Stating your faction, nationality, group, or your personality have never been this vivid – and banners made it all possible.

Introduced on Minecraft 1.8, banners are tall decorative blocks that can be customized using dyes. They are non-solid entities as they have no collision mask – allowing players to pass right through them.

 

Crafting A Banner

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Banners can be crafted by using 6 wool and a stick on a pattern similar to the sign item. Banners maintain the color of the wool used to make it – resulting in 16 different base banners.

 

Available Patterns

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You may dye a banner using a crafting table. You may also add items on the crafting table to create a specific patterns.

There is a total of 38 patterns that you can use. These patterns come in all 16 colors.

 

Pattern Placement

A single banner can hold up to 6 patterns simultaneously – allowing for a more customized look.

Pattern placement will be done by layers, so the first pattern you used will placed at the bottom, and the last one will be placed on top.

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Making A Complex Pattern – Dragon Head Sample

There are many things to consider when creating a complex pattern; the outcome of the image, the number of layers, the colors to be used, and many more. The steps below will guide you in creating a dragon head banner.

1. Before jumping to the patterns you have to choose the right color for your banner. Sometimes the banner color is the dominant color, and sometimes it would be the outline of the other patterns.  On our sample use a black banner.

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2. Dragons are associated with fire, so we will be choosing the color red. For the first layer, use the red-vine pattern.

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3. For the next layer, use a red cross pattern.

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4. For the third layer, use the item oxeye daisy to create a sun-flower pattern. (don’t ask me why they didn’t use sun-flower)

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5. Next, fill the bottom part with red.

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6. Using ink sac, create a diamond pattern on the banner. This will create the dragon’s head.

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7. As final touch, create an orange gradient pattern to indicate a fire.

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Found this tutorial helpful? Do you have any questions or clarifications? Let us know by leaving a comment.

pixel reality modded

If you want realistic textures but your computer isn’t beefy enough to handle 64 x and above resolutions, Pixel Reality might be the resource pack for you.

 

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Pixel Reality is a 16 x resource pack that is aimed to realism. Currently, this resource pack is for Minecraft 1.7.10 and is not 100% compatible with Minecraft version 1.8.

 

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Even though it has the same resolution as the vanilla textures, Pixel Reality looks way beyond the default textures as every detail is squeezed on the limited pixels – making it one of the most amazing 16 x resource pack.

 

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Most items and blocks are based on items found on real life; but some things that don’t exist in real-life are still given a touch of reality. These things include the zombies, the wither, Redstone, and creepers among many others.

 

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The Steve skin is also replaced with a semi-realistic version of Steve – and because of its limited resolution, it doesn’t really look good. But it may be the only downside of this resource pack.

Pixel Reality also features a realistic-lighting vanilla add-on called Pixel Luminance.

 

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Pixel Luminance features a realistic shading, lighting, and colors but with darker shadows and weaker light sources than that of the vanilla. This add-on can be used along with the vanilla texture or with the Pixel Reality Resource Pack. Pixel Luminance is created to provide a shader-like experience to the players with weak PC.

Pixel Reality is a highly module resource pack and features many add-ons, making Pixel Luminance just one of its many customization options. Its add-ons include alternate brighter stone textures, alternate framed glass, and adobe stained clay.

In addition, Pixel Reality provides custom textures and mod support for the mods Underground Biome, and Underground Biome constructs.

 

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I highly recommend this texture pack to people who like to have a more serious Minecraft look. Overall, I personally  love this resource pack especially when combined to a realistic shader and aesthetic mods.

Installing Pixel Reality Resource Pack for Minecraft 1.7.10

 

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

  2. Load Minecraft.

  3. Click on Texture Packs (or Options > Texture Packs).

  4. Click Open Texture Pack Folder OR press WindowsKey+R and type %appdata%\.minecraft\texturepacks

  5. Place the texture pack in this folder and wait until it shows up in your client.

  6. Select the texture pack and click done.

Do you like Pixel Reality? Share your realistic screenshots with us and let us know your thoughts by dropping a comment.

 

temple seed

This week we’re going to feature another amazing seed for Minecraft 1.8, and this one is filled with girl’s best friend – diamonds!

This week’s seed is:
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The highlight of this seed is the Desert temple located right near the spawn. The Temple, by itself, is special as it is quite rare. In addition, the Temple is in the edge of multiple biomes with its entrance just above the river.

 

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Inside the Desert Temple are nine (yes nine!) diamonds and two iron ingots. With this, you can create an armor and a sword that would last for several Minecraft days.

 

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The seed itself is quite unique as it features several weird generated terrain such as this almost perfect circle crater that looks like a shooting star located right across the Desert Temple.

 

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For some reason, these circles/ craters are scattered across the map. So far I’ve found four – with the biggest near the spawn.

 

Survival-wise, the seed features a plain biome with many accessible resources and building potential. Trees are a little bit far from the spawn but re-planting them in the plain biome wouldn’t be a problem.

 

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Across the river is an amazing mesa biome that is connected to a desert one. This biome is one of my favorite biomes because I feel like a western cowboy while moving around the red hills.

 

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At a distance, you can find a swamp biome meshed to a roofed forest – thus making the area extra dangerous during both the night and  the day. If you are desperate however, going down this road for food isn’t such a bad idea as the two “merged” biomes have all the resources you need to create a multitude of mushrooms soups.

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Epic-looking mountains and hills can also be found not far away from the Temple. On these parts, there are variety of rocks including the new ones introduced on Minecraft 1.8 (i.e. granite).

Overall, this seems to be a very nice seed for survival. The Desert Temple can be considered as Notch’s gift that can also be used as a shelter in the middle of many useful biomes. If you are new in Minecraft, I suggest taking this seed for a spin.

Tired of the old Minecraft vanilla animation? Want your character to move like the ones you see on Youtube? Then check out this alternate animation and move like in movies by installing Mo’ Bends Mod on your Minecraft 1.7.10.

As of the moment, the mod is around 65% complete. Even so, it is totally usable and features a lot of cool animations for both the player and the zombie mobs.

 

Player Animations

The player animation is completely overhauled, and thus it features a new standing animation, walking animation, running animation and so much more.

 

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Player animation is mostly covered and includes jumping and swimming. Although it does not feature a real swimming movement (i.e faster surface swimming or diving), seeing your character take a dive into the water really makes a difference when it comes to immersion.

The best part of the new player animation is the three hit sword combo inspired by many games video animations. The three hit sword combo can be unleashed when the player spams the attack button while using any weapon or tools.

 

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Along that line, a new sword trail, custom hurt, death effects, and unarmed combat are also added to the game to further enhance fighting animation in Minecraft.

Mob Animations

Currently, the only mob affected with the new animation is the zombie – and it is my favorite feature on this mod.

 

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The new zombie animation features limping and creepy zombie-like behavior you can see on other video games – thus making minecraft zombies more spooky, and I love it.

 

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Aside from the new animations, the mod also features its own graphical user interface (GUI), which allowsplayers to toggle certain animations or even all animations without the hassle of uninstalling the mod.

 

Future Features

The mod author Gobbob_Antyvirus does not want to stop there. He also wants to create alternate animations for most mobs and to further enhance Minecraft making it closer to the Minecraft-inspired video animations found in Youtube.

Overall, I highly recommend this mod for the zombie animation. If you already have altered the player animation from other mods or have some incompatibilities with the player model, you can just turn off the player animation from this mod and you’ll be fine.

 

How to install Mo’ Bends Mod for Minecraft 1.7.10

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of Mo’ Bends.

  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.

 

Is there any particular part of this mod that you like or dislike? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

November is not over yet. The season of scaring the soul out of someone has not yet come to pass. And with it, I bring you a spooky horror adventure map for Minecraft 1.8.

 

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Therapy is a single player horror map created by username Betathedata especially for Halloween.

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The story revolves around Jim – a mental asylum patient, as he talks about the memories of his childhood to the only therapist who is up for the job.

In the game, you will control the 9-year old Jim as he relives a tragic memory of the past.

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The map takes the full potential of a custom resource pack and pushes it to the limit as it features many things that are not available in vanilla game play. One obvious example is the fully working TV found in the living room. (Make sure to use only the default resource pack in the pack selection screen – since the Therapy resource pack is built inside the map.

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Albeit it is a bit short when it comes to game time, there are many things about this map that make up for it and make the map special. For one, I have never played an adventure map with a story line this grim and spooky.

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The adventure map is also filled with in-game cinematics, cut scenes, and jump scares (sorry, no spoilers for you.). Players are advised not to move during cut scenes to avoid bugs.

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My favorite thing on this map — aside from the TV– is the fully voiced narration of the story. To avoid narrations from overlapping, it is recommended for players not to proceed to the next room until the current narration is over.

The Therapy horror map was part of the 72-hour map challenge. Thus the entire map was created in no more than 3 days. Even so, it is obvious that a lot of work have been put into the creation of this map.

Unlike many maps under the “adventure” category, Therapy takes only about 10 minutes to complete.

 

How to Install Therapy for Minecraft
Download Therapy.

Hold the Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or access it via the start menu.

Type in %appdata% and navigate to .minecraft\saves

Unzip the .zip file from step 1 and place the folder in this directory.

Run the launcher without mods, select single player, and start the game!

archimedes ships mod

Ever wished for your creations to move like what they are supposed to? Well now they can with the Archimedes’ Ships mod for Minecraft 1.7.10.

The Archimedes’ Ships mod was created by BalkondeurAlpha who also happens to be the creator of the famous Balkon’s Weapon Mod.

 

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The mod adds a total of 24 blocks located in the transportation tab in the creative menu. These blocks are all useful for creating your very own transportation vessel with the ship helm block being as the most important.

 

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The ship helm block (the one that looks like a steering wheel) is a block that when used, creates the ship from the blocks attached to it. It is also the pivoting point when you are controlling your ship while mounted.

How it works is that the mod will turn your created vessel into a mountable entity. With the ship’s inventory interface you may be able to switch back and forth on the go.

The mod does not stop in just making your own ship set sail, as with it you can also create air ships! Thus allowing players to roam the skies.

 

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There are many good things about this mod, one in particular is that you are able to take passengers – both players and NPC mobs alike. NPC mobs require the block called “wooden crate”, while players require the block “passenger seat”.

My favorite feature is the banking and bob effects on boats and airships. This makes transportation more realistic and immersive. (especially in first person view)

In addition, block recipes is not too hard to get, but not too easy as well. This makes the mod merge well in your vanilla gameplay.

 

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Any attached non-block items (e.g. torch, ladder, painting) will be carried to the ship too and will function correctly when aligning back to the world. This includes Redstones! – allowing ships to have TNT cannons, and other contraptions.

 

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Overall, the Archimedes’ Ships mod is one of my favorite mods in Minecraft as it does not only improve vanilla gameplay in a seamless integration, but it also makes multiplayer ten times more interesting.

 

How to install Archimedes’ Ship Mod for Minecraft 1.7.10

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of Archimedes’ Ship.

  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.

 

Want to show off your magnificent vessel? Perhaps you came to challenge our warship in a duel? Let us know in the comment section below!