Though fairly old (over a year), this seasonal resource pack is fantastically well-done.  Moray Winter is part of a series of packs based on a medieval theme, varied to fit each season.  School is about to start again, and winter will be here before you know it – prepare ahead and check out esmirff’s pack in advance!

 

moray_inline

 

Some elements, such as the cobblestone, have been retextured to look more like authentic medieval versions of themselves.  The round stone patterns seen above would have been found quite often in this era.  Snow and icicles drip from nearly every surface:

 

moray_door

 

Even this door (which by the way looks incredible by itself) has some snowdrift blown up its base and a bit of tracked snow underneath.  Judging from the selective placement of the snow on the cobblestone, I’d assume that this resource pack also has an algorithm to place snow in areas where it makes sense.

 

Easily one of the best parts of using this pack is the ability to create Skyrim-esque snowy mountain fortresses.  This screenshot, with some icy glowstone lanterns, gives me that exact sensation:

 

moray_glowstone

 

And lastly for blocks, the plants are shown as they should be in the winter – in a declining state of health:

 

moray_plants

 

The information in the main post for this pack is somewhat outdated, as it is being updated on a regular basis (several times a month, in fact).  For example, one of the recent updates is the retexturing of wolves:

 

moray_wolves

 

Quite impressive activity for such an old pack!  I cannot wait to see how amazing this looks by Christmas.  I will definitely be using it myself.

 

Installing Moray Winter Resource Pack for Minecraft 1.8

 

  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.

 

Feel free to check out the other packs in this series as well.  What are your favorite changes made with this resource pack?  Personally, I just love the icicles and snow everywhere!  Leave your answer in the comments below.

Today, I bring to you a very different sort of mod.  My first reaction to this mod was that it was interesting but ultimately completely useless.  Upon further consideration my mind changed completely.  Keep an open mind, and allow me to introduce the No Escape The Crates mod by RubixRevenge!

Essentially, this mod creates a prison made out of crates surrounding the player that continuously expands when a crate is destroyed.  It cannot be escaped – as the title suggests.  The player is doomed to starve to death – or be teleported out, if possible.

 

Each crate contains random items.  As far as I can tell they can spawn any item in the game.  This may provide a way to stay alive (food) while stuck in one of these dimensions.  On that note – I am fairly certain that it is a dimension and not a structure, meaning that it will not appear to continuously expand to people on the outside.

 

So why would anyone ever want to install this mod if its sole purpose is to trap those who use it?  Well, to name a few reasons:

 

  • Prison!  If you are running a server, or simply a large private world via Hamachi or something similar, you can use this to punish players with poor attitudes.  Works especially well if you have cheats enabled for yourself, allowing you to set their spawn point inside the prison.  Don’t forget to teleport them out when they’ve learned their lesson.

  • Defense!  If you find yourself cornered by hostile players and do not wish to forfeit your items or experience points to them…  This may be a last resort.

  • Traps!  Being chased by someone who just won’t leave you alone?  Throw one of these down and take ‘em down with you!  They’ll be sure to leave you alone afterwards…  If they ever get out.

  • Minigames!  Not quite sure how the item generation works in this mod, but if it allows generation of items from other mods you could potentially give players a very small chance at mining an item allowing their escape (or enough obsidian to make a nether portal?).  Let the chaos commence!

 

One thing I appreciate about this mod is that it is incorporated into the gameplay, rather than acting as an administrative tool.  To create one of these infinite dimensions, players must collect infinity shards from these ores:

 

crates_ore

 

Doing so causes significant damage and hunger to the player, making them dangerous to even mine.  Four shards together can be combined to create an infinity stone, which is then used to craft the infinity spawner:

 

crates_spawnerrecipe

 

Finally, a crate must be crafted and used to create the infinity base.  The crate is made with sticks in an X shape with planks filling the spaces, while the infinity base is made with yet more stones:

 

crates_baserecipe

 

As you can see, this is quite a difficult recipe to complete.  Once all of this is finished, the player must place the infinity spawner somewhere in the world:

 

crates_base

 

Placing the infinity base on it will then transport them to the crate dimension.

 

Word of warning for survival players: entering this dimension in your world WILL result in you being permanently stuck there.  If you have slept in any bed or otherwise set your spawn point, it may save you, but beware that sometimes not even this is enough.

 

How to install No Escape The Crates for Minecraft 1.7.10

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of No Escape The Crates.

  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.

 

Can you think of any other uses for this mod that I have not listed?  Additionally, what new features would you like to see in this mod in the future?  It is a work in progress, so you just may see your suggestions accounted for if you send them to Rubix.  Leave your ideas in the comments!

Allow me to introduce you to an underdog in the skinning community.  Most of my skin reviews feature established skinners who produce fantastic content regularly and already have a huge fan base – so it is my pleasure to promote the work of Creeperboy112256.  Meet the Creeper Hunter skin!

 

hunter_featured

 

This is Creeperboy’s third skin submission to PlanetMinecraft, and I must say for a third attempt it is impressive and a quick improvement upon his other skins – so much that it almost seems like it’s not from the same person.

 

Particularly, I like this skin because it is original and yet tells some kind of story.  Upon seeing this skin I immediately envisioned a young man in some kind of tribe or small village training and becoming a legendary Creeper hunter, respected and praised among his people.  A welcome relief from the typical ordinary, bland skin.

 

Aesthetically, I have two favorite parts of this skin – the Creeper hood and the dagger on his back.  Both are excellent touches that add character and context to this skin, largely responsible for the story-telling capabilities I mentioned above.

 

Technique-wise, the shading is nearly flawless.  There is a small discrepency around the knees that I’m not so sure about, but otherwise Creeperboy did a great job here.  Also, try disabling the helmet layer for a little treat.

 

I give this skin 10 out of 10 Creeper-Explosion Homeowner’s Insurance policies.

 

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.

 

Do you think other “hunter” skins would be cool?  The Creeper is undoubtedly Minecraft’s most iconic creature, but I would love to see some others.  Leave a comment below with the one you would like to see the most.  My vote goes to Enderman!

For some reason I may never understand, the Wii Fit Trainer quickly became a worldwide sensation after the release of the original Wii Fit.  User Speedy of PlanetMinecraft is cashing in on her fame with this rather well done Wii Fit Trainer skin.

 

wii_inline

 

First, as always, a reference image.  It took me quite a bit of searching to find a family-friendly full body image of the Wii Fit Trainer, so if you go Googling on your own, beware of that:

 

wii_ref

 

The outfit is pretty straightforward and not much of a challenge, but Speedy nonetheless tackled it gracefully.  I’m fairly certain there is a version of the Trainer with a different shirt that has dark gray sides on her shirt, which is why this skin has them.

 

Moving on to use of the helmet layer: as there is not much to be done for the Trainer in this aspect, it is used simply and effectively to add dimension to her hair.  Doing so also makes her ponytail actually look like it is tied back and has some volume, which I can definitely appreciate.

 

Finally, the shading is excellently well-done.  This is one of the cases where the skin does not necessarily look great up-close, but then again, not much can be done about that with pixel textures.  From a decent distance however, the model is given a great sense of volume.

 

My only gripe with this skin is the seam of her pants at the top – I definitely think the skinner should have moved her shirt up just a couple of pixels and placed the blue line on her torso.  This way, it wouldn’t shift with the legs when she runs.

 

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.

 

The Wii Fit Trainer is an odd character to break into gaming culture as an icon.  Can you think of any other weird/obscure characters that might deserve a spotlight?  Leave your ideas in the comments below!

We’ve all (maybe) experienced playing a game all night, propped up against the gravity of sleep by nothing but a can of Red Bull or Monster.  Now you can bring your horribly unhealthy addiction to the world of Minecraft thanks to user Kimeridef with the Energy Drinks mod!

This mod is fairly straightforward and simple, but nonetheless fun (and actually useful).  To obtain an energy drink, one must first craft an empty can out of four pieces of iron:

 

energy_can

 

This can can then be used to craft one of three energy drinks.  First, there is the Zombie drink (as pictured in the featured image for this post):

 

energy_zombie

 

As well as the Pinky drink:

 

pinky

 

And finally, the Bull**** drink (undoubtedly a homage to Red Bull):

 

energy_bullsh

 

All three give the same buff for slightly varying amounts of time:

 

  • Movement speed bonus (can be added to potions of swiftness or other sources of enhanced speed)

  • Mining speed bonus (also works with mining speed bonuses such as haste)

 

energy_effect

 

Each energy drink can be canceled out by consuming some milk while the buff is still in effect, if desired.

 

One interesting side effect of drinking these energy drinks, which you may be familiar with if you have consumed energy drinks in the past, is the inability to sleep while caffeinated:

 

energy_caffeine

 

Kimeridef plans to update this mod with more drinks, possibly with different effects, so if you like this mod stay tuned!

 

See this mod in action with a video review by Beanie Buddies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUqjYGwvBE4

 

How to install Energy Drinks Mod for Minecraft 1.7.10

 

  1. Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader

  2. Download the latest version of Energy Drinks.

  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.

 

Currently energy drinks all do the same thing – can you think of any other interesting properties to be gained from these drinks?  Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

Looking for a new, refreshing, and different texture pack?  This 5by5 rendition of Minecraft by user Halbzwilling is a unique take on the idea of pixelation that results in a surprisingly beautiful abstract landscape.

 

5_inline

 

The premise of this pack is simple: each face of each texture must be made up of 25 squares, or a 5×5 grid.  Each square is separated by a thin line, forming an actual grid pattern – I feel that this makes the textures much more interesting and pleasing than a simple grid of blocks, especially when multiples of the same color appear next to each other.

 

Due to the simplification, most textures are overall brighter and easier on the eyes – something I can definitely appreciate.  Minecraft’s vanilla experience becomes straining after a while.  One of the changes I appreciate most are the trees:

 

5trees

 

This screenshot also gives a great view of what the elements look like when put together.  Perhaps it is the order and persistence of form that is relaxing; repetition is easier for the brain to process after all.

 

And last but not least, I will leave you with this glorious screenshot of a man-made landscape, featuring glorious arches and colorful designs, as shown on TheVace.net (a Minecraft server):

 

5_glor

 

Even if you are not sure whether or not you like this pack, I highly recommend downloading it.  Experiencing it first hand is incredible – spend just a few minutes with it installed and you will fall in love.  This pack stands out from the crowd of realistic high-res packs being published by the dozens, and its developer deserves some recognition.

 

Installing 5by5 Texture 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.

After downloading and installing this texture pack, take some screenshots in-game and show them off in the comments down below.