This week we talk to our friend Swiftnightshadow who is our community builder enthusiast responsible for builds in Oracle and Trovemas.
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My name is Swiftnightshadow (Swift ™ for short), I live in the Mediterranean. I studied Fine Arts and amongst working in the theater as a Set Decorator, I also make portraits and murals on commission.
In general I am too quick for my own good, but a swift is also a bird, a fabulous flier, who even sleeps on the wing and is one of the fastest birds. So all in all, not a difficult choice to pick my name. I am using it for years now in several games.
I was playing Rift for some years, and was enjoying it immensely, and I just hopped over to Trove to get the Budgie bird I thought. But that never happened. I stayed in Trove (Beta at the time), and never returned to Rift.
Some people prefer to do adventures, shadow towers (shadow arena it was called back then, which were dungeons you could encounter randomly in the biomes), PVP, but I was from the start very enthusiastic about the building aspect, in the beginning my Cornerstone of course, my first one was an elephant, but very quickly I started my own Club Oracle. So many of my Trove colleagues and friends are very high leveled, but I just prefer to build.
I am very proud of my main building in Oracle, I started it without a definite plan, although I used some aspects from Myst in there. I was happy to be able to discover a way to make a sort of 3D floor, which is in the Crafting Area under the portal room. I always like to experiment and to look for challenges in building, one of my first builds was the glass piñata ball, which I build without the help of Plotz (website), and what a pain it was to build it. Furthermore I like my metro stations, and my fish- and wall trophy musea, and my dragon.
In Oracle of course, but a lot of my buildings can also be found in Trovemas, (a club dedicated to celebrate the holidays for Trove players) where we had a great team of builders and dear friends: Gortar, Dusty Mustard, Evilagician, Suzy48, TwoFoxy, Ylva and Leodamus/Josin
These clubs are found on the PC platform and can be visited with:
- Oracle: /joinworld oracle or /joinworld 5355895852430114318
- Trovemas: /joinworld trovemas or /joinworld 2799775862952976932
I am a person always trying to find things to do, to craft, to build, to make a set to house my fantasy
I did build in Rift, I had several dimensions there. I am building a lot in OWW, building my own galleries and filling it with art
The challenge, and to give an outing to my fantasy, to try things out, seemingly not possible, but you never know, if you don’ try, and yes sometimes it does work out.
Evilagician, Leodamus, Dusty Mustard, the builders of Cebep, the original builder of Varos, Teekay, there are so many other talented people out there, sorry if I forgot to mention all those great creators.
Trovemas and all the builds in there over the years, the reason we made this, was for other players to enjoy the holidays, and as already said above, also because we had a great team and we had so much fun to think about what we would do next and how we were going to achieve it, and it was so good to cooperate with others and see how they solve some building problems
Many times I just start building with just a vague idea, and let it grow slowly into something, that happened with Oracle’s main building, other times I plan things beforehand carefully, creating and destroying till I get the effect I want
I have to agree with another fellow builder, Leodamus, who said that because we do not have small blocks, we have to make things real big, and we are but small avatars.
I remember Twixler (a great former Trove artist) asking us what we would like to have as builders, which resulted in a long Trove forum post, with lots of wishes from builders. My wish was always to have more and more colours, and to have blocks with lights (haha we do have the LED blocks now)
Too many great builds to mention, but I would like to advice people to visit some of the below mentioned clubs, which are build only clubs, with just a few members or none at all anymore, but what a beautiful clubs they are:
- The Jedi Academy (Dusty_Mustard)
- Cubed Reality (Teekay)
- R.I.P. (Leodamus)
And in Oracle (through the entrance in my dragon), you can find many more club portals of beautifully build clubs, so check them out…..
Don’t be afraid to just start building, that is how I started in Trove as well. If you enjoy creating, just begin, if necessary use a tool, or a voxel program to try things out, and enjoy the process
The following featured builds are taken from the Oracle club.