68 billion blocks in the making.
By Tim Colwill on October 8, 2012 at 11:12 am
If you’re at all interested in things that are awesome, perhaps you’d like to know that the ambitious project to recreate World of Warcraft inside Minecraft has now been released in a beta stage. The Crafting Azeroth project is exactly that, and is now available via a 2.17 GB torrent that will extract to a monstrous 24 GB.
A Bukkit server is required to run the map yourself in order to transition between areas properly, and the comments in the Reddit thread announcing the release indicate that you’ll need to be careful or the map will begin to tear itself apart through lava and fire. Good to know! Google Map overviews are available if you don’t want to host it yourself, starting with Kalimdor and The Eastern Kingdoms. The whole process is apparently heavily-automated, assisted by custom software created by the developers, and the beta product alone weighs in at 275 square kilometers built from over 68 billion blocks.