Here is the deal: Every day, unless time or connection intervenes, I'll add more textures. It is up to you whether you'll provide feedback and what it will be. This way the thread will hopefully stay fresh and keep people interested. I'm open to suggestions, but demands will be pointed and laughed upon. This will be released as a full-fledged texture pack, once enough textures have been made. All of the sixteen hundred textures will be done sooner or later. For those of you who don't feel like waiting months (as if) for a complete release can help themselves to this work-in-progress release, enjoy: DOWNLOAD(Latest release date: 4.January 2014) I would like to issue an apology to the first few posters whose posts were deleted in the name of future updates. Posts have only limited space and my wisecracks do not help in this matter, but I will try to keep them short and sweet. And of course a thanks goes to confuzzledyma and Kane, who helped in this matter. P.S.These textures are not up for grabs! If you ask nicely, however, I can be persuaded to make you some. They will be released as a texture pack eventually, so please wait patiently. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Day 1 Toolmaking is one of the obvious sign of intelligence. Indeed humans are not the only species that uses simple tools, apes and even certain kinds of birds share this achievement. People, however, are by far the most skilled in this endeavour. While wood is a prevalent material in most of tools, serving as shafts and hilts, the rest is pretty much free game. Tools have been made using anything solid, ranging from iron to precious metals, creating anything and everything from hammers to axes or swords of all sizes. Unfortunately the ability to create tools, does not grant the ability to use them responsibly. Day 2 Day 3 Wood is one of the most beautiful and useful resources in the whole world. Everything from the color, smoothness, texture of the grains, even the smell is a feast for the senses, not only that, but wood is incredibly tough, yet flexible, making it the material of choice for pretty much every craftsman. The sturdy, robust atribute of wood can be seen in the wooden hammers and the flexible nature of wood is readily apparent in bows. The only thing that wood does poorly is keeping a sharp edge. For that reason, wooden swords are either used for training purposes only or use wood as a bed for sharp objects that do the actual cutting. Among the the most common are shark or other animal teeth or stone shards, whether it be flint or obsidian pieces. Regardless, wood can be fashioned in all manner of tools. While they may not be the best, wood is always in fashion. Day 4 Phaseblades are peculiar inventions indeed. While nobody can dispute their merit as a weapon of war, their origins and inner workings are shrouded in mystery or worse yet, technobabble. Different people will have different explanations of how the blades work. Some say they are laser beams in special optic cables that will release the laser beam when bent. Others have a more high-tech idea of plasma trapped in an energy field. Regardless, what we do know is that while different gemstones affect the color of the blades, they do not affect their effectiveness and their role remains a mystery to this day. Day 5 Pointy sticks and their subsequent evolutions, such as the spears, tridents lances or polearms, are one of the most ancient weapons available to humans. Starting with little more than a straight branch charred in the fire to produce sharp end, it has come through many iterations, before becoming the weapons used today. While not the most modern of weapons, the broadhead spears or the gilded tridents have a decent reach and keeping the enemies away from your body is rarely a bad thing. Still, the fact remains, that they are relics and no self-respecting smith would bother to craft one today, unless special materials are used. Day 6 Bottles are a one of the oldest inventions. Ever since the discovery of glass, whether it be volcanic glass, or glass made by lightning strikes in the desert, the idea was there. Just as clay jars were used for storage before, glass jars were the natural evolution. Glass itself is mostly made from silicon dioxide or quartz, mostly found in the form of sand. In the end, the value of the bottle is decided by the content within. Whether that be simple water, or whatever else you put in it. Certain enchanted bottles would even contain a magical cloud, which would considerably decrease the weight of the person carrying it, thus allowing for jumping higher with considerable ease. Day 7 Harpoons have, like most contemporary weapons started, as a hunting tools, in the case of harpoons, a fishing tool. The actual harpoons are in fact only the projectiles. At first, the harpoons were jagged spears, sometimes combined with sharp stones or bones to serve as hooks so that the fish wouldn't slip off. As time progressed, bigger harpoons were created for the hunt of bigger fish and whales. In the end, the harpoons would be fired by explosive charges out of mounted guns. In the end, the handheld harpoon cannon would be the logical conclusion, firing a demonite spear connected via a chain for quick and easy refire. Harpoons are delivered by the convenient means of a goblin invasion, providing postal service, entertainment and ample target practice. Day 8 Sphere is a the perfect geometric shape. Thus it is of no surprise that so many objects within the natural world assume this shape. While we know of the origins of many spherical objects found in nature, shadow orbs remain a mystery to this day. Many theories exist regarding their presence within the corruption, but nobody has yet to prove anything conclusively. If the shadow orbs are a mystery, sphere of light would be even more of one, since it is often contained within the shadow orbs themselves. Whether there is some natural reason for it or it is all just an elaborate allegory regarding the corruption of light, or vice versa, the shadow always containing a core of light, remains a mystery. Regardless, one ought to enjoy the gifts received by destroying the corrupt spheres and take solace in knowing the items contained within shall be used for good. Right? Day 9 Day 10 Knife throwing is an art as widespread and pervasive as knives and daggers themselves. Just about every culture has it in one form or another. While not as lethal as arrows at range or short swords in close quarters, throwing knives have been the go to backup weapon for many warriors. Because the daggers lack the penetration, the craftier fighters would smear theirs with deadly poison. Some, more powerful, would even go to greater lengths and craft themselves enchanted blades. Such weapons would reappear in the hand of the wielder mere moments after being thrown, though, at the cost of one's inner power. Throwing knives are not a weapon for everyone, but a skilled warrior could put them to good use. Day 11 These are not the pathetic zombies of today, infected by a strain of rabies, nor the dried out bodies of the old. These unfortunate souls are re-animated corpses of fellow humans, forcefully brought back to life, by powers unknown as a mockery of their previous self. The shackles and strips of tattered cloth are the only thing left to tell their story. They were not allowed the comfort of their graves, no, these hapless beings were brought back mere days after their demise, their limbs half eaten by their nighmarish peers, their eyes pecked out by crows and their insides hollowed out by maggots. The hunger they feel is only made worse by the last spark of humanity left in their rotting brains, horrified at their fate and disgusted by their own actions. Now, the blind horrors creep towards your doorstep, called by the pounding of your heart, the smell of your fear and the taste of your blood. Hoping for redemption...and a bite of your flesh. Day 12 Nobody knows where your companions draw their stock from, but obviously money is still a powerful force in the world, to the point of instilling mercenary qualities in most people. Your compatriots would gladly risk their lives by denying equipment to the only people that can offer some semblance of protection, purely for the sake of vulgar capitalism. Common sense would dictate that money would lose value after the fall of society, yet this has proven not to be the case. Maybe it was the ubiquity and convenience of the ancient currency, but the money is here to stay and but one question remains: Why are the monsters hoarding it? Day 13 Land of magic does not mean a land devoid of modern technology, although, in this case, modern might be an overstatement. While long outdated, the Terraria Arms I95 "flintlock" revolver and the I96 "Musket" sniper rifle are still reliable, sturdy firearms. Any good gunman will be able to find their mark with either of the weapons, as their accuracy is second to none. Undoubtedly, these weapons will find their fans among the starting adventurers who will enjoy their newfound sense of power. No bow can compare to the feeling of the squeeze of a trigger, the powerful kickback and above all, the hole left in the unfortunate target. Day 14 There is no place more beautiful than open desert. Sea of dunes, endlessly flowing and shifting, waves upon waves of sand. Tiny whispers of rolling grains build up until the desert roars and the wind howls in answer. Barren place, seemingly devoid of all things living and even more beautiful for it. There is a sense of purity in the landscape without the taint of life. You are alive. Every step you take is an abomination. A blight upon the face of the sands. Fear not, however. The desert will punish you. And swallow you whole. Day 15 Time. It is the indispensable twin of space. Everybody knows what time means, yet nobody is certain of its exact nature. Is it a mere continuation of events, a one way street from cause to the effect? Why is its flow affected by speed and even gravity? Regardless of the lack of knowledge, time can be worked and... toyed with. It can be cut to manageable chunks by the periodical revolution of the planet around the Sun and even further by the rotation of the planet itself. Smarter people would even craft elaborate mechanisms and slice the time into even smaller portions. This concept would be revised and refined during the ages until a point is reached when the pieces of time are imperceivable and indeed inconceivable for regular human beings. But such devices are rare and one can be very much satisfied with a lesser time machine. These pocket watches will do... Day 16 The meadow is the greatest armory you will ever need. The fruit of the right tree can prove more powerful than the sharpest blade. The strenght of the smallest flower can outmatch any bow. The right herb will heal the wounds, unbound the shackles of gravity, awaken the powers within oneself. The right ingredients, the right procedures, the right mixture, the right temperature can make all the difference. With the right knowledge, the world is your weapon. Day 17 Gold. Aurum. Au. Atomic number 79. Soft, heavy, yellow metal revered throughout ages for it's beauty, long recognized as a symbol of value and status. The warm glow, the sharp gleam has drawn the eyes of humanity ever since the first grains of gold were seen glittering in the riverbeds or slithering out of quartz formations already as pure as if fresh out of a melting pot... The promise of gold sparked wars, launched expeditions, fuelled treason and hatred and inspired artists all over the world. And with a bit of magic, it can serve to craft items stronger than any made of iron. Whether you crave a symbol of power, jewellery or just chemically resistant material, gold is there for you. Day 18 Rings have a long history in most cultures. Circles, a known representation of eternity, combined with the precious metals and stones produce a powerful symbolism. Usually rings do not have much value beyond the immediate price of materials used or sometimes a ceremonial, sentimental or symbolic meaning. These, however would be different. While seemingly equivalent to their mundane peers, these rings offer a very important utilitarian value. Simply wearing the ring greatly accelerates the healing process in one case and restores one's inner strenght in the other. They are not exactly all the rage, fashion-wise, but they might save your life. Day 19 Copper or Cuprum, as everyone's favourite dead language has it, was the one of the first metals subdued by humankind, thanks to its low melting point. At first used exclusively, later on mixed with tin to produce bronze. While not nearly as valued as gold or silver, copper can still offer its services to skilled jewellers, tool-makers and armorers. Widely used as a cheap, but reliable conductor of electricity, prime material for sculpting or base for jewellery. Primitive civilizations and starting adventurers might use copper as their starting material, the aesthetics of the material allow it to be viable resource long after it's structural specifications are superseded by other materials...some people simply find it pretty. Day 20 Bioluminiscence provides a wide variety of uses. It helps to attract potential mates, lure prey or symbiotic organisms. It provides a means of defense for a number of deep-sea creatures. Squids will shoot shining liquid instead black ink that their shallow water equivalents use. Jellyfish would project a bright flash to blind predators. Now, chemically produced light is available to humans. Glowstics depend on mixing two compounds which in combining emit a steady stream of light. Very useful for underwater or extreme weather exploration. Or just simply as a backup lightsource. Above all, they are indispensable for any and all rave parties. Day 21 Oaks are and have been for quite some time seen as the iconic trees. This was mostly due to them being rather wide-spread, but more importantly, for their amazing properties. Oak wood is incredibly strong and when processed properly, can exceed steel in usefulness, strength and reliability, especially under water. But it's not just the wood that makes oaks exceptional. Leaves of some oaks don't fall for winter and only die when they are to be replaced by a younger leaf. Acorns carrying the seed from which new oaks spring are important source of food of many woodland creatures. It comes as no surprise that oak leaves and branches as are often used as important heraldic symbols, most often a symbol of strength. The oaks have many other wonderful properties. Among the most important, oak barrels are crucial for the production of the finest whiskey and other alcoholic beverages. Day 22 Wood may rot, stone may crumble, but iron is forever. Iron and it's many alloys are the foundation of most of current technology. It is the lifeblood of the human race, both figuratively and literally. For millennia iron was the symbol of strength and power and at the dawn of civilization, iron was considered just as precious as gold or silver. Interestingly enough, only impure iron rusts, pure iron is impervious to corrosion. And of course rust itself is what gives the blood its red color. Simply said, iron is the mainstay, the workhorse of the metals and you should learn to embrace it. Oh... by the way. It was not actually a joke. Iron may eventually be the only element in the whole universe left as other elements would slowly turn themselves into iron 56. Those of you with foresight and eternal life, should invest into iron gear. Day 23 Have you ever wondered how the shafts in the corruption got made?. Why is it corruption and only corruption that is riddled with these chasms? Where do the corrupt monsters spawn from? What horrible sickness afflicts the land of corruption? What horror sleeps bellow? Food for thought:What are the shadow spheres? Eggs, maybe? Seeds of something unspeakable? Day 24 Silver has been the symbol of purity and light for millennia. While not held in as high regard as gold, silver still finds many admirers for its clean, white look. It was the purity and the quality of reflection that led to silver being used in mirrors, first exclusively, later on as a small layer at the back of a glass panel. It has been long rumoured to be an effective material to use against creatures of the night such as werewolves and vampires. These are of for most part unfounded as silver bullets have been found to be only marginally more efficient than lead bullets. Silver is a soft metal, but given proper enchantments can be even stronger than iron. Day 25 The world is not unchangeable. What is corrupt, can be purified, what is pure can be corrupt. It needn't be forceful... the finest dust can become the seed from which the change spawns. Such is the way of the world and humans have mastered the art of subduing one's surroundings to perfection. With these, you are being handed the means by which you do just that. Wear gloves when while handling. For external use only. Day 26 Demonite is a strange material. It stems from the heart of corruption itself, it is the lifeblood of many dark creatures, stronger than most known metals. The connection to the corrupt monsters is self-evident as their own scales meld with the material itself to form an even stronger structure. Demonite items are hard enough to crack even hellstone itself and no monster hide is tough enough to withstand a bite from such items. However... Is it worth it? Day 27 Muramasa is a sword named after an eponymous ancient Japanese swordsmith. His skill was supposedly passed into the blades themselves, as well as his encroaching madness, leading some to believe the swords were cursed. The legend has it that the blade was so sharp, that it would cut the leaves floating on a riverstream. Another legend states that muramasa has to draw blood before being returned to its scabbard. Even the wielder's would do... Day 28 Underground is a naturally dark place. Baring fluorescent fungi and lava, very few sources of light are available. That is why people brought their own, at first fire in form of torches, candles and lamps, with electric and chemical lights later on. Those who spent more time underground felt the need to free their hands for other tasks, that's how the miner helmet was born. At first candle light enclosed in a small space in the front part of the helmet, later replaced by electric light stationed the same way. However, the modern age has come and devices such as this were made obsolete. Those with serious intentions of underground exploration should invest in the brand new night-vision equipped helmet. Buy now from your local merchant. Day 29 Bow and arrow was the primary means of ranged damage for many cultures, some more deadly than the others. The discovery of demonite, opened a way for a more powerful weapons, bows included. The arrows would cause untold damage, shredding flesh and cutting bones even amplified by the strength of the demonite arch. The items would prove dangerous by themselves, combined they are downright lethal. And in the end, everybody likes compound bows. Day 30 Contrary to popular belief, shuriken and spiked balls are not offensive weapons, unlike the throwing knives. Instead, they are escape weapons, usually thrown at the ground where it would provide a dangerous obstacle to the pursuers and with any luck could maim the clumsy or the unlucky ones. They could be used for direct attack, but no significant damage ought to be expected. Blame hollywood. Day 31 Technology does not progress in a straight line. Some areas open as new discoveries are made, but others are abandoned as they become seemingly obsolete. The knowledge of ceramic and paper in the far east meant that research into glass was no longer necessary. But glass has proven itself to be a of great importance in regard to further development. Thus, if it were not for western travellers and traders, technological advance in the east would come to a grinding halt... because they were more successful at first. Pink vase. Made in China. Day 32 The end justifies the means... or does it? Will you risk your very essence so that you can use these unholy tools? There is no other way around it, you need them and they hunger for your soul. The race against time begins. Will you manage to cast off their corrupting influence in time, or will you succumb to their alluring whispers? Where else do you think possessed armors come from? Day 33 Bows are all fun and games, but without arrows, they are pretty much only good for starting fire. Then again, so are the arrows...quite literally. Fire arrows were the mainstay of all sieges and the technology only got better, as did the magic. Some arrows were good enough to start a fire. With some cursed magic, the fires could reach incredible temperatures and would even be potent underwater. And where mere fire would not be enough, jester arrows would penetrate any and all obstacles and explode inside, killing the garrison. Needless to say, the court jester was none too pleased about losing his stockpile of fireworks. Day 34 Guns meant a revolution in warfare. A chunk of lead could punch through the best of armors and leave a hole much larger than a small metal piece would seem capable of. Firearms directed the evolution of other weaponry as well. The obsolete armor made large, heavy swords unnecessary and paved the way for light, nimble blades. Regardless, guns are a magnificent feat of precision mechanics, allowing for both tremendous forces to act upon the weapon itself and still the tiniest parts to move unhindered. Day 35 Fallen stars are not really stars. They are meteorites who retained their unique crystalic structure even after surviving the impact with earth. Whether it was the atmospheric entry that charged them or if they were magically imbued beforehand and it protected them from burning within the atmosphere is not certain. What is, however, is that the fallen stars contain a good deal of magical power, which, in large enough numbers or using alchemical processes, can be harnessed. While they are not stars themselves, one could argue that it was once a part of a star. Then again, so were we. A star had to die so that we could be born. Day 36 Grenades were among the first explosive devices ever developed. Usually thrown by hand, the explosion itself is only instrumental to the real danger. The shell of the grenade splinters into shrapnel as the explosive inside detonates, sending fragments of hot metal to distances up to thirty meters. Other grenade types exist, however. The concussion grenades, such as these, forego the shrapnel for strong shockwave. Their effective range is not as great, but they still pose significant threat. Great for removing those pesky zombies, while keeping the lawn intact. Day 37 (SzGamer227 edition) Demonite is dangerous my any rational measure. That much is certain even to a complete layman. The key is to make it more dangerous to the enemies than to yourself. Making a sword out of it is a step in good direction. I would write more... but skull above would not close its mouth. Day 38 Water, one of the four (or five, depending, to which philosophy you subscribe to) elements, belongs among the most powerful forces in the world. Whether it is the slow, subtle, but ultimately inevitable erosion by rivers or streams, or the huge, uncontrolled power of the waterfalls or the sudden onslaught of flash floods or tsunami. Water will kill you if you don't respect it. But it's not necessarily the quantity of water that can be dangerous. If kept under pressure and then released through a small opening, the resulting stream can cut metal or stone. Not this sceptre, though. This is little more than a glorified garden hose. Day 39 Fire requires three things to exist. Oxygen, which is what causes the decay of burned matter, temperature, which sparks and keeps the whole process going and finally fuel. It is in light of these things that we realize how powerful the imps must be when they can sustain fire in an environment that has only heat in abundance. The oxygen is thin as a result of pools of boiling lava and enclosed underground spaces and fuel is virtually non-existent. We can only speculate that they use their own magic power as a fuel, but one thing is certain. Even if they miss, each fireball is one breath somebody won't take. Day 40 While crystal skulls already have a degree of fame (or infamy), their obsidian brethren are much more obscure. Nevertheless, the volcanic glass, only helps to amplify its unsettling appearance. As an amulet it's heat absorption properties are indispensable. As a decoration it is a foolproof sign of poor taste. Day 41 Bones are the scaffolding, the pillars of the body. They are incredibly strong and incredibly fragile at the same time. They protect the vital organs, they support out weight, they give the body it's shape and anchor it's inner parts, they differ for every organism...some are hollow and brittle, some are dense and smooth, some are soft and flexible, some are hard and amorphous. These come from the undead. They are dusty and smell bad. Day 42 Starfury is more of a wand, than an actual sword. The starstuff it's made of provides little to no cutting edge, but it does seem to draw the smaller falling stars. They are far too small to withstand the impact, but they can still do a lot of damage in the process. It's not free, though and the sword draws something from you with each swing. Whether or not it is worth it, is up to you. If nothing else, it provides a hell of a lightshow. Day 43 Phoenix blaster is a handgun modified by the addition of a hefty amount of hellstone. While the ostentatious name may dissuade the more refined adventurers, it would be a shame to dismiss the weapon. The stronger material allows for greater pressures to act upon the weapon and thereby allowing for greater potential energy discharged with each shot. A sidearm truly worth of those who travelled to hell and returned Day 44 (Post-deadline edition) There are strange and peculiar plants in the world. Some shine, others rely on the immense temperatures of lava or magma. Some flowers do the opposite, rather than absorbing the heat, they produce it. It's hard to tell which part, if any, of the flower is living and which merely a masterfully crafted wand, but the fact remains that flower of fire is a powerful artefact, worthy of respect. Many assassinations were carried out by disguising a flower of fire in a bouquet of ordinary flowers. Because it's a clever thing to do. Day 45 (Post-deadline edition) Bows and arrows were a major breakthrough in the history of humankind. While not simple to make, like their counterparts, bows and arrows overshadowed, if not outright replaced spearthrowers and slings as the weapon of choice for many hunters and warriors. These bows use thin plates of metal organised to maximize their potential, while keeping in mind the size of the bow, not unlike composite bows, albeit much more streamlined. Day 46 (Post-deadline edition) Blowgun. Every single human being that ever visited school knows about them. The makeshift ones made from straws, hollow pens and pencils, shooting rice, peas, bits of alluminum foil, whatever was on hand... The advanced ones made from metal tubes, shooting sabotted nails and fishing weights. The concept is an universal one with several tribes all over the globe coming to the same design independently. While they would use venom-tipped dart, the average adventurer has to make due with whatever ammunition he has, mostly grass seeds. What did you make your blowguns from? Day 47 (Post-deadline edition) Copper helmet will most likely be the first piece of armor an upstart adventurer would forge. While offering very little protection, it does grant the feeling of empowerment that comes with making your own equipment. In the end, the helmet may just have more of a psychological effect, rather than an actual impact, but if it helps an adventurer to survive, who really cares? Day 48 (Post-deadline edition) Iron helmets were the mainstay of most major armies and continued their reign well into the modern combat. New materials and technologies are slowly pushing them out, but for now, they remain a constant amidst the battlefields. While not exactly a popular symbol, the stahlhelm was nevertheless a brilliant design and its derivatives are being used to this very day. It provides a decent defense and the added gasmask should protect the wearer from most poisonous gases. Too bad there aren't any... Day 49 There are literally hundreds of different kinds of ammunition. Rifle ammunition, pistol ammunition, assault rifle ammunition, PDW ammunition etc.etc. That is why terraria gunsmiths has already come forward to one unified calibre of ammunition... From the lowly musket balls, the armor piercing bullets from meteoric iron to crystal shrapnel ammunition a single gun can use them all. It's only up to you which one suits your purpose the most. Day 50 Lenses are quite single-minded in their purpose... They bend light. While that may sound mundane and boring, nothing can be further from the truth. Lenses are single-handedly one of the most important scientific tool known to man. Apart of helping humankind correct their poor eyesight, lenses has been the medium of choice to see the world through. Binoculars, telescopes, microscopes, lasers, cameras even solar panels would all be impossible to have without lenses. Lenses help us to see farther, they help us to see closer. They help us to look snazzy. And so the first batch of textures comes to an end. It has certainly been a rewarding experience, which with a slight exception, went without a hitch. I would like to thank each and everyone of you who took their time to comment or like the posts. I would not have come as far or as fast without your support. Thank you. Let the next chapter begin.