I took it upon myself to try out Creative Mode, and with it came an idea for an exercise, not too far removed from the old "handful of Legos" trick. The idea being that you load up any old map using a random seed, find an interesting landmark and build something into/on/around it.
So far, being my first attempt, there's been a ton of a trial-and-error. Building something, stepping back to take a look, frowning, disassembling it, and trying again with a different idea or tweaking it so that it fits better. It probably doesn't help that I'm also being too ambitious, but meh. We'll see what happens.
I started with the Beacon, a small lighthouse designed to guide incoming ships around the rocks and into the harbor. It turned out that there were actually two natural harbors near the cliffs I was building into, so I replicated the design for each one. The first one also has a smaller secondary beacon to account for the little peninsula on which it's located.
Then, I moved inland, to tackle the problem of scaling the cliffs. So far, I went with the classic water drop tactic for getting down. Quick and painless, as long as you don't mind a brief bath. Getting up, as usual, is a bit harder. So far, I've set up three ladders the lead all the way up to the top plateau.
After that, I built the port into the first harbor, and again plan on replicating the same basic design on the far side of the cliffs.
The Beacon, silhouetted by the cliffs themselves.
The secondary Beacon with the natural cave harbor behind it.
The plateau up-top. This took some clearing, but not much. Just removing a small hill or two. Still undecided as to what to do with it, though.
The Beacon and complementing inlet on the far side.
The natural harbor by the first Beacon (complete with boats).
It's a long way down...
I wasn't kidding when I called it a cliff.
Fair warning- I'm going into this fairly blind, so I don't have very much of a plan. Currently, the best notion I have to follow is a small city built into the cliffs, with a fortress on one side of the top plateau (lots of spires, perhaps). We'll see what happens, like I said.
Much more on the way!