Sunday, 7 September 2014

Minecraft Hoenn: Part 9/43: Slateport City

Part 9/43 of the creation of the Hoenn Region in Minecraft.
It has been over a week since I last made a post and this is the first original post on the new blog. Here I made Slateport City. Slateport City is a harbour city and is one of the Hoenn Regions major cities. The city is host to many attractions including the Contest Hall, Pokemon Fan Club, Oceanic Museum, Stern's Shipyard, Marketplace and the Name Rater.
During the middle of making this Minecraft 1.8 came out which added many exiting things like coarse dirt that doesn't grow grass which will mean I can replace the Soul Sand ridges and rocks. This post has over 60 screenshots so grab a drink and treat yourself.

First thing's first. Mark out the border with dirt.  Slateport city is one of the largest cities so building it took me about 2 weeks.

By far the most tedious part. Filling in the interior of the border. This took over an hour of moving back and forth and back and forth and back and forth layering the dirt down. 
 But eventually...

The very first paved area. This is where the Slateport Lighthouse sits. In the Gameboy game the lighthouse is there just to admire and provides no real function.

Paved pathways are added before the grass because I can. Actually it's because path placement is critical to accurate building placement. If just grass is placed it will probably have to be excavated again which will just cause confusion and inaccuracy. This method also saves a bit of time.

Looking at this remind's me of some sort of medieval castle grounds. Mossy cobblestone marks the edges of the path to show the transition from cobblestone to grass. In the Gameboy game there is some stylised pave work on the edges of the paths.

After laying the grass and the paths it was time to mark out the perimeters of all of Slateport City's buildings. 

This is the Pokemon Contest hall. Yes, the angle is a bit too high and my player is under the influence of a night vision potion. But in the Gameboy game this is where the Hyper Rank Pokemon Contest Hall is. There are 4 contest halls in Hoenn, one for each rank. Hyper Rank is the 2nd highest with Master Rank being highest rank in Lilycove City.

Just like the Gym's of Hoenn and any other major building with a massive interior and small exterior, most of the building is built underground.

The red wool walls are for the interior looks. 

In the building above the ground there is an Acacia wood staircase that leads down into the contest hall. 

And after laying that floor I discovered that it was one layer too high. Everything would have fit but there is a stage in here that is two blocks high and in a room with a ceiling height of 4 blocks it made for a very squashed in feel. The solution was to rip out the floor, excavate another layer and then re-lay the floor.

Ahh. The floor and the ceiling height is just perfect now.  The underground hall is 1:1 with the Gameboy game.

This is the stage where the contest's are held. The stage light blue stage has a viewing area that surrounds the main stage. 

The green stage  is the main stage where all the trainers and their Pokemon in the Gameboy game are judged and awarded for their efforts.

A quartz ceiling with glowstone lighting provides the finishing touch.

The interior of the Contest Hall. I think it looks bigger in the screenshot then it really is. The hall is only 14 blocks deep. 

And this is the main foyer that the player first walks into. The access point to the staircase is an opening on the back wall on the left. The jukebox is a stand-in for the Berry Blender which the player uses in the Gameboy game to make Pokeblock's to enhance their Pokemon for contests.

Slateport Market is a place where the player can purchase items that are not available in a normal Pokemart. There's a Doll Shop and there's the Energy Guru where the player can buy secret base decorations and Pokemon healing items.

The entire marketplace is in it's own corner of Slateport City. 

Because there are no crates in Minecraft I had to improvise with wooden planks.

The gazebo's that the retailers sell from have fence posts with dark green roofs made of wool.  In the roofs, hidden from view are torches that provide illumination.

Plant pots are there because they are present in the Gameboy game. On top of the fake crates is carpet which is only for cosmetic reasons.

The Name Rater's house is where the player can re-name their Pokemon. This house is just an ordinary house and isn't really that spectacular. The lower half of the building is hay bail and the upper half is yellow clay. The roof is made from a combination of dark oak wooden planks and slabs.

And here is the interior. An interesting thing is that this is the first bed to be placed in a house since Petalburg City.

The Pokemon Fan Club has no practical use in the game. It is a place where people talk more about cute Pokemon and Pokemon contests than battles. The exterior has several materials and features including 45⁰ walls at every corner and a porch like roof over the front.

The interior is quite funky. Glowstone lighting around the edge of the ceiling and an End Stone floor form the interior.

The finished Pokemon Fan Club. 

Slateport Harbour is where Captain Stern can be found most of the time. It is also where the player can travel to the Battle Frontier via the S.S Tidal.

This building is built half on land and half over water. This is because ships dock inside the building. 

And the interior. Instead of travelling on the S.S Tidal the player can use a normal Minecraft Boat instead.

The Oceanic Museum plays a role in the story in the Gameboy game. The player must deliver some Devon Goods to Captain Stern. The player must pay 50 Pokedollars every time they wish to visit. If the player has less than 50 then entry will be free of charge. 

The exterior of this building has an interesting  exterior. There are columns at the front and windows that wrap around. Green clay makes up the majority of the exterior, accented with wooden planks and dark grey stained glass.

The exterior of the building is complete.

The interior is non-original and doesn't match up with the real Oceanic Museum. Head masks take the place of artefacts that are on display. This is the first floor...
 And this is the second floor.

Stern's Shipyard is an ugly, brown box where Captain Stern runs his ship building business. It is where the S.S Tidal was constructed.

The exterior is quite simple with only two windows plus two skylights.

Looking up at the ceiling from the ground floor.

The ground floor furnished. Since the 1.8 update fences can be made out of any wood material which is very handy at there is more variety in colour.

The top floor furnished. The void in the centre of the room provides a view down to the ground floor.

And now all the buildings are finally complete. 

Just the usual finishing touches which meant adding scenery and land that the player doesn't (or shouldn't) walk on.

Just burying the underground area of the Pokemon Contest hall where tree's will be planted on top. 

These trees grew quite a lot taller than I thought. I was going to use tree's of this size up near Fortree City but I guess I will now use Jungle tree's. While laying the perimeter of the tree's I discovered that I made the walkway exiting north of the city 2 blocks longer than it should have been which would have caused problems later on in development. These issues were corrected.

And here is the finished product. After two weeks of work it seems like it was worth it. 

Silly bat's

That's all the progress so far in the Hoenn Region.

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If you have any tips for improvement please don't hesitate to share. It would be greatly appreciated.

Next: Part 10 features Route 110, Cycling Track and the rest of Route 103.

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