Its January, which means its cold (in the UK at least) and the sun rises late and sets early, as if it would rather be somewhere else. This made me think… I’d rather be somewhere else too. My body craved the heat of the Summer just gone, one of the best on record in the UK, and my mind was transported to a sunny, sandy spot where I could relive it all.
Then I thought, semi-randomly, a desert house! Why not try and make a desert house?? I have never done that before in 4 years of Minecraft and many comments suggested I ought to think about building in other biomes.
Hey Presto… before I knew it I had fired up the machine and the familiar Minecraft launch screen was waiting for me.
Now, the hard part: How to build a house…
that was in keeping with the desert style…
but still had a little bit of Avo in it.
Frantically using my friend google, I found a few pics of real life desert housing and realised that the styles were actually fairly simple. The beauty of the buildings was in their spot colour and detail. They were curiously square with small windows and invariably had living space on the roof, often under a coloured canopy.
So, sandstone in hand, I pressed record, enthusiastically saying “Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening and Goodnight” into my Blue Yeti microphone.
We were off!
It seems kind of silly offering what is billed as a “tutorial” when its the first time I have ever done it myself, making it up as I go along… but Blag is my middle name (actually it’s John, but that just doesn’t seem to work in the same way) so off I go, meandering through creativity, speaking what comes into my head, while cementing 1 metre cubes together with virtual Minecraft glue.
The house is finished!
In review, it turns out that I quite liked the desert style of Minecraft house.
Adapting techniques I have spent the last 3 years practicing was quite simple. The shapes and textures were all really familiar!
I am absolutely certain that building freestyle can give better results as long as you are prepared to undo the odd block and destroy a few walls as you go. Getting it right first time isn’t whats important… getting it right in the end is!
The cutting room floor is metaphorically covered in a number of “walls that went wrong”, “that floor looks ridiculous” and “what were you thinking” scenes, but the end result, I think, is great for a desert house that started as nothing but a 9×9 square.
I think a larger desert villa, might be somewhere in my near future… something fit for the poorer, slightly less eligible cousin of a Sultan perhaps?
Whats next? Maybe you have some thoughts? Feel free to share down below…