Texture Pack Review: LB Photo Realism

Just like with LOTRO and UI skins, I am loving Minecraft texture packs. There seems to be a pack for any kind of theme you could want. I have a variety currently installed so that I can use different packs for different worlds or projects. My newest project is a modernist style house, and so I really wanted a modern themed texture pack to match. I decided on the LB Photo Realism pack by scuttles. It’s an HD pack that is available in a couple of resolutions. I decided to go all the way and use the 256×256 version.

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Pictures of Brevity

I have been playing Minecraft for a week and two days, and I am in love. I had actually put off playing Minecraft for a long time because I dismissed it the way I think people usually do: “What’s the point? What’s the objective? There is none? Psh”. But now I see that that is the beauty of it. I can do whatever I want. So I have been for the past week and two days.

Here is the main world I’ve been working on lately. It’s not my first world. Like in MMOs, my first character/world is kind of my “OMG what is going on here” kind of character that I use to figure the game mechanics with. Brevity is my second world and I have been steadily working on it for a few days now. The only mod I’ve used with it thus far is WildGrass.

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The Slaying of Ironhide [RP Story]

((This is the story that Sagewood told at the April 29 FTIL))

I had been doing various odd jobs for Frederic at Ost Guruth at the time and the people there were beginning to know me as a good hunter. I’d been able to get them enough lynx hides and boar meat to get through the winter. One day, Frederic approached me with a more specific request – he wanted me to go after a special boar. Ironhide, he called him. Told me he had seen him years ago, out by Weathertop. He said if he was still out there, he’d be even bigger than when he saw him. He described a boar almost the size of a pony – big and grey. When he offered to pay me, well… I couldn’t refuse!

*Sagewood laughs*

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The Road Less Traveled: Part 1 – A Trip Through the Brandywood

Anabel Sagewood had just eaten a meager breakfast of cheese and bread. She stood by her fireplace smoking some Roper’s Twist pipeweed while she awaited the foredawn. Today she was going on a trip that she had been looking forward to for sometime. She only hoped that no one would try to rope her into a job or a quest while she traveled through Bree.

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Fishing in the Dark [FTIL Write-up]

I am not much one for writing anything down, so I will keep this brief.

I was in the Mestrof neighborhood near Thorin’s Hall, chatting with a dwarf merchant I had met once at Erebor, sometime after Smaug was killed. He said he heard that a group was gathering at the near-by underground river to do some fishing. I have no love of fishing or doing such dirty works, but he mentioned that they might be open to hearing my songs. I could not resist the possibility of a captive audience! I decided to wait for this group to arrive.

I had expected the group to be mostly Dwarves or Men. Much to my surprise, there were quite a few Elves and a Hobbit even. I don’t know what business was brought them to go fishing in the halls of the Dwarves, but that’s not my business to know I suppose. They were an amiable folk, though some wore strange armours that put me in an off mood. I know some of my fellow Dwarves have a love for battle and the ringing of steel but I do not. I am, one might say, more inclined to the scholarly pursuits.

As they fished, I plucked at my lute. They seemed pleased by the sound, though it was a bit hard to hear over the rushing of the waterfall. They mostly talked amongst themselves and I kept out of their talk for the most part. Eventually the hobbit remarked that he had a tale to tell. And what a tale it was! It was the grand tale of Grya and the Fire-Spirit. A great dwarf tale, that it, and the hobbit told it well! I told him he would make a fine Dwarven minstrel. I felt I could not top his grand telling of the story, so I merely played some more songs on my lute, to much applause!

Eventually everyone began to leave and I too made my way out of the halls. A prosperous evening, if I say so myself!

The Gold Fox Tavern

Coming Soon to the Foxlin Neighborhood of the Bree-land Homesteads:

The Gold Fox Tavern

Owned by Clairborne Bittercress, the Gold Fox Tavern is a new pub that is opening up in the Foxlin neighborhood. Mrs. Bittercress has recently come into a small fortune and has decided to buy the property at 9 Chestnut Street and start up the Tavern. The Tavern won’t be ready for operation for another three months as there is still much to sort out with the deeds and titles. Her daughter, Aradelia will be helping out around the pub.


I’ve noticed on Landroval that kins have taken their kinhouses and turned them into pubs and inns for RP purposes. I think that’s a brilliant idea and decided to do the same. With the help of Thoronmir, I’ve put together a kin called The Gold Fox Tavern. Once the kin reaches Lifespan Rank 7 (about 3 months), I will purchase this kinhouse and it will become The Gold Fox Tavern. It will be open to all RPers on Windfola. It will be a place where we can host FTIL or just have casual random RP. We can host specific storylines out of it if we want. Clairborne and Aradelia are actual characters I have created and they are in The Gold Fox Tavern kin.

Obviously, not much is going to happen with this for another 3 months, but I wanted to post about it because I’m very excited about the possibilities!