Mine Wars

(Editor’s Note #1:  We are reviewing Parzi’s Star Wars Mod for this article.  What?  A genuine Editor’s note and not a lame joke?  Well, they asked to be given credit in any article/video, so here it is.)

(Editor’s Note #2:  You got Star Wars in my Minecraft.  You got Minecraft in my Star Wars!  Two great tastes that go great together?  Ah, there’s the lame joke.)

This article will serve as a bridge between our current topic of Star Wars and our main topic of May, which is Minecraft.  I wish that I could take credit for doing that on purpose.  However, the truth is that it is a happy accident.  I was simply looking for another Star Wars game to write an article to support the podcast and I remembered that I downloaded a Star Wars mod for Minecraft last year, but never played it.  Well, as Bob Ross says, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”

This accident certainly was happy.  I made the same stupid joke in the editor’s note of my Lego Star Wars article as I did in this one.  Sometimes a “mash up” of two different good things is a disaster.  I’m looking at you, Glee.  Most of the time, though, as long as the two things complement each other and care is taken to integrate the best of those things into the final product, the mash up can succeed and maybe even surpass the quality of the originals.

Seriously, Thriller is just about the perfect song.  You dishonor your family by attempting to remix it.

As you read this review, bear in mind that I have only made it about an hour into playing through the mod.  It’s been enough to discover two new types of dust, fuse them together, and smelt them into a new kind of ingot.  Other than than, though, the rest of what I’ve done is normal Minecraft things.  I haven’t even been able to use the new metal to craft any other new material.  So, no, this mod has not enhanced Minecraft to a level beyond yet.  It certainly is not something I’d play over Knights of the Old Republic, Battlefront, or even any of the Lego games.

I’m not saying that it won’t.  I’m not even saying that it can’t  In fact, I did a bit of searching to see if I could find any tips or hints for the mod to get me started.  “Hey!”  You might protest, “Minecraft is about exploration!”  True.  However, and my defense is two fold.  First, I was exploring the Google Machine for assistance.  Secondly, the console version has a tutorial to introduce you to the game.  So, I feel vindicated from my Googling shame.

Besides, it’s not like I found anything. I think I need to take my phone to the Apple genius bar to get it checked out. The Google doesn’t work right.

So, while I have a life line out at the mod forum, I loaded it up in creative.  The main problem is that I need a ship to use my hyperdrive in order to get to other planets.  I’m not sure if I have to craft the ship or if I will find one that has spawned randomly.  So, I created my own ship, used the hyperdrive, and went to Tatooine.

Okay, now this is more like it!  There are sand people (and their signature roar!), Bantha, and pig men (not of the zombie variety)!  That guy over there wants to make me a storm trooper!  This guy doesn’t like me, either!  That dude is selling ships!  Wow, this is awesome!  For the record, both Aiden and Quinn agree.

This is awesome!

I didn’t want to spoil too much of the mod before I’m able to do a video capture, so I shut down the game after that.  However, I have an update on my forum inquiry.  Apparently the first hyperdrive, the one that takes you to Tatooine, does not require a ship.  Therefore, I am free to continue my exploration to find obsidian to make a nether portal and get a blaze rod.  Because, the hyperdrive requires an Eye of Ender.  I already have the Ender Pearl (because eff those creepy thieving freaks) and the ore (found a use for it!), so it’s diamond hunting time.  Should be no problem because I usually have an uncanny ability to find diamonds.  As with my Lego The Force Awakens Update, look for more of my adventures in the mod in a couple of weeks when we talk about Minecraft.

Happy little accident.

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