I recently watched a VICE documentary (video imbedded below) about a card game that I used to be seriously addicted to – Magic the Gathering (or MTG). MTG is a collectible card game that uses language, tactical combat, strategic elements and luck to provide for a massive gaming system; totaling thousands of cards with beautiful fantasy themed art.
Even though it has been around for more than 20 years, Magic the Gathering continues to be the most played tactical card game; with players from all over the Earth competing in tournaments. Many collectors of cards play in a style called vintage because they want to play with all of their old cards, not just the current tournament sets.
In 2005 I designed a deck that was cheap to put together, but highly effective against just about any opponent while also being easy to play. I call this deck Crusaders because it is a mono white deck which requires only a little mana/land and does a great job limiting your opponent’s own expansion. It is also cheap to buy/assemble, as there are few rare cards involved.
The idea with Crusaders is to get out small (but cheap and powerful) creatures that are hard to get rid of and protect you and other creatures from targeted spells. Meanwhile, enchantments such as Crusade and creatures such as Pianna Nomad Captain buff up your front line. Cards like Oblation, Armageddon and Swords to Plowshares help control the pace of gameplay.
Here is a sample deal, #1.
By turn #4, we have many complimentary, hard to get rid of creatures in play with an Armageddon in our hand. This can be used to remove all land from the game after perhaps Swords to Plowshare gets used on a powerful creature of his. In this scenario, I would probably play Armageddon on a later turn once I had 2 plains in my hand.
Sample deal #2.
This time around, on turn 4 we have four powerful creatures in play (4/4 Whipcorder, two 3/3 Mother-of-Runes, 3/3 Glittering Lynx) and a disenchant in our hand.
Crusaders: (Vintage mono-white deck)
 Glittering Lynx
 Glittering Lion
 True Believer
 Mother of Runes
 Longbow Archer
 White Knight
 Pianna, Nomad Captain
 Swords to Plowshares
7 DayZ to Mine. This mod pack was created just one month ago and has already been played more than 115,000 times. It was trending #1 on Technic and was #5 most played mod pack two weeks ago. This server alone has been visited by roughly 5,000 players. We have had growing pains in the past, but now we are on a very fast and professionally hosted server provided by Virtual Gladiators; which gives us many more options and resources to do more for you.
To that end, I am now allowing claims with a small supply of reinforced blocks to help protect your bed and most precious items. This system of protection will not allow you to protect your machines, farms and other property from sophisticated attacks unless you team up with many players and donators to create a large base protected by reinforced stone. To claim, you either place your first chest or craft a golden shovel. Type /abandonallclaims if you wish to just place down a chest to get started. (a YouTube demonstration will appear in chat when you ask about claims)
In the picture above, the default /kit shack is a one-time kit available to all players and contains 26 reinforced stone, a retinal scanner and a reinforced door; which will protect your base from mining turtles and tunnel bores. Do not use this kit unless you have five open slots in your inventory as you will lose the items and will not be refunded. The same goes for keeping the blocks safe, so do not get the kit until you are ready to make your shack as pictured above. To remove the blocks you must craft a universal block remover.
Light and the use of it, in my opinion, is the most important aspect of presentation; regardless of the medium. I am also into sound, to which I will make another article related to sound filters and reverb later.
Some people like to play their Minecraft with lighting bright and little eye candy, but not me and that is why I make Minecraft mod packs in the first place.. it is almost always aesthetic look and feel that gets me excited. Let me show you what I believe is proper lighting and what is not:
The above example has light maps provided by a texture pack which is properly illuminating the blocks in the foreground, the shadows of the cave, the shading of the water and casting of light from the tower in the distance.
In the next example, the brightness is moody but there are no light maps. It looks great, but doesn’t cast light and shadows as beautifully in my opinion. An atmospheric sky is also in use for ambiance.
In the example below, light maps are not being used and brightness is turned up. I can barely look at it.
In the next example, an interior scene is rendered with light maps and moody brightness.
Without light maps and bright.
Dark spaces should be dark unless you light them.
In closing, I think there is room for form and function.
I started playing and modifying Minecraft as a hobby to get into with my son. He loves to build modern looking architecture in Minecraft and wanted to have his own mod pack.
In Dev_ill’s Modernized you can build modernized architecture with thousands of decorations, furniture and building materials! Populate your world with working vehicles such as helicopters and sports cars. Paint, sculpt and cook up artistic creations using foods and materials found within the world.
7 DayZ to Mine is still trending #1 on Technic and is even (at the time of this writing) on the Most Popular packs list for Technic list- page 1. My best position on the Technic ladder was page 3 before, so being in the top trending position and placed with some of the most famous packs of all time is pretty sweet!
Today I released a downloadable server so that people can play with their friends. Get the server and the client at the 7 DayZ to Mine Technic page.
Here is some video of the Ultra version of 7 DayZ to Mine.
There are a lot of zombie apocalypse modpacks out there that stylize themselves after DayZ, Fallout or 7 Days to Die. I decided to throw my hat in the ring and make what I hope you will think is the best version for Minecraft that has been made; complete with abandoned cities, houses, ruins that have roads and custom loot generation such as guns/ammo. 7 DayZ to Mine is still a work in progress, but soon there will be a public server as I think the interest will be there. Here are some screenshots of my progress so far.. and by the way we are on the trending mod packs list; install, play and ‘Like this Modpack’ please! Also please leave feedback for any mods you would like to see in 7 DayZ to Mine.
Development Milestones and Status as of April 3rd, 2015:
1. Basic terrain generation, look and feel, core mod selection – 80% complete
2. Structure generation with custom loot – 60% complete, many more structures to come
3. Balance and refinement, advanced content – 50% complete
4. LAN mode, Public Server and Downloadable Server – 50% complete, LAN mode working, downloadable server released
Thanks to Amaxter for creating the Technic assets (artwork) for the launcher!
You need to select Realistic Alpha world type to get a more appropriate wasteland effect like above.