Dorms and Pigs!

Tour Episode number 6 is out!

I’ve also updated the world and texture download links!

World:
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Texture Pack:
Download 1 (charity download that helps our server costs)
Download 2

Sean and I added buildings for the scene where Haku saves Chihiro from being a ghost and runs her to the back of the pig farm. In the movie it’s just a blur of lights and buildings, so we didn’t have much to go off. He did most of the work here.
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I added a small pond on the opposite side of the front garden, with a little shrine thing coming out of the water:
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I also edited the texture for orange stained glass:
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Also improved Yubaba’s Painting:
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and added a painting with tree designs for the dorms:
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And I plan to make the whole bathhouse wider and taller, while enlarging the center front structures to balance it out.

Thanks for watching!


Yubaba’s Floor Gets Decorated

Hey guys, Alan here.

So I posted the world on reddit and it basically exploded.

You can read all about that on my main website:

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I’ve also released the next video in the tour!!

I’ve made some changes to the texture pack, including the item images of the sign, name tag, and brick (to be placed in item frames), new paintings, as well as ALL of the ore textures, to look like different vase designs.

The paintings were a great addition to the reception desk area in the worker’s living quarters (dorms):

The download links have all been updated, so you can explore the changes yourself!

Thanks for following!

Alan

Thank You

Let me start by saying, wow. I cannot begin to express how thankful Alan and I are for the overwhelming amount of positive feedback we have gotten from everyone over the past few days. It’s unbelievable, I’d like to thank the Reddit and Kotaku communities who embraced our project wholeheartedly and helped spread the word about this project. As you may or may not be aware, Alan has been working on this project for years now, and only recently have I joined the scene to assist him on construction and public relations such as this website. So believe me, he is feeling this reception much stronger than myself (and lovin’ it). I digress, the acknowledgement by these major outlets is a feat that I never saw this project achieving, at least not this rapidly, but its a sight for sore eyes and we are welcoming it with open arms!

With this new found recognition, a new fire has been lit in our “inspiration kilns”, so to speak, and we are both hard at work with this project whenever a free moment in our busy lives arises, fixing incorrect areas and enhancing other unfinished or less detailed sectors. Below is a photo of the (work-in-progress) Yubaba hallways with the new vase textures and such. This photo was taken on our private construction server and is not yet available for download, but will be included in the next patch. xD

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In other news, with this added interest in our project, I will 100% stream all of the construction I take part in on my Twitch channel (button at the top of the page). Keep in mind that some of the construction takes place outside of our server by Alan, so not all the changes will be documented. Also note that this is my personal stream and I do play other games from time to time, but if you do chose to “follow” me all of my streams will be correctly titled so you can identify when I’m working on the project from your email notifications telling you that I went live. Also if you have not yet found Alan’s Minecraft Youtube channel, here is the link.

One more note on our project, we do have to pay out-of-pocket the cost of web hosting and Minecraft server hosting, without the Minecraft server it would be impossible for Alan and I to work together without the other being present; he lives on the East coast of the United States and myself on the West, so we need this server to meet and synchronize our progress. The costs of these two hosting packages and not outrageous, but I am a college student and it does dent my leaking bank account since both hosting packages are attached to my Paypal. What I’m saying is that if you enjoy what we have done and would like to not only see this project finished but future Studio Ghibli/Miyazaki worlds created in the future as pristine as this one, we would deeply appreciate a small donation to the cause. Below is a fancy Paypal donation button, a few pennies or a dollar or two, it all helps us offset the costs of the project like the hosting packages, but also the thousands of hours spent in block by block construction.


Thank you again, everyone. It’s been an exciting few days seeing how our project has hit the spotlight of many leading gaming communities as well as the fans of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. We hope to continue our own interests in the subject for a long time to come, and in gratitude for your support provide the best possible recreations of the worlds manifested in these films and in our hearts. If you have any suggestions for our Spirited Away recreation or future projects, leave a comment below and we will do our best to read them all!

Early January Update

Well well well, I apologize for the delay of this post, it could have been made as much as a week ago but I left town for San Francisco California, USA to watch my college football team (Washington Huskies) take on the BYU Cougars in the Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. It was a worthwhile trip with the family and my team won 31-16 with all the aspects you’d like to see from your team such as a 103 yard kick-off return for a TD by John Ross III early in the 2nd quarter to take a 14-7 lead. Below is a post-game photo of me with Cyler Miles, our future quarterback, btw I’m not small he is 6-6 220 lbs! But enough of football (because I could honestly talk about it for days on end without running out of material), let’s get to this Spirited Away Recreation Update.

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So much has been done to the world since its previous update that I know I will miss at least 25% of the changes in this post, partly because of my patchy memory and the fact that I am currently typing this post in the back of our car as we travel North on I-5 making our way home, with no reference whatsoever to the world file. Below however are the major changes that I am not only certain of but know will be the highlight of your experience in the updated world.

-Fully automatic elevators have been added linking the base of the bathhouse with the middle levels as well as Yubaba’s floor.
-The distance between the bathhouse and Granny’s farm has doubled according to Alan, this was done to present a more realistic experience time-wise when traveling the route.
-Cancer has not yet been cured, but it’s a work in progress.
-Yubab’s floor has been cleaned, so to speak, and the attic has been made into a functioning room.
-The tower atop the bathhouse has been modified for realism.
-Ichigo was reportedly taking massive amounts of PED’s throughout the filming of Bleach, hence his god-like abilities. Urahara continues to push for the legalization of marijuana, cuz you know, it would be a big seller in his candy shop.
-Many structures in the ghost town have been updated with significantly more detail, more buildings will be modified similarly as time goes on. A couple of these structures include the restaurant Chihiro’s parents eat at and the pinkish corner building by the main steps.
-Several new structures as well as terrain adjustments have been made in the southwestern corner on the bathhouse to match the scene in which Haku finds Chihiro fading into oblivion by the water’s edge.
-Sakura remains useless to the plot and should just kill herself already.
-Alan has started a new Youtube channel devoted to Minecraft and this project, check it out and be sure to subscribe!
-You will find that transparent glass has been incorporated into many different facets of construction, Alan was able to create an excellent No-Face replica with a picture and black transparent glass. Paper mesh walls with a level of transparency were also made possible by this new Minecraft addition.
-No-Face’s gender has yet to be determined, more on this later.
-New double-decker flowers have been added in the gardens and in the path leading to the pig farm.

That’s about all I can come up with, if I left anything out consider it a pleasant surprise when you find the changes in game. In the next update I can say with certainty that there will be more dorms constructed against that back, inner wall of the bathhouse. Though these dorms are never seen in the movie, this is one of those things you can only imagine would exist and we use our best imaginative skills to create the most appropriate rooms possible. Expansion of the southwest corner of the ghost town has also been planned to fill in the blank area Haku rushes Chihiro through on the way to the bathhouse. Alan also intends to create the pot textures on Yubaba’s floor and hallways. Anyway, that’s all for now guys, download links have been updated appropriately and the media page is under constant work so don’t forget to check there once in a while for new photos of content not yet available in the downloads!

Bath House is getting beefier

Hey guys, Alan here.

My friend Sean (Natokill4) helped fill in the back area of the bath house where all the dorms are, with generic rooms, hallways, stairs, and what not. Definitely feels more complete, although there’s much more to be done. I added the hallway that Lin and Chihiro sneak through to get upstairs:

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I made this for the sake of episode 4 of my tour. Since I was doing the tour according to what happens sequentially in the movie, the tour could not continue without this hallway. haha. Here’s part 4 of the tour:

I also cleared out the back wall of the bath area. This was a hard decision because some screenshots show that this whole side of the room is just a wall, but other screenshots say otherwise. I decided to do this because it allows for the No-Face chase scene to make sense. He has to come out from a long hallway and the only direction that has enough space for that is from the back.

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After:
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Also note the new elevator on the left side. That’s the elevator that Lin and Chihiro take that puts them face to face with the Radish Spirit.

Also filled in the side of two of the floors in the main atrium. This is the hallway that Chihiro comes out of after waking up when Lin runs up to her and shows her a piece of gold.
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I also edited the textures for the tall flowers and sponge!

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-Alan Becker