Hold the phone! What is a Terraria post doing on this blog?!
Well, it just so happens that I also play Terraria.
And today I want to share something I am in the process of building.
Calm down. Sheesh.
Terraria, being the two-dimensional side-scrolling wonder of a game that it is, has very little depth built into it. There is some. You have background blocks (walls), middle-ground blocks (furniture, wooden beams, etc.), and foreground blocks (the kind you cannot walk through, because your character is on the same plane as they are), and if you know what you are doing you can create some really interesting structures that play with perspective and appear to have depth. But when you built your first building, it was probably a rectangle of wood, possibly with some stone wall background, a table and chair, a couple of torches, and a workbench. Also, it may have had two doors: one on each side so you could leave in either direction without having to jump over your building.
As you advanced, and your building got taller, it became more and more vital that you had doors on either side of your building. But once you start facing Blood Moons and Goblin Invasions, you start to realize that doors are a liability – the more doors you have, the more fronts you have to defend or find a way of locking down. Ideally, it would be nice to have only one entrance for your complex, one front to defend against the slightly peeved hordes. The fire marshals might not like it, but fortunately there is not (yet, at least) a Fire Marshal NPC who requires multiple routes of escape in case of fire.
There are solutions. Probably the most obvious solution is just to build your building off the ground (or “on stilts” meaning above wooden beams, which are a middle-ground block that you can walk in front of). Then, you can build some steps up to your single door. Easy-peasy.
The thing is, visually this works well for log cabins and small to mid-sized buildings. But sometimes, particularly if you are trying to build a big enough complex to house all your NPCs, stilts start to look a little silly. What is needed is a more convincing way to design that first layer of background blocks and a staircase leading up to the single entrance to your base (which is technically floating off the ground, but it doesn’t look like it is).
Obviously, you could just skip the pretense and build your base floating in the air. But if you’ve read this blog at all, you know that I am not a strictly pragmatic player. I like to emulate real structures and real systems (and I mean emulate, not replicate). And I kind of fail to see what the fun of Terraria is if you’re just going to play it in a purely pragmatic manner where your sole criterion in making decisions is efficiency.
So having justified myself and my playing style, let me share the first stages of my first really big build in Terraria and the solution I have come up with for my “single entrance” problem.