As much as I like the enormous, pristine emptiness of Minecraft, with its virgin forests and pristine basins just waiting for me to transform into a string of fortresses, or a lava-covered spire, or whatever bizarre attempt at architecture I can see in my mind’s eye, sometimes it gets a little lonely. Don’t talk to me about those boring default villagers who stand around in their empty, boring village, never doing anything. They’re about as much fun as chatting it up with Zombies, without the fun of the fact that they’re trying to eat me.
No, what Minecraft needs is somebody else to share this world with me. And Kinniken, the author of Millenaire, agrees. In his world, you should be able to stumble upon interesting villages. With actual NPCs, harvesting, building, crafting, and cultivating even while you’re half a world away.
The net effect is that of a world in perpetual motion. While you were working away in your deep, dark mine, the Normans were fixing up their wall and fighting off some skeletons. You were padding across the ocean in search of new lands, only to meet a small Indian village harvesting rice. So you trade some of your goods and continue on your way, only to discover that Japanese explorers have set up a logging camp and are doing their best to survive. Maybe, you decide, you’ve travelled far enough and want to help these guys with their village. And so you stay, and you work with them, helping them work the land, gather resources, and provide for their safety.
And so they reward you with culturally specific items. The Normans make excellent armor and hoes. The Mayans make good tools and they can make war clubs. The Japanese make good swords and bows and have their own armor styles. And Viking traders will sell you mystical amulets with a variety of useful and fun effects.
My final verdict?
- Historical cultures are fun
- New things to do
- Cultural items!
- Magical amulets!
- Can create own cultures
- Not useful if you play Creative
- The villagers are kind of lazy
- Requires Forge
If you’re interested in having some cool stuff to stumble on in your explorations, or you like the idea of helping to manage a village of your very own, Millenaire is for you. Fill out our download form and install it!