share your worries that it might not be practical. Granted, I don't know how the polls work on these sites, but I see it being easily missed, as people (meaning, those who don't check on you every third day) will just quickly jump to the last page to track your progress.
Lastly, I don't quite understand your determination to farm 'old-school.' Granted, I don't have your patience...however, it would be fairly similar in principle to the tree-chopping mod. ...not a challenge, just a difference of opinion. My wheat and tree farms in survival mode, using your mod packages, span 100x100, and let me get back to work quickly.
Back to work for the both of us, and look forward to your updates
The castle is an abandoned landmark now. There are no interiors or even inside walls or buildings standing; only the towers and battlements remain. Also, I could not find ANY drawings of the inside at all to design from.
The footprints of the interior walls (foundations) still exist, so im honoring those. But as for rooms/ roofs? I'm making them up as I go.
As a student in Durham, I'd love it if you built the castle and cathedral. Would you leave the castle as a castle, or make it as a college like it is today?
Keep going with the current build though, you must have spent hours!
I can only answer that by saying this: It is my intention during this project to honor as closely as possible, the original design and purpose of these structures... so castles will be castles. That being said, I haven't done the 'historical research' on Durham. Only the visual research. Until I read your question... I wasn't even yet aware that Durham Castle is now a college. I wonder how much of the exterior has changed? And when it comes to designing and planning, my ABSOLUTE most powerful tool is Google Earth (as demonstrated in a previous post in this thread), and it of course provides a reference to these structures only in current form. I can easily enough take away anything that is obviously a modern addition, like solar panels, and water towers, but adding in anything that used to be part of the structure, but now doesn't exist in the current Google Earth tool, is exceedingly difficult.....
I will do my best to keep it a Castle. Hope that answers you to some extent.
I have like 130 new pictures of 4 new phases of construction..... But I have no motivation to build the update.... blehhh- it will take 90 minutes or better to slowly copy/past/caption them.
I really enjoyed the interiors that I have done so far, and I think they look pretty darn good considering they are basically only floors/ ceilings/ chandeliers improvements only and no furniture whatsoever.... and I took TONS of photos all the way along.... but blehhhhh I dont wanna spend the time to build the update.
Maybe I should just do 4 little mini-updates?
Whatever it is... it aint happening tonight. Im going on a couple LOOOOONG distance exploring runs. Need to expand my map by a couple thousand blocks in every direction if Im going to start finding locations for additional structures.
Couple - three hours a night, and during football Sunday. Plus every now and then I ditch the office for a day and put in 7 or 8 hours. If I wasnt building, Id be playing golf or fly fishing.... so actually this saves me a LOT of money.