Side Project: Stargazer Industrial

As if I didn’t have enough on my plate with the WolfPack already, I decided to start a second modpack. It’s called Stargazer Industrial* and focuses mainly on tech mods created by McJty like RFTools, Deep Resonance, and XNet. It’s way more lightweight than the modpack I created with my wife and is much more focused on technology.

I don’t have any big plans with this modpack yet, but I will probably add, remove, and replace mods quite regularly. I think we’ll see where the road takes us.

*) At the time of this writing the modpack hasn’t been approved by CurseForge, but it should only be a matter of hours. If the link above doesn’t work, just try it again later.

Next step: Server Pack

Since the WolfPack modpack has now been approved on CurseForge, I should start working on a server pack. Sure, you can start a single player game and open it to LAN, but this is no option if you want to play with friends who are not also flatmates. This should in theory be easy enough, but the devil lies in the detail.

I’ll probably refrain from making any substantial changes to the modpack until I got a proper server up and running, so updates may be slow for a while.

Creating your own Minecraft Skin

When I decided to create my own modpack and upload it to Curseforge I also decided to change my Minecraft avatar. Up until then I used a skin I found on the net, but I wanted something more personal.

After a bit of googling, I found SkinCraft, an awesome Flash-based tool which allows you to build your own skin even if you have no artistic skill whatsoever. Skin Creator allows you to build up your skin layer by layer.

There are various Pre-Made layers for the face (eyes, ears, mouth, etc.), hair, clothing (including jackets, vests, coats, skirts, trousers, shoes, etc.), and accessories. You can change the color of all the components and rearrange them as needed.

Of course you can also draw your own skin by hand. When creating custom components, shows the current skin in the background that you can easily draw over pixel by pixel. The full skin is also always shown in full 3D. Nifty!

The tool allows you to export your new skin as PNG file (which you can then upload to your Mojang account), or as a text file, which allows you to reimport it into SkinCraft if you want to make any changes. Of course you can also import an existing skin and make some changes to it. It’s a really powerful tool. If you are a “serious” Minecraft fan, you really should try your hand at creating your own skin!

The Journey Begins

Welcome to Lord Stargazer’s Minecraft Shenanigans. I recently created a Minecraft modpack with my wife called “WolfPack – Technology & Exploration“, which turned out much better than I first thought. It was also the first time I took some care to make sure everything works as it should, making careful changes to various mods’ config files, instead of just throwing a couple of mods together and call it a day.

Since last night the modpack is available from Curseforge.com and to my surprise has already been downloaded by a couple of users. Wow! I love to talk about stuff I am excited about, so it’s no surprise I decided to start a blog about my Minecraft shenanigans. At the beginning I’ll probably focus on what I’ve learned about making one’s own modpack and I’ll promote the hell out of WolfPack.

After that we’ll see where the road leads us. I am interested in making my own mods, BUT I don’t know Java and so this might be an uphill battle. I’ve heard there are a few good tutorials around, so there’s that.

Until then, please stay tuned for further updates on WolfPack and my various other ramblings about modded Minecraft.