Lighthouse of Alexandria

June 14th, 2011 by tungsai

As you may or may not know, I’m building a replica of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the original Wonders of the Ancient world, in the game Minecraft. Minecraft is a game where you walk around this blocky world, building stuff out of blocks. This has taken a total of probably 30-40 hours so far, and the exterior is mostly done.

The main walls are sandstone. The blue stripes are made of blue wool, which is made by first digging deep mines to find Lapis Lazuli. THen, you hit a sheep with the dye, and he turns blue. then you hit the sheep and he will drop 0-3 blue wool blocks.

It’s important to note that it would have been possible for me to CHEAT and give myself all the sandstone in stacks of 64 to do this. However, I did NOT cheat. Every block was gained through honest mining. …Well, there is ONE caveat: The Glowstone used was harvested WAY before any type of multiverse mod existed. I had to hack together a special “Nether Night”, changing some config files, backing up the server, making everybody stand near me, then shutting down the server and restarting with the new config. We spent a couple days there, then I switched everything back.

About halfway through the construction project, they released an update to the game that allowed deserts to spawn with naturally occurring sandstone. I’m glad they did this. I was getting very tired of digging regular sand, and I figured out that I would need over 250,000 blocks of regular sand to complete the lighthouse! I seriously considered abandoning the project at that point, then they added the sandstone, thank God! Then, as a special bonus, they also added multiple Lapis Lazuli pieces to drop out when you mined a Lapis Lazuli block! That helped greatly as well. However… one thing DID slow me down again; they nerfed the way that digging happened so that a tiny bit of lag occurs right as you’re starting to dig. I had just begun my Speed-Digging technique, which was rendered useless after the multiplayer version no longer worked right with it.

Another help was ScienceNinja, who came and helped me dig out TONS of sand and sandstone. Thanks, SN!!!

This project took several months. I started in November 2010, and ended around April 2011. It’s still not 100% done, either: I need to fine-tune the glass on the floor of the courtyard; the basement floor needs done and then I wanted to add signs everywhere that describe historical facts about the original lighthouse. I’ll probably add all that in later. Maybe some fountains, stuff like that… Anyway, here’s the non-slideshow slideshow.

Phase 1. Construction


Getting There…


Façade done, courtyard still water


Sides done, courtyard still water


courtyard glass area


A much more finished project


Here is some of the strip mining areas that gave the sand for it (the pond area above the strip area is part of the “re-naturalization” of the area):


Minecraft Update

January 11th, 2011 by tungsai

I decided to call our world “Pseudopolis”. I finished the skyscraper a long time ago, then I began to implement server mods. First I installed “hmod”, then add-ons for hmod to enhance game play.

We started getting more people on, too. 0CrazyMan has built tons of 0Crazy stuff!

Check out the maps: is a VERY old render with nothing but the skyscraper and the first monster trap. is more accurate but not as cool… nighttime/dusk render.


Here’s some screenshots from around the world, and stuff that we’ve built.


The Railway Station


This is what it looks like when the server is not done loading level images:



A cool waterfall / cliff I found


from another angle


0CrazyMan’s first fort


The railway depot for the fort


THe fort as you’re leaving


Heading into the depot in the city… lots of empty carts, oops!


Load ‘em all up…


The railway station is unfinished…


Here’s the starting point.


OK Here’s Crazy’s main castle & base, with a crazy tall tree that Enyalios is working on…



Another part of Crazy’s castle


…And another


OK That weird beehive thing is Monster Trap 2.0. It works better than monster trap 1.0, but still not that great.


THe Public Greenhouse… it has some name but I forget the name of it.


Macleod’s Keep


..It looks very Frank Lloyd Wright from this angle. Open-mouthed smile


A Rose Garden


The City Clock


Bubba’s “Ye Olde Shoppe”.


Enyalios’ Napping corner. Though, it’s not really in the corner: It’s in the middle of the yard. So I hope you like napping in cow slobber.


The Skyscraper, at night.


CrazyMan’s shop in the yard


THe basement under the skyscraper. It’s unfinished; I plan to make it look like a hotel eventually.


More Glitch….



Crazyman’s castle at night. Impressive!