It has been mentioned that our nether portal hub will be at or around -135, 175. I would like to participate in a community build to clean up and develop this area. There are a number of builds already located around here and I think it would make a convenient crossroads and a potential resource hub for new players.
A first pass at a plan:
Phase 1: Terraforming
-Level off the desert peninsula where the portal is. Tear up the garden, the two shacks (-145, 230 / -150, 242) and the abandoned cobble castle (-100, 270).
-Fix up the house at -120, 245 (marked DemonDroids) and put our initial supplies, equipment, beds and workshop in there.
-Cover this area with dirt and get grass growing.
-Build a crossroads that we can run to Asum's build, connect to my road and to the nearby jungle builds.
-Mark off an "edge" to our community build somehow (I'm partial to castle-type walls, but fences or anything that looks nice will work.
Phase 2: Construction
-We'll need a nice looking, clearly labeled and very large supply center and workshop somewhere in this town. They don't need to be the same building or to have everything all in one place, but these resources should all be close to one another. (don't forget places for an enchanting area and potion stands)
-The building that houses the nether portal ought to be epic.
-A sleeping place. A community building that contains several beds for new players or players who want to respawn inside the hub. (Resist the urge to build a "hotel")
-At least one of these buildings should be tall enough to see from a great distance.
Phase 3: Landscaping
-A town center with a bulletin board (lots of space for signs)
-Remaining space can be devoted to gardens, paths, stands of trees and other things that look cool and/or can be used to aid new or hard-up players.
-We need one or a couple cool-looking, uniform lighting methods that can be used to ensure that the area inside the hub is safe.
-If anybody is skilled with animals, getting pen/breeding area set up would be cool (a low priority, since mc husbandry is far from an exact science and is very easy to grief).
-Don't use cobble as a base building material. Use it as an accent, or in places that won't be visible, but structures should never be primarily made out of cobble.
-Don't use naked torches in finished builds. Consider lighting when you are building things. If lighting will come from torches, find a way to make them look cool.
-If you wish to add something to the build that is not a part of this outline (or whatever the final draft of the plan ends up being), please post it here and/or obtain the permission of one of the authoritative-type people.
-Please do not use lava in such a way that players (or builds) can accidentally set themselves on fire.
-The chests inside the house at -125, 245 will be community chests. Anything in these chests is available to anyone participating in this build.
-Please add useful building materials to these chests (we'll almost definitely need a crap-ton of coal, wood and glowstone)
-If you wish to store building materials at the community site during this project, please put a sign with your name next to the chest.
-Please do not take anything from other people's chests.