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A custom Minecraft mod called WesterosCraft has been in development for the past couple of years, with a team of dedicated modders painstakingly recreating every inch of George R.R. Martin's fictional world within Mojang's building block game.
According to Digital Trends, the modders are recreating every major city and landmark from A Game of Thrones within Minecraft. According to the article and the project leader, Jacob Grenberry, the project is nearly 70% complete. You can see how much they've accomplished with the milestone video they put together below.
The mod is specially designed to work with standard versions of Minecraft through a custom launcher. Gamers will be required to download the custom launcher from over on the official WesterosCraft website. After installing the launcher and running the modded version of the game, players will be able to explore and roam through the recreated world of Game of Thrones.
A couple of clips through the video above showcase how the cities were built, literally from the ground up, containing impeccable amounts of detail and articulation that help bring to life some of the most popular fantasy locations in fiction today.
According to Granberry, the mod contains 50 brand new blocks and textures, specifically designed to help the team craft and hew accurate models and motifs from the show.
Due to the amount of detail and dedication that the team is putting into this Minecraft mod, they've closed off community contributions. Not just anyone can log in and start changing things, adding things and modifying things. As the team nears completion, they're only accepting those who will work diligently and have some sort of history or past work experience in designing the kind of buildings and structures that they're working on in the mod.
As silly as it sounds, sending in an application with sample work is not that out of the norm. What the team is doing is effectively no different than how professional game developers source and build worlds in commercial games, so at the end of it all I imagine they'll further broadcast WesterosCraft as a sort of virtual tour-spot for Game of Thrones fans. In a way, it actually kind of makes sense and seems kind of cool. What would be even better is taking a tour through the land with a virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive... that would really make the experience stand out.
For now, you can get your hands on the mod, for free, by downloading the launcher from the website. The only thing you need to run it is a legitimate copy of the original Minecraft to get it up and working. Whether or not you're a fan of Minecraft or Game of Thrones, you have to admit that the dedication and scale of the project is extremely impressive.