I wasn’t sure what music I wanted to share this weekend, so I hadn’t put it together in advance. It wasn’t until this morning that I had a playlist assembled.
Yesterday and the day before I was tinkering around with World Painter since I decided I wanted to give rendering maps in Blender another go now that I have an idea of how to use the program. One entire day was spent on painting in the shapes for the land and the next day was spent working on decorating that terrain.
This is what the map looks like in World Painter. You can click on the image for a larger view. Not sure why, but I’ve yet to use this program on any PC where it doesn’t lag while working on large maps with large radius brush settings. Then it took nearly an hour to convert this map into a playable Minecraft map.
Originally I had planned for this map to be a smooth gradient slope set to Plains for the purpose of building. But as it often happens, my muse had other ideas. Listening to the “My Mix” auto generated playlist on YouTube while terraforming, a couple of songs caught my attention. Most notably the Bad Wolves cover of “Zombies” by the Cranberries.
Every post and article I’ve read about Dolores’ passing mentioned other songs, but this song (along with “Friday I’m in Love” – also never mentioned) that has stuck with me. The song was originally released in response to the political unrest in Ireland at the time if I remember correctly. The cover makes a notable change in the lyrics, changing “since 1916” to “still in 2018”. It’s powerful to me in light of all that’s going on in the world – especially in the United States right now.
And it got me thinking about something that’s been rattling around in my head for awhile. The Millennials in my country now out number the Baby Boomers. The Baby Boomers have run the country for two whole generations and are now trying to run things for a third. To be clear, I’m not saying they are evil or bad.
What I am saying is each generation shapes the world in their image – or at least desires to. Gen Z, while I don’t think are as big as the Millennials they are bigger than Gen X and the first of them are coming of age to vote. My oldest son will be of age next year.
The tide is rising and change is coming – for better or worse. I’ll share the same advice I give my son: pay attention to how those in office lobby and vote. This is recorded and kept in public documents that you can now access online. Every bill that is lobbied, passed, or vetoed can be read by anyone interested. The names of every person that voted and how they voted is listed in that document. The promises they make may sound good, but the truth is in how they work.
If the records show they aren’t working in your interests or towards the things you believe in, then vote them out. Be informed and vote for those that support the vision you hold for your future and country.
All I ask is that you work for peace. This Gen X’er is tired. I’m tired of seeing in the news people dying senselessly. I’m tired of fearing for the safety of my children. I’m tired of being worried about yet another war.
So what does this have to do with my map? Well, I realized that three islands separated by a river probably ought to be different from each other instead of all being plains. Then my mind began to wonder who lived on these islands. Are they living in peace with each other or are they at odds? Did one island take over the other two? I don’t know yet, but I’ll be sharing the map without any construction so others can answer these questions for themselves.
So three islands, three biomes, and possibly three nations. Still don’t know what I should name the map yet. Right now it has my generic “Toad World” working title.
In the past I’ve usually made these maps featuring a single tree pack, but I’m dissatisfied with how the two forests look the same and I had envisioned the sparse trees in the plains to be much larger. I’m thinking about pulling in additional packs to give this map the life it needs despite the fact I’ve started building on it. I don’t mind starting over if it means getting the over all feel I want. As it is, if I had been thinking, I would have added a fourth island – one for each of the generations today. I kind of like the idea, so I just may roll back and do that.
I’m pleased with how my inn turned out, but I’m thinking the tiling of the town square with the well doesn’t match the theme I ended up with. This usually always happens with the first thing I build on a map. Not sure why.
In any case, that’s what I’ve been working on and what I’ve been thinking about. Need to wrap up the video for the next FFXI episode I’ve been working on and get it uploaded. I plan to share this map as soon as I have it ready, so stay tuned for that. It been quite awhile since I last tinkered in Minecraft. Forgotten how much I enjoyed making terrain.
I hope this weekend greets you with creative energy and good vibes. Much love, light, and laughter to all of you!