I'm a longtime modder who has been on and off the scene for almost a decade. I started modding in 2000 starting off with Westwood Studios' Command and Conquer series. My first ever mod was a solo effort dubbed "Soviet Revenge" for Red Alert 2. Quickly after producing my first mod I met a team of the most skilled individuals I have ever worked with and lead development for a Red Alert 2 total conversion named "Warhammer 40k - Red Alert." With over 42,000 downloads this was by far the most successful and full-fledged mod I have been a part of. After the end of that mod and the decline of Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 as a modding platform I've made minor mods for other games. My most current mod was Final Fantasy Tactics: Rebirth, a modification of the PSOne game Final Fantasy Tactics.

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Posted by Rodman49 on Aug 28th, 2011

So I just got this game called Minecraft last week.  I must say, without a doubt this game has rekindled my love for video games.  Intuitive, innovative, and addicting this game is the most fun I've had with a video game since Mass Effect 2.  However where RPGs are compelling because of the storyline (typically), Minecraft's gameplay is just unbelievable.

For those of you who don't know Minecraft is quite literally a sandbox game where you build stuff and explore.  Build whatever you want; however you want.  There is also a survival aspect (a minor part of the game) which is also entertaining.

These few simple crafting and physics rules which dominate this game somehow make a whole so much more than the sum of its parts.  Having said all that though - the game's graphics are certainly more old school and you may want to re-freshen your landscape from time to time.

Enter The Painterly Pack.  This project seeks to allow users to make their own custom texture packs from a ton of available options.  It very much reminds me of the Baldur's Gate Community modular/compatible mod system (where you pick the components you want to install).  Simply use the customization feature on the site to create your own texture pack and install it using the in-game texture pack installer and you are good to go.  No need to unzip any files!

This pack far exceeds everything else I have seen online for Minecraft texture packs.  Their website does not have tons of ads like all the other texture packs and they don't spam you with messages asking for donations.  Definitely head over to their website if you are looking for Minecraft textures - there is no need to go anywhere else.

Until next week - happy modding!
- Paul Street

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