Ark’s Magical Modded Minecraft Misadventure 42 : Railcraft Iron Tanks

My oil drilling has been a splendid success, but it has left me with the problem of where to store it all. Buildcraft tanks are excellent for moderate amounts of liquids, but for massive storage, the best way is to go with some variety of multiblock tank, and I’m going to be using Railcraft’s Iron Tanks for that purpose

Mods Encountered

Railcraft by CovertJaguar : The first appearance for Railcraft! There are quite a lot of other mods which also offer some sort of multitank, but Railcraft’s are relatively simple to make and work beautifully. I had a few little problems during the video, but we worked through them in the end.

Buildcraft maintained by CovertJaguar: The pipes and redstone engines that form the basis of my technological exploits are all from Buildcraft. I have quite a web of piping all over the place now. I’ll be glad to be able to dismantle my oil pipeline. As it was always going to be temporary, it didn’t seem worth burying, but it is rather an eyesore.

Forestry by Sir Sengir: Butterflys are a new addition to Forestry, and do not yet serve much of a purpose. I’m sure that’s going to change, so I scoop them up whenever I see them.

Ark’s Magical Modded Minecraft Misadventure 41 : Mystcraft Linking Books

If it is true, as the villager claimed, that each point of light in the night sky is home to another world, I must one day visit them!

Not today though. Today, I put together the linking books that would allow me to get home again.

Mods Encountered

Mystcraft 0.10.5 by XCompWiz: I’m quite excited to finally be making a start with Mystcraft. It is the gateway through which I’ll be seeing many modded biomes for the first time.

I added the intra-linking ability to the linking panel, as it seemed the most useful to me, but there are several other options that can be applied by using other ingredients.

Mo Creatures 5.2.3 by Dr Zhark and Bloodshot42: Pablo, a wizard’s best friend, is a Mo Creatures donkey, though if you’re over in 1.6.2 you can get your very own Pablo without needing any mods at all!

A Short Break

My father is visiting for a few days, so I probably won’t get the chance to put out anything new til Sunday, unless I manage to grab an hour here and an hour there. (They take a lot longer to make than you might imagine!). We shall see. At any rate, normal rates of production should return next week!

If you usually only watch the videos through this site, you might enjoy a rummage through my YouTube channel, where you can find my (horrible audio quality) original Minecraft series from Alpha/Beta, and a few other gaming videos.

Ark’s Magical Modded Minecraft Misadventure 40 : Lost in the Labyrinth

I’d set out into the Great Desert to gather sand, and have a look inside the Pyramid, but as I set about digging, I noticed the entrance to an underground labyrinth from Project Zulu. I couldn’t resist taking the chance of encountering some of CrudeDragos’ monsters!

Mods Encountered

Project Zulu by CrudeDragos: This episode was almost pure Project Zulu, with it providing both the scenery and the opposition. I suspect that the pyramid might also be Project Zulu, but so many mods add pyramids that it is hard to be sure until I dare to enter!

By default, I think Project Zulu minotaur, mimics, and haunted armour will only spawn in the labyrinths, so it was nice to find one so close to home. I’ll be returning to grab the rest of the goodies.

It’s a mod that deserves far more recognition than it receives. A fine addition to any adventuring mod build.

Ark’s Magical Modded Minecraft Misadventure 39 : A Forestry Biogas System.

My tree-breeding programme has been progressing slowly behind the scenes, and I’ve amassed rather a lot of saplings that I really don’t need. Fortunately, there is a way to turn them into Buildcraft energy in a way that is far more efficient than just slinging them in the furnace.

Mods Encountered

Buildcraft 3.7.1 maintained by CovertJaguar: Buildcraft provides all the various pipes which now riddle my base behind the walls.

Forestry by Sir Sengir: The Squeezer, Fermenter, and Biogas Engine are from Forestry. It will, I hope, also provide me with far more sappy saplings with which to fuel my renewable energy empire.

My Adventuring with Ark Minecraft Build – 7th July Update.

7th of July 2013 Update:

The main changes since the last update:

  • Extra Trees is now bundled up with Extra Bees, adding another 75 breedable tree species.
  • I’m giving the Fossil and Archaeology mod a tryout. While I’m not going to find much from it until I go out into newly generated areas, it seems stable so far.
  • Railcraft, too, has arrived late at the station. I didn’t include it originally, as I didn’t want to go overboard with tech mods, but there’s a few bits within it that I think I’m going to be wanting soon.

There’s probably not going to be too much in the way of change to my build until I make the leap to 1.6, which is going to have to wait until all the important mods have updated. Could be a while.


Extra Biomes XL 3.13.4 : A wide range of additional biome types to explore, as well as some new plants. I have all of the biomes disabled right now, so that my initial area will be base biomes.

Biomes O’ Plenty 0.5.5 : Another biome mod. Once again, the biomes are disabled in the main overworld, meaning I’ll only have vanilla biomes. However, when I start journeying the multiverse with Mystcraft, any biome from EBXL or BOP could make an appearance. 0.5.5 now adds biomes to the Nether dimension too.

I’m not sure I really recommend BOP at this time. The developers have been taking a very aggressive stance around not caring about mod compatibility and customisation, so it is probably a poor choice for anyone wanting to use large numbers of mods. It’s still listed here because I have it installed, and it would probably break things badly to remove it from my world.

Metallurgy 3.1.1 : Adds a wide range of additional metals, and ores. It’ll be dealing with most of the ore generating in worldgen, apart from a few from Tinker’s Construct that it doesn’t include. I’ve turned the rarity of ore up from its default settings which seem rather too generous to me.

Dungeon Pack 1.5.2 v3 : Adds a variety of structures to the land of minecraft. I have a lot of mods which add structures, so I’ve made these pretty rare. I’ve also disabled quite a few structures that I didn’t like the look of, particularly ones that float in the sky. I like my sky clear!

Ruins : More structures added to the world. Once again I’ve turned the rarity right up.

Natura 2.1 : Some new trees, and a variety of berry bushes. I particularly like the Eucalyptus tree. Now also makes significant changes to the Nether.

Wild Caves : Adds stalactites, spiderwebs, and other decorations to caves and other underground areas. It makes spelunking a little more interesting, and usefully for me, the increase in diversity makes it harder to get lost!

Better Dungeons 1.07 by Chocolatin: Even more structures, but this time with some new enemies too. Warning: May contain pirates!

Quality of Life

Not Enough Items : This adds a recipe search system, which becomes increasingly vital the more mods you’re using. It also has quite a few cheat options, but I shall not be using those unless its needed to recover from a serious bug. NEI requires CodeChickenCore (I’m using version, available from the same page. Its tooltip option interacts badly with certain objects from other mods I’m using, so I’ll be keeping that off most of the time.

Continue reading My Adventuring with Ark Minecraft Build – 7th July Update.

Ark’s Magical Modded Minecraft Misadventure 38 : Village Defense with Utility Mobs

Verdania Village has already had a few ups and downs, population-wise. As Testificates are avowed pacifists, I’m going to have to invest in some defenses.

Mods Encountered

Forestry by Sir Sengir: This adds both an Apiarist and a Forester villager, and they’re well worth getting your hands on. Mod villagers can turn up as the result of any villager breeding. I could really do with some Mystcraft librarians to be born.

Ars Magica 5.52.013 by Mithion: While I may keep calling it “Transpose”, the Transplace spell is super-useful for all sorts of antics. From dragging a Travelling Merchant all the way from the plains, to getting your elephant to jolly well get into his enclosure, it has a million uses.

Utility Mobs 2.0.1 by Father Toast: I cannot watch over the village all the time, so I’m glad to have the options that Utility Mobs provide. Ars Magica and Thaumcraft will also be providing me with some other golem choices eventually.

The turrets and golems take damage like any other entity, so they probably won’t last too long, but they’ll likely save a life or two in the process.