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Minecraft English Enchanting Texture Pack (Download + Review)
I have to admit at the outset that I'm one of 'those' people who never understood where enchanting fitted into minecraft, but it's here now and I suppose we may as well make the best of it. The Regular Enchanting texture pack is essentially a default minecraft texture pack with one very important change – it decodes the galactic alphabet Notch decided to hide the enchantments in and shows you in plain english what the notes say.
If you've yet to experience the joy of minecraft enchanting, let me quickly explain how it works. You get exp points for slaying the creatures of the world. Those points go to fill level bars. Once you have a few levels under your belt, you can make an enchanting table out of diamond and obsidian and enchant items. Some enchantments allow you to do things you couldn't do before, like break and pick up blocks of grass, others do more damage and others add extra durability to the item. Unfortunately for lazy players who just want to 'enjoy the game', enchantments are encrypted in the galactic alphabet, which means you're pretty much working blind. This texture pack changes that by changing the galactic alphabet into english.
There is a small problem in that what the notes say is still pretty cryptic, but it is better than nothing. You've got a slightly better chance of working out what 'elemental short grow light' means over a series of scribbles that will only make sense if you happen to have learned the galactic alphabet at some point in your mis-spent youth.
In the second version of this texture pack, the creator is promising to go one better and actually change the text to display a useful explanation of what each enchantment does. It's a testament to the general good nature of minecrafters in general that this 'encoded and cryptic' enchantment system hasn't been boycotted with the fury of a thousand dying suns. It's all but useless and for most people, will come across as being a bit random.
Still, now we have access to aids that help us work Notch's game out for him whilst he toddlers around thinking up new ways to add tangentially related mechanics to the game and then make them almost impossible to use. It's a feature, not a hair tearing bug!
Because this is a default 16x texture pack, you'll be able to simply download the pack and stick it in the 'texture packs' file. Then, once you actually start minecraft, you can select this texture pack from the menu conveniently (and I suppose, fortunately, given Notch's penchant for making things unecessarily difficult) named 'Mods and Texture Packs.' It's called that because there was supposed to be built in mod support, but instead of adding that before Minecraft released a 1.0 version, we got a dragon boss and potions. Fair enough.