With some fantastic entries from round 1, Oblivion_Gamer’s skin contest crests upon a second round with the theme “Warrior”.  As before, this calls for a skin, made almost entirely out of pure, solid epic.

 

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Before I continue, I wish to say that I truly respect Oblivion’s approach to this contest.  One of the most annoying things as an artist (at least, for me) is entering some juried contest or exhibition where the judges have almost no involvement and no display of personal ability or authority for which they have been given the right to judge.

 

This Warrior skin alone is testament enough to Oblivion’s ability.  If you have not checked out the rest of her skins, be sure to do so after you finish reading here.  She has steadily improved.

 

Moving on: as was the case with the Contest 1 skin, I cannot find anything about this that I dislike or disapprove of.  Shading is impeccable, detail is plentiful and interesting but not overwhelming, colors are well used and present pleasant contrast, and the helmet layer was used gracefully to add dimension to the hair.  What more can you ask for?

 

I thus award Oblivion ten out of ten awesome contests for this skin.  Be sure to read on below the skin installation instructions for more details on her contest!

 

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.

 

For those of you who did not catch the first round of the contest, here is a quick run-down:

 

  • Skins are being made based on the server Wynncraft’s four classes: archer, warrior, mage, and assassin.

  • Entrants must create completely original skins; no recolors, no remakes, and no using others’ palettes.

  • Entries are judged based on concept, technical execution, and adherence to the theme.

  • Prizes include a custom skin by the great Oblivion_Gamer, a feature, trophies, and an Optifine cape.

 

A complete list of entries from round 1 can be found here.

 

Who do you think had the best skin from round 1?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.  I will be covering this contest as it moves forward, and at the end, will review my favorite skin from each round.  Stay tuned!

In Minecraft, pigs are one of the best sources of huntable food.  They are one of the few mobs that drop cookable meat, and the only mob that specifically only drops food.  User bigboomtag changes this with the Mo’ Pigs mod, by adding more variants of pigs to the game that drop more items!

 

Six different pigs are introduced in this mod:

 

  • Ender Pig

  • Zombie Pig

  • Skeleton Pig

  • Snow Pig

  • Evil Pig

  • Cookie Pig

 

Yes…  A cookie pig.  We’ll get to that later.

 

The Ender Pig

 

This is by far my favorite new mob added, simply because it looks awesome.  It is simply a pig with the Ender skin and particles applied to it, and behaves like Enderman:

 

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Ender Pig drops Ender Pearls when slain, and has 30 health.  It is important to note that this pig will NOT drop meat, so if you are starving, perhaps you should find another target!

 

The Zombie Pig

 

Just like a regular zombie, this pig will set on fire if it is exposed to daylight.  Despite being a zombie, it is still pretty cute…

 

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Zombie pigs will drop rotten flesh when defeated.  They are weaker than ender pigs, with only 20 health.  Once again, they will not drop porkchops.

 

The Skeleton Pig

 

Again, this pig will set on fire in the sunlight.  It looks just like a skeleton (other than the fact that it is a pig) and drops bones and arrows when slain:

 

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These pigs have 30 health, just like ender pigs.

 

The Snow Pig

 

Okay – this pig is downright adorable.  It looks to be an albino pig with pure white fur and red eyes:

 

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Unlike the previous pigs, this one will drop food after its 20 hitpoints are taken.  It drops both raw and cooked porkchops, which doesn’t entirely make sense to me – but hey, free food with less work!

 

The Evil Pig

 

Basically the opposite of a snow pig in appearance, evil pigs are mostly black with the same beady red eyes.

 

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These pigs have 20 hp and will drop either rotten flesh, cooked porkchops, or a combination of both when defeated.  This makes more sense than the snow pig as one might assume they came from the Nether.

 

The Cookie Pig

 

Alright – finally, we have the best pig of all.  This pig is unique from the others in that it will drop cookies similarly to how a chicken drops eggs:

 

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As if looking like a cookie wasn’t awesome enough, it will also drop regular and cooked porkchops, should you decide to kill it.  It is a bit more resilient than other pigs, however, with 50 hp – perhaps better to keep around for cookie farms.

 

Cookie farms…  That just sounds awesome.  If only it worked like that in real life.

 

How to install Mo’ Pigs Mod for Minecraft 1.7+

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of Mo’ Pigs.

  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.

 

What other types of pigs do you think would be interesting to see in this mod?  Leave your ideas in the comments!  I think a Steve pig would be hilarious.

Here is yet another mod that adds new mobs to the game.  Exciting, right?  Actually, yes – this mod is fantastic and blows most of the other mob mods out of the water!  Prepare to be dazzled by the wonder of pau101’s Fairy mod.

 

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Put simply, this mod introduces Fairies into the game.  Fairies are mobs that possess the following characteristics:

 

  • They are adorable;

  • They are tiny;

  • They hold normal sized swords despite being adorable and tiny:

  • They have intelligent AI;

  • They are tameable by players;

  • They can spawn as a number of different classes;

  • They are adorable.

 

I should mention one more important aspect before continuing which is of the utmost importance: these fairies are adorable.

 

Great, now with that out of the way, allow me to explain some of the finer points.

 

First of all, fairies can spawn into different factions – essentially, small groups with a Queen as the leader.  Each faction will interact within itself and attack as a party if provoked.  If the Queen is slain, all fairies in the faction will be adorably sad and start crying.  If all of the lower fairies are slain instead, the Queen will exhibit such behavior.

 

Classes

 

Fairies perform the same combat duties when hostile and tamed.  The classes available to them are typical RPG classes.

 

Fairy

 

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This is the basic class, with no special abilities or behavior.  They are very weak, very timid, and very adorable.

 

Guard

 

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The defender of the bunch, this fairy will be the first to jump into the fray.  They take a third of the damage that other fairies do and are slightly stronger than the base class.

 

Medic

 

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Ever the caring soul, these fairies will restore the health of wounded allies regardless of whether or not they are in battle.  They make terrible fighters, though.

 

Scout

 

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As week as a normal fairy, but always on the lookout for danger.  Adorableness stat is comparable to base class.

 

Rogue

 

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Extremely low health, slightly stronger attack, and will always follow the pattern of attacking then fleeing.  Carries poisonous weapons.

 

Queen

 

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The strongest fairy in both health and damage, plus tied for the most resilient with the same damage reduction as the Guard, this little Lady is nothing to sneeze at.

 

Taming fairies

 

Ah, yes, now for the part you have been waiting for!  Taming a fairy is actually quite simple.  They first must be separated from their faction by means of ruthless slaughter (I know, it’s depressing).  After about a minute of sulking, they will decide that they never liked their chatty sisters anyway and be completely fine.

 

Once this happens, hold any of the following items and right click on them to feed them:

 

  • Cake

  • Melon slice

  • Cookie

  • Apple

  • Sugar*

  • Glistering melon**

 

* may not work on the first try.

** only used for Queens, who cannot be tamed with any other food.

 

As it turns out, fairies really love food.  After accepting your gift the selected fairy will become your companion.  She will follow you around, and can be customized with shears (for hair) or blank paper (for a name).

 

Mechanics

 

Aside from being adorable, these fairies are surprisingly very functional.

 

Right clicking any fairy will compel her to grab onto your head and take flight.  Sounds weird, but hey – you get to fly!  Only for a short time, however, because Steve is fat and these fairies are tiny.

 

Right clicking while sneaking will motion the fairy to take a seat.  Having a fairy sit is a good way to organize your fairies, leave some home without making posts (read further for this), or have a tea party.

 

Fairies will also teleport to the player if they fall behind when not posted somewhere as long as the player is holding an Ender Eye or Ender Pearl.  This has some obvious useful applications, and may even result in finding a lost fairy some day.

 

Feeding them nasty food (slime balls, spider eyes, flesh) makes them wild again.  Feeding them any item listed in the taming section heals them.

 

Posts

 

This is one of the most interesting mechanics in the mod.  By placing a sign post and typing the name of any named fairy in it (or multiple fairies), it will become available for posting.  To post a fairy, simply stand next to it and wait for the red @ signs to turn green.

 

Once posted, fairies will not leave the vicinity of the sign.  They will move at most 6 blocks away, or 12 if the sign has the text “    ~f” somewhere on it.

 

Posted fairies can be assigned tasks with an interesting and infinitely useful mechanic.  Simply place a chest near the post (no higher than one block up or further than six blocks away) and place items in it to determine their behavior.  Multiple chests can be used, allowing for mixing of zones.

 

  • Food: fairies will eat food in the chest if their health drops.  Great for guard fairies.

  • Axe: causes all fairies at the post to chop down nearby trees.

  • Hoe: fairies will convert grass into farmland.

  • Seeds or other plantable items: fairies will start growing a garden or tree.  Should work with other mods, in theory.  This includes saplings and sugar cane.

  • Bonemeal: use on any nearby applicable plant or tree.

  • Wheat: breed nearby applicable mobs.

  • Shears: liberate sheep from their wool.

  • Fishing rod: fish!

 

Fairies will also intelligently harvest seeds to plant more, collect items that drop, and naturally harvest certain items without instruction.

Phew!  That is the Fairy mod in all its glory.  It seems interesting in concept, but its awesomeness cannot be truly appreciated without experiencing it first hand.  Here are just a few uses for these fairies off the top of my head:

 

  • Create small armies and hunting parties to collect specific items, take down a boss, or raid the Nether safely;

  • Guard your town with posts of two guards and one healer;

  • Create absolutely massive animal farms with infinite passive breeding via a farming fairy and a breeding fairy;

  • Quickly clear out an area of dense forest with a small band of fairies and handy signs;

  • Farm sugar cane for paper to make max level enchanting tables quickly;

  • Have an infinite supply of fish!

 

While the mod is definitely great, there are a few things I would like to see added to make it even better.  Namely:

 

  • Fairy Queen hierarchy – possibly use Queens as a way to create your own fairy factions, thus only needing to instruct the Queen to do something and have her group follow suit.

  • Even further – have a rare Fairy God mob or something similar, allowing players to create factions of Queens each with their own factions of fairies.

  • Colonization – add a “post” that untames affected fairies and instructs them to build a functioning village.

  • Custom post areas – add the ability to set a large area, designated by the position of two posts, in which a fairy will perform actions; this allows for more sophisticated use of farmers, woodsman(women?), and could bind a fairy to a city.

 

I could think of many more, but these are key ones which I think would greatly benefit the mod.  Nonetheless, this is one of the better mods, and certainly so when mob mods are concerned.  I award it ten out of ten fairy wands.

 

How to install the Fairy mod for Minecraft 1.7.2 / 1.7.10

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of the Fairy mod.

  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.

 

What features would you like to see added, or what interesting uses have you thought up for features already in place?  Leave your answers in the comments below!

One thing I have always wished Minecraft could include was character classes.  I know there are some mods and servers (such as WynnCraft) that accomplish something sort of like a class system, but inherent customization would be nice.  WonderCat’s Archer Thing skin can at least let me pretend I have a specific class, while looking awesome at the same time.

 

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This reference may be lost on many of you, but this skin reminds me a lot of Meliadoul from Final Fantasy Tactics.  Meliadoul is one of my favorite characters, and as such, this skin instantly became a favorite for me.

 

In terms of shading, this skin is almost flawless.  The only part I have an issue with is her back – it looks mostly accurate, but I am not sure how I feel about the intermittent highlights on each section (torso, legs, feet).

 

On the subject of her cape, however, allow me to point out that this is one of the very few cases where continuing a long garment down the back of a character actually looks decent.  It is believable because cloaks often do split at the bottom.

 

The problem still remains that the cloak wouldn’t stick to the character’s leg – but, as always, this is a limitation of the model.  WonderCat did an excellent job with what she had to work with.

 

Finally, I should mention that this skin was created for a contest.  The contest is hosted by Oblivion_Gamer, and is a series of skin challenges based on the RPG themes of the WynnCraft server (which features four typical RPG classes, as mentioned above).  Information about it can be found here.

 

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.

 

What class do you usually play in games that feature a class system?  I tend to excel at fighter and mage classes, but rogue/assassin types are my favorite in terms of playstyle (generally).  Leave your answer in the comments!

If you are 20 years old or older, you probably remember that old game on the NES called Duck Hunt.  It became notorious in later years for its annoying (and slightly creepy) hunting dog, simply referred to as the Duck Hunt Dog.  Thanks to user Paint_Bucket, you can now become this dog and be just as creepy!

 

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In case you are not familiar with the game (I imagine most Minecraft players grew up during the Playstation/N64 era), you had a fake gun which was used to shoot at ducks as they flew across the screen, thanks to the efforts of your trusty hunting dog.  When you missed, he would pop up out of the grass and mock you, playing a soundclip that half of the people reading this just heard in their heads.

 

There is not much to say about this skin otherwise – it is decently shaded, if perhaps a little rudimentary.  As you may know if you follow this website often, I am not too fond of skins that make faces/capes/etc. flow across several portions of movable geometry.  As you can imagine, turning one’s head with this skin completely ruins the illusion.

 

Fan skins of pixel characters are also a bit of a gray area for me, as they require little effort to translate onto the Minecraft model.

 

Nonetheless – this is still a charming skin and one that will give some of your older friends a good laugh.  I award Paint_bucket seven out of ten missed ducks.

 

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.

 

Just curiously: how old are you and do you remember Duck Hunt, or NES games in general?  I am interested in knowing the general viewing population of this website.  Leave your answers in the comments!

Do you like Minecraft’s default textures, but think they could use a little sprucing up?  If so, ThatCube’s resource pack titled DrawBridge may be for you!  This pack will turn Minecraft into a slightly more medieval version of itself (even though Minecraft is quite medieval to begin with) without deviating too far from the original look!

 

This resource pack is completely up to date with 1.8, meaning that all blocks will have an updated appearance.  As I said, nothing is too drastically different; the changes are subtle but charming:

 

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Perhaps one of the most noticeable changes is to the villagers – they look a lot more human now, and have much more interesting clothing:

 

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This change alone would almost warrant a download from me.  Testificates creep me out.  In the above screenshot you can also see the slightly altered grass, as well as the more detailed wood planks and cobblestone.  Of course, this pack is 32×32, so for many it will seem significantly more so.

 

Now that the pack is completely caught up to Minecraft’s current version, the team behind DrawBridge is hosting polls to determine which mods to add native support for.  This pack, while not incredibly unique or profound in nature, could definitely become popular.  I might call it a “gateway pack” for Minecraft purists.

 

All in all, I award DrawBridge a score of eight out of ten testificates.

 

Installing DrawBridge Resource Pack for Minecraft 1.7.8

 

  1. Download the latest version of the resource pack here.

  2. Press WindowsKey+R and type %appdata%\.minecraft\resourcepacks

  3. Unzip the file if it was zipped.

  4. Place the resource pack in this folder.

  5. In Minecraft, go to Options > Resource Packs and select your pack.

 

This pack also comes with a variety of special building blocks that use rare or mostly unused blocks in the game.  Give it a try, then come back here and tell me what you think of the extras and the pack in general!