WoodReviewer’s 2021 Advent Calendar Day 1

Hello there curious gift receivers of Roblox, WoodReviewer here with the 2021 installment of my yearly advent calendar. As some of you may have noticed I have been very inactive over the last 6 or so months and that wasn’t entirely due to my own choice, but it did very nearly end up costing this years advent calendar. But don’t you freight, my schedule is now back to normal and my reign of terror will resume shortly. In like 25 days because I don’t like posting 2 blogs a day while my advent calendar is going on, so consider the next 25 days a gift to all of you who use improper wood grain in your games to fix it.

But what about the 3 of you who will read this blog but don’t use bad wood grain in their games? What will your gift be today?

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WoodReviewer’s 2021 Advent Calendar

Do you enjoy gifts in the holiday season?  How about useless, virtual tat that you will most likely never actually use but still want because it makes you feel special on the inside? Or do you just want random examples of wood grain from yours truly?  If you said yes to any above, I have some good news. Today I am pleased to announce the unveiling of the official WoodReviewer 2021 Advent Calendar.

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Amusing-2018 Egg Hunt Part 12

Hello there disappointed egg hunters of Roblox, WoodReviewer is here, and considering that August starts this weekend, I think I can say with a fair bit of confidence that Roblox is now going to be having an egg hunt this year, and with that, I will be unable to give a review of the non-existent egg hunt. However, don’t let the fact that there won’t be an egg hunt review disappoint you, because there will in fact be a review. Not of this years egg hunt, or 2020’s egg hunt. Or even 2019’s egg hunt. But rather part 12 of my review of the 2018 Egg Hunt, the Great Yolktales.

Now at this point I’m sure some of you are asking “WoodReviewer, isn’t it a bit excessive to have 12 blog posts on the wood grain in a single game?”

My answer to that is firstly, no, it is not 12 blog posts on a single game. Just 12 blog posts so far on a single game. Secondly, the fact I can even fill 12 blog posts on a single game just goes to show how little people cared about the wood grain in the game. Anyway, enough with the intro, lets start with the bad wood grain, this time in a brand new world, the Festival of Eggs.

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Big Boi-Climb the Giant Man

Hello there curious giant climbers of Roblox, WoodReveiwer here to take a look at Climb the Giant Man Obby by Terry Cavanagh. For those of you who are unaware of who Terry is, they are behind games such as Dicey Dungeons, Super Hexagon, and VVVVVV and are now getting involved with Roblox development. So with that introduction out of the way, how is the wood grain in Climb the Giant Man?

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Castle Time-Template Places Part 12

Hello there new studio learners looking for a good place to learn how to start making game, Sir Supreme Wood Grain Ninja Dr. Master Model Overlord WoodReviewer here, once again to take a look at a template place made by Roblox. If you are confused by why you have never seen one of these reviews before despite the fact this is part 12, that is because this is the first template review that I have done since 2016. So which place am I looking at today? Why the Castle Template Place, which you can find in studio or at the previous link. This is actually the third time I am taking a look at the castle template, as it was updated short after I made my original review on it in 2016, and now has been updated after my second review in 2016 with new lighting and stuff. So, in the last 5 years, were the problems with the castle template fixed?

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Roblox 2021 Material Update

Hello there Roblox texture artists who are looking for my feedback on the new wood materials, WoodReviewer here to take a look at the recent Roblox materials update that was announced back in December, but whose initial test build was recently released on GitHub. You can find more details on this on the Dev Forum. Obviously I only care about the wood and wooden planks textures, and I will talk about the pros and cons on both new textures, but before I get underway with giving a well thought out opinion on these new materials, I need to get something out of the way quickly: I hate the new wooden plank texture.


I hate the new wooden plank texture. Now I will be the first to admit, I can be a bit nitpicky at times and may just offer vague suggestions on how to fix something or what is wrong, but I just hate this new wooden plank texture. Why? Well, to explain let me illustrate my issue with a picture.

Here is an image of two 10 stud longs by one stud wide bricks, one being smooth plastic, the other being the new wooden plank texture.

Now I have one question for you, dear readers, what is this absolute abomination on the side of this plank texture?

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Animal Abuse-Zoo Tycoon

Hello there animal lovers of Roblox, WoodReviewer here, with a look at a game that encourages you to trap animals in cages and no feed them, Zoo Tycoon, by Loaded Studios. No, this is not the same Zoo Tycoon that I reviewed back in 2018, which is now called Zoo Simulator, but rather another new zoo tycoon game. So with that confusion cleared up, lets see how wood grain has improved in zoo tycoons over the last 3 years on Roblox.

Well would you look at that, it still sucks.

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What is a Vibe?-The Vibe Room

Hello there curious vibers of Roblox, WoodReviewer here to take a look at The Vibe Room by Auroan. Now, full disclaimer, as someone who is only moved forward in life by an unyielding rage and only gets stuff done by harnessing their seemingly infinite reserves of anger, I do not really vibe in the traditional sense. Instead I usually sit in my garage, sharpening my axes and knives as I get ready to use my anger to cut more firewood. But enough with my abnormal rage, time to get back to my rage at the improper wood grain in The Vibe Room. For starters, this piano has improper wood grain on the supports under the keys.

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WoodReviewer- 5 Years Later


March 31st, 2009 is a date not many people will remember, but it is a date which set forth a series of events that would entirely shape my life for the last 5 years. Was it some major geopolitical event? Family event? Dark personal tragedy? No, it was none of the above. You see, March 31st, 2009 was the day that Roblox officially announced they were adding wood to the game. But like most events that will be referenced in this post, the date wasn’t the true first time I saw wood grain on Roblox, as I was active on Roblox’s test servers then and likely saw it a week or so early.

For those of you who weren’t around then, Roblox released this blog post detailing the Worlds of Wood contest to celebrate the launch of the new material. Of course, being an old Roblox contest everyone tried to game the system and instead of making a new game from scratch, just changed everything in their pre-made games to wood and entered the contest. I, however, had a vision, to bring back an almost mythical place that I had only heard rumors of, a place where gladiators battled it out for supremacy, whose remnants have been ravaged by time to the point where there is nothing but faint outlines left in the ground to mark that they even existed, so I set out to create it.

Naturally, it being 2009 on Roblox, I failed horribly, but wood grain was my first time on Roblox I ever clearly saw something in my mind that I wanted to make, and every few years I still go back and try to make that vision, getting closer and closer each attempt.

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WoodReviewer’s 2020 Advent Calendar Day 25

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays joyous celebrators, WoodReviewer here with the 25th and final day of my 2020 Advent Calendar. Yes, today is the final day of this year’s advent calendar, the one day each year that I put serious effort into the calendar, and whose gift the entire year’s calendar is leading towards. So, what is the great final gift in this year’s calendar? A random household item that no one has? Something to do with that random roofing tile I gave? Or is it some secret item that suddenly combines all the items together in a way that makes sense?

If you guessed any of the above you are wrong, as it is a staple of my advent calendars that has been missing all year so far:

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