WoW’s Dalaran Cupola Library vs. Real Round Libraries

Games, Geek out!, Stunt Double

I was browsing my WoW screencaps for something entirely different when my eye fell on two shots from the Dalaran inscription trainer’s place. (This is in the Legion version of Dalaran.) Both are actually from inside the book-filled cupola: the first looks up towards the impossibly high ceiling, the second down towards the trainers’ room floor.

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Screencap from the Dalaran inscription trainer’s place in World of Warcraft.

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Screencap from the Dalaran inscription trainer’s place in World of Warcraft.

Neat, right? Well, I wondered whether anyone’s actually done anything similar for real and hit the Internet. And I found some!


Stockholm Public Library in Stockholm, Sweden

The functionalist stadsbibliotek was designed by Gunnar Asplund and opened in 1928.

Flickr Marcus Hansson Stockholm Public Library

Marcus Hansson on Flickr (CC BY 2.0).


Round Reading Room in the Maughan Library, King’s College London in London, UK

The Round Reading Room of Maughan Library, the main university library of King’s College London, can be found on the Strand Campus.

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Colin via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).


Picton Reading Room in Liverpool, UK

The Picton Reading Room, completed in 1879, is now part of the Liverpool Central Library.

Flickr Terry Kearney Liverpool Central Library Picton Reading Room

Terry Kearney on Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).


A home in Toronto, Ontario

Designed by Katherine Newman and Peter Cebulak, this two-level library is in a private residence in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Tony Soluri via Architectural Digest.


The Octagon Room, Islamic Studies Library at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The library is situated in the neo-Gothic Morrice Hall building that previously housed the Presbyterian College of Montreal from 1871 to 1961.

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Klaus Fiedler, McGill Library.


None of them are exactly the same as the game library cupola, of course: apart from the the scale of the rooms, the scale and direction of the bookcases might differ. But apparently it isn’t terribly far-fetched to make a round multi-storey library and pack it chock-full. 😀

Images: Stockholm Public Library by Marcus Hansson on Flickr (CC BY 2.0). Round Reading Room of Maughan Library by Colin via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0). Picton Reading Room by Terry Kearney on Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). Toronto home by Tony Soluri via Architectural Digest. Islamic Studies Library at McGill by Klaus Fiedler, McGill Library.

Cross-posted from Co-Geeking.

New to Me: Majestic 3d-Printed Dice

Design & Designers, Games

Oh, wow, look at these 3d-printed dice:

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MajesticTrinkets on Etsy.

They’re designed and made by Carolyn. She sells her dice under the name Majestic Trinkets through an Etsy shop and a Shapeways shop.

Shapeways Majestic Trinkets D20 Lace Brass

MajesticTrinkets on Shapeways.

Carolyn uses CAD software to design the dice, so they’ll be properly balanced. Some of the designs can be printed from a variety of materials.

Shapeways Majestic Trinkets D10 Spindown Nickel

MajesticTrinkets on Shapeways.

Very cool – what a wonderful way to channel your creativity. I love that she combines her training (mechanical engineer) and hobbies to make pretties for her fellow nerds. 🙂 Kudos!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

P.S. Visit MajesticTrinkets on Twitter for more photos of neat die projects!

Fruits of Lunchtime Gaming Breaks

Bits in Spaaace!, Games, Geek out!

It’s been a turbulent week in the U.S. I’ve been struggling with the unbelievability of the political situation and how minor my everyday concerns feel in comparison. Then I saw this tweet by B.Zedan:

Life does indeed continue, as do projects and self-care, whatever form that may take. In that sprit, here’s a surprising and delightful detail from one of my current World of Warcraft projects – my main toon got a LEGENDARY piece of chest armor:

WoW Legion Random Drop Legendary Chest

It was a random world quest reward. Holy moly! I didn’t even know legendary items could drop in this expansion.

And here’s a discovery from Suramar City: they have trees with star-filled canopies!

WoW Legion Suramar City Trees w Star Canopy

Suramar is the first city in the game that actually feels like a city, and it’s gorgeous to boot. We saw a significant leap in terrain design from Cataclysm to Pandaria, and Legion looks even better. If it weren’t for those pesky guards we need to avoid in the City, I could spend a long time just wandering around, discovering amazing details like this.

Long Weekend Playing

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The latest WoW expansion was the main entertainment for us this past weekend.

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So far everything I’ve seen is visually gorgeous. The new animations are great even with lower graphics settings (I especially like the ore nodes collapsing when mining), and there are quite a few of them. No wonder the system requirements are so much higher than for previous expansions. I was also amused how certain areas match some of my transmogs. The screencap above is all warm browns, purple and a dash of green like my main druid’s current mog.

In my book, Blizzard’s decision to launch Legion before Labor Day was great – an extra day playing. I’m looking forward to exploring more, and there will definitely be more WoWing this week.

But right now I’m quite happy to get back to the IRL grind. You know you’re officially An Old when several days of a favorite activity wear you out. 🙂

Down the Rabbit Hole!

Games, Geek out!

The latest World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, dropped while we were asleep. Husband and I already took an hour this morning to play the intro on our druid pair before work.

Moonkin at Draenor Intro

On the basis of in-game chat it seems many people have called in sick or taken the day (and tomorrow!) off. We’re being responsible adults during the day, but come nightfall, oh, we’re so going to be glued to our screens! Whee!