For obvious reasons, storage is a pretty big deal in Minecraft.  There have been storage mods before, and will undoubtedly be storage mods to come, but today I would like to bring the CompactChests mod by Tatty Seal to your attention.

 

This mod is quite similar to some other storage mods, with a few added features and some specific personalization.  Its primary function is to provide larger amounts of storage without taking up more space in the game world.  This is accomplished in two ways: with chests and with backpacks.

 

The first of the chests can be crafted by placing wood planks all around a regular chest:

 

compact_recipe

 

Each subsequent recipe follows the same pattern, using the chest before it and the material after it.  The four tiers of compact chests with their respective required materials are:

 

  • Double chest, made with wood;

  • Triple chest, made with iron;

  • Quadruple chest, made with gold;

  • Quintuple chest, made with diamond.

 

Double chests hold as much space as a normal double chest (two regular chests placed next to each other).  Triple chests hold three times as much space as a normal chest, as one might expect:

 

compact_triple

 

And for reference, quadruple and qintuple chests use extra slots and side compartments to fit all of the items – which is actually quite nice for organization:

 

compact_quint

 

These chests cannot be combined with themselves by placing two next to each other, but unlike normal chests, placing many in close proximity is allowed.  Unfortunately, shift-clicking does not function with quadruple and quintuple chests.

 

Compact Backpacks can be made by placing any Compact Chest in a crafting grid in the center, surrounded in the four directions by string and with wool in each of the four corners.  These backpacks are great for keeping survival kits while still having space in one’s inventory to collect items, or to transport large amounts of items from one town to another.

 

My thoughts on this mod: the chests are fairly cheap to make and are a balanced feature.  Quintuple chests are more of a luxury than anything, as spending diamonds to get a few more spaces doesn’t really seem justifiable for early to mid-game players.  Compared to other storage mods, it is fairly basic, but nonetheless gets the job done well.

 

If you are just looking for a simple storage mod to add to your pack, this is a great choice.

 

How to install CompactChests for Minecraft 1.7.10

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of CompactChests.

  3. Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  4. Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.

  5. Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.

 

As I mentioned previously, there are other already existing storage mods.  Which one is your favorite and why?  Personally, I am a fan of the Better Barrels mod, but may end up using this one as it combines features of two of my favorite storage mods.  Leave your answers in the comments below.

Since my last post on this matter, I have read more about the potential sale and learned some new / clarifying information.  According to Bloomberg, the deal was proposed by Notch – not by Microsoft – several years ago.  As it turns out, Notch is not as invested in the community or game itself these days as he once was.  Why?

 

If you have been following Minecraft (not just playing it) since its launch or even for the past couple of years, you may have noticed how much drama surrounds the game and its creator.  Fans and foes alike tend to dole out hateful comments to Notch on a regular basis, with of course intermittent flare ups of all-out attacks.

 

This is something not uncommon with big name developers, but generally tends to be rare for smaller, independent studios.  It happens when fans become too invested in their game and over-react to any change that they perceive will affect them in some significant way.  Often, these changes will virtually have no effect on a player’s day-to-day activities.

 

Due to this, Notch has publicly grown increasingly detached from his creation.  He is regularly quoted for a tweet made a few months ago (right around the time that negotiations for the sale began):

 

“Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for trying to do the right thing is not my gig.”

 

You can see the tweet itself here, and some of the aforementioned hateful comments.

 

As such, it would seem that he will not continue with Mojang after Microsoft has acquired it (if the deal goes through).  The fate of the rest of the team is questionable at this point.

 

minecraft-microsoft

 

So when is this deal going down?  As early as tomorrow (Monday, September 15th).  Notch (according to Reuters) apparently negotiated an extra 500 million dollars for the deal.  Just for fun, let’s crunch some more numbers:

 

  • A total of 52 million sold units over the course of Minecraft’s life (including console and mobile versions) equals approximately $1.4 billion.  Throw in action figure, model, clothing, and toy sales, and it’s fair to say the game has been worth about $2 billion up until this point.

  • I have no idea how many employees work for Mojang, nor what Notch’s share of the company is, but for argument’s sake: 10% of this deal would be $250,000,000.

  • Notch is 35 years old this year (same birthday as me!) – assuming he lives an average lifespan of about 70 years, he could spend just over $7.1 million every year without ever working another day in his life.  This is not taking into account how much money he has already made from Minecraft.

  • There are about 9.6 million people in Sweden, where Notch lives.  He could almost afford to buy each person in Sweden a copy of Minecraft for the PC with 10% of the share.

  • $250,000,000 is enough money to provide almost 22,000 people (4,200 more than the estimated homeless population of Sweden) with a small apartment, food, utilities, and some fun money for a full year.

 

Remember, these figures are assuming that Notch only makes 10% off of this deal.  As the original creator and one of the founders of Mojang, Notch’s share is likely to be much, much higher.

 

To continue from a thought in my last post: Microsoft’s reasons for wanting to buy Mojang (and thus Minecraft) have become more clear to me.  Minecraft: Pocket Edition is currently available on Android and iOS devices, but not Windows phones – Notch has openly stated his distaste for Windows 8, and is publically not supportive of Microsoft (which is quite ironic).

 

As you may have guessed by the above information, Microsoft likely wants to port the game to its own mobile operating system.  It will undoubtedly stay available for all other platforms, as they will remain a source of income for Microsoft (especially if they decide to monetize the game somehow).

 

There was also probably some passive threat of Minecraft not continuing on the Microsoft lineage of operating systems, but with Microsoft in charge, they can effectively ensure that the game remains available to Windows users, thus preventing the spread of other competitor operating systems (i.e. the eventual inevitable takeover of Unix-based systems).  Furthermore, Microsoft can brand Minecraft for itself – with many millions of players logging on to Minecraft for multiple hours each day, this is a fantastic advertising opportunity.

 

Here is what I expect to change in the near future, should this deal close tomorrow:

 

  • Minecraft’s launcher will see a drastic overhaul, most likely with some form of advertisements on a sidebar.

  • In-game content will get a small boost as a show of good-faith to skeptical players.

  • Plans will be set in motion for a large scale update to the game due to the suddenly massive team availed to it.

  • The cost of the game itself will drop slightly.

 

Some long term changes I forsee:

 

  • Greatly increased production speed, though possibly at the cost of having to pay for expansion packs.

  • Less community interaction – i.e. the game will move in the direction that the company wants it to, with little or no input from the players themselves.  Could end up being good or bad.

  • Player base will increase due to expanded marketing strategies, decreased initial cost of the game, and overall availability.

  • Many more toys and other merchandise will enter the market.

 

Ultimately, I am on the fence for this acquisition.  It will bring some good and some bad, and the final outcome is entirely unclear.  One thing is for sure – Microsoft has the money to keep Minecraft alive far longer than Mojang ever could without risking their own assets.  The only question is: will they?  Or will Minecraft head down the wrong path, taking on an entirely different and undesirable flavor as a consequence to losing its visionary?

 

Only time will tell.  Stay tuned for updates – I will post significant information as it becomes available.  Post your thoughts on the sale of Mojang in the comments below, as well as where you think the game is headed in the event that it is purchased.

Somehow, in the many months I have been reviewing skins, I have yet to stumble across the user Contrast of PlanetMinecraft.  This user is an incredible skinner with nearly 150 skins posted and many, many badges.  This skin, titled simply 1.8, is fairly old (about seven months old) but nonetheless is worth a mention.

 

1.8 inline

 

First, stating the obvious: the shading on this skin is phenomenal.  It is not often that I can find a skin with zero logical errors in terms of light direction, and even less often when I come across one with as much dimension as 1.8.  My favorite part of the shading is easily the face – it is a small area to work with, but Contrast uses each pixel thoughtfully and efficiently.

 

The detail in this skin is also quite excellent.  There is enough detail to keep your eyes moving through the model constantly, but not too much to the point where it becomes cluttered and chaotic.  Once again, the face is the most detailed part, packing all of the features in nicely with some softened shading to make the inner forms more believable.

 

Finally, I’d like to mention that this skin makes extensive use of the layering system.  To see what I mean, take a look at the model without the upper layer toggled:

 

1.8 err

 

Not only is this a little disturbing, it also shows the thought process behind Constrast’s work – rather than painting clothes onto the model, he is literally putting the armor on it.

 

All in all, this is possibly the best skin I’ve seen in many months.  I award Contrast ten out of ten creepy gingerbread-man-esque figures.

 

Installing the Skin

 

For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net.  Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.

 

For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:

 

  1. Download the skin’s .png file;

  2. Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  3. Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.

  4. Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.

  5. Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.

  6. Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.

  7. Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).

  8. Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.

 

Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.

 

Seeing as Minecraft is several years old, it only makes sense that there are many skinners I have yet to see.  If I have missed any hugely significant (and still active) skin artists out there, please leave a link to their profile(s) in the comments section of this post.  Otherwise, feel free to just post links to skinners you enjoy!

The subject of potion mixing comes out fairly often in mods, as it is a mechanic in vanilla Minecraft.  The default game’s system is admittedly quite lacking, and basically any improvement to it seems great.  I do not say this to undersell Apothecarium, a mod by Jt9, for it is excellent in its own right.

 

My primary appreciation for this mod is its volume of content.  It adds a total of twenty potions, involving seventeen new ingredients, and granting a total of ten effects.  Needless to say, this rounds out the game’s potion system nicely with a newer and more interesting brewing mechanic.

 

Firstly, I will discuss the area of the most interest – the potions themselves.  I will only be covering a few, as well as giving my opinion of them.  To see the full list of potions, take a look at the mod’s download page listed in the installation instructions.

 

  • Haste Potion – a simple brew that speeds up the player’s mining speed.  Brewed with sugar.  This potion is nothing out of the ordinary, though the buff is quite nice and is a great bonus for making the effort to access brewing.

  • Elixir of Fiery Fist – quaffing this liquid will set the player’s hand aflame for nine minutes, igniting any enemy struck by his fist or weapon.  Brewed with Dragon’s Breath Petal and Gunpowder.  Interesting, and potentially useful with the right strategy.

  • Elixir of Projectile Protection – arrows and other ranged attacks may heal you (thus doing less damage).  Made with Bonestalk Powder and Golden Grass.  This is a potion you will definitely want to drink every night when the skeletons come out to play.

  • Undying Potion – a mysterious concoction that somehow breaks the laws of death.  Provides the player with the Undying buff for ten minutes.  Brewed with an Enderpearl and Bloodspike.  A fantastic item for any player, regardless of the situation.

  • Potion of the Saints – said to grant near immortality for a short period of time.  Drinking this will increase regeneration and decrease damage.  Brewed with a Golden Apple and Frost Lotus.  As the “ultimate” potion of this mod, it is definitely quite useful – drink this in a pinch or before fighting a boss mob!

 

Now that I have your interest, let me explain how to actually make these potions.

 

First, you will need to create a brewery.  This is quite an expensive block, but for mid-game players it is an investment well worth the cost.  The recipe looks like this:

 

apoth_recipe

 

Right-clicking on the brewery will bring up a simple GUI:

 

apoth_gui

 

The first slot requires a glass bottle filled with water, as you might have guessed.  The second and third slot use the reagents as described above.  Finally, the bottom slot must be filled with Netherwart as “fuel” for the brewery.  Luckily, netherwart is fairly easy to find and not all that useful for other aspects of the game.

 

An example of a full brewery looks like this:

 

apoth_brewing

 

Once you have this block made, it is time to harvest some ingredients.  If you do not have a specific potion in mind, you may wish to simply wander the world and collect any mysterious looking plants.

 

The Dragon’s Breath Petal, used in the Fiery Fist potion, can be found in forests and plains; it is rather common:

 

apoth_dragon

 

Bonestalk Powder to make Projectile Protection elixirs can only be located in the Nether.  It grows in netherrack quite abundantly:

 

apoth_bone

 

For the other half of that recipe, you must find Golden Grass, which grows in savanna biomes:

 

apoth_grass

 

Brewing an Undying potion requires one to harvest some Bloodspike, also found in the Nether.  This is rarer, and quite easy to miss since it blends in with netherrack so well:

 

apoth_blood

 

And finally, the Frost Lotus for the Saint’s potion can be found amidst the snow in frost plains and cold taigas.

 

Many of these plants must be made into powders or pastes by grinding them down.  The Frost Lotus, for example, can be turned into a paste and used to make the Stoneskin potion.

 

My thoughts on this mod: quite robust, balanced, well thought-out, and overall a great way to fluff out Minecraft’s content.  I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this mod, although I keep changing my mind on how I feel about requiring two diamonds to craft the brewery.  Ultimately I suppose it’s not a huge investment, and presents the player with a decision once they strike it rich for the first time.

 

What I would like to see in the future: even more interesting effects.  Players are already presented with a slew of useful buffs, my favorite of which is Undying.  Diversity is key in mods like this, and I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing a total of twenty or even thirty different unique buffs!

 

Just for fun, here is an idea:

  • Potion of Samurai Soul – the lost spirit of a dishonored samurai is contained in this potion who can only redeem himself through combat.  When consumed, attacking while running deals double damage and moves the player forward quickly.  Brewed with an iron sword and Wispy Lotus (only grows among sugar cane).  Lasts for one minute.

 

How to install Apothecarium for Minecraft 1.7.2

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of Apothecarium.

  3. Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  4. Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.

  5. Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.

 

I have posted one new idea for this mod – can you think of any other interesting effects to add to the list?  Post them in the comments below – and perhaps on Jt9’s mod page!

Good morning, fellow Minecrafters!  If you have yet to hear about it and are catching this post some time before 10:00 AM, you are in luck – Mindcrack, a well-known group of gamers in the Minecraft verse, is going to be playing the game we all know and love live on Twitch.tv for 24 hours straight.

 

Why?  Simple – to raise money for Extra Life.  In case you have not heard of Extra Life, it is a charity that many gamers have donated to by simply playing games live and having viewers watch and/or donate themselves.  These donations go towards helping to fund research for cures and treatments for children with life threatening or disabling diseases.

 

Viewers who donate may receive prizes from one of Mindcrack’s many sponsors, such as Mojang, J!NX, or LootCrate.

 

I will definitely be watching, at least for a little while – mostly because my favorite Minecrafter (SethBling) will be partaking in the events.  Easily the most interesting event on the schedule is the Hunger Games tournament, in which viewers can donate money to send items to players in-game, just like in the real Hunger Games series.  Pretty awesome!  I really hope some great meta-play happens with sponsors.

 

Since the streaming starts in a couple of hours, I’m going to cut this short and leave you with a quick rundown of what to expect, copied from the schedule.  Be sure to tune in to Mindcrack’s Twitch channel, enjoy the show, and help restore joy to kids all over the world!  Even if you don’t donate, simply viewing helps the cause.  See you there!

 

Mindcrack 24 Hour Extra Life Minecraft Marathon Schedule

 

All times are in EDT (-5:00).  For quick reference, if you are in California all times are three hours ahead of you.  Streaming has probably already started if you are reading this and live on the west coast of the United States, so head over there now!

 

10:00 am – Intro/Schedules/Set Up

    Participants: Aureylian, Guude

 

11:00 am – Building Game, Round 1

    Participants: Chad, Coe, Guude, Millbee, Nebris, Pause, Pyro

 

12:00 pm – Building Game, Round 2

    Participants: Aurey, Baj, Blue, Chad, Coe, Pause, SethBling

 

1:00 pm – UHC #ForTheKids

    Participants: See the Extra Life page for details

 

4:00 pm – Mindcrack SMP

    Participants: AnderZel, Pause, Guude

 

6:00 pm – MiniGames

    Participants: Baj, DireDwarf, Guude, Pause

 

8:00 pm – Mario Kart 8

    Participants: Coe, Millbee, Pause, Pyro

 

11:00 pm – Waking Up (Super Hostile)

    Participants: Aureylian, Vechs

 

1:00 am – Speedruns (Mario)

    Participants: SethBling

 

3:00 am – GMOD

    Participants: Chad, Coe, Guude, Pause

 

5:00 am – Mindcrack SMP

    Participants: GenerikB, Guude, Pause

 

10:00 am – Closing!

If you are a fan of any video game besides Minecraft ever, you are going to love FandomCraft by Eria8.  This mod is HUGE and awesome!  FandomCraft takes elements from many popular games and throws them all together into one useful, fun, and interesting mod.  If you only download any mod this year, make it this one.

 

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For starters, allow me to state a list of games involved in this mod:

 

  • Kingdom Hearts

  • Legend of Zelda

  • Final Fantasy

  • Star Ocean

  • Fullmetal Alchemist

  • Super Mario

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

 

In addition to these seven main categories, many other games and movies make an appearance in the form of one or two elements – including Harry Potter, X-Men, and Pokemon.

 

There is no single specific direction for this mod, but rather, it rounds out the game in many aspects.  I will be addressing its features by theme rather than category (i.e. blocks, mobs, etc.) simply due to the massive scope of it.  Plus, the mod’s main website is organized that way, and I get the feeling that most people downloading this mod will be most interested in a particular game.

 

Furthermore, due to the enormous scope of this mod, I will only be covering three games in this review.  For further details, please visit the mod’s official page, found in the installation instructions section.

 

Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom_Hearts_Logo

The Kingdom Hearts portion of this mod focuses mostly on keyblades, which should come as a shock to no one.  The core item that allows access to the rest of the features is the Dream Sword, which can be obtained in one of two ways: by starting a new game with a bonus chest, and by trading a gold sword to a priest villager.  The latter is obviously the only way to access the Kingdom Hearts content for survival purists.

 

Defeating any mob with the Dream Sword will cause it to drop “dark hearts”, which are the currency used by blacksmith villagers.  They will trade the player a Kingdom Key for these hearts, which is the next keyblade in power.  All subsequent keyblades will drop dark hearts except for the Soul Eater.

 

The Soul Eater keyblade could be considered the third phase of the KH content.  It is uncraftable, and must instead be found in a Stronghold.  Defeating mobs with the Soul Eater will cause various rare items to drop called “souls”.  There are three souls, each of which come from different mobs:

 

  • Soul

  • Empty Soul

  • Raging Soul

 

They are primarily used to craft one of the mod’s three currently existing ultimate weapons, but have other uses as well.  The Soul, for example, can be used in a recipe to craft a Soul Stone.

 

A list of items used to upgrade keyblades (and perform other functions, which I will leave you to discover) is as follows:

 

  • Dark Heart

  • Pure Heart

  • Soul

  • Empty Soul

  • Raging Soul

  • Soul Stone

  • Soul Harness

  • Lost Illusion

  • Manifest Illusion

  • Crown

  • Orihalcum+

 

Currently, ten keyblades can be obtained through various means (finding, crafting, trading).  They are (in no particular order):

 

  • Dream Sword

  • Soul Eater

  • Metal Chocobo

  • Oathkeeper

  • Jungle King

  • Photon Debugger

  • Destiny’s Embrace

  • One Winged Angel

  • Oblivion

  • Ultima*

 

* This is one of the three ultimate weapons, as mentioned earlier.  It is a great and mysterious keyblade, rumored by some to either be a living being or somehow otherwise connected to the Lifestream.

 

My opinion: a pretty solid content addition, though it doesn’t add much more than that.  That’s not a bad thing, though, since it is followed by a pretty significant new game mechanic from…

 

The Legend of Zelda

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The Legend of Zelda portion of this mod is much more robust and encompassing than the Kingdom Hearts portion.  Its primary feature is a currency and trading system, introducing – you guessed it – rupees.  There are various values of rupees which can be obtained by crafting many of the same rupee together (for example – two blue rupees will become one yellow rupee).

 

With FandomCraft installed, villagers will be able to sell you items for rupees instead of asking for ridiculous amounts of emeralds for terrible trades (five emeralds for shears?  Really Squidward?).  They will sell almost anything – ranging from bread and tools to many of the items introduced into the game via this mod.

 

Another fantastic feature added in is the ability to sell your useless junk.  That’s right – now you can play Minecraft like a typical Japanese-style RPG and hoard an inventory full of things you would never use so you can sell them to the next villager you encounter!  No more throwing all of those stone swords into pits of lava.

 

Finally, rupees can be found by simply destroying tall grass.  Nostalgia: activate!

 

Other items can be found in tall grass as well.  Get out that diamond hoe and give it a shot.

 

Aside from rupees, there are some other items that can be obtained through various measures.  The Hylian Armor set and Megaton Boots are special equipment items that currently can only be found in creative mode.  The other items are part of…

 

The Master Sword Quest

 

Another of the ultimate weapons, this sword will destroy your enemies effortlessly.  It is arguably more difficult to create than the Ultima Weapon, so don’t expect to see it any time soon!

 

To craft the Master Sword, you need all of the following items:

 

  • Triforce of courage, wisdom, and power, which can be found in strongholds, jungle temples, and dungeons, respectively;

  • One blade (stolen from blacksmith chests) which must be crafted with a goddess stone to create a tempered blade;

  • One hilt crafted with a golden feather and insignia.  Also found in a blacksmith’s chest.

  • Mole Mitts – a tool which can mine all blocks extremely fast (like, four blocks per click fast).  Found in dungeon chests;

  • Chu Jelly, dropped by slimes;

  • Four Sword, which is obtained from desert temples.  Must be upgraded by a unique blacksmith NPC to the True Four Sword.

 

Golden Feathers are dropped when chickens are slain with a True Four Sword; goddess stones are found inbetween bedrock blocks; Insignias can be found in dungeon chests.

 

I wish you the best of luck, should you decide to pursue this quest!

 

My opinion: fantastic.  This could seriously be a mod in itself.  The trading system is great to begin with and provides some much-needed functionality to the game, while still retaining its intended flavor.  The quest for the master sword is an epic undertaking that introduces the player to the other great features along the way.  Oh, also – try killing slimes with a Four Sword, True Four Sword, or Master Sword…  Another excellent feature.

 

Final Fantasy

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I should preface this section by mentioning that Final Fantasy is my favorite series of all time.  I believe it began to deteriorate after FFX, with some exceptions, but that’s a discussion for another time.

 

Currently, the Final Fantasy portion of this mod is a bit underdeveloped.  It will, however, become one of the major facets in an upcoming update, and will also be the first update to receive boss monsters in the form of Espers.  These Espers are also known as summons, aeons, eidolons, or Guardian Forces in other Final Fantasy titles.

 

There are four planned Espers, each of which may be summoned (to fight against for rewards) with magicite shards and a special item.  They are:

 

  • Bahamut, King of Dragons – summoned with a Godstone;

  • Ramuh, God of Thunder – summoned with an energy crystal;

  • Ifrit, Djinn of Hellfire – summoned with a Supernova Crystal;

  • Shiva, Queen of Ice – summoned with a Poseidon Crystal.

 

As of this post, the only content available for Final Fantasy consists of four weapons which must be purchased for rupees, one that may be found, and one ultimate weapon.  The Ice Rod is the one special weapon that is not related to the others, and is unique in that it fires snowballs when used to attack.  Fun, and quite useful to fend off Blazes!

 

The four purchasable swords are:

 

  • Flametongue – an eternally flaming blade that appears in over 20 Final Fantasy titles.  Purchased at a rate of 32 Silver rupees.

  • Icebrand – a sword that wields the crippling power of subzero temperatures, this weapon is also featured prominently throughout the series.  As Flametongue’s anti-weapon, it is in many of the same titles (also over 20).  Costs the same amount of rupees.

  • Kikuichimonji – for just 40 silver rupees, you can be the proud owner of one of the thirteen legendary Japanese swords of the era of Emperor Go Toba.  In-game they are not distinguished (nor are they usually in Final Fantasy games).  To note: Masamune and Murasame are not one of these thirteen blades.

  • Valiant Knife – the cheapest of the four purchasable weapons, this costs 24 silver rupees.

 

Finally, the ultimate weapon is the Ragnarok.  This sword embodies the power of the apocalypse, and can only be obtained by merging an Icebrand, Kikuichimonji, and Valiant Knife together with a Nether Star.

 

My opinion: so far, there is not much to judge.  The thematic weapons are a nice touch, but I am more interested in Espers.  Additionally, a magic system (either upgradable spells or combinable materia) is in production, featuring many iconic spells – this will be an absolutely massive upgrade, and is one I cannot wait for.  Time to bust out the Yuffie skin!

 

Final Verdict

 

I must reiterate that this is only a portion of the mod.  There are many, MANY other features, blocks, items, and mobs that await your exploration.  I am highly impressed with the content and execution of this mod, and will definitely be using it for quite some time.  If you enjoy any of the games featured in it, you would do well not to miss out.

 

The only downside: presentation is lacking.  Needs MANY more screenshots and videos.  Perhaps someone will make a comprehensive showcase sometime soon.

 

Head over to the download page and give Eria8 your support!

How to install FandomCraft for Minecraft 1.7.10

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of FandomCraft.

  3. Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  4. Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.

  5. Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.

 

This mod is still very much in active development.  What other games would you like to see added to FandomCraft – and what features in particular?  Leave your ideas in the comments!  Also post which game featured in this mod is your favorite!