Where I Become a Minecraft Mac Mod Installation Wizard
Or Maybe More of an Elf … or a Muggle
This one has almost nothing to do with Chile, so if that’s what you’re looking for, you can move on. It’s only Chile related because Joel is spending much more time with electronics than at home, for lack of much else to do with his free time in the evenings. And one of his more recent obsessions is Minecraft. Which I don’t have any objection to, it’s a fairly creative and interactive use of his time, as these things go. But then he wanted to start installing mods. And a new level of hell opened up, just for me.
Minecraft Mods, Mac Style
Because installing mods may be simple, or simpler, on Windows, but on the Mac, it’s a big mess. One problem is that Minecraft is frequently updated, but the mods less so, and if the mod isn’t updated, it’s only going to work with certain versions of Minecraft (if you’re luck). And one of the most popular mod installers, Minecraft Forge, is also updated, but not necessarily in time with Minecraft. And some mods list all recent versions of Minecraft as being compatible, but they’re not. At least not on the Mac. Or not with the current (as of Minecraft 1.6.4) method of installing mods on the Mac. Are you getting the sense that I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to figure this out? Hours and hours, over several weeks. Mostly failure. He’s just lucky I do development and programming, so I consider failure merely a step in the process towards success. Sometimes.
Pick a Mod, Pick ONE Mod
Which he did, the popular Derpy Squid mod. (What’s a Derpy Squid, you ask? Google it, I really don’t have the time. Or ask Joel.) We had previously tried getting other mods installed, and nothing worked. But finally he was focused on this one, which allowed me to hone my tech instincts to a razor sharp edge. Two weeks later, after giving up several times in frustration, I decided to start all over again. After trying to instal earlier (1.5.2) versions with no success, despite many helpful Youtube videos created by people less than half my age, I decided to start all over again. Found a good video on setting up mod installation with Minecraft Forge on Minecraft 1.6.4. The advantage is that as of 1.6.4, installation got much easier. So deleted and downloaded a fresh Minecraft installation, installed Forge for 1.6.4, a voila, things actually looked good. Then downloaded the mod and dropped the .zip file into the mods folder as instructed, and amazingly enough, it worked! Home free, with Joel viewing me as some kind of Minecraft, well, he was happy anyway.
Oh, You Want to Install ANOTHER Mod?
No problem, just download the right version and drop the zip file in there. Oh, it downloads as a .jar file? Um, ok, let’s just drop that file in there. It worked? Wow, I must be smart. Another one? OK, this is easy, download zip, drop in folder and … it’s not working. Try another one. It’s not working. Well, sorry, but I’m not trying to figure that one out, find the ones that work with what you’ve got. I’m turning in my wand.