Faithfully replicating a World of Warcraft realm in Minecraft at 1:1 scale

Here's a MMO-Champion thread in which Ramsesakama sets out to recreate the World of Warcraft realm of Kalimdor in the maker-friendly game/environment Minecraft, in faithful 1:1 scale. Using procedural tools and a lot of skull-sweat, the task is undertaken, with awfully fabulous results.

I'm trying to create a replica of Kalimdor in Minecraft, and I want it to be the correct scale. I'd like to create the terrain first, so I need to compute the relative distances (in Minecraft blocks) between the different locations in Kalimdor.

If a Minecraft character is approximately two blocks tall, and if we assume the male Orc model is equal in size, then how many blocks is "one yard" in WoW?

Thread: WoW to Minecraft coordinate space conversion (via Wonderland)


  1. Can building a WOW world in Minecraft be considered a copyright violation?  I just wonder if your putting your neck out there by doing something like this.

    1. As opposed to you, who is obviously a very important and busy person merely taking moments out of your jam packed day to make a very important complaint!

    1. If you read the thread, this isn’t a story about obsessively recreating a WoW realm in Minecraft. I mean, it is but thats only what a layperson sees. Really its a story about clever programming, and coming up with an elegant solution to a problem.

      Its quite entertaining to watch the moderator of the forum transition from his original “you can’t do that, we know better” tone to ultimately begging the guy to share his work with them.

      This is exactly the kind of post I like to see on BB. Thanks Cory!

      1.  I think it was just how I became aware of Minecraft that drove the statement. Had some friends who spent days/weeks constructing remade movie sets, etc. Step by step…that speaks of OCD to me. Fun OCD, but OCD nonetheless.

        1. No more so that someone who spends years working on a model train set in their basement, carefully painting Warhammer figurines, or collating fantasy football statistics.

  2.  Truly,  an heroic undertaking!  I have a feeling some nostalgia for WOW is setting in; what with Blizzard finally having a real competitor (feel the force Luke…) ; mayhap that WOW is finally waning. 

    1.  A real competitor?  It’s still in the ‘latest MMO annoyance that Blizzard is just keeping their eye on’ stage.

      1. I like SW:TOR, but I think Blizzard’s biggest enemy right now is genre fatigue.  Lots of folks are simply *sick* of WoW, and it wouldn’t matter what they added to the game.  There’s only so many times someone can gather ten ape asses and have it still be interesting.

        Much like MS Windows won’t be killed off by a better OS, but rather the death of its platform of the PC, I think WoW’s fate will be similar – not killed by a better ‘Gather 10 Ape Asses’ MMO, but by some different sort of game(s) entirely.

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