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Gristmill Studios Forum • View topic - The Super Bio-Dome

The Super Bio-Dome

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Re: The Super Bio-Dome

Postby IceFireXD » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:43 am

Hmm... I guess you could call this a Pre-Update.

I'm posting this to give a heads up that a new update is coming, but this is going to be a true video update. I've already tried recording it once, but it wasn't until 2 days after recording that I was able to view the footage on the computer. It wasn't pretty... Quality was less than sub-par and the size was tiny. I'll still probably still be uploading and posting it anyhow because of a few things that happened while recording, but that won't happen until I've recorded the general tour in better quality to accompany it.

As far as progress goes, I was able to get quite a bit done yesterday, although it doesnt necessarily look like it. Construction progress hasn't changed really, but excavation has made leaps and bounds. So has my understanding of the required storage... At this time, I currently have 46 StoreRites with 72 stacks of 100 light basalt in each. I only have 4 left with empty slots, and one is being filled. The StoreRites that hold my dark basalt, and ice are also nearly full and will need replacing. On my first mass production of StoreRites, I created 50. All 50 have since been used. This time, I'll make 95. (22 to finish filling the StoreRite I'm holding the StoreRites that have been filled in, 1 to hold 72 more StoreRites for light basalt.)

Also, I have now removed more than 250,000, or a quarter of a million, blocks.

Anyway, I'll give more info in the actual update. The update will likely not be for a few days. I'm hoping to be nearly finished excavating this quarter for that update.

P.S. That first video is a bit long at 28 minutes. It covers a lot, including my away base and the cave systems that were absent in this quarter. Is that too long of a video and I should try to curtail it? If so, how long do you think the ideal video should be?
(Restarted.)
Excavation Status (in quarters)
1st: 15% | 2nd: 1% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: 0%
Construction Status (in quarters)
1st: 3% | 2nd: 0% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: <1%
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Re: The Super Bio-Dome

Postby IceFireXD » Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:46 pm

I've got tremendously good news!

My next update will now be in HD!

I just bought a brand new $200, 16 megapixel camera that can record video in 720p!

I hope to begin recording shortly, and I'll likely be uploading for most of tomorrow.

In conclusion, YAY HIGH DEFINITION!
(Restarted.)
Excavation Status (in quarters)
1st: 15% | 2nd: 1% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: 0%
Construction Status (in quarters)
1st: 3% | 2nd: 0% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: <1%
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Re: The Super Bio-Dome

Postby IceFireXD » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:06 pm

It's now time for the first ever HD Update! :D

Ok, gonna be a bit weird here. I decided to just watch the video, and type up my commentary as I was watching it. Rather than try and modify it to be more... description like, I guess... I'm just going to leave it as is. It should provide enough information that you can figure out what's going on, should it not be immediately apparent. So, without further ado... Enjoy! ^_^

The video


And the running commentary... (>_> Yeah... I know it's lazy...)


P.S. This update is now outdated. Several delays have provided enough time to make a considerable amount of changes to the map (such as moving another 50,000+ blocks), and because of this, a new update won't far behind this one.
(Restarted.)
Excavation Status (in quarters)
1st: 15% | 2nd: 1% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: 0%
Construction Status (in quarters)
1st: 3% | 2nd: 0% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: <1%
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Re: The Super Bio-Dome

Postby IceFireXD » Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:35 pm

So, Let me get this straight... No one has any questions, comments, thoughts, or anything that they want to say? Not even about the quality of the video?

I'm almost never at a loss for words, but that's the situation I find myself in now.
(Restarted.)
Excavation Status (in quarters)
1st: 15% | 2nd: 1% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: 0%
Construction Status (in quarters)
1st: 3% | 2nd: 0% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: <1%
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Re: The Super Bio-Dome

Postby kev » Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:48 pm

i'll give you credit there icefire that's a few block dug out..
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Re: The Super Bio-Dome

Postby IceFireXD » Sat Mar 09, 2013 3:01 pm

Well, I guess it's been a while since my last update, but I've really been grinding away at this thing.

This is not an official update right now. I'm just lettin' yall know that my next update is just a few days away. perhaps as few as 1 or 2 days.

This update will be both picture, and video this time. I'm also going to reveal a nifty Criss Angel-esque glitch that I hope gristmill and co don't fix cause it's neat, doesn't harm the game at all, and can only be triggered intentionally.

Also, I would like to reassert my claim to owning the single largest mineshaft in all of Xenominer. Once the new photos are out, I doubt anyone will be able to challenge my claim.

So for now, I end this here. I hope you look forward to my next update.

Toodles~
(Restarted.)
Excavation Status (in quarters)
1st: 15% | 2nd: 1% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: 0%
Construction Status (in quarters)
1st: 3% | 2nd: 0% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: <1%
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Re: The Super Bio-Dome

Postby IceFireXD » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:16 pm

Ok, so maybe I got a little over zealous on my timeline...

I'm still working hard on it, I've just been moving the goal posts for the point I want to begin sharing.

I can say that I've moved well over 500,000 blocks now. I can also say that the stats menu does NOT accurately track them.

I have a StoreRite, which has 72 slots, full of StoreRites that contain 72 stacks of 100 light basalt. 72 x 100 = 7,200. 7,200 x 72 = 518,000. My stats say I've moved less than 500,000 blocks. I actually have closer to 800,000 light basalt blocks in storage, and even if you put both placed and removed together, they only come up to about 670,000.

Anyway, I'm still removing thousands of blocks each day and making this pit bigger and bigger. I am very excited to be able to report that I have officially passed the 40% excavated mark (25% continuous, 15% natural caves). I've decided to put construction of the dome on hold for now. I want to excavate the area before I resume construction so that I can build it all in one go. I've also completed a surprise that I will reveal when the time is right, but I will say that it's big, bright, and epic.

I guess that's all for now. Sorry this isn't a proper update. I'm still working on making one last thing look right before I make an update. This should only take me a handful of days to do, it's just really tedious.

Until next time, Toodles~
(Restarted.)
Excavation Status (in quarters)
1st: 15% | 2nd: 1% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: 0%
Construction Status (in quarters)
1st: 3% | 2nd: 0% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: <1%
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Re: The Super Bio-Dome

Postby IceFireXD » Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:06 pm

FINALLY! It's time for the actual update! I got photos, some comments, a few notes about the project, and a video. So without further ado, here it is.

Note: All photos are thumbnailed. The original images are.... huge. All photos were taken last night (relative to this post), as was the video.

I'll begin with the photos.

This is a great angle to show the progress that I've made so far. (btw, this is only 1/4th of the entire site)


This is just another angle on the pit.


These are a close up of that blob in the pictures above. It's a massive deposit of dark basalt. It's not the largest one I've found, it's just a very large deposit that happened to be in a good spot to show it off. Part of it was mined prior to discovery, so the original size was larger than what you see.




I took these pictures because I liked the way the glass of the dome looks from this angle.



This is just a different view of the progress I've made into the next quarter. This is along the perimeter of the pit.


This is the structure I've built up around the initial start point. This will eventually be the top of a castle.


And the flag I built on top.


This is a look inside that structure. I built a frame around the spawn point.


And this is my Centriforge. I cleaned it up from the way it was before. Like this, it sort of blends in. Much more subtle than the way it used to be. I still need to clean up my ESUs though...


This is a nice view of the temporary roof I'm building over the second quarter of the site. Eventually, this roof will cover the entire site. I'm building this one much lower than the first roof I built to avoid getting any Code 4's with the lighting engine. I'll be recycling this glass into the dome.



This is a great shot of the dome that's already constructed. I really like the scale and feel of this picture.


I've realized that the size of the Bio-dome, from the center, is a little bit smaller than the render distance. As a result, I can do this. (Sorry about the second images being so dark. They didn't look dark like that on the camera.)





And now the last pictures of the update. My stats. It appears that the blocks placed/removed does not track the blocks the bot changes. Also, my OCD acted up a little >_>




I've decided to halt all further construction of the dome until the excavation has been completed. It's very tedious trying to remember one eighth (1/8th) of the circle at a time. So instead of trying to repeat this process 4 times, I'll simply complete a full circle with each layer that I add. Hopefully it'll be a bit easier on the nerves.

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Ok. Now the fun stuff. I don't remember how I discovered this glitch, but I do know that you can only trigger it intentionally, It doesn't always work, and you take significantly less damage than if you were to just fall. This glitch sometimes acts weird as well... Sometimes when you land, you can see that you're moving around in little circles. I formally request that this glitch/bug be left alone. I ask that the devs do not fix this glitch. It's fun, and good for showing off. Again, it can only be triggered intentionally. It's also quite funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hadjNZg2HI

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Well, that completes this update. The next update will likely not be for a while, as I'm going to be focusing on just clearing the place out. I would like to know what you guys think about this project, and any comments or questions you post, I'll be more than delighted to reply to.

Until next time, Toodles~
(Restarted.)
Excavation Status (in quarters)
1st: 15% | 2nd: 1% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: 0%
Construction Status (in quarters)
1st: 3% | 2nd: 0% | 3rd: 0% | 4th: <1%
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Re: The Super Bio-Dome

Postby tetsuo » Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:46 pm

What you've done here is truly impressive. I think the reason that you get so little feedback is that you're operating on an entirely different level - people want to interact with others to whom they can relate, and TBH only a minuscule fraction of gamers out there are going to be able to relate to the type of investment you're making here - most folks (myself included, for the most part) don't really know what to say other than "holy f**k! one guy and a bot built that?"

If you build a project that takes 5-6 hours and post it up - you'll still only get one or two replies, but it will be more proportionate to the time invested :D

If you build something on the scale of what you're building, you're more likely to get appreciative nods from the devs and a couple fellow obsessed fans and stunned silence from the rest! :)

In any case - this is epic. Don't stop! :D
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Re: The Super Bio-Dome

Postby Divine Cerinian » Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:06 am


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