The instant that Minecraft burst onto the scene our thoughts instantly jumped to many of the intricately detailed items, buildings, and locations that players could craft. Using Mojang and Notch’s sublime tools, and the help of some mods, players are now able to recreate any and everything that they can imagine.
Many past creations from full game worlds like Skyrim or Hyrule have caught our eye in the past, but it is the newest creation, a Game of Thrones-themed Minecraft world, which has us extremely impressed. What a few clever players have been able to do, in this case, is painstakingly recreate King’s Landing, one of the major settings in George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ book series.
Rather than try to interpret the various descriptors that are scattered throughout Martin’s novels, though, the Minecraft users have instead used the HBO series as their source of inspiration. That way, there is an easier point of reference between the work they have created and what King’s Landing might look like in real life — as evidenced by the diorama style opening of the HBO show.
Just thinking about the amount of man-hours that must have gone into creating King’s Landing in Minecraft gives me a headache, but nonetheless I am impressed by these intrepid gamers’ dedication to a craft (pun intended). The various images featured at the top of this post were submitted to Reddit a few days ago, along with a URL for the King’s Landing server (www.westeroscraft.com).
As of right now the map is not available for download — the file totals some 35 GB and is not yet completed — but anyone that’s interested can visit their site for now.
And don’t think that it’s just King’s Landing that is getting the Minecraft treatment either, it is only this particular recreation that has caught fire online. In fact, the group’s site also boasts detailed recreations of Winterfell, Harenhaal, and The Wall. Color us very, very impressed.
What do you think of King’s Landing created using Minecraft? What other Minecraft creations have caught your eye?