Ever since Notch has quit developing Minecraft, its focus has been slowly changing to be a creative and fun game for kids.
But not for those who seek for a challenge. For the survival experience.
Better Than Wolves
is a mod that fixes that. It takes the loose chunks of what's good in
Minecraft 1.5.2 and turns it into an interconnected whole, making most of
things meaningful, challenging, interesting. I mean, look at its
My BTWTweak mod continues the idea and polishes the game even further. Lots of bugfixes, backports from the later Minecraft versions and small gameplay and design fixes.
Assuming you are already a Minecraft player, you need to switch to the 1.5.2 version and then mod it - preferably using MCPatcher to get fancier graphics features - first with Better Than Wolves, then CraftGuide, Deco addon, and finally BTWTweak using its own patcher. You will also need to convince the Minecraft launcher to not override your modded Minecraft with the original 1.5.2 file.
Unfortunately, the author of Better Than Wolves opposes the notion of automatic installers, so making one that doesn't step on someone's copyright is hard and this is a manual process. If you're totally stumped, though, email me and I will give you the patched version ready to play!
If you are a Better Than Wolves player already, it's likely you know I got
from the BTW community. It's an
that I think author of BTW simply refuses to admit and keeps trying to find
excuses of why my mod is bad and I should feel bad.
Nobody understands it,
and BTW community is
Which is unfortunate for BTW in general, since our cooperation would have resolved whatever problems BTW author has with my BTWTweak, and spared us both the energy otherwise lost to bickering.
Minecraft is a mess. They promised Modding API years ago and we still don't have that. Forge closely follows Minecraft and inevitably is also a mess. A mess of mods that don't ideally fit together and require a lot of probing and adjusting to make a game out of, unless you enjoy playing with select spare parts.
Even though there is a remake of BTW called Better With Mods, I've yet to see it become better than BTW. There's a lot of work to be done. But I'm modding Minecraft because it's a part of me playing Minecraft, not the other way around, so spending a lot of time modding and not playing is not fun. And if I spent that much time writing code, it better be my own game and not tied to someone else's property.
Being almost the only person who's left modding BTW, I won't stop now. I will continue fixing stuff. Most importantly, I want to make BTW possible to translate to other languages, and make installing and modding BTW easier. Possibly with some sort of modding API. Since there is no need to keep up with new Minecraft versions that always change obfuscation, it's a good time to make it a modding platform. I'd love to see more mods for Better Than Wolves. Even if its author doesn't. Even if he actively tries to prevent that. Hardcore Modding is just another part of the game.
Better Than Wolves versions archive, in case someone wants to enjoy an older version
I plan to expand this section with BTW structures and whatnot.