Finally, this mod will also allow Zombies to spawn in large groups, like Hordes. Epic Siege will make tons of changes to hostile mobs in Minecraft.
With other mobs, Creepers can blow up through buildings, Alderman can teleport you and Skeletons have perfect accuracy. With this mod installed, there’s a 5% chance for a Blood Moon to rise each night.
When you do so, the entire layout and design of your Minecraft world will be changed dramatically. Rough Mobs will further increase the difficulty of Zombies, as now they can spawn with both enchanted armor and weapons.
With Tough as Nails, you’ll find some new survival mechanics added to your Minecraft World. Likewise, if you enter a cold biome or remain exposed to the elements, then you risk getting hypothermia.
Luckily, this mod adds plenty of new blocks and items to aid these new mechanics. The reason I’ve chosen to include this mod is because it adds a lot of end-game content to your game.
After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at Pardon in my free time. For example, in a sky block pack there is no land in the game, and you have to build on a floating island.
The “Feed The Beast” (FT) mudpacks are the most popular and are a lot of fun. The easiest and best way to install FT mudpacks is to use the Feed The Beast Launcher.
You will start on a small chunk of land with a tree, which is standard for all sky block maps. Next, you’ll have to progress through the pack to expand your island and obtain all the other items in the game.
The progression will take you from getting resources from special trees, making a mob farm, and generating power. The majority of resources are obtained from trees in this version and there’s also no diatonic evolution.
For more information on Sky Factory 4, the makers of Minecraft have made a nice post going over it. A very cool idea for a base in this game is to use the Builder to hollow out a big dome, then use the luminous blocks to make a fake sky, clouds, and sun.
It has most of the popular Minecraft mods and two difficulty modes: normal and expert. Infinity Evolved Expert Mode is a way to prolong gameplay by making recipes more difficult.
You will need way more blocks and items to craft things, which makes the pack take longer to progress through. For example, with the Factory 4 mudpack, you have to build a floating island base and there is no other choice.
With this pack, there are so many cool things you can build in Minecraft (that aren’t floating island bases). Project Ozone 2 (PO2) is another skyblock-like map that incorporates different recipe difficulties (like the infinity evolved pack).
There’s also different map types to try, including Sky lands, Garden of Glass, Frozen, etc. If you are brand new to Minecraft mods, this pack would be great to learn the basics.
With Mystical Agriculture in SF4, you can “grow” nearly all items in the game, including diamonds, obsidian, wither skeleton skulls, etc. In this pack, you will have to do it the old-fashioned way and get your diamonds from sifting and obsidian from lava and water.
If you’ve played either of these games and liked them, definitely check out the Farming Valley Minecraftmodpack. The Harvest Goddess NPC (which you have to summon to the beginning) will guide you through progression in this pack.
DireWolf20 is a popular YouTuber and this pack is essentially a collection of the mods used in his videos. Sky Adventures is another sky block map that is similar to Factory 4, but has slightly different mods.
You start in a crashed plane and have to quickly defend yourself because the mobs at night are much more challenging than in normal Minecraft. This mudpack is a little older, but it’s still worth trying out if you’ve already played all the other packs.
FT Beyond is another kitchen sink general purpose mudpack that runs on the 1.10 version of Minecraft. The mudpacks below will have labels indicating which launcher I got them from, FT (Feed the Beast) or ATL (Launcher).
I find that Feed the Beast has a better performance in terms of downloading mudpacks but ATL allows the players to send their gameplay to twitch while FT doesn’t. Magic Farm 2Playing in a slightly more difficult normal world with stronger mobs, tool progression, hunger overhaul and more dangerous mining.
Magic Farm 2 (Tinker Constructs)MF3 and EC are slightly difficult and would be good for beginners to survival type Minecraft. Mining is more difficult in Magic Farm 2 as there are hidden traps and silverfish disguised as cobblestone.
On the other hand, Epic Craft has gases that appear and may cause explosions, and you have to worry about the air level in general. Side Note: Epic Craft is more unusual, so it might be more interesting to players bored with ordinary Minecraft.
However, AS has hunger overhaul which makes the game a bit more difficult with an increased focus on food, I don’t think it adds to the gameplay much as hunger overhaul is more fun when you are on normal maps (bigger maps that actually require jumping). Both AS and SF2 have quite a lot of support available for players, AS has a thriving online community while SF2 has Bacon Donut’s videos etc.
“You face tough mobs, dehydration, starving, overheating in a barren wasteland, the hourly struggle to survive keeps you on edge with an impossible amount of things to do… soon the tortured screams from burning mobs tell you, it is day.” Next you’ll be tree-farming, sieving and basically grinding in the basement, trying to get water to prevent yourself from being dehydrated or overheated.
There isn’t an “end” to this but the struggle to survive makes this mudpack incredibly fun. When playing CL, you will probably be quite lost at the start but once you get the gist of it, you’ll know what to do. Crash Landing involves quite a variety of things to do on day one before you descend into grinding trees, sieving dust.
Of course, it is quite likely that you will, on occasion, find yourself needing to deal with an errant zombie without easy access to your weapon of choice. It's good to remember, in a pinch, you can always grab a handy bat, garden implement, or heavy rock and just have at it.
While the occasional loner can and does wander the post-apocalyptic landscape without being taken down by lurching hordes of brain-cravers, most people make it through the zombie apocalypse by creating structured and diverse social units. While television and movie depictions of the apocalypse would have us believe these resourceful people just sort of fell together in the aftermath of the initial wave of the zombie virus, in real life, you're more likely to get stuck with your whiny relatives or co-workers… unless you plan ahead.
Consider the people you know in light of their personalities, skill sets, and will to live, and invite them to join your Zombie Survival Team. Just be aware that the stress of leadership during the zombie apocalypse can bring out the worst in people, so try to avoid megalomaniacs and psychopaths.
Enter the Wise Counsel, often someone a little older, perhaps an academic or cleric, who can help solve problems without threatening the authority of the leader. Wild warrior: Every group needs a fighter, that half-crazed but fearless guy or gal in camo who will take one for the team and still keep going, even when it seems all is lost.
Navy SEALs, SWAT team members, and roller derby queens are all good candidates for this role. This is why you might want to consider including a nurturing, optimistic soul with a sympathetic ear and ability to cheer up even the bleakest of situations.
Odds are you will lose one or more of your team members before the zombie apocalypse plays itself out, and it's good to have utility players who can fill the breach. With personal hygiene and fashion a low priority, it's nice to be around people who can still look good with greasy hair and zombie blood on their (often shredded) clothing.
While some might seem nice and ready to contribute to your survival efforts, others will probably want to take over your fortress, kill you, and possibly even eat you. Survivors need clothing that will stand up to long treks in search of food and shelter, all kinds of weather, and fierce battles.
You'll be living in these same clothes for a long time (hopefully), so think of comfortable, well-fitting layers that won't chafe or be easily grabbed by grasping zombies or bad guys. In addition to providing extra warmth and protection, pocketed vests are handy for storing all those little goodies you might come across while scavenging for survival, like sunscreen, chewing gum, and zombie antiserum.
The zombie apocalypse, like oversold coach seating on an intercontinental flight, will at times make even the kindest, most gracious person on the planet want to lose her cool. When the zombies have breached your walls, when a rogue band of villains has stolen your weapons and kidnapped your lover, when there is no food, little water, and your fellow survivors are stretching your every last nerve, it will be tempting to steal someone's else's candy bar or be mean to the one member of your team who doesn't seem to be pulling his weight.
It is precisely during such times of inordinate stress and danger that humanity's greatness has broken through and triumphed over evil. Think of “the helpers,” as noted psychologist Fred Rogers called them, who emerge in the midst of every calamity to overpower and overshadow the bad actors.