Entropy: Chapter 2, Invasion Public Server and Update

UPDATE 9/25/2014 – We’ve already had about 150 players join the new Entropy server.  In the evenings (US time), there are a good amount of people on so come join the fun.  I also changed block physics stability for modded content to be more sturdy, hopefully making building on space stations and asteroids much easier.

Good day everyone,

Today I am happy to announce that my mod packs will now have public servers to play on.

We are starting with the new version of Entropy for Minecraft 1.7.10 as the first server.  Come and play in this PVP environment with, or against, your friends and strangers.  Update your Technic Entropy client or download it on the Technic platform at http://www.technicpack.net/modpack/details/entropy-by-glixyl.72573.

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To play on the server, select it from the multiplayer server list within the Entropy client.

The rules are PVP = ON, difficulty = normal (but with aliens assume hard), spawn camping = ban

The servers will be lightly moderated and very difficult, so you should probably team up with other players more than kill everyone you see.  The Xenomorphs will have killing all taken care of for you :)  Soon I will be looking for moderators and potentially administrators to help both manage the servers and extend the mod pack (details coming in a new post on ideas/teams to extend the ruins and planet systems with AvP content)

Read the book I have put in your inventory to get started in single player or on the provided server.

FAQ:

-I want my old Entropy version back, where is it?  ANSWER: select version 023 in the Entropy mod pack options in the launcher and it will revert to the MC 1.5.2 version of Entropy.

-Why doesn’t the new Entropy version have the same mods as the old one?  ANSWER: not all of the mods are available between Minecraft versions.  It wasn’t possible.  The new version of Entropy is based on code that is more than 1 year newer (Minecraft 1.7.10).

-Why is there less technical mods in this version?  ANSWER: actually, there are more mods in this version; but they are balanced more between cosmetics, technical aspects, environment and an element of subtlety.  Too often mod pack authors try to jam WAY too much content into things.. I am looking for this version of Entropy to be polished and faster paced; more akin to a sandbox.

-Will you release a downloadable server for the new version of Entropy?  ANSWER: yes once the current battle over Bukkit/CraftBukkit/Cauldron has resolved, otherwise I will need to distribute a non-Bukkit version; which will operate fine but not have plugins.

Entropy Chapter 2, Invasion: Beta update

UPDATE 9/20 – Public Entropy server online.  Get the Entropy Invasion mod pack here on Technic!

Please help me test the new version of Entropy before I replace the existing Entropy with Chapter 2: INVASION.  If you do or don’t find bugs, but have suggestions or comments; please post a comment to me on Twitter (@glixyl), Discuss on Technic, my YouTube channel or on this blog.

Update 9/8/2014-Thanks to @72206 for reporting a monster spawner bug on Technic Discuss. It has been fixed.

To the end, I have released a new version of the Entropy BETA and a server as well.

Changelog v003:  Replaced all Liteloader mods with Forge equivalents.  Added some iChun mods such as ‘It fell from the sky’.  Fixed a sound bug that was crashing the client during storms.

ENTROPY: INVASION is a survival space horror mod pack with disaster and extreme survival aspects.  It is scary, challenging, beautiful and rewarding.  There are cyclones, tornadoes, land-slides, cave-ins, tree snags, thirst, aliens and predators, meteor strikes, Pigzillas and more!

Explore the Moon and Mars with your Tier 1 and Tier 2 spaceships.  Use Mekanism technologies to make realistic jetpacks, robot followers, ore processors, universal power conversion, balloons and other technical content.  Build a logistics and storage network with remote panels.  Harness and wield water, fire and redstone particles with your particle glove; unleashing streams of fire and redstone at your enemies, or use water particles to either shield yourself or levitate.  Make a hang glider!

Help the Marines and engage in firefights against the aliens, predators and other hostiles.  Feed a bat pumpkin pie to gain a follower that will gain experience and abilities from battle, as well as temporary night vision while held.

After zooming in with binoculars or a scope, use one of hundreds of guns, explosives, rocket launchers and other weapons against aliens and foes.  Make and drive a tank or jeep.  Fly a plane.  Pilot a titan!  Craft and wear Predator armor with a custom HUD.  Craft and wear Xenomorph armor that allows you to climb walls.

Visit the End for a expanded experience including new ores, dungeons and monsters.  Construct and operate realistic computers from the component level up.  Explore new villages and ruins that may have some surprises for you.

Dynamic light maps and shader-like effects (without the use of shaders), make Entropy: Invasion both beautiful and perform well, even on slower gaming computers.  SoundFilters add reverb in caves and materials block out sounds; making mining and exploration more realistic and immersive.

p.s.- check out dimension LV223 (-7) by using a LV223 portal, where I have been starting to add some custom world generation.  I have big plans for Entropy, so stay tuned for further news.

ENTROPY: INVASION on Technic – BETA client version

Happy Labor Day for those of you who are celebrating it today.

As a salute to Labor Day, I decided to release a BETA version of the ENTROPY: INVASION client to the Technic platform.

My son and I have tested the mod pack and it works on our MacOS computers as well as Windows well.  If you want to try it out, go to it’s Technic page under an alternative account I made.  This version will replace the current version of Entropy on Technic after it is stable and a few more mods are updated to Minecraft 1.7.10.  A server will be released soon with the next version.  A few mods will also be added to the next version most certainly, so treat this as BETA software please as IDs may change as well as mod functionality.  Please post bugs to the Entropy: Invasion discussion page located on the Technic mod pack tab.

(DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE)

ENTROPY: INVASION

Survival space horror and disaster mod pack with a fast pace and even faster action!  Earth has been invaded by Aliens and the environment is unstable.  Fight the invading horde, or head to the Moon or Mars and establish a base there.  Maybe even take the fight to the Xenomorphs or their creators?   

Alien vs Predator, thirst, disasters such as landslides, cave-ins, tree snags, cracking ice, falling meteors, storms with hail, cyclones and tornadoes.  Features space travel, guns, bombs, mechs, planes, tanks, more realistic computers, jet packs, generators, reactors, ruins to explore, a pet bat, and much more!

In addition to dynamic and advanced lighting effects without the use of shaders, ENTROPY: INVASION features advanced sound filters which provide reverb in caves as well as muted sounds when behind materials and sound deadening.  I tried to design this mod pack so that slower computers could use it.

:Mobs, Food and Animal Changes:
Xenomorphs (many types including ranged attacks and summoners), Facehuggers, Chest Busters, Predator, Marines.
Squid drop raw squid, sheep drop mutton, chickens shed feathers occasionally, fried egg, carrot soup.
Pet Bat – feed a bat pumpkin pie and he will fight for you and give you night vision when holding him.

:Weapons and Armor:
Aliens vs Predator guns, grenades and marine, xenomorph and predator armors.
Particle man glove with redstone, water and fire powers including ranged attacks and shields.
Flan’s mods modern weapons, WW2, Nerf, Titan, ye olde packs inculding planes, tanks and more.
Ropes, Grappling Hook, Zip Line
Meteors mod tools and weapons including magnetic/freeze armor.

:Evironment and Structures:
Localized Weather and Storms mod – wind storms, hail, blowing leaves, particle clouds, cyclones and tornadoes
Ruins mod, Galacticraft, Aliens vs Predator
Copper, Tin, Steel, Titanium, Aluminum, Osmium and other ores
Oil generation
Falling Meteors mod
Applied Energistics storage as well as Bibliocraft storage

:Technology:
OpenComputers with OpenComponents – realistic modular computers.
OreConverter tool

Mekanism Generators and Tools including jet packs, reactors, balloons, energy cubes, solar and wind power.
Ender storage
Voxelmap with very good cave and dynamic light mapping

Galacticraft – the Moon and Mars!

NOTE: Minecraft 1.7.10 is notoriously difficult to work with, but I decided to give it a go.  I cannot add most mods that you may wish to add because of compatibility issues with many 1.7.10 mods.  If you do have an idea though, please don’t hesitate to make a suggestion.

ENTROPY: INVASION

I was reading the discussions section on the Entropy Technic page and came across a lot of feedback from people wanting bug fixes, an update and a public server for Entropy.

Although Dev_ill and I have been working on a new version of Glixyl’s Revenge based on Minecraft 1.7.X+, we have gotten stuck waiting for some mods to update to 1.7.10.  We decided that an update for Entropy wouldn’t be too hard now on MC1.6.4, so we decided to work on a new Entropy that is already turning out to be quite polished and stable on our test server; soon ready for final testing and production.

We call this new version ENTROPY: INVASION.  Here is some footage of testing in both single player and on our private server.  Dev_ill and I will do a little Let’s Play as well and will be looking for people to help us play test before releasing this new version in mid-September.  We are also contemplating running our own private server for Entropy, which will most likely be hard-coded into the launcher for go-live.

Thanks to Minefur

I just wanted to thank Minefur for hosting my mod packs on Technic.  Minefur is based out of Portugal, so you can translate their web page if you are interested in their Minecraft servers.

From their Minefur Facebook page > “Minefur is a game server dedicated to Minecraft, with 4 HungerGames, Survival Server and CubeWorld servers. www.minefur.com

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Link to Glixyl’s Technic Page, where you can download the client and servers.  If you like the mod packs, please +1 them on their respective Technic pages.

 

Beautiful, Deadly – New Release and Server!

Dev_ill and I just released the new version of Beautiful, Deadly last night.  Here is some gameplay footage highlighting some of the features including different shaders, mods and landscapes of this newly updated mod pack.

Think of Beautiful, Deadly as the magical equivalent of our Entropy mod pack.  I liked what we accomplished with Entropy and wanted to do something similar with a fantasy genre that wasn’t too focused on machines and science; but nature and magic.  The world in some ways is more hostile than it was in Entropy, especially dealing with nature.

The textures are default Minecraft 16x, but with Better Foliage mods that make the vegetation more realistic looking; especially if you use shaders.

A word of warning on performance.  My mod packs typically require a decent gaming machine to have a enjoyable experience that is lag free.  I focus on content and eye candy for players who are looking for a special Minecraft experience that is meant to impress the casual observer; perhaps getting them interested in playing Minecraft in the process.

DOCUMENTATION PAGE – UNDER CONSTRUCTION

DOWNLOAD CLIENT AND SERVER ON TECHNIC

MODS:

MODS:

Animated Player – iChun
Barrels
Better Breeds
Better Dungeons (Chocolate)
Better Foliage
Bibliocraft
Blood Magic
NEI / Chickencode
Craftable Horse Armor and Saddles
Crossbow Mod 2
Deadly World
DrZhark’s Magic Carpet
Dungeon Crawler
Ender Storage
EnviroMine
ExtraBiomes XL
ForgeMultipart
Highlands 2
Inventory Tweaks
Lava Monsters
Meteors Mod
Mob Amputation – iChun
Mob Dismemberment – iChun
Natura
Opis / Dynamic Map Writer
Tinkers Construct
Thaumcraft 4
Thaumic Tinkerer
TrailMix 2
Translocator
Mouse Tweaks
Starting Inventory
Mr. Crayfish’s Furniture Mod
Chisel mod
Dragon Mounts
NetherStuffs
Small boats mod
Localized Weather and Storms Mod

SHADERS: Custom Lite and Ultra shaders for MacOS, Windows and Linux are available via the video settings->shaders from the options menu.  Hybrid shaders/animated textures with god rays, waving water/reflections and more.
There are a few different ways to use the new graphics and tune them to your system specifications.  All combinations will work on MacOS, Windows and Linux; if you have a fast enough graphics card to render them that is.  I have designed this mod pack to give the users a variety of graphics settings which cover a variety of computer types.  Shaders look best above ground or with the use of light sources such as torches).

**To play this mod pack, you should allocate at least 1.5GB of RAM to Technic Launcher, otherwise you won’t be able to load the nether in single player.  To do this open the Technic Launcher and click the gear icon on the upper right of the Technic Launcher screen.  Allocate 1.5GB of RAM within the Launcher Options screen.
*To use shaders you should allocate 2GB of RAM or more.  Read the shaders information at the bottom of the page for more information.

Oculus Rift DK2 and Minecrift with Forge Mods!

A few months ago I pre-ordered an Oculus Rift DK2 (development kit 2), which is the newest version of a virtual reality system that includes 1080p OLED @75Hz and head tracking.  It arrived a few days ago and I have been spending some time playing with some of the demos out there.  By far, the most fun I have had with the DK2 is playing and modding Minecraft to make Minecrift as awesome of an experience as possible.

Playing Minecraft on the Oculus Rift DK2 with its improved latency and graphics was very fun and felt like I was experiencing the game again for the first time.  For only 350 US dollars, the DK2 contains some very impressive hardware.

Although it isn’t official, there is a DK2 beta version of Minecrift for Minecraft 1.6.4 which supports forge mods.  The limitations of modding for the Oculus Rift is that any mod which uses EntityRenderer will not work.  You also need to run Minecrift in Rift extended mode.

TIP:  While calibrating the start screen in Minecrift, look up/down/left/right– before looking forward and hitting spacebar.

Here are some video samples from my Minecrift on Oculus Rift DK2 modding experience:

 

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