Not unlike various previously covered packs, this one aims for a fantasy RPG look inspired by various sources including Lord of the Rings, combined with a bit of Victorian elegance. Even though the textures only have a resolution of 32x - still twice the amount of vanilla - they pack a lot of finer details. While many textures divert from the original style, they do not look out of place in the blocky world of Minecraft and remain consistent too.
To complete the fantasy look, both the interface and the font have been revamped; as well as some of th items. Each type of weapon and tool now has its own distinctive design rather than just a different colour. And of course the mobs have been redone as well to make them fit in with the detailed world.
Texture packs can be installed easily by using Curse's very own client. After opening the client, navigate to the "Get More Textures" page, type the name of the texture pack in the search box, select the pack of your choice and hit the install button. Be sure to patch your game using MCPatcher, or else some of the pack's features will not work properly.
We also had the chance to hold an interview with steelfeathers, creator of Enchanted Pack. Be sure to continue reading to learn more about the development process behind the pack!
How did you get into Minecraft?
I saw a friend of mine playing this really retro looking game on his laptop in the engineering lounge at my college. I watched him play for a little while, but it wasn't until I saw him use a texture pack that I was hooked. I've been addicted ever since.
Which server do you play on, and would you like to tell us more about it?
I'm firmly a single-player girl. No servers for me.
What made you decide to become a texture artist?
I've always been an artist, so when I saw how butt-ugly the default minecraft textures were I couldn't help but want to beautify the game.
What was your inspiration for this particular project?
A desire to be popular, honestly. I saw everyone making these super-popular RPG packs, and decided to try the style for myself. Somewhere along the way it morphed into quasi-Victorian rather than RPG, and after the first few weeks, when it became evident that I didn't have to stick to a formula to make something with mass appeal, I just went all the way with my desire to make something dark and elegant.
How did the community respond to the pack’s first public release?
Explosively. It was better than I could have imagined.
Roughly how much time did you spend on the initial version of Enchanted Pack?
I'd rather not think about it. Far too much time. More than enough that I didn't really have a life outside of minecraft.
Did you come across any challenges during development and, if any, how did you handle them?
Lots of little things went pear-shaped along the way. Some textures were too dark, some textures clashed, some textures were much better in terms of skill than others. Basically I just kept going back and replacing old stuff until the problems were fixed.
What was your favourite development tool for this project?
Photoshop CS5 all the way.
Have you learned anything new from this project?
Aside from generally improving my artistic skills, I also learned how to manage a large project and stick to a cohesive theme.
What stage of the pack’s development process did you enjoy most?
The initial release, when constructive criticism began to flow in and let me see where I could improve.
And what is your favourite aspect of the texture pack itself?
The elegance and smoothness of the textures, especially the new planks and mossy stone brick.
Are you currently working on any other texture packs, plugins or updates?
At the moment I'm elbow-deep in both Dandelion (a simplistic texture pack) and Dragon Dance (a 64x cartoon RPG pack). Go check them out. They're pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.
In addition to your Minecraft texture pack, have you ever released any custom content for other games?
No, but only because Minecraft is the only game I play on my PC.
Aside from your own projects, what are some of your favourite texture packs and/or plugins from other authors and why?
Pixel Perfection, by XSSheep, because the colors and designs just work so well together.
Do you have any advice for other aspiring texture creators?
Do what you love, not what you think will be popular. That's really the only way to keep yourself motivated.
Also, always take the opprotunity to try a style/theme/color palette you've never worked with before. You'd be surprised what you may end up liking or being good at. For myself, several of my most successful packs came out of texture competition entries.
Having reached the end of the interview, we would like to thank steelfeathers for taking the time to answer our questions and of course for creating the texture pack in the first place!
Steelfeather's Enchanted Pack is an excellent choice if you play on a server with a fantasy theme. But if you are just looking for a pack with a bit more detail and a consistent style, you will not regret it either!