Sand Castle

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Can be built on beaches with a Bucket and Spade. Building a sand castle will use up all of your sand, as well as a Pointy Stick and a Sheet of Paper (to make a flag with your name on it), and costs 10 AP no matter the size. There is only room for one castle on any particular beach.

Sand castles can be kicked down, although doing so without permission is considered bad etiquette. The builder of the castle will sense the disturbance in the Force, so don't be surprised if you get dissed. The AP cost of kicking down a sand castle is the square root (rounded down) of the number of units of sand used to make the castle.

Unlike the real world, waves will never knock your creation down. Ever. Even when the tide comes in.

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Sizes

The size of your castle and how hard it is to kick down will depend on how much sand you use. From smallest to largest, known sizes are: tiny, small, bijoux, large, big, huge, gigantic, crazy-big, crazy-huge, crazy-gigantic, insane and sand city.

Sand Used Size of Castle
1 - 9 Tiny
10 - 29 Small
30 - 99 Bijoux
100 - 299 Large
300 - 999 Big
1000 - 2999 Huge
3000 - 9999 Gigantic
10000 - 29999 Crazy-Big
30000 - 99999 Crazy-Huge
100000 Crazy-Gigantic
300100 Insane
1152970 - 5432165 Sand City
  • All numbers are from verified sand castle constructions.

Sand Castles of Note

Darksartago appears to be the first person to have built a Crazy-Big sand castle. I don't know the location of this castle or whether it still exists. Any information welcome. -Scrumbucket

That one is only crazy-big. I built a crazy-huge one, though...and Pageturner spent 200AP to kick it down, for which he was rightly dissed. --Dragon 03:10, 1 February 2007 (GMT)
Mine too has gone. I can't remember the exact location - it was on one of the cold and lonely beaches of the frozen north that I spent all my time gathering sand. The 1213 AP figure refers to the 1203 AP spent getting all the sand (300AP for 2500 Units IIRC, and 3AP for the last 5 just in case) and the 10AP to build it. Can't recall who spent 100AP to remove it again, but I did indeed diss them too. Perhaps a Society of Vengeful Sandcastle Builders is needed to spend their AP dissing all those who knock down our glorious works?

A day or two ago, I built a huge sand castle on the north coast of Lost Island to test whether it would survive on a tidal beach. If anyone drops by, please check to see if it's still there. (Alternatively, test it yourself at a more accessible tidal beach, such as the causeway to Ignatz's Retreat.) -Scrumbucket 08:12, 1 February 2007 (GMT)

Amazing. After being totally submerged four times a day for almost a year, it's still there! -Scrumbucket 06:58, 14 January 2008 (GMT)

I built one on the coast north of Atlantish. It wasn't a very big one and last time I checked it was still there--Solune 10:58, 1 February 2007 (GMT)

I just built a tiny castle with 1 unit of sand at the northern end of the new bridge to Ignatz's Retreat. Any bets as to how long it will last? -Scrumbucket 02:44, 6 February 2007 (GMT)

Less than 24 hours. Black be the name of Duke Pageturner MD. -Scrumbucket 02:59, 7 February 2007 (GMT)

Lalumi has just built an Insane sand castle (300100 units of sand) on the beach northwest of Emerald City. It will take a kicker 547 AP to demolish it. (Note: it took 36000 AP to gather the sand.) --BlaisedeC 20:37, 8 June 2007 (BST)

Well done on the Insane! Does that mean my Crazy-Gigantic was the biggest for about 7 hours? Bah :-) And nice one on building all those ones ending in 9 too, I couldn't work out a sensible way of getting rid of a single unit of sand without an accomplice. So are you going for the million next? kenton 01:55, 10 June 2007 (BST)
Oh, the nines were easy -- I stuck the rest of the sand in a bag. Maybe after my Hawaiian vacation Lalumi will have the AP to get a million units of sand... --BlaisedeC/Lalumi 20:30, 5 July 2007 (BST)

I just found another insane sand castle built by andrew at 40E 48S, kicking it down will cost 1000 AP, who wants to bet somebody will kick it? king1216 06:39, 2 August 2007 (BST)

I built a crazy-huge castle on Holiday Island, nothing special there... but it was behaving like a quantum sheep for a day or two. At first, it coexisted with with a gigantic castle built by Old Nick, but later on it started multiplying. I counted up to 7 copies at once. Sadly(?), you can no longer see this strange behavior--the bug was fixed (or solved itself) very quickly. -Scrumbucket 01:49, 13 July 2008 (BST)

The second-biggest sand castle in the 'kingdom

You use your bucket and spade to turn all your sand into a sand castle.
You lose 1152970 Units of Sand.
You use a pointy stick and a piece of paper to make a flag on the top.
You lose a Sheet of Paper.
You lose a Pointy Stick.
You probably need a holiday now...
You gain a Bottle of Sparkling Wine.
You gain a Return to Oz.

Behold it, in it's glory at 77E 192N DSSGCM. Seems the great lords saw this one coming. In addition to my complimentary wine and a holiday, they have this to say to all who would make themselves immortal in sand.

"This isn't a sandcastle. It's a complete city. There's a small note pinned to the gates. It reads: "darksartago is plainly insane. Get a life, man. -- The Council of Great Lords""

What fun. Darksartago 22:10, 1 May 2009 (BST)

Does it still stand? Syagrius 05:41, 17 May 2010 (BST)
Yes. Just checked. I'd also forgotten that the Great Lords made it invulnerable to being kicked down Darksartago 23:14, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

The Biggest Sandcastle in the 'Kingdom

Located on the eastern end of the northernmost beach of the Wizard's Retreat is a sand city constructed of 5,432,165 units of sand. It took several years to build. Best of luck kicking it down. --Nuru nuru 21:53, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

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