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Fox
11-20-2013, 11:57 AM
I've always wanted to see a Skycraper in this game, so I decided to make my own. I plan on having as many floors as the game will let me. Meaning, there will be 48 floors total, one of them being the rooftop where there'll be a lightning rod, a bunker style entrance, a typical ledge all the way around and of course a lot of AC units. I forgot to make a few basements for parking... oh well (I technically could always add them in later, just need to be careful, lol).

I'm only about 6 hours into it so far and I have the feeling I'll need to put in at least 30 more hours before the main structure of it is done and I don't plan on decorating the inside too much because by then I'll be so bored of this project... at most, I'll fully complete the first floor. I really wish there was a copy paste button though, lol. I don't plan on working on this forever so if Alpha 4 comes out, then I'll end the project right then and there.

Problems I've encountered so far are: industrial glass panes are still one direction only, can't have double doors, there's no floor and staircase suitable for large office buildings, can't seem to place wall panels correctly to cover the reinforced concrete structure, some floors cannot be leveled out no matter how many torches you place and remove.

Here are the pics of it so far (click to enlarge images):

http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/th_staircase10floors.png (http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/staircase10floors-1.png) . . http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/th_1stflooroutside.png (http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/1stflooroutside-1.png) . . http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/th_Entranceupto3rdfloor.png (http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/Entranceupto3rdfloor-1.png) . . http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/th_3rdflooroutside.png (http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/3rdflooroutside-1.png)

Will post more pics tomorrow, till then, I'm tired and need to do something in RL so that my day hasn't been a complete waste, lol.

Scroowd
11-20-2013, 02:42 PM
looking pretty good, can't wait to see some more pics! :D

Stignos
11-20-2013, 04:24 PM
Hmmmmm what would the maximum number of floors be if we went rite down to the very bottom of the map? 100 maybe? How many blocks each floor?

I can't say I see deep valleys in this game... we could use an area that had mode head space for projects like this...

RedMist
11-20-2013, 04:41 PM
Empire State Building has 103 floors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_State_Building

So GIT BUILDING BOI!!!!

Fox
11-20-2013, 04:49 PM
Thanks Scroowd :)

From what I've seen, the low areas are just shallow lakes, so unfortunately, it doesn't really matter where I build it. I would guess it to be 190ish blocks down to bedrock. The skyscraper is 4 blocks per floor... so theoretically, I could make it approximately 98 floors. But there's no friggen way I'm digging that much for something no one will ever really see. 48 floors to the sky is already going to take forever to do, digging downwards would take at least 5x the amount of time to do, and not to mention the major risk of collapse while not paying enough attention... The square footage of the building is just huge. But like I said in the OP, depending how things go, I might make 2 or 3 basements for parking just to square it off to 50 floors total.

I agree that the terrain needs more dips and mountains... right now it's just a flat land with hills and shallow lakes added onto it.

@RedMist, lol, I guess if I was really just trying to make as many floors as possible, I could have just gone 3 high instead of 4 which would give me 64 floors + 64 basement levels... lol

squiddie
11-21-2013, 09:50 AM
from derville land level to bedrock is about 60 blocks

Stignos
11-21-2013, 12:16 PM
from derville land level to bedrock is about 60 blocks

That is good to know, if anyone encounters a lower area in the game it would be great to know, I have a few projects in the works and this could actually help quite a bit.

Fox
11-21-2013, 02:35 PM
from derville land level to bedrock is about 60 blocks
That's it?!?! omg, I thought it'd be much lower than that.

Here's a few more pics of today's work. 6 1/2 more hours into it and I'm on the 11th floor now. Noticed another glitch... some of the floor refuses to stay level even after placing torches in different ways on it.

http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/floorleveling.png?t=1385044175

http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/Somefloorsdontlevelout.png?t=1385044194

http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/11thfloortopdownview.png?t=1385044167

http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/11floorsoutside.png?t=1385044158

Hellevik
11-21-2013, 03:18 PM
awsome! i have always wanted to make a Skycraper. but it wil take forever alone... do you need any help?

Kingfury4
11-21-2013, 03:19 PM
We need a city of skyscrapers, one day. Nice work though.

Fox
11-21-2013, 03:33 PM
awsome! i have always wanted to make a Skycraper. but it wil take forever alone... do you need any help?
I usually play sometime after midnight for about 6 hours... GMT -5. If that works with you (aka you live in Australia or somewhere near there, lol), then I don't see why not. I have a severe sleep disorder... I currently sleep during the day now :p


We need a city of skyscrapers, one day. Nice work though.
I completely agree... just imagine a few skyscrapers all falling apart and very difficult and risky to try to reach the top in order to find some good loot. Granted, mine is built ridiculously strong, but if the devs implemented them, they could make it as unstable as the lighthouses and have entire sections of it broken off.

CraigusMcGooch
11-21-2013, 04:34 PM
Nice work Fox.

MonkyD
11-21-2013, 04:43 PM
Awesome, cant wait to bring it down!

Fox
11-21-2013, 04:49 PM
Nice work Fox.
Thanks :)


Awesome, cant wait to bring it down!
lol, I'm thinking about sharing the save files for ppl to take a better look at it and do what they want to it. But I'm afraid some jerk will just make a video of it and claim it as their own or something. But yes, when I'm done with it, I will be experimenting with it using the rocket launcher, lol.


I'm thinking about adding a feature on the outside of the building for every 10th floor... to add variety to a generic looking building. Unfortunately, I don't know how to fly, so getting that outside feature isn't going to be easy... especially since the 10th floor wall is already up. Oh well... something to think about for tomorrow.

squiddie
11-21-2013, 05:34 PM
fox . that is outstanding.

JayzenFreeze
11-21-2013, 06:58 PM
I love the fact that glass panes can be placed in both directions but zombies break right through it.

Fox
11-21-2013, 07:05 PM
I love the fact that glass panes can be placed in both directions but zombies break right through it.
What do you mean break right through it? Also, industrial glass is still 1 direction only.


fox . that is outstanding.
Thanks. :)

Kingpin
11-21-2013, 07:28 PM
hello, 1st post here
so i pretty much registered and logged in to say its epic, but the most important thing is: how the hell do you protect this at night ? or is it some sort of creative mode or wut


btw what does the fox say
sry had to

Fox
11-21-2013, 07:41 PM
hello, 1st post here
so i pretty much registered and logged in to say its epic, but the most important thing is: how the hell do you protect this at night ? or is it some sort of creative mode or wut


btw what does the fox say
sry had to
lol, I say anything that makes no sense...

And yes, I'm playing in creative mode with no zombies... but to be honest, it really wouldn't take much to make that zombie proof. Besides the fact that zombies can't see or hear you when you're really high up in the sky, they'll never agro on you while up there shooting at them. (learned that when I was up in the lighthouse)

It's awesome to see someone register an account just to compliment my creation. Thank you :)

Kingpin
11-21-2013, 07:47 PM
no problem mate, I'm waiting for more

Fox
11-21-2013, 07:52 PM
no problem mate, I'm waiting for more
Well, I'm heading off to bed now, but will probably post a bunch more pics tomorrow. Should have hopefully 10 more floors and a few new features on the outside of the building.

JayzenFreeze
11-21-2013, 08:23 PM
I mean they break glass much faster than any thing else. then break in easier.

Fox
11-22-2013, 12:55 PM
You guys aren't going to believe this, but I got the stupid vertices error on my skyscraper. I was just finishing the 20th floor when it happened. I PMed Doc about it, but if there's no fix for it, then I'll have no choice but to roll back to an older save which means I'll be back to the 15th floor knocking 2 1/2 to 3 hours off my efforts... I'll even lose the new entrance area I made for it.

http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/ohno.png

Stisis
11-22-2013, 01:23 PM
Ouch.

DocHussey
11-22-2013, 01:31 PM
Hey man, like I said, it's a Unity engine limit and they are working on some fixings for it. I'd reccomend that you either roll back and try to build a little less or wait and see what happens with the texturing down the line man.

JayzenFreeze
11-22-2013, 01:43 PM
What causes that to happen?

DocHussey
11-22-2013, 02:19 PM
Too many overly detailed models within a chunk

Fox
11-22-2013, 02:49 PM
Too many overly detailed models within a chunk
What Doc means to say is I have too much awesome in one area, lol.

I rebuilt what I could and now I've reached the peak of where the chunk doesn't have a meltdown. So now it's a matter of waiting for the next update, till then I can't continue building. I'm so glad I back up my saves... I figured something would eventually happen.

19 floors, 7 hours today, and I have mixed feelings about the front entrance, wouldn't mind some opinions or suggestions on it.

http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/frontentrance.png

http://i743.photobucket.com/albums/xx78/turgsh01/Important/19thflooroutside.png

Also, if the devs need this building to test their vertices fix or w/e, just let me know and I'll hook them up :)

Winterfellhard
11-23-2013, 11:41 AM
well my god fox, i thought I had one grand creation, but you sir. You take the cake, cookie and the fruit punch. Congrats on having the biggest building in 7d2d. Devs should totally take this and make it a perm spot in the world ;)

Fox
11-23-2013, 12:18 PM
lol, thanks... that was sort of my goal... to make the biggest and tallest building in 7D2D and test the limits of the game / chunks to make sure it can handle large structures before making something fancier.

And I totally agree that the devs should add a skyscraper to the game, maybe not mine cuz mine is missing a lot of textures to give it a business look (can only use house textured blocks which doesn't look nice in there). Also, I built mine out of reinforced concrete even though I could have easily gotten away with just regular concrete (just wanted to make sure it would never collapse one me, lol). But they should make a skyscraper with like a third of it missing from collapse and stuff... giving players the option to explore a massive building and risk further collapses as we try to reach the next floor, etc...

Stignos
11-23-2013, 04:50 PM
Looks good man, if only the game had glass panelling for the outer walls of the building, it would be a proper skyscraper. Maybe we will get it in the future?

I am saving my behemoth project for when the world creator comes out. That will be interesting.

Evan Better Presents
11-23-2013, 06:09 PM
Fox, that is awesome, but I am not sure the tallest building award can go to you...
Alpha 1 footage


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc6JzwFKDYI&feature=share&list=PLBECVQlLCALAOSmUkBy3mUmFWDho4ltMs&index=1

Squiddy has since (Alpha 3.0) built a tower from the Bedrock to the sky box, hopefully he'll post the video soon.

Fox
11-24-2013, 01:33 PM
Fox, that is awesome, but I am not sure the tallest building award can go to you...
Alpha 1 footage


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc6JzwFKDYI&feature=share&list=PLBECVQlLCALAOSmUkBy3mUmFWDho4ltMs&index=1

Squiddy has since (Alpha 3.0) built a tower from the Bedrock to the sky box, hopefully he'll post the video soon.
Well, props to him, but I bet mine took a lot longer to make... also the fact that the game doesn't even allow me to continue building any further due to the complexity of it kind of says a lot too. Once A4 comes out, I'll continue to the top and claim my prize once and for all. :p


Looks good man, if only the game had glass panelling for the outer walls of the building, it would be a proper skyscraper. Maybe we will get it in the future?

I am saving my behemoth project for when the world creator comes out. That will be interesting.
I agree, glass paneling would have made this look so much nicer.

When world creator comes out, projects like mine will probably be so quick and easy to make, especially if they add a copy paste button. When World creator comes out, it will be a sad day for me.

Stignos
11-24-2013, 03:35 PM
Its not a competition man...
Just think about the amazing maps we will be able to get from the community! Classic tributes! Different areas of the USA and even the world. Real life building recreations.... It will take projects like these to a whole new level.

Fox
11-24-2013, 03:43 PM
It may not be a competition, but I'd hate to see 20+ hours worth of building be reduced to half hour in world creator mode as that would leave me thinking I wasted so much time for nothing.

Winterfellhard
11-24-2013, 03:54 PM
Nah its not that easy fox. Speaking as a player of minecraft, and someone who used mc edit, and world edit for minecraft. Yes you could quickly clear huge sections of the map and stuff, but when it came to build (at least for me) I always found it easier to build in the actually game itself wether in creative with fly or just the normal game itself.

Also i dont think that a world editor program will be out anytime soon for this game, but i could be very much wrong on the subject.

Stignos
11-24-2013, 03:57 PM
It may not be a competition, but I'd hate to see 20+ hours worth of building be reduced to half hour in world creator mode as that would leave me thinking I wasted so much time for nothing.

Its all in the name of progress Fox, all in the name of progress!

Fox
11-24-2013, 04:01 PM
well, for something like my skyscraper where all the floors are pretty much identical, copy paste after the first floor is built in a normal fashion, I'd say 15 seconds and I've reached the top if I was building it in Minecraft. I was really good with World Edit in MC until all the large modpacks took over my interests, since then, I forgot a lot of the commands.

Winterfellhard
11-24-2013, 04:15 PM
Ahh yeah, being that all the floors are identical yeah, i suppose you could just copy paste them though id be interested in how that works with the physics lol.

JayzenFreeze
11-24-2013, 09:35 PM
We all have built sky scrapers in 7 days one of mine had a water fall way up and down it, but I think the importance is in the quality of the building like fixes not just its height. Yours is cool to I just like fox's intricacy.

spiceytacos
11-24-2013, 11:21 PM
really cool good work fox, it's a miracle you get anything done with how much you post on the forums. (I mean that in a joking way of course)

DocHussey
11-26-2013, 04:11 PM
Alright Fox, ship me the broken save again so that can send it up...

Northstorm
11-26-2013, 04:44 PM
yet im the only one to jump from the top into a puddle of water. EPIC AWARD plz

Fox
11-26-2013, 09:38 PM
Alright Fox, ship me the broken save again so that can send it up...
I sent you a PM of the save before it breaks... so it's technically not broken yet but should be easily broken after filling in the ceiling.


yet im the only one to jump from the top into a puddle of water. EPIC AWARD plz
Pfft, I did that during my first test with heights... as did many others I'm sure. You're just the first to post a video of it so far. Plz go troll someplace else.

Northstorm
11-27-2013, 01:24 AM
Pfft, I did that during my first test with heights... as did many others I'm sure. You're just the first to post a video of it so far. Plz go troll someplace else.

what ever kid keep the hate alive, really are some bum hurters on this forum

iTwAsLucK
11-27-2013, 01:32 AM
what ever kid keep the hate alive, really are some bum hurters on this forum

Watched your video a few days ago, it was cool.
But claiming to be the first is a little whack. I tried it on my second day of playing, and I don't doubt that fox has also tried it :P

Northstorm
11-27-2013, 01:54 AM
Watched your video a few days ago, it was cool.
But claiming to be the first is a little whack. I tried it on my second day of playing, and I don't doubt that fox has also tried it :P

glad you liked it, but if you check i never claimed to be the first others did that for me. What i said was
yet im the only one to jump from the top into a puddle of water. EPIC AWARD plz I would have thought the EPIC AWARD plz was for Lolz and that the comment was of a fun nature. But like someone said i was the first to upload a video in it, first to me then.

LeastConcern
11-27-2013, 02:52 AM
Noticed another glitch... some of the floor refuses to stay level even after placing torches in different ways on it.

What I do is place a block of destroyed stone on top of the uneven areas and then remove it with the pick axe - you could probably use any material but I use destroyed stone because it only takes one swing to remove it. I should point out that I don't use creative mode though, in case it matters.

Fox
12-14-2013, 01:53 AM
Any updates on this issue yet? Not looking to rush anything, but just checking in to see if there's any progress so far or ETA on it or if I should consider to just scrap the whole thing and forget about it. It's been over 2 weeks since the last dev spoke to me about it so I'm just curious.

Screenshot using Alpha 5 update
http://i.imgur.com/NycLSAL.jpg

Victorya
12-14-2013, 06:08 PM
Nice! Really nice! Just awesome! :3