Saturday, May 31, 2014

Enjoying Agrarian Skies

After watching a number of Lets Plays and hearing a friend's personal experience, I decided to give Agrarian Skies a go. I have to say it's a pretty enjoyable experience!

I've never really been a fan of skyblock-style maps, but Agrarian Skies is far from your average skyblock. For starters, it's packed with a bunch of mods (which is sort of expected considering it's on the FTB launcher, but not always typical in terms of skyblock maps) giving you a lot of options for expansion.

What's great is that you don't have to know everything about all the mods to get going because of the ingenious quest system added to the pack. You start off with a handy quest book that provides you with the knowledge to dive right in and complete tasks, teaching you how to go about obtaining materials and using new items. It's a cool addition to any modded survival, and I hope this feature gets used for other modpacks in the future!

"Home Sweet Home"
While Agrarian Skies guides you through all the steps to progress, it doesn't hand everything to you on a silver platter. It doesn't even start you off with the materials for a cobble generator. You actually begin even humbler, using saplings as compost to make dirt and crafting a sieve to begin processing some of that dirt into other materials. It actually takes some time to get to where you can make a traditional cobble generator.

If that sounds slow and grindy, then I've explained things correctly. Agrarian Skies is all about progression - from simple beginnings and fighting for survival to automation and beyond - and Jadedcat and crew have done a wonderful job balancing that journey. I have few complaints with vanilla Minecraft, but I find it severely lacking in terms of progression. Agrarian Skies turns that right around, challenging you to get to the next step but providing the necessary information to reach it.

I'm finding Agrarian Skies to be quite satisfying, and the quest system makes me want to continue towards bigger and better things each time I play. I highly suggest checking it out for yourself - it's available directly from the Feed The Beast Launcher, so it's as simple as hitting a button to get started.

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