Friday, 30 January 2015

Exclusinterview: Jacob Granberry (WesterosCraft)

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Yup, that structure up there was made in Minecraft, and there's a lot more of it. Westeros Craft was started in 2012 by a group of people wanting to make the Game of Thrones continent, and they're still going, with 125+ people working hard by building, creating textures and interiors to give the full Game of Thrones experience. I talk to the project leader, Jacob Granberry, about how the project's going...

So you've been working on WesterosCraft for 4 years: why are you so determined to create Westeros in Minecraft, and what's kept you going?

I'm just such a huge fan of both Game of Thrones and Minecraft that I just want to see it through.  Since the start of the project our community has grown from a dozen people to hundreds of builders and thousands of community members.  The momentum is too great to stop now!

How far are you into building Westeros, and what are the main landmarks you need to build?

We are about 60-70% done.  We are currently in the middle of rebuilding Kings Landing, which consists of at least 3 thousand unique houses.  We still have a few major landmarks to build, including Winterfell, Oldtown and Highgarden.

What's your favourite build in Westeros you've made so far?

My personal favorite build is Dragonstone.  Making an entire castle where the towers consist of stone dragons, and actually making the towers 'livable' was quite a challenge but overall I think it's the best looking castle on our server.  

What are you planning to build after you finish Westeros?

Essos, of course!

Last of all, if you could immediately build any TV/Movie world without having to manually build it, what would it be?

Well, I think the most obvious answer would be Game of Thrones, but my second choice would be the Star Wars universe. Different planets would be super cool to explore!

WesterosCraft is still in development, but can be downlaoded on the WesterosCraft website.

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