Hello, and welcome to Project: Black Tower! The basic idea of this project is that, on hearing of how Corruption and the new Hallow spread in Hard Mode, I became somewhat concerned over bad things happening to the old Biomes I know and......well, okay, not love, but like to kill things in. Furthermore, as Hard Mode is, well, Hard, I wanted to have a secure base of operations for when I started it. So, one day, I summoned the Wall of Flesh on the end of this massive bridge behind me, raised by Minishark to slay the beast....and it appeared behind me, chasing me off the bridge and eventually crushing me to death. .....So, not my brightest hour. Anyways, I respawned long before my guide (Rest in Peace, Jack!) I decided to start building a base to pass the time, so I went to my old base (which, though nice, I had basically outgrown), grabbed the furnace I had replaced with a Hellforge earlier, plopped it next to my dinky old Obsidian Generator, and started building. I may have gotten a bit....ahem.....carried away. I have yet to even go try killing the WoF again, though waiting on my Lava Vat to refill I did finish getting Molten Gear. I used all that obsidian to-ah, just take a look. Yep. I spent a long time generating Obsidian. ....A long, long time generating obsidian. Anyways, here are some more images. (Fair Warning-while I write this the pictures aren't coming up, but if the actual post doesn't have them I'll try and fix it later, or just put links to the pics on my Steam account.) Shown here is the Active Stone mechanism which blocks things from just climbing in-as well as giving me the opportunity to lock myself out and have to climb the darn thing all the way to the top. Please don't stand in it-you'll get hurt when it closes or, worse, make it where I have to fix it! Shown here is the crafting area. Somewhat bare, but with the highest-tier crafting amenities available before Hard Mode contained within. The Anvil and Forge will be updated once I'm in Hard Mode. Here we have the Library, home to local bibliophile Jacob the Guide, close relative to my old Guide Jack! Immediately above the library, so that there is a medical proffessional on hand when if someone should cruelly throw a Guide Voodoo Doll into lava and cause poor Jacob to explode, is the infirmary-so that his pieces can be gathered and disposed of properly. On duty in this luxurious infirmary-equipped with quadruple beds and potion-making station-is our head nurse Katherine. Here we have the Armory, tended by-as is appropriate-proffessional Arms Dealer Bronson. While there is just the one set of armor here now, I plan on cleaning out my old base and old world to fill up the other Mannequins. If I still don't have all the sets, I will simply have to use any excess metals I have once the Tower is relatively complete-or at least I don't have any ideas on what else to do with it. .....Incidentally, I've caught Katherine in here a few times. So....go Bronson! Here is a design I am really, truly proud of. When my old Obsidian Generator proved insufficient for my needs, I designed this Mass Obsidian Generator. It uses pumps and, in the Lava Vat, a design quirk I discoverd completely by accident to allow you to use a Molten Pickaxe and gather 140 pieces of Obsidian before having to stop and let the lava refill. Using this and similar designs, I advise you to be careful not to run the lava out-if you do that, you'll have to get several bucketfuls just to prime the darn thing again. Besides, that 140 Obsidian makes for 70 bricks or 280 brick backgrounds-this thing is usually almost primed again by the time I come back to it, though I do get sidetracked often. Since it uses pumps, it even refills itself automatically without buckets! We at Project: Black Tower are not just about creating neat obsidian generators and overfilled libraries, however; we also care about preserving the environment. How does Project Black Tower preserve the environment, you ask? Well..... Digging a big chunk of it up and putting it on the balcony seems to work well! Yes, in response to the coming spread of Corruption and Hallow through sand, stone, mud, and dirt, we have taken large chunks of these elements and remade four biomes so far on our scenic balcony 'biocubes', with materials added to them in a shape 100 blocks wide and 25 blocks deep before scenic terraforming (hills, occasionally tunnels) is applied to create biomes so realistic the game can't tell they're fake! Our Desert Biome, pictured above, has actually spawned Antlions before. ....Okay, once, and I'm half convinced it was just to freak me out while I was installing the floor on the one above it, but I'm trying to figure out what qualifies a biome for monsters to spawn. ....I'd, uh, appreciate a hint on that, incidentally. Pictured above is the Jack Guide Memorial Park, established in honor of my old guide Jack, who died when some evil handsome man threw a voodoo doll of him into the fires of Hell. I like to sit in the bench at the far end, over the pond, to relax when it occurs to me just how many blocks I still have to place building this darn thing. This biome also doubles as something of a tree farm, as well as providing acorns for later reforestation of the land below once the Hallow and Corruption finish fighting it out. Seen above is our scenic Jungle Biome, which (in addition to providing a bit of extra wood [giggity]) has so far spawned all types of Jungle monster except for Hornets. While, give that the Jungle Bats keep finding their way in, I'm not too torn up over a lack of giant stinging insects, I would like to know if anyone sees anything wrong here that might keep them from spawning aside from being so far above ground. And, last but not least, here we have our simulate ocean. Because future generations should be able to get eaten by sharks too, darnit! Notedly, however, the only thing that's spawned here is goldfish. I don't know it it's the fact that it's so high up or so far from the edges 0f the map, but it is so far the only artificial biome not to register as the real deal to the game. I may later install a jellyfish statue on a timer-just for ambience...... Well, that's all I have as of now; 12:07 AM of December 2011, just barely the Eve of the Eve of Christmas. Happy Holidays, all. Oh, and here's my To-Do List: -Oversized Storage Vault (For storing all my stuff-preferably with enough chests and barrels to do so in an organized manner!) -Merchant's Quarter (A fancy floor, double-wide, where the Merchant, Demolitionist, and Tailor shall sell their wares, unless I find somewhere else for them that's more appropriate.) -Orbital Laboratory/Observatory (Waaaay up at the top, where the sky goes starry and gravity starts failing. Populated by Tinkerer and possibly Mechanic (though I may give them a dedicated love nest elsewhere, just for laughs) with a testing area to examine, say, if Hallow spreads faster than Corruption. -Throne Room (....Need I say more? I NEED a comfy chair after working on this thing all day!) -Arboretum (To replace my old greenhouse, which is actually the Tower's current foundation. Also to host the Dryad, for....well, is there somewhere more appropriate for her? -Apothecary (Across from the Arboretum, preferably, with the Wizard, possibly a Bookcase, and most definitely potion crafting amenities. -Bathroom (Well, I have a lot of floors to fill, and since we can now place toilets and bathtubs I just about have to put one of these in.) -More Biomes! (A Snow Biome and a custom Meteorite Biome, likely farther out from the tower than the initial four biomes since I already have enemies that don't go through walls getting in somehow.) -Corruption and Hallow Distant Containment Units (Double-deep Corruption and Hallow samples. In addition to being much further out from the main tower compared to the other biomes, as a precaution against the two spreading their 'baskets' will be insulated with Pearlstone Bricks for the Corruption and Demonite Bricks for the Hallow. -Contributions from Viewers like YOU! Yes, I'm taking suggestions. At this point I'm considering having the tower stretch from the top of the world to the bottom, so I have to fill the floors with something! UPDATE-Statue Gallery The Black Tower Project Team: -Me -Me -The Voices in My Head (the ones that speak English words other than 'BURNBURNBURN', anyways) -and ME!