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Engineer’s Toolbox is an incredibly complex mod that revolves around the modular assembly of machines. A more honest name would be ‘Modular Automation,’ but that doesn’t have the same ring to it. It is a stand-alone mod that works well with mods that are compatible with Buildcraft or use RF power. It functions amazingly on its own, however.
The mod is late-game, requiring ender pearls and glowstone to get started. That shouldn’t be terribly hard to get in a modpack, but if you’re playing with it by itself, you won’t be able to use the cool machines until later. Compared to many tech mods, this one seems to be more reasonable. You aren’t whisking items away into a digital void for storage, nor are you getting power from lava…at least, not directly. All of the modular items are practical and something you would expect to see in a modern-day robotic assembly line. The tooltips could definitely use some improvements in some places, but it otherwise does a basic job of introducing the functions of each item. The sheer number of items included make NEI a necessity, and you’ll want to set up your machines in creative before you go crazy with your resources in survival.
So, now that the mod requirements are all out of the way, let’s get started talking about its amazing features. Each module has three different inventories, three different tanks, and three different redstone channels. You can set each channel to accept from more than one source or output in more than one source, or you could set the different sides of the modules to ignore the other channels. This makes it easy to make a compact system for anything you want to make. I do mean anything. There are so many modules that you can use that it barely fit in a double chest plus my inventory. Each one has a very specific function, ranging from item sorting, item processing, fluid movement, redstone gates, and some other fun machines that you don’t see in other mods. My personal favorite to set up was the Lazy Susan—a block that spins the blocks around it in a ring. I imagine that would be amazing for some automated planting, growing, and harvesting setups.
Along with the machines, there are tons of decorative blocks that were added. Most have an industrial feel to them, with an emphasis on defense. It would be very easy to build a post-apocalyptic map or a map based around a prison. Wire fences, colored wood, and alternate dirt colors are available. The mod also has some elements of GasCraft mixed in, allowing you to generate gases for energy or traps. The worldgen includes many of the standard ores in modded Minecraft along with algae, for that gas generation.
Between the overlapping redstone circuits, the easy power generation and fluid movement, and the interesting machines, Engineer’s Toolbox has more uses than could be exhaustively explained here. There are many mods that have it beat in individual categories, such as power generation or item sorting, but the sheer versatility of the mod makes it unique. As long as you can understand how to set up your first machine, you should be able to make new ones with completely different modules and uses. They all follow the same rules. The same cannot be said of other mods.
The whole mod feels more like a modpack. It actually does combine a few mods together into one piece of code. The mods are each expansive on their own, so the barrier of entry to Engineer’s Toolbox is rather high. Don’t let that discourage you from installing it or learning the system. Once you are familiar with the rules of the modules, you can make any kind of crazy machines or maps that you can imagine.
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Creepers! The first, true original monster to jump-out of Minecraft and right into our hearts. Well, for most people. For others, they’re one of the biggest menaces in any given game of Minecraft, and possibly something to truly fear, even in your most defensive times. But even these explosive monsters are not immune to the Minecraft modding bug, and have had their role in the game altered in a few unique ways. And in celebration of 18 different countries celebrating their independence this month, we’re going to look at some of these Creeper-based mods.
One of the more well-known Creeper mods is Elemental Creepers. This mod takes the initial, heart-stopping effect of the Creepers, and expands upon it in a couple dozen ways, adding several different kinds of Creepers to the game that each have different effects upon exploding. Some of them, like the Fire Creeper, Water Creeper or Snow Creeper might be a bit more obvious in what they do, while others (such as the Psychic Creeper or Illusion Creeper) are a lot more tricky.
Yet more of these creepers can actually be beneficial, such as the Stone Creeper, while yet more are outright benevolent, like the Cookie Creeper and the Friendly Creeper (which you can feed gunpowder to keep as a pet).
The addition of all these different Creepers can make for a tougher, but very interesting game. There’s a lot more danger, sure, but it definitely liven things up when you have to do a little more than avoid a little explosion!
Just be sure to watch-out for the Big Bad Creep!
If you want a bit of Creeper variety, but without all the danger of Elemental Creepers, then Female Creepers might be an interesting mod for you. This mod adds pink “female” Creepers to the game. These pink Creepers are completely passive and are unable to explode. They mill about like other passive mods, and will occasionally lay male and female Creeper eggs—sometimes with a baby Creeper inside, and sometimes empty. All the eggs can be boiled into a food item that can restore a little health, or then be combined into Creeper egg soup. Eggs containing babies can be thrown like chicken eggs for a chance at making a baby Creeper, which can create teeny-tiny explosions.
Additionally, this mod causes the female and normal Creepers to drop “Creeper skin,” which can be crafted into a full suite of armor. Having a whole set of one type can cause Creepers to be pacified.
Female Creepers is a somewhat light mod, but it can eventually give you some nice benefits in a new farmable food source, and a special way to avoid the wrath of Creepers.
Just when you thought the ocean was safe, there’s a new way to explode in the world. The Aquatic Creepers mod is exactly what it sounds like—it adds a new fish-like mod that spawns in the ocean, and otherwise acts as a Creeper would. These aquatic Creepers have got some nice speed in the water, and can be quite a hazard if you’re trying to cross an ocean.
The aquatic Creepers are near-constantly leaping out of the water, so you may be able to avoid them if you can see them. But otherwise, this little mod certainly adds new depth to the Minecraft oceans.
So, maybe you’re like me and you’re not looking for a way to make the game more difficult. I prefer to play calm games of Minecraft, but sometimes turning the game on peaceful can deny me some of those mob drops. But having to deal with surprise Creepers can be a huge pain! Creeper Confetti, however, can help with that! This is a very simple mod that basically neutralizes the vanilla Creepers. They still spawn and walk around, but rather than exploding, causing damage and ruining the terrain, they simply explode into firework particles
Creepers giving you trouble? Now they’re festive!
So, if you’re looking to lighten the mood of your Minecraft game, but don’t want to switch entirely to peaceful, adding Creeper Confetti can be a nice alternative!
All four of these mods are available through the Curse client on the latest version of Forge. Try to check them out if you can!
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