View Full Version : Stone & Steel: Acheron of Nagafen

09-23-2009, 07:23 PM
<p><strong><span style="font-size: x-large; font-family: arial black,avant garde; color: #c0c0c0;">Stone & Steel</span></strong></p><p><span style="font-family: arial black,avant garde;"><strong><span style="font-size: small; color: #c0c0c0;">The Guild Hall of Acheron, Nagafen</span></strong></span></p><p><strong>The idea:</strong> Design a guild hall based on the theme 'Stone & Steel'.</p><p><strong>The challenge:</strong> Don't just decorate the space, create it.</p><p><strong>The requirement:</strong> Form must follow function (make it pretty, but make it efficient and easy to use).</p><p><strong>The result:</strong> Well... over a hundred hours and more than a couple of rebuilds later, my guildmates are happy enough to say so. I'll chalk that up as a success, but you shall be your own judge!</p><p><strong>The details: </strong>This is a tier 1 guild hall in South Freeport on the Nagafen PvP server (yes, we PvPers occasionally take time off from our nefarious ways <img src="/smilies/8a80c6485cd926be453217d59a84a888.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> The lower floor rooms are blocked off, along with the secondary room of the east wing. My item count is still twitching... barely. Most of the construction is done using crude stone blocks. Lots of them.</p><p><strong>Acknowledgements:</strong> I'd like to thank my guildmates for their patience during the month it took me to build the hall, and a special thanks to those who did overtime in the Moonlight Enchantment zones -- enjoy the forest! Thank you to Tygras and Thes for your feedback, ideas and help during those 'I'm stuck!' moments. Finally, I'd like to dedicate my work here to my wonderful wife... who may actually see me again now that it's done =)</p><p>Thank you for taking the time to view my work. Please do drop by and have a look around in person, should you find yourself in the neighbourhood =)</p><p><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_01.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_02.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_03.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_04.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_05.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_06.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_07.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_08.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_09.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_10.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_11.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_12.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_13.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_14.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_15.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_16.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_17.jpg" /><img src="http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp112/Sehk_photos/Acheron%20Guild%20Hall/acheron_gh_18.jpg" /></p>

09-23-2009, 08:34 PM
<p>Very nice! Your staircase is impressive and nicely executed. Also, your reference to The Cure did not go un-noticed <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></p>

09-23-2009, 08:44 PM
<p><cite>[email protected] wrote:</cite></p><blockquote><p>Very nice! Your staircase is impressive and nicely executed. Also, your reference to The Cure did not go un-noticed <img src="/eq2/images/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" /></p></blockquote><p>Thanks! Glad you got the reference too =)</p>

09-24-2009, 08:53 AM
<p>Most impressive <img src="/eq2/images/smilies/e8a506dc4ad763aca51bec4ca7dc8560.gif" border="0" /></p>

09-24-2009, 09:46 AM
<p>Stunning work!</p>

09-24-2009, 11:19 AM
<p>Very very very nice !!!!</p><p><img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> Ps: If you hit enter after putting in each picture.. it will scroll them down the page instead of across it  <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></p>

09-24-2009, 02:12 PM
<p>Wow that staircase is flawless! I can't imagine how long it took to get all the steps laid out like that great job well done <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></p>

09-25-2009, 11:05 AM
<p><cite>Karrane1 wrote:</cite></p><blockquote><p>Very very very nice !!!!</p><p><img src="/eq2/images/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" /> <img src="/eq2/images/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" /> Ps: If you hit enter after putting in each picture.. it will scroll them down the page instead of across it  <img src="/eq2/images/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" /></p></blockquote><p>Thanks for the kind words folks. And thanks for the tip Karrane -- on my monitor the images are vertical, but I'll edit it now to make sure they behave for everyone =)</p>

09-25-2009, 11:15 AM
<p><cite>Solinarii wrote:</cite></p><blockquote><p>Wow that staircase is flawless! I can't imagine how long it took to get all the steps laid out like that great job well done <img src="/eq2/images/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" /></p></blockquote><p>Interestingly, the most difficult part of the staircase (and the entire entrance hall) was the initial 12 stone blocks of the raised open circle. That circle would dictate the alignment of every other part of the construction, and I probably built it 20 times before I was happy with it.</p><p>If you visit in person, and look closely, you'll notice that the twin secondary stairs are slightly off-alignment. This was only noticable once they were built though, and despite my battle with perfectionism I opted to leave them, rather than tear it all down and start over =)</p><p>The stairs were definately a big challenge though, as was most of the stone block construction work, primarily because to 'set in' correctly (avoid collision detection), everything must be built from the top down, with the blocks raised up underneath and into the previous level. A pleasing result though, and worth the effort!</p>

09-26-2009, 06:02 AM
<p><span style="font-family: comic sans ms,sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">Beautiful work!  The stairway certainly is impressive!  The whole design flows really well too as a whole.  I love it.</span></p>

02-25-2010, 03:30 AM
<p>I apologize, I know this is late in posting but I was just going through and updating the guildhall listing and wanted to stop and tell you how breathtaking your staircase work is on this hall. Very nice execution of design throughout to transform the hall into a different layout.</p>