Judging by the comments and discussions in previous stories, we here at TechnoBuffalo have noticed that you folks like reading and talking about Minecraft. Mojang‘s wonderful, independently developed block paradise has earned its way into the hearts of gamers all over the world. We’re going to celebrate that fact.

One of the glories of Minecraft is the notion that it’s a lot like a virtual LEGO playground. People love building all sorts of wonders and then sharing them with the world. That’s what we intend to do. As one of the herd’s resident Minecraft nerds, I’m going to toss out one of my favorite and most elaborate creations: The PokeBall.

If you like what you see, let us know in the comments below. We’ll make this a recurring thing.

Here she is, in all of her majestic glory. The PokeBall.

The idea for the build came after a few friends and I had started to sprawl our castle and its buildings in several directions. One of my good friends suggested we build a PokeBall. The gauntlet had been thrown.

The rain in 1.5 is so awesome. This is it from the side. We basically built a sphere by first constructing a ball of dirt. We hollowed the inside and replaced the exterior with dyed wool. In fact, the wool collection was one of the more difficult challenges that came from working on the structure. Finding and punching the hair off of sheep took hours.

And here it is from the back. The structure I’m standing on is a railway we constructed to connect our tiny village to another one about a 10 minute walk from where I’m standing in the picture above. You’ll notice that we have an access way to the rear of the ball itself. We wanted to actually put something awesome inside as well.

This is what you see when you stand in the entrance of the ball. That’s right, it’s Diglett. We put a Pokemon in the PokeBall. Which makes, honestly, complete sense. Why Diglett? He was the easiest to construct.

There he stands again. We used the same principle to construct Diglett as we did for the rest of the build. We started him from the center and worked out, based on images we found online. His part of the build took around 30 minutes.

And here’s what we put inside Diglett. The entire ball serves as a shelter. And, yes, bunk beds.

It’s nerdy, I know, but I’m proud of our pixelated efforts.

What have you built in Minecraft?