Sunday, May 4, 2014

Minecraft Mods for Multiplayer

If you're the type of Minecrafter who doesn't want to change game content but is looking for an edge over other players, then these are the mods for you. They all tweak the game in some way and add small, useful features; for example, a minimap in the corner of the screen, or a zoom-in feature. They are all easy to use and will work on Minecraft servers, as well as on singleplayer mode.

All of these mods are designed to work with Forge, the most popular modloader for Minecraft.

Now, here is a list of mods that work in multiplayer Minecraft.

These three mods, all by the same author, are great for Minecraft PvP. Armor Status adds armor icons in the corner with durability healthbars. This can alert you if you armor is going to break in the middle of a PvP fight. Direction HUD adds a compass-like display on the screen that can tell your direction, and Potion Effect HUD lets you view your potion effects without having to open up your inventory. This is useful if you are in a battle and need to know when to drink another regeneration potion, for example.

This handy mod adds a map to the corner of the screen that can show you the terrain, nearby mobs, or even other players in your area. It's very customizable, and you can toggle it on and off. It's great for Minecraft PvP, because it makes it harder for players to sneak up on you and catch you unawares.

This mod surprised me! It allows you to see the health of nearby players and mobs without any kind of server plugin. This is extremely useful in Minecraft PvP because it allows you to see how much health your opponent has mid-battle. To see a the health of a mob or player, just look in it's direction.Also, if you don't like the default skin of the damage health bar, you can change it by downloading other skins on the mod's page.

Optifine really is a must if you have an older computer or if you just want to maximize your FPS. This mod allows you to use HD texture packs, allows you to have much more control over visual settings, and adds a zoom-in feature by pressing the left control key.

Keep in mind that while all these mods are usually allowed on servers, some servers don't allow players to use them. If you're worried that you may be banned for using them, first keep in mind that these mods are impossible for server admins to detect. But to be on the safe side, read server rules or ask an admin. I'm not responsible if you get banned or otherwise punished for using these mods on servers where they aren't allowed.  

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Automatic Smelting

Do you have a room full of furnaces that you constantly have to refill with coal? Do you ever come back from mining and wish you could just dump your entire inventory in a chest and have it smelt the ores automatically?

If you answered "yes" to either of those questions, or if you're just looking for a faster way to smelt stuff, then you should build a simple auto smelter. Below you can see a schematic of how to build an auto smelter. You put fuel in the chest marked with an "F," and you put what you want to smelt in the input chest, marked with an "I." Then, the smelted materials are placed automatically in the output chest, marked with an "O." This makes smelting a lot more efficient and can smelt many stacks of items without you have to reload the furnace.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

How to Get the Enchantments You Want

The enchantment system in Minecraft may sometimes seem random, but it is possible to predict the likelihood of getting different enchantments at different levels. If you ever want to know what level is best for getting fortune 3, or if you are wondering what you might get on a diamond axe enchanting at level 15, then  I know just where you need to go. Click here to go to a website that will help you get the enchantments you want.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Resource Pack

Whenever I use a Minecraft resource pack, I enjoy it for a while, but I can never get used to the new look. I usually end up switching back to the default textures. However, I have finally found a resource pack that I really enjoy and use constantly. It's a semi-faithful, 32x pack called LITHOS. It's my personal favorite when it comes to textures, and I recommend you try it out. Click here to go to the Minecraft forums post where you can download the pack.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Slow Minecraft? Jerky Screen? This Will Help!

Has your Minecraft been laggy lately, or has your screen has been slow and jerky? Then you should get Optifine, which is a Mod that stabilizes and improves FPS and makes the whole game run smoother. Optifine enables the use of high definition Minecraft texture packs, and it adds a lot of customizability to the game. Also, Optifine includes a feature which lets you zoom in if you hold the left control key. Lastly, Optifine is very safe, virus-free, popular, and up-to-date with Minecraft 1.7.4.

You may be under the impression that mods are hard to install, but Optifine literally installs itself. Just download the .jar file and run it using Java. Without further ado, click here to go to Optifine's website.

Minecraft XP Calculator

Have you ever wondered how many zombies you would have to kill to get to 20 XP? Maybe you need to know how much coal you would have to mine to get from level 25 to level 30? Well, there's a handy online XP calculator you can use to figure it out! Click here for the link!

Minecraft Redstone Logic Gates

If you want to do some more advanced redstone work, then here's a diagram explaining logic gates that you can build and use in Minecraft.