Blockland

The Blockland prototype was so popular that I made it into a real game!

Blockland is a non-linear sandbox game with no set goals, giving players the freedom to design and construct elaborate structures. Styled as a tiny minifigure, players build inside of the virtual world using bricks reminiscent of toy blocks. These structures can be built in either a single-player or multiplayer (either online or through a local area network) setting.

Blockland pays the bills and lets me call myself a game developer.


Trailer


Development
Around February 2005, the Blockland prototype became hit it big via something awful and G4 TV. Eventually something like with something like 500k downloads. At this point it seemed like I should try to make something out of it, but what? And how?

My first thought was that I could leverage game to get a job at LEGO. My step mother knew some people in Denmark who knew some people at LEGO, info about the game filtered up through them and some people from LEGO contacted me. They wanted to meet with me, so we set up a time to meet at BrickFest (an AFOL convention in Arlington, within driving distance for me at the time).

So I hauled my computer - CRT monitor and all - up to Arlington and demoed the game for them. Their first priority was to adamantly insist that I couldn't use LEGO intellectual property to make money and that I shouldn't put their red square logo anywhere on my site - fine by me. Not sure if that was a threat or if they were just trying to make sure I didn't run afoul of their lawyers.

Other than that, they were genuinely very impressed with Blockland - particularly the progress on the character customization. Keep in mind this was before youtube and certainly before the indie game renaissance we're currently living in. Torque was still pretty much alone as the only widely accesible 3D game engine - so for the uninitiated executive, the idea that one person could make a 3D multiplayer game by themselves was a bit surprising.

We talked about the
Beta Screenshots
Here's some stuff from the retail development period (2005-2007).



Comments
Jetz2014-06-21 01:30:16
It appears the "Development" section is cut off mid-sentence.
Badspot2014-06-22 22:23:33
Yeah, I didn't actually mean to check that section in yet because I wasn't done writing it...
Daniel.S2014-06-27 18:40:22
I am pretty sure it says BALLS in the trailer at the start lol
0.05
Taco2014-07-18 19:52:07
Wow, Blockland waz memories.
Doaler4sBack2014-08-09 15:24:43
Badspot, I'm sorry what I did on the fourms, and I will follow the rules, can you un-ban me off the fourms, I will be good.
Doaler4sBack2014-08-13 02:42:40
badspot I hate you
your a noob
shut down blockland
Razolu2014-08-18 14:28:18
after the Okiver Scare
and the Zapk Fiasco,(which just pushed the lacking of quality servers point over the edge) I'm starting to lose interest in this game, and unless there is a HUGE change in the community (something beyond badspot's control i assume) It's just going to push me away, which is unfortunate as i do like this game, but like all good games (or anything that has a following for that matter), communities tend to take it too far...
Badspot2014-08-18 14:58:04
The 'okiver scare'? What are you afraid of exactly? Is your spine literally made of cheese?
SirBubbles2014-08-19 13:58:35
Amazing job, Badspot. I really love the game. Quick question, Badspot, if you would answer it, If I Blockland on Steam, would it be a demo? I've heard people say it is, but i'm not sure. Please respond. :D

-SirBubbles
SirBubbles2014-08-19 13:59:34
Ugh, I meant to say, "buy Blockland on Steam." Woops. Sorry for the mess-up!

-SirBubbles
Badspot2014-08-20 02:02:04
When you buy the game it is the full version.
TheAwesomeNikolai2014-08-23 19:31:22
"when are u ever put your blockland soundtrack on itunes?"
plz respond to my quistion
-TheAwesomeNikolai
TheAwesomeNikolai2014-08-23 19:32:45
because if u put it on itunes i will buy it for 9.99.
-TheAwesomeNikolai
supercooolguy32 clark2014-10-13 10:02:10
when is verson 22 coming out or 21 is the last verson
supercooolguy32 clark2014-10-13 10:02:10
when is verson 22 coming out or 21 is the last verson
The Real Doaler4sBack2014-10-25 09:02:50
badspot I LOVE YOU
your a PRO
SUPPORT Blockland
notkaje2014-10-29 15:03:30
Where's the part about the game being abandoned?
Doom Mantis2014-12-27 13:50:46
badspot is too mlg 4 us
SalivalTheSecond2015-02-02 12:19:24
I thought this game showcase thing would be perfect for what i am gonna say, Badspot, what da fuck is wrong with your site(Blockland.us)i fucking check the money on my credit fucking card it displays 30 euros, and a key is 8 euros right?And i enter everything correctly, but it displays a error message. I check everything again, correct. I want a goddamn key due to the fact i wanna play this game, and i want to play with people online. Not be on the demo for the rest of my "gamer life" shooting fucking jeeps. And to be able to accsess the forum.
I hope you read this, and i expect awnsers.
Badspot2015-02-03 00:18:06
1. This is a comments section on a blog. If you want help email [email protected]

2. "It displays an error message" is a virtually useless statement. What site displays the error? What is the text of the message?
SalivalTheSecond2015-02-03 12:04:48
1. Excuse me for forgetting the email support thing, i will try my best to not forget where to get help.

2. "Purchase failed" mostlikely?
(some suggestion what might happend, things that not made it able to purcase, p.s my english is kinda horrible due to the fact that i am Bosnien.)I have struggled for 2 years trying to buy the key, i even saw it was 5 dollars (i went sanic fast for my credit card)entered everything correct, NOPE!No key 4 you bitch. Anyways, i have no other way to pay it other then with a credit card.
SalivalTheSecond2015-02-03 12:06:07
Allso, the error thing displayed on your site.
As i said, i was not able to correctly recreat the whole thing. I think i have a screeny of it just in case if someone knows the problem.
SalivalTheSecond2015-02-03 17:54:59
Y U NO LET ME BUYYour payment through Amazon.com has failed. Unfortunately we are unable to determine exactly why your bank declined our attempt to charge your card. A charge can fail for a variety of reasons, many of which may not be related to the validity of the credit card.

Here are some things to check:
Have you entered the credit card number correctly without any transposed digits?
Have you entered the correct expiration date? Has that date passed?
Have you entered the billing address and phone number that match those associated with your credit card?
Have you exceeded your credit limit?
You may want to contact your issuing bank to inquire about their policies or restrictions regarding electronic or internet purchases, as this may be the source of the problem?
Badspot2015-02-04 12:06:29
Ok. Did you check all of those things?
Jasa2015-02-04 20:13:58
If the website purchase isn't working purchase it on Steam.
SalivalTheSecond2015-02-05 05:02:41
Badspot, i told you a billion times i checked every single goddamn detail. Steam doesnt work. My credit card is "on" if you know what i mean, by that i mean it has accses to purchase anything from the webz.
SalivalTheSecond2015-02-05 05:05:23
WHY IS IT SO GODDAMN HARD TO BUY A FUCKING GAME FOR 8 EUROS GODDAMN IT. I FUCKING WANT A GODDAMN TGE GAME WITH A ADVANCED ENGINE SO I CAN PLAY WITH PEOPLE ON ON THE GODDAMN GAME INSTEAD OF RAPING HORSES GODDAMN IT!SHIT!.
Fuck i get over reacted when i try something a hundreds of times and i fail work.
Badspot2015-02-06 17:34:56
How about buying a steam card with your credit card, then buying the game on steam with steam wallet funds.
SalivalTheSecond2015-02-08 08:11:14
If thats more then 8 euros then i will kill myself.
SalivalTheSecond2015-02-09 03:04:53
Cant hurt to try, if it fails, i will commit suicide.
Dave-2015-02-28 23:20:39
Dis game, doe.
A zombie2015-03-30 12:39:16
Waiting for a Blockland update... Any second...
Va11jr2015-04-25 01:04:04
:FACE_SMILEY:
SCP 6822015-04-25 08:16:24
Why'd you take maps away in v21? I miss the kitchen especially.
Xeidious2015-05-02 07:23:57
R.I.P Forums you will be missed.

no but seriously Is forums getting DDoS'd right now?
Nipple God 40k2015-05-10 10:48:24
Hey are you gonna make a sequel to this?
Also if you do can you use a more modern file type for 3d models? DTS is dead.
Nipple God 40k2015-05-10 10:50:49
I mean DTS isn't even being used anymore as far as I know, except for Blockland mods, and it's so hard to find a working exporter for Blender.
You have to install an older version of Blender, and then export your model from modern blender to a file readable to old blender, and then export that as a DTS file and hope it works.
The mod pipeline fuckin' sucks.
Dominator55022015-07-06 13:34:43
How I would love for the maps to return. Or at least a steam workshop for this game. RTB made everything so much easier before it was shut down because of fucking steam. This game needs a workshop for saves and other add-ons.
riki2321gamer2015-09-29 17:27:24
I miss maps, even though i'm a 185k'er
I got blockland in 2013
JrVa112015-10-04 02:44:48
a map of screenshots
2015-10-18 23:41:56
I need some help with Port Forwarding. It insists i need the master server's IP adderess.
Badspot2015-10-21 01:08:56
>It insists i need the master server's IP adderess

Whatever 'it' is, no it doesn't. You're not port forwarding to communicate with the master server, you're port forwarding so other random people on the internet can connect to your server over UDP.
Va11Jr142015-11-07 23:55:18
Blocks of bricks
Sad user :(2015-11-18 15:38:29
Plz badspot update the vehicle phycsis, it's very annoying.
Barrack Obama2015-11-19 05:18:19
^ no?
G33K2015-12-22 12:15:44
Why can't you make it RTB compatable? I like the bricks only maps though because it forces us to be creative
Ibamanus 2016-02-05 16:15:55
hey Badspot i think that everyone wants the Maps back can you tell us why did you put These Maps away?
Actual Doaler2016-02-05 20:57:01
Um, Badspot...
I am sorry for the shitposting and faggotory additude on the fourms AND the BLHack incident. I was very angry at the time. I have regretted what I have done. I don't want to quit blockland. The game has alot of things that help me create things. Ever since I got revoked, I was first happy because I was mad, but then I lost motivation on my life and lost creativity. Without Blockland, I would've not made anything. The game is like a stress toy to me. Its like my little canvas for anything. So sorry for being a jackass to the community. I was just angry at the time because of the community going too far. I tried to rejoin out of solving the problem, but you banned me quickly before telling the truth. So please Baddy, sorry for the shit actions. I won't do it again. I deleted BLhack and shit, and I have regreted what I have done. Sorry.

-Doaler
Mr.coolguy322016-03-06 11:59:16
The game is going great, I don't give a shit if their is no updates.
Still good game.
Actual Doaler2016-03-14 22:17:44
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Ahead2016-03-26 18:32:17
Amazing.
DollarDaddy212016-06-18 20:08:46
Yea! Now I can tell my kids I went down in the books, the Books of BadSpot's Website :3
Rab2016-06-22 09:02:31
Badspot, a question.
Did you stop developing Blockland?
The BL community, as far as i seen, shit.
>rip blockland
secret person2016-08-07 03:11:42
http://i.imgur.com/uzAqBq9.png
Dominus2016-08-08 05:54:15
i noticed that blockland is dying.
never seen a full server lately lmao.
Badspot2016-08-08 09:35:01
Dang, I guess I have to give all the money back then. Oh wait, no.
kyle kyleson2016-08-16 15:54:42
wheres the dangass updates you nutter
Asriel 2016-09-30 06:06:54
But why?
;(
Styx Gamer2016-10-17 21:35:18
I got this game in 2008/09 somewhere in there. I really got into it, and loved it!!! I've got so many good things I can say about this game, but not enough space. Thank you, Badspot, for making Blockland. You've inspired me to make my own game.
Tragen472016-12-03 01:23:56
What is going on?! I can't join blockland.us and blockland forum, and I can't authentificate with master server. Badspot did you stop blockland hosting???
Badspot2016-12-03 18:55:08
Everything seems to be working. Sounds like a problem on your end.
Count2016-12-04 15:29:52
Still love this game soo much...
Isaksme2016-12-05 05:10:03
Where dem updates? ;(
Bedpost2016-12-07 21:24:22
Do you know and trust anyone in this game other than Rotondo?
badspotet2016-12-13 19:18:49
helo i am the bad spot
Siver2017-01-07 12:33:59
You should add another aspect to the game, people are leaving because of no new content. I miss the good old days of blockland...
bedsput2017-01-19 09:25:05
the game is dying, fix it, work on it, bring back maps that mess with shaders. Would prefer maps over shaders anyway. stop thinking of your pocket, hire a dev who will actually work on the game, thnx x
Badspot2017-01-19 10:50:31
What game from 2007 is still getting free updates? Are you writing to the devs of "Kane & Lynch: Dead Men" every day to complain that they're not updating the game for free? How about "Enemy Territory: Quake Wars"? These were $60 games.

Blockland is not a subscription product. There should be no expectation of free content updates at all. Paying me $20 ten years ago does not make me your slave today.
Rednakin2017-01-22 03:19:58
I would pay $60 for Blockland on a modern engine.
Tragen472017-01-24 11:24:11
Badspot, you ripped your best game. Did you just use us to earn money?
Annonymous2017-01-28 01:30:02
Most likely yes, he basicly said to the blockland community "Fuck you, i dont need you anymore"
Dominus2017-01-28 12:18:51
To be honest, i would say the same thing to a cancerous community filled with 12 year old greasy social outcast boys.
Antares2017-01-31 17:40:04
Badspot, do you have more screenshots what Blockland was like in mid 2005? If I dig back into your archive you wanted to finish a new version for Blockland Vanilla, I'd believe it had to be v0003.

Waves,
Froosti2017-03-11 16:43:57
When you did the shader update and removed all of the maps, did you have plans on continuing development of this game? You kind of just ruined the game and fucked off, what was your plan there?
4BIT2017-03-24 19:46:15
There's actually still some people that actually care about Blockland such as me, so just do what these people want for god's sake.
AnotherPerson2017-04-03 13:00:08
This is one of the only games I can come back to over the years because of all the memories and replay-ability.
Medik2017-04-15 11:23:38
Well RIP Blockland. BTW Atleast it's not like new roblox. And another btw Whoa Badspot calm down Just get a few moderators for free just for quality control
Badspot2017-04-15 19:40:21
The kind of person who would willingly become a forum moderator should never be given power under any circumstances.
Lololol2017-04-19 15:54:48
Badspot, are you planning to update Blockland anytime in the future? I am thinking of purchasing Blockland on Steam as it looks like a decent game for its age and I heard that you were inactive on updates so I just wanted to ask you on the forums.
4BIT2017-04-23 08:21:59
Well at least there's some players that still play Blockland. Blockland isn't dead. Dead means dead guys. It means 0. There's still like 80 players or something left in Blockland. Blockland is still ALLLIIIVVVE!!! (Sorry I tried using wisdom but I failed)
Codystar55(SuperHAX)2017-05-09 18:44:12
Yo badspot i was wondering if in the future you would ever accept development for this game.... Im planning on studying progaming soon and would love to help bring this back...
I have so many good memories playing this game and i miss it.
Last attempt to dl the game threw me a (no url set in game manifest)
p2017-05-10 08:25:25
pp
SUCC2017-05-10 08:28:52
I miss block land =(
2017-05-18 05:59:27
I used to love this game. I would always nag my father about getting it. I eventually forgot about it, and I'm sad to see how it's turned out. I'm not saying the game is dead, the community still has alot of people left, but, I would like a new update, or really anything, DLC, sequel, I don't care, I just want to have a reason to buy this game. I'm happy I didn't buy it, because I would be really upset if it fell apart. Badspot, It's easy for you to just take the money and go, and I can't stop you. But please, have some more consideration for your fellow Blockheads. Maybe then, I would consider purchasing the game. If you don't read this, that's fine. I'm just a chunk of the big pile of garbage people are throwing at you. Now, please have some more consideration.
Protostar2017-06-05 09:39:07
damn i miss this game
}]Crazy[{ (ID:16362)2017-06-21 04:20:58
do you have any more plans for this game?
BLOCKLAND IS NOT DEAD2017-06-24 18:30:03
BLOCKLAND IS NOT DEAD
Still Alive?2017-06-25 21:48:15
I'm referring to Badspot here, not Blockland. Blockland is pretty dead, we're just now getting into BL-ID 210k's. Think you can pass this game off to some new nerds and see what they can do with it? Hell, I'd pay $60 for a Blockland 2 if it's a definite improvement. New engine, new look, new style, whatever. I have the money, I want more content!
Badspot2017-06-28 06:11:33
Fuck blockland, i screwed you for money
Go fuck yourself.2017-07-10 04:42:15
...
You should be ashamed about yourself Badspot.
This game is your only source of income and yet you fuck yourself over by not caring about it.
Goddamn i hate this shit.
...
You expect anyone, esp baldspot to give a fuck LOL

goddamn i hate ppl who hate shit why cant we all just hold hands and sit under a tree and write a poem as rainbows sprout through the skies above us


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