Author: theroyalbrick

About theroyalbrick

I am an avid LEGO® brick builder living in the United States.

A Stupendous Adventure – The Hobbit, a Stage Production!

Greetings, all! The Royal Brick, at your service!

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Today’s post is a special one! For the last month, I’ve been practicing for my first ever play. The production is The Hobbit, which is one of my favorite stories of all time, and to top that, the cast members are the most wonderful people! Today is the last day of tech week. Tomorrow, we perform.

I’ve been having so much fun, I couldn’t resist putting some bricks together to try to recreate the magic of this show:

 

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Above is a recreation of our Smaug prop. The very free form nature of the real, paper mache prop is a challenge to recreate in LEGO, but curved and sloped pieces allowed me approximate the shapes . Here’s a (very blurry) picture of the real prop:

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This production has been marked by a lot of goofing around. I think the picture I chose to LEGO-ify shows that (I wish I could say I covered our Bilbo’s face with Martin Freeman’s to protect her identity, but this is really her face…):

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I know that my fellow cast members are reading this, so I’m going to thank. Thank you for being such positive, funnyaccepting, caring, talented individuals. I can genuinely say this production has been one of the highlights of my life, and that all comes down to you!

Thanks for reading everyone, and have an incredible day!

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TheRoyalBlock – 256 Blocks Is the Limit!

You don’t have to be a long time reader to know how fond I am of Steampunk. So it shouldn’t be a surprise then that at the first opportunity, I got to building airships in Minecraft:

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This was one of my first major Creative Mode projectsand the freedom Creative Mode provides compelled me to experiment! This airship became a study in character for me, and I tried to consider how the functions and inhabitants of the ship would inform it’s appearance.

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The clean lines and white quartz blocks create a very regal look, while the vines mixed in bone and snow blocks reveal the ship’s past.

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Now we can meet the captain – except… This is one place where Minecraft fails and LEGO (amongst many other places, I assure you) – characters. There just isn’t a proper equivalent to Minifigures in Minecraft, only other real player avatars.

Because of this, the builder must create character in other ways! I tried to convey the nature if a captain as well as possible by his messy cabin:

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Apparently the crew is more organized – the storage area is much better!

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Now you’ve seen the whole build, so that’s another Minecraft build into the blogosphere!

I hope you enjoyed the tour! See you next time!

TheRoyalBlock – Gateways to Heaven, Hell, and Earth!

Welcome back to The Royal Block! Yesterday I wrote about some of the highlights of my single-player survival adventure. Today I’m going to write about a few builds I’ve created for multiplayer! I had the opportunity to build the most used sites on the server, the dimension gateways!

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The Overworld spawn is where players enter the server for the first time, so I wanted its ‘entrance’ to be fun! A hedge-maze fits the bill:

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Once you’ve completed the hedge-maze you can begin your adventure!

The next build is the Nether gateway area. The Nether gateway needs to fit different requirements than the hedge-maze. It has to be safe to protect from the many dangers of The Nether, a hellish region. I designed a shell of sorts to protect from Ghasts attacks, pigman swarms, and the many other hazards of the Nether:

 

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Incidentally this was my first minecraft circle build:

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Finally, we have come to the End… Oh, no, not the end of the post… The End Dimension. For this gateway, I wanted to create something more regal, something fit for a king:

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I retained major elements of a standard Stronghold portal room, but the ornate quartz blocks contrast the purple of the portals Nether portals to create a unique look:

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These were fun projects to work on – they’ve stood the test of time as I still don’t see much that I would change after 6 months, and it’s great to see these builds being used regularly!

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Now we’ve reached the end (not the End) of the post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

Have a great day!

TheRoyalBlock – Rambles in Minecraft

Hello readers!

Well, The Royal Brick has been on hibernation for the past few months, and The Royal Block has been working in his place!

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I’ve spent the past couple month getting familiarized with the wonderful game that is Minecraft – from its blocks to its glitches! Today I’m going to quickly share my experience in my first Minecraft world, to preface some post about later Minecraft builds I’ve done:

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To begin, let me show you my first home – the obligatory Minecraft castle:

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This is where it all began for me. On the first Minecraft night, I dug a whole in the ground here to get away from the creepers, and the castle was built up over time. I learned the basics of Minecraft building with this build – I even did my first redstone for the piston door!

After building up the castle, I got to work advancing in the game! I found my first glimmering diamonds, traveled to the Nether, and cured my first zombie villager!

After that, I decided to head off and explore the infinite world, and oh the sights I would see! Here are some postcard pics I snagged of the strange and wonderful world I discovered on my travels!

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I also had some paranormal sightings while off in the unknown, from creepers in cauldrons, to floating skeletons:

 

When I returned home, I began to gear up for the ultimate battle. I headed off to the End dimension to fight The Ender Dragon!

While the Dragon Battle is not endgame for Minecraft (in fact, there is no real objective or end in the game), it did mark the end of the adventures in my first survival world, and spurred the creation of a multiplayer server with some friends.

I’ve done much more building and experimentation there – perhaps I’ll write about that soon!

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Anyway, that’s it for now. I’m hoping to do more post about LEGO now that I’m regularly building with LEGO again!

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!