Why, hello there fellow forum members. Today I was playing on Skeeve’s Exile (Its a great server, you should check it out if you haven’t already) and I made the ludicrous decision to try to circumnavigate. Skeeve’s Exile is a 16x world. Now, as many before me can confirm, circumnavigation of a 16x world is… long. Very, very long. Long, long story short, I gave up and went back to my hidey hole. But, as I fled from the huge challenge awaiting me, I had a thought: if this server were in a real-world size, how big would it *really* be? So today, to answer the question literally nobody was asking, I will calculate the real-world size of a 16x world.

(This involves a lot of long, boring math. If long, boring math is not for you, don’t open the spoiler.)

## The math

The first thing I needed to do was to figure out how big a world is in *blocks*. To start, I made a 1/16x world, and I counted. The distance between two poles in a 1/16x world is 256 blocks, meaning the total circumference of the world is 256 * 4, or 1024 blocks. (There are technically 4 extra blocks that the poles rest on, but I add these in later, as these 4 blocks don’t seem to increase as the world size does.)

Next, I multiplied the size of the 1/16th world by 16, to get the size of a regular world. This gets us a result of 16,384 blocks. A staggering amount, to be sure, but it gets bigger. To get our final world size of 16x, I simply multiplied 16,385 * 16 (plus 4 extra blocks for the poles) to get a mind-boggling *262,148 blocks.* That’s *huge*. Now, for the… ahem… *really* fun part. (Or, as most of you will think, the really boring part.)

In order to get a real-world distance, I first needed to convert blocks to kilometers. (Or miles for you other American readers.) Looking at the scaling of a block, I think it’s a safe guess to say a block is close to, if not exactly, a meter. This means that the world is 262,148 meters in circumference, or 262 kilometers rounded down. Now that the metric system is sorted, it’s time to get to our dear-old convoluted American way of measuring things. 1 metric meter is about 3.25 feet, so we multiply 262,148 by 3.25 to get 851,981 feet. There are 5280 feet in a mile, so now it’s a simple equation of 851,981 divided by 5280 to get a grand total of…

**Drumroll please…**

**Skeeve’s Exile is…**

161.36 miles (or 262 km) in circumference.

Yeah, that’s right. The entirety of Seeve’s Exile is about 160 miles. That virtual world you spent 6, 7, 10 hours walking around? That immensely humongous map that takes upwards of 10 minutes just to scroll through? That’s the size of South Dakota, end-to-end. **The real world is almost 156 times larger than the largest world setting on the blockheads.** Makes you feel small, doesn’t it?

Well, I hope the 4 of you who actually bothered to read this come out with a little more knowledge than you had coming in, and remember, that’s JUST A THEORY- A GAME THEOR-*wait a second, this outro might already be taken…*

(Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Anyways, just let me know if you think a calculation is off, and I’ll edit it to make sure you’re all getting as accurate useless information as possible. In the meantime, thanks for reading, and I’ll see ya around!